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Bin Ladin's manifesto (August 26th, 1996)

Usama Bin Ladin .. During the oil boom of the Middle East during the 1970s, Mohammad bin Ladin .. opened a business which later proved to be on of the biggest construction companies in the entire Middle East: the Bin Ladin Corporation. This company was involved in the construction of roads, buildings, mosques, airports and the entire infrastructure of many of the countries in the Arabian Gulf.

.. In 1979 .. the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, and the Mujahideen put out an international plea for help. Usama bin Ladin responded by packing himself and several of his family's bulldozers off to Afghanistan. .. At first his work was political. He recruited thousands of Arab fighters in the Gulf, paid for their passage to Afghanistan and set up the main camps to train them. Later he designed defensive tunnels and ditches along the Pakistani border, driving a bulldozer and exposing himself to strafing from Soviet helicopter gunships. Before long, he had taken up a Kalashnikov and was going into battle. .. A year later, Bin Ladin led an offensive against Soviet troops ..: his men succeeded in pushing the Soviets out of the area. "He was a hero to us because he was always on the Front Line, always moving ahead of everyone else," recalls Hamza Mohammed .., "He not only gave his money, but he also gave himself. He came down from his palace to live with the Afghan peasants and the Arab fighters. He cooked with them, ate with them, dug trenches with them. That was Bin Ladin's way."

.. King Fahd himself personally offered Bin Ladin the contract of expanding the .. mosque in Madinah. This deal would be worth a net profit of $90m to Bin Ladin. Bin Ladin refused the offer, knowing that it was done to distract him from the Jihad in Afghanistan. .. He is quoted as saying that his wealth increased and his business grew with the amount of money he spent on the Jihad.

.. The Saudi regime .. had already come under criticism from Muslim activists for its corruption and its failure to implement Shariah (Islamic Law). All these failings offended Bin Ladin. But the real apostacy was King Fahd's decision to allow Western troops into the Kingdom during the Gulf War. After publicly criticising the regime and becoming the target of a harassment campaign, he fled to Sudan in 1991. .. In Sudan, his business grew to a level even bigger than it ever was in the Middle East, as he began to assist the country in building its infrastructure. .. About five years he spent in Sudan, bankrolling the Jihad in various countries around the world, such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Yemen, Chechnya and other places, until the Sudanese Government expelled him under pressure from the United States and under accusations that he was funding terrorist activities around the world. With a personal fortune estimated at around $300m, he is, after all, described by the U.S. State Department as, "one of the most significant financial sponsors of Islamic extremist activities in the world today."

.. In the summer of .. 1996, Bin Ladin moved base permanently from Sudan to Afghanistan. He is there now, helping to fund and organise Mujahideen around the world. .. On 26 August 1996, he issued his first Bayan (statement). A twelvepage Arabic document titled, "The Declaration of War" by Usama bin Muhammad bin Ladin. This Bayan issued a final warning for all American troops to leave the Land of the Two Holy Places, otherwise military action would be taken against them ..: "Muslims burn with anger at America. For its own good, America should leave [Saudi Arabia]." (Usama bin Ladin)

      DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST THE AMERICANS OCCUPYING THE LAND OF THE TWO HOLY PLACES
      A Message from Usama bin Muhammad bin Laden unto his Muslim Brethren all over the world generally, and in the Arab Peninsula specifically

      .. Today we work .. to lift the iniquity that had been imposed on the Ummah by the ZionistCrusader alliance, particularly after they have occupied the blessed land around Jerusalem .. and the land of the two Holy Places. .. Injustice had affected the people of the industry and agriculture. .. 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.

      .. 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 [=the Islamic law, ndJB]; 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.

      .. 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. .. The inability of the regime to protect the country, and allowing the enemy of the Ummah the American crusader forces to occupy the land. .. The crusader forces became the main cause of our disastrous condition, particularly .. 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.

      .. 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 .. 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. .. 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). .. 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 ..
      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. ..
      6. The miserable situation of the social services and infrastructure especially the water service and supply , the basic requirement of life.

      .. In spite of the fact that the report was written with soft words and very diplomatic style, .. 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, .. its' content was rejected and those who signed it and their sympathisers were ridiculed, prevented from travel, punished and even jailed. .. 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. .. 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. .. 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 AmericanIsraeli alliance as they are the first to benefit from this situation.

      .. 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 ZionistCrusader alliance moves quickly to contain and abort any "corrective movement" appearing in the Islamic countries. .. 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.

      .. 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.

      .. 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. .. 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. .. 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. .. All this taking place at the vicinity of the Holy Mosque in the Holy Land! .. (We bemoan this and can only say: "No power and power acquiring except through Allah").

