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Realities of the Conflict
Between Islam and Unbelief
Shaykh Ayman al-Zawahiri
Dhu Qadah 1427 AH / December 2006 CE
In the Name of Allah, and all praise is due to
Allah, and may peace and prayers be on the Messenger of Allah and on his family,
companions and allies.
Muslim brothers everywhere: peace be upon you and
the mercy of Allah and His blessings.
A number of critical events in our Islamic world are
passing us these days, and I deem it important for us to emphasize a number of
their fundamental characteristics, in view of the importance of educating the
Ummah in the facts of the conflict between Islam and infidelity, from both a
legal as well as factual point of view.
The first thing that I wish to talk about is the passing
of 89 years since the Balfour Declaration, in which someone who didnt own the
Holy Land of Palestine gave it to someone who didnt deserve it
That historical event which we must not allow to
pass from memory, and which we must transmit from generation to generation, in
order that we be aware of the extent of the animosity of Britain and the
Crusader West in general to the Muslim Ummah
The animosity of Britain to Islam which stretches
over centuries: isnt it the one who used to occupy most Islamic lands? Isnt
it the one who moved Abd al-Aziz Al Saud and al-Husayn ibn Ali to stab the
Ottoman state in its back? And isnt it the one who handed over to the Jews one
of the holiest places of Islam?
And today in Palestine,
conspiracies to abort the Jihad and surround the Mujahideen are being hatched
by the same forces which created Israel and with the cooperation of
their agents among our people.
I repeat to you, my brothers, that we must be
conscious of the legal and factual realities of this conflict, lest the treacherous
leadership deceive us and we get lost in the market of political bargaining.
And the first of these facts which we must be
conscious of and focus on and repeatedly emphasize, is that the fighting must
be for elevating the Word of Allah, and that the elevation of Allahs Word on
His earth means the elevation of His Law (Shariah), and that the Muslim cannot
possibly be a believer without litigating to Divine Law alone to the exclusion
of all other laws. The Truth (Exalted is He) says, But no, by your Lord
(O Muhammad), they are not believers until they make you judge in all disputes
between them, and find in their souls no resistance to your decisions, but
accept them with the fullest conviction. (4:65) Thus, it is
unimaginable that the Muslims could create a government in Palestine or
elsewhere based on the rule of other than the Shariah, and whose authority
doesnt come from the Shariah.
And the second of these facts is that the recovery
of every land which was once a land
of Islam is the personal
duty of every Muslim. Therefore, as Muslims, we cannot possibly concede to
Israel so much as a hand-span of Palestine, and there is no difference as far
as we are concerned between Palestine 1948 and Palestine 1967: all of it is
Palestine and all of it belongs to the Muslims, and all the international
resolutions which bit off chunks of it and allowed the presence of Israel on it
from the partition resolution to Resolution 1701 are null and void,
non-binding resolutions, which arent worth so much as a mosquitos wing on the
scales of Islam.
It is our duty to reject and cast off these
resolutions and wage war on them, instead of taking indecisive stances towards
them, and saying that we shall respect them and acknowledge them as a fact of
life, and other such terms which lead to the forfeiture of the Muslims rights.
Recognizing these resolutions implies recognizing the
Hebrew state in the land
criminalizing Jihad against it, and isolating the Mujahideen outside it from
the Mujahideen inside it.
And the secularists who have approved these
resolutions are criminals in the eyes of Islam who have agreed to the
establishment of Israel
in one of the holiest places in Islam.
These secularist traitors who have renounced
Islamic Law, agreed to the presence of Israel
and traded Palestine
for crumbs cannot possibly have any legitimacy, and we cannot possibly
recognize them as legitimate rulers, much less consider them our brothers. They
are enemies of Islam and Muslims who have turned their backs on the Shariah of
Islam and surrendered the Muslims lands to the Jews.
The third fact is that every way other than Jihad
will only lead us to loss and failure, and those who attempt to liberate the
lands of Islam through elections which are held on the basis of the secular
constitutions or the resolutions surrendering Palestine to the Jews will never
liberate one sand-grain of Palestine: instead, their actions will lead to the
smothering of the Jihad and blockading of the Mujahideen.
