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Complete Translation of OBL's Secret Message (Know Thine Enemy Freepers)
terrorisme.net ^ | Feb 14, 2003 | OBL

Posted on 02/23/2003 12:39:19 PM PST by ganeshpuri89

English translation of the document made public by Al-Ansaar News Agency ---------------------------------------------------------

Exposing the New Crusader War - Usama Bin Laden -February 2003

Praise be to Allah, then again Praise be to Him, who revealed the Verse of the Sword to His servant and His Messenger (SAWS) in order to establish the Truth and to eradicate Falsehood.

So Praise be to Allah who says:

"Then when the Sacred Months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and prepare for them each and every ambush. But if they repent and perform Salah and give Zakah, then leave their way free. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Quran 9:5)

And Praise be to Allah who says:

"Fight them and Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you Victory over them and heal the hearts of a believing people." (Quran 9:14)

And peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) who said, "I was sent with the Sword in the waning of the Hour until Allah Alone is worshipped without any partners, and He placed my sustenance beneath the shadow of my spear and He placed disgrace and belittlement on he who opposes my orders and he who imitates a people, then he is one of them." (Ahmad, Sahih) And he (SAWS) also said: "Expel the polytheists from the Arabian Peninsula." (Muslim)

As to what follows: This is a time when the blood of the Muslims continues to flow in Palestine and Chechnya, in the Philippines, Kashmir and Sudan and when our children are dying because of the American sanctions on Iraq. At a time when our wounds have not yet healed following the Crusader Wars on the Islamic World in the last century, and because of the result of the Sykes-Picot Agreement in 1916 between France and Britain, which led to the division of the Islamic World into bits and pieces - with the agents of the Crusaders continuing to rule under this agreement to this very day - we are again witnessing another Sykes-Picot Agreement, but this time one which is between Bush and Blair, but of the same nature and for the same purpose: to destruction and eradication of the Ummah (nation) of our Beloved Prophet (SAWS).

Indeed the Bush-Blair Agreement proclaims to eradicate terrorism, but it is now clear to everyone that the real purpose of this Agreement is to try and finish Islam and destroy it.

With that, the rulers of the region are assuring the public in their speeches and statements, of their support to Bush in his War on Terror, which is in fact a War on Islam and the Muslims, in an act of clear betrayal and treachery against the Muslim Ummah, reinforced by the government scholars and corrupt ministers.

It is no secret that the recent deployment of forces for an attack on Iraq is only a link in the chain of continuing attacks on the countries of this region including Egypt, Syria, Iran and Sudan. However, their real intention is to conquer and divide the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries as they have long realized the strategic value of this target ever since this objective was passed on from Britain to the United States 60 years ago.

Moreover, America actually tried 30 years ago to fulfill this objective during the War of the 10 th of Ramadan when their President at the time, Nixon, threatened to invade the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries, but he was unable to do so.

Since the beginning of the Second Gulf War, America has established her principal and powerful military bases in the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries, especially close to its capital (Riyadh). The only thing that was remaining for them to do was to divide the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries and it now appears that this time has arrived.

In conclusion, the main American plan and target in this region with this current build-up is not a moving summer cloud that will bring peace to the World, but rather a strategic target of immense significance that will never be neglected by the cunning and dirty American policy at any cost. Allah is Sufficient for us and what an Excellent Guardian is He!

So what have the governments in the region prepared in order to counter this strategic enemy objective? The answer is that they have prepared nothing except for an increase in support to the Crusaders and the unification of the Arab Interior Ministers to fight against the Mujahideen and make life difficult for the righteous scholars and propagators who are striving hard to warn the Muslim Nation to take necessary measures to protect itself.

One of the most important objectives of this latest Crusade is to establish a huge Jewish super-state (Greater Israel) that will include the whole of Palestine, parts of Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and a huge area from the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries. And what do you know about Greater Israel and the harm and suffering that it will bring to this region? What is happening in Palestine is a small sample of what will take place in the region: the killing of men, women and children; imprisonment, terrorism and the destruction of houses; the pillaging of the land and razing of factories; and putting the people into a perpetual state of fear where they can expect death at any time due to a rocket or shell destroying their houses and killing their womenfolk.

So what are we going to answer to our Lord tomorrow? As for what is happening in Palestine, even a strong man finds it difficult to handle, so what about the oppressed mothers who watch their children die between their very hands?

To Allah we belong and to Him we must return! Allah is Sufficient for us and what an excellent Guardian is He! 0 Allah I distance myself before You from what these Jews, Christians, treacherous rulers and whoever supports them in their ruling, are doing! I apologize to You from these sitters who are not supporting and working for the victory of the Religion.

Therefore, the creation of Greater Israel will mean the total domination of Jews on these lands, and what do you know about the Jews? The same Jews, who lied and tried to trick the Creator, so what about their dealings with the creation? They killed the Prophets and broke their promises, as Allah said:

"Is it not (the case) that every time they make a covenant, some party among them throw it aside? Nay! the truth is most of them believe not." (Quran 2:100)

These are the Jews, the lords of usury and leaders of treachery. They will not leave anything for you, neither religion nor worldly affairs. Allah said about them:

"Or have they a share in the Dominion? Then in that case they would not give mankind even a naqira (speck on the back of a date-stone)." (Quran 4:53)

These are the Jews who consider it part of their religion that Mankind are slaves to them, and whoever refuses to serve them deserves to be killed. Allah said about them:

"That is because they say: 'There is no blame on us to betray and take the properties of the illiterates (Arabs).' But they tell a lie against Allah while they know it.'(Quran 3:75)

These arc some of the characteristics of the Jews, so be aware of them and these are some of the intentions behind the Crusader plan so understand them well. So what is the solution to protect ourselves from their evil of the disbelievers and to save our lands? To answer this, I say with ability from Allah, what the righteous servant, Prophet Shuaib (SAWS) said:

"I only desire reform so far as I am able, to the best of my power. And my guidance cannot come except from Allah, in Him I trust and unto Him I repent." (Quran 11:88)

Therefore, the way to protect ourselves from the evil of the disbelievers is Jihad in the Path of Allah, as Allah said,

"Then fight (0 Muhammad SAW) in the Cause of Allah, you are not held responsible except for yourself, and incite the believers (to fight along with you), it may be that Allah will restrain the evil might of the disbelievers. And Allah is Stronger in Might and Stronger in punishing." (Quran 4:84)

Firstly, let me inform you of the good news, with Allah's Bounty, that the Muslim Ummah today possesses huge capabilities and powers to rescue Palestine and the other lands of the Muslims, but they have been restricted. Thus, we must work hard in order to release these capabilities. In the same way, I inform you of the good news that our Ummah has been promised victory by Allah, but if this victory has become delayed, then it is due to our sins and our sitting back from helping the Religion of Allah (SWT) as Allah (SWT) said:

"If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you, and make your foothold firm." (Quran 47:7)

Furthermore, our Ummah has also been promised victory over the Jews as the Prophet (SAWS) informed us:

"The Day of Judgment mil not come until the Muslims fight against the Jews and the Muslims will kill them until the Jews will hide behind trees and rocks, and the trees and rocks will speak, saying, '0 Muslim! 0 servant of Allah! There is a Jew behind me so come and kill him, except for the Gharqad (Boxthom) Tree, for it is the tree of the Jews." (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Thus, this hadith indicates to us that the confrontation will be with face-to-face battle, not by disabling the resources of the Ummah for decades, using other methods like the deception of Democracy and other similar tricks. With this good news, let me inform you of some matters that will assist us with our Jihad in the Path of Allah, by relating to you some stories and accounts in which the Muslims were victorious during the past two decades, which will, if Allah wills, serve to raise the morale and trust of the sons of this Ummah on themselves. And it is very important to provide our Ummah with the inspiration that it requires in order to protect itself in this latest Crusade. The truth is that the Muslim Ummah is the greatest human power on the face of the Earth only if it establishes Islam properly, and then it will be able to face those so-called Superpower nations.

Before that, let me tell you about an incident that took place in a confrontation of the Muslims against a Superpower. The scholars of history said that Al-Muthannah Ash-Shaibani (RA) came to Madinah to seek help in fighting the Persians. Therefore, the Caliph Umar bin Al-Khattab (RA) announced a call to mobilization of the Muslims for three days, but not a single person volunteered. Therefore, Umar realized the extent of the fear in the Muslims and their magnification of the power of the Persians and so he asked Al-Muthannah to narrate to them about his victories against the Persians so that this fear would be removed. So Al-Muthanna began to inform the people of his victories against the Persians, saying,

"0 people, let not this force frighten you as we have humiliated the Persians and defeated them. We have been cleverer than them, we have shown more courage than them, we have strangled them and we have the upper hand over them and to whoever comes after them insha-Allah. "

Thus, the people became excited and Abu Ubaidah Ath-Thaqafi stood up and Umar (RA) gave him the banner of the Muslims, and he marched to battle, with the people following him, may Allah be pleased with them. And I say imitating these great, noble people:

"0 people, let not this force frighten you. Let not the power of America and its army frighten you, for by Allah we have struck them multiple times and routed them again and again. They are most cowardly of people when the armies meet."

It has been made clear during our defending and fighting against the American enemy that this enemy's combat strategy is heavily dependent on the psychological aspect of war due to its large and efficient media apparatus and of course its indiscriminate aerial bombing which hides the cowardice and lack of fighting spirit of the American soldier. Due to a limit of time, I cannot relate to you some unbelievable incidents that happened in our encounters with them in Tora Bora and Shahi-Kot.

Anyway, I start by reminding you of the defeat of the Worlds' largest Superpower at the hands of the Mujahideen: the Soviet Union, which took place after ten years of fierce fighting carried out by the sons of the Afghans and whoever helped them from the sons of the Muslims, with Allah's Grace. Likewise, the defeat of the Russians in Chechnya when the Chechen Mujahideen accompanied by their Arab and Foreign brothers displayed examples of sacrifice and self-redemption and smashed the arrogance of the Russians, inflicting upon them defeat upon defeat. Thus, the Russians withdrew from Chechnya after the First War, only to return a second time with American backup and support, but yet they continue to suffer heavy defeats at the hands of a small believing group, and we ask Allah to make them firm and give victory to them.

