(SITE Institute) – The Sharia Committee of al-Qaeda in Iraq recently published a 49-page booklet titled: Why We Fight – and Against Whom? which was electronically distributed across several al-Qaeda affiliated forums. Allegedly written by Abu Hamza al-Baghdadi, a member of the Sharia Committee, the booklet is primarily divided into two examinations, each containing several quests outlining the groups position concerning their jihad and branding Shiite Muslims as an enemy worse than Jews and Christians, because they chose for themselves a path other than that of Islam, and have opened the widest doors of infidelity.
The booklet discusses in great detail the motivation for the mujahideen, explaining that they are fighting what they see as contemporary persecution by those who do not follow Islam, or are followers of an Islamic faith they do not hold true. Their stated goal in this battle is to propagate their brand of Islam, and at the same time, expunge the corruptive elements within society, including idols, prostitution and fornication, and smash the false proselytizers and the governments protecting them.