The following is a testimony of a Muhajireen which has been circulating by and large in the social network websites, with regards to activities related to the FSA and ISIS:
1. The fighting between Jaysul Hurr or FSA and Dawlah Islam in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) had been going on for a few days. Almost spreading evenly across all of Syria. ISIS's pockets of strength remained strong, but many roads that connect those pockets were disconnected because of the many FSA's checkpoints which were raiding the Muhajireen. Why the raid on the Muhajireen? This will be discussed later.
2. The cause of these fighting was the fitnah from Paris, Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya Al-Hadats, as well as other local Arab televisions, showing the photos of the two Syrian intelligence agents who joined ISIS, is it true that they joined? There was no clarity. What's obvious was that it was made as a weapon of fitnah accusing that ISIS is a collaborator from the party of the Nusairiyah, in fact it was made as a running text by Al-Arabiya reporting that there were Iranians who joined the ranks of ISIS.
As a result, the FSA demanded a clarity of commitment from ISIS that they (ISIS) are on the side of the revolution against Bashar Assad. A rhetorical gabble altogether. I say yes.. I did see Iranians, but I know them as Muslim not Shiah. This is one of the black campaigns, a character assassination against ISIS. This fitnah coincided with the meeting of the Syrian secularists in Paris, so as to start the infighting. In some places, ISIS retreated. There was a big agenda behind this all.
3. In Syria, there are a lot of fighting laskars who fight with diverse motives and interests, but against a single enemy, the Nusairiyah regime. It's not a strange thing when the motive is money and other worldly materials. There are some laskars which have Islamic coating, some of their personnels are righteous as individuals and they want the Shari'ah of Islam. But as a jama'ah, the one that wants the Shari'ah of Islam to be established is only ISIS, this can be checked. The rest are timid. In fact, many are agreeing with the madani law a.k.a. Western-style democracy.
Those who want democracy got a lot of support, be it from the West, or even the Saudi. And they say ISIS is Khawarij.
4. As for the aqeedah of ISIS, I heard it directly from Sheikh Ali Al-Anbari, that the original ruling of the sukkaan or madaniyin here is Muslim, so we treat them as Muslims, unless there is a clear indication to their apostasy. And then the issue of bai’at. He also explained that the bai’at to ISIS is the bai’at of imarah, not a bai’at of khilafah, nor a bai’at of qital.
In the bai’at of imarah, people do it voluntarily, if you want.. go ahead, if you don't want... it's okay. It is not the bai’at of khilafah which is compulsory. And it also not the bai’at of qital where when the qital is over, its bai’at is also over.
5. One of the earliest battles was in the mantiqoh of al-Atarib, that afternoon I was still going there sending a brother to a dentist, the next morning I heard the FSA blockaded the road and raided the Muhajireen, by the writings on the road, the Muhajireen were not allowed to enter. A lot of akhwat Muhajiraat were arrested by them, and tens of the ikhwah Muhajireen were shot, not long after that, ISIS advanced and stormed, and alhamdulillah for the mantiqoh of al-Atarib has been retaken to this day. And there were fightings in many areas, in Raqqa, Ladzakiya (lattakiya), Idlib, Halab, etc.
6. Why the Muhajireen? It is more accurate of a point that the secular Syria does not want to be ruled by Islam especially that those who bring Islam are the people from outside of Syria. So remind us of Abdullah bin Ubay bin Salul right..? Similar.
I myself experienced that hatred. Our residences were shot at from a distance of two kilometers by the FSA elements, so we drove deeper into their territory. At ribath in the frontline, our distance from them was only about two hundred meters away, we heard their shouts clearly, “laknatullah alal muhajireen”. It was quiet in Syria, similar to the atmosphere of “nyepi” in Bali (Balinese "Day of Silence” i.e. a Hindu culture – ed.). No noise from the vehicles. We resided in the houses of the villagers, subhanallah, they entertained and served us with food, to be honest our food in the headquarters were of better quality. In the end, we moved the breads from our headquarters and distributed them to the houses of the villagers that were in the vicinity.
Why the Muhajireen?
But not all the locals hate the Muhajireen, most even love them. We are a role model for them, helping them out. And of course a source of economic also for them, the Muhajireen come from different corners of the world, bringing money surely, they need to spend to meet their needs, internet connections for example. And the people of Syria in general know that the Muhajireen are helping them in driving out the regime of Nusairiyah.
Speaking of the economy, it makes us remember Turkey. Turkey gets the economic benefits… Turkey gets the economic benefits, which are not small, out of the Syrian conflicts, the food, the clothes that we buy, on average were made in Turkey, in fact even these blankets we are using in winter are made in Turkey.
Turkey also benefited politically, all this while Turkey had been at a loss in fighting against the Kurdish communist rebels (PKK). Nowadays, ISIS is also fighting against the PKK. Because the PKK also attacked the Muhajireen and their elements. Many ribath fronts are side by side with the PKK's.
7. As for the Jabhah Nusrah, many of them nowadays are crossing over to ISIS, for various reasons, so it was yesterday, there were about 6 ikhwahs from France who crossed over to ISIS due to the conflict with the amir of their markaz (HQ). Wallahu a’lam, in general I don't have the capacity to comment on Jabhah Nusrah, I can only tell you the story, that at the moment (January 2014 – ed.) those that do not fight the ISIS are only two, i.e. Jabhah Nusrah and Harakah Ahrar Syam al-Islamiyah. Only yesterday, one of the elements of Jabhah Nusrah handed over its hajiz or boundary to FSA an the mantiqoh of Sheikh Ali and Jamia Muhandisin, it was from that Hajiz that the FSA fired at our markaz, surely it is not a good conduct.
There is another story, when our markaz was there in the mantiqoh as well, also right next to the markaz of Jabhah Nusrah, we used to greet each other, when the FSA rained bullets at that mantiqoh, they evacuated their stuffs or in other words they wanted to run away. When intercepted by the ikhwan and asked, there was this kid who was around 11 years of age, well.. you know the son of an ikhwan, was also questioning while ..while angered he said “kafir you”.. Sheikh Ali al-Anbari right away slapped the young man on both cheeks and advised him hardly, “why did you say he's kafir?”
Subhanallah, actually I cannot blame the logic of the little boy, he was saying, “Is that the conduct of a Muslim? When his brothers were attacked, they ran away instead, just like the kuffar, aren't Muslims supposed to help each other,” so true that the war matures a person. However, his accusation of kafir was surely not right in a shar’ie way. Wallahu a’lam.