Abd al-Qadir bin ‘Abd al-‘Aziz

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Abd al-Qadir bin ‘Abd al-‘Aziz, also known as Sayyid Imam Sharif, (1950-), was the first leader of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, until Ayman al-Zawahiri took over in 1991. He is still seen as one of the leading Salafist scholars. [1]

Al-Zawahiri may have published some of al-Qadir's writings under his own name, and therefore likely split over this controversy.[2] Al-Qadir authored the "Manual of Military Preparation", (Rislat al ‘umda fi I’dad al-udda li’l-jihad fi sabil allah)” manual of jihad.[3] Al-Zawahiri claimed that the name Abd al-Qadir bin ‘Abd al-‘Aziz is a "a symbolic name of al-Jihad Group and not the real name of the author of the “document of guidance,” to the extent that many of the brothers imagined that it was a symbolic name of mine!" [4], for which Jarret Brachman charged him with plagiarism. [5] Brachman and other U.S. analysts have suggested discrediting al-Zawahiri as a false authority on jihad.

References

  1. Chris Heffelfinger (December 27, 2006), "The Ideological Voices of the Jihadi Movement", Terrorism Monitor, Jamestown Foundation
  2. Brian Drinkwine (January 26, 2009), "The Serpent in Our Garden: Al-Qa'ida and the Long War", Carlisle Papers, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, p. 7
  3. Thomas Hegghammer, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, Oslo, Strategic Studies in Jihadist Literature, Address to the Middle East Institute
  4. "The Open Meeting with Shaykh Ayman al-Zawahiri", Al-Fajr Information Center and As-Sahāb Media, 02-04-2008
  5. Jarret Brachman, As-Sarab Media Establishment presents an Open Letter to Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri from Dr. Jarret Brachmann