[L] Full Text of First Osama bin Laden Fatwa

From: apakabar@saltmine.radix.net
Date: Sun Sep 23 2001 - 18:53:16 EDT

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   Ladenese Epistle: Declaration of War (Part I)
   'Expel the infidels from the Arab Peninusula'
                        ___ About This Document ___
   Osama bin Laden has published two religious orders seeking to justify
   violence against Western interests in the Middle East. The first was a
   document entitled, "Ladenese Epistle: Declaration of War." Written in
   August 1996, it was published in Al Quds Al Arabi, a London-based
   newspaper that bin Laden has often used to communicate his views. The
   text presented here was translated by the Committee for the Defense of
   Legitimate Rights, a pro-bin Laden organization, and posted on the
   Internet in October 1996.
   The second order, Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders, was published in
   February 1998.
   Praise be to Allah, we seek His help and ask for his pardon. we take
   refuge in Allah from our wrongs and bad deeds. Who ever been guided by
   Allah will not be misled, and who ever has been misled, he will never
   be guided. I bear witness that there is no God except Allah-no
   associates with Him- and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and
   {O you who believe! be careful of -your duty to- Allah with the proper
   care which is due to Him, and do not die unless you are Muslim}
   (Imraan; 3:102), {O people be careful of -your duty to- your Lord, Who
   created you from a single being and created its mate of the same
   -kind- and spread from these two, many men and women; and be careful
   of -your duty to- Allah , by whom you demand one of another -your
   rights-, and (be careful) to the ties of kinship; surely Allah ever
   watches over you} (An-Nisa; 4:1), {O you who believe! be careful- of
   your duty- to Allah and speak the right word; He will put your deeds
   into a right state for you, and forgive you your faults; and who ever
   obeys Allah and his Apostle, he indeed achieve a mighty success}
   (Al-Ahzab; 33:70-71).
   Praise be to Allah, reporting the saying of the prophet Shu'aib: {I
   desire nothing but reform so far as I am able, and with non but Allah
   is the direction of my affair to the right and successful path; on him
   do I rely and to him do I turn} (Hud; 11:88).
   Praise be to Allah, saying: {You are the best of the nations raised up
   for -the benefit of- men; you enjoin what is right and forbid the
   wrong and believe in Allah} (Aal-Imraan; 3:110). Allah's blessing and
   salutations on His slave and messenger who said: (The people are close
   to an all encompassing punishment from Allah if they see the oppressor
   and fail to restrain him.)
   It should not be hidden from you that the people of Islam had suffered
   from aggression, iniquity and injustice imposed on them by the
   Zionist-Crusaders alliance and their collaborators; to the extent that
   the Muslims blood became the cheapest and their wealth as loot in the
   hands of the enemies. Their blood was spilled in Palestine and Iraq.
   The horrifying pictures of the massacre of Qana, in Lebanon are still
   fresh in our memory. Massacres in Tajakestan, Burma, Cashmere, Assam,
   Philippine, Fatani, Ogadin, Somalia, Erithria, Chechnia and in
   Bosnia-Herzegovina took place, massacres that send shivers in the body
   and shake the conscience. All of this and the world watch and hear,
   and not only didn't respond to these atrocities, but also with a clear
   conspiracy between the USA and its' allies and under the cover of the
   iniquitous United Nations, the dispossessed people were even prevented
   from obtaining arms to defend themselves.
   The people of Islam awakened and realised that they are the main
   target for the aggression of the Zionist-Crusaders alliance. All false
   claims and propaganda about "Human Rights" were hammered down and
   exposed by the massacres that took place against the Muslims in every
   part of the world.
   The latest and the greatest of these aggressions, incurred by the
   Muslims since the death of the Prophet (ALLAH'S BLESSING AND
   SALUTATIONS ON HIM) is the occupation of the land of the two Holy
   Places -the foundation of the house of Islam, the place of the
   revelation, the source of the message and the place of the noble
   Ka'ba, the Qiblah of all Muslims- by the armies of the American
   Crusaders and their allies. (We bemoan this and can only say: "No
   power and power acquiring except through Allah").
   Under the present circumstances, and under the banner of the blessed
   awakening which is sweeping the world in general and the Islamic world
   in particular, I meet with you today. And after a long absence,
   imposed on the scholars (Ulama) and callers (Da'ees) of Islam by the
   iniquitous crusaders movement under the leadership of the USA; who
   fears that they, the scholars and callers of Islam, will instigate the
   Ummah of Islam against its' enemies as their ancestor scholars-may
   Allah be pleased with them- like Ibn Taymiyyah and Al'iz Ibn
   Abdes-Salaam did. And therefore the Zionist-Crusader alliance resorted
   to killing and arresting the truthful Ulama and the working Da'ees (We
   are not praising or sanctifying them; Allah sanctify whom He pleased).
   They killed the Mujahid Sheikh Abdullah Azzaam, and they arrested the
   Mujahid Sheikh Ahmad Yaseen and the Mujahid Sheikh Omar Abdur Rahman
   (in America).
   By orders from the USA they also arrested a large number of scholars,
   Da'ees and young people - in the land of the two Holy Places- among
   them the prominent Sheikh Salman Al-Oud'a and Sheikh Safar Al-Hawali
   and their brothers; (We bemoan this and can only say: "No power and
   power acquiring except through Allah"). We, myself and my group, have
   suffered some of this injustice ourselves; we have been prevented from
   addressing the Muslims. We have been pursued in Pakistan, Sudan and
   Afghanistan, hence this long absence on my part. But by the Grace of
   Allah, a safe base is now available in the high Hindukush mountains in
   Khurasan ; where--by the Grace of Allah-the largest infidel military
   force of the world was destroyed. And the myth of the super power was
   withered in front of the Mujahideen cries of Allahu Akbar (God is
   greater). Today we work from the same mountains to lift the iniquity
   that had been imposed on the Ummah by the Zionist-Crusader alliance,
   particularly after they have occupied the blessed land around
   Jerusalem, route of the journey of the Prophet (ALLAH'S BLESSING AND
   SALUTATIONS ON HIM) and the land of the two Holy Places. We ask Allah
   to bestow us with victory, He is our Patron and He is the Most
   From here, today we begin the work, talking and discussing the ways of
   correcting what had happened to the Islamic world in general, and the
   Land of the two Holy Places in particular. We wish to study the means
   that we could follow to return the situation to its' normal path. And
   to return to the people their own rights, particularly after the large
   damages and the great aggression on the life and the religion of the
   people. An injustice that had affected every section and group of the
   people; the civilians, military and security men, government officials
   and merchants, the young and the old people as well as schools and
   university students. Hundred of thousands of the unemployed graduates,
   who became the widest section of the society, were also affected.
   Injustice had affected the people of the industry and agriculture. It
   affected the people of the rural and urban areas. And almost every
   body complain about something. The situation at the land of the two
   Holy places became like a huge volcano at the verge of eruption that
   would destroy the Kufr and the corruption and its' sources. The
   explosion at Riyadh and Al-Khobar is a warning of this volcanic
   eruption emerging as a result of the sever oppression, suffering,
   excessive iniquity, humiliation and poverty.