Likewise, let me remind you of the defeat of the American forces in Beirut in 1982, soon after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, when the Lebanese resistance was personified by the truck laden with explosives that struck the main military base of the US Marines in Beirut, killing 242 soldiers - towards Hell was their destination and what an evil destination that is.

Then after the Second Gulf War, America deployed her forces to Somalia and killed over thirteen thousand sons of the Muslims therein, before the lions of Islam from amongst the 'Arab Afghans' and their brothers from that region pounced upon her and rubbed her arrogance into the dust, killing scores of them, destroying their tanks and downing their aircraft.

Thus, America and her allies fled in the darkness of the night without disturbing the attention of anyone so Praise and Glory be to Allah for this. During that same period, the young Mujahideen prepared for them explosives in Aden and after their detonation, the cowardly Americans ran away and fled the country in less than 24 hours.

Then in 1995, the explosion in Riyadh took place, killing four Americans, in a clear message from the people of that region displaying their rejection and opposition to the American policy of bankrolling the Jews and occupying the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries. The following year, another explosion in Al-Khobar killed 19 Americans and wounded more than 400 of them, prompting them to move their bases from the cities to the desert.

Then in 1998, the Mujahideen warned America to cease their support to the Jews and to leave the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries, but the enemy refused to heed this warning, so the Mujahideen, with the ability from Allah, smashed them with two mighty smashes in East Africa. Then again America was warned, but she refused to pay attention to the warnings, so the Mujahideen destroyed the American Destroyer, the USS Cole, in Aden, in a martyrdom operation, striking a solid blow to the face of the American military and at the same time, exposing the Yemeni Government as American agents, similar to all the countries in the region.

Following that, the Mujahideen saw the black gang of thugs in the White House hiding the Truth, and their stupid and foolish leader, who is elected and supported by his people, denying reality and proclaiming that we (the Mujahideen) were striking them because we were jealous of them (the Americans), whereas the reality is that we are striking them because of their evil and injustice in the whole of the Islamic World, especially in Iraq and Palestine and their occupation of the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries. Upon seeing this, the Mujahideen decided teach them a lesson and to take the war to their heartland.

On the blessed Tuesday 11 September 2001, while the Zionist-American Alliance was targeting our children and our people in the blessed land of Al-Aqsa, with American tanks and planes in the hands of the Jews, and our people in Iraq were suffering from the America's sanctions upon them, and the Islamic world was very far away from establishing Islam properly. While all of this was taking place and the Muslims were in a very miserable and disheartened state - except those upon whom Allah had Mercy - and from the injustice, darkness and aggression being carried out by the Zionist-American Alliance. While the nation of Uncle Sam was carrying out all this without any care or consideration, then came the youths with disheveled hair and dusty feet, those who were wanted and pursued all over the World. These youth who believed in their Lord so Allah provided them with Guidance and put constancy in their tongues and Iman in their hearts so they stopped fearing for the Sake of Allah, the blame of any blamer. These youths, who were seeking what was with Allah, denying themselves of sleep, who poured out the water of life but did not pour out the water of dignity. So they launched their attacks with their planes in an unparalleled and magnificent feat of valor, unmatched by any in humankind before them. They destroyed the idols of America, they struck at the very heart of the Department of Defense and they hit the black heart of the US Economy, rubbing America's nose into the dust and rolling her arrogance and pride into mud. Yet with the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York, there occurred an even bigger destruction: that of the great American Dream and legend of Democracy. It has now been made clear to all that American dignity and values are at the lowest level they have ever reached. The legend of being the land of freedom, the legend of being the safest and most secure place on Earth, and the legend of the CIA, all these have been destroyed with the Help of Allah, so to Allah be Praise and Glory.

One of the many positive results from the retaliatory attacks on New York and Washington is that it has exposed the true characteristics of the Crusaders and revealed the extent of their hate towards the Muslims. These attacks took off the skin of the American wolf and they have been left standing in their filthy, naked reality. Thus the whole World awoke from its sleep and the Muslims realized the importance of the belief of loving and hating for the sake of Allah; the ties of brotherhood between the Muslims have become stronger, which is a very good sign and a great step towards the unity of Muslims and establishing the Righteous Islamic Khilafah insha-Allah. It has become clear to the American public that America, this great and oppressive power, can also be struck and disgraced. The American public is also now aware of what is happening in Palestine and that what happened to them in Manhattan was because of the policies of the leaders that they elected.

In conclusion, America is definitely a great power, with an unbelievable military strength and a vibrant economy, but all of these have been built on a very weak and hollow foundation. Therefore, it is very easy to target that flimsy base and concentrate on their weak points and even if we are able to target one tenth of these weak points, we will be able crush and destroy them and remove them from ruling and conquering the World. Thus, this small group of Muslims, by facing up to and standing in front of the international coalition against them and Islam, proved that it is possible to militarily fight against this Superpower and that they were able to protect their Religion and benefit the causes of their Ummah much more than what the governments and people of these fifty odd Islamic countries have done, because this small group chose the Path of Jihad as the way for the victory of the Religion, as Abu Hilalah said: There are reasons for victory and for defeat as well, And every method that generates eternity is successful. The ways towards dignity are many but the shortest one is the one, That puts forward one's blood around its difficult path. By the Grace of Allah, there are many examples of these champions in the Muslim Ummah, but most of them have been restrained, so we have to cooperate together to release these difficulties and restrictions so that they march towards Jihad in the Path of Allah because Jihad is the way to honor this Ummah and provide it security.

As for the restrictions and obstacles preventing the youths of our Nation from marching to Jihad, then they are many in number so we will only discuss the important ones. I begin with mentioning to you an authentic hadith, whoever takes guidance from it benefits and whoever deviates from it is destroyed. The Prophet (SAWS) said:

"Nations before you were destroyed because when a noble person amongst them stole, they would leave him alone, and when a poor, weak person amongst them stole, they would establish the penal punishment against him. ” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

So learn from this 0 you people of insight, and let me tell you about the story of the Islam of Khalid bin Al-Waleed (RA), a story that released the blindness of the minds. It was said to Khalid after he accepted Islam quite later on: "Where was your mind 0 Khalid, in that you did not see the light of Prophethood in front of your very eyes, for 20 years? ”

Khalid replied, "We had in front of us men, whose aspirations and dreams we would consider as great as mountains. ”

Imam Ahmad (RA) said: "From the lack a/understanding of a man is that he blindly follows his religion from other men. ”

So the first of these restrictions and obstacles in our present time is the rulers and the witnesses of futility from amongst the evil government scholars, corrupt ministers, salaried writers and those similar to them. As for the leaders, the people already know about their weaknesses and their treachery. But as for those who press the people to pledge their hands into the hands of these leaders despite all of this, then we just want to ask them, "When did the masses actually pledge their allegiance to these leaders in the first place such that they are now being advised to renew their loyalty to them?" The truth is they never even pledged allegiance to them in the first place and the result, as you can see, is the oppression of the disbelievers upon us.It has been said:

Those who betray in their affairs when the situation is difficult, Then they will never be able to rectify their affairs when the situation is easy.

So our difference with the leaders is not a minor disagreement that can be easily resolved; rather we are talking about the root of Islam which is La ilaha illallah (There is no god but Allah) and the difference actually lies there. These leaders destroyed this statement and ignored it by allying themselves with the disbelievers, ruling by their own man-made laws and supporting and agreeing with the Atheist United Nations. Therefore, it is prohibited by Shariah to pledge allegiance to them and to follow them, but we will not delve into this subject further here as we have already reminded the people of knowledge about this in the 17 th Declaration of the Advice and Reformation Committee. After all this, we ask that is it possible for a Muslim to say to the Muslims to pledge their hands into the hands of Hamid Karzai and cooperate with him to establish Islam, lift oppression and cease the plans of America in their tracks?!! This is impossible because Karzai is an American agent and supporting him against the Muslims takes a person outside the fold of Islam. Here we have to ask ourselves: what is the difference between Karzai the non-Arab and Karzai the Arab? Who are the ones who implanted and established the rulers of the Arabian Gulf? They are none other than the Crusaders, who appointed the Karzai of Kabul, established the Karzai of Pakistan, implanted the Karzai of Kuwait and the Karzai of Bahrain and the Karzai of Qatar and others. And who are the ones who appointed the Karzai of Riyadh and brought him after he used to be a bandit in Kuwait a long time ago in order to fight with them against the Ottoman Empire and its leader, Ibn Rasheed? They were none other than the Crusaders and they are continuing to enslave us up this very day!! Allah said:

"Are your disbelievers (0 Quraish!) better than these (previous nations who were destroyed)? Or have you an immunity (against Our Torment) in the Divine Scriptures?" (Quran 54:43)

These traitors who want to solve our Islamic causes, including one of the most important causes of Palestine, under the rules and regulations of the United Nations or the orders of America, similar to the initiative launched by Crown Prince Abdullah in Beirut, in which he sold the blood of our martyrs and the Palestinian cause in order to satisfy the and assist the Jews and Americans against the Muslims. These leaders have betrayed Allah and His Messenger (SAWS), left the fold of Islam and betrayed the Muslim Nation.

So as for those who want to solve these cases by these incapable traitors, then they are only tricking themselves and moreover they are fooling their Ummah. They are the ones who incline towards the oppressors and have gone astray a clear deviation. At the very best, those Muslims who raise such slogans are weak evil-doers so it is incumbent upon the Muslims to advise them, and if they do not accept the advice, then to warn and be warned against them. Likewise, it is necessary upon the Muslims to declare themselves free from these tyrannical leaders and it is not a secret that distancing oneself from a tyrant is not just an optional action, but rather it is one of the two pillars of Tawheed, and Iman cannot be established in the absence of either of them. Allah (SWT) said:

"Whoever disbelieves in false deities and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, AU-Knower." (Quran 2:256)

Regarding the evil government scholars, corrupt ministers, salaried writers and the likes, as it has been said that in every era there will be states with followers, so all these, they are from the followers of the state, who distort the Truth and testify to evil even inside the Sacred House and in the Sacred Months. They implore the people that the treacherous rulers are our righteous guardians and that it is necessary to support them in order to keep our nation intact and firm. These people have deviated from the Path so it is obligatory to shun them and warn against them.