Backtracking in front of the West will not make
them happy with us, regardless of how much expertise we acquire in maneuvering,
equivocating and talking. The Truth (Exalted is He) says, The Jews or
the Christians will never be satisfied with you unless you follow their
The fourth fact is that recognition of Israel takes
many forms. Among the forms of recognition of Israel
is membership in the United Nations, because Israel is a member like the rest of
the members, and it is the obligation of all members according to the text of
the UN charter to respect its sovereignty and the integrity of its
And one of the regrettable events in this sphere
concerns the conference of emerging democracies which was held under UN
auspices in Qatar
this past October and which the Israeli foreign minister refused to attend
because a delegation from the Palestinian government which included members of
the HAMAS movement was attending the conference! i.e., they complain about
attending the same conference as us, while we eagerly compete for that! Is this
the political action which protects the honor and rights of the Muslims?!
Another lamentable example in this context is the
recent draft Security Council resolution put forward by Qatar on behalf of the Arab grouping and vetoed
by the United States, which
condemned the latest Israel
aggression against Gaza in addition to condemning
the launching of rockets against Israel. The ambassador of Palestine at the United Nations supported this draft and
regretted Americas objection
to it: i.e., the Palestinian government adopted and supported a draft
resolution criminalizing Jihad against Israel!
And here we must make clear the true nature of the
United Nations. The United Nations is an organization hostile to Islam. Its
charter is based on the rule of other than the Shariah and obligates all UN
members, including the governments of the Islamic countries, to recognize Israel, because
it like them is a member of the UN. And it also obligates them to recognize
Russias occupation of Chechnya and the Muslim Caucasus, Chinas occupation of East Turkistan, Spains occupation
of Ceuta and Melilla and the occupation of other Muslim
lands by non-Muslim governments which are part of the UN.
And furthermore, the UN is the one who established
the Jewish presence in Palestine, the Crusader presence in Afghanistan, and the
Crusader occupation of Iraq, and it is the international false witness which
runs the rigged elections in Afghanistan and Iraq, and it is the one who today
is attempting to enable the Crusaders to invade Darfur under cover of the UN.
The United Nations is the one whose international forces are today deployed on
the borders of Lebanon, to
prevent the meeting up of the Mujahideen from outside Palestine
with those within it, in order to complete the blockade against the Mujahideen
in Palestine. The
United Nations is a tool in the hands of the United States and its Crusader
partners for taking over the world through intimidation, enticement and
extortion, and it has a leadership comprised of the Big Five and a backyard
called the General Assembly in which the weak states shout at one another.
And among the forms which the recognition of Israel takes is the acceptance of the legitimacy
of the Palestinian National Authority which came in being on the basis of the Oslo accords.
And among the forms which the recognition of Israel takes is the acceptance of the legitimacy
of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the PNA and Americas
man in Palestine.
And authorizing the Palestinian Liberation
Organization which recognizes Israel
to negotiate with Israel
is an abyss which leads in the end to the crushing of Jihad and recognition of Israel.
Disregarding the legal and factual realities of
the conflict between unbelief and Islam has led to some of the brothers in
Palestine being led from a lull in the fighting to elections on the basis of a
secular constitution, then from elections on the basis of a secular
constitution to respecting the international resolutions, then from respecting international
resolutions to approving the prisoners document, then from approving the
prisoners document to a government of national unity, and then from a
government of national unity to their expulsion from the cabinet
and the story
How is it that they didnt demand that Palestine have an Islamic
constitution before entering any elections? Arent they an Islamic movement?
Dont they strive for Allahs Word to be the highest?
We hear talk of an agreement to restructure the
PLO. But what we know and what the entire world knows is that the PLO is a
secular organization which calls for the establishment of a secular state in
Palestine, and that the PLO is the one who recognized Israel and abandoned more
than 80% of Palestine and agreed to the accords of disgrace and surrender So on
what basis are they calling for the restructuring of the PLO? We had hoped that
the brothers would demand an Islamic charter for the PLO before talking about
And furthermore, what would their stance be were
the PLO to be restructured through elections as we hear and the majority chose
abandonment of Palestine and agreeing to
And this opens the door to the biggest question:
what is the authority which rules? Is it the majority of votes? Or Divine
I hope that no one replies to me by saying that Palestine has its individuality and the people of Palestine know it better
than anyone else.
