Islamist Forum Posts Instructions for Conducting ‘Media Jihad’
In a message posted March 2, 2008 on the Islamist forum Al-Ikhlas (hosted by Piradius.net in Malaysia), a member calling himself “abumuslim22” urged his fellow forum members to engage in “media jihad,” and provided advice and safety tips.
The following are excerpts from the posting: 
“”¦ 1. Exercise patience, because each of the following stages takes time”¦
“2. Become a ‘media mujahid'”¦ Next to jihad on the battlefield, this is the most dangerous [type of] jihad, because you are new [to it] and inexperienced”¦
“A. Be careful, and do not trust people [you encounter] online under any circumstances”¦
“B. Do not associate yourself with [forum] members who post many replies”¦ because:
“1. They may be seeking fame, and such [people] are unreliable;
“2. They may be spies… trying to gain the trust of the mujahideen.
“C. Do not try to interact with the [forum] administrator, [lest you become] like the Muslim scholars [who serve the Arab regimes].
“D. Do not succumb to temptation, [for] that is [what] the enemies of media jihad desire. For example, when those who engage in [media] jihad post a video on a video-sharing site, their enemies [often] post immoral [i.e. pornographic] videos and images on the site in order to divert the [attention of the forum] visitors, and make them forget the [jihad] video”¦
“E. Follow the news and the videos documenting [jihad operations], especially those produced by Al-Qaeda, such as [videos of] Al-Zawahiri, in which he explains things that are hidden from us – because [Al-Qaeda members] follow world [events] 24 hours a day, and know everything that goes on around them.
“3. Form a group. This is important because a group always starts with one person. However, if you cannot find another reliable person – be your own group.
“4. Find out where you can purchase weapons, especially small ones that can be easily concealed. Buy as many as you can, but not more! Keep [the weapons] hidden”¦ Do not take them out [of their hiding place] under any circumstances, until it is time”¦
“5. Stay away from demonstrations”¦ Know that demonstrations are held for one purpose only: in order to give citizens the feeling that they have done something significant, when [in fact] they haven’t. The only exception is violent demonstrations, which provide an opportunity to use the weapon”¦
“7. Do not be too quick to judge people or things with which you are not familiar, the way some foolish people [judge] Al-Qaeda”¦
“8. Do not wait for a call from an Islamic group like Al-Qaeda”¦ so you [can] begin to receive orders and act. Act on your own, starting today. Create a secret media jihad cell… which will be ready to become operational at any moment, and will be like a time bomb [concealed] in your home, [waiting to strike] the enemies of Allah.
“9. When the day comes on which you can set forth [and fight] for the sake of Allah, do not waste [even] a second. Seek to be among those who carry out martyrdom operations”¦”
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