   People are fully concerned about their every day livings; every body
   talks about the deterioration of the economy, inflation, ever
   increasing debts and jails full of prisoners. Government employees
   with limited income talk about debts of ten thousands and hundred
   thousands of Saudi Riyals . They complain that the value of the Riyal
   is greatly and continuously deteriorating among most of the main
   currencies. Great merchants and contractors speak about hundreds and
   thousands of million Riyals owed to them by the government. More than
   three hundred forty billions of Riyal owed by the government to the
   people in addition to the daily accumulated interest, let alone the
   foreign debt. People wonder whether we are the largest oil exporting
   country?! They even believe that this situation is a curse put on them
   by Allah for not objecting to the oppressive and illegitimate
   behaviour and measures of the ruling regime: Ignoring the divine
   Shari'ah law; depriving people of their legitimate rights; allowing
   the American to occupy the land of the two Holy Places; imprisonment,
   unjustly, of the sincere scholars. The honourable Ulamah and scholars
   as well as merchants, economists and eminent people of the country
   were all alerted by this disastrous situation.
   Quick efforts were made by each group to contain and to correct the
   situation. All agreed that the country is heading toward a great
   catastrophe, the depth of which is not known except by Allah. One big
   merchant commented : '' the king is leading the state into 'sixty-six'
   folded disaster'', (We bemoan this and can only say: "No power and
   power acquiring except through Allah"). Numerous princes share with
   the people their feelings, privately expressing their concerns and
   objecting to the corruption, repression and the intimidation taking
   place in the country. But the competition between influential princes
   for personal gains and interest had destroyed the country. Through its
   course of actions the regime has torn off its legitimacy:
   (1) Suspension of the Islamic Shari'ah law and exchanging it with man
   made civil law. The regime entered into a bloody confrontation with
   the truthful Ulamah and the righteous youths (we sanctify nobody;
   Allah sanctify Whom He pleaseth).
   (2) The inability of the regime to protect the country, and allowing
   the enemy of the Ummah - the American crusader forces- to occupy the
   land for the longest of years. The crusader forces became the main
   cause of our disastrous condition, particularly in the economical
   aspect of it due to the unjustified heavy spending on these forces. As
   a result of the policy imposed on the country, especially in the field
   of oil industry where production is restricted or expanded and prices
   are fixed to suit the American economy ignoring the economy of the
   country. Expensive deals were imposed on the country to purchase arms.
   People asking what is the justification for the very existence of the
   regime then?
   Quick efforts were made by individuals and by different groups of the
   society to contain the situation and to prevent the danger. They
   advised the government both privately and openly; they send letters
   and poems, reports after reports, reminders after reminders, they
   explored every avenue and enlist every influential man in their
   movement of reform and correction. They wrote with style of passion,
   diplomacy and wisdom asking for corrective measures and repentance
   from the "great wrong doings and corruption " that had engulfed even
   the basic principles of the religion and the legitimate rights of the
   But -to our deepest regret- the regime refused to listen to the people
   accusing them of being ridiculous and imbecile. The matter got worse
   as previous wrong doings were followed by mischief's of greater
   magnitudes. All of this taking place in the land of the two Holy
   Places! It is no longer possible to be quiet. It is not acceptable to
   give a blind eye to this matter.
   As the extent of these infringements reached the highest of levels and
   turned into demolishing forces threatening the very existence of the
   Islamic principles, a group of scholars-who can take no more-
   supported by hundreds of retired officials, merchants, prominent and
   educated people wrote to the King asking for implementation of the
   corrective measures. In 1411 A.H. (May 1991), at the time of the gulf
   war, a letter, the famous letter of Shawwaal, with over four hundred
   signatures was send to the king demanding the lift of oppression and
   the implementation of corrective actions. The king humiliated those
   people and choose to ignore the content of their letter; and the very
   bad situation of the country became even worse.
   People, however, tried again and send more letters and petitions. One
   particular report, the glorious Memorandum Of Advice, was handed over
   to the king on Muharram, 1413 A.H (July 1992), which tackled the
   problem pointed out the illness and prescribed the medicine in an
   original, righteous and scientific style. It described the gaps and
   the shortcoming in the philosophy of the regime and suggested the
   required course of action and remedy. The report gave a description
   (1) The intimidation and harassment suffered by the leaders of the
   society, the scholars, heads of tribes, merchants, academic teachers
   and other eminent individuals;
   (2) The situation of the law within the country and the arbitrary
   declaration of what is Halal and Haram (lawful and unlawful)
   regardless of the Shari'ah as instituted by Allah;
   (3) The state of the press and the media which became a tool of
   truth-hiding and misinformation; the media carried out the plan of the
   enemy of idolising cult of certain personalities and spreading
   scandals among the believers to repel the people away from their
   religion, as Allah, the Exalted said: {surely- as for- those who love
   that scandal should circulate between the believers, they shall have a
   grievous chastisement in this world and in the here after} (An-Noor,
   (4) Abuse and confiscation of human rights;
   (5) The financial and the economical situation of the country and the
   frightening future in the view of the enormous amount of debts and
   interest owed by the government; this is at the time when the wealth
   of the Ummah being wasted to satisfy personal desires of certain
   individuals!! while imposing more custom duties and taxes on the
   nation. (the prophet said about the woman who committed adultery: "She
   repented in such a way sufficient to bring forgiveness to a custom
   (6) The miserable situation of the social services and infra-structure
   especially the water service and supply , the basic requirement of
   (7) The state of the ill-trained and ill-prepared army and the
   impotence of its commander in chief despite the incredible amount of
   money that has been spent on the army. The gulf war clearly exposed
   the situation.,
   (8) Shari'a law was suspended and man made law was used instead.,
   (9) And as far as the foreign policy is concerned the report exposed
   not only how this policy has disregarded the Islamic issues and
   ignored the Muslims, but also how help and support were provided to
   the enemy against the Muslims; the cases of Gaza-Ariha and the
   communist in the south of Yemen are still fresh in the memory, and
   more can be said.
   As stated by the people of knowledge, it is not a secret that to use
   man made law instead of the Shari'a and to support the infidels
   against the Muslims is one of the ten "voiders" that would strip a
   person from his Islamic status (turn a Muslim into a Mushrik, non
   believer status). The All Mighty said: {and whoever did not judge by
   what Allah revealed, those are the unbelievers} (Al-Ma'ida; 5:44), and
   {but no! by your Lord! they do not believe (in reality) until they
   make you a judge of that which has become a matter of disagreement
   among them, and then do not find the slightest misgiving in their
   hearts as to what you have decided and submit with entire submission}
   (An-Nissa; 4:65).
   In spite of the fact that the report was written with soft words and
   very diplomatic style, reminding of Allah, giving truthful sincere
   advice, and despite of the importance of advice in Islam - being
   absolutely essential for those in charge of the people- and the large
   number who signed this document as well as their supporters, all of
   that was not an intercession for the Memorandum . Its' content was
   rejected and those who signed it and their sympathisers were
   ridiculed, prevented from travel, punished and even jailed.
   Therefore it is very clear that the advocates of correction and reform
   movement were very keen on using peaceful means in order to protect
   the unity of the country and to prevent blood shed. Why is it then the
   regime closed all peaceful routes and pushed the people toward armed
   actions?!! which is the only choice left for them to implement
   righteousness and justice. To whose benefit does prince Sultan and
   prince Nayeff push the country into a civil war that will destroy
   everything? and why consulting those who ignites internal feuds,
   playing the people against each other and instigate the policemen, the
   sons of the nation, to abort the reform movement. While leaving in
   peace and security such traitors who implement the policy of the enemy
   in order to bleed the financial and the human resources of the Ummah,
   and leaving the main enemy in the area-the American Zionist alliance
   enjoy peace and security?!