Furthermore, the state emphasizes and displays these scholars on religious television programs where they give fatawa in support of the system and try to show that the system is according to the rulings of Islam, just like the day when the King of the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries allowed the Americans to enter this land. He ordered the scholars to give their fatawa, against the Religion, and these scholars played with the minds of the public, and because of the actions of this King, the traitor, the Ummah today is suffering from the problems and the fear as a result of when he opened the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries to the disbelieving forces.

Whoever studies the biographies of the true and righteous scholars during difficult times in the past, such as the life of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (RA), will find vast differences between the scholars who act and the scholars who compromise; such as the stories that we can find in Siyar A'laam An-Nubalaa' by Imam Adh-Dhahabi.

We raise our worldly life by tearing and ripping our religion, Eventually neither our religion will remain nor what we were raising.

As for the second obstacle, then it is those scholars and propagators who love the Truth and hate Falsehood, but they sit back from Jihad. These scholars saw Falsehood spreading and increasing so they attempted to revive the Truth by enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. As a result, Allah guided multitudes of people on their hands and they have done well, as naturally Falsehood will always feel discomfort in the presence of Truth and its people.

Therefore, the oppressors restrained and frightened these scholars and propagators; banned them from delivering sermons and lectures; sacked them from their jobs and then imprisoned some of them if they continued to enjoin the good and forbid evil.

Therefore, all of these measures forced them to deviate except whom Allah had Mercy on. Naturally, this is human nature as a person cannot make the correct decisions under extreme pressure, especially when his security is threatened, just like the Prophet (SAWS) said:

"A judge cannot pass judgment between two people when he is angry."

This refers to when he is angry, so what about when he is frightened? Thus, this state policy of fear and repression on the people has destroyed every aspect of life, including religion. The religion is sincere advice but there is no advice without security.

This fear has divided the people into various groups and we will discuss some of them.

One group took the side of the leaders and gave their loyalty to the state.

Another group thought that they would not be able to continue with their propagation and teaching, and that the future of their learning institutions and organizations, their own selves, homes and families was at stake; if they did not praise the tyrants, so they made an evil and false choice to compromise with the leaders, thus going astray and leading many others astray.

As for me third group, Allah protected them from the threats of the treacherous leaders and compromising with them, so they remained steadfast under the banner of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil and they have carried out very thankful efforts in calling to Allah.

However, due to the extreme measures mentioned earlier for which they had not prepared themselves, especially the pains of Hijrah (migration) and Jihad, they suffered.

Moreover, there was an excellent opportunity for these twenty years ago but they failed to benefit from it and so it resulted in their lack of ability to make the correct decision under these difficult situations. That is why we are still witnessing some of them, until now, holding back from Jihad and resistance to the enemy.

The victory of this religion and its establishment requires many difficulties to be overcome and these characteristics are clear in the Book of Allah and in the Life of His Messenger (SAWS) and his Noble Companions, may Allah be pleased with them. Whoever fails to follow in these footsteps of theirs will not be able to establish the real victory of Islam as this path demands the biting of swords and the carrying of heads in the hands in the Path of Allah. These are the descriptions mentioned by Allah in the Quran:

"0 you who believe! Whoever from among you turns back from his religion, Allah will bring a people whom He will love and they will love Him; humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers, fighting in the Way of Allah, and never afraid of the blame of the blamers. That is the Grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He wills. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower." (Quran 5:54)

And in the incident that took place when the Prophet (SAWS) met Waraqah bin Nawfal, who said to him:

"Woe be to me, would that I be alive when the times comes when your people will turn against and expel you!"

So the Prophet (SAWS) replied to him,

"Will they really turn against and expel me?”

Waraqah replied,

"Yes, as there has never before come a man with the likes of what you have brought, except that he faced hostility. If I live to witness that day, then I will surely stand by you and support you."

Therefore, the state of the one who wants to carry the religion with its right, is enmity from the people of Falsehood; and the state of the one who desires to establish the religion is exerting himself to the utmost with his own life and the lives of others, as Waraqah said:

"If I live to witness that day. then I will surely stand by you and support you."

Such was the state of the believers on the Day of the historic Pledge of Aqabah:

Thus, the victory of the religion cannot occur merely by the giving of lectures without sacrificing our time and our wealth as the commodity of Allah (Paradise) is expensive. When Jihad becomes compulsory, there is a massive difference between sitting and giving lectures, and sacrificing lives and heads for the victory of the religion. That is why Al-Abbas bin Abdul-Muttalib, despite being on the religion of his forefathers, wanted to satisfy himself of the security of his nephew, the Prophet (SAWS) before he migrated to Madinah. He addressed the Ansar saying,

"I/you realty are a people of strength, power and knowledge of war, you will realize the hostility of the Arabs and that they will shoot at you from a single bow (unite to fight you) if you accept this man into your fold.”

So I say that these characteristics were necessary for the people of Iman to possess in order to protect the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) and they are necessary today to protect the religion of the Messenger of Allah (SAWS).

Anyway, when Al-Abbas finished his address, Al-Baraa bin Maroor said:

"We have understood your words and if there was any doubt in our hearts, by Allah we would have said it, but we have chosen to be loyal and true and to protect the Messenger (SAWS) despite the consequences. "

So I say that this is the true religion, which can only be established by loyalty and truth despite any consequences that may come from adopting this way. And then when the people of Madinah stood up to pledge their allegiance, As'ad bin Zararah said:

"Wait, 0 people of Madinah! Before we pledge to him (SAWS) our livers of obedience, we should now that he is the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) and taking him into our fold today will mean incurring on us the enmity of all of the Arabs, the killing of the best of your men and your biting the swords. Therefore, if you are prepared to bear this then take him and your reward will be with Allah, and if you are afraid of not being able to bear this responsibility, then say so and leave him now and that will be more excusable for you before Allah!"

Then they all replied in one voice: "0 As'ad, lower your hand from us for by Allah we will never break this pledge and nor will we forsake it!"

This is exactly what the Mujahideen are saying to the scholars and the propagators who love the Truth and do not compromise with Falsehood: You have raised the banner of the religion of Islam and you know that the religion of the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) is true, so your carrying of the religion with its rights means opposition to the governments of the Arabs and the non-Arabs in the entire World; the killing of the best of you and that you will bite the swords. So if you are able to bear that patiently, then protect this banner and your reward will be with Allah. And if you fear even an iota of weakness in yourselves, then leave the banner of defending and fighting and do not come in the way of the youths of the Ummah and Jihad in the Path of Allah, as that will be more excusable for you before Allah.

So what is obligatory upon the Muslims in the face of this new Zionist-Crusader war against the Ummah of Islam? Allah said:

"Then fight (0 Muhammad SAWS) in the Cause of Allah, you are not held responsible except for yourself, and incite the believers (to fight along with you), it may be that Allah will restrain the evil might of the disbelievers. And Allah is Stronger in Might and Stronger in punishing." (Quran 4:84)

The first compulsory obligation after Iman today is defending and fighting against the enemy aggressor. Sheikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (RA) said:

"As for defending against the enemy aggressor who spoils the religion and the worldly affairs, then there is nothing more obligatory after Iman then repelling him and there are no conditions for this ruling."

So Jihad today is compulsory on the entire Ummah and she will remain in sin until she produces her sons, her wealth and her power to the extent of being able to wage Jihad and defend against the evil of the disbelievers upon all the Muslims in Palestine and elsewhere. It is obligatory upon the believers to wage Jihad in order to establish the Truth and eradicate Falsehood, to the utmost of their abilities. The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said in Sahih Muslim:

"So, whoever strives against them with his hand is a believer, and whoever strives against them by his heart is a believer, and whoever strives against them by his tongue is a believer, and beyond that there is not a mustard-seed's amount of faith.”(Muslim)

This great hadith categorizes all of the believers and since we are believers, we are Mujahideen in the Way of Allah for the victory of this religion. So as for the believer who stays back from Jihad with his hand and his tongue, then it is obligatory upon him to make Jihad with his heart and this entails hating the enemies of Allah and supplicating against them; supporting the believers and the Mujahideen, supplicating for them and letting them feel the brotherhood of Iman that connects us Muslims from the East to the West; and wishing sincerely in his heart to wage Jihad in the Path of Allah by his hand and his tongue, but this is the weakest of Iman.

It is also necessary for him to boycott the products of America and her allies and he must especially be cautious from assisting Falsehood in any way as supporting the disbelievers against the Muslims, even with a single word, is clear kufr (disbelief) as the scholars have mentioned. He or she must also be careful not to be amongst those about whom Allah said:

"Those who are miserly and enjoin miserliness on other men..." (Quran 4:37) or from amongst those about whom Allah said: "Allah already knows those among you who keep back (men) from fighting in Allah's Cause, and those who say to their brethren 'Come here towards us,' while they (themselves) come not to the battle except a little." (Quran 33:18)

Therefore, he must not combine the major sin of sitting back from Jihad, with the major sin of betrayal. Although Jihad in person is obligatory upon the entire Ummah, then it is even more obligatory upon the youths in the prime of their lives than upon the old. Likewise, Jihad with wealth is more obligatory today upon the wealthy Muslims than on those who are not as wealthy as them.

Part of Allah's Grace upon the Ummah today is that he has opened many breasts others to Jihad in His Way and the protection of His Religion and His servants, so it is obligatory upon the Ummah to assist them, encourage them and facilitate their affairs to that they can repel from the Ummah any oppression, betrayal or sin. Likewise, it is obligatory upon the Ummah to protect the Jihad that exists today and lend support to it with every means of power that it possesses, as this Jihad is a very valuable asset to us, as is the case in Palestine, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Indonesia, the Philippines and other Muslim lands. Despite the vicious attacks of the enemies, the banner of Jihad in these lands is not continuing to remain aloft except by the Grace of Allah, and the extreme efforts and sacrifices of the Mujahideen with their blood and skulls, we ask Allah to accept them amongst the martyrs.

