Abu Noor al-Maqdisi?
London, Asharq Al-Awsat- Dr. Abdul
Latif Bin Khalid Al Mousa AKA Abu Noor al-Maqdisi was the leader of the
Salafist Takirist Jihadist group Jund
[Soldiers of the Companions of God].
Al-Maqdisi was born in the Gaza Strip and was said to be fifty years old
at the time of his death. He studied in the Gaza Strip education system,
completing his secondary school education in the late 1970s where he was
particularly noted for excellence the field of science.
Al-Maqdisi joined the University of Alexandria's Faculty of Medicine in
1979 where he went on to achieve a doctorate in family heath. During
this time, Al-Maqdisi also met a number of prominent Alexandrian Sheikhs
including; Sheikh Said Abdul Azeem, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Ismail al-Muqaddim,
Sheikh Ahmed Fareed, and Sheikh Hamd Ibrahim.
Al-Maqdisi later worked as a teacher for five years at the "Ahl Al
Hadith Al Sharif Centre" which is affiliated to the "Jam'iyat Dar Al
Kitab Wa Al Sunna [the Association of the Books and Traditions of the
Prophet]", in the city of Khan Yunis in the Southern Gaza Strip.
Al-Maqdisi worked as a preacher for the "Ahl Al Sunnah" mosque in Khan
Yunis for 15 years.
Following this, he worked as the preacher for the Egyptian/Palestinian "Nour
Ala Al Hadoud" mosque for a period of 18 months.
After this mosque was destroyed by the Zionist army in 2006, Al-Maqdisi
became the preacher and imam of the "Sheikh Al Salam Bin Taymiyah"
mosque until the time of his death. Al-Maqdisi also served as the
Director of Medicine of the Rafah Martyrs Medical Centre.
Al-Maqdisi wrote a number of books including a book on the issue of
faith entitled "Al Yaqout Wa Al Morgan Fi Aqeeda Ahl Al Iman" [The Ruby
and Corral of the Faith of the Believers] and "Al Tareeq Al Sawi Fi
Iftiqah Asr Al Nabi" [The Straight Way for Following the Way of the
There are also a number of recording attributed to al-Maqdisi in which
he explains the issue of faith.
Al-Maqdisi cemented his position as a mufti of international standing
with his final book "As'illa Wa Agwiba Sharia Hawl Al Qadiyah Al
Filistaniyah" [Juristic Questions and Answers Regarding the Palestinian
Cause]. This book was published by the Beit al-Maqdis Publishing House,
and was praised by Sheikh Mohamed Safwat Nour Al Din.
Allah was set up as an armed Salafsit
Jihadist group in Southern Gaza in November 2008. The group believes the
Hamas movement that controls the Gaza Strip is too liberal, and wishes
to implement Islamic Sharia law throughout Palestine.
The group initially only operated in its birthplace of Rafah and Khan
Yunis, although its operations later spread throughout the Gaza Strip.
Prior to the recent raid that resulted in al-Maqdisi's death,
Allah claimed to have up to 500 fighters,
including a number of foreign nationals.
According to the group's website, Jund
has carried out a number of minor attacks against the Zionist Entity
over the past year. The group came to the public's attention after it
launched a daring but unsuccessful martyrdom attack on horseback against
the Zionist Karni Border Crossing. The only casualties of this attack
were three members of the Jund
The group has also been blamed for several internet café bombings
throughout the Gaza Strip, as well as an attack on a wedding party
attended by relatives of Fatah leader, Mohamed Dahlan.
Allah has denied the latter attack which
Fatah blame on Hamas.
The recent crackdown on the group which resulted in the death of the
Allah group took place after al-Maqdisi
announced the establishment of Palestine as an Islamic Emirate.