Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement
(August 18, 1988)
In The Name Of The Most Merciful Allah
“Ye are the best nation that hath been raised
up unto mankind: ye command that which is just, and ye forbid that which
is unjust, and ye believe in Allah. And if they who have received the
scriptures had believed, it had surely been the better for them: there
are believers among them, but the greater part of them are transgressors.
They shall not hurt you, unless with a slight hurt; and if they fight
against you, they shall turn their backs to you, and they shall not
be helped. They are smitten with vileness wheresoever they are found;
unless they obtain security by entering into a treaty with Allah, and
a treaty with men; and they draw on themselves indignation from Allah,
and they are afflicted with poverty. This they suffer, because they
disbelieved the signs of Allah, and slew the prophets unjustly; this,
because they were rebellious, and transgressed.” (AlImran-verses
Israel will exist and will continue to exist until
Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it”
(The Martyr, Imam Hassan alBanna, of blessed memory).
“The Islamic world is on fire. Each of us should
pour some water, no matter how little, to extinguish whatever one can
without waiting for the others.” (Sheikh Amjad alZahawi,
of blessed memory).
In The Name Of The Most Merciful Allah
Praise be unto Allah, to whom we resort for help,
and whose forgiveness, guidance and support we seek; Allah bless the
Prophet and grant him salvation, his companions and supporters, and
to those who carried out his message and adopted his laws everlasting
prayers and salvation as long as the earth and heaven will last. Hereafter:
Out of the midst of troubles and the sea of suffering,
out of the palpitations of faithful hearts and cleansed arms; out of
the sense of duty, and in response to Allah's command, the call has
gone out rallying people together and making them follow the ways of
Allah, leading them to have determined will in order to fulfill their
role in life, to overcome all obstacles, and surmount the difficulties
on the way. Constant preparation has continued and so has the readiness
to sacrifice life and all that is precious for the sake of Allah.
Thus it was that the nucleus (of the movement) was
formed and started to pave its way through the tempestuous sea of hopes
and expectations, of wishes and yearnings, of troubles and obstacles,
of pain and challenges, both inside and outside.
When the idea was ripe, the seed grew and the plant
struck root in the soil of reality, away from passing emotions, and
hateful haste. The Islamic Resistance Movement emerged to carry out
its role through striving for the sake of its Creator, its arms intertwined
with those of all the fighters for the liberation of Palestine. The
spirits of its fighters meet with the spirits of all the fighters who
have sacrificed their lives on the soil of Palestine, ever since it
was conquered by the companions of the Prophet, Allah bless him and
grant him salvation, and until this day.
This Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS),
clarifies its picture, reveals its identity, outlines its stand, explains
its aims, speaks about its hopes, and calls for its support, adoption
and joining its ranks. Our struggle against the Jews is very great and
very serious. It needs all sincere efforts. It is a step that inevitably
should be followed by other steps. The Movement is but one squadron
that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab
and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah's victory
Thus we see them coming on the horizon “and
you shall learn about it hereafter” “Allah hath written,
Verily I will prevail, and my apostles: for Allah is strong and mighty.”
(The Dispute verse 21).
“Say to them, This is my way: I invite you to
Allah, by an evident demonstration; both I and he who followeth me;
and, praise be unto Allah! I am not an idolator.” (Joseph
Hamas (means) strength and bravery (according
to) AlMua'jam alWasit: c1.
Definition of the Movement
The Islamic Resistance Movement: The Movement's programme
is Islam. From it, it draws its ideas, ways of thinking and understanding
of the universe, life and man. It resorts to it for judgement in all
its conduct, and it is inspired by it for guidance of its steps.
The Islamic Resistance Movement's Relation With
the Moslem Brotherhood Group:
The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings
of Moslem Brotherhood in Palestine. Moslem Brotherhood Movement is a
universal organization which constitutes the largest Islamic movement
in modern times. It is characterised by its deep understanding, accurate
comprehension and its complete embrace of all Islamic concepts of all
aspects of life, culture, creed, politics, economics, education, society,
justice and judgement, the spreading of Islam, education, art, information,
science of the occult and conversion to Islam.
Structure and Formation
The basic structure of the Islamic Resistance Movement
consists of Moslems who have given their allegiance to Allah whom they
truly worship, “I have created the jinn and humans only
for the purpose of worshipping” who know their duty towards
themselves, their families and country. In all that, they fear Allah
and raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors, so that
they would rid the land and the people of their uncleanliness, vileness
“But we will oppose truth to vanity, and it
shall confound the same; and behold, it shall vanish away.” (Prophets
The Islamic Resistance Movement welcomes every Moslem
who embraces its faith, ideology, follows its programme, keeps its secrets,
and wants to belong to its ranks and carry out the duty. Allah will
certainly reward such one.
