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Date: Fri, 13 Mar 98 12:42:46 CST
From: MID-EAST REALITIES <MER@middleeast.org>
Subject: Muslim Jihad Against Americans?
Article: 29887
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Muslim jihad against Americans and supporters; A real possibility?

Mid-East Realities, 12 March 1998

MER - Washington - 12 March: U.S. and Israelis policies in the Middle East, supported by key Western European states especially Great Britain, do not come without a price. And that price could become considerably greater in the months and years ahead.

Except for the huge military build-up to liberate Kuwait in 1990, never before have so many American forces been stationed in the Middle East; never before have U.S. attempts to control the region and disarm the Arabs been so blatant; and never before has Israeli influence over American policies been so considerable.

Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the U.A.E. are now practically speaking American-protectorates. Other key countries—including Jordan and Egypt—are very much American controlled.

As the Americans continue their policies to disarm and prostrate the Arab country that was the most powerful—with the aim of installing a new client regime in Baghdad and teaching all regimes a lesson—a regional counter-reaction may yet take hold. Should the Iraqis resist in any serious manner they will be attacked again with massive military force; and this could yet be the spark igniting the fuse of greater regional turmoil for some time to come.

The following call to Jihad against the Americans was made a few weeks ago just prior to the U.S. decision to back from militarily attacking Iraq, using the Kofi Annan negotations for an excuse. Even so the entire region is now destablized and with an ongoing reawakening of Arab and Muslim nationalist identity and determination from Iran in the East to Algeria in the West.


(London, Amman, Washington) AL-QUDS AL-'ARABI, 2/23/98 (Page 1):

Fundamentalist groups leaders have issued a statement in which they issued a fatwa to kill the Americans, civilians and military, in retaliation for any U.S. attack on Iraq.

The text of the fatwa—contained in a statement faxed to Al-Quds al-'Arabi and signed by

says that the ruling to kill the Americans and their allies, civilians and military, is an individual duty [fard 'ayn] on every Muslim who can do so in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order that their armies move out of all the land of Islam defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim in compliance with the words of Almighty God.

Justifying the call to kill U.S. civilians and military men, the statement said that U.S. aggression is affecting Muslim civilians, not just the military. [Fatwa text published in full on page 3]


(Original in Arabic)

Praise be to God, who revealed the Book, controls the clouds, defeats factionalism, and says in His BookBut when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); and peace be upon our Prophet, Muhammad Bin-'Abdallah, who said I have been sent with the sword between my hands to ensure that no one but God is worshipped, God who put my livelihood under the shadow of my spear and who inflicts humiliation and scorn on those who disobey my orders. The Arabian Peninsula has never—since God made it flat, created its desert, and encircled it with seas—been stormed by any forces like the crusader armies spreading in it like locusts, eating its riches and wiping out its plantations. All this is happening at a time in which nations are attacking Muslims like people fighting over a plate of food. In the light of the grave situation and the lack of support, we and you are obliged to discuss current events, and we should all agree on how to settle the matter.

No one argues today about three facts that are known to everyone; we will list them, in order to remind everyone

First, for over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples.

If some people have in the past argued about the fact of the occupation, all the people of the Peninsula have now acknowledged it.

The best proof of this is the Americans' continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post, even though all itsrulers are against their territories being used to that end, but they are helpless. Second, despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, which has exceeded 1 million... despite all this, the Americans are once against trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the protracted blockade imposed after the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation.

So here they come to annihilate what is left of this people and to humiliate their Muslim neighbors.

Third, if the Americans' aims behind these wars are religious and economic, the aim is also to serve the Jews' petty state and divert attention from its occupation of Jerusalem and murder of Muslims there.

The best proof of this is their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest neighboring Arab state, and their endeavor to fragment all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Sudan into paper statelets and through their disunion and weakness to guarantee Israel's survival and the continuation of the brutal crusade occupation of the Peninsula.

All these crimes and sins committed by the Americans are a clear declaration of war on God, his messenger, and Muslims. And ulema have throughout Islamic history unanimously agreed that the jihad is an individual duty if the enemy destroys the Muslim countries. This was revealed by Imam Bin-Qadamah in Al- Mughni, Imam al-Kisa'i in Al- Bada'i, al-Qurtubi in his interpretation, and the shaykh of al-Islam [not further identified] in his books, where hesaid As for the fighting to repulse [an enemy], it is aimed at defending sanctity and religion, and it is a duty as agreed [by the ulema]. Nothing is more sacred than belief except repulsing an enemy who is attacking religion and life.

On that basis, and in compliance with God's order, we issue the following fatwa to all Muslims.

The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies—civilians and military—is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty God, and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together, and fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God.

This is in addition to the words of Almighty God And why should ye not fight in the cause of God and of those who, being weak, are ill- treated (and oppressed)—women and children, whose cry is 'Our Lord, rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will help!

We—with God's help—call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid n Satan's U.S. troops and the devil's supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson.

Almighty God said O ye who believe, give your response to God and His Apostle, when He calleth you to that which will give you life. And know that God cometh between a man and his heart, and that it is He to whom ye shall all be gathered.

Almighty God also says O ye who believe, what is the matter with you, that when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of God, ye cling so heavily to the earth! Do ye prefer the life of this world to the hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place; but Him ye would not harm in the least. For God hath power over all things.

Almighty God also says So lose no heart, nor fall into despair. For ye must gain mastery if ye are true in faith.