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INDIVIDUAL TERRORISTS
Declaration of Jihad by Osama Bin Laden against the US - August 23, 1996

Page 1

DECLARATION OF WAR

AGAINST THE AMERICANS OCCUPYING THE LAND OF THE TWO HOLY PLACES

(EXPEL THE INFIDELS FROM THE ARAB PENINSULA)

A MESSAGE FROM USAMA BIN MUHAMMAD BIN IN LADEN
TO HIS MUSLIM BRETHREN ALL OVER THE WORLD GENERALLY AND IN THE ARAB PENINSULA
SPECIFICALLY

Praise be to Allah, we seek His help and ask for his pardon. we
take refuge in Allah from our wrongs and bad deeds. Who ever been guided
by Allah will not be misled, and who ever has been misled, he will never
be guided. I bear witness that there is no God except Allah-no associates
with Him- and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger.

{O you who believe! be careful of -your duty to- Allah with the
proper care which is due to Him, and do not die unless you are Muslim}
(Imraan; 3:102), {O people be careful of -your duty to- your Lord, Who
created you from a single being and created its mate of the same -kind-
and spread from these two, many men and women; and be careful of -your
duty to- Allah , by whom you demand one of another -your rights-, and (be
careful) to the ties of kinship; surely Allah ever watches over you}
(An-Nisa; 4:1), {O you who believe! be careful- of your duty- to Allah and
speak the right word; He will put your deeds into a right state for you,
and forgive you your faults; and who ever obeys Allah and his Apostle, he
indeed achieve a mighty success} (Al-Ahzab; 33:70-71).

Praise be to Allah, reporting the saying of the prophet Shu'aib:
{I desire nothing but reform so far as I am able, and with non but Allah
is the direction of my affair to the right and successful path; on him do
I rely and to him do I turn} (Hud; 11:88).

Praise be to Allah, saying: {You are the best of the nations
raised up for -the benefit of- men; you enjoin what is right and forbid
the wrong and believe in Allah} (Aal-Imraan; 3:110). Allah's blessing and
salutations on His slave and messenger who said: (The people are close to
an all encompassing punishment from Allah if they see the oppressor and
fail to restrain him)

It should not be hidden from you that the people of Islam had
suffered from aggression, iniquity and injustice imposed on them by the
Zionist-Crusaders alliance and their collaborators; to the extent that
the Muslims blood became the cheapest and their wealth as loot in the
hands of the enemies. Their blood was spilled in Palestine and Iraq. The
horrifying pictures of the massacre of Qana, in Lebanon are still fresh in
our memory. Massacres in Tajakestan, Burma, Cashmere, Assam, Philippine, Fatani, Ogadin, Somalia, Erithria, Chechnia and in Bosnia-Herzegovina took place, massacres that send shivers in the body and shake the conscience. All of this and the world watch and hear, and not only didn't respond to these atrocities, but also with a clear conspiracy between the USA and its' allies and under the cover of the iniquitous United Nations, the dispossessed people were even prevented from obtaining arms to defend themselves.

The people of Islam awakened and realised that they are the main
target for the aggression of the Zionist-Crusaders alliance. All false
claims and propaganda about "Human Rights" were hammered down and exposed by the massacres that took place against the Muslims in every part of the world.

The latest and the greatest of these aggressions, incurred by the
Muslims since the death of the Prophet (ALLAH'S BLESSING AND SALUTATIONS ON HIM) is the occupation of the land of the two Holy Places -the foundation of the house of Islam, the place of the revelation, the source of the message and the place of the noble Ka'ba, the Qiblah of all
Muslims- by the armies of the American Crusaders and their allies. (We
bemoan this and can only say: "No power and power acquiring except through Allah").