   The advisor (Zaki Badr, the Egyptian ex-minister of the interior) to
   prince Nayeff -minister of interior- was not acceptable even to his
   own country; he was sacked from his position there due to the filthy
   attitude and the aggression he exercised on his own people, yet he was
   warmly welcomed by prince Nayeff to assist in sins and aggressions. He
   unjustly filled the prisons with the best sons of this Ummah and
   caused miseries to their mothers. Does the regime want to play the
   civilians against their military personnel and vice versa, like what
   had happened in some of the neighbouring countries?!! No doubts this
   is the policy of the American-Israeli alliance as they are the first
   to benefit from this situation.
   But with the grace of Allah, the majority of the nation, both
   civilians and military individuals are aware of the wicked plan. They
   refused to be played against each others and to be used by the regime
   as a tool to carry out the policy of the American-Israeli alliance
   through their agent in our country: the Saudi regime.
   Therefore every one agreed that the situation can not be rectified
   (the shadow cannot be straighten when its' source, the rod, is not
   straight either) unless the root of the problem is tackled. Hence it
   is essential to hit the main enemy who divided the Ummah into small
   and little countries and pushed it, for the last few decades, into a
   state of confusion. The Zionist-Crusader alliance moves quickly to
   contain and abort any "corrective movement" appearing in the Islamic
   countries. Different means and methods are used to achieve their
   target; on occasion the "movement" is dragged into an armed struggle
   at a predetermined unfavourable time and place. Sometime officials
   from the Ministry of Interior, who are also graduates of the colleges
   of the Shari'ah, are leashed out to mislead and confuse the nation and
   the Ummah (by wrong Fatwas) and to circulate false information about
   the movement. At other occasions some righteous people were tricked
   into a war of words against the Ulama and the leaders of the movement,
   wasting the energy of the nation in discussing minor issues and
   ignoring the main one that is the unification of the people under the
   divine law of Allah.
   In the shadow of these discussions and arguments truthfulness is
   covered by the falsehood, and personal feuds and partisanship created
   among the people increasing the division and the weakness of the
   Ummah; priorities of the Islamic work are lost while the blasphemy and
   polytheism continue its grip and control over the Ummah. We should be
   alert to these atrocious plans carried out by the Ministry of
   Interior. The right answer is to follow what have been decided by the
   people of knowledge, as was said by Ibn Taymiyyah (Allah's mercy upon
   him): "people of Islam should join forces and support each other to
   get rid of the main "Kufr" who is controlling the countries of the
   Islamic world, even to bear the lesser damage to get rid of the major
   one, that is the great Kufr".
   If there are more than one duty to be carried out, then the most
   important one should receive priority. Clearly after Belief (Imaan)
   there is no more important duty than pushing the American enemy out of
   the holy land. No other priority, except Belief, could be considered
   before it; the people of knowledge, Ibn Taymiyyah, stated: "to fight
   in defence of religion and Belief is a collective duty; there is no
   other duty after Belief than fighting the enemy who is corrupting the
   life and the religion. There is no preconditions for this duty and the
   enemy should be fought with one best abilities. (ref: supplement of
   Fatawa). If it is not possible to push back the enemy except by the
   collective movement of the Muslim people, then there is a duty on the
   Muslims to ignore the minor differences among themselves; the ill
   effect of ignoring these differences, at a given period of time, is
   much less than the ill effect of the occupation of the Muslims' land
   by the main Kufr. Ibn Taymiyyah had explained this issue and
   emphasised the importance of dealing with the major threat on the
   expense of the minor one. He described the situation of the Muslims
   and the Mujahideen and stated that even the military personnel who are
   not practising Islam are not exempted from the duty of Jihad against
   the enemy.
   Ibn Taymiyyah , after mentioning the Moguls (Tatar) and their
   behaviour in changing the law of Allah, stated that: the ultimate aim
   of pleasing Allah, raising His word, instituting His religion and
   obeying His messenger (ALLAH'S BLESSING AND SALUTATIONS ON HIM) is to
   fight the enemy, in every aspects and in a complete manner; if the
   danger to the religion from not fighting is greater than that of
   fighting, then it is a duty to fight them even if the intention of
   some of the fighter is not pure i.e . fighting for the sake of
   leadership (personal gain) or if they do not observe some of the rules
   and commandments of Islam. To repel the greatest of the two dangers on
   the expense of the lesser one is an Islamic principle which should be
   observed. It was the tradition of the people of the Sunnah
   (Ahlul-Sunnah) to join and invade- fight- with the righteous and non
   righteous men. Allah may support this religion by righteous and non
   righteous people as told by the prophet (ALLAH'S BLESSING AND
   SALUTATIONS ON HIM). If it is not possible to fight except with the
   help of non righteous military personnel and commanders, then there
   are two possibilities: either fighting will be ignored and the others,
   who are the great danger to this life and religion, will take control;
   or to fight with the help of non righteous rulers and therefore
   repelling the greatest of the two dangers and implementing most,
   though not all, of the Islamic laws. The latter option is the right
   duty to be carried out in these circumstances and in many other
   similar situation. In fact many of the fights and conquests that took
   place after the time of Rashidoon, the guided Imams, were of this
   type. (majmoo' al Fatawa, 26/506).
   No one, not even a blind or a deaf person , can deny the presence of
   the widely spread mischief's or the prevalence of the great sins that
   had reached the grievous iniquity of polytheism and to share with
   Allah in His sole right of sovereignty and making of the law. The All
   Mighty stated: {And when Luqman said to his son while he admonish him:
   O my son! do not associate ought with Allah; most surely polytheism is
   a grievous iniquity} (Luqman; 31:13). Man fabricated laws were put
   forward permitting what has been forbidden by Allah such as usury
   (Riba) and other matters. Banks dealing in usury are competing, for
   lands, with the two Holy Places and declaring war against Allah by
   disobeying His order {Allah has allowed trading and forbidden usury}
   (Baqarah; 2:275). All this taking place at the vicinity of the Holy
   Mosque in the Holy Land! Allah (SWT) stated in His Holy Book a unique
   promise (that had not been promised to any other sinner) to the
   Muslims who deals in usury: {O you who believe! Be careful of your
   duty to Allah and relinquish what remains (due) from usury, if you are
   believers * But if you do (it) not, then be appraised of WAR from
   Allah and His Apostle} (Baqarah; 2:278-279). This is for the "Muslim"
   who deals in usury (believing that it is a sin), what is it then to
   the person who make himself a partner and equal to Allah, legalising
   (usury and other sins) what has been forbidden by Allah. Despite of
   all of the above we see the government misled and dragged some of the
   righteous Ulamah and Da'ees away from the issue of objecting to the
   greatest of sins and Kufr. (We bemoan this and can only say: "No power
   and power acquiring except through Allah").

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   Ladenese Epistle: Declaration of War (Part II)
   'A suitable means of fighting must be adopted'
   Continued from Page 1
   Under such circumstances, to push the enemy-the greatest Kufr- out of
   the country is a prime duty. No other duty after Belief is more
   important than the duty of had . Utmost effort should be made to
   prepare and instigate the Ummah against the enemy, the
   American-Israeli alliance- occupying the country of the two Holy
   Places and the route of the Apostle (Allah's Blessings and Salutations
   may be on him) to the Furthest Mosque (Al-Aqsa Mosque). Also to remind
   the Muslims not to be engaged in an internal war among themselves, as
   that will have grieve consequences namely:
   1-consumption of the Muslims human resources as most casualties and
   fatalities will be among the Muslims people.