First of all, Palestine
is the cause of every Muslim, just as all the Muslims causes are the causes of
every Muslim in Palestine.
Secondly, Im not talking about details and secrets about which the people of Palestine know best:
rather, Im talking about the fundamentals of Islam and Shariah and the right
of Shariah to rule, and Im talking about refusing to compromise on one
sand-grain of Islamic land.
Thats why I say to our brothers in Palestine: brothers in
Islam; brothers in Jihad; brothers in Ribat, sacrifice and martyrdom-seeking:
hold onto your Qurans, hold on to your rifles.
My Muslim brothers in Palestine:
all Muslims stand with you, and wish to offer their lives in exchange for the
liberation of al-Aqsa, so stand with your Muslim brothers in Islam in Chechnya, Afghanistan,
Kashmir and Iraq,
and let the world hear your support of them.
I also encourage the Muslim Ummah to support the
people of Palestine with all the support they
can, in order that the flame of Jihad is not extinguished in the environs of Jerusalem.
And I call on all Muslims to back the Mujahideen
with their persons, wealth, materiel, opinion and expertise, in spite of the
international resolutions and in spite of the Sykes-Picot borders.
The second thing I wish to talk about is the
passing of five years since the entrance of the Crusaders to Kabul, surrounded
by their agents who sold their religion for a paltry worldly price and some of
whom used to claim to belong to Jihad and the Islamic movement, but Allah
revealed what was in their hearts, and so they entered Kabul on the backs of
the Crusader tanks and under their cross.
The American government thought that it had scored
an easy victory, but Bush didnt have a clue about what awaited him in Afghanistan.
And the truth about the Americans and their allies began to come to light in
Tora Bora and Shah-i-Kot. And the Jihadi resistance began to increase, with the
Bush administration claiming that it was the remnants of al-Qaida and Taliban
in order to cover up its losses, and Bush claiming that he keeps on his desk
pictures of the leaders of al-Qaida and crosses out the pictures of those of
them who are killed or captured. And in vain, the Western media and with it the
international false witness, the UN, sought to cover up the catastrophe. And so
began the campaign of lies and deception: first the Loya Jirga, then the
interim government, then the presidential and parliamentary elections
elections which took place under the threat of aerial bombing to destroy any
village suspected of harboring resistance to the Crusader. And I can
authenticate specific incidents in which the Crusader-helping traitors
threatened those who cooperate with the Mujahideen not merely with death, but
with the destruction of their entire village, and then carried out their
I mentioned previously the presidential and parliamentary
elections in Afghanistan.
In regard to the presidential polls, the vote-counting in it took 15 days,
during which the ballot boxes were passed from bandits to warlords to American
military and intelligence. And as for the parliamentary elections, the counting
of its votes took one month. And it is for the intelligent people of the world
to imagine what can happen in Afghanistan
in one month.
And despite all this deception, the scandals came
to the surface: Qala-i-Jangi, the massacre in the container trucks, the
atrocities at Shiberghan prison and the mass graves at Dasht-i-Laili, as the
resistance increased, and then the Crusader retaliation and the killing of tens
of thousands of Afghans and the destruction of hundreds of villages, while the
Talibans Jihadi resistance under the command of the Commander of the Believers
Mulla Muhammad Umar the symbol of Islamic honor in this era grew, prospered
The Afghan nation declared with blood and
sacrifice just who was the legitimate leadership around which it rallied, and
exposed the rigging of the UNs elections, which the hypocritical international
community applauded, despite everyones knowledge of the extent of the
The Pushtun tribes on both sides of the border
declared their allegiance to the Taliban, joined the Jihad against the Crusade
and stood firm in the face of the combined bombing of the Americans and
And the Mujahideen in Afghanistan
wrote an honorable chapter in the history of Islam.