Under the present circumstances, and under the banner of the
blessed awakening which is sweeping the world in general and the Islamic
world in particular, I meet with you today. And after a long absence,
imposed on the scholars (Ulama) and callers (Da'ees) of Islam by the
iniquitous crusaders movement under the leadership of the USA; who fears
that they, the scholars and callers of Islam, will instigate the Ummah of
Islam against its' enemies as their ancestor scholars-may Allah be pleased
with them- like Ibn Taymiyyah and Al'iz Ibn Abdes-Salaam did. And
therefore the Zionist-Crusader alliance resorted to killing and arresting
the truthful Ulama and the working Da'ees (We are not praising or
sanctifying them; Allah sanctify whom He pleased). They killed the Mujahid
Sheikh Abdullah Azzaam, and they arrested the Mujahid Sheikh Ahmad Yaseen and the Mujahid Sheikh Omar Abdur Rahman (in America).

By orders from the USA they also arrested a large number of
scholars, Da'ees and young people - in the land of the two Holy Places-
among them the prominent Sheikh Salman Al-Oud'a and Sheikh Safar Al-Hawali and their brothers; (We bemoan this and can only say: "No power and power acquiring except through Allah"). We, myself and my group, have suffered some of this injustice ourselves; we have been prevented from addressing the Muslims. We have been pursued in Pakistan, Sudan and Afghanistan, hence this long absence on my part. But by the Grace of Allah, a safe base is now available in the high Hindukush mountains in Khurasan ; where--by the Grace of Allah-the largest infidel military force of the world was destroyed. And the myth of the super power was withered in front of the Mujahideen cries of Allahu Akbar (God is greater). Today we work from the same mountains to lift the iniquity that had been imposed on the Ummah by the Zionist-Crusader alliance, particularly after they have occupied the blessed land around Jerusalem, route of the journey of the Prophet (ALLAH'S BLESSING AND SALUTATIONS ON HIM) and the land of the two Holy Places. We ask Allah to bestow us with victory, He is our Patron and He is the Most Capable.

From here, today we begin the work, talking and discussing the
ways of correcting what had happened to the Islamic world in general, and
the Land of the two Holy Places in particular. We wish to study the means
that we could follow to return the situation to its' normal path. And to
return to the people their own rights, particularly after the large
damages and the great aggression on the life and the religion of the
people. An injustice that had affected every section and group of the
people; the civilians, military and security men, government officials and
merchants, the young and the old people as well as schools and university
students. Hundred of thousands of the unemployed graduates, who became the widest section of the society, were also affected.

Injustice had affected the people of the industry and agriculture.
It affected the people of the rural and urban areas. And almost every body
complain about something. The situation at the land of the two Holy places
became like a huge volcano at the verge of eruption that would destroy the
Kufr and the corruption and its' sources. The explosion at Riyadh and
Al-Khobar is a warning of this volcanic eruption emerging as a result of
the sever oppression, suffering, excessive iniquity, humiliation and
poverty.

People are fully concerned about their every day livings; every
body talks about the deterioration of the economy, inflation, ever
increasing debts and jails full of prisoners. Government employees with
limited income talk about debts of ten thousands and hundred thousands of
Saudi Riyals . They complain that the value of the Riyal is greatly and
continuously deteriorating among most of the main currencies. Great
merchants and contractors speak about hundreds and thousands of million
Riyals owed to them by the government. More than three hundred forty
billions of Riyal owed by the government to the people in addition to the
daily accumulated interest, let alone the foreign debt. People wonder
whether we are the largest oil exporting country?! They even believe that
this situation is a curse put on them by Allah for not objecting to the
oppressive and illegitimate behaviour and measures of the ruling regime:
Ignoring the divine Shari'ah law; depriving people of their legitimate
rights; allowing the American to occupy the land of the two Holy Places;
imprisonment, unjustly, of the sincere scholars. The honourable Ulamah
and scholars as well as merchants, economists and eminent people of the
country were all alerted by this disastrous situation.

Quick efforts were made by each group to contain and to correct
the situation. All agreed that the country is heading toward a great
catastrophe, the depth of which is not known except by Allah. One big
merchant commented : '' the king is leading the state into 'sixty-six'
folded disaster'', (We bemoan this and can only say: "No power and power
acquiring except through Allah"). Numerous princes share with the people
their feelings, privately expressing their concerns and objecting to the
corruption, repression and the intimidation taking place in the country.
But the competition between influential princes for personal gains and
interest had destroyed the country. Through its course of actions the
regime has torn off its legitimacy:

(1) Suspension of the Islamic Shari'ah law and exchanging it with
man made civil law. The regime entered into a bloody confrontation with
the truthful Ulamah and the righteous youths (we sanctify nobody; Allah
sanctify Whom He pleaseth).

