IN THE NAME OF ALLH,
Revelations of a Former JI Member
All Praise is due to Allh, we are finally able to publish a work of
considerable value, and of importance on the part of the publics awareness.
Concerning all aspects of its substance and its author, the book in front of you,
is clearly not just any old book merely undertaken and written on the spur of the
moment. This particular book is loaded with data, in agreement with facts, and
it is unpretentious and respectful of the reader.
The book entitled Exposing Jamaah Islmiyyah: Acknowledgments of a
Former JI Member (Membongkar Jamaah Islmiyah: Pengakuan Mantan
Anggota JI), is a long time investigation by its author, since beginning his
struggle to understand Islm. It encompasses his contact and friendship with
those active and prominent figures of Jamaah Islmiyyah like Imam Samudra,
Abu Bakar Basyir, Hilmi Bakar, and others. It further details the authors
encounters in the jungles and wastelands of Afghanistan, Malaysia (notably
where the author is from), Mindanao, the Philippines, and various areas of
This long journey is the devotive lot of Nasir Abas, the author, towards
Jamaah Islmiyyah, which had as its prime aspiration the institution of the
Islmic State of the Archipelago (consisting of Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and
the Philippines). Nasir himself was a former high-ranking member of JI, with
his last position being the Amir (leader) of Maniqi III (encompassing and
inclusive of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Kalimantan [Borneo], Sulawesi [the
Celebes], and the Southern Philippines). Now, he has left JI, which according to
him is full of errors in its understanding of the true and noble Islm, and has (as
a result of these errors) become tyrannical and feared by the public.
The controversy concerning Jamaah Islmiyyah over the last few years
has been in itself enough to raise its attention to the notice of the Indonesian
public and International community. This issue has become prominent as a
result of the blatant acts of terror that have been thrust upon us over the course
of the last four years. The trajic and heartbreaking bombings of the World Trade
Center in the United States of America in 2001, the Bali Bombings of 2002, the
J.W. Marriot hotel bombing of 2003, the bombing in Kuningan of 2004, and a
series of other such events.
There is not one single religion on the earth that legitimizes, let alone
teaches, that violence is a valid means to achieve a purpose. Religious
justification for various acts of terror, for instance by a group of specific people,
is clearly wrong. This is immediately apparent from the errors opined to and
understood in religious commands, whether they be in name or actions. They
cannot be tolerated and must be erased right from their source. For those
reasons, the harming of lives within society cannot be allowed whether it be in
the short term or in the long term as in the case of the psychological trauma that
society suffers as a result of such barbaric acts of terror.
As an example, the doctrine of Jihd for instance, is frequently
understood by a group of people, such as that mainly understood by the
members of JI, in a nave manner, namely, as in the form of violence allowing
the (spilling of the) blood of people from different religions (non-Muslim), in
order to achieve what is aimed for. Disbelievers are the prime enemies of Islm
and because of that, they must be fought against. This is a specific
understanding that is very ignorant, considering that the meaning of Jihd is
truly capacious and noble.
Removing a stick from the road, assisting old people across the road,
smiling at a person one meets, visiting friends and family, etc., are all part of
Jihd. Therefore, Jihd for the purpose of the killing of someone without a clear
reason as validated by religion, is not a correct understanding from within the
teachings of Islm. Doesnt Islm clarify that the killing of one soul (unjustly) is
like the killing of all of mankind?1 This, amongst other things, is what will be
encountered within this book. There are still many other facts and misguided
understandings from the radical JI group, and various other groups, that will
also be revealed in the English version of this book.
1 Al Qurn, Srah Al Midah, ayh 32:-
Because of that We ordained for the Children of Isrl that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of
murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind,..
It is hoped that the publication of this book will help and guide us to see
the true teachings of Islm, so that there will no longer be any acts of violence
in the name of a specific religion. Once again, violence will always be accursed,
and because of that, we hold the responsibility to prevent it. Finally, we
welcome and need constructive criticism in order to perfect further editions.
And Allh knows best
Jakarta, beginning of July 2005
Grafindo Khazanah Ilmu
Publishers Introduction 3
Preface from the Author 7
CHAPTER 1 Journey to Afghanistan 15
CHAPTER 2 Fighters in Afghanistan 55
CHAPTER 3 The Islmic Nation of Indonesia Group 64
CHAPTER 4 The Islmic Group 69
CHAPTER 5 Journey to Mindanao 114
CHAPTER 6 Permitted to Lie 137
CHAPTER 7 The Falsehood of Imam Samudra 148
CHAPTER 8 The Bali Bombings 156
CHAPTER 9 Ghazwah (Military Expedition) 224
CHAPTER 10 Jihd for Maintaining Religion, People, and Nation 231
CHAPTER 11 Out from Al Jamaah al Islmiyyah 250
About the Author 262
PREFACE FROM THE AUTHOR
The Bali Bombings that occurred on the 12th
of October 2002 have lead
to accusations and prejudgments concerning various parties (groups). The TNI
(Tentara Nasional Indonesia Indonesian National Armed Forces) are accused;
or that it was engineered by Indonesian Intelligence; that there was American
involvement by means of a micro-nuclear device; that it is the mission of
Australia to control Indonesia; and there is also that which points to the
involvement of an Islmic organization working together with Al Qaidah as
well as Usamah bin Ladin.
Such accusations even go as far as opining that Nordin M. Top and Dr.
Azahari were considered to be the mere creation of the police, in order to
merely prescribe them as scapegoats but who in actual fact did not exist. In fact,
it was stated, that the perpetrators of the Bali Bombing were mistreated people
including an Ustadh and activists from a masjid2 who had been forced to
confess to being the people involved with the Bali Bombing case. In truth, who
were the people involved in this case - and moreover, and was the bombing case
that occurred carried out by a group or by specific people with a secret agenda?
And, wouldnt it be a dangerous state of affairs to give rise to such a social
phenomenon that identified Islm as violent by nurturing the premise that the
bombers undertook their actions in the name of Jihd f sablillh (Jihd in the
Way of Allh)?
This book tries to confer answers to all of the accusations or suspicions
that abound and are amongst us. On the basis of the authors experiences, who at
one time was together with the Bali Bombers in the same organization both in
the role of leader as well as having been part of its field personnel, an portrayal
will be furnished, for the readers, about their background and capabilities in the
use of military equipment and chemicals.
On that basis, this book means to answer the various questions that
circulate within the community. Amongst such questions are, what is Al
Jamaah al Islmiyyah? How long has JI been around and carried out its
activities? What are they struggling for? What is the relevance of the Bali
For those reasons I, as a former member of JIs leadership, will furnish
answers to the community for what until now is still a bone of contention for
people, both in Indonesia and around the world.
O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another.
Verily, the most honourable of you with Allh is that (believer) who
has At-Taqwa [i.e. one of the Muttaqn (pious). Verily, Allh is
And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allh (i.e. this Qurn), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember
Allhs Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He
joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became
brethren (in Islmic faith), and you