Time and Place Extent of the Islamic Resistance
Time extent of the Islamic Resistance Movement: By
adopting Islam as its way of life, the Movement goes back to the time
of the birth of the Islamic message, of the righteous ancestor, for
Allah is its target, the Prophet is its example and the Koran is its
constitution. Its extent in place is anywhere that there are Moslems
who embrace Islam as their way of life everywhere in the globe. This
being so, it extends to the depth of the earth and reaches out to the
“Dost thou not see how Allah putteth forth a
parable; representing a good word, as a good tree, whose root is firmly
fixed in the earth, and whose branches reach unto heaven; which bringeth
forth its fruit in all seasons, by the will of its Lord? Allah propoundeth
parables unto men, that they may be instructed.” (Abraham
Characteristics and Independence:
The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinguished
Palestinian movement, whose allegiance is to Allah, and whose way of
life is Islam. It strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch
of Palestine, for under the wing of Islam followers of all religions
can coexist in security and safety where their lives, possessions and
rights are concerned. In the absence of Islam, strife will be rife,
oppression spreads, evil prevails and schisms and wars will break out.
How excellent was the Moslem poet, Mohamed Ikbal,
when he wrote:
“If faith is lost, there is no security and
there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion. He who accepts
life without religion, has taken annihilation as his companion for life.”
The Universality of the Islamic Resistance Movement:
As a result of the fact that those Moslems who adhere
to the ways of the Islamic Resistance Movement spread all over the world,
rally support for it and its stands, strive towards enhancing its struggle,
the Movement is a universal one. It is wellequipped for that because
of the clarity of its ideology, the nobility of its aim and the loftiness
of its objectives.
On this basis, the Movement should be viewed and evaluated,
and its role be recognised. He who denies its right, evades supporting
it and turns a blind eye to facts, whether intentionally or unintentionally,
would awaken to see that events have overtaken him and with no logic
to justify his attitude. One should certainly learn from past examples.
The injustice of nextofkin is harder to
bear than the smite of the Indian sword.
“We have also sent down unto thee the book of
the Koran with truth, confirming that scripture which was revealed before
it; and preserving the same safe from corruption. Judge therefore between
them according to that which Allah hath revealed; and follow not their
desires, by swerving from the truth which hath come unto thee. Unto
every of you have we given a law, and an open path; and if Allah had
pleased, he had surely made you one people; but he hath thought it fit
to give you different laws, that he might try you in that which he hath
given you respectively. Therefore strive to excel each other in good
works; unto Allah shall ye all return, and then will he declare unto
you that concerning which ye have disagreed.” (The Table, verse
The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the links
in the chain of the struggle against the Zionist invaders. It goes back
to 1939, to the emergence of the martyr Izz alDin al Kissam and
his brethren the fighters, members of Moslem Brotherhood. It goes on
to reach out and become one with another chain that includes the struggle
of the Palestinians and Moslem Brotherhood in the 1948 war and the Jihad
operations of the Moslem Brotherhood in 1968 and after.
Moreover, if the links have been distant from each
other and if obstacles, placed by those who are the lackeys of Zionism
in the way of the fighters obstructed the continuation of the struggle,
the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realisation of Allah's
promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless
him and grant him salvation, has said:
“The Day of Judgement will not come about until
Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind
stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla,
there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree,
(evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one
of the trees of the Jews.” (related by alBukhari and Moslem).
The Slogan of the Islamic Resistance Movement:
Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the
Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of
Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.
Incentives and Objectives:
The Islamic Resistance Movement found itself at a
time when Islam has disappeared from life. Thus rules shook, concepts
were upset, values changed and evil people took control, oppression
and darkness prevailed, cowards became like tigers: homelands were usurped,
people were scattered and were caused to wander all over the world,
the state of justice disappeared and the state of falsehood replaced
it. Nothing remained in its right place. Thus, when Islam is absent
from the arena, everything changes. From this state of affairs the incentives
As for the objectives: They are the fighting against
the false, defeating it and vanquishing it so that justice could prevail,
homelands be retrieved and from its mosques would the voice of the mu'azen
emerge declaring the establishment of the state of Islam, so that people
and things would return each to their right places and Allah is our
“...and if Allah had not prevented men, the
one by the other, verily the earth had been corrupted: but Allah is
beneficient towards his creatures.” (The Cow verse 251).
As the Islamic Resistance Movement paves its way,
it will back the oppressed and support the wronged with all its might.
It will spare no effort to bring about justice and defeat injustice,
in word and deed, in this place and everywhere it can reach and have
Strategies and Methods
Strategies of the Islamic Resistance Movement: Palestine
Is Islamic aqf:
The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the
land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations
until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered:
it, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab
country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all
the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them,
be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine
is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgement
Day. This being so, who could claim to have the right to represent Moslem
generations till Judgement Day?
This is the law governing the land of Palestine in
the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Moslems
have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests,
the Moslems consecrated these lands to Moslem generations till the Day
It happened like this: When the leaders of the Islamic
armies conquered Syria and Iraq, they sent to the Caliph of the Moslems,
Umar binelKhatab, asking for his advice concerning the conquered
land whether they should divide it among the soldiers, or leave
it for its owners, or what? After consultations and discussions between
the Caliph of the Moslems, Omar binelKhatab and companions
of the Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, it was decided
that the land should be left with its owners who could benefit by its
fruit. As for the real ownership of the land and the land itself, it
should be consecrated for Moslem generations till Judgement Day. Those
who are on the land, are there only to benefit from its fruit. This
Waqf remains as long as earth and heaven remain. Any procedure in contradiction
to Islamic Sharia, where Palestine is concerned, is null and void.
