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Usama bin Ladin on Arab Spring 26 April 2011
In the name of Allah the most gracious the most merciful.
Praise Allah and pray on his prophet,
To the esteemed brother, Sheikh Mahmud, Allah protect him
I hope this message will reach you, the family, the offspring,
and all the brothers in good condition.
I received your first and then your second messages, Allah
reward you for the totality of what it contained. To start, I
want to talk about the most important point in our modern
history, the point of launching the nation‟s revolution against
the tyrants, and for which I ask Allah to make a start for
reviving the dignity of the religion and its glory.
What we are witnessing these days of consecutive revolutions is
a great and glorious event, and it is most probable, according
to reality and history, that it will encompass the majority of
the Islamic world with the will of Allah, and thanks to Allah
things are strongly heading towards the exit of Muslims from
being under the control of America, and the Americans worry
about that, which is great; the Secretary of State indicated in
her visit to Yemen that, “We worry that the region will fall
into the hands of the armed Islamists” and that warning was
directed to „Ali „Abdullah Salih and the remainder of the rulers
during the revolution in Tunisia, before the revolution in Egypt
that toppled Mubarak erupted. The fall of the remaining tyrants
in the region became a must with the will of Allah, and it was
the beginning of a new era for the whole nation.
These events are the most important events that the nation has
witnessed for centuries, as since the nation has entered its
current stage it has not witnessed any movements to save it that
are as large as the all-encompassing movements that were
launched with the grace of Allah these days, and it is known
that comprehensive popular movements inevitably change the
conditions, so if we double the efforts to direct and educate
the Muslim peoples and warn them from the half solutions, while
taking care in providing good advice to them, the oncoming stage
will be for Islam, Allah willing.
Knowing that the movements calling for half solutions like the
Brotherhood have witnessed a spread of the proper ideology among
their membership in recent years, especially in the growing
generations, and one of the Brotherhood members discussed that
phenomenon in a lengthy question among the questions addressed
to Sheikh Abu Muhammad; also it was mentioned in many of the
media vehicles that there is a sizable direction within the
Brotherhood that holds the Salafi doctrine, so the return of the
Brotherhood and those like them to the true Islam is a matter of
time, with the will of Allah. The more attention paid to
explaining Islamic understanding, the sooner their return is, so
preserving the Muslim movements today and adjusting their
direction requires effort and attention, keeping in mind the
necessity of being kindly to the sons of the nation who fell
under misguidance for long decades.
That great duty, which is the duty of guidance and advice, which
is connected to the fate of the nation, does not find he who
fulfils it aware of the guidance that is disciplined with
jurisprudence. I have asked in the past that the faithful in the
nation select from among themselves a number of scholars and
wise men, who then form a Shura council that follows up on the
issues of the nation and provides guidance, opinion, and advice;
but after they delayed in conducting that duty, and the nation
entered that pivotal stage, it became incumbent upon us, the
mujahidin, to fulfill that duty and to plug that gap as much as
we can, which became one of the utmost duties after faith, so
that the nation is liberated with the will of Allah and the
religion regains its glory.
There is no doubt that the duties on the mujahidin are numerous,
except that this great duty should take the main share of our
efforts so that we do not shortchange it and expose the nation
shake-up today, to what the revolutions against the Western
occupation got exposed to in the past.
And we have to remember another important issue, which is that
Jihad in Afghanistan is a duty to establish the rule of Allah
(Shari‟a) in it, and it is the path toward conducting the larger
duty, which is liberating the one-and-half billion-person nation
and regain its holies. So while we are conducting jihad in
Afghanistan and bleeding down the head of the international
apostasy, until it reaches such weakness that the Muslim people
have regained some self confidence and daring, and removed some
of the oppressive pressure that was exhausting and failing
anyone who thought of crossing Americas agents, the pressure of
the supreme power that threatened to keep whom it desires and
remove whom it desires, and with the gradual deterioration of
that pressure, the comprehensive revolutions launched at the
hands of the people whose extreme majority are Islam loving.
So we have to get into expanding the programmed and directed
media, and our efforts in directing the nation‟s research and
deciding on a specific plan that we all discuss, as the oncoming
stage is important and very dangerous and does not tolerate the
apparent differences in our directives. Initially I would see
that one of the most important steps of the oncoming stage is
inciting the people who have not revolted yet, and encouraging
them to get against the rulers and the methods, indicating that
it is a religious duty and a logical necessity, so the arrows
are concentrated on toppling the rulers without discussing the
differences on issues, while paying maximum attention to
spreading awareness and correcting the understanding, and we
send to the brothers in all the regions to pay attention to
spreading the book (understandings that must be corrected) by
Sheikh Muhammad Qutb).
And due to our efforts in plugging that gap and preparing a plan
to guide the nation, we must mobilize all the resources that
have expressive abilities in speech, poetry, visual, or audio
and devote them completely toward directing and guiding the
nation‟s youth; and we leave running the work in Afghanistan and
Waziristan to the resources that have field and administrative
abilities, and do not have expressive abilities.