Furthermore, I convey to you glad tidings that the Jihad in Afghanistan is currently in a very good position and the conditions there are very favorable for the Mujahideen, with the Grace of Allah. We are now in the second year of our fighting against the Americans and until now, America has not been able to fulfill her war objectives. On the contrary, she is now trapped inside the Afghan swamp. As for the victories that America experienced in the first few months of the war, after they captured the cities following the Mujahideen withdrawal from them, then it is no secret to general military experts and those specializing in Afghanistan in particular, that this was a tactical withdrawal in line with the nature of the Taliban Administration and the nature of the Afghans in their long history of guerrilla warfare. At that times, there was no organized army of the Taliban that could have defended the cities, but now, with Allah's Grace, the Afghans have re-organized themselves to the utmost of their ability and they have dug themselves in for a long guerrilla war from the deep, rugged and harsh mountains of Afghanistan, using similar tactics that they employed against the Soviet Union, with Allah's Grace. They are using those same tactics against the Americans and with the rate of operations having reached two every day, the Americans are in real problems now. They are not able to protect their forces and nor are they able to bring stability to the country, let alone protecting the leader and protecting the public. By Allah's Grace, during this last year, all of the Mujahideen have united their forces and all are extremely enthusiastic for Jihad, realizing that Jihad against the Americans is obligatory upon them. If it was not for a lack of resources, then they would have increased their rate of operations to ten every day, just like in the previous Jihad against the Russians, and the Americans would never be able to bear this, but presently it is not possible. Therefore, it is a compulsive obligation upon the Ummah today to lend assistance to the Jihad in Afghanistan because it is one of the most important arenas of Jihad. Furthermore, we must concentrate on removing the Americans from Afghanistan, for defeating them in Afghanistan will be the beginning of the end of America insha-Allah. With the Permission of Allah, you will not be attacked from our direction and the direction of our brothers from the Afghan Mujahideen, so we hope that we are not attacked from your direction.

The Ummah today is in an era from amongst the eras of Allah, in which it must not weaken nor tire nor transgress. Rather, it must unite the ranks of the Muslims against the ranks of the disbelievers and it must seek repentance from its minor and major sins, just as important it is for the Ummah in this difficult time, which is no small matter, to shun a life of play, amusement, extravagance and fun, and prepare itself for the real life of killing, fighting, striking and damaging.

Think about what Sheikfa-ul-Islam (RA) said in a similar type of situation to which we are in now:

"Know, may Allah reform you, that it has been confirmed from many sources that the Prophet (SAWS) said:

"There will never seize to exist a group from my Ummah, fighting for the decree of Allah over-powering their enemy, they will not be harmed by those who oppose them, until the hour approaches them and they are upon it (i.e. fighting for the truth).' (Muslim)

So this difficult situation divides the people into three types.

The first type is the Victorious Party and they are the Mujahideen against the evil people.

The second type is the Opposing Party, who make clear their opposition to Islam.

The third type is the Treacherous Party, and they are the ones who sit back from Jihad, even if their Islam is correct.

So let every man chose whether he will be with the Victorious Party or the Opposing Party or the Treacherous Party, and there is no fourth type." He continued, saying:

"By Allah, even if the Foremost Vanguard of the Muslims from amongst the Emigrants and the Helpers, like Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali and others, were present with us in this time, the best of their actions would be to wage Jihad against this nation of criminals and no-one misses an opportunity like this except that his trade incurs losses, his self is humiliated and he deprives himself of a good portion of both his worldly life and his Hereafter."

Therefore, I advise the youths to exercise their minds in the Jihad as they are the first ones upon whom Jihad is obligatory, just like Ash-Shatibi (RA) pointed out. So know that targeting the Americans and the Jews by killing them in any comer of the Earth, is the greatest of obligations and the most excellent of ways to gain nearness to Allah.

Furthermore, I advise the youths to use their intelligence in killing them secretly.

I also congratulate you all, and our brothers in Palestine in particular, that your Mujahideen brothers are continuing firm upon the path of Jihad in targeting the Jews and the Americans and that we will never abandon or forsake you, so continue with the blessings of Allah for we are with you.

Before I end, I incite myself and my believing brothers to Jihad by the words:

And most surely this year will I lead my steed and hurl It and my soul, at one of the targets.

So 0 my Lord if my demise has come, then let it not be Upon a bier draped with green mantles.

But let my grave be an eagle's belly, its resting place In the sky's atmosphere amongst perched eagles.

And I become a martyr, dwelling amongst a band, Attacked in a level mountain pass of the Earth.

Knights of Qahtaan; devoutness to Allah Has joined them together, they descend when the armies meet.

When they depart from their Worldly life, they depart from the harm And reach the appointment found in the scriptures.

Finally, I advise myself and my Muslim brothers with the fear of Allah in secret and in open, to increase in supplications and humble themselves before Allah. Perhaps Allah may accept our repentance, relieve our calamity and release our imprisoned brothers from the hands of the Americans and their agents, especially the two Sheikhs, Umar Abdur-Rahman and Saeed bin Zuair, and our brothers in Guantanamo Bay. May Allah make firm the Mujahideen in Palestine and in all the other Muslim lands. May He help us against our enemy. I also advise myself and you with increasing in Allah's remembrance and reciting the Quran with pondering and reflection, for in it is a reminder, cure, guidance and mercy. Allah says:

"0 mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (the Quran) and a healing for that (disease of ignorance etc.) in your breasts, - a guidance and a mercy for the believers." (Quran 10:57)

Our Lord, give us the good in this life, the good in the Hereafter, and save us from the Fire of Hell.

"And Allah will overcome with all His Affairs, but most of men know not." (Quran 12:21)

And the last of our prayers are Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alansaar; binladen; screed; secretmessage
I thought it important to have a record of this screed at Free Republic for reference.
1 posted on 02/23/2003 12:39:19 PM PST by ganeshpuri89
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To: ganeshpuri89
"Therefore, I advise the youths to exercise their minds in the Jihad as they are the first ones upon whom Jihad is obligatory, just like Ash-Shatibi (RA) pointed out. So know that targeting the Americans and the Jews by killing them in any comer of the Earth, is the greatest of obligations and the most excellent of ways to gain nearness to Allah."

I did NOT read it all...but I did catch the above....

2 posted on 02/23/2003 12:46:34 PM PST by goodnesswins (Thank the Military for your freedom and security....and thank a Rich person for jobs.)
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To: ganeshpuri89
Sorry, I can't take statements like this coming from corpses seriously.
3 posted on 02/23/2003 12:51:31 PM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: ganeshpuri89
He does go on, doesn't he?
4 posted on 02/23/2003 12:54:20 PM PST by smokeyjon
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To: Dr.Deth
Quoting directly from Generalissimo Franco, UBL said, quote, "I'm still dead".
5 posted on 02/23/2003 1:06:42 PM PST by FredZarguna
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To: ganeshpuri89
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6 posted on 02/23/2003 1:08:56 PM PST by firewalk
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To: ganeshpuri89
One would only hope he would grant a radio interview, live, and jabber on for this length.

The Fort Meade, MD boys would have him zeroed in, and our Hellfire-equipped Predators could go to work.

He'd be a pile of smoldering black blubber and we'd be home for suppertime!

7 posted on 02/23/2003 1:18:56 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Easy to UNDERRATE N.Korea: Idiotic leader, starving people. BUT DON'T! They could attack in a flash.)
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To: ganeshpuri89
OK, compare this Islamic babble, with "Love they neighbor as you would love yourself."

Is there any wonder why Christianity is popular? For sheer brevity of it alone!

Can't these people say anything in a single sentence? One sentence, one thought. Its really not that hard.
8 posted on 02/23/2003 1:19:14 PM PST by Vermont Lt
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To: Vermont Lt
They cannot, because I don't believe it's a religion...it's a cult.
9 posted on 02/23/2003 1:22:23 PM PST by goodnesswins (Thank the Military for your freedom and security....and thank a Rich person for jobs.)
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To: ganeshpuri89
As long as he's dead, I don't care what he says.
10 posted on 02/23/2003 1:27:29 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Dick Gephardt. Before he dicks you.)
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To: ganeshpuri89
Thank you. I couldn't manage to read quite all of it, but I think I got about 90%.

The key point is that he labels his faction of Islam the "Victorious Party." And he says, again and again, that listeners should join him because, with Allah's will, they are winners. This is illustrated by a historical example, the way a Muslim leader persuaded the Muslims to tackle the Persian Empire (which in fact they defeated):

"0 people, let not this force frighten you as we have humiliated the Persians and defeated them. We have been cleverer than them, we have shown more courage than them, we have strangled them and we have the upper hand over them and to whoever comes after them insha-Allah."

This confirms exactly what we have been arguing here. The Arabs will follow bin Ladin or his successors AS LONG AS THEY ARE PERCEIVED AS WINNERS. Only by completely obliterating them and their supporters will we be able to put an end to this movement, just as Britain destroyed the Mahdi in the nineteenth century.

The pacifists are wrong. We must demonstrate to the Muslim world that bin Ladin is a loser, and therefore, according to their beliefs, that he does not speak for the will of Allah.

I was also fascinated by his point that our ultimate purpose is to split Saudi Arabia in two. I don't think that was true before 9/11, but I am hoping and praying that it is true now. We MUST separate the two holy cities from the oil money before this war is over. Ironically, bin Ladin will be responsible for bringing about the thing he fears most. Poetic justice.
11 posted on 02/23/2003 2:00:48 PM PST by Cicero
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To: ganeshpuri89
Hummmm. I ran this through my Quaker Puff Rice Secert Decorder Ring and the message was, "Send more scotch! These dopes take that Ko-Ran Crap seriously."
12 posted on 02/23/2003 2:05:28 PM PST by sonofatpatcher2 (Love & a .45-- What more could you want, campers? };^)
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Him and Ted Kazinski would make interesting cellmates. What a barrelful of hateful invective and pseudo-religious claptrap. An obviously intelligent man who has let his brain get curdled by hate and anguish at the feeble nature of "Islamic" regimes.