“Verily, this is a certain truth. Wherefore
praise the name of thy Lord, the great Allah.” (The Inevitable
Homeland and Nationalism from the Point of View
of the Islamic Resistance Movement in Palestine:
Nationalism, from the point of view of the Islamic
Resistance Movement, is part of the religious creed. Nothing in nationalism
is more significant or deeper than in the case when an enemy should
tread Moslem land. Resisting and quelling the enemy become the individual
duty of every Moslem, male or female. A woman can go out to fight the
enemy without her husband's permission, and so does the slave: without
his master's permission.
Nothing of the sort is to be found in any other regime.
This is an undisputed fact. If other nationalist movements are connected
with materialistic, human or regional causes, nationalism of the Islamic
Resistance Movement has all these elements as well as the more important
elements that give it soul and life. It is connected to the source of
spirit and the granter of life, hoisting in the sky of the homeland
the heavenly banner that joins earth and heaven with a strong bond.
If Moses comes and throws his staff, both witch and
magic are annulled.
“Now is the right direction manifestly distinguished
from deceit: whoever therefore shall deny Tagut, and believe in Allah,
he shall surely take hold with a strong handle, which shall not be broken;
Allah is he who heareth and seeth.” (The Cow Verse 256).
Peaceful Solutions, Initiatives and International
Initiatives, and socalled peaceful solutions
and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles
of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Abusing any part of Palestine is
abuse directed against part of religion. Nationalism of the Islamic
Resistance Movement is part of its religion. Its members have been fed
on that. For the sake of hoisting the banner of Allah over their homeland
they fight. “Allah will be prominent, but most people do not know.”
Now and then the call goes out for the convening of
an international conference to look for ways of solving the (Palestinian)
question. Some accept, others reject the idea, for this or other reason,
with one stipulation or more for consent to convening the conference
and participating in it. Knowing the parties constituting the conference,
their past and present attitudes towards Moslem problems, the Islamic
Resistance Movement does not consider these conferences capable of realising
the demands, restoring the rights or doing justice to the oppressed.
These conferences are only ways of setting the infidels in the land
of the Moslems as arbitraters. When did the infidels do justice to the
“But the Jews will not be pleased with thee,
neither the Christians, until thou follow their religion; say, The direction
of Allah is the true direction. And verily if thou follow their desires,
after the knowledge which hath been given thee, thou shalt find no patron
or protector against Allah.” (The Cow verse 120).
There is no solution for the Palestinian question
except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences
are all a waste of time and vain endeavors. The Palestinian people know
better than to consent to having their future, rights and fate toyed
with. As in said in the honourable Hadith:
“The people of Syria are Allah's lash in His
land. He wreaks His vengeance through them against whomsoever He wishes
among His slaves It is unthinkable that those who are doublefaced
among them should prosper over the faithful. They will certainly die
out of grief and desperation.”
The Three Circles:
The question of the liberation of Palestine is bound
to three circles: the Palestinian circle, the Arab circle and the Islamic
circle. Each of these circles has its role in the struggle against Zionism.
Each has its duties, and it is a horrible mistake and a sign of deep
ignorance to overlook any of these circles. Palestine is an Islamic
land which has the first of the two kiblahs (direction to which Moslems
turn in praying), the third of the holy (Islamic) sanctuaries, and the
point of departure for Mohamed's midnight journey to the seven heavens
“Praise be unto him who transported his servant
by night, from the sacred temple of Mecca to the farther temple of Jerusalem,
the circuit of which we have blessed, that we might show him some of
our signs; for Allah is he who heareth, and seeth.” (The NightJourney
Since this is the case, liberation of Palestine is
then an individual duty for very Moslem wherever he may be. On this
basis, the problem should be viewed. This should be realised by every
The day the problem is dealt with on this basis, when
the three circles mobilize their capabilities, the present state of
affairs will change and the day of liberation will come nearer.
“Verily ye are stronger than they, by reason
of the terror cast into their breasts from Allah. This, because they
are not people of prudence.” (The Emigration verse 13).
The Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine is an
The day that enemies usurp part of Moslem land, Jihad
becomes the individual duty of every Moslem. In face of the Jews' usurpation
of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised. To
do this requires the diffusion of Islamic consciousness among the masses,
both on the regional, Arab and Islamic levels. It is necessary to instill
the spirit of Jihad in the heart of the nation so that they would confront
the enemies and join the ranks of the fighters.
