OSAMA BIN LADEN'S FIRST ORDER--LADENESE EPISTLE:
DECLARATION OF WAR, PART II
Osama bin Laden
Under such circumstances [as those described in Part I}, to push the enemy--the greatest Kufr--out of the country is a prime duty. No other duty after Belief is more important than the duty of Jihad . Utmost effort should be made to prepare and instigate the Ummah against the enemy, the American-Israeli alliance, which is occupying the country of the two Holy Places and the route of the Apostle (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him) to the Furthest Mosque (Al-Aqsa Mosque). Also, Muslims are reminded not to be engaged in an internal war among themselves, as that will have grieveous consequences, namely:
1-Consumption of the Muslims human resources, as most casualties and fatalities will be among the Muslim people.
2-Exhaustion of the economic and financial resources.
3-Destruction of the country's infrastructure.
4-Disintegration of the society.
5-Destruction of the oil industries. The presence of the U.S.A. Crusader military forces on land, sea, and air of the states of the Islamic Gulf is the greatest danger threatening the largest oil reserve in the world. The existence of these forces in the area will provoke the people of the country and will induce the invaders' aggression on their the Islamic people's religion, feelings and pride, thereby pushing them to take up armed struggle against the invaders occupying the land. Spread of the fighting in the region will expose the oil wealth to the danger of being burned up. The economic interests of the States of the Gulf and the land of the two Holy Places will be damaged, and an even greater damage will be caused to the economy of the world. I would like here to alert my brothers, the Mujahideen, the sons of the nation, to protect this (oil) wealth and not to include it in the battle, as it is a great Islamic wealth and a large economical power essential for the soon to be established Islamic State, by Allah's Permission and Grace. We also warn the aggressor, the U.S.A., against burning this Islamic wealth (a crime which they may commit in order to prevent it, at the end of the war, from falling in the hands of its legitimate owners and to cause economic damages to the competitors of the U.S.A. in Europe or the Far East, particularly Japan, which is the major consumer of the oil of the region).
6-Division of the land of the two Holy Places, and annexing of the northerly part of it by Israel. Dividing the land of the two Holy Places is an essential demand of the Zionist- Crusader alliance. The existence of such a large country with its huge resources under the leadership of the forthcoming Islamic State, by Allah's Grace, represent a serious danger to the very existence of the Zionist state in Palestine. The Nobel Ka'ba, the Qiblah of all Muslims, makes the land of the two Holy Places a symbol for the unity of the Islamic world. Moreover, the presence of the world largest oil reserve makes the land of the two Holy Places an important economical power in the Islamic world. The sons of the two Holy Places are directly related to the life style (Seerah) of their fore- fathers, the companions, may Allah be pleased with them. They consider the Seerah of their forefathers as a source and an example for re-establishing the greatness of this Ummah and raising the word of Allah again. Furthermore, the presence of a population of fighters in the south of Yemen, fighting in the cause of Allah, is a strategic threat to the Zionist-Crusader alliance in the area. The Prophet (ALLAH'S BLESSING AND SALU- TATIONS ON HIM) said: (around twelve thousands will emerge from Aden/Abian helping the cause of Allah and His messenger; they are the best, in the time between me and them) narrated by Ahmad with a correct trustworthy reference.
7-An internal war. An internal war is a great mistake, no matter what reasons there are for it. The presence of the occupier, the U.S.A. forces, will control the outcome of the battle for the benefit of the international Kufr.
