[Marxism] A new layeha for the Mujahideen

Sudhir Devadas sudhirdin at gmail.com
Sun Dec 3 06:49:11 MST 2006

*A new layeha for the Mujahideen*

In a worldwide exclusive the Swiss weekly, *Die Weltwoche*, published the
new Taliban codex. It is translated into English here for the first time.

Layeha (book of rules) for the Mujahideen

>From the highest leader of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan.

Every Mujahid must abide by the following rules:

1) A Taliban commander is permitted to extend an invitation to all Afghans
who support infidels so that they may convert to the true Islam.

2) We guarantee to any man who turns his back on infidels, personal security
and the security of his possessions. But if he becomes involved in a
dispute, or someone accuses him of something, he must submit to our

3) Mujahideen who protect new Taliban recruits must inform their commander.

4) A convert to the Taliban, who does not behave loyally and becomes a
traitor, forfeits our protection. He will be given no second chance.

5) A Mujahid who kills a new Taliban recruit forfeits our protection and
will be punished according to Islamic law.

6) If a Taliban fighter wants to move to another district, he is permitted
to do so, but he must first acquire the permission of his group leader.

7) A Mujahid who takes a foreign infidel as prisoner with the consent of a
group leader may not exchange him for other prisoners or money.

8) A provincial, district or regional commander may not sign a contract to
work for a non-governmental organization or accept money from an NGO. The
Shura (the highest Taliban council) alone may determine all dealings with

9) Taliban may not use Jihad equipment or property for personal ends.

10) Every Talib is accountable to his superiors in matters of money spending
and equipment usage.

11) Mujadideen may not sell equipment, unless the provincial commander
permits him to do so.

12) A group of Mujahideen may not take in Mujahideen from another group to
increase their own power. This is only allowed when there are good reasons
for it, such as a lack of fighters in one particular group. Then written
permission must be given and the weapons of the new members must stay with
their old group.

13) Weapons and equipment taken from infidels or their allies must be fairly
distributed among the Mujahideen.

14) If someone who works with infidels wants to cooperate with Mujahideen,
he should not be killed. If he is killed, his murderer must stand before an
Islamic court.

15) A Mujahid or leader who torments an innocent person must be warned by
his superiors. If he does not change his behaviour he must be thrown out of
the Taliban movement.

16) It is strictly forbidden to search houses or confiscate weapons without
the permission of a district or provincial commander.

17) Mujahideen have no right to confiscate money or personal possessions of

18) Mujahideen should refrain from smoking cigarettes.

19) Mujahideen are not allowed to take young boys with no facial hair onto
the battlefield or into their private quarters.

20) If members of the opposition or the civil government wish to be loyal to
the Taliban, we may take their conditions into consideration. A final
decision must be made by the military council.

21) Anyone with a bad reputation or who has killed civilians during the
Jihad may not be accepted into the Taliban movement. If the highest leader
has personally forgiven him, he will remain at home in the future.

22) If a Mujahid is found guilty of a crime and his commander has barred him
from the group, no other group may take him in. If he wishes to resume
contact with the Taliban, he must ask forgiveness from his former group.

23) If a Mujahid is faced with a problem that is not described in this book,
his commander must find a solution in consultation with the group.

24) It is forbidden to work as a teacher under the current puppet regime,
because this strengthens the system of the infidels. True Muslims should
apply to study with a religiously trained teacher and study in a Mosque or
similar institution. Textbooks must come from the period of the Jihad or
from the Taliban regime.

25) Anyone who works as a teacher for the current puppet regime must recieve
a warning. If he nevertheless refuses to give up his job, he must be beaten.
If the teacher still continues to instruct contrary to the principles of
Islam, the district commander or a group leader must kill him.

26) Those NGOs that come to the country under the rule of the infidels must
be treated as the government is treated. They have come under the guise of
helping people but in fact are part of the regime. Thus we tolerate none of
their activities, whether it be building of streets, bridges, clinics,
schools, madrases (schools for Koran study) or other works. If a school
fails to heed a warning to close, it must be burned. But all religious books
must be secured beforehand.

27) As long as a person has not been convicted of espionage and punished for
it, no one may take up the issue on their own. Only the district commander
is in charge. Witnesses who testify in a procedure must be in good
psychological condition, possess an untarnished religious reputation, and
not have committed any major crime. The punishment may take place only after
the conclusion of the trial.

28) No lower-level commander may interfere with contention among the
populace. If an argument cannot be resolved, the district or regional
commander must step in to handle the matter. The case should be discussed by
religious experts (Ulema) or a council of elders (Jirga). If they find no
solution, the case must be referred to well-known religious authorities.

29) Every Mujahid must post a watch, day and night.

30) The above 29 rules are obligatory. Anyone who offends this code must be
judged according to the laws of the Islamic Emirates.

This Book of Rules is intended for the Mujahideen who dedicate their lives
to Islam and the almighty Allah. This is a complete guidebook for the
progress of Jihad, and every Mujahid must keep these rules; it is the duty
of every Jihadist and true believer.

Signed by the highest leader of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan

(Editor's note: this Book of Rules was distributed initially to the 33
members of the Shura, the highest Taliban council, at their meeting during
Ramadan 2006.)

*The German translation of the new Taliban Codex **originally
* in Die Weltwoche on 16 November, 2006.

At the same time Die Weltwoche published an interview with a member of the
Taliban leadership Mullah Sabir, featured
* in English.

Translation from the German: Lucy Powell and Toby Axelrod.*

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