It is necessary that scientists, educators and teachers,
information and media people, as well as the educated masses, especially
the youth and sheikhs of the Islamic movements, should take part in
the operation of awakening (the masses). It is important that basic
changes be made in the school curriculum, to cleanse it of the traces
of ideological invasion that affected it as a result of the orientalists
and missionaries who infiltrated the region following the defeat of
the Crusaders at the hands of Salah elDin (Saladin). The Crusaders
realised that it was impossible to defeat the Moslems without first
having ideological invasion pave the way by upsetting their thoughts,
disfiguring their heritage and violating their ideals. Only then could
they invade with soldiers. This, in its turn, paved the way for the
imperialistic invasion that made Allenby declare on entering Jerusalem:
“Only now have the Crusades ended.” General Guru stood at
Salah elDin's grave and said: “We have returned, O Salah
elDin.” Imperialism has helped towards the strengthening
of ideological invasion, deepening, and still does, its roots. All this
has paved the way towards the loss of Palestine.
It is necessary to instill in the minds of the Moslem
generations that the Palestinian problem is a religious problem, and
should be dealt with on this basis. Palestine contains Islamic holy
sites. In it there is al Aqsa Mosque which is bound to the great
Mosque in Mecca in an inseparable bond as long as heaven and earth speak
of Isra` (Mohammed's midnight journey to the seven heavens) and Mi'raj
(Mohammed's ascension to the seven heavens from Jerusalem).
“The bond of one day for the sake of Allah is
better than the world and whatever there is on it. The place of one's
whip in Paradise is far better than the world and whatever there is
on it. A worshipper's going and coming in the service of Allah is better
than the world and whatever there is on it.” (As related by alBukhari,
Moslem, alTarmdhi and Ibn Maja).
“I swear by the holder of Mohammed's soul that
I would like to invade and be killed for the sake of Allah, then invade
and be killed, and then invade again and be killed.” (As related
by alBukhari and Moslem).
The Education of the Generations:
It is necessary to follow Islamic orientation in educating
the Islamic generations in our region by teaching the religious duties,
comprehensive study of the Koran, the study of the Prophet's Sunna (his
sayings and doings), and learning about Islamic history and heritage
from their authentic sources. This should be done by specialised and
learned people, using a curriculum that would healthily form the thoughts
and faith of the Moslem student. Side by side with this, a comprehensive
study of the enemy, his human and financial capabilities, learning about
his points of weakness and strength, and getting to know the forces
supporting and helping him, should also be included. Also, it is important
to be acquainted with the current events, to follow what is new and
to study the analysis and commentaries made of these events. Planning
for the present and future, studying every trend appearing, is a must
so that the fighting Moslem would live knowing his aim, objective and
his way in the midst of what is going on around him.
“O my son, verily every matter, whether good
or bad, though it be the weight of a grain of mustardseed, and
be hidden in a rock, or in the heavens, or in the earth, Allah will
bring the same to light; for Allah is clearsighted and knowing.
O my son, be constant at prayer, and command that which is just, and
forbid that which is evil: and be patient under the afflictions which
shall befall thee; for this is a duty absolutely incumbent on all men.
Distort not thy face out of contempt to men, neither walk in the earth
with insolence; for Allah loveth no arrogant, vainglorious person.”
(Lokman verses 1618).
The Role of the Moslem Woman:
The Moslem woman has a role no less important than
that of the Moslem man in the battle of liberation. She is the maker
of men. Her role in guiding and educating the new generations is great.
The enemies have realised the importance of her role. They consider
that if they are able to direct and bring her up they way they wish,
far from Islam, they would have won the battle. That is why you find
them giving these attempts constant attention through information campaigns,
films, and the school curriculum, using for that purpose their lackeys
who are infiltrated through Zionist organizations under various names
and shapes, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, espionage groups and others,
which are all nothing more than cells of subversion and saboteurs. These
organizations have ample resources that enable them to play their role
in societies for the purpose of achieving the Zionist targets and to
deepen the concepts that would serve the enemy. These organizations
operate in the absence of Islam and its estrangement among its people.
The Islamic peoples should perform their role in confronting the conspiracies
of these saboteurs. The day Islam is in control of guiding the affairs
of life, these organizations, hostile to humanity and Islam, will be
Woman in the home of the fighting family, whether
she is a mother or a sister, plays the most important role in looking
after the family, rearing the children and embuing them with moral values
and thoughts derived from Islam. She has to teach them to perform the
religious duties in preparation for the role of fighting awaiting them.
That is why it is necessary to pay great attention to schools and the
curriculum followed in educating Moslem girls, so that they would grow
up to be good mothers, aware of their role in the battle of liberation.
She has to be of sufficient knowledge and understanding
where the performance of housekeeping matters are concerned, because
economy and avoidance of waste of the family budget, is one of the requirements
for the ability to continue moving forward in the difficult conditions
surrounding us. She should put before her eyes the fact that the money
available to her is just like blood which should never flow except through
the veins so that both children and grownups could continue to
“Verily, the Moslems of either sex, and the
true believers of either sex, and the devout men, and the devout women,
and the men of veracity, and the women of veracity, and the patient
men, and the patient women, and the humble men, and the humble women,
and the almsgivers of either sex who remember Allah frequently;
for them hath Allah prepared forgiveness and a great reward.”
(The Confederates verse 25).