I address now my brothers of the security and military forces and the national guards (may Allah preserve you hoard for Islam and the Muslim people:
O you protectors of unity and guardians of Faith. O you descendent of the ancestors who carried the light (torch) of guidance and spread it all over the world. O you grandsons of Sa'd Ibn Abi Waqqaas, Almothanna Ibn Haritha Ash-Shaybani, Alga'ga' Ibn Amroo Al- Tameemi, and those pious companions who fought Jihad alongside them. You competed to join the army and the guard forces with the intention to carry out Jihad in the cause of Allah, to raise His word, and to defend the faith of Islam and the land of the two Holy Places against the invaders and the occupying forces. That is the ultimate level of believing in the religion of Islam. But the [Saudi] regime reversed these principles and their understanding, humiliating the Ummah and disobeying Allah. Half a century ago, the rulers promised the Ummah to regain the first Qiblah, but, fifty years later, a new generation arrived and the promises have been changed. Al-Aqsa Mosque was handed over to the Zionists and the wounds of the Ummah are still bleeding there. At the time when the Ummah has not regained the first Qiblah and the rout of the journey of the Prophet (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him), and despite of all of the above, the Saudi regime has stunted the Ummah in the remaining sanctities, the Holy city of Makka and the mosque of the Prophet (Al-Masjid An-Nabawy), by calling on the Christians' army to defend the regime. The crusaders were permitted to be in the land of the two Holy Places. Not surprisingly though, the King himself wore the cross on his chest. The country was widely opened from the north to the south and from east to the west for the crusaders. The land was filled with the military bases of the U.S.A. and its allies. The regime became unable to keep control without the help of these bases. You know more than any body else about the size, intention and the danger of the presence of the U.S.A military bases in the area. The [Saudi] regime betrayed the Ummah and joined the Kufr, assisting and helping them against the Muslims. It is well known that this is one of the ten "voiders" of Islam, deeds of de-Islamization. By opening the Arab Penin- sula to the crusaders, the regime disobeyed and acted against was enjoined by the Messenger of Allah (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him), while he was on the bed of his death: (Expel the polytheists out of the Arab Peninsula); (narrated by Al-Bukhari) and: (If I survive, Allah willing, I'll expel the Jews and the Christians out of the Arab Peninsula); saheeh Aljame' As-Sagheer.
It is out of date and no longer acceptable to claim that the presence of the crusaders is necessity and only a temporary measure to protect the land of the two Holy Places. When the civil and the military infrastructures of Iraq were savagely destroyed, this, in particular, showed the depth of the Zionist-Crusaders hatred of the Muslims and their children and the rejection of the idea of replacing the crusaders forces by an Islamic force composed of the sons of the country and other Muslim people. Moreover, the foundations of the claim and the claim itself were demolished and wiped out by the sequence of speeches given by the leaders of the Kuffar in America. The latest of these speeches was the one given by William Perry, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, after the explosion in Al-Khobar [Khobar Towers], the Defense Secretary saying that: the presence of the American solders there is to protect the interests of the U.S.A. The imprisoned Sheikh Safar Al-Hawali, may Allah hasten his release, wrote a book of seventy pages; in it he presented evidence and proof that the presence of the Americans in the Arab Peninsula is a pre-planed military occupation. The regime wants to deceive the Muslim people in the same manner as the Palestinian fighters (Palestinian Muja- hideen) were deceived, resulting in the loss of Al-Aqsa Mosque. In 1304 A.H (1936 AD), the awakened Muslims nation of Palestine started their great struggle, Jihad, against the British occupying forces. Britain was impotent to stop the Mujahideen and their Jihad, but their devil inspired that there is no way to stop the armed struggle in Palestine, unless through their agent King Abdul Azeez, who managed to deceives the Mujahideen. King Abdul Azeez carried out his duty to his British masters. He sent his two sons to meet the Mujahideen leaders and to inform them that King Abdul Azeez would guarantee the promises made by the British government in leaving the area and would respond positively to the demands of the Mujahideen, if the latter were to stop their Jihad. And so King Abdul Azeez caused the loss of the first Qiblah of the Muslims people .The King joined the crusaders against the Muslims and, instead of supporting the Mujahideen in the cause of Allah to liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque, he disappointed and humiliated them.