I think we should take it seriously. It is amazing to constrast this man's history and overarching grudges - bringing up 1916 deals to slice up Arabia for example, and citing the 6th century hadith - with Hollywood which seems to have no CLUE of what folks like this are really like.

Even if others dont listen to him directly, the theme, that America and other 'crusaders' represent a foreign and illegitiate influence on the "Ummah", is an idea that we will need to defeat or at least defang.

I got some comfort in the fact that he mentioned Afghanistan a few times, and it is clearly his main focus. It suggests to me he has not gone far (eg like Chechnya); it also suggests we have really broken up his party. Talking of their rout in afghanistan as a tactical retreat is hilarious. If alive he is still hiding out and we will find him some day.

Ganeshpuri ... are you Indian?Hindu?
13 posted on 02/23/2003 3:24:39 PM PST by WOSG
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To: Cicero
This confirms exactly what we have been arguing here. The Arabs will follow bin Ladin or his successors AS LONG AS THEY ARE PERCEIVED AS WINNERS. Only by completely obliterating them and their supporters will we be able to put an end to this movement, just as Britain destroyed the Mahdi in the nineteenth century.

Yes. OBL himself talks of the 'treacherous' types and whines about how the Islamic nations basically have let 'crusaders' come and run things... As we are now observing wrt our regional 'allies' there, they dont seem to think of courage and open conviction/honesty as important traits. So they pretend to assist and help the top dog. Then we find out they are not really 'allies' if there is any resistance from another quarter (viz. Turkey's waffling). OTOH, it makes defeating enemies a bit easier - they cut and run fast at the sight of real conviction backed with force.

In the end we will have to defeat this evil ideology - that wants to kill Americans and Jews wantonly - one mind at a time.

14 posted on 02/23/2003 3:29:51 PM PST by WOSG
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To: Hank Rearden
Osama Who?
15 posted on 02/23/2003 4:37:41 PM PST by timesarechangin
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To: ganeshpuri89
I've been wondering about this festering piece of camel dung recently. Supposedly he's got renal failure and requires dialysis. Dialysis is typically given 2 or 3 times a week. And also supposedly he's holed up in a cave in Afhanistan or Pakistan somewhere. My point being that to do Dialysis you need supplies. Lots of them, and they have to be sterile and you need people with the expertise to do it. You can do hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, but both methods require a lot of medical supplies and trained personnel to do the routine stuff and also to be alert and able to handle complications and problems.

Wouldn't this be a huge red flag to a good intelligence agency? Wouldn't this create a medical supply (and medical waste!) trail leading right to Bin Laden?

I think it would and that's why I think the odds are better that he's toast than they are that he's alive. To prove he's alive we would just need him holding up a picture of a recent newspaper (yes you could photoshop that but yes experts could also spot the photoshop work). That hasn't happened. I think he's room temperature. Just my opinion, however.
16 posted on 02/23/2003 4:44:39 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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defeat of the Worlds' largest Superpower at the hands of the Mujahideen: the Soviet Union, which took place after ten years of fierce fighting carried out by the sons of the Afghans and whoever helped them

Uhmmmm...I think that would be us Osama, so you turn out to be the traitorous bastard,

and Allah should declare a jihad on you.

Oh, I forgot, you can't move your arms and legs and your covered in rocks.

17 posted on 02/23/2003 4:48:28 PM PST by DainBramage
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To: Cicero; Siobhan; Paul Atreides
His reference to the Victorious Party may have some eschatological signifigance to it as well. From what Mansoor Ijaz said on Fox News, in his latest audio address bin Laden was basically establishing himself as the Mahdi in everything but name.

A parallel for what he's going for might be what happened in "Dune" after Paul Atreides took control of the Fremen. If you compare it with the recent attacks on Westerners in Saudi Arabia, al-Qaeda may well be planning a coup there timed to coincide with a US attack on Iraq.
18 posted on 02/23/2003 4:50:57 PM PST by Angelus Errare
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To: Vermont Lt
I note your appeal to brevity and offer these two quotes as a response to bin Laden. Of course I would substitute "Qaeda" for "South"

I would make this war as severe as possible, and show no symptoms of tiring till the South begs for mercy.

War is the remedy our enemies have chosen, and I say give them all they want.

- William Tecumseh Sherman

19 posted on 02/23/2003 7:25:45 PM PST by ganeshpuri89
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To: ganeshpuri89
Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily
February 20, 2003

Yossef Bodansky

Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily February 20, 2003

Osama Bin Laden And The New Crusader War: Bin Laden’s New, Secret Message To The Islamist Leadership

New intelligence regarding a comprehensive message to the Islamist élite from Osama Bin Laden, deliberately obfuscated by the February 11, 2003, message broadcast on al-Jazeera, provides new insights into the escalation of terrorism against the West, Saudi Arabia and other targets

Exclusive. By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Analyst, GIS (Global Information System).

Starting early February 2003, the US, the UK and Israel have been at the highest terrorism alert status since September 11, 2001. This situation was prompted by the confluence of a flow of intelligence warnings concerning the planning and imminent launching of specific spectacular operations, with the emergence of a series of communiqués from Osama bin Laden and other prominent Islamist leaders, distributed in anticipation for the US war on Iraq.

However, more than encouraging and predicting terrorist strikes, bin Laden’s messages chart the next phase of the Islamists’ jihad against the US and West. Ultimately, these communiqués constitute a most important set of declarations outlining the Islamists’ polity, reiterating their commitment escalating the jihad, as well as stressing the Islamists’ resolve to withstand the anticipated onslaught on Iraq, and then seize the initiative and strategic trends from the US-led West.

Bin Laden himself stressed the centrality of spectacular terrorism to the Islamists’ confrontation with the US-led West: "Those who did not understand the message I sent in New York and Washington after your previous crimes, and because you are about to attack, in the name of Allah, I will strike!"

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Zawahiri’s Message: The late January 2003 publishing of an article by Ayman al-Zawahiri — leader of the Egyptian terrorist group, Al-Jihad (now essentially absorbed into al-Qaida), and the principal colleague and military commander of Osama bin Laden in the al-Qaida grouping — provided the first indication an ideological-theological milestone. The 60th issue of the Al-Mujahidun newsletter, the organ of the Egyptian Al-Jihad, carried an editorial by Zawahiri titled "Until When Will We Continue to Ask These Questions?" Zawahiri complained about the procrastination and indecision throughout the Muslim world, manifested in an endless quest for fatwas. Rather than embarking on the jihad, Zawahiri notes: "Asking questions has become a recurrent and prominent characteristic of our lives. We are asking such questions all day long and sometimes even in our dreams. How and when do we wage jihad? With what do we wage jihad? What is the land on which we wage jihad? Where is the money? Where are the supporters? We have become experts in asking questions more than our enemies."

Instead of asking these question, Zawahiri admonished, the Muslim world must recognize the mounting threat from the West’s onslaught and embark on an avenging jihad. "Yes, treatment with reciprocity; yes, slay just as they slay; kill just as they kill; and displace just as they displace. They do not understand except the language of force and slaughter," Zawahiri answers the questions above. And he presents his own rhetorical questions: "Do we lack people although our Ummah [Muslim nation] numbers one-billion Muslims? Do we lack knowledge although Muslim scientists are working for the crusaders and the Jews in their space and nuclear laboratories? Do we lack the money although we are the richest people on earth with our resources?" Zawahiri acknowledged that the situation was far from being perfect and that "we lack many other things that are shameful to mention because mentioning them is scandalous to us and a source of shame to us". Nevertheless, Zawahiri admonished the readers, "our Ummah possesses the potential components for victory and empowerment but these need someone to actualize them and give them prominence. Our Ummah possesses the might of the true faith in front of which all other forces collapse." The time for urgent action had come, he concluded.

Zawahiri’s Editorial ushered a brief surge in ideological self-contemplation culminating in the dissemination bin Laden’s first message. Unlike previous cycles of release of bin Laden’s messages, this time the Islamist leadership, particularly bin Laden loyalists, carefully prepared the would be audience to the arrival of these messages, as well as provided the desired "spin". Most important were the interactions with the Islamist communities in Western Europe and the Arabian Peninsula, especially Saudi Arabia.

Indicative of this phase was a meeting which took place on February 7, 2003, in the London area between emissaries of Osama bin Laden that had just arrived from Pakistan and a few dozen local Arab activists. The discussion included explicit threats to the United States and Saudi Arabia. The primary subject of the meeting was going over several contingency plans for "popular" or "grassroots" activities in conjunction with the anticipated US-led attack on Iraq. The emissaries arrived in order to inform Islamist activists in Western Europe what bin Laden was expecting of them, and help them prepare for implementing these instructions. However, since most of the Arab activists in the West are also active in "opposition" movements in their home countries, bin Laden’s emissaries also addressed the Islamists’ plans for, and expectations from, key parts of the Arab world.

The emissaries assured the activists from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that instructions had already been issued to local Islamist "mujahedin cells" to prepare for popular armed insurrection. The recent violent incidents throughout Saudi Arabia, the emissaries insisted, were not isolated incidents. Rather, they were the beginning of "a comprehensive change in the style of the jihad current" including the introduction of "martyrs" — that is, suicide-bombers — to the confrontation against the House of al-Sa’ud. The emissaries stated that the Islamists no longer recognized the legitimacy of the Saudi state, and considered the Government and the members of the House of al-Sa’ud to be infidel.

The emissaries expected the launching of the US-led war on Iraq to spark a wave of terrorism all over the world, and particularly in the United States and in Saudi Arabia. They stressed that bin Laden and his aides "are fully confident that the Iraq War would be the spark that triggers turmoil in the entire region because of what they say al-Qaida has prepared for the United States if it went ahead with an Iraq strike". They explained that bin Laden’s "blow against the United States would upset the balances in the region and make al-Sa’ud persons cut off from life’s artery". The emissaries assured the Saudis in the audience that bin Laden’s networks in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states were extremely large, diverse and resilient so that it would be virtually impossible for the Saudi security authorities to destroy them.

