The NEFA Foundation has obtained a transcript of an audio message from Sheikh Mustafa Abu al-Yazid (a.k.a. “Sheikh Saeed”). In May 2007, Al-Qaeda’s official As-Sahab Media Wing identified al-Yazid as “the overall head of al-Qaeda Organization in Afghanistan.” According to As-Sahab, al-Yazid “took part in founding al-Qaeda in 1989, and is a member of the Shura council of Qaeda al-Jihad.” In this message, Abu al-Yazid stated, “Jihad needs a lot of money, and the Jihad battlefields need much money.” He continued, “Jihad with money is also an obligation. And here we, in the battlefield in Afghanistan, are lacking a lot of money and a weakness in operations because of lack of money, and many mujahideen are absent from Jihad because of lack or absence of money with which they can carry out Jihad. Even many brothers…who want to sacrifice themselves for the cause of Allah, we cannot prepare them because of lack of money.”
At a time when the president of the United States has pledged to ease up on Islamic charities, dozens of which have been discovered to fund terrorist organizations, Al Qaeda is calling for more financial assistance and calling it “Jihad with money.”
The choice of language, “Jihad with money” is significant because, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi called Shariah-Compliant Finance “Jihad with money” in a 2006 BBC interview.
Note also that Sheikh Saeed calls Jihad with money an “obligation,” which suggests that he is referring to the zakat payments which have all too often gone to supporting his organization, Al Qaeda.