The Role of Islamic Art in the Battle of Liberation:
Art has regulations and measures by which it can be
determined whether it is Islamic or preIslamic (Jahili) art. The
issues of Islamic liberation are in need of Islamic art that would take
the spirit high, without raising one side of human nature above the
other, but rather raise all of them harmoniously an in equilibrium.
Man is a unique and wonderful creature, made out of
a handful of clay and a breath from Allah. Islamic art addresses man
on this basis, while preIslamic art addresses the body giving preference
to the clay component in it.
The book, the article, the bulletin, the sermon, the
thesis, the popular poem, the poetic ode, the song, the play and others,
contain the characteristics of Islamic art, then these are among the
requirements of ideological mobilization, renewed food for the journey
and recreation for the soul. The road is long and suffering is plenty.
The soul will be bored, but Islamic art renews the energies, resurrects
the movement, arousing in them lofty meanings and proper conduct. “Nothing
can improve the self if it is in retreat except shifting from one mood
All this is utterly serious and no jest, for those
who are fighters do not jest.
Social Mutual Responsibility:
Moslem society is a mutually responsible society.
The Prophet, prayers and greetings be unto him, said: “Blessed
are the generous, whether they were in town or on a journey, who have
collected all that they had and shared it equally among themselves.”
The Islamic spirit is what should prevail in every
Moslem society. The society that confronts a vicious enemy which acts
in a way similar to Nazism, making no differentiation between man and
woman, between children and old people such a society is entitled
to this Islamic spirit. Our enemy relies on the methods of collective
punishment. He has deprived people of their homeland and properties,
pursued them in their places of exile and gathering, breaking bones,
shooting at women, children and old people, with or without a reason.
The enemy has opened detention camps where thousands and thousands of
people are thrown and kept under subhuman conditions. Added to
this, are the demolition of houses, rendering children orphans, meting
cruel sentences against thousands of young people, and causing them
to spend the best years of their lives in the dungeons of prisons.
In their Nazi treatment, the Jews made no exception
for women or children. Their policy of striking fear in the heart is
meant for all. They attack people where their breadwinning is concerned,
extorting their money and threatening their honour. They deal with people
as if they were the worst war criminals. Deportation from the homeland
is a kind of murder.
To counter these deeds, it is necessary that social
mutual responsibility should prevail among the people. The enemy should
be faced by the people as a single body which if one member of it should
complain, the rest of the body would respond by feeling the same pains.
Mutual social responsibility means extending assistance,
financial or moral, to all those who are in need and joining in the
execution of some of the work. Members of the Islamic Resistance Movement
should consider the interests of the masses as their own personal interests.
They must spare no effort in achieving and preserving them. They must
prevent any foul play with the future of the upcoming generations and
anything that could cause loss to society. The masses are part of them
and they are part of the masses. Their strength is theirs, and their
future is theirs. Members of the Islamic Resistance Movement should
share the people's joy and grief, adopt the demands of the public and
whatever means by which they could be realised. The day that such a
spirit prevails, brotherliness would deepen, cooperation, sympathy and
unity will be enhanced and the ranks will be solidified to confront
Supportive Forces Behind the Enemy:
For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skillfully
and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained.
They took into consideration the causes affecting the current of events.
They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they
devoted to the realisation of their dream. With their money, they took
control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses,
broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions
in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests
and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution,
the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear
about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies,
such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different
parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving
Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic
countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to
enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.
You may speak as much as you want about regional and
world wars. They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy
the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources.
They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations
through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War
II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments,
and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they
who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United
Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through
them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger
“So often as they shall kindle a fire for war,
Allah shall extinguish it; and they shall set their minds to act corruptly
in the earth, but Allah loveth not the corrupt doers.” (The Table
The imperialistic forces in the Capitalist West and
Communist East, support the enemy with all their might, in money and
in men. These forces take turns in doing that. The day Islam appears,
the forces of infidelity would unite to challenge it, for the infidels
are of one nation.
“O true believers, contract not an intimate
friendship with any besides yourselves: they will not fail to corrupt
you. They wish for that which may cause you to perish: their hatred
hath already appeared from out of their mouths; but what their breasts
conceal is yet more inveterate. We have already shown you signs of their
ill will towards you, if ye understand.” (The Family of Imran
It is not in vain that the verse is ended with Allah's
words “if ye understand.”
Our Attitudes Towards:
A. Islamic Movements:
The Islamic Resistance Movement views other Islamic
movements with respect and appreciation. If it were at variance with
them on one point or opinion, it is in agreement with them on other
points and understandings. It considers these movements, if they reveal
good intentions and dedication to Allah, that they fall into the category
of those who are trying hard since they act within the Islamic circle.
Each active person has his share.
The Islamic Resistance Movement considers all these
movements as a fund for itself. It prays to Allah for guidance and directions
for all and it spares no effort to keep the banner of unity raised,
ever striving for its realisation in accordance with the Koran and the
“And cleave all of you unto the covenant of
Allah, and depart not from it, and remember the favour of Allah towards
you: since ye were enemies, and he reconciled your hearts, and ye became
companions and brethren by his favour: and ye were on the brink of a
pit of fire, and he delivered you thence. Allah declareth unto you his
signs, that ye may be directed.” (The Family of Imran Verse
The Islamic Resistance Movement does not allow slandering
or speaking ill of individuals or groups, for the believer does not
indulge in such malpractices. It is necessary to differentiate between
this behaviour and the stands taken by certain individuals and groups.