And in this regard, I hail our Muslim brothers in Pakistan on their demonstrations against the
traitorous Musharraf government after the treacherous aggression against the
religious school in Bajaur, and I hail the Mujahideen of Pakistan on their
heroic, martyrdom-seeking confrontation of the Crusaders agents in Pakistan. And I
remind them that the way to deliverance is in supporting the forces of the
Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan
with their persons and wealth, and not through parliamentary ruses or elections
polluted with bribery, cheating and manipulation
And finally the American administration was forced
to admit the irrefutable facts and the failure of its Crusade in Afghanistan
And the Taliban proved once more that if the
Muslim masses embrace the cause of Jihad and find the steadfast Mujahid
leadership, not even the strongest power on earth can quell them.
And the Taliban reveal, with their historic,
heroic stance, the dirty role played by the religion-dealing traitors in Iraq and the scholars of beggary in Cairo, Riyadh, Amman and our other
will be defeated in Afghanistan
and pull out soon, with Allahs permission, and it is now seeking to organize
the agents who will succeed it in Afghanistan, and this is the same
deteriorating situation which the Soviets faced before their withdrawal, and
the American efforts shall Allah willing lead to the same failure which the
And the Islamic Emirate shall return to Kabul soon Allah willing following the Crusader
pullout, and its popularity has not merely increased in Afghanistan, but also in
neighboring countries. And these are facts known to all.
The Afghan people, in a quarter of a century, have
defeated by the grace of Allah the two superpowers in this world, so may
Allah grant long life to this poor, steadfast, Mujahid people. It is the duty
of the Muslim Ummah to back them, and this is the least it can do to fulfill the
duty it owes to them.
The religious, military and political history of
mankind shall bear witness that the strongest power in history was defeated by
a power much stronger, greater and purer than it: the power of Mujahid Islam.
So bear witness, O history, and bear witness, O mankind, And sufficient
is Allah as a witness.
I repeat what I mentioned previously: the backing
of the Jihad in Afghanistan
today is to back the most important battlefields in which the Crusade against
Islam and Muslims is in progress. And the defeat of the Crusaders there soon,
Allah permitting will have a far-reaching effect on the future of the Muslim
Ummah, Allah willing.
The third thing I wish to talk about is a message
to the Democrats in America.
I tell them: you must realize two facts.
The first is that you arent the ones who won the
midterm elections, nor are the Republicans the ones who lost: rather, the
Mujahideen the Muslim Ummahs vanguard in Afghanistan
are the ones who won, and the American forces and their Crusader allies are
the ones who lost.
The second fact is that the Mujahideen are still
by the grace of Allah in the field, their weapons with which they fell the
Democrats are still ready and aimed, and the Mujahideen wont stop inflicting
losses on you until you leave our lands, stop plundering our treasures, and
stop backing the corrupt rulers in our countries.
And if you dont refrain from the foolish American
policy of backing Israel,
occupying the lands of Islam, and stealing the treasures of the Muslims, then
await the same fate.
You must realize that a new period of world history
has begun. The period of the offspring of Abd al-Aziz Al-Saud, the grandsons
of the Sharif Husayn and Sadat, Mubarak and Arafat has passed, and the period
of Khalid Islambouli, Abdullah Azzam, Abu Hafs the Commander, Khattab, Muhammad
Atta, Muhammad Siddique Khan, and Shehzad Tanwir (Allah have mercy on them) has
begun. And if you are unable to comprehend this transformation, then blame no
one but yourselves.
Depart from our lands and stop supporting the
corrupt rulers, and dont prevent the Muslim Ummah from establishing its
legitimate Shura state accountable to it.
And I tell both the Republicans and Democrats: you
are attempting in panic to find a way out of the disasters which surround you
in Iraq and Afghanistan,
but you are still thinking with the same idiotic mentality. Thus you try to
negotiate with certain parties to secure your departure, although these parties
dont have a way out for you, and your attempts will only succeed in further
frustrating you, Allah willing, because you arent negotiating with the real
powers in the Islamic world. And it appears that you shall embark on a painful
journey of failed negotiations, after which you shall come back Allah
permitting with no other choice but to negotiate with the real powers.
