Skip to comments.Text of Fatwa By Bin Laden Ordering Moslems to Kill Americans
Posted on 09/23/2001 1:17:25 AM PDT by Travis McGee
Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders
World Islamic Front Statement
23 February 1998
Shaykh Usamah Bin-Muhammad Bin-Ladin
Ayman al-Zawahiri, amir of the Jihad Group in Egypt
Abu-Yasir Rifa'i Ahmad Taha, Egyptian Islamic Group
Shaykh Mir Hamzah, secretary of the Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Pakistan
Fazlul Rahman, amir of the Jihad Movement in Bangladesh
Praise be to God, who revealed the Book, controls the clouds, defeats factionalism, and says in His Book: "But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war",[Surya 9-5] and peace be upon our Prophet, Muhammad Bin-'Abdallah, who said: I have been sent with the sword between my hands to ensure that no one but God is worshipped, God who put my livelihood under the shadow of my spear and who inflicts humiliation and scorn on those who disobey my orders.
The Arabian Peninsula has never -- since God made it flat, created its desert, and encircled it with seas -- been stormed by any forces like the crusader armies spreading in it like locusts, eating its riches and wiping out its plantations. All this is happening at a time in which nations are attacking Muslims like people fighting over a plate of food. In the light of the grave situation and the lack of support, we and you are obliged to discuss current events, and we should all agree on how to settle the matter.
No one argues today about three facts that are known to everyone; we will list them, in order to remind everyone:
First, for over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples.
If some people have in the past argued about the fact of the occupation, all the people of the Peninsula have now acknowledged it. The best proof of this is the Americans' continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post, even though all its rulers are against their territories being used to that end, but they are helpless.
Second, despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, which has exceeded 1 million... despite all this, the Americans are once against trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the protracted blockade imposed after the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation.
So here they come to annihilate what is left of this people and to humiliate their Muslim neighbors.
Third, if the Americans' aims behind these wars are religious and economic, the aim is also to serve the Jews' petty state and divert attention from its occupation of Jerusalem and murder of Muslims there. The best proof of this is their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest neighboring Arab state, and their endeavor to fragment all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Sudan into paper statelets and through their disunion and weakness to guarantee Israel's survival and the continuation of the brutal crusade occupation of the Peninsula.
All these crimes and sins committed by the Americans are a clear declaration of war on God, his messenger, and Muslims. And ulema have throughout Islamic history unanimously agreed that the jihad is an individual duty if the enemy destroys the Muslim countries. This was revealed by Imam Bin-Qadamah in "Al- Mughni," Imam al-Kisa'i in "Al-Bada'i," al-Qurtubi in his interpretation, and the shaykh of al-Islam in his books, where he said: "As for the fighting to repulse [an enemy], it is aimed at defending sanctity and religion, and it is a duty as agreed [by the ulema]. Nothing is more sacred than belief except repulsing an enemy who is attacking religion and life."
The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies -- civilians and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty God, "and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together," and "fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God."
This is in addition to the words of Almighty God: "And why should ye not fight in the cause of God and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)? -- women and children, whose cry is: 'Our Lord, rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will help!'"
We -- with God's help -- call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan's U.S. troops and the devil's supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson.
Almighty God said: "O ye who believe, give your response to God and His Apostle, when He calleth you to that which will give you life. And know that God cometh between a man and his heart, and that it is He to whom ye shall all be gathered."
Almighty God also says: "O ye who believe, what is the matter with you, that when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of God, ye cling so heavily to the earth! Do ye prefer the life of this world to the hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place; but Him ye would not harm in the least. For God hath power over all things."
Almighty God also says: "So lose no heart, nor fall into despair. For ye must gain mastery if ye are true in faith."
I note that Bin Ladin uses Surya 9-5 at the start, "But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war".
I guess to Bin Ladin, the terrorist sleeper agents were properly lying in wait, and flying jetliners into the World Trade Center and Pentagon was just a strategem of war.
I am keenly interested in what students of the Koran have to say about Bin Ladin's Fatwa.
But if it is honest...
Thanks and may God bless you for keeping your eyes open.