(2) The inability of the regime to protect the country, and
allowing the enemy of the Ummah - the American crusader forces- to occupy the land for the longest of years. The crusader forces became the main cause of our disastrous condition, particularly in the economical aspect of it due to the unjustified heavy spending on these forces. As a result of the policy imposed on the country, especially in the field of oil
industry where production is restricted or expanded and prices are fixed
to suit the American economy ignoring the economy of the country.
Expensive deals were imposed on the country to purchase arms. People
asking what is the justification for the very existence of the regime
then?

Quick efforts were made by individuals and by different groups of
the society to contain the situation and to prevent the danger. They
advised the government both privately and openly; they send letters and
poems, reports after reports, reminders after reminders, they explored
every avenue and enlist every influential man in their movement of reform
and correction. They wrote with style of passion, diplomacy and wisdom
asking for corrective measures and repentance from the "great wrong doings and corruption " that had engulfed even the basic principles of the
religion and the legitimate rights of the people.

But -to our deepest regret- the regime refused to listen to the
people accusing them of being ridiculous and imbecile. The matter got
worse as previous wrong doings were followed by mischief's of greater
magnitudes. All of this taking place in the land of the two Holy Places!
It is no longer possible to be quiet. It is not acceptable to give a
blind eye to this matter.

As the extent of these infringements reached the highest of levels
and turned into demolishing forces threatening the very existence of the
Islamic principles, a group of scholars-who can take no more- supported by
hundreds of retired officials, merchants, prominent and educated people
wrote to the King asking for implementation of the corrective measures.
In 1411 A.H. (May 1991), at the time of the gulf war, a letter, the famous
letter of Shawwaal, with over four hundred signatures was send to the king
demanding the lift of oppression and the implementation of corrective
actions. The king humiliated those people and choose to ignore the
content of their letter; and the very bad situation of the country became
even worse.

People, however, tried again and send more letters and petitions.
One particular report, the glorious Memorandum Of Advice, was handed over to the king on Muharram, 1413 A.H (July 1992), which tackled the problem pointed out the illness and prescribed the medicine in an original,
righteous and scientific style. It described the gaps and the shortcoming
in the philosophy of the regime and suggested the required course of
action and remedy. The report gave a description of:

(1) The intimidation and harassment suffered by the leaders of the
society, the scholars, heads of tribes, merchants, academic teachers and
other eminent individuals;

(2) The situation of the law within the country and the arbitrary
declaration of what is Halal and Haram (lawful and unlawful) regardless of
the Shari'ah as instituted by Allah;

(3) The state of the press and the media which became a tool of
truth-hiding and misinformation; the media carried out the plan of the
enemy of idolising cult of certain personalities and spreading scandals
among the believers to repel the people away from their religion, as
Allah, the Exalted said: {surely- as for- those who love that scandal
should circulate between the believers, they shall have a grievous
chastisement in this world and in the here after} (An-Noor, 24:19).

(4) Abuse and confiscation of human rights;

(5) The financial and the economical situation of the country and
the frightening future in the view of the enormous amount of debts and
interest owed by the government; this is at the time when the wealth of
the Ummah being wasted to satisfy personal desires of certain
individuals!! while imposing more custom duties and taxes on the nation.
(the prophet said about the woman who committed adultery: "She repented in such a way sufficient to bring forgiveness to a custom collector!!").,

(6) The miserable situation of the social services and infra-structure especially the water service and supply , the basic requirement of life.,

(7) The state of the ill-trained and ill-prepared army and the impotence of its commander in chief despite the incredible amount of money that has been spent on the army. The gulf war clearly exposed the situation.,

(8) Shari'a law was suspended and man made law was used instead.,

(9) And as far as the foreign policy is concerned the report exposed not only how this policy has disregarded the Islamic issues and ignored the Muslims, but also how help and support were provided to the enemy against the Muslims; the cases of Gaza-Ariha and the communist in
the south of Yemen are still fresh in the memory, and more can be said.

