Hamdi Malik is an Associate Fellow with the Washington Institute, specializing in Shia militias. Hamdi is the coauthor of the Institute's 2020 study "Honored, Not Contained: The Future of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces."
Ahd Allah Islamic Movement is a social and cultural movement built around Kataib Hezbollah ideologue Sayyed Hashem al-Haidari.
Name: Harakat Ahd Allah al-Islamiya (HAAI),Ahd AllahIslamic Movement.
Type of movement: Social organization. Nonkinetic social and cultural operations, domestic counter-political/social moderate operations, domestic and foreign counter-U.S. operations.
History and objectives:
HAAI was established on November 3, 2020, by Sayyed Hashem al-Haidari, an influential muqawama ideologue. He was secretary-general of Kataib Hezbollah (KH) between 2016 and 2018. HAAI “believes in velayat-e faqih (guardianship of the Islamic jurists)” and “that Imam Khomeini revived Islam.”
HAAI’s activities revolve around Haidari’s beliefs as expressed through his speeches, which propagate:
the ideologies of Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei
anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli sentiments
the idea of taking up arms against the United States and Israel to prepare for the advent of Imam Mahdi
HAAI mainly targets the younger generations, exposing them to Islamist ideologies and providing them with passionate speeches. It uses both traditional Shia mediums (e.g., muharam speeches in mosques) and social media.
HAAI is a continuation of similar projects by Haidari that targeted the younger generation in cultural camps in the past.
HAAI announced that it will also take up some charitable activities to help people in need, but so far no evidence of that has emerged.
Chain of command:
Clear and convincing evidence shows that HAAI is controlled and operated by KH. Key links include the background of Haidari, who was KH’s secretary-general between 2016 and 2018.
Haidari seems to be the only Iraqi muqawama leader who has been interviewed by the official website of Iran's Supreme Leader.
Haidari is reported to be close to Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah.
HAAIhas social media channels on Telegram and YouTube as well as a Facebook page.