And I tell them: Bush reflects the level of
thought of the American nation, despite all the research centers, specialists,
thinkers and historians it has. A nation which chooses Bush as its president is
a nation of negligible morals, ideology and intellect. And it suffices to take
a look at his recent meeting with the beggar al-Maliki in Amman, and the differences and disputes which
permeated it and blew up in public despite their strong need to project it as a
The fourth thing I wish to talk about is a message
to the American people. I say to them: you only realized the failure of the
administration and toppled the Republicans candidates after the Mujahideen
slaughtered you, and you didnt listen to the voice of morality, justice,
principles and intellect. And the Mujahideens weapons continue to be raised
and aimed, by the grace of Allah.
The formula for your safety is You shall never
dream of security until we truly experience it in Palestine and all lands of Islam, and not
the fallacious formula with which Bush deceives you when he says, We strike
the terrorists in their countries so that they dont strike us in ours. On the
contrary: if we are struck in our countries, we shall never stop striking you
in your countries, with Allahs power and permission.
And as our commander, Shaykh Usama bin Ladin (may
Allah preserve him) told you, As you bomb, you will be bombed, and as you
kill, you will be killed.
And the fifth thing which I want to talk about is
a message to the Muslim Ummah. I say to it:
O my Muslim Ummah, you must choose between two
choices: the first is to live on the margins of the New World Order and
international law and under the control of the arrogant enemies of Islam,
dishonored, humiliated, plundered and occupied, with them meddling in your
beliefs and true religion, sticking their noses in all your foreign and
domestic affairs, and you living the life of a vassal, lowly, disgraced and
And the second choice is that you rely on your
Lord, renew your Tawheed (worship of the one God), rise up with your true
faith, follow the revealed religion of Allah, and stand with it in the face of
the arrogant criminals, as your truthful and trustworthy Prophet (peace be upon
him), his righteous companions, and his purified family (Allah was pleased with
them all) stood in the face of the world, inviting, giving the good news,
warning and performing Jihad in order that Allahs Word be made the highest and
the word of the infidels the lowest. And there is no third choice.
The Crusaders and Jews will only be pleased with
the Muslim Ummah if it is satisfied with vassalage, humiliation and repression.
If, however, the Ummah sets about repelling the aggression which has been
committed against it for centuries, it gets nothing but bombing, destruction,
torture, occupation, abuse and infringement, because in that case it is not
eligible for human rights, due to it being a species of animal which has
attacked its Western masters.
This is the logic of the materialistic Western
Crusader civilization, and this is their culture, and this is the mentality
which motivates them, however much they try to hide it or claim that they dont
discriminate on the basis of religion, or that they have rid themselves of
Crusader spirit, or that they only want to spread freedom, justice and
Do we still have any doubt about the extent of the
despicability and maliciousness of the Crusade which is being waged against us?
The Crusades against us have never stopped, but have only differed in their
form, magnitude and appearance, while continuing through the ages.
My intention today isnt to talk about Western
Crusader corruption and perversion, but rather, I wish to discuss the role of
the Muslim Ummah and its duty towards this continuing aggression against our
religion, sacred things, lands and children.
The first thing I want to bring to attention of
myself and my Muslim brothers is the necessity of being aware of the fundamentals
of the Shariah and facts on the ground.
Among the pillars of this awareness is that the
Ummah define who its real leaders are, those who sacrifice in the path of
helping Islam, and who the clamaints to leadership are, those who search for their
gains by selling out the religion and running after personal ambitions, or retreat
from the real confrontation and run circles with the Ummah in endless mazes,
because every single time, they recoil from rising to the challenge, give
precedence to safety, and slide step by step towards the abyss of secularism.
Is it possible for the leaders of the Ummah to be
the religion-sellers in Iraq
and Afghanistan who colluded
with the Crusaders before, during and after their invasion, and entered Kabul and Baghdad
on the backs of American tanks?! How is it possible for the Jihad against the
Jews in Lebanon to be Halaal
while the Jihad against the Americans in Iraq
is Haraam?! How is it possible for cooperation with the Zionist enemy in Lebanon to be treason, while cooperation with
the Crusader enemy in Iraq
is security and progress?! How is it possible that we rush to participate in
the two governments set up by the occupier in Afghanistan and Iraq, recognize
and support them, and defend them and confront those who perform Jihad against
them, while cooperation with the Crusader occupier in Lebanon and Palestine is
And moreover, how is it possible that Islam is
exploited in the marketing of this inconsistency and fraud?