As stated by the people of knowledge, it is not a secret that to
use man made law instead of the Shari'a and to support the infidels
against the Muslims is one of the ten "voiders" that would strip a person
from his Islamic status (turn a Muslim into a Mushrik, non believer
status). The All Mighty said: {and whoever did not judge by what Allah
revealed, those are the unbelievers} (Al-Ma'ida; 5:44), and {but no! by
your Lord! they do not believe (in reality) until they make you a judge of
that which has become a matter of disagreement among them, and then do not find the slightest misgiving in their hearts as to what you have decided
and submit with entire submission} (An-Nissa; 4:65).

In spite of the fact that the report was written with soft words and very diplomatic style, reminding of Allah, giving truthful sincere advice, and despite of the importance of advice in Islam - being absolutely essential for those in charge of the people- and the large number who signed this document as well as their supporters, all of that was not an intercession for the Memorandum . Its' content was rejected and those who signed it and their sympathisers were ridiculed, prevented from travel, punished and even jailed.

Therefore it is very clear that the advocates of correction and
reform movement were very keen on using peaceful means in order to protect the unity of the country and to prevent blood shed. Why is it then the regime closed all peaceful routes and pushed the people toward armed
actions?!! which is the only choice left for them to implement
righteousness and justice. To whose benefit does prince Sultan and prince
Nayeff push the country into a civil war that will destroy everything?
and why consulting those who ignites internal feuds, playing the people
against each other and instigate the policemen, the sons of the nation, to
abort the reform movement. While leaving in peace and security such
traitors who implement the policy of the enemy in order to bleed the
financial and the human resources of the Ummah, and leaving the main enemy in the area-the American Zionist alliance enjoy peace and security?!

The advisor (Zaki Badr, the Egyptian ex-minister of the interior)
to prince Nayeff -minister of interior- was not acceptable even to his own
country; he was sacked from his position there due to the filthy attitude
and the aggression he exercised on his own people, yet he was warmly
welcomed by prince Nayeff to assist in sins and aggressions. He unjustly
filled the prisons with the best sons of this Ummah and caused miseries to
their mothers. Does the regime want to play the civilians against their
military personnel and vice versa, like what had happened in some of the
neighbouring countries?!! No doubts this is the policy of the American-Israeli alliance as they are the first to benefit from this situation.

But with the grace of Allah, the majority of the nation, both civilians and military individuals are aware of the wicked plan. They refused to be played against each others and to be used by the regime as a tool to carry out the policy of the American-Israeli alliance through their agent in our country: the Saudi regime.

Therefore every one agreed that the situation can not be rectified
(the shadow cannot be straighten when its' source, the rod, is not
straight either) unless the root of the problem is tackled. Hence it is
essential to hit the main enemy who divided the Ummah into small and
little countries and pushed it, for the last few decades, into a state of
confusion. The Zionist-Crusader alliance moves quickly to contain and
abort any "corrective movement" appearing in the Islamic countries.
Different means and methods are used to achieve their target; on occasion
the "movement" is dragged into an armed struggle at a predetermined
unfavourable time and place. Sometime officials from the Ministry of
Interior, who are also graduates of the colleges of the Shari'ah, are
leashed out to mislead and confuse the nation and the Ummah (by wrong
Fatwas) and to circulate false information about the movement. At other
occasions some righteous people were tricked into a war of words against
the Ulama and the leaders of the movement, wasting the energy of the
nation in discussing minor issues and ignoring the main one that is the
unification of the people under the divine law of Allah.

In the shadow of these discussions and arguments truthfulness is
covered by the falsehood, and personal feuds and partisanship created
among the people increasing the division and the weakness of the Ummah;
priorities of the Islamic work are lost while the blasphemy and polytheism
continue its grip and control over the Ummah. We should be alert to these
atrocious plans carried out by the Ministry of Interior. The right answer
is to follow what have been decided by the people of knowledge, as was
said by Ibn Taymiyyah (Allah's mercy upon him): "people of Islam should
join forces and support each other to get rid of the main "Kufr" who is
controlling the countries of the Islamic world, even to bear the lesser
damage to get rid of the major one, that is the great Kufr".