Sounds like Osama and Saddam might have a few mutual interests. Saddam was in on this . . .
Remember, also that a strategy sometimes used in war is deception .
Got Jesus ?
That has been my thought as well.
We should say, "regardless of the evidence linking OBL to the WTC/Pentagon disasters, he has previously formally declared war on the USA, so the USA is justified in waging war on him in return, period."
Of course, I also feel the same way about any moron demonstrator waving a "death to America" sign...
Some FReepers have said "you can't be a Muslim AND an American at the same time," apparently that's what Usama believes too. (I'm with you, let's just ask them to show they're Americans and work with us to root out the crazies, then we can accept them as loyal citizens)
Christian loonies like Jerry Falwell and Muslim loonies like Usama both agree America had it coming for religious reasons, left-wing loonies and right-wing loonies all agree we had it coming for political reasons...
This is very strange, the extremists all agree with each other and disagree with all of the moderates. Maybe all of us moderates will have to go to war with the Buchanan/Raimondo/Fonda/Usama/Robertson combined Jihad/Crusade/Anti-Imperialist Revolution/Counter-Revolution...
Just think, if we went to war like that, with one well-tossed hand grenade (or 20mm OICW round) you could kill people from a dozen different political parties...
The Bin Laden group (or at least some people with advance knowledge of the WTC attack) were active in the stock options market in the days leading up to the attack.
Somebody who can precisely predict when a major fall in stock prices will occur, can triple their money in the options market. You think they would have been able to resist the temptation to make a hundred million dollars?
Especially not if they can claim it was all done out of their religious beliefs.
All we get from our "moderate" Moslems are denunciations of the WTC act, but at the same time none dare put out a Fatwa against Osama Bin Laden. If they did, they know full well they would be killed by covert agents of the fanatics.
IOW, radical Islam spreads through terror, which is used to silence and disempower the non-radicals.
This is at work around the world as well as in the USA.
Have you noticed that none of our Koranic scholars has been by to denounce this Fatwa as a fraud?
If it is a fraud, I would hope someone would prove it.
Oh gee, that's good enough for me, that certainly proves that Saddam has moved over to the side of righteousness.
I wonder why in the days after 9-11 all of the papers in Iraq were calling the WTC destruction a righteous act?
The Iraqi papers must be full of brave dissidents to oppose the word of Saddam.
< /sarcasm >
Now will you please address this Fatwa?
Very good find.
I heard a discussion on FOXNews about a "terrorist manual" that investigators have found in some of the recent raids. It gives common-sense instructions to "sleepers" in our land. Advice such as "shave your beard, avoid any appearance of being Islamic, do not address each other with 'Allah ahkbar(sp?)', don't park in no-parking zones, don't live near police stations, find residence in newly-built neighborhoods - where no one knows anyone else," etc... They said it has been fully translated and they were openly discussing it. I wonder if it's available online or anywhere else?
From post 38 : <
if a Muslim murders a non-Muslim, he will only pay a fine. Dr. Abdul Moumin says, "All Muslims Jurists agree that a judge should be a Muslim and it is forbidden for a non-Muslim to be a judge according to the Quranic verse
What was this nonsense with Afghanistan agreeing to turn over OBL if the US had "significant evidence" against him??? Yeah, sure - they 'lost" him too...
Did you notice that none of the staunch defenders of Islam has been by to tackle ABL's Koran-based Fatwa to kill all Americans?
At least I hope so.
As I understand it, a fatwah can only be issued on behalf of a nation-state. I remember reading that any fatwah issued by an individual can safely be ignored by any moslem. (*)
The same applies, I understand, to the lesser jihad (or holy war) whereas the greater jihad (or struggle against wrong-thinking) can and should be invoked by an individual .. but it only applies to him/herself.
(*) The fatwah issued against Salman Rushdie by the late Ayatollah Khomeini was issued by the Ayatollah in his role as supreme cleric of Iran. It still stands, because Khomeini died before it could be revoked.
NB: I am NOT a Moslem, nor a true scholar of Islam .. merely a journalist who has an interest in covering all sides of this issue.