Today, his son, King Fahd, is trying to deceive the Muslims for the second time so as to cause them to loose what is left of the sanctities. When the Islamic world resented the arrival of the crusader forces in the land of the two Holy Places, the King told lies to the Ulamah (who issued Fatwas about the arrival of the Americans) and to the gathering of the Islamic leaders at the conference of Rabitah which was held in the Holy City of Makka. The King said that: "the issue is simple, the American and the alliance forces will leave the area in a few months" Today, it is seven years since their arrival and the regime is not able to move them out of the country. The regime made no confession about its inability and lied to the people, claiming that the American would leave. But never, never again! A believer will not be bitten twice in the same hole by the same snake! Happy is the one who takes note of the sad experience of the others!
Instead of motivating the army, the guards, and the security men to oppose the occupi- ers, the [Saudi] regime used these men to protect the invaders, and further deepening the humiliation and the betrayal. (We bemoan this and can only say: "No power and power acquiring except through Allah"). To that little group of men within the army, police, and security forces who have been tricked and pressured by the regime to attack the Muslims and spill their blood, we would like to remind you of the narration: (I promise war against those who take my friends as their enemy) narrated by Al-Bukhari. And his saying (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him): ( In the day of judgement a man comes holding another and complaining being slain by him. Allah, blessed be His Names, asks: Why did you slay him?! The accused replies: I did so that all exaltation may be Yours. Allah, blessed be His Names, says: All exaltation is indeed mine! Another man comes holding a fourth with a similar complaint. Allah, blessed be His Names, asks: Why did you kill him? The accused replies: I did so that exaltation may be for Mr. X! Allah, blessed be His Names, says: exaltation is mine, not for Mr. X, carry all the slain man's sins (and proceed to the Hell fire)!). In another wording of An-Nasa'i: "The accused says: for strengthening the rule or kingdom of Mr. X."
Today, your brothers and sons, the sons of the two Holy Places, have started their Jihad in the cause of Allah, to expel the occupying enemy from of the country of the two Holy places. And there is no doubt you would like to carry out this mission too, in order to re-establish the greatness of this Ummah and to liberate its occupied sanctities. Never- theless, it must be obvious to you that, due to the imbalance of power between our armed forces and the enemy forces, a suitable means of fighting must be adopted, i.e., using fast moving light forces that work under complete secrecy--in other words, to initiate guerrilla warfare, where the sons of the nation, and not the military forces, take part in it. And as you know, it is wise, in the present circumstances, for the armed military forces not to be engaged in conventional fighting with the forces of the crusader enemy (the exceptions are the bold and the forceful operations carried out by the members of the armed forces individually, that is, without the movement of the formal military forces in their conventional shape and, hence, the [enemy's] response will not be directed, strong- ly, against the army) unless a big advantage is likely to be achieved, and great losses inflicted on the enemy side (that would shaken and destroy its foundations and infrastructures) that will help to expel the defeated enemy from the country.
The Mujahideen, your brothers and sons, request that you support them in every possi- ble way by supplying them with the necessary information, materials, and arms. Security men are especially asked to cover up for the Mujahideen and to assist them as much as possible against the occupying enemy. In addition, security men are asked to spread rumours, fear, and discouragement among the members of the enemy forces.
We bring to your attention that the regime, in order to create a friction and feud between the Mujahideen and yourselves, might resort to taking deliberate action against person- nel of the security, guards and military forces and blame the Mujahideen for these actions. The regime should not be allowed to have such an opportunity.
The regime is fully responsible for what has been incurred by the country and the nation. However, the occupying American enemy is the principle and main cause of the situation. Therefore, efforts should be concentrated on destroying, fighting, and killing the enemy until, by the Grace of Allah, it is completely defeated. The time will come, by the Permis- sion of Allah, when you'll perform your decisive role so that the Word of Allah will be supreme and the word of the infidels (Kaferoon) will be the inferior. You will hit with an iron fist against the aggressors. You'll re-establish the normal course, give the people their rights, and carry out your truly Islamic duty. Allah willing, I'll have a separate talk about these issues.