If there are more than one duty to be carried out, then the most
important one should receive priority. Clearly after Belief (Imaan) there
is no more important duty than pushing the American enemy out of the holy land. No other priority, except Belief, could be considered before it;
the people of knowledge, Ibn Taymiyyah, stated: "to fight in defence of
religion and Belief is a collective duty; there is no other duty after
Belief than fighting the enemy who is corrupting the life and the
religion. There is no preconditions for this duty and the enemy should be
fought with one best abilities. (ref: supplement of Fatawa). If it is not
possible to push back the enemy except by the collective movement of the
Muslim people, then there is a duty on the Muslims to ignore the minor
differences among themselves; the ill effect of ignoring these
differences, at a given period of time, is much less than the ill effect
of the occupation of the Muslims' land by the main Kufr. Ibn Taymiyyah
had explained this issue and emphasised the importance of dealing with the major threat on the expense of the minor one. He described the situation of the Muslims and the Mujahideen and stated that even the military personnel who are not practising Islam are not exempted from the duty of Jihad against the enemy.

Ibn Taymiyyah , after mentioning the Moguls (Tatar) and their
behaviour in changing the law of Allah, stated that: the ultimate aim of
pleasing Allah, raising His word, instituting His religion and obeying His
messenger (ALLAH'S BLESSING AND SALUTATIONS ON HIM) is to fight the enemy, in every aspects and in a complete manner; if the danger to the religion from not fighting is greater than that of fighting, then it is a duty to
fight them even if the intention of some of the fighter is not pure i.e .
fighting for the sake of leadership (personal gain) or if they do not
observe some of the rules and commandments of Islam. To repel the
greatest of the two dangers on the expense of the lesser one is an Islamic
principle which should be observed. It was the tradition of the people of
the Sunnah (Ahlul-Sunnah) to join and invade- fight- with the righteous
and non righteous men. Allah may support this religion by righteous and
non righteous people as told by the prophet (ALLAH'S BLESSING AND
SALUTATIONS ON HIM). If it is not possible to fight except with the help
of non righteous military personnel and commanders, then there are two
possibilities: either fighting will be ignored and the others, who are the
great danger to this life and religion, will take control; or to fight
with the help of non righteous rulers and therefore repelling the greatest
of the two dangers and implementing most, though not all, of the Islamic
laws. The latter option is the right duty to be carried out in these
circumstances and in many other similar situation. In fact many of the
fights and conquests that took place after the time of Rashidoon, the
guided Imams, were of this type. (majmoo' al Fatawa, 26/506).

No one, not even a blind or a deaf person , can deny the presence
of the widely spread mischief's or the prevalence of the great sins that
had reached the grievous iniquity of polytheism and to share with Allah in
His sole right of sovereignty and making of the law. The All Mighty
stated: {And when Luqman said to his son while he admonish him: O my son! do not associate ought with Allah; most surely polytheism is a grievous iniquity} (Luqman; 31:13). Man fabricated laws were put forward
permitting what has been forbidden by Allah such as usury (Riba) and other
matters. Banks dealing in usury are competing, for lands, with the two
Holy Places and declaring war against Allah by disobeying His order {Allah
has allowed trading and forbidden usury} (Baqarah; 2:275). All this
taking place at the vicinity of the Holy Mosque in the Holy Land! Allah
(SWT) stated in His Holy Book a unique promise (that had not been promised to any other sinner) to the Muslims who deals in usury: {O you who believe! Be careful of your duty to Allah and relinquish what remains
(due) from usury, if you are believers * But if you do (it) not, then be
appraised of WAR from Allah and His Apostle} (Baqarah; 2:278-279). This
is for the "Muslim" who deals in usury (believing that it is a sin), what
is it then to the person who make himself a partner and equal to Allah,
legalising (usury and other sins) what has been forbidden by Allah.
Despite of all of the above we see the government misled and dragged some of the righteous Ulamah and Da'ees away from the issue of objecting to the greatest of sins and Kufr. (We bemoan this and can only say: "No power and power acquiring except through Allah").
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