With which Quran or which Sunnah does someone dare
to sell the Muslims in the name of the religion, the Prophet (peace be upon
him), his righteous companions, and his purified family (Allah was pleased with
them), and that he make legal their homes, persons, and sacred things for the
Crusaders and Jews?
Has Islam, the Quran, the Sunnah of the Prophet,
and the legacy of his purified family and righteous companions become a
commodity in the market of politics for coming to power and extending
What religion is this? What morality is this? What
honor is this? Rather, what collapse is this?
History has recorded, and continues to record,
that when the Crusaders waged their assaults on Afghanistan
the people of faith and Jihad held their own, while the religion-traders sold
the countries for power and position. The masks have fallen, the facts have
come out, and the secrets have been revealed, and woe unto the traitors on the
judgment of history, and woe unto them on the Day of Accounting. Nay,
the Hour [of judgment] is the time promised them [for their full recompense],
and the Hour will be most grievous and most bitter. (54:46)
The day in which neither wealth nor sons will
avail, but only he [will prosper] who comes to Allah with a sound heart. (26:88-89)
The treads of the American Crusader tanks will have
no mercy on those who applauded their entrance to Afghanistan
and the favor will be returned to them in the worst way.
I call on every independent, honorable and
intelligent follower of the religion-sellers who support and beg for the
Crusader presence in Iraq
and forbid Jihad against it to examine himself and to remember that he will meet
his Lord alone: And each of them will come to Him singly on the Day of
Resurrection. (19:95), and to remember that following the leaders and
elders in their misguidance is of no avail after evidence has been shown. The
Truth (Exalted is He) says, If you could see when the wrongdoers will
stand before their Lord, throwing the words [of blame] to one another! Those
who were deemed weak will say to the arrogant ones, Had it not been for you,
we should certainly have been believers! The arrogant ones will say to those
who had been deemed weak, Was it we who kept you back from guidance after it
reached you? Nay, rather, it was you who transgressed. (34:31-32)
And I call on every independent, honorable and
intelligent one to ask himself a courageous and brave question: were Imam Ali (may
Allah honor him) or our chief Hasan or our chief Husayn (Allah was pleased with
them) today present in Iraq or Afghanistan, would they have colluded with the
Crusaders in the invasion of the lands of Islam, and then cooperate with them
and fight the Mujahideen in defense of them? Would they have participated in
the governments put in place by the Crusaders and blessed by the United
Nations, and would they have obeyed the orders of Bremer, Tommy Franks and
Lakhdar Brahimi? Or would they have declared Jihad against them and those who
And I call on every independent, honorable and
intelligent one to ask himself: is this the Islam for which Imam Ali and Husayn
(Allah was pleased with them) sought martyrdom?
And I ask him to ask himself: why should Jihad be
Halaal in Lebanon but Haraam
in Iraq and Afghanistan?
And why should America be
the Great Satan in Lebanon
but the Great Ally in Iraq and
Those who pretend not to see the existence of the
current Crusade, and try to portray the conflicts with the Crusader West as
being separate, restricted conflicts, or those who differentiate between the
Crusade against Iraq and Afghanistan and the Zionist-Crusader war against
Lebanon, or those who call for Jihad against America and Israel in Lebanon
while at the same time calling for cooperation with America and peace with
Israel in Iraq and Afghanistan, or those who dont believe in the unity of the
Muslim Ummah in its defensive war against the Crusade in Chechnya, Afghanistan,
Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon, or those who entered Kabul and Baghdad on the
backs of American tanks, or those who participated in the puppet regimes
created by the Crusader occupier in Afghanistan and Iraq: these cannot possibly
lead the Ummah in its defense against the Crusade, because he who is missing
something cannot give it.
And by the same token, the scholars of beggary
cannot lead the Ummah in its Jihad against the fiercest Crusade it has ever
How can the Ummahs Jihad be led by those who
permit Al Saud to send for the Americans to occupy the Arabian Peninsula and then
claim that the massive armies, giant fleets and roaring squadrons of bombers
are under the protection of Al Saud, who defend and protect them with their
emaciated, soft army which cant even protect itself?!
