Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places by Usamah Bin-Muhammad Bin-Ladin

Our youths believe in paradise after death. They believe that taking part in fighting will not bring their day nearer; and staying behind will not postpone their day either. Exalted be to Allah who said: “And a soul will not die but with the permission of Allah, the term is fixed” (Aal Imraan; 3:145.) Our youths believe in the saying of the messenger of Allah: “O boy, I teach a few words; guard Allah, then He guards you, guard Allah, then He will be with you; if you ask Allah, if you seek assistance, seek Allah’s; and know definitely that if the Whole World gathered to profit on you they will not profit you except with what was determined for you by Allah, and if they gathered to harm you they will not harm you except with what has been determined for you by Allah; Pen lifted, papers dried, it is fixed nothing in these truths can be changed” Saheeh Al-Jame’ As-Sagheer. Our youths took note of the meaning of the poetic verse:

“if death is a predetermined must, then it is a shame to die cowardly.”

and the other poet saying:

“Who do not die by the sword will die for other reasons; many causes are there but one death.”

These youths believe in what has been told by Allah and His messenger about the greatness of the reward for the Mujahideen and Martyrs; Allah, the most exalted said: “and -so far- those who are slain in the way of Allah, He will by no means allow their deeds to perish. He will guide them and improve their condition. and cause them to enter the garden -paradise- which He has made known to them” (Muhammad; 47:4-6.) Allah the Exalted also said: “and do not speak of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead; nay -they are- alive, but you do not perceive” (Bagarah; 2:154.) His messenger said: “for those who strive in His cause Allah prepared hundred degrees in paradise; in-between two degrees as the in-between heaven and earth”. Saheeh Al-Jame’ As-Sagheer. He also said: “the best of the martyrs are those who do NOT turn their faces away from the battle till they are killed. They are in the high level of Jannah. Their Lord laughs to them and when your Lord laughs to a slave of His, He will not hold him to an account” narrated by Ahmad with correct and trustworthy reference. And: “a martyr will not feel the pain of death except like how you feel when you are pinched” Saheeh Al-Jame’ As-Sagheer. He also said: “a martyr privileges are guaranteed by Allah; forgiveness with the first gush of his blood, he will be shown his seat in paradise, he will be decorated with the jewels of belief, married off to the beautiful ones, protected from the test in the grave, assured security in the day of judgement, crowned with the crown of dignity, a ruby of which is better than this whole world and its’ entire content, wedded to seventy two of the pure Houries and his intercession on the behalf of seventy of his relatives will be accepted” narrated by Ahmad and At-Tirmithi.

Those youths know that their rewards in fighting you, the USA, is double than their rewards in fighting some one else not from the people of the book. They have no intention except to enter paradise by killing you. An infidel, and enemy of God like you, cannot be in the same hell with his righteous executioner.

Our youths chanting and reciting the word of Allah, the most exalted: “fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace, and assist you against them and heal the heart of a believing people” (At-Taubah; 9:14) and the words of the prophet: “I swear by Him, who has my soul in His hand, that no man get killed fighting them today, patiently attacking and not retreating, surely Allah will let him into paradise.” And his saying to them: “get up to a paradise as wide as heaven and earth.”

The youths also reciting the All Mighty words of: “so when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks” (Muhammad; 47:19.)

Those youths will not ask you for explanations, they will tell you singing there is nothing between us need to be explained, there is only killing and neck smiting. And they will say to you what their grand father, Haroon Ar-Rasheed, Ameer-ul-Mu’meneen, replied to your grandfather, Nagfoor, the Byzantine emperor, when he threatened the Muslims: “from Haroon Ar-Rasheed, Ameer-ul-Mu’meneen, to Nagfoor, the dog of the Romans; the answer is what you will see not what you hear.” Haroon El-Rasheed led the armies of Islam to the battle and handed Nagfoor a devastating defeat.

The youths you called cowards are competing among themselves for fighting and killing you. Reciting what one of them said: “The crusader army became dust when we detonated al-Khobar With courageous youth of Islam fearing no danger If threatened: The tyrants will kill you, they reply my death is a victory I did not betrayed that king, he did betray our Qiblah And he permitted in the holy country the most filthy sort of humans. I have made an oath by Allah, the Great, to fight who ever rejected the faith.”

For more than a decade, they carried arms on their shoulders in Afghanistan and they have made vows to Allah that as long as they are alive, they will continue to carry arms against you until you are -Allah willing- expelled, defeated and humiliated, they will carry on as long as they live saying:

“O William, tomorrow you will know which young man is confronting your misguided brethren! A youth fighting in smile, returning with the spear coloured red.

May Allah keep me close to knights, humans in peace, demons in war. Lions in Jungle but their teeth are spears and Indian swords. The horses witness that I push them hard forwarded in the fire of battle. The dust of the battle bears witnesses for me, so also the fighting itself, the pens and the books!

