Following are excerpts
from an interview with Abdelhakim Belhaj,
the military commander of Tripoli, Libya, which aired on
the Al-Jazeera network on September 21, 2011:
First of all, may Allah have mercy upon the souls of the martyrs, who
have fallen first of all for the sake of Allah, and secondly, for the
liberation of their country.
people have concerns because you belong to the Islamic Fighting Group,
and at the same time, you are in command of the military council of
First of all, there should be no concerns anymore. As has been made
public, the Islamic Fighting Group convened and set as a main goal the
delivery of the Libyan people from Qadhafi's rule. In order to accomplish
this goal, many young Muslims got together, and made several attempts
to accomplish this goal. The Fighting Islamic Group continued in this
path for some time, until at a certain point, we, the group's leaders,
sat down together, and issued amending studies, which were made public.
have this book, but many people have doubts about it, because it was
written in prison, and there is no freedom to express one's opinions
Not everything written in prison is necessary like that. We believe
in what we wrote there.
We want a law-abiding
civil state, where justice prevails…
fear that you are striving to establish an Islamic Emirate.
These are mere rumors. We want what I just said: a civil state…
would accept all?
Of course, everybody.
Including the liberal and the secular? With regard to which political
approach or inclination will prevail… This should not be discussed
right now. We will get there, and then the Libyan people will have its