Whenever those stands are erroneous, the Islamic Resistance Movement
preserves the right to expound the error and to warn against it. It
will strive to show the right path and to judge the case in question
with objectivity. Wise conduct is indeed the target of the believer
who follows it wherever he discerns it.
“Allah loveth not the speaking ill of anyone
in public, unless he who is injured call for assistance; and Allah heareth
and knoweth: whether ye publish a good action, or conceal it, or forgive
evil, verily Allah is gracious and powerful.” (Women verses
B. Nationalist Movements in the Palestinian Arena:
The Islamic Resistance Movement respects these movements
and appreciates their circumstances and the conditions surrounding and
affecting them. It encourages them as long as they do not give their
allegiance to the Communist East or the Crusading West. It confirms
to all those who are integrated in it, or sympathetic towards it, that
the Islamic Resistance Movement is a fighting movement that has a moral
and enlightened look of life and the way it should cooperate with the
other (movements). It detests opportunism and desires only the good
of people, individuals and groups alike. It does not seek material gains,
personal fame, nor does it look for a reward from others. It works with
its own resources and whatever is at its disposal “and prepare
for them whatever force you can”, for the fulfilment of the duty,
and the earning of Allah's favour. It has no other desire than that.
The Movement assures all the nationalist trends operating
in the Palestinian arena for the liberation of Palestine, that it is
there for their support and assistance. It will never be more than that,
both in words and deeds, now and in the future. It is there to bring
together and not to divide, to preserve and not to squander, to unify
and not to throw asunder. It evaluates every good word, sincere effort
and good offices. It closes the door in the face of side disagreements
and does not lend an ear to rumours and slanders, while at the same
time fully realising the right for selfdefence.
Anything contrary or contradictory to these trends,
is a lie disseminated by enemies or their lackeys for the purpose of
sowing confusion, disrupting the ranks and occupy them with side issues.
“O true believers, if a wicked man come unto
you with a tale, inquire strictly into the truth thereof; lest ye hurt
people through ignorance, and afterwards repent of what ye have done.”
(The Inner Apartments verse 6).
In viewing the Palestinian nationalist movements that
give allegiance neither to the East nor the West, in this positive way,
the Islamic Resistance Movement does not refrain from discussing new
situations on the regional or international levels where the Palestinian
question is concerned. It does that in such an objective manner revealing
the extent of how much it is in harmony or contradiction with the national
interests in the light of the Islamic point of view.
C. The Palestinian Liberation Organization:
The Palestinian Liberation Organization is the closest
to the heart of the Islamic Resistance Movement. It contains the father
and the brother, the next of kin and the friend. The Moslem does not
estrange himself from his father, brother, next of kin or friend. Our
homeland is one, our situation is one, our fate is one and the enemy
is a joint enemy to all of us.
Because of the situations surrounding the formation
of the Organization, of the ideological confusion prevailing in the
Arab world as a result of the ideological invasion under whose influence
the Arab world has fallen since the defeat of the Crusaders and which
was, and still is, intensified through orientalists, missionaries and
imperialists, the Organization adopted the idea of the secular state.
And that it how we view it.
Secularism completely contradicts religious ideology.
Attitudes, conduct and decisions stem from ideologies.
That is why, with all our appreciation for The Palestinian
Liberation Organization and what it can develop into and
without belittling its role in the ArabIsraeli conflict, we are
unable to exchange the present or future Islamic Palestine with the
secular idea. The Islamic nature of Palestine is part of our religion
and whoever takes his religion lightly is a loser.
“Who will be adverse to the religion of Abraham,
but he whose mind is infatuated? (The Cow verse 130).
The day The Palestinian Liberation Organization adopts
Islam as its way of life, we will become its soldiers, and fuel for
its fire that will burn the enemies.
Until such a day, and we pray to Allah that it will
be soon, the Islamic Resistance Movement's stand towards the PLO is
that of the son towards his father, the brother towards his brother,
and the relative to relative, suffers his pain and supports him in confronting
the enemies, wishing him to be wise and wellguided.
“Stand by your brother, for he who is brotherless
is like the fighter who goes to battle without arms. One's cousin is
the wing one flies with could the bird fly without wings?”
D. Arab and Islamic Countries:
The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does
not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible
ways to achieve its end. It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage
operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the
Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups. All
these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of
Zionism and according to its instructions. They aim at undermining societies,
destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and
annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all
its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.
Arab countries surrounding Israel are asked to open
their borders before the fighters from among the Arab and Islamic nations
so that they could consolidate their efforts with those of their Moslem
brethren in Palestine.
As for the other Arab and Islamic countries, they
are asked to facilitate the movement of the fighters from and to it,
and this is the least thing they could do.