   2-Exhaustion of the economic and financial resources.
   3-Destruction of the country infrastructures
   4-Dissociation of the society
   5-Destruction of the oil industries. The presence of the USA Crusader
   military forces on land, sea and air of the states of the Islamic Gulf
   is the greatest danger threatening the largest oil reserve in the
   world. The existence of these forces in the area will provoke the
   people of the country and induces aggression on their religion,
   feelings and prides and push them to take up armed struggle against
   the invaders occupying the land; therefore spread of the fighting in
   the region will expose the oil wealth to the danger of being burned
   up. The economic interests of the States of the Gulf and the land of
   the two Holy Places will be damaged and even a greater damage will be
   caused to the economy of the world. I would like here to alert my
   brothers, the Mujahideen, the sons of the nation, to protect this
   (oil) wealth and not to include it in the battle as it is a great
   Islamic wealth and a large economical power essential for the soon to
   be established Islamic state, by Allah's Permission and Grace. We also
   warn the aggressors, the USA, against burning this Islamic wealth (a
   crime which they may commit in order to prevent it, at the end of the
   war, from falling in the hands of its legitimate owners and to cause
   economic damages to the competitors of the USA in Europe or the Far
   East, particularly Japan which is the major consumer of the oil of the
   6-Division of the land of the two Holy Places, and annexing of the
   northerly part of it by Israel. Dividing the land of the two Holy
   Places is an essential demand of the Zionist-Crusader alliance. The
   existence of such a large country with its huge resources under the
   leadership of the forthcoming Islamic State, by Allah's Grace,
   represent a serious danger to the very existence of the Zionist state
   in Palestine. The Nobel Ka'ba, -the Qiblah of all Muslims- makes the
   land of the two Holy Places a symbol for the unity of the Islamic
   world. Moreover, the presence of the world largest oil reserve makes
   the land of the two Holy Places an important economical power in the
   Islamic world. The sons of the two Holy Places are directly related to
   the life style (Seerah) of their forefathers, the companions, may
   Allah be pleased with them. They consider the Seerah of their
   forefathers as a source and an example for re-establishing the
   greatness of this Ummah and to raise the word of Allah again.
   Furthermore the presence of a population of fighters in the south of
   Yemen, fighting in the cause of Allah, is a strategic threat to the
   Zionist-Crusader alliance in the area. The Prophet (ALLAH'S BLESSING
   AND SALUTATIONS ON HIM) said: (around twelve thousands will emerge
   from Aden/Abian helping -the cause of- Allah and His messenger, they
   are the best, in the time, between me and them) narrated by Ahmad with
   a correct trustworthy reference.
   7-An internal war is a great mistake, no matter what reasons are there
   for it. the presence of the occupier-the USA- forces will control the
   outcome of the battle for the benefit of the international Kufr.
   I address now my brothers of the security and military forces and the
   national guards may Allah preserve you hoard for Islam and the Muslims
   O you protectors of unity and guardians of Faith; O you descendent of
   the ancestors who carried the light (torch) of guidance and spread it
   all over the world. O you grandsons of Sa'd Ibn Abi Waqqaas ,
   Almothanna Ibn Haritha Ash-Shaybani , Alga'ga' Ibn Amroo Al-Tameemi
   and those pious companions who fought Jihad alongside them; you
   competed to join the army and the guard forces with the intention to
   carry out Jihad in the cause of Allah -raising His word- and to defend
   the faith of Islam and the land of the two Holy Places against the
   invaders and the occupying forces. That is the ultimate level of
   believing in this religion "Deen". But the regime had reversed these
   principles and their understanding, humiliating the Ummah and
   disobeying Allah. Half a century ago the rulers promised the Ummah to
   regain the first Qiblah, but fifty years later new generation arrived
   and the promises have been changed; Al-Aqsa Mosque handed over to the
   Zionists and the wounds of the Ummah still bleeding there. At the time
   when the Ummah has not regained the first Qiblah and the rout of the
   journey of the Prophet (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on
   him), and despite of all of the above, the Saudi regime had stunt the
   Ummah in the remaining sanctities, the Holy city of Makka and the
   mosque of the Prophet (Al-Masjid An-Nabawy), by calling the Christians
   army to defend the regime. The crusaders were permitted to be in the
   land of the two Holy Places. Not surprisingly though, the King himself
   wore the cross on his chest. The country was widely opened from the
   north-to- the south and from east-to-the west for the crusaders. The
   land was filled with the military bases of the USA and the allies. The
   regime became unable to keep control without the help of these bases.
   You know more than any body else about the size, intention and the
   danger of the presence of the USA military bases in the area. The
   regime betrayed the Ummah and joined the Kufr, assisting and helping
   them against the Muslims. It is well known that this is one of the ten
   "voiders" of Islam, deeds of de-Islamisation. By opening the Arab
   peninsula to the crusaders the regime disobeyed and acted against what
   has been enjoined by the messenger of Allah (Allah's Blessings and
   Salutations may be on him), while he was at the bed of his death:
   (Expel the polytheists out of the Arab Peninsula); (narrated by
   Al-Bukhari) and: (If I survive, Allah willing, I'll expel the Jews and
   the Christians out of the Arab Peninsula); saheeh Aljame' As-Sagheer.
   It is out of date and no longer acceptable to claim that the presence
   of the crusaders is necessity and only a temporary measures to protect
   the land of the two Holy Places. Especially when the civil and the
   military infrastructures of Iraq were savagely destroyed showing the
   depth of the Zionist-Crusaders hatred to the Muslims and their
   children, and the rejection of the idea of replacing the crusaders
   forces by an Islamic force composed of the sons of the country and
   other Muslim people. moreover the foundations of the claim and the
   claim it self were demolished and wiped out by the sequence of
   speeches given by the leaders of the Kuffar in America. The latest of
   these speeches was the one given by William Perry, the Defense
   Secretary, after the explosion in Al-Khobar saying that: the presence
   of the American solders there is to protect the interest of the USA.
   The imprisoned Sheikh Safar Al-Hawali, may Allah hasten his release,
   wrote a book of seventy pages; in it he presented evidence and proof
   that the presence of the Americans in the Arab Peninsula is a
   pre-planed military occupation. The regime want to deceive the Muslim
   people in the same manner when the Palestinian fighters, Mujahideen,
   were deceived causing the loss of Al-Aqsa Mosque. In 1304 A.H (1936
   AD) the awakened Muslims nation of Palestine started their great
   struggle, Jihad, against the British occupying forces. Britain was
   impotent to stop the Mujahideen and their Jihad, but their devil
   inspired that there is no way to stop the armed struggle in Palestine
   unless through their agent King Abdul Azeez, who managed to deceives
   the Mujahideen. King Abdul Azeez carried out his duty to his British
   masters. He sent his two sons to meet the Mujahideen leaders and to
   inform them that King Abdul Azeez would guarantee the promises made by
   the British government in leaving the area and responding positively
   to the demands of the Mujahideen if the latter stop their Jihad. And
   so King Abdul Azeez caused the loss of the first Qiblah of the Muslims
   people. The King joined the crusaders against the Muslims and instead
   of supporting the Mujahideen in the cause of Allah, to liberate the
   Al-Aqsa Mosque, he disappointed and humiliated them.