Please inform Sheikh Yahiya and the other brothers who have
expressive abilities on the previous parts of the message, and
inform me of their opinions without missing any of them, as
every voice that can contribute in this stage should not be
General points after the second message:
- Enclosed is a statement to the nation in regard to the
revolutions. Please review it and if there are remarks on
parts of it by the brothers then there is no problem in
revising it. Then send it to al-Jazeera Network, noting
that I have enclosed a copy of it in a new card (TN: thumb
drive or memory card) with nothing else on it, so please
expedite its release and broadcast due to the importance
and developments of the events.
- Regarding the paper you sent that is titled, “Elements for
Research Regarding the Arab Revolutions,” it is very
important, so please start researching it and I might
comment on it and on all your media activities after the
revolutions in the next message, due to lack of time.
Enclosed is a file titled, “Suggestions toward Resolving Crises
in Yemen,” if you could rearrange the ideas in it and reshape
them and publish it under your name, or if you do not see that
as appropriate, put my son‟s Khalid name on it and direct the
article to the scholars and dignitaries of Yemen. The situation
requires expediency in that as much as possible.
- It would be nice to remind our brothers in the regions to
be patient and deliberate, and warn them of entering into
confrontations with the parties belonging to Islam, and it
is probable that most of the areas will have governments
established on the remnants of the previous governments,
and most probable these governments will belong to the
Islamic parties and groups, like the Brotherhood and the
like, and our duty at this stage is to pay attention to the
call among Muslims and win over supporters and spread the
correct understanding, as the current conditions have
brought on unprecedented opportunities and the coming of
Islamic governments that follow the Salafi doctrine is a
benefit to Islam. The more time that passes and the call
increases, the more the supporters will be of the people,
and the more widespread will be the correct understanding
among the coming generations of Islamic groups.
- Regarding the operations that the brothers in Yemen are
intending to conduct using poison, please be careful of
doing it without enough study of all aspects, including
political and media reaction against the mujahidin and
their image in the eyes of the public, so please pay
attention to the matter.
- Regarding the communications with the brothers in Iraq,
please inform us on its progress and the reason for its
- Regarding the brothers coming from Iran, you are the more
knowledgeable of the security situation on your side and in
Baluchistan, so arrange for them the most secure places,
and Allah is the protector.
- Regarding what you mentioned about the British intelligence
saying that England is going to leave Afghanistan if Al-
Qa‟ida promised not to target their interests, I think
their stance is similar to the people of Damascus when
Khalid Ibn Al-Walid entered it, and they became sure of
being defeated, so they hurried to hold a peace treaty with
Abu „Ubaidah Allah be pleased with him, so I say that we do
not enable them on that, but without slamming the door
- As far as the French hostages with our brothers in the
Islamic Maghreb, I want to warn that the atmosphere after
the French standing towards the Libyan people does not
condone killing the French, due to what will follow of
negative reflections, after it became evident that most of
the common people are supporting Sarkozy, so if we need to
kill them then that should be after the end of Libyan
events and their developments, and the better benefit as
far as I see is to exchange the woman with the best that
would benefit you and the brothers there, as far as the
men, if the brothers can wait, then they should keep them
until the elections, and if that is difficult then they
should exchange half of them and keep the other half which
should be the higher ranking and the more important ones,
and if that also is difficult then they should at a minimum
keep the most important man of them till the French
elections, and it is better that the negotiations not be
public and that they place a time limit on it so that the
French do not postpone the exchange till the elections (TN:
possibly after the elections) so that it‟s a winning card
in their hands, even though the remaining period to the
election is not that short.
- Regarding the British officer captured by our brothers in
Somalia, I say that we attempt to exchange him for our
prisoners with them, or with their allies, so if this
happens then it is what we want, and if they reach a road
block and they cannot keep him as a pressure card on France
to leave Afghanistan before Sarkozy elections, then he is
to be ransomed with money, and they be made aware of what I
said about the ramifications of killing the French in this
stage, even though the reaction to killing would be less if
the killing was from their side vs. if it is from Al-Qa‟ida
in Islamic Maghreb side.
- It would be nice to ask the brothers in Somalia to inform
us of the economical situations in the states they control,
as it is obvious that enabling people‟s livelihood is an
important part of the religion, and it is the most
important duty of the Emir, so there must be an effort to
establish an economical power, and I had in a previous
message to you written some economical suggestions to be
sent to the brothers in Somalia, then I did not receive
from you an indication that they were sent, so if they were
sent it is important to follow up on them, and they were
not send because of an obstacle, I have enclosed them in
the message to resend them to them.
- It would be good to send advice to the brothers in Somalia
about the benefit of doubt when it comes to dealing with
crimes and applying Shari‟a, similar to what the prophet
(PBUH) said, to use doubts to fend off the punishments.
