Senior AQ Figure Criticizes Muslim Scholars In New Video

(Al Sahab)
Prominent al Qaeda figure Abu Yahya al Libi issued yet another lengthy video dedicated to discussing Islamic religious concepts. The 45-minute tape revolves around the concept of "wasateya" in Islam, which al Libi says means justice, balance and moderation.

Al Libi's principal argument is that "wasateya" should not be used as an excuse to adapt Islam to modern life and interpretations. "The mission of the Muslim nation is not to imitate infidel nations, nor to look up to it or work hard to try and satisfy it," he says. "This is a divine faith that needs neither our interpretations nor improvements." He also criticizes Muslim scholars who are interviewed in the media and argue otherwise.

The new tape was released by al Qaeda's media wing al Sahab. This is al Libi's fourth statement this year. Al Libi, who is in his late 30s, is considered a top-tier Libyan al Qaeda official. He was in U.S. custody in Afghanistan, but escaped from Bagram prison in July 2005 with three others. Al Libi studies Islamic law at universities in Mauritania.

This is al Libi's fourth statement this year. Al Libi, who is in his late 30s, is considered a top-tier Libyan al Qaeda official. He was in U.S. custody in Afghanistan, but escaped from Bagram prison in July 2005 with three others. Al Libi studies Islamic law at universities in Mauritania.
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