Exposing Jama'ah Islamiyah

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1 IN THE NAME OF ALLH, MOST GRACIOUS, MOST MERCIFUL 2 NASIR ABAS EXPOSING JAMAAH ISLMIYYAH Revelations of a Former JI Member 3 PUBLISHERS INTRODUCTION All Praise is due to Allh, we are finally able to publish a work of considerable value, and of importance on the part of the publics awareness. Concerning all aspects of its substance and its author, the book in front of you, is clearly not just any old book merely undertaken and written on the spur of the moment. This particular book is loaded with data, in agreement with facts, and it is unpretentious and respectful of the reader. The book entitled Exposing Jamaah Islmiyyah: Acknowledgments of a Former JI Member (Membongkar Jamaah Islmiyah: Pengakuan Mantan Anggota JI), is a long time investigation by its author, since beginning his struggle to understand Islm. It encompasses his contact and friendship with those active and prominent figures of Jamaah Islmiyyah like Imam Samudra, Abu Bakar Basyir, Hilmi Bakar, and others. It further details the authors encounters in the jungles and wastelands of Afghanistan, Malaysia (notably where the author is from), Mindanao, the Philippines, and various areas of Indonesia. This long journey is the devotive lot of Nasir Abas, the author, towards Jamaah Islmiyyah, which had as its prime aspiration the institution of the Islmic State of the Archipelago (consisting of Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines). Nasir himself was a former high-ranking member of JI, with his last position being the Amir (leader) of Maniqi III (encompassing and inclusive of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Kalimantan [Borneo], Sulawesi [the Celebes], and the Southern Philippines). Now, he has left JI, which according to him is full of errors in its understanding of the true and noble Islm, and has (as a result of these errors) become tyrannical and feared by the public. The controversy concerning Jamaah Islmiyyah over the last few years has been in itself enough to raise its attention to the notice of the Indonesian public and International community. This issue has become prominent as a result of the blatant acts of terror that have been thrust upon us over the course of the last four years. The trajic and heartbreaking bombings of the World Trade Center in the United States of America in 2001, the Bali Bombings of 2002, the 4 J.W. Marriot hotel bombing of 2003, the bombing in Kuningan of 2004, and a series of other such events. There is not one single religion on the earth that legitimizes, let alone teaches, that violence is a valid means to achieve a purpose. Religious justification for various acts of terror, for instance by a group of specific people, is clearly wrong. This is immediately apparent from the errors opined to and understood in religious commands, whether they be in name or actions. They cannot be tolerated and must be erased right from their source. For those reasons, the harming of lives within society cannot be allowed whether it be in the short term or in the long term as in the case of the psychological trauma that society suffers as a result of such barbaric acts of terror. As an example, the doctrine of Jihd for instance, is frequently understood by a group of people, such as that mainly understood by the members of JI, in a nave manner, namely, as in the form of violence allowing the (spilling of the) blood of people from different religions (non-Muslim), in order to achieve what is aimed for. Disbelievers are the prime enemies of Islm and because of that, they must be fought against. This is a specific understanding that is very ignorant, considering that the meaning of Jihd is truly capacious and noble. Removing a stick from the road, assisting old people across the road, smiling at a person one meets, visiting friends and family, etc., are all part of Jihd. Therefore, Jihd for the purpose of the killing of someone without a clear reason as validated by religion, is not a correct understanding from within the teachings of Islm. Doesnt Islm clarify that the killing of one soul (unjustly) is like the killing of all of mankind?1 This, amongst other things, is what will be encountered within this book. There are still many other facts and misguided understandings from the radical JI group, and various other groups, that will also be revealed in the English version of this book. 1 Al Qurn, Srah Al Midah, ayh 32:- _. _> ,l: !.,. _ls _., _,,`.| .. _ . _. !.. ,-, _. :!. _ _ !..! _. _!.l !-,.> __Because of that We ordained for the Children of Isrl that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind,.. 5 It is hoped that the publication of this book will help and guide us to see the true teachings of Islm, so that there will no longer be any acts of violence in the name of a specific religion. Once again, violence will always be accursed, and because of that, we hold the responsibility to prevent it. Finally, we welcome and need constructive criticism in order to perfect further editions. Enjoy. And Allh knows best Jakarta, beginning of July 2005 Grafindo Khazanah Ilmu 6 CONTENTS Publishers Introduction 3 Preface from the Author 7 Introduction 9 CHAPTER 1 Journey to Afghanistan 15 CHAPTER 2 Fighters in Afghanistan 55 CHAPTER 3 The Islmic Nation of Indonesia Group 64 CHAPTER 4 The Islmic Group 69 CHAPTER 5 Journey to Mindanao 114 CHAPTER 6 Permitted to Lie 137 CHAPTER 7 The Falsehood of Imam Samudra 148 CHAPTER 8 The Bali Bombings 156 CHAPTER 9 Ghazwah (Military Expedition) 224 CHAPTER 10 Jihd for Maintaining Religion, People, and Nation 231 CHAPTER 11 Out from Al Jamaah al Islmiyyah 250 About the Author 262 7 PREFACE FROM THE AUTHOR The Bali Bombings that occurred on the 12th of October 2002 have lead to accusations and prejudgments concerning various parties (groups). The TNI (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Indonesian National Armed Forces) are accused; or that it was engineered by Indonesian Intelligence; that there was American involvement by means of a micro-nuclear device; that it is the mission of Australia to control Indonesia; and there is also that which points to the involvement of an Islmic organization working together with Al Qaidah as well as Usamah bin Ladin. Such accusations even go as far as opining that Nordin M. Top and Dr. Azahari were considered to be the mere creation of the police, in order to merely prescribe them as scapegoats but who in actual fact did not exist. In fact, it was stated, that the perpetrators of the Bali Bombing were mistreated people including an Ustadh and activists from a masjid2 who had been forced to confess to being the people involved with the Bali Bombing case. In truth, who were the people involved in this case - and moreover, and was the bombing case that occurred carried out by a group or by specific people with a secret agenda? And, wouldnt it be a dangerous state of affairs to give rise to such a social phenomenon that identified Islm as violent by nurturing the premise that the bombers undertook their actions in the name of Jihd f sablillh (Jihd in the Way of Allh)? This book tries to confer answers to all of the accusations or suspicions that abound and are amongst us. On the basis of the authors experiences, who at one time was together with the Bali Bombers in the same organization both in the role of leader as well as having been part of its field personnel, an portrayal will be furnished, for the readers, about their background and capabilities in the use of military equipment and chemicals. On that basis, this book means to answer the various questions that circulate within the community. Amongst such questions are, what is Al Jamaah al Islmiyyah? How long has JI been around and carried out its 2 Mosque 8 activities? What are they struggling for? What is the relevance of the Bali Bombings? For those reasons I, as a former member of JIs leadership, will furnish answers to the community for what until now is still a bone of contention for people, both in Indonesia and around the world. July 2005 Nasir Abas 9 INTRODUCTION !!., '_!.l !.| _>..1 l> _. : _.. >..l- > !,`-: _!, ! -.l | _>. ..s .1. | _ O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allh is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e. one of the Muttaqn (pious). Verily, Allh is All-Knowing, All-Aware.3 ...s _,> . `: .-. ,l. :| ,..,.s l! _,, >,l ,.`>,.! ..,-., !. >| ,.. _ls !: :`>_. !.l .1.! !.. ,l . _,,`, l ...,, _>l-l . .: _ And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allh (i.e. this Qurn), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allhs Favour on you,