   Today, his son, king Fahd, trying to deceive the Muslims for the
   second time so as to loose what is left of the sanctities. When the
   Islamic world resented the arrival of the crusader forces to the land
   of the two Holy Places, the king told lies to the Ulamah (who issued
   Fatwas about the arrival of the Americans) and to the gathering of the
   Islamic leaders at the conference of Rabitah which was held in the
   Holy City of Makka. The King said that: "the issue is simple, the
   American and the alliance forces will leave the area in few months".
   Today it is seven years since their arrival and the regime is not able
   to move them out of the country. The regime made no confession about
   its inability and carried on lying to the people claiming that the
   American will leave. But never-never again ; a believer will not be
   bitten twice from the same hole or snake! Happy is the one who takes
   note of the sad experience of the others!!
   Instead of motivating the army, the guards, and the security men to
   oppose the occupiers, the regime used these men to protect the
   invaders, and further deepening the humiliation and the betrayal. (We
   bemoan this and can only say: "No power and power acquiring except
   through Allah"). To those little group of men within the army, police
   and security forces, who have been tricked and pressured by the regime
   to attack the Muslims and spill their blood, we would like to remind
   them of the narration: (I promise war against those who take my
   friends as their enemy) narrated by Al--Bukhari. And his saying
   (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him) saying of: ( In the
   day of judgement a man comes holding another and complaining being
   slain by him. Allah, blessed be His Names, asks: Why did you slay
   him?! The accused replies: I did so that all exaltation may be Yours.
   Allah, blessed be His Names, says: All exaltation is indeed mine!
   Another man comes holding a fourth with a similar complaint. Allah,
   blessed be His Names, asks: Why did you kill him?! The accused
   replies: I did so that exaltation may be for Mr. X! Allah, blessed be
   His Names, says: exaltation is mine, not for Mr. X, carry all the
   slain man's sins (and proceed to the Hell fire)!). In another wording
   of An-Nasa'i: "The accused says: for strengthening the rule or kingdom
   of Mr. X"
   Today your brothers and sons, the sons of the two Holy Places, have
   started their Jihad in the cause of Allah, to expel the occupying
   enemy from of the country of the two Holy places. And there is no
   doubt you would like to carry out this mission too, in order to
   re-establish the greatness of this Ummah and to liberate its' occupied
   sanctities. Nevertheless, it must be obvious to you that, due to the
   imbalance of power between our armed forces and the enemy forces, a
   suitable means of fighting must be adopted i.e using fast moving light
   forces that work under complete secrecy. In other word to initiate a
   guerrilla warfare, were the sons of the nation, and not the military
   forces, take part in it. And as you know, it is wise, in the present
   circumstances, for the armed military forces not to be engaged in a
   conventional fighting with the forces of the crusader enemy (the
   exceptions are the bold and the forceful operations carried out by the
   members of the armed forces individually, that is without the movement
   of the formal forces in its conventional shape and hence the responses
   will not be directed, strongly, against the army) unless a big
   advantage is likely to be achieved; and great losses induced on the
   enemy side (that would shaken and destroy its foundations and
   infrastructures) that will help to expel the defeated enemy from the
   The Mujahideen, your brothers and sons, requesting that you support
   them in every possible way by supplying them with the necessary
   information, materials and arms. Security men are especially asked to
   cover up for the Mujahideen and to assist them as much as possible
   against the occupying enemy; and to spread rumours, fear and
   discouragement among the members of the enemy forces.
   We bring to your attention that the regime, in order to create a
   friction and feud between the Mujahideen and yourselves, might resort
   to take a deliberate action against personnel of the security, guards
   and military forces and blame the Mujahideen for these actions. The
   regime should not be allowed to have such opportunity.
   The regime is fully responsible for what had been incurred by the
   country and the nation; however the occupying American enemy is the
   principle and the main cause of the situation . Therefore efforts
   should be concentrated on destroying, fighting and killing the enemy
   until, by the Grace of Allah, it is completely defeated. The time will
   come -by the Permission of Allah- when you'll perform your decisive
   role so that the word of Allah will be supreme and the word of the
   infidels (Kaferoon) will be the inferior. You will hit with iron fist
   against the aggressors. You'll re-establish the normal course and give
   the people their rights and carry out your truly Islamic duty. Allah
   willing, I'll have a separate talk about these issues.
   My Muslim Brothers (particularly those of the Arab Peninsula): The
   money you pay to buy American goods will be transformed into bullets
   and used against our brothers in Palestine and tomorrow (future)
   against our sons in the land of the two Holy places. By buying these
   goods we are strengthening their economy while our dispossession and
   poverty increases.
   Muslims Brothers of land of the two Holy Places:
   It is incredible that our country is the world largest buyer of arms
   from the USA and the area biggest commercial partners of the Americans
   who are assisting their Zionist brothers in occupying Palestine and in
   evicting and killing the Muslims there, by providing arms, men and
   financial supports.
   To deny these occupiers from the enormous revenues of their trading
   with our country is a very important help for our Jihad against them.
   To express our anger and hate to them is a very important moral
   gesture. By doing so we would have taken part in (the process of )
   cleansing our sanctities from the crusaders and the Zionists and
   forcing them, by the Permission of Allah, to leave disappointed and
   We expect the woman of the land of the two Holy Places and other
   countries to carry out their role in boycotting the American goods.
   If economical boycotting is intertwined with the military operations
   of the Mujahideen, then defeating the enemy will be even nearer, by
   the Permission of Allah. However if Muslims don't co-operate and
   support their Mujahideen brothers then , in effect, they are supplying
   the army of the enemy with financial help and extending the war and
   increasing the suffering of the Muslims.
   The security and the intelligence services of the entire world can not
   force a single citizen to buy the goods of his/her enemy. Economical
   boycotting of the American goods is a very effective weapon of hitting
   and weakening the enemy, and it is not under the control of the
   security forces of the regime.
   Before closing my talk, I have a very important message to the youths
   of Islam, men of the brilliant future of the Ummah of Muhammad
   (ALLAH'S BLESSING AND SALUTATIONS ON HIM). Our talk with the youths
   about their duty in this difficult period in the history of our Ummah.
   A period in which the youths and no one else came forward to carry out
   the variable and different duties. While some of the well known
   individuals had hesitated in their duty of defending Islam and saving
   themselves and their wealth from the injustice, aggression and terror
   -exercised by the government- the youths (may Allah protect them) were
   forthcoming and raised the banner of Jihad against the
   American-Zionist alliance occupying the sanctities of Islam. Others
   who have been tricked into loving this materialistic world, and those
   who have been terrorised by the government choose to give legitimacy
   to the greatest betrayal , the occupation of the land of the two Holy
   Places (We bemoan this and can only say: "No power and power acquiring
   except through Allah"). We are not surprised from the action of our
   youths. The youths were the companions of Muhammad (Allah's Blessings
   and Salutations may be on him), and was it not the youths themselves
   who killed Aba-Jahl, the Pharaoh of this Ummah?. Our youths are the
   best descendent of the best ancestors.
