Recently, an announcement of the beginning of a month-long campaign appeared on the Islamic Internet forums. During this campaign, an online opportunity is being offered to Muslims to sign a b’ayah, a Muslim’s oath of loyalty to Muslim leaders. Until December 13, 2005, supporters can sign an oath of loyalty to Osama bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Mullah Muhammad Omar, and Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi online.
The initiative was posted on the Alhesbah site, known to be an authentic Islamic site. The individual behind the initiative was identified only by his nickname, Al-’Aashek Liljihad (”lover of Jihad”).
It should be noted that so far, the response to this initiative has been minimal; furthermore, the oath-takers are identifying themselves only by nickname. At the bottom of the oath forms appears the name of the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF).
The following are the main points of the announcement as they appear on these forms:
“I invite you to the first day of the month of the great swearing of an oath of loyalty to the commander of the Muslim armies, Sheikh Osama bin Laden, and to the commanders of the global jihad: Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Emir of the Believers Mullah Muhammad Omar, and Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi, and to all the jihad fighters.
“Oh God, you need this oath of loyalty, the oath of death for Allah that will terrorize the infidels and earn the jihad fighters in particular, and the Muslims in general, reward in the world to come…
“Moreover, for this oath of loyalty to death it is not necessary for you to die now - but in the near future, the very near future, Allah willing, we must all join this blessed convoy, particularly since we have sworn an oath of loyalty.
“This [signing of this] oath of loyalty will continue for one month, and will be posted in all the forums so that the number of oath-takers will be [as] great [as possible], and so that Osama bin Laden will have an army in Afghanistan, an army in Iraq, and a massive army in the waiting list on the Internet pages.
“This is the Internet that Allah operates in the service of jihad and of the mujahedoun, and that has become [a tool in service of] your interest - such that half the mujahedoun’s battle is waged on the pages of the Internet, which is the only outlet for passing announcements to the mujahedoun.
“Anyone who has already sworn an oath of loyalty is asked not to do so again, because at the end of the month there will be a count of all those who took the oath…”
“We swear loyalty to Sheikh Osama bin Laden, may Allah preserve him, and to the commanders of the global jihad, Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Emir of the Believers Mullah Muhammad Omar, and Sheikh Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi, and all the Jihad fighters. [This is] an oath of death for Allah.