Saturday, November 8, 2008

Hani al-Siba'i endorses Maqdisi again

It's not a big deal, but there is little of any real interest on the Arabic forums these days.

Al-Siba'i says he heard from some young brother, who seems to have been seeking advice on which "scholars" to follow, and specifically about Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi. It comes as no surprise that al-Siba'i endorses Maqdisi's doctrines unconditionally.

Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi is the clerical-tribal pseudonym of Isam Mohammad Tahir al-Barqawi of Jordan. He has been held incommunicado in Jordan since 2005. Maqdisi is one of the top three clerics in al-Qa'ida, along with Omar Abdur-Rahman (jailed for life in the USA) and Abu Qatada (under some sort of house arrest in England, incommunicado as far as I know).

This is from Hesbah thread number 198236. Hani has not yet copied this one to his own Maqreze website, but he might, along with the responses. Al-Siba'i has problems of his own with London at the moment. Flattering Maqdisi won't help.

Update: Hani has copied it to his Maqreze website, but without the responses.

Update 9 February 2009: In the recent spat between Maqdisi's people and Massari's Medaad group, al-Siba'i has joined in on the side of Maqdisi, sparking an unusually strong exchange of insults between al-Siba'i and his fellow Londonistani fugitive Massari.