   Abdul-Rahman Ibn Awf -may Allah be pleased with him- said: (I was at
   Badr where I noticed two youths one to my right and the other to my
   left. One of them asked me quietly (so not to be heard by the other) :
   O uncle point out Aba-Jahl to me. What do you want him for? , said
   Abdul Rahman. The boy answered: I have been informed that he-
   Aba-Jahl- abused the Messenger of Allah (), I swear by Allah, who have
   my soul in His hand, that if I see Aba-Jahl I'll not let my shadow
   departs his shadow till one of us is dead. I was astonished, said
   Abdul Rahman; then the other youth said the same thing as the first
   one. Subsequently I saw Aba-Jahl among the people; I said to the boys
   do you see? this is the man you are asking me about. The two youths
   hit Aba-Jahl with their swords till he was dead. Allah is the
   greatest, Praise be to Him: Two youths of young age but with great
   perseverance, enthusiasm, courage and pride for the religion of
   Allah's, each one of them asking about the most important act of
   killing that should be induced on the enemy. That is the killing of
   the pharaoh of this Ummah - Aba Jahl-, the leader of the unbelievers
   (Mushrikeen) at the battle of Badr. The role of Abdul Rahman Ibn Awf ,
   may Allah be pleased with him, was to direct the two youths toward
   Aba-Jahl. That was the perseverance and the enthusiasm of the youths
   of that time and that was the perseverance and the enthusiasm of their
   fathers. It is this role that is now required from the people who have
   the expertise and knowledge in fighting the enemy. They should guide
   their brothers and sons in this matter; once that has been done, then
   our youths will repeat what their forefathers had said before: "I
   swear by Allah if I see him I'll not let my shadow to departs from his
   shadow till one of us is dead".
   And the story of Abdur-Rahman Ibn Awf about Ummayyah Ibn Khalaf shows
   the extent of Bilal's (may Allah be pleased with him) persistence in
   killing the head of the Kufr: "the head of Kufr is Ummayyah Ibn
   Khalaf.... I shall live not if he survives" said Bilal.
   Few days ago the news agencies had reported that the Defence Secretary
   of the Crusading Americans had said that "the explosion at Riyadh and
   Al-Khobar had taught him one lesson: that is not to withdraw when
   attacked by coward terrorists".
   We say to the Defence Secretary that his talk can induce a grieving
   mother to laughter! and shows the fears that had enshrined you all.
   Where was this false courage of yours when the explosion in Beirut
   took place on 1983 AD (1403 A.H). You were turned into scattered pits
   and pieces at that time; 241 mainly marines solders were killed. And
   where was this courage of yours when two explosions made you to leave
   Aden in lees than twenty four hours!
   But your most disgraceful case was in Somalia; where- after vigorous
   propaganda about the power of the USA and its post cold war leadership
   of the new world order- you moved tens of thousands of international
   force, including twenty eight thousands American solders into Somalia.
   However, when tens of your solders were killed in minor battles and
   one American Pilot was dragged in the streets of Mogadishu you left
   the area carrying disappointment, humiliation, defeat and your dead
   with you. Clinton appeared in front of the whole world threatening and
   promising revenge , but these threats were merely a preparation for
   withdrawal. You have been disgraced by Allah and you withdrew; the
   extent of your impotence and weaknesses became very clear. It was a
   pleasure for the "heart" of every Muslim and a remedy to the "chests"
   of believing nations to see you defeated in the three Islamic cities
   of Beirut , Aden and Mogadishu.
   I say to Secretary of Defence: The sons of the land of the two Holy
   Places had come out to fight against the Russian in Afghanistan, the
   Serb in Bosnia-Herzegovina and today they are fighting in Chechenia
   and -by the Permission of Allah- they have been made victorious over
   your partner, the Russians. By the command of Allah, they are also
   fighting in Tajakistan.
   I say: Since the sons of the land of the two Holy Places feel and
   strongly believe that fighting (Jihad) against the Kuffar in every
   part of the world, is absolutely essential; then they would be even
   more enthusiastic, more powerful and larger in number upon fighting on
   their own land- the place of their births- defending the greatest of
   their sanctities, the noble Ka'ba (the Qiblah of all Muslims). They
   know that the Muslims of the world will assist and help them to
   victory. To liberate their sanctities is the greatest of issues
   concerning all Muslims; It is the duty of every Muslims in this world.
   I say to you William (Defence Secretary) that: These youths love death
   as you loves life. They inherit dignity, pride, courage, generosity,
   truthfulness and sacrifice from father to father. They are most
   delivering and steadfast at war. They inherit these values from their
   ancestors (even from the time of the Jaheliyyah, before Islam). These
   values were approved and completed by the arriving Islam as stated by
   the messenger of Allah (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on
   him): "I have been send to perfecting the good values". (Saheeh
   Al-Jame' As-Sagheer).
   When the pagan King Amroo Ibn Hind tried to humiliate the pagan Amroo
   Ibn Kulthoom, the latter cut the head of the King with his sword
   rejecting aggression, humiliation and indignation.
   If the king oppresses the people excessively, we reject submitting to
   By which legitimacy (or command) O Amroo bin Hind you want us to be
   By which legitimacy (or command) O Amroo bin Hind you listen to our
   foes and disrespect us?!
   Our toughness has, O Amroo, tired the enemies before you, never giving

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   Our youths believe in paradise after death. They believe that taking
   part in fighting will not bring their day nearer; and staying behind
   will not postpone their day either. Exalted be to Allah who said: {And
   a soul will not die but with the permission of Allah, the term is
   fixed} (Aal Imraan; 3:145). Our youths believe in the saying of the
   messenger of Allah (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him):
   "O boy, I teach a few words; guard (guard the cause of, keep the
   commandments of) Allah, then He guards you, guard (the cause of )
   Allah, then He will be with you; if you ask (for your need) ask Allah,
   if you seek assistance, seek Allah's; and know definitely that if the
   Whole World gathered to (bestow) profit on you they will not profit
   you except with what was determined for you by Allah, and if they
   gathered to harm you they will not harm you except with what has been
   determined for you by Allah; Pen lifted, papers dried, it is fixed
   nothing in these truths can be changed" Saheeh Al-Jame' As-Sagheer.
   Our youths took note of the meaning of the poetic verse:
   "If death is a predetermined must, then it is a shame to die
   and the other poet saying:
   "Who do not die by the sword will die by other reason; many causes are
   there but one death".
   These youths believe in what has been told by Allah and His messenger
   (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him) about the greatness
   of the reward for the Mujahideen and Martyrs; Allah, the most exalted
   said: {and -so far- those who are slain in the way of Allah, He will
   by no means allow their deeds to perish. He will guide them and
   improve their condition. and cause them to enter the garden -paradise-
   which He has made known to them}. (Muhammad; 47:4-6). Allah the
   Exalted also said: {and do not speak of those who are slain in Allah's
   way as dead; nay -they are- alive, but you do not perceive} (Bagarah;
   2:154). His messenger (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on
   him) said: "for those who strive in His cause Allah prepared hundred
   degrees (levels) in paradise; in-between two degrees as the in-between
   heaven and earth". Saheeh Al-Jame' As-Sagheer. He (Allah's Blessings
   and Salutations may be on him) also said: "the best of the martyrs are
   those who do NOT turn their faces away from the battle till they are
   killed. They are in the high level of Jannah (paradise). Their Lord
   laughs to them ( in pleasure) and when your Lord laughs to a slave of
   His, He will not hold him to an account". narrated by Ahmad with
   correct and trustworthy reference. And : "a martyr will not feel the
   pain of death except like how you feel when you are pinched". Saheeh
   Al-Jame' As-Sagheer. He also said: "a martyr privileges are guaranteed
   by Allah; forgiveness with the first gush of his blood, he will be
   shown his seat in paradise, he will be decorated with the jewels of
   belief (Imaan), married off to the beautiful ones, protected from the
   test in the grave, assured security in the day of judgement, crowned
   with the crown of dignity, a ruby of which is better than this whole
   world (Duniah) and its' entire content, wedded to seventy two of the
   pure Houries (beautiful ones of Paradise) and his intercession on the
   behalf of seventy of his relatives will be accepted". Narrated by
   Ahmad and At-Tirmithi (with the correct and trustworthy reference).
