This is the 1996 declaration of war on the United States and their allies written by Osama Bin Laden a Saudi dissedent who is angry at his own country, and the foreign forces which entered the Middle East during the Gulf War.
While the text is heavily ladden with scripture, the most interesting idea which is presented is the proclamation that America's military failures in Somalia, Beruit, Mogadeshu, and the impact of terrorist activities, has slowed America's involvement around the world. This has been seen in the reluctance to get involved in the Balkans, and has, in the eye's of Bin Laden and his followers, shown to them that terrorism is working.





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 Allahno 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 kindand 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} (AnNisa; 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} (AlAhzab; 33:7071).

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} (AalImraan; 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 ZionistCrusaders 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 BosniaHerzegovina 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 scholarsmay Allah be pleased with them like Ibn Taymiyyah  and Al'iz  Ibn AbdesSalaam 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 AlOud'a and Sheikh Safar  AlHawali 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 Allahthe 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 AlKhobar 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 `sixtysix' 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 scholarswho 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 truthhiding 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} (AnNoor, 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 infrastructure especially the water service and supply , the basic requirement of life.,

(7)The state of the illtrained and illprepared 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  GazaAriha 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} (AlMa'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} (AnNissa; 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 exminister 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 (AhlulSunnah) 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; 2:278279). 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").




Under such circumstances, 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 had . Utmost effort  should be made to prepare and instigate the Ummah against the enemy, the American-Israeli alliance 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 (AlAqsa Mosque).  Also to remind the Muslims not to be engaged in an internal war among themselves, as that will have grieve consequences namely:

Osama Bin Laden's Declaration of War on America in the Middle East Part 2

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