Bin Laden’s emissaries added that "the coming blow from Sheikh bin Laden to the United States" would immediately instigate "dispute among the sides of the Ruling Family" on how to react to the ensuing outburst of Islamist militancy and insurrection throughout the Kingdom. They expected Saudi Arabia to be destroyed as a result of the aggregate impact of "the eruption of a feud in the Ruling Family and the ensuing anarchy in the country." The emissaries assured their listeners that the Saudi security forces would collapse soon afterwards because they were already thoroughly penetrated by the Islamists, and would not dare to suppress a genuine Islamic revolution. The alternative to this scenario, the emissaries warned, would be an Algeria-style fratricidal civil war with no end in sight.

Participants in the meeting described the mood among the audience as a mixture of anxious anticipation and jubilant elation. The Europe-based activists clearly comprehended bin Laden’s call to arms and were determined to implement his instructions. They concluded that bin Laden was about to unleash spectacular and unprecedented terrorist strikes in both Western Europe and the United States: strikes about which the activists know nothing and the emissaries only hinted. However, the local activists were eager to participate in these momentous events even if only in a supporting role in the fringes of the main drama. As well, the participating activists had no doubt that bin Laden has a vast terrorist infrastructure in the Arabian Peninsula, and that he will activate these networks at first opportunity. The emissaries left no doubt, the participants stressed, that bin Laden was determined to confront and destroy the House of al-Sa’ud as the first step toward the restoration of the Khilafah (Caliphate). The anticipated US attack on Iraq, and particularly the ensuing occupation of the Baghdad — the Grand Capital of historic Arab Caliphates — would be the huge spark and catalyst for a momentous reawakening of the entire Muslim world.

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Bin Laden’s Open and Secret Messsages: On February 11, 2003, the Islamist movement faced an unexpected complication. In the early morning (Asia and Europe time), a few sources affiliated with the mujahedin movement in Western Europe announced a forthcoming message from bin Laden. This announcement was solely for internal distribution among the Islamist élite. "Osama bin Laden has issued a new statement on the current military buildup in the Middle East, to coincide with the Muslim Eid Festival," the announcement read. Bin Laden’s statement would consist of "an audio recording and an English transcript" to be issued via a British outlet. The announcement provided instructions on how to get copies of bin Laden’s real message. Significantly, the internal announcement identified the key points to be made by bin Laden in his statement.

Meanwhile, anticipating a leak to hostile intelligence services, the Islamists prepared a diversion. A watered-down statement, also recorded by Osama bin Laden, was sent to al-Jazeera TV quite openly. As anticipated, the recording was intercepted by the Qatari security authorities and then handed over to the US. Both the Qatari authorities, who might have been party to the Islamist deception, and the Islamist leadership were convinced that the US would "swallow the bait" quietly. But that was not to be. Instead, Secretary of State Collin Powell not only announced the existence of the bin Laden statement while testifying in front of the Senate Budget Committee, but claimed it was to be broadcast by al-Jazeera TV later that day. Now, al-Jazeera was caught off balance, as its chief editor Ibrahim Hilal desperately attempted to convince the Western media that al-Jazeera TV had no such tape. Ultimately, however, the Qatari security authorities did provide al-Jazeera TV with the intercepted taped message, and bin Laden’s diversion statement was broadcast later that day.

Osama bin Laden’s "message to our brothers in Iraq" as broadcasted by al-Jazeera TV on February 11, 2003, had no surprises or milestones theological decrees. Bin Laden first described the overall context of the forthcoming war in Iraq. "We are following up with great interest and extreme concern the Crusaders’ preparations for war to occupy a former capital of Islam, loot Muslims’ wealth, and install an agent government, which would be a satellite for its masters in Washington and Tel Aviv, just like all the other treasonous and agent Arab governments. This would be in preparation for establishing the Greater Israel," he explained. "Amid this unjust war, the war of infidels and debauchees led by America along with its allies and agents, we would like to stress a number of important values," bin Laden stressed.

Bin Laden’s key message was that the forthcoming war against the US in Iraq was a jihad in the interest of all Muslims rather than the nationalist war advocated by Saddam Hussein. The entire Muslim world must assist Iraq not because of support for Saddam Hussein’s cause but in order to save all-Islamic values from the US-Israeli onslaught. Bin Laden declared that "fighting should be for the sake of the one God. It should not be for championing ethnic groups, or for championing the non-Islamic regimes in all Arab countries, including Iraq."

Citing his personal experience fighting the US forces in Afghanistan in fall 2001, bin Laden assured his audience that the American forces "depend on massive air strikes so as to conceal their most prominent point of weakness, which is the fear, cowardliness, and the absence of combat spirit among US soldiers". Therefore, as demonstrated by the mujahedin in Afghanistan, "Faith triumphed over all the materialistic forces of the people of evil, for principles [of guerrilla warfare] were adhered to," bin Laden stressed. "If all the world forces of evil could not achieve their goals on a one square mile of area against a small number of mujahedin with very limited capabilities, how can these evil forces triumph over the Muslim world? This is impossible, God willing, if people adhere to their religion and insist on jihad for its sake."

And bin Laden had practical lessons as well. "O mujahedin brothers in Iraq, do not be afraid of what the United States is propagating in terms of their lies about their power and their smart, laser-guided missiles. The smart bombs will have no effect worth mentioning in the hills and in the trenches, on plains, and in forests. They must have apparent targets. The well-camouflaged trenches and targets will not be reached by either the smart or the stupid missiles. There will only be haphazard strikes that dissipate the enemy ammunition and waste its money. Dig many trenches." Ultimately, it would take a protracted war of attrition and the constant bloodying of the American forces to defeat the enemy on the Iraqi battlefield. "We also recommend luring the enemy forces into a protracted, close, and exhausting fight, using the camouflaged defensive positions in plains, farms, mountains, and cities. The enemy fears city and street wars most, a war in which the enemy expects grave human losses," bin Laden explained.

Ultimately, however, bin Laden stressed, it would take spectacular terrorism to triumph over the United States and the West. "We stress the importance of the martyrdom operations against the enemy, operations that inflicted harm on the United States and Israel that has been unprecedented in their history, thanks to Almighty God," bin Laden declared. The objective of these operations should go well beyond Iraq to include all pro-Western countries in the Muslim world. Bin Laden emphasized that "whoever supported the United States, including the hypocrites of Iraq or the rulers of Arab countries, those who approved their actions and followed them in this Crusade war by fighting with them or providing bases and administrative support, or any form of support, even by words, to kill the Muslims in Iraq, should know that they are apostates and outside the community of Muslims. It is permissible to spill their blood and take their property." In embarking on these operations, the mujahedin should strive "to liberate themselves from those unjust and renegade ruling regimes, which are enslaved by the United States. ... The most qualified regions for liberation are Jordan, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the land of the two holy mosques [Saudi Arabia], and Yemen."

Bin Laden next addressed the key issue of relationship between the Islamist mujahedin and apostate governments, such as Saddam Hussein’s. "Needless to say, this Crusade war is primarily targeted against the people of Islam. Regardless of the removal or the survival of the socialist party or Saddam, Muslims in general and the Iraqis in particular must brace themselves for jihad against this unjust campaign and acquire ammunition and weapons," he declared. "Fighting in support of the non-Islamic banners is forbidden. Muslims’ doctrine and banner should be clear in fighting for the sake of God," bin Laden reiterated. However, the US threat was seen as all-inclusive and constituted a paramount menace to the entire Muslim world. Hence, in confronting the US, the mujahedin would be defending Islam rather than assisting Saddam. "Under these circumstances, there will be no harm if the interests of Muslims converge with the interests of the socialists in the fight against the crusaders, despite our belief in the infidelity of socialists," bin Laden decreed. "Socialists are infidels wherever they are, whether they are in Baghdad or Aden."

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The attention paid in the West to the al-Jazeera TV statement created complications within the Islamist trend. At least in South Asia and the Middle East, the Islamist leaders had already been briefed about, and prepared to propagate, bin Laden’s real message. Now, given the notoriety of the al-Jazeera TV message, they must address it if only in order to avoid confusion in the Arab street. Hence, the Islamist leadership elected to stall on the release of bin Laden’s real statement, and instead initially react to the al-Jazeera message as if it were the real one. Consequently, in some instances, the local leaders reacting referred to the broadcast message as their starting point, but actually ended addressing themes and content of the real message. Most important among these was the Saudi Imam Abu-al-Baraa al-Qarshi, one of bin Laden’s most trusted lieutenants, who issued a follow-up statement on February 12/13, 2003.

"Praise Allah, our Sheikh’s words have reached the general leadership of the Muslims and the mujahedin throughout the world," al-Qarshi started. His main theme, however, was reassuring the Believers of the impending spectacular strikes against both the US and Saudi Arabia. "Wait, our friends, salvation is at hand and the painful blow is on its way. It will be a sweeping attack recognizable, with God’s help, to those who believe with all their hearts in jihad and the mujahedin," he stated. Al-Qarshi then alluded to hidden messages in bin Laden’s audio message, noting that "those unfamiliar with our Sheikh, Osama bin Laden, will find it hard to decipher his sermon."

Al-Qarshi delved into the issue of using weapons of mass destruction in one of these spectacular strikes. Significantly, he did not deny the possibility such weapons might be used in and against the United States, but concentrated on denying they might be used in Saudi Arabia against brethren Muslims. "More than one Crusader in the Black House hinted that our Sheikh will use weapons of mass destruction in the Land of the Two Shrines. I swear to God that for al-Qaida’s cells operating in the Land of the Two Shrines, this concept is as distant as east is to west. Special care will be taken not to harm Muslims," al-Qarshi wrote. He stressed the existence of a unique command structure for bin Laden’s operatives in Saudi Arabia. Heexplained that "the Land of the Two Shrines is the only place where an individual is forbidden to act without the consent of the supreme leadership. I swear to ensure no mistakes are made, so that each blow against the Crusaders in this Holy Land will be painful and not spill a drop of Muslim blood. The [Saudi] government, despite its paucity of information about al-Qaida cells, knows that al-Qaida can reach any place at any time, regardless of security measures taken in the Land of the Two Shrines." Al-Qarshi stressed that the al-Qaida networks throughout Saudi Arabia were already at the ready to strike out. "The majority of al-Qaida’s active leadership in the Land of the Two Shrines — the mujahedin — need not expand its religious consciousness or make further preparations because it has already been trained to be prepared."