We should not forget to remind every Moslem that when
the Jews conquered the Holy City in 1967, they stood on the threshold
of the Aqsa Mosque and proclaimed that “Mohammed is dead, and
his descendants are all women.”
Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Moslem
people. “May the cowards never sleep.”
E. Nationalist and Religious Groupings, Institutions,
Intellectuals, The Arab and Islamic World:
The Islamic Resistance Movement hopes that all these
groupings will side with it in all spheres, would support it, adopt
its stand and solidify its activities and moves, work towards rallying
support for it so that the Islamic people will be a base and a stay
for it, supplying it with strategic depth an all human material and
informative spheres, in time and in place. This should be done through
the convening of solidarity conferences, the issuing of explanatory
bulletins, favourable articles and booklets, enlightening the masses
regarding the Palestinian issue, clarifying what confronts it and the
conspiracies woven around it. They should mobilize the Islamic nations,
ideologically, educationally and culturally, so that these peoples would
be equipped to perform their role in the decisive battle of liberation,
just as they did when they vanquished the Crusaders and the Tatars and
saved human civilization. Indeed, that is not difficult for Allah.
“Allah hath written, Verily I will prevail,
and my apostles: for Allah is strong and mighty.” (The Dispute
Writers, intellectuals, media people, orators, educaters
and teachers, and all the various sectors in the Arab and Islamic world
all of them are called upon to perform their role, and to fulfill
their duty, because of the ferocity of the Zionist offensive and the
Zionist influence in many countries exercised through financial and
media control, as well as the consequences that all this lead to in
the greater part of the world.
Jihad is not confined to the carrying of arms and
the confrontation of the enemy. The effective word, the good article,
the useful book, support and solidarity together with the presence
of sincere purpose for the hoisting of Allah's banner higher and higher
all these are elements of the Jihad for Allah's sake.
“Whosoever mobilises a fighter for the sake
of Allah is himself a fighter. Whosoever supports the relatives of a
fighter, he himself is a fighter.” (related by alBukhari,
Moslem, AbuDawood and alTarmadhi).
F. Followers of Other Religions: The Islamic Resistance
Movement Is A Humanistic Movement:
The Islamic Resistance Movement is a humanistic movement.
It takes care of human rights and is guided by Islamic tolerance when
dealing with the followers of other religions. It does not antagonize
anyone of them except if it is antagonized by it or stands in its way
to hamper its moves and waste its efforts.
Under the wing of Islam, it is possible for the followers
of the three religions Islam, Christianity and Judaism to
coexist in peace and quiet with each other. Peace and quiet would not
be possible except under the wing of Islam. Past and present history
are the best witness to that.
It is the duty of the followers of other religions
to stop disputing the sovereignty of Islam in this region, because the
day these followers should take over there will be nothing but carnage,
displacement and terror. Everyone of them is at variance with his fellowreligionists,
not to speak about followers of other religionists. Past and present
history are full of examples to prove this fact.
“They will not fight against you in a body,
except in fenced towns, or from behind walls. Their strength in war
among themselves is great: thou thinkest them to be united; but their
hearts are divided. This, because they are people who do not understand.”
(The Emigration verse 14).
Islam confers upon everyone his legitimate rights.
Islam prevents the incursion on other people's rights. The Zionist Nazi
activities against our people will not last for long. “For the
state of injustice lasts but one day, while the state of justice lasts
“As to those who have not borne arms against
you on account of religion, nor turned you out of your dwellings, Allah
forbiddeth you not to deal kindly with them, and to behave justly towards
them; for Allah loveth those who act justly.” (The Tried
The Attempt to Isolate the Palestinian People:
World Zionism, together with imperialistic powers,
try through a studied plan and an intelligent strategy to remove one
Arab state after another from the circle of struggle against Zionism,
in order to have it finally face the Palestinian people only. Egypt
was, to a great extent, removed from the circle of the struggle, through
the treacherous Camp David Agreement. They are trying to draw other
Arab countries into similar agreements and to bring them outside the
circle of struggle.
The Islamic Resistance Movement calls on Arab and
Islamic nations to take up the line of serious and persevering action
to prevent the success of this horrendous plan, to warn the people of
the danger eminating from leaving the circle of struggle against Zionism.
Today it is Palestine, tomorrow it will be one country or another. The
Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand
from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region
they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their
plan is embodied in the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,”
and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying.
Leaving the circle of struggle with Zionism is high
treason, and cursed be he who does that. “for whoso shall turn
his back unto them on that day, unless he turneth aside to fight, or
retreateth to another party of the faithful, shall draw on himself the
indignation of Allah, and his abode shall be hell; an ill journey shall
it be thither.” (The Spoils verse 16). There is no way out
except by concentrating all powers and energies to face this Nazi, vicious
Tatar invasion. The alternative is loss of one's country, the dispersion
of citizens, the spread of vice on earth and the destruction of religious
values. Let every person know that he is responsible before Allah, for
“the doer of the slightest good deed is rewarded in like, and
the does of the slightest evil deed is also rewarded in like.”