Or by those who tell the youth that it is not
permitted to travel for Jihad to Iraq
Or by those who claim legitimacy for Al Saud and that their obedience is
obligatory and claim the necessity of the pledge of allegiance to them, for
which they invented a law which restricts it to the sons and grandsons of Abd
al-Aziz, including the insane, comatose, atheists, unrighteous and apostates
among them, and excludes the just, reliable and distinguished in the nation and
its leaders and thinkers, because they are slaves of Al Saud who have nothing
to do with the rule which the sons of Abd al-Aziz inherited from their father
who won it with the blade of the sword and the gold of the English, and which
his sons consolidated with the invading American hordes? Dont Al Sauds
scholars of beggary remember the statement of the Commander of the Faithful
Umar bin al-Khattab, with whom Allah was pleased, When did you enslave the
people after their mothers delivered them as freemen?
Havent Al Sauds scholars approved their
governments decision to build a 900-mile-long wall on the Saudi-Iraq border at
a cost of 12 billion dollars to protect the security of the American forces and
to prevent the Mujahideen on the Peninsula from joining their brothers in Iraq? Were this
money to be spent on a real army, it would have sufficed the people of the Peninsula from begging the Crusaders to defend their
flabby show army.
And how is it possible for the Ummahs Jihad to be
led by those who permit the rulers of Egypt
to kill the Mujahideen and make peace with Israel? Or those who permit the
Muslims to fight in the American army against their brothers in Afghanistan?
Or those who obligate the Muslim women in France to remove their Hijabs in
obedience to its Islam-combating secular government? Or those who obligate the
Muslims in Britain to obey Elizabeth, the head of the
Church of England? All these and their likes cannot possibly rise to the level
of leadership, because they have fall into the depths of beggary.
The courageous, resolute, martyrdom-seeking women
of Bayt Hanun are a thousand times braver and more honorable than the
religion-selling traitors in Iraq
and Afghanistan and the scholars
of beggary in Cairo, Riyadh,
It also isnt right that the Jihad of the Ummah be
led by those who will lead it into the mazes of daubing oneself with
secularism, backing down on the fundamentals of the faith and running after the
mirage of elections.
Entering the elections under the umbrella of
secular constitutions to bring the Islamic movement to power, in addition to
its violating the Shariah, is also a futile method of achieving Islamic change
and mobilizing the Ummah for Jihad against it enemy. It failed in Algeria, failed in Yemen,
failed in Jordan, failed in Egypt, and it is today failing in Palestine.
The lamentable, distressing thing is that the movements
which recoil from confrontation have bestowed legitimacy upon traitors like
Mubarak, Al Saud, Ibn Hussein, and Ali Abdullah Salih, and abandoned the
fundamentals of the religion and became part of the systems tricks to absorb
the resentment of the Muslim Ummah and drain it in the labyrinth without
enacting any real change; on the contrary, the American Zionist plan continues while
the leaderships of these movements wear out their support bases on the
merry-go-round of rigged elections. With shouting and hoarse throats, they
combat the ruling wolves who rig the elections every time, renew the emergency
laws every year, and bequeath power from every predecessor to his successor.
The Muslim Ummah must arm itself with an awareness
guided by the light of the Shariah, in order for it to determine: who are its
helpers? Who are its enemies? Who are the sincere ones who sacrifice their
lives for the glory of Islam and Muslims? And who are the traitors who forfeit
the Ummahs rights, lands and sacred things for power, position, plunder and
If the Ummah doesnt arm itself with this
awareness, it will never move on to victory, either because its sacrifices will
be stolen from it every time, or because it will obey leaderships unable to
rise to the level of the battle who spin their followers on the merry-go-round
of political mazes.
