Inspire Magazine 2

[Khalil]. Allahu akbar wa lillah al-hamd, ya ikhwati al-salihin! You have brought such great joy to my heart with the release of Inspire. Allah reward you with every.
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No-one seems to know how to respond to al-Qaeda's Inspire magazine. Stephen Colbert tried to be funny, as comedians always do. Peter Hoekstra tried to be blustery, as politicians always do. But the real challenge posed by the magazine and the ideology it represents is neither to American comedians nor politicians. It is to the Muslim ummah, the community of Muslims worldwide, a challenge to look honestly at who Muhammad really was and how he responded to those who resisted his claim that he was a Prophet sent from God. [Taken from Staring at the view blog] “The magazine is a virtual how-to guide for becoming a terrorist. People don’t have to travel overseas or know Arabic to join the radical jihadist movement— they can become a virtual member of al-Qaeda and learn how to carry out terrorist attacks from the comfort of their homes. Al-Qaeda has shifted its focus from committed jihadists going through training camps, to literally trying to inspire attackers globally to act locally, in their communities. This is an unfortunately well-done magazine that is proof positive that al-Qaeda and its affiliates have launched a direct appeal for Americans to launch smallscale attacks here at home. It provides alQaeda’s warped rationale to carry out the attacks and a how-to guide to get the job done. Now they’re just hoping someone picks up a copy and is ‘inspired’ to do it.” [U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee] At Tellabs, we publish a customer magazine, formerly known as Inspire. It's a big project every quarter, as we work closely with customers to convey how Tellabs mobile, optical, business and services solutions helped them succeed. It's always a bit nerve-wracking when we go to press, but this quarter almost knocked us off our feet. The week was winding down before the fourth of July weekend when my boss called to ask where the magazine was. I proudly

replied, "It's on press!" thinking he would be pleased. To my surprise, he wasn't. In fact, I could tell by his voice that there was a big problem. What he said next stunned me for a moment. "Al Qaeda just launched a magazine called Inspire!" [Ted Meister, Marketing Communications Manager] "We understand the absolute seriousness of a threat from an Al Qaeda-inspired magazine and are attempting to do everything in our power to assist the individuals on that list to effectively protect themselves and change their behavior to make themselves less of a target." [David Gomez, FBI assistant special agent, speaking on the hitlist in the first issue] I am a follower of your efforts online and am impressed with all of the work you do for the sake of Allah. Like many others, I have been following the news and learned it was initially difficult for you to deliver the message. Alhamdulillah the infidels were not able to stop us and the magazine was published, and InshaAllah they will not be able to stop us in the future so long as we continue to persist. My noble brothers, you have proven how determined you are to deliver the message and information that other brothers may find useful in conducting their operations. Not only that I find your magazine to be a wealth of knowledge, however, it also serves as a motivational tool whereas it will make the brothers wait impatiently for the upcoming issues, InshaAllah. [Ahmad] I wish to convey my sincerest thanks for this momentous undertaking. Allah will surely reward you for your efforts and bless you for your tireless devotion to His cause and His Word. [Khalil]

great joy to my heart with the release of Inspire. Allah reward you with every good thing for this. You are truly a credit to our faith. [Qasim] This is the first time that I read your (and our) "Inspire" magazine. This is something that we young Muslims need on a monthly basis. This magazine inspired me to think more about akhirah by devoting my entire life to doing good deeds. [Brother N.D.]