The Islamic Resistance Movement consider itself to
be the spearhead of the circle of struggle with world Zionism and a
step on the road. The Movement adds its efforts to the efforts of all
those who are active in the Palestinian arena. Arab and Islamic Peoples
should augment by further steps on their part; Islamic groupings all
over the Arab world should also do the same, since all of these are
the bestequipped for the future role in the fight with the warmongering
“..and we have put enmity and hatred between
them, until the day of resurrection. So often as they shall kindle a
fire of war, Allah shall extinguish it; and they shall set their minds
to act corruptly in the earth, but Allah loveth not the corrupt doers.”
(The Table verse 64).
The Islamic Resistance Movement, being based on the
common coordinated and interdependent conceptions of the laws of the
universe, and flowing in the stream of destiny in confronting and fighting
the enemies in defence of the Moslems and Islamic civilization and sacred
sites, the first among which is the Aqsa Mosque, urges the Arab and
Islamic peoples, their governments, popular and official groupings,
to fear Allah where their view of the Islamic Resistance Movement and
their dealings with it are concerned. They should back and support it,
as Allah wants them to, extending to it more and more funds till Allah's
purpose is achieved when ranks will close up, fighters join other fighters
and masses everywhere in the Islamic world will come forward in response
to the call of duty while loudly proclaiming: Hail to Jihad. Their cry
will reach the heavens and will go on being resounded until liberation
is achieved, the invaders vanquished and Allah's victory comes about.
“And Allah will certainly assist him who shall
be on his side: for Allah is strong and mighty.” (The Pilgrimage
The Testimony of History
Across History in Confronting the Invaders:
Palestine is the navel of the globe and the crossroad
of the continents. Since the dawn of history, it has been the target
of expansionists. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation,
had himself pointed to this fact in the noble Hadith in which he called
on his honourable companion, Ma'adh benJabal, saying: O Ma'ath,
Allah throw open before you, when I am gone, Syria, from AlArish
to the Euphrates. Its men, women and slaves will stay firmly there till
the Day of Judgement. Whoever of you should choose one of the Syrian
shores, or the Holy Land, he will be in constant struggle till the Day
Expansionists have more than once put their eye on
Palestine which they attacked with their armies to fulfill their designs
on it. Thus it was that the Crusaders came with their armies, bringing
with them their creed and carrying their Cross. They were able to defeat
the Moslems for a while, but the Moslems were able to retrieve the land
only when they stood under the wing of their religious banner, united
their word, hallowed the name of Allah and surged out fighting under
the leadership of Salah edDin alAyyubi. They fought for almost
twenty years and at the end the Crusaders were defeated and Palestine
“Say unto those who believe not, Ye shall be
overcome, and thrown together into hell; an unhappy couch it shall be.”
(The Family of Imran verse 12).
This is the only way to liberate Palestine. There
is no doubt about the testimony of history. It is one of the laws of
the universe and one of the rules of existence. Nothing can overcome
iron except iron. Their false futile creed can only be defeated by the
righteous Islamic creed. A creed could not be fought except by a creed,
and in the last analysis, victory is for the just, for justice is certainly
“Our word hath formerly been given unto our
servants the apostles; that they should certainly be assisted against
the infidels, and that our armies should surely be the conquerors.”
(Those Who Rank Themselves verses 171172).
The Islamic Resistance Movement views seriously the
defeat of the Crusaders at the hands of Salah edDin alAyyubi
and the rescuing of Palestine from their hands, as well as the defeat
of the Tatars at Ein Galot, breaking their power at the hands of Qataz
and AlDhaher Bivers and saving the Arab world from the Tatar onslaught
which aimed at the destruction of every meaning of human civilization.
The Movement draws lessons and examples from all this. The present Zionist
onslaught has also been preceded by Crusading raids from the West and
other Tatar raids from the East. Just as the Moslems faced those raids
and planned fighting and defeating them, they should be able to confront
the Zionist invasion and defeat it. This is indeed no problem for the
Almighty Allah, provided that the intentions are pure, the determination
is true and that Moslems have benefited from past experiences, rid themselves
of the effects of ideological invasion and followed the customs of their
The Islamic Resistance Movement is Composed of Soldiers:
While paving its way, the Islamic Resistance Movement,
emphasizes time and again to all the sons of our people, to the Arab
and Islamic nations, that it does not seek personal fame, material gain,
or social prominence. It does not aim to compete against any one from
among our people, or take his place. Nothing of the sort at all. It
will not act against any of the sons of Moslems or those who are peaceful
towards it from among non-Moslems, be they here or anywhere else. It
will only serve as a support for all groupings and organizations operating
against the Zionist enemy and its lackeys.
The Islamic Resistance Movement adopts Islam as its
way of life. Islam is its creed and religion. Whoever takes Islam as
his way of life, be it an organization, a grouping, a country or any
other body, the Islamic Resistance Movement considers itself as their
soldiers and nothing more.
We ask Allah to show us the right course, to make
us an example to others and to judge between us and our people with
truth. “O Lord, do thou judge between us and our nation with truth;
for thou art the best judge.” (Al Araf Verse 89).
The last of our prayers will be praise to Allah, the
Master of the Universe.