Bin Laden’s latest message, al-Qarshi hinted, might include the activation code. "Praise Allah, the message of the Sheikh has reached the general leadership of the Muslims and mujahedin throughout the world, and those orders will be understood only by those who are part of the mujahedin," he quipped. Al-Qarshi’s concluding words were aimed at the general audience. "And wait, salvation is near and the painful blow is on the way. It will be sweeping, and with God’s help and signs recognized by those who believe in their hearts in jihad and the mujahedin. And God will proclaim paradise and our Sheikh will take the Islamic Army to his bosom and its flag shall fly everywhere in the world. We are waiting."

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Only on Friday, February 14, 2003, was Osama bin Laden’s real message finally released for select internal distribution; essentially at the last moment before the Friday noon prayers and sermons. The Islamists released high-quality audio recording in Arabic and an excellent English translation for the Western-based Islamists. Titled "Exposing the New Crusader War," bin Laden’s message sought to chart the course of the global jihad.

Osama bin Laden started by presenting the historical context of the current war. According ot bin Laden. The Muslim world is currently engaged not in a "War on Terrorism" started by events of September 11, 2001, as depicted in the West, but rather in yet another phase of Islamdom’s historic and worldwide confrontation with the intensifying encroachment of the West. Bin Laden described the present time as a period of great challenge to the Muslim world because of the legacy of historic injustice and aggression. "This is a time when the blood of the Muslims continues to flow in Palestine and Chechnya, in the Philippines, Kashmir and Sudan and when our children are dying because of the American sanctions on Iraq. At a time when our wounds have not yet healed following the Crusader Wars on the Islamic world in the last century, and because of the result of the Sykes-Picot Agreement in 1916 between France and Britain, which led to the division of the Islamic World into bits and pieces — with the agents of the Crusaders continuing to rule under this agreement to this very day — we are again witnessing another Sykes-Picot Agreement, but this time one which is between Bush and Blair, but of the same nature and for the same purpose: to destruction and eradication of the Ummah (Nation) of our Beloved Prophet (SAWS)."

Bin Laden stresses that the recent "Bush-Blair Agreement" constitutes an even more horrific a threat to the very existence of the Arab world than the original Sykes-Picot Agreement. "Indeed the Bush-Blair Agreement proclaims to eradicate terrorism, but it is now clear to everyone that the real purpose of this Agreement is to try and finish Islam and destroy it," bin Laden observed. The Muslim world’s elite must therefore refrain from supporting the "War on Terror, which is in fact a War on Islam and the Muslims" and instead rally to meet the looming threats to the very existence of Islam. "It is no secret that the recent deployment of forces for an attack on Iraq is only a link in the chain of continuing attacks on the countries of this region including Egypt, Syria, Iran and Sudan. However, their real intention is to conquer and divide the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries [Saudi Arabia] as they have long realized the strategic value of this target ever since this objective was passed on from Britain to the United States 60 years ago," bin Laden explained. Therefore, bin Laden reasoned, "the main American plan and target in this region with this current build-up is not a moving summer cloud that will bring peace to the World, but rather a strategic target of immense significance that will never be neglected by the cunning and dirty American policy at any cost."

Israel is seen as the preeminent instrument of the Crusaders in their determination to destroy Islam and subjugate the Arab world. "One of the most important objectives of this latest Crusade is to establish a huge Jewish superstate (Greater Israel) that will include the whole of Palestine, parts of Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and a huge area from the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries," bin Laden explained. Israel’s fighting with the Palestinians should therefore be considered a major facet of the Jewish-Crusader onslaught on the Arab world. "What is happening in Palestine is a small sample of what will take place in the region: the killing of men, women and children; imprisonment, terrorism and the destruction of houses; the pillaging of the land and razing of factories; and putting the people into a perpetual state of fear where they can expect death at any time due to a rocket or shell destroying their houses and killing their womenfolk." Furthermore, the Arabs are also facing a Jewish-Crusader conspiracy to lure them into self-destruction "by disabling the resources of the Ummah for decades, using other methods like the deception of Democracy and other similar tricks." The Muslim world must therefore immediately reverse this trend because "the creation of Greater Israel will mean the total domination of Jews on these lands", bin Laden warned.

Bin Laden then proceeded to offering "good news ... that will assist us with our jihad in the Path of Allah" because "it is very important to provide our Ummah with the inspiration that it requires in order to protect itself in this latest Crusade." The key to victory lies in the restoration of genuine Islam. "The truth is that the Muslim Ummah is the greatest human power on the face of the Earth only if it establishes Islam properly, and then it will be able to face those so-called Superpower nations," bin Laden stated. That had, he said, been proven and demonstrated repeatedly throughout the history of Islam in the series of victories Muslim forces won against superior forces and the superpowers of day, from the first breakout of Mohammed’s armies out of Arabia to the fateful fighting between the Islamist fighters and the US forces in Afghanistan.

Bin Laden elaborated on this point by highlighting milestones in the combative path of the Islamist trend in recent decades. First came "the defeat of the Worlds’ largest Superpower at the hands of the mujahedin: the Soviet Union, which took place after 10 years of fierce fighting carried out by the sons of the Afghans and whoever helped them from the sons of the Muslims," bin Laden noted. No less impressive was "the defeat of the Russians in Chechnya when the Chechen mujahedin accompanied by their Arab and Foreign brothers displayed examples of sacrifice and self-redemption and smashed the arrogance of the Russians," only to be confronted by the Russians’ "return a second time with American backup and support" in a still unfolding futile campaign to suppress the Chechens.

The initial encounters with the US were not different, bin Laden argued. In his recounting of the history of contemporary jihad, he emphasized the contribution made by the Shi’ite HizbAllah in Lebanon. Bin Laden highlighted "the defeat of the American forces in Beirut in 1982, soon after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, when the Lebanese resistance was personified by the truck laden with explosives that struck the main military base of the US Marines in Beirut, killing 242 soldiers: towards Hell was their destination and what an evil destination that is." Similar experience took place a decade later, when "America deployed her forces to Somalia and killed over 13,000 sons of the Muslims therein, before the lions of Islam from amongst the ‘Arab Afghans’ and their brothers from that region pounced upon her and rubbed her arrogance into the dust, killing scores of them, destroying their tanks and downing their aircraft."

The 1990s saw a gradual escalation in the Islamists’ campaign to convince and coerce the US into withdrawing from the Arabian Peninsula. Bin Laden recounted how "in 1995, the explosion in Riyadh took place, killing four Americans, in a clear message from the people of that region displaying their rejection and opposition to the American policy of bankrolling the Jews and occupying the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries. The following year, another explosion in Al-Khobar killed 19 Americans and wounded more than 400 of them, prompting them to move their bases from the cities to the desert. Then in 1998, the mujahedin warned America to cease their support to the Jews and to leave the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries, but the enemy refused to heed this warning, so the mujahedin, with the ability from Allah, smashed them with two mighty smashes in East Africa. Then again America was warned, but she refused to pay attention to the warnings, so the mujahedin destroyed the American Destroyer, the USS Cole, in Aden, in a martyrdom operation, striking a solid blow to the face of the American military and at the same time, exposing the Yemeni Government as American agents, similar to all the countries in the region."

Nevertheless, the United States failed to understand the message of the jihad and heed to the Islamists’ demands. The Americans, bin Laden stressed, were "denying reality and proclaiming that we (the mujahedin) were striking them because we were jealous of them (the Americans), whereas the reality is that we are striking them because of their evil and injustice in the whole of the Islamic World, especially in Iraq and Palestine and their occupation of the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries".

This US refusal, or inability, to recognize the quintessence of the Islamist jihad was at the core of the decision to deliver a spectacular blow at the heart of the United States. In the words of Osama bin Laden, "the mujahedin decided teach them a lesson and to take the war to their heartland. On the blessed Tuesday 11 September 2001, while the Zionist-American Alliance was targeting our children and our people in the blessed land of Al-Aqsa, with American tanks and planes in the hands of the Jews, and our people in Iraq were suffering from the America’s sanctions upon them, and the Islamic world was very far away from establishing Islam properly," the young mujahedin of Allah "launched their attacks with their planes in an unparalleled and magnificent feat of valor, unmatched by any in humankind before them".

Bin Laden elaborated on the meaning and ramifications of the mujahedin’s strike for the Muslim world. "They destroyed the idols of America, they struck at the very heart of the Department of Defense and they hit the black heart of the US Economy, rubbing America’s nose into the dust and rolling her arrogance and pride into mud. Yet with the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York, there occurred an even bigger destruction: that of the great American Dream and legend of Democracy," bin Laden explained. "One of the many positive results from the retaliatory attacks on New York and Washington is that it has exposed the true characteristics of the Crusaders and revealed the extent of their hate towards the Muslims. These attacks took off the skin of the American wolf and they have been left standing in their filthy, naked reality. Thus the whole World awoke from its sleep and the Muslims realized the importance of the belief of loving and hating for the sake of Allah; the ties of brotherhood between the Muslims have become stronger, which is a very good sign and a great step towards the unity of Muslims and establishing the Righteous Islamic Khilafah insha-Allah."