My Muslim Brothers (particularly those of the Arab Peninsula): The money you pay to buy American goods will be transformed into bullets and used against our brothers in Palestine and tomorrow (in the future) against our sons in the land of the two Holy places. By buying these goods. we are strengthening their economy, while our disposses- sion and poverty increases.
Muslims Brothers of the land of the two Holy Places:
It is incredible that our country is the world's largest buyer of arms from the U.S.A. and the area has biggest commercial partners of the Americans, who are assisting their Zionist brothers in occupying Palestine and in evicting and killing the Muslims there, the Americans doing so by providing arms, men, and financial support to the Zionists.
To deny these occupiers the enormous revenues derived from their trading with our country would be a very important help for our Jihad against them. To express to them our anger and hate would be a very important moral gesture. By doing so, we would have taken part in (the process of ) cleansing our sanctities from the crusaders and the Zion- ists and forcing them, by the Permission of Allah, to leave disappointed and defeated.
We expect the women of the land of the two Holy Places and other countries to carry out their role in boycotting the American goods.
If economical boycotting is intertwined with the military operations of the Mujahideen, then defeating the enemy will be even nearer, by the Permission of Allah. However, if Muslims don't cooperate and support their Mujahideen brothers, then, in effect, they are supplying the army of the enemy with financial help, extending the war, and increasing the suffering of the Muslims.
The security and the intelligence services of the entire world can not force a single citizen to buy the goods of his or her enemy. Economical boycotting of the American goods is a very effective weapon of hitting and weakening the enemy, and it is not under the control of the security forces of the regime.
Before closing my talk, I have a very important message to the youth of Islam, young men of the brilliant future of the Ummah of Muhammad (ALLAH'S BLESSING AND SALUTATIONS ON HIM). Here, I am talking with the youth about their duty in this difficult period in the history of our Ummah, a period in which the youth and no one else came forward to carry out the variable and different duties. While some of the well known individuals had hesitated in their duty of defending Islam and saving themselves and their wealth from the injustice, aggression, and terror exercised by the government, the youths (may Allah protect them) were forthcoming and raised the banner of Jihad against the American-Zionist alliance occupying the sanctities of Islam. Those who have been tricked into loving this materialistic world, and those who have been terrorised by the government, choose to give legitimacy to the greatest betrayal , the occupation of the land of the two Holy Places (We bemoan this and can only say: "No power and power acquiring except through Allah"). We are not surprised from the action of our youth. The youth were the companions of Muhammad (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him), and was it not the youth themselves who killed Aba-Jahl, the Pharaoh of this Ummah?. Our young men are the best descendent of the best ancestors.
Abdul-Rahman Ibn Awf, may Allah be pleased with him, said: (I was at Badr where I noticed two youth, one to my right and the other to my left. One of them asked me quietly (so not to be heard by the other) : O uncle point out Aba-Jahl to me. What do you want him for? , asked Abdul Rahman. The boy answered: I have been informed that he, Aba-Jahl, abused the Messenger of Allah. I swear by Allah, who has my soul in His hand, that, if I see Aba-Jahl, I'll not let my shadow depart his shadow till one of us is dead. I was astonished, said Abdul Rahman. Then the other youth said the same thing as the first one. Subsequently, I saw Aba-Jahl among the people, I said to the boys, do you see? this is the man you are asking me about. The two youth hit Aba-Jahl with their swords till he was dead. Allah is the greatest, Praise be to Him: Here were two youth of young age. but with great perseverance, enthusiasm, courage, and pride for the religion of Allah, each one of them asking about the most important act of killing that should be induced on the enemy. That is the killing of the pharaoh of this Ummah, Aba Jahl, the leader of the unbelievers (Mushrikeen) at the battle of Badr. The role of Abdul Rahman Ibn Awf, may Allah be pleased with him, was to direct the two youth toward Aba-Jahl .That was the perseverance and the enthusiasm of the youth of that time, and that was the perseverance and the enthusiasm of their fathers. It is this role that is now required from the people who have the expertise and knowledge in fighting the enemy. They should guide their brothers and sons in this matter, Once that has been done, then our youth will repeat what their forefathers had said before: "I swear by Allah, if I see him, I'll not let my shadow departs from his shadow till one of us is dead."