   Those youths know that their rewards in fighting you, the USA, is
   double than their rewards in fighting some one else not from the
   people of the book. They have no intention except to enter paradise by
   killing you. An infidel, and enemy of God like you, cannot be in the
   same hell with his righteous executioner.
   Our youths chanting and reciting the word of Allah, the most exalted:
   {fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to
   disgrace, and assist you against them and heal the heart of a
   believing people} (At-Taubah; 9:14) and the words of the prophet
   (ALLAH'S BLESSING AND SALUTATIONS ON HIM): "I swear by Him, who has my
   soul in His hand, that no man get killed fighting them today,
   patiently attacking and not retreating ,surely Allah will let him into
   paradise". And his (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him)
   saying to them: "get up to a paradise as wide as heaven and earth".
   The youths also reciting the All Mighty words of: "so when you meat in
   battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks..." (Muhammad;
   47:19). Those youths will not ask you (William Perry) for
   explanations, they will tell you singing there is nothing between us
   need to be explained, there is only killing and neck smiting.
   And they will say to you what their grand father, Haroon Ar-Rasheed,
   Ameer-ul-Mu'meneen, replied to your grandfather, Nagfoor, the
   Byzantine emperor, when he threatened the Muslims: "from Haroon
   Ar-Rasheed, Ameer-ul-Mu'meneen, to Nagfoor, the dog of the Romans; the
   answer is what you will see not what you hear". Haroon El-Rasheed led
   the armies of Islam to the battle and handed Nagfoor a devastating
   The youths you called cowards are competing among themselves for
   fighting and killing you. reciting what one of them said:
   The crusader army became dust when we detonated al-Khobar.
   With courageous youth of Islam fearing no danger.
   If (they are) threatened: The tyrants will kill you, they reply my
   death is a victory.
   I did not betray that king, he did betray our Qiblah.
   And he permitted in the holy country the most filthy sort of humans.
   I have made an oath by Allah, the Great, to fight who ever rejected
   the faith.
   For more than a decade, they carried arms on their shoulders in
   Afghanistan and they have made vows to Allah that as long as they are
   alive, they will continue to carry arms against you until you are
   -Allah willing- expelled, defeated and humiliated, they will carry on
   as long as they live saying:
   O William, tomorrow you will know which young man is confronting your
   misguided brethren!
   A youth fighting in smile, returning with the spear coloured red.
   May Allah keep me close to knights, humans in peace, demons in war.
   Lions in Jungle but their teeth are spears and Indian swords.
   The horses witness that I push them hard forwarded in the fire of
   The dust of the battle bears witnesses for me, so also the fighting
   itself, the pens and the books!
   So to abuse the grandsons of the companions, may Allah be pleased with
   them, by calling them cowards and challenging them by refusing to
   leave the land of the two Holy Places shows the insanity and the
   imbalance you are suffering from. Its appropriate "remedy," however,
   is in the hands of the youths of Islam, as the poet said:
   I am willing to sacrifice self and wealth for knights who never
   disappointed me.
   Knights who are never fed up or deterred by death, even if the mill of
   war turns.
   In the heat of battle they do not care, and cure the insanity of the
   enemy by their 'insane' courage.
   Terrorising you, while you are carrying arms on our land, is a
   legitimate and morally demanded duty. It is a legitimate right well
   known to all humans and other creatures. Your example and our example
   is like a snake which entered into a house of a man and got killed by
   him. The coward is the one who lets you walk, while carrying arms,
   freely on his land and provides you with peace and security.
   Those youths are different from your soldiers. Your problem will be
   how to convince your troops to fight, while our problem will be how to
   restrain our youths to wait for their turn in fighting and in
   operations. These youths are commendation and praiseworthy.
   They stood up tall to defend the religion; at the time when the
   government misled the prominent scholars and tricked them into issuing
   Fatwas (that have no basis neither in the book of Allah, nor in the
   Sunnah of His prophet (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on
   him)) of opening the land of the two Holy Places for the Christians
   armies and handing the Al-Aqsa Mosque to the Zionists. Twisting the
   meanings of the holy text will not change this fact at all. They
   deserve the praise of the poet:
   I rejected all the critics, who chose the wrong way;
   I rejected those who enjoy fireplaces in clubs discussing eternally;
   I rejected those, who inspite being lost, think they are at the goal;
   I respect those who carried on not asking or bothering about the
   Never letting up from their goals, inspite all hardships of the road;
   Whose blood is the oil for the flame guiding in the darkness of
   I feel still the pain of (the loss) Al-Quds in my internal organs;
   That loss is like a burning fire in my intestines;
   I did not betray my covenant with God, when even states did betray it!
   As their grandfather Assim Bin Thabit said rejecting a surrender offer
   of the pagans:
   What for an excuse I had to surrender, while I am still able, having
   arrows and my bow having a tough string?!
   Death is truth and ultimate destiny, and life will end any way. If I
   do not fight you, then my mother must be insane!
   The youths hold you responsible for all of the killings and evictions
   of the Muslims and the violation of the sanctities, carried out by
   your Zionist brothers in Lebanon; you openly supplied them with arms
   and finance. More than 600,000 Iraqi children have died due to lack of
   food and medicine and as a result of the unjustifiable aggression
   (sanction) imposed on Iraq and its nation. The children of Iraq are
   our children. You, the USA, together with the Saudi regime are
   responsible for the shedding of the blood of these innocent children.
   Due to all of that, what ever treaty you have with our country is now
   null and void.
   The treaty of Hudaybiyyah was cancelled by the messenger of Allah
   (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him) once Quraysh had
   assisted Bani Bakr against Khusa'ah, the allies of the prophet
   (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him). The prophet
   (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him) fought Quraysh and
   concurred Makka. He (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him)
   considered the treaty with Bani Qainuqa' void because one of their
   Jews publicly hurt one Muslim woman, one single woman, at the market.
   Let alone then, the killing you caused to hundred of thousands Muslims
   and occupying their sanctities. It is now clear that those who claim
   that the blood of the American solders (the enemy occupying the land
   of the Muslims) should be protected are merely repeating what is
   imposed on them by the regime; fearing the aggression and interested
   in saving themselves. It is a duty now on every tribe in the Arab
   Peninsula to fight, Jihad, in the cause of Allah and to cleanse the
   land from those occupiers. Allah knows that there blood is permitted
   (to be spilled) and their wealth is a booty; their wealth is a booty
   to those who kill them. The most Exalted said in the verse of
   As-Sayef, The Sword: "so when the sacred months have passed away, then
   slay the idolaters where ever you find them, and take them captives
   and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush" (At-Tauba;
   9:5). Our youths knew that the humiliation suffered by the Muslims as
   a result of the occupation of their sanctities can not be kicked and
   removed except by explosions and Jihad. As the poet said:
   The walls of oppression and humiliation cannot be demolished except in
   a rain of bullets.