Ultimately, bin Laden elucidated, there were even bigger and more important lessons to be learned from the September 11, 2001, strike. The Muslim world must examine the strike and the reverberation in the overall context of the prevailing global posture. "America is definitely a great power, with an unbelievable military strength and a vibrant economy, but all of these have been built on a very weak and hollow foundation. Therefore, it is very easy to target that flimsy base and concentrate on their weak points and even if we are able to target one-tenth of these weak points, we will be able crush and destroy them and remove them from ruling and conquering the world. Thus, this small group of Muslims, by facing up to and standing in front of the international coalition against them and Islam, proved that it is possible to militarily fight against this Superpower and that they were able to protect their Religion and benefit the causes of their Ummah much more than what the governments and people of these 50 odd Islamic countries have done, because this small group chose the Path of jihad as the way for the victory of the Religion," bin Laden concluded.

Hence, while the Arabs’ recent history has proven that "jihad is the way to honor this Ummah and provide it security", the contemporary Arab world is failing the mujahedin. The core of the problem is the state of the Arab world, particularly the very existence of modern states with secular governments. The existence of such states contradicts "the root of Islam" and Arab leaders "ignored it by allying themselves with the disbelievers, ruling by their own man-made laws and supporting and agreeing with the Atheist United Nations." Ultimately, these governments had done little but further the US’s anti-Islam policies, from recognizing Israel to the destruction of the Taliban Administration in Afghanistan. "After all this," bin Laden asked, "is it possible for a Muslim to say to the Muslims to pledge their hands into the hands of Hamid Karzai and cooperate with him to establish Islam, lift oppression and cease the plans of America in their tracks?!! This is impossible because Karzai is an American agent and supporting him against the Muslims takes a person outside the fold of Islam." Bin Laden stressed there is no difference "between Karzai the non-Arab and Karzai the Arab" like "the rulers of the Arabian Gulf." Bin Laden lamented that "the Crusaders, who appointed the Karzai of Kabul, established the Karzai of Pakistan, implanted the Karzai of Kuwait and the Karzai of Bahrain and the Karzai of Qatar and others. And who are the ones who appointed the Karzai of Riyadh and brought him after he used to be a bandit in Kuwait a long time ago in order to fight with them against the Ottoman Empire and its leader, Ibn Rasheed? They were none other than the Crusaders and they are continuing to enslave us up this very day!!"

Although enthroned by the US, to bin Laden these leaders still constituted a major threat to the vital interests of the Arab world by implementing the West’s grand designs. "These [are] traitors who want to solve our Islamic causes, including one of the most important causes of Palestine, under the rules and regulations of the United Nations or the orders of America, similar to the initiative launched by Crown Prince Abdullah in Beirut, in which he sold the blood of our martyrs and the Palestinian cause in order to satisfy the and assist the Jews and Americans against the Muslims. These leaders have betrayed Allah and His Messenger (SAWS), left the fold of Islam and betrayed the Muslim Nation," bin Laden stressed. Therefore, it is imperative for the Arab world to rebel against these leaders and "it is necessary upon the Muslims to declare themselves free from these tyrannical leaders" even if through the use of arms. The same applies also to the ruling élites, bureaucracies and media establishments whose work help legitimize the Arab leaders and states. Since these states’ entities reach out to the general public, bin Laden stressed, their influence must be reversed.

Bin Laden then criticized "those scholars and propagators who love the Truth and hate Falsehood, but they sit back from jihad" because they dare not challenge their governments. It is possible to understand them, bin Laden acknowledged, because "this is human nature as a person cannot make the correct decisions under extreme pressure, especially when his security is threatened" by the oppressive regimes under which he lives. "Thus, this state policy of fear and repression on the people has destroyed every aspect of life, including religion. The religion is sincere advice but there is no advice without security." Consequently, under the fear of tyranny, the Arab world was divided among these who "gave their loyalty to the state", these who, fearing for themselves, "made an evil and false choice to compromise with the leaders, thus going astray and leading many others astray", and these who "remained steadfast under the banner" of the Islamist movement. However, even these dedicated individuals could not resist all "the extreme measures" arrayed against them by the states, and consequently, despite their noble intentions, they ended up "holding back from jihad and resistance to the enemy". Bin Laden considered the latter group as the core of the forthcoming awakening of the Arab world.

To reverse the stifling of Islam, it was, he said, imperative to incite both the would be mujahedin and the sympathizing scholars into active participation in the armed jihad. Bin Laden observed that "the victory of the religion cannot occur merely by the giving of lectures without sacrificing our time and our wealth as the commodity of Allah (Paradise) is expensive. When jihad becomes compulsory, there is a massive difference between sitting and giving lectures, and sacrificing lives and heads for the victory of the religion." (It has long been the position of the entire Islamist movement, not just bin Laden and his supporters, that under current conditions jihad is already compulsory.)

"So what is obligatory upon the Muslims in the face of this new Zionist-Crusader war against the Ummah of Islam?" bin Laden asked. The answer is simple: relentlessly fighting the jihad all over the world. Bin Laden reiterated that "jihad today is compulsory on the entire Ummah and she will remain in sin until she produces her sons, her wealth and her power to the extent of being able to wage jihad and defend against the evil of the disbelievers upon all the Muslims in Palestine and elsewhere. It is obligatory upon the believers to wage jihad in order to establish the Truth and eradicate Falsehood, to the utmost of their abilities."

In this bin Laden statement, the emphasis was on the waging of the jihad against the US and Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia, in the context of a principled long-term jihad, rather than in the context of the forthcoming war with Iraq. Bin Laden was cognizant of the difficulties facing his sympathizers in the West and certain Arab states. "So as for the Believer who stays back from jihad with his hand and his tongue, then it is obligatory upon him to make jihad with his heart and this entails hating the enemies of Allah and supplicating against them; supporting the believers and the mujahedin, supplicating for them and letting them feel the brotherhood of Iman that connects us Muslims from the East to the West; and wishing sincerely in his heart to wage jihad in the Path of Allah by his hand and his tongue, but this is the weakest of Iman," bin Laden instructed. Thus, the Islamist leadership must be realistic and understanding in charting the expectations from various segments of society. Bin Laden pointed out that the Islamists "must not combine the major sin of sitting back from jihad, with the major sin of betrayal. Although jihad in person is obligatory upon the entire Ummah, then it is even more obligatory upon the youths in the prime of their lives than upon the old. Likewise, jihad with wealth is more obligatory today upon the wealthy Muslims than on those who are not as wealthy as them."

Bin Laden was encouraged by the spread of jihad throughout the lands contested by Islam. These jihad fronts, like Afghanistan of the 1980s, serve as a breeding grounds for mujahedin from all over the world. Therefore, bin Laden, emphasized, "it is obligatory upon the Ummah to protect the jihad that exists today and lend support to it with every means of power that it possesses, as this jihad is a very valuable asset to us, as is the case in Palestine, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Indonesia, the Philippines and other Muslim lands." Bin Laden paid special attention to the war in Afghanistan, stressing that "the jihad in Afghanistan is currently in a very good position and the conditions there are very favorable for the mujahedin" despite the American-led efort against them. "We are now in the second year of our fighting against the Americans and until now, America has not been able to fulfill her war objectives. On the contrary, she is now trapped inside the Afghan swamp. As for the victories that America experienced in the first few months of the war, after they captured the cities following the mujahedin withdrawal from them, then it is no secret to general military experts and those specializing in Afghanistan in particular, that this was a tactical withdrawal in line with the nature of the Taliban Administration and the nature of the Afghans in their long history of guerrilla warfare," bin Laden explained.

Bin Laden now anticipated escalation of the war in Afghanistan because "the Afghans have re-organized themselves to the utmost of their ability and they have dug themselves in for a long guerrilla war from the deep, rugged and harsh mountains of Afghanistan, using similar tactics that they employed against the Soviet Union, with Allah’s Grace. They are using those same tactics against the Americans and with the rate of operations having reached two every day, the Americans are in real problems now. They are not able to protect their forces and nor are they able to bring stability to the country, let alone protecting the leader and protecting the public."

Most important, bin Laden stressed, was the emergence of a broad-based Islamist front to fight the US and its allies. He noted that "during this last year, all of the mujahedin have united their forces and all are extremely enthusiastic for jihad, realizing that jihad against the Americans is obligatory upon them. If it was not for a lack of resources, then they would have increased their rate of operations to ten every day, just like in the previous jihad against the Russians, and the Americans would never be able to bear this, but presently it is not possible." Therefore, it is imperative for the entire Islamist community worldwide to support the Afghan jihad because Afghanistan is the fulcrum for the rejuvenation of the global jihad movement. Bin Laden decreed that "it is a compulsive obligation upon the Ummah today to lend assistance to the jihad in Afghanistan because it is one of the most important arenas of jihad. Furthermore, we must concentrate on removing the Americans from Afghanistan, for defeating them in Afghanistan will be the beginning of the end of America insha-Allah." The forthcoming inevitable jihadist victory in Afghanistan would thus usher in an era of Islamist resurrection and triumph.

Bin Laden called for the transformation of the entire Muslim world to meet the imperatives of jihad. "The Ummah today is in an era from amongst the eras of Allah, in which it must not weaken nor tire nor transgress. Rather, it must unite the ranks of the Muslims against the ranks of the disbelievers and it must seek repentance from its minor and major sins, just as important it is for the Ummah in this difficult time, which is no small matter, to shun a life of play, amusement, extravagance and fun, and prepare itself for the real life of killing, fighting, striking and damaging," bin Laden argued. The youth of Islam would be at the forefront of this Islamist surge. "Therefore, I advise the youths to exercise their minds in the jihad as they are the first ones upon whom jihad is obligatory," bin Laden declared. "So know that targeting the Americans and the Jews by killing them in any comer of the Earth, is the greatest of obligations and the most excellent of ways to gain nearness to Allah. Furthermore, I advise the youths to use their intelligence in killing them secretly. I also congratulate you all, and our brothers in Palestine in particular, that your mujahedin brothers are continuing firm upon the path of jihad in targeting the Jews and the Americans and that we will never abandon or forsake you, so continue with the blessings of Allah for we are with you."

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And as attested to by the "Orange"-level terrorism alert in the US, the UK, Israel and most of the West: Osama bin Laden’s disciples are actively preparing to implement his teachings on the centrality of uncompromising jihad and martyrdom.

20 posted on 02/24/2003 11:38:57 PM PST by ganeshpuri89
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