There is no solution without Jihad. All other
solutions are not only futile, but moreover, will exacerbate the state of
collapse and humiliation in which we live. They are like treating cancer with
aspirin. And even worse than that is that these fruitless, impotent solutions
give the Crusader-Zionist enemy plenty of time to strengthen its presence and plenty
of time for the collective consciousness of the Ummah to become accustomed to
the Crusader-Zionist occupation in our countries and for the groups of
hypocrisy and profiteering to start repeating that there is no point in
resisting, that the occupation is a fact of life with which we must deal, and
that we cant overstep international law, and so on, to the last of the
dissonant notes in the recital of submissiveness and surrender.
The fact which our enemies realize before our
friends is that the thing which trimmed Americas claws, broke its back, and
aborted its plans was neither the elections, nor trading in religion, nor
beggary, but rather, was the Mujahideens love of martyrdom and their
sacrifices in Iraq and Afghanistan, in a Jihadi resistance which the people of
whims and prejudice have for so long criticized.
And I tell the Muslim Ummah: if we dont resist,
we shall be finished. Resistance is a must, and this resistance can be nothing
but a popular one at the hands of the Muslim Ummah, because the governments are
treasonous and many of the organizations have fallen into the swamp of
impotence and going after scraps of the booty.
It is incumbent that the Muslim Ummah stand
shoulder to shoulder Mujahideen, men, women, children, elderly, scholars,
thinkers, leaders and general public to expel the Crusader and Jewish
invaders from the land of Islam and establish the Islamic state which rules by
Shariah and defends the rights of the Muslims, because the battle is not the
battle of a group or organization, but is the battle of the entire Ummah.
Therefore, it is imperative that we break the chains of partisanship to the
groups, parties and organizations which stand between the sincere ones and their
effective participation in the fighting against the trespasser enemies of
Islam, and that we rush, before the opportunity passes us by, to stand in the column
of Jihad against the Zionist-Crusader aggression.
So we extend our hand and invite every independent
and honorable one striving to establish Allahs Law on His earth and earnestly
working to expel the Crusader and Jewish invaders from the land of Islam
to cooperate with us and with every sincere one to achieve this goal.
We must bear arms. And if we are unable to bear
them, then we must support those who carry them. This support comes in many
forms and guises, so we must exploit all Dawah, student and union activities
to back the Jihadi resistance.
There is a critical and important role to be
played by the inviters, students and unionists in backing and supporting the
Jihad. They must make it easy for the Ummahs members to join the ranks of the
Mujahideen and raise funds for the Jihad. They must spread awareness in the
ranks of the Ummah. They must stake out targets and observe the activities and
most prominent aspects of the American-Zionist presence, and gather data and
pass it on to the Mujahideen. They must support the families of the prisoners,
and disseminate the Mujahideens public relations and rebut the fallacies of
the governments and their publicists. And they must strive to declare general strikes
in protest at the Zionist-Crusader aggression and the governments feebleness
and their crushing of the demonstrations.
The popular forces must take part in rejecting the
Crusader-Zionist aggression against the Muslim Ummah, and not just through
demonstrations, many of whose times, places and programs are prearranged with
the security forces. Rather, the popular rejection must build to applying
pressure toward the expulsion of Crusader forces from the Gulf
States, Saudi Arabia,
Jordan and Egypt and the cancellation of the surrender
accords with Egypt, Jordan, Qatar
The Muslim Ummah must exploit all methods of
popular protest, like demonstrations, sit-ins, strikes, refusing to pay taxes,
preventing cooperation with the security forces, refusing to provide the
Crusaders with fuel, hitting traders who supply the Crusader forces, boycotting
Crusader and Jewish products, and other ways of popular protest.
And here I remind my Muslim brothers that rights
are taken and not given, and that patience and diligence is a must in their
extraction. The ruling wolves agents of the Crusaders and Jews shall seek
to suppress the popular actions in every way possible, and perhaps the
clampdown on the student demonstrations in Cairo (in protest at the students of
the Islamic movement being prevented from entering the student elections) at
the beginning of November is a clear example of that. However, the students
will not gain their freedom, nor will anyone in Egypt or the Islamic world gain
their freedom, as long as we do not intimidate, because lambs have no place in
the middle of a world of wolves.
The students must take their anger to the streets,
and they must make the mosques, universities, colleges and high schools centers
of support for Jihad and resistance.
And in this context, I hail our Muslim brothers in