   The freeman does not surrender leadership to infidels and sinners.
   Without shedding blood no degradation and branding can be removed from
   the forehead.
   I remind the youths of the Islamic world, who fought in Afghanistan
   and Bosnia-Herzegovina with their wealth, pens, tongues and themselves
   that the battle had not finished yet. I remind them about the talk
   between Jibreel (Gabriel) and the messenger of Allah (Allah's
   Blessings and Salutations may be on both of them) after the battle of
   Ahzab when the messenger of Allah (Allah's Blessings and Salutations
   may be on him) returned to Medina and before putting his sword aside;
   when Jibreel (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him) descend
   saying: "are you putting your sword aside? by Allah the angels haven't
   dropped their arms yet; march with your companions to Bani Quraydah, I
   am (going) ahead of you to throw fears in their hearts and to shake
   their fortresses on them". Jibreel marched with the angels (Allah's
   Blessings and Salutations may be on them all), followed by the
   messenger of Allah (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him)
   marching with the immigrants, Muhajeroon, and supporters, Ansar.
   (narrated by Al-Bukhary).
   These youths know that: if one is not to be killed one will die (any
   way) and the most honourable death is to be killed in the way of
   Allah. They are even more determined after the martyrdom of the four
   heroes who bombed the Americans in Riyadh. Those youths who raised
   high the head of the Ummah and humiliated the Americans-the occupier-
   by their operation in Riyadh. They remember the poetry of Ja'far, the
   second commander in the battle of Mu'tah, in which three thousand
   Muslims faced over a hundred thousand Romans:
   How good is the Paradise and its nearness, good with cool drink But
   the Romans are promised punishment (in Hell), if I meet them.
   I will fight them.
   And the poetry of Abdullah Bin Rawaha, the third commander in the
   battle of Mu'tah, after the martyrdom of Ja'far, when he felt some
   O my soul if you do not get killed, you are going to die, anyway.
   This is death pool in front of you!
   You are getting what you have wished for (martyrdom) before, and you
   follow the example of the two previous commanders you are rightly
   As for our daughters, wives, sisters and mothers they should take
   prime example from the prophet (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may
   be on him) pious female companions, may Allah be pleased with them;
   they should adopt the life style (Seerah) of the female companions of
   courage, sacrifice and generosity in the cause of the supremacy of
   Allah's religion. They should remember the courage and the personality
   of Fatima, daughter of Khatab, when she accepted Islam and stood up in
   front of her brother, Omar Ibn Al-Khatab and challenged him (before he
   became a Muslim) saying: "O Omar , what will you do if the truth is
   not in your religion?!" And to remember the stand of Asma', daughter
   of Abu Bakr, on the day of Hijra, when she attended the Messenger and
   his companion in the cave and split her belt in two pieces for them.
   And to remember the stand of Naseeba Bent Ka'b striving to defend the
   messenger of Allah (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him)
   on the day of Uhud, in which she suffered twelve injuries, one of
   which was so deep leaving a deep lifelong scar! They should remember
   the generosity of the early woman of Islam who raised finance for the
   Muslims army by selling their jewelery. Our women had set a tremendous
   example of generosity in the cause of Allah; they motivated and
   encouraged their sons, brothers and husbands to fight- in the cause of
   Allah- in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechenia and in other
   countries. We ask Allah to accept from them these deeds, and may He
   help their fathers, brothers, husbands and sons. May Allah strengthen
   the belief - Imaan - of our women in the way of generosity and
   sacrifice for the supremacy of the word of Allah. Our women weep not,
   except over men who fight in the cause of Allah; our women instigate
   their brothers to fight in the cause of Allah.
   Our women bemoan only fighters in the cause of Allah, as said:
   Do not moan on any one except a lion in the woods, courageous in the
   burning wars.
   Let me die dignified in wars, honourable death is better than my
   current life.
   Our women encourage Jihad saying:
   Prepare yourself like a struggler, the matter is bigger than words!
   Are you going to leave us else for the wolves of Kufr eating our
   The wolves of Kufr are mobilising all evil persons from every where!
   Where are the freemen defending free women by the arms?!
   Death is better than life in humiliation! Some scandals and shames
   will never be otherwise eradicated.
   My Muslim Brothers of The World:
   Your brothers in Palestine and in the land of the two Holy Places are
   calling upon your help and asking you to take part in fighting against
   the enemy --your enemy and their enemy-- the Americans and the
   Israelis. they are asking you to do whatever you can, with one own
   means and ability, to expel the enemy, humiliated and defeated, out of
   the sanctities of Islam. Exalted be to Allah said in His book: { and
   if they ask your support, because they are oppressed in their faith,
   then support them!} (Anfaal; 8:72)
   O you horses (soldiers) of Allah ride and march on. This is the time
   of hardship so be tough. And know that your gathering and co-operation
   in order to liberate the sanctities of Islam is the right step toward
   unifying the word of the Ummah under the banner of "No God but Allah"
   From our place we raise our palms humbly to Allah asking Him to bestow
   on us His guide in every aspects of this issue.
   Our Lord, we ask you to secure the release of the truthful scholars,
   Ulama, of Islam and pious youths of the Ummah from their imprisonment.
   O Allah, strengthen them and help their families.
   Our Lord, the people of the cross had come with their horses
   (soldiers) and occupied the land of the two Holy places. And the
   Zionist Jews fiddling as they wish with the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the route
   of the ascendance of the messenger of Allah (ALLAH'S BLESSING AND
   SALUTATIONS ON HIM). Our Lord, shatter their gathering, divide them
   among themselves, shaken the earth under their feet and give us
   control over them; Our Lord, we take refuge in you from their deeds
   and take you as a shield between us and them
   Our Lord, show us a black day in them!
   Our Lord, show us the wonderment of your ability in them!
   Our Lord, You are the Revealer of the book, Director of the clouds,
   You defeated the allies (Ahzab); defeat them and make us victorious
   over them.
   Our Lord, You are the one who help us and You are the one who assist
   us, with Your Power we move and by Your Power we fight. On You we rely
   and You are our cause.
   Our Lord, those youths got together to make Your religion victorious
   and raise Your banner. Our Lord, send them Your help and strengthen
   their hearts.
   Our Lord, make the youths of Islam steadfast and descend patience on
   them and guide their shots!
   Our Lord, unify the Muslims and bestow love among their hearts!
   O Lord pour down upon us patience, and make our steps firm and assist
   us against the unbelieving people!
   Our Lord, do not lay on us a burden as Thou didst lay on those before
   us; Our Lord, do not impose upon us that which we have no strength to
   bear; and pardon us and grant us protection and have mercy on us, Thou
   art our patron, so help us against the unbelieving people.
   Our Lord, guide this Ummah, and make the right conditions (by which)
   the people of your obedience will be in dignity and the people of
   disobedience in humiliation, and by which the good deeds are enjoined
   and the bad deeds are forebode.
   Our Lord, bless Muhammad, Your slave and messenger, his family and
   descendants, and companions and salute him with a (becoming)
   And our last supplication is: All praise is due to Allah .
   Usamah bin Muhammad bin Laden
   Friday, 9/4/1417 A.H (23/8/1996 AD)
   Hindukush Mountains, Khurasan, Afghanistan.