So to abuse the grandsons of the companions, may Allah be pleased with them, by calling them cowards and challenging them by refusing to leave the land of the two Holy Places shows the insanity and the imbalance you are suffering from. Its appropriate ‘remedy, however, is in the hands of the youths of Islam, as the poet said:

“I am willing to sacrifice self and wealth for knights who never disappointed me Knights who are never fed up or deterred by death, even if the mill of war turns In the heat of battle they do not care, and cure the insanity of the enemy by their ‘insane’ courage.“

Terrorising you, while you are carrying arms on our land, is a legitimate and morally demanded duty. It is a legitimate right well known to all humans and other creatures. Your example and our example is like a snake which entered into a house of a man and got killed by him. The coward is the one who lets you walk, while carrying arms, freely on his land and provides you with peace and security.

Those youths are different from your soldiers. Your problem will be how to convince your troops to fight, while our problem will be how to restrain our youths to wait for their turn in fighting and in operations. These youths are worthy of commendation and praise. They stood up tall to defend the religion; at the time when the government misled the prominent scholars and tricked them into issuing Fatwas that have no basis neither in the book of Allah, nor in the Sunnah of His prophet of opening the land of the two Holy Places for the Christians armies and handing the Al-Aqsa Mosque to the Zionists. Twisting the meanings of the holy text will not change this fact at all. They deserve the praise of the poet:

“I rejected all the critics, who chose the wrong way I rejected those who enjoy fireplaces in clubs discussing eternally. I rejected those, who in spite of being lost, think they are at the goal, I respect those who carried on not asking or bothering about the difficulties, never letting up from their goals, despite all hardships of the road, whose blood is the oil for the flame guiding in the darkness of confusion. I feel still the pain of Al-Quds in my internal organs. That loss is like a burning fire in my intestines I did not betray my covenant with God, when even states did betray it!“

As their grandfather Assim Bin Thabit said rejecting a surrender offer of the pagans:

“What for an excuse I had to surrender, while I am still able, having arrows and my bow having a tough string?! Death is truth and ultimate destiny, and life will end any way. If I do not fight you, then my mother must be insane!”

The youths hold you responsible for all of the killings and evictions of the Muslims and the violation of the sanctities, carried out by your Zionist brothers in Lebanon; you openly supplied them with arms and finance. More than 600,000 Iraqi children have died due to lack of food and medicine and as a result of the unjustifiable aggression imposed on Iraq and its nation. The children of Iraq are our children. You, the USA, together with the Saudi regime are responsible for the shedding of the blood of these innocent children. Due to all of that, what ever treaty you have with our country is now null and void. The treaty of Hudaybiyyah was cancelled by the messenger of Allah once Quraysh had assisted Bani Bakr against Khusa’ah , the allies of the prophet. The prophet fought Quraysh and concurred Makka. He considered the treaty with Bani Qainuqa’ void because one of their Jews publicly hurt one Muslim woman, one single woman, at the market. Let alone then, the killing you caused to hundred of thousands Muslims and occupying their sanctities. It is now clear that those who claim that the blood of the American solders should be protected are merely repeating what is imposed on them by the regime; fearing the aggression and interested in saving themselves. It is a duty now on every tribe in the Arab Peninsula to fight, Jihad, in the cause of Allah and to cleanse the land from those occupiers. Allah knows that there blood is permitted and their wealth is a booty; their wealth is a booty to those who kill them. The most Exalted said in the verse of As-Sayef, The Sword: “so when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters where ever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush” (At-Tauba; 9:5.) Our youths knew that the humiliation suffered by the Muslims as a result of the occupation of their sanctities can not be kicked and removed except by explosions and Jihad. As the poet said:

“The walls of oppression and humiliation cannot be demolished except in a rain of bullets. The freeman does not surrender leadership to infidels and sinners Without shedding blood no degradation and branding can be removed from the forehead.

I remind the youths of the Islamic world, who fought in Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina with their wealth, pens, tongues and themselves that the battle had not finished yet. I remind them about the talk between Jibreel and the messenger of Allah after the battle of Ahzab when the messenger of Allah returned to Medina and before putting his sword aside; when Jibreel descend saying: “are you putting your sword aside? by Allah the angels haven’t dropped their arms yet; march with your companions to Bani Quraydah, I am (going) ahead of you to throw fears in their hearts and to shake their fortresses on them.” Jibreel marched with the angels, followed by the messenger of Allah marching with the immigrants, Muhajeroon, and supporters, Ansar narrated by Al-Bukhary.

