Bin Laden accuses West
The following is an edited translation of an audiotape
attributed to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, parts of which
were aired by Aljazeera on April 23, 2006. (It is not known
where or when the recording was made.)
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the world, prayer and peace be upon
our prophet Muhammad, his kin and all his companions.
Peace, Allah's mercy and blessing be upon you, as I am directing
this speech to all the Islamic Umma, to continue talking and
urging them to support our prophet Muhammad, and to punish the
perpetrators of the horrible crime committed by some
Crusader-journalists and apostates against the master of the
predecessors and successors, our prophet Muhammad.
The holy verses of the Quran and the holy prophetic teachings
have all clarified the need for according love, respect and
obedience to our prophet. Allah, the Almighty, has made it a
taboo to offend him, saying in the Quran those who harm Allah
and his messenger would be damned and severely punished.
It was also confirmed by an authentic source that prophet
Muhammad said no one could be faithful until he loves me more
than he loves his parents, his sons and all other people.
Therefore, the Umma has reached a consensus that he who offends
or degrades the messenger would be killed. Such offence is
regarded as kufr (infidelity).
We ask Allah to give his blessings to whoever decried the
behaviour of the infidels who have offended the prophet in every
part of the world, and blessings to those who have died in the
process, while we vow to Allah to avenge for those whose blood
have been spilled.
The West is incapable of recognising the rights of others. It
will not be able to respect others' beliefs or feelings. The
West still believes in ethnic supremacy and looks down on other
nations. They categorise human beings into white masters and
This is why they established institutions and enacted laws to
maintain their supremacy by creating the United Nations and the
veto power ... . They regard jihad for the sake of God or
defending one's self or his country as an act of terror. US and
Europe consider jihad groups in Palestine, Chechnya, Iraq and
Afghanistan as terrorist groups, so how could we talk or have
understanding with them without using weapons?
On their part, the rulers of our region consider the US and
Europe as their friends and allies while looking at the jihad
groups that fight against the Crusaders in Iraq and Afghanistan
as terrorist groups as well. So how can we reach understanding
with those rulers who deny us the right to defend ourselves and
our religion without carrying arms?
The net result of their thinking is for us to abandon jihad and
acquiesce to remaining as their slaves. This is impossible, God
The Palestine question is a manifestation of such injustices
when the allied forces of the Crusaders and the Zionists decided
to hand over Palestine to the Zionists to establish a state
after committing massacres, displaced the indigenous
Palestinians and brought Jews from all over the world to settle
The ongoing injustice and aggression did not stop in the last
nine decades, while all attempts to reclaim our rights and exact
justice on the Israeli oppressors, were blocked by the
leadership of the Crusaders and Zionists' alliance by using the
so-called veto power.
Such attitudes were also reflected by their rejection of the
Hamas movement and its victory in the elections ... . Their
rejection to Hamas has reaffirmed that they were waging a
crusade against Islam.
The US sought to reach southern Sudan, recruited an army of
southerners, supported them with weapons and funding and
directed them to seek separation from Sudan. Then it exercised
pressure against Khartoum government to sign an unjust agreement
which permits south Sudan to gain independence from the north
within six years.
[Sudanese President Omar] al-Bashir and [US President George]
Bush should have been aware that this agreement is not worth the
ink by which it was written, and we do not accord the least
concern to it. Nobody, whoever he was, has the right to accede
an inch of the land of Islam and the south will remain an
inseparable part of the land of Isalm, God willing, even if the
war continued for decades.
The US was not satisfied by all the sedition and crimes, but
went on to incite sedition, the largest of which was the west
Sudan sedition by exploiting some disputes between the tribes
and sparking a savage war between them that will spare nothing,
prior to sending in Crusader troops to occupy the region and
steal its oil wealth under the pretext of peacekeeping.
This is a continuous Crusader-Zionist war against Muslims. In
this respect I am inviting the mujahidin and their supporters in
the Sudan and other countries around, including the Arabian
peninsula in particular, to prepare all that is needed for a
long-term war against the Crusaders and thieves in western
Our objective is obvious, that is defending Islam, the people
and the land but not Khartoum government since our differences
with them are so enormous, mostly when it backtracked in
implementing the Sharia law and abandoned south Sudan.