      Under such circumstances, to push the enemythe greatest Kufr out of the country is a prime duty. .. Utmost effort should be made to prepare and instigate the Ummah against the enemy, the AmericanIsraeli alliance occupying the country of the two Holy Places. .. Also to remind the Muslims not to be engaged in an internal war among themselves, as that will have grieve consequences namely:

      1. consumption of the Muslims human resources as most casualties and fatalities will be among the Muslims people.
      2. Exhaustion of the economic and financial resources.
      3. Destruction of the country infrastructures
      4. Dissociation of the society
      5. Destruction of the oil industries.
        The presence of the USA 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 induces aggression on their religion, feelings and prides and push them to take up armed struggle against the invaders occupying the land; therefore spread of the fighting in the region will expose the oil wealth to the danger of being burned up. The economical interest of the States of the Gulf and the land of the two Holy Places will be damaged and even a 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. .. We also warn the aggressors, the USA, 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 economical damages to the competitors of the USA 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 ZionistCrusader alliance. The existence of such a large country with its huge resources under the leadership of the forthcoming Islamic State .. represent a serious danger to the very existence of the Zionist state in Palestine. .. The sons of the two Holy Places are directly related to the life style (Seerah) of their forefathers. .. They consider the Seerah of their forefathers as a source and an example for reestablishing the greatness of this Ummah and to raise the word of Allah again. ..
      7. An internal war is a great mistake, no matter what reasons are there for it. the presence of the occupierthe USA forces will control the outcome of the battle for the benefit of the international Kufr.

      .. Half a century ago the rulers promised the Ummah to regain the first Qiblah, but fifty years later new generation arrived and the promises have been changed; AlAqsa Mosque handed over to the Zionists and the wounds of the Ummah still bleeding there. .. The Saudi regime had stunt the Ummah in the remaining sanctities, the Holy city of Makka .., by calling 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 northto the south and from easttothe west for the crusaders. The land was filled with the military bases of the USA and the allies. The regime became unable to keep control without the help of these bases. .. The 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 deIslamisation.

      .. It is out of date and no longer acceptable to claim that the presence of the crusaders is necessity and only a temporary measures to protect the land of the two Holy Places. Especially when the civil and the military infrastructures of Iraq were savagely destroyed showing the depth of the ZionistCrusaders hatred to the Muslims and their children, and the rejection of the idea of replacing the crusaders forces by an Islamic force. .. Moreover the foundations of the claim and the claim it self 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 Defence Secretary, .. saying that: the presence of the American solders there is to protect the interest of the USA. .. The presence of the Americans in the Arab Peninsula is a preplaned military occupation. The regime want to deceive the Muslims people in the same manner when the Palestinian fighters, Mujahideen, were deceived causing the loss of AlAqsa Mosque.

      .. The King said that: "the issue is simple, the American and the alliance forces will leave the area in 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 carried on lying to the people claiming that the American will leave.

      .. 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 word to initiate a guerrilla warfare, were the sons of the nation, and not the military forces, take part in it. .. It is wise, in the present circumstances, for the armed military forces not to be engaged in a 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, .. and hence the responses will not be directed, strongly, against the army) unless abig advantage is likely to be achieved; and great losses induced on the enemy side. .. The Mujahideen, your brothers and sons, requesting that you support them in every possible 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; and to spread rumours, fear and discouragement among the members of the enemy forces. .. Efforts should be concentrated on destroying, fighting and killing the enemy until .. it is completely defeated .. so that the word of Allah will be supreme and the word of the infidels (Kaferoon) will be the inferior. You will hit with iron fist against the aggressors. .. I'll have a separate talk about these issues.

      .. The money you pay to buy American goods will be transformed into bullets and used against our brothers in Palestine and tomorrow (future) against our sons in the land of the two Holy places. By buying these goods we are strengthening their economy while our dispossession and poverty increases.

      .. It is incredible that our country is the world largest buyer of arms from the USA and the area biggest commercial partners of the Americans who are assisting their Zionist brothers in occupying Palestine and in evicting and killing the Muslims there, by providing arms, men and financial supports. To deny these occupiers from the enormous revenues of their trading with our country is a very important help for our Jihad against them.

      .. We expect the woman 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. .. 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 and 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/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. .. Others 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.

      .. "I'll not let my shadow departs his shadow till one of us is dead." ..: the two youths hit AbaJahl with their swords till he was dead. .. Two youths of young age but with great perseverance, enthusiasm, courage and pride for the religion of Allah's, each one of them asking about the most important act of killing that should be induced on the enemy. .. 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 youths will repeat what their forefathers had said before: "I swear by Allah if I see him I'll not let my shadow to departs from his shadow till one of us is dead".

      .. 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. .. 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 William (Defence Secretary) that: These youths love death as you loves life. .. 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. .. When the pagan King Amroo Ibn Hind tried to humiliate the pagan Amroo Ibn Kulthoom, the latter cut the head of the King with his sword rejecting aggression, humiliation and indignation.

      If the king oppresses the people excessively, we rejectto submit 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 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). ..