These youths know that: if one is not to be killed one will die and the most honourable death is to be killed in the way of Allah. They are even more determined after the martyrdom of the four heroes who bombed the Americans in Riyadh. Those youths who raised high the head of the Ummah and humiliated the Americans-the occupier- by their operation in Riyadh. They remember the poetry of Ja’far, the second commander in the battle of Mu’tah, in which three thousand Muslims faced over a hundred thousand Romans:

“How good is the Paradise and its nearness, good with cool drink, But the Romans are promised punishment, if I meet them I will fight them.“

And the poetry of Abdullah Bin Rawaha, the third commander in the battle of Mu’tah, after the martyrdom of Ja’far, when he felt some hesitation:

“O my soul if you do not get killed, you are going to die, anyway. This is death pool in front of you! You are getting what you have wished for before, and you follow the example of the two previous commanders you are rightly guided!”

As for our daughters, wives, sisters and mothers, they should take prime example from the prophet pious female companions, may Allah be pleased with them; they should adopt the life style of the female companions of courage, sacrifice and generosity in the cause of the supremacy of Allah’s religion. They should remember the courage and the personality of Fatima, daughter of Khatab, when she accepted Islam and stood up in front of her brother, Omar Ibn Al-Khatab and challenged him saying: “O Omar , what will you do if the truth is not in your religion?!”

And to remember the stand of Asma’, daughter of Abu Bakr, on the day of Hijra, when she attended the Messenger and his companion in the cave and split her belt in two pieces for them. And to remember the stand of Naseeba Bent Ka’b striving to defend the messenger of Allah on the day of Uhud, in which she suffered twelve injuries, one of which was so deep leaving a deep lifelong scar! They should remember the generosity of the early woman of Islam who raised finance for the Muslims army by selling their jewellery. Our women had set a tremendous example of generosity in the cause of Allah; they motivated and encouraged their sons, brothers and husbands to fight- in the cause of Allah- in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechenia and in other countries. We ask Allah to accept from them these deeds, and may He help their fathers, brothers, husbands and sons. May Allah strengthen the belief – Imaan – of our women in the way of generosity and sacrifice for the supremacy of the word of Allah. Our women weep not, except over men who fight in the cause of Allah; our women instigate their brothers to fight in the cause of Allah.

Our women bemoan only fighters in the cause of Allah, as said:

“Do not moan on any one except a lion in the woods, courageous in the burning wars Let me die dignified in wars, honourable death is better than my current life.”

Our women encourage to Jihad saying:

“Prepare yourself like a struggler, the matter is bigger than words! Are you going to leave us else for the wolves of Kufr eating our wings?! The wolves of Kufr are mobilising all evil persons from every where! Where are the freemen defending free women by the arms?! Death is better than life in humiliation! Some scandals and shames will never be otherwise eradicated.“

My Muslim Brothers of The World:

Your brothers in Palestine and in the land of the two Holy Places are calling upon your help and asking you to take part in fighting against the enemy -your enemy and their enemy- the Americans and the Israelis. They are asking you to do whatever you can, with your own means and ability, to expel the enemy, humiliated and defeated, out of the sanctities of Islam. Exalted be to Allah said in His book: “and if they ask your support, because they are oppressed in their faith, then support them!” (Anfaal; 8:72.)

O you horses of Allah ride and march on. This is the time of hardship so be tough. And know that your gathering and co-operation in order to liberate the sanctities of Islam is the right step toward unifying the word of the Ummah under the banner of “No God but Allah”.

From our place we raise our palms humbly to Allah asking Him to bestow on us His guide in every aspects of this issue. Our Lord, we ask you to secure the release of the truthful scholars, Ulama, of Islam and pious youths of the Ummah from their imprisonment. O Allah, strengthen them and help their families.

Our Lord, the people of the cross had come with their horses and occupied the land of the two Holy places. And the Zionist Jews fiddling as they wish with the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the route of the ascendance of the messenger of Allah. Our Lord, shatter their gathering, divide them among themselves, shaken the earth under their feet and give us control over them; Our Lord, we take refuge in you from their deeds and take you as a shield between us and them Our Lord, show us a black day in them! Our Lord, show us the wonderment of your ability in them! Our Lord, You are the Revealer of the book, Director of the clouds, You defeated the allies; defeat them and make us victorious over them. Our Lord, You are the one who help us and You are the one who assist us, with Your Power we move and by Your Power we fight. On You we rely and You are our cause. Our Lord, those youths got together to make Your religion victorious and raise Your banner. Our Lord, send them Your help and strengthen their hearts. Our Lord, make the youths of Islam steadfast and descend patience on them and guide their shots! Our Lord, unify the Muslims and bestow love among their hearts! Our Lord, pour down upon us patience, and make our steps firm and assist us against the unbelieving people! Our Lord, do not lay on us a burden as Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord, do not impose upon us that which we have no strength to bear; and pardon us and grant us protection and have mercy on us, Thou art our patron, so help us against the unbelieving people. Our Lord, guide this Ummah, and make the right conditions the people of your obedience will be in dignity and the people of disobedience in humiliation, and by which the good deeds are enjoined and the bad deeds are forebode. Our Lord, bless Muhammad, Your slave and messenger, his family and descendants, and companions and salute him with a salutation. And our last supplication is: All praise is due to Allah .