I urge the mujahidin to get acquainted with Darfur state tribes
and land and its surroundings, keeping in mind that the region
is about to face the rainy season that hampers means of
This is one of the reasons why the occupation was adjourned for
six months. So it is imperative to speed up action and benefit
from the time factor by stocking a large amount of landmines and
anti-armour grenades such as RPGs [rocket propelled grenades].
What was the aim behind barring arms from the unarmed people in
Bosnia and letting the Serb army to massacre Muslims and spill
their blood for years under UN cover? It was a Crusader war
What was the aim of the pressure against Indonesia by the
Crusaders countries until East Timor, 24 hours after a warning
by the UN? A Crusader-Zionist-Hindu war against Muslims.
Meanwhile, a UN resolution passed more than half a century ago
gave Muslim Kashmir the liberty of choosing independence from
India and Kashmir. George Bush, the leader of the Crusaders'
campaign, announced a few days ago that he will order his
converted agent [Pakistan President Pervez] Musharraf to shut
down the Kashmir mujahidin camps, thus affirming that it is a
Zionist-Hindu war against Muslims.
With respect to Pakistan, some Muslims have done a good job by
assisting their fellow Muslims, God bless them, but the Pashtun
tribes must be aided after the Pakistan army devastated their
homes in Waziristan in order to satisfy the US.
What does the silence over Russian atrocities inside Chechnya
mean, along with mutilating their bodies by tying them to tanks
while the so-called free world gives its blessings and even
secretly supports the aggression ? This is a Zionist crusade.
What does the humiliation of Muslims in Somalia and killing
13,000 Muslims mean, along with torching Muslims' bodies? This
is a Zionist-Crusaders war.
I will remind Muslims to fear God and to save their brothers in
the African Horn from the famine that hit them.
What does the destruction of the infrastructure in Iraq mean and
the tragedy that befell them mean? And the use of depleted
uranium, besieging Iraq for years, causing the death of more
than one million children which amazed all who had visited Iraq,
including the Westerners themselves? It is a malicious crusade
What does the reoccupation of Iraq mean by using lies and
deception along with murder, destruction, detention, torture and
creation of huge military bases to dominate the whole region? It
is a Zionist crusade against Muslims.
What about the continuous cultural domination through the
setting up of radio stations and TV channels along with the
Voice of America, London and others to continue the cultural
domination of Muslims, combat our beliefs, change our values,
encourage vice and even interfere with school curricula?
How can we explain France's stance on the headscarf and the
banning on wearing it at schools, its relentless dealing with
the Muslim community and its plan to establish a TV channel in
Morocco to combat Islamic awareness there? This is a
In conclusion, a war is under way to offend the messenger of
Allah, his religion and his Umma (nation). The Muslim
preparedness and their jihad should be on a par with these
events. The duty of our Muslim nation over this Crusaders'
campaign with its different aspects is to focus on supporting
the prophet, his religion and the Umma to the best of our
ability in all fields.
Despite the numerous Crusader attacks against our Muslim nation
in military, economic, cultural and moral aspects, but the
gravest of them all is the attack against our religion, our
prophet and the our Sharia tenets. The epicentre of these wars
is Baghdad, the seat of the khalifate rule. They keep
reiterating that success in Baghdad will be success for the US,
failure in Iraq the failure of the US.
Their defeat in Iraq will mean defeat in all their wars and a
beginning to the receding of their Zionist-Crusader tide against
us. Your mujahidin sons and brothers in Iraq have taught the US
a hard lesson while in the fourth year of the Crusaders'
invasion, they are steadfast and patient and keep killing and
wounding enemy soldiers every day.
It is a duty for the Umma with all its categories, men, women
and youths, to give away themselves, their money, experiences
and all types of material support, enough to establish jihad in
the fields of jihad particularly in Iraq, Palestine,
Afghanistan, Sudan, Kashmir and Chechnya. Jihad today is an
imperative for every Muslim. The Umma will commit sin if it did
not provide adequate material support for jihad.
O fellow Muslims, pay no heed for the number of the enemy and
their arsenal of arms because victory is a gift of God while the
enemy, praise be to God, is experiencing a critical situation.
A full Arabic transcript of the audiotaped message can be read
here on Aljazeera's Arabic website. - Aljazeera
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