And the story of Abdur-Rahman Ibn Awf about Ummayyah Ibn Khalaf shows the extent of Bilal's (may Allah be pleased with him) persistence in killing the head of the Kufr: "the head of Kufr is Ummayyah Ibn Khalaf.... I shall live not if he survives" said Bilal.
A few days ago, the news agencies had reported that the Defence Secretary of the Crusading Americans had said that "the explosion at Riyadh and Al-Khobar had taught him one lesson, and that is not to withdraw when attacked by coward terrorists."
We say to the Defence Secretary that his talk can induce a grieving mother to laughter, and shows the fears that ha enshrined you all. Where was this false courage of yours when the explosion in Beirut took place on 1983 AD (1403 A.H.). You were turned into scattered pits and pieces at that time, 241 marines solders were killed. And where was this courage of yours when two explosions made you to leave Aden in less than twenty four hours!
But your most disgraceful case was in Somalia, where, after vigorous propaganda about the power of the U.S.A. and its post cold war leadership of the new world order, you moved tens of thousands of an international force, including twenty eight thousand American solders, into Somalia. However, when ten of your solders were killed in minor battles and one American pilot was dragged in the streets of Mogadishu, you left the area carrying disappointment, humiliation, defeat, and your dead with you. William Jef- ferson Clinton appeared in front of the whole world. threatening and promising revenge, but these threats were merely a preparation for withdrawal. You were disgraced by Allah, and you withdrew. The extent of your impotence and weaknesses became very clear. It was a pleasure for the "heart" of every Muslim and a remedy to the "chests" of believing nations to see you defeated in the three Islamic cities of Beirut, Aden, and Mogadishu.
I say to the U.S. Secretary of Defence: The sons of the land of the two Holy Places came out to fight against the Russians in Afghanistan, the Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and, today they are fighting in Chechnya and, by the Permission of Allah, they have been made victorious over your partner, the Russians. By the command of Allah, they are also fighting in Tajakistan.
I say: Since the sons of the land of the two Holy Places feel and strongly believe that fighting (Jihad) against the Kuffar in every part of the world is absolutely essential, then they would be even more enthusiastic, more powerful, and larger in number upon fighting on their own land, the place of their births, defending the greatest of their sanctities, the noble Ka'ba (the Qiblah of all Muslims). They know that the Muslims of the world will assist and help them to victory. To liberate their sanctities, is the greatest of issues concerning all Muslims. It is the duty of every Muslims in this world.
I say to you (Defence Secretary) William Perry that these youth love death as you loves life. They inherit dignity, pride, courage, generosity, truthfulness, and sacrifice from father to father. They are most delivering and steadfast at war. They inherit these values from their ancestors (even from the time of the Jaheliyyah, before Islam). These values were approved and completed by the arriving Islam, as stated by the Messenger of Allah (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him): "I have been sent to perfect the good values". (Saheeh Al-Jame' As-Sagheer).
When the pagan King Amroo Ibn Hind tried to humiliate the pagan Amroo Ibn Kulthoom, the latter cut off the head of the King with his sword, rejecting aggression, humiliation, and indignation.
If the king oppresses the people excessively, we reject submitting to humiliation.
By which legitimacy (or command), O Amroo bin Hind, you want us to be degraded?
By which legitimacy (or command), O Amroo bin Hind, you listen to our foes and disrespect us?
Our toughness has, O Amroo, tired the enemies before you, [our side] never giving in!
Osama bin Muhammad bin Laden
9-4-1417 A.H. (23-8-1996)
Hindukush Mountains, Khurasan, Afghanistan