- As far as what you mentioned of the desire of some of the
brothers to go to the revolution fields in their countries,
I have written in my message to you before I knew their
desire the necessity of sending some qualified brothers to
the field of the revolutions in their countries, to attempt
to run things in a wise and jurisprudent manner in
coordination with the Islamic powers there, while studying
both sides of the benefits and which way is better before
any of the brothers go. First of all, there must be
confirmation of the safety of the route, that is for the
brothers whom we would ask to go, or the brothers who did
not insist on going, and for those whom you notice are
highly excited and cannot withstand staying, so those whose
conditions you accommodate and allow to go while doing the
best to secure the best safe routes for them.
- As far as Sheikh Bashir Al-Madani (Yunis), if the place in
which he is currently located is safe, then he should
postpone his travel until the regime in Syria or Yemen
falls, and as far as the brothers with him, they should be
dealt with as I have explained in the previous item.
- I read the message of Sahib Al-Tayib, and your response to
it, and it seemed to me that the message indicates that
some information has been leaked to Sahib Al-Tayib through
some of the scholars who are connected directly or
indirectly to the government, or though some of the
scholars who may have a personal opinion that follows the
public opinion of the importance of stability in the Gulf,
so they wanted to hint to Sahib Al-Tayib about the
seriousness of instigating the situation in the kingdom so
that he asks us about that, so he in turn only hinted at
it, that is one way of reading that message, so I ask that
you read it again in an analytical way and tell me about
what you come up with by reading it, and also enclose a
copy of it to Sheikh Abu Muhammad.
- Regarding brother Tufan and what you asked of reviewing his
writings, due to the many duties and shortage of time, I
will ask that Sheikh Abu Muhammad does that, so please
enclose the writings of the brother to him, but in general
I say that the stage now is to spread awareness in the
nation after all the flood of good, praise Allah, so it
should be given attention and good direction.
- Regarding Hamzah, Allah reward you for your effort in
getting him out, and as far as the options you presented, I
say the third option, which is that he should get out ASAP
to Baluchistan, where it is only a way to reach Sindh, so
he should not wait there except long enough to continue
travel, and should not meet with any of the brothers there,
and after he arrives in Sindh, he will contact a person in
Peshawar, whose number we enclosed in a message to Hamzah,
to agree on a specific location to meet in Peshawar.
Then Hamzah will inform the person who will accompany him
of the place that he agreed to meet with his friend in
Peshawar to take him to it, and he is a trusted person, and
we informed him that Hamzah will contact him in the near
future, and his name will be Ahmad Khan. The method of
getting out will reach Hamzah in detail when he receives
his message, which is enclosed.
As far as him getting training until you arrange for him to
get out, I say that he stays low in this stage and
postpones the training to another opportunity, and that he
does not get out unless for important necessity, and if he
has to go out, then he should not take his son with him,
which is what I pointed out to Sheikh Sa‟id in the past
about distancing the non-concerned with the work as long as
there is danger, so children would be primarily included in
that caution, and I had asked for that after there was a
publication for Al-Sahab that showed a child standing next
to one of the brothers while the brother was preparing
explosives, so please draw the attention of all of the
brothers to that.
Note: This thumb drive (TN: the word used is the same
word used for telephone SIM card, so it is possible that
telephone memory cards, which are very small, are being
used for that purpose) contains a phone number of one of
our brothers contained in the message for Hamzah, so please
do not copy the message for Hamzah, and after Hamzah copies
the phone number on paper, destroy the card for fear of
- We were told that Hamzah sent you numbers of his brother
Muhammad, and enclosed with it specific messages, so that
one of the brothers would call him and relay the message to
him. So, if there are still communications, it would be
good that one of the brothers calls him from one of the
places that are safe to call from, and informs Muhammad
that Hamzah is telling him that his father wants him to go
with his mother and siblings to Qatar ASAP, and to live
there until the situation is resolved soon, Allah willing,
and that they put the effort in obeying Allah and seeking
knowledge, and that if it would be difficult to go to Qatar
then they should go to Hejaz (TN: Hejaz is another name of
Saudi Arabia), noting that Hamzah may have other points to
relay to them and also the words that are between him and
his brother Muhammad, so that Muhammad is assured that the
call was from his side.
- Regarding the card (TN: possible ID card) and the license
that are prepared for Khalid, please hand them over to
- Regarding the numbers that brother „Abdullah Al-Sindi
promised, please send them to us.
- Enclosed is a message from my son Khalid to brother
„Abdullah Al-Sindi, and a message from his mother to the
family (TN: means wife of) of Sheikh Abu ‟Abd-al-Rahman
Al-B.M. so please expedite.
- Regarding the message that you enclosed to Muhammad Aslam,
we transferred it to him, and regarding the sum of money
that you said you sent to him, he told us about it, and we
might keep half of the amount deposited with us and the
other half with him.
- It would be good if you inform me about the funds arriving
for the mujahidin from inside and outside Pakistan, and to
mention the sums coming from each country individually, and
of the sums that you mentioned in your message with the
brothers in Somalia.
General points after the message before the first message
- Regarding what you mentioned in your previous message, that
the main idea with the brothers on your side was that death
is better than imprisonment, and accordingly, that a person
should not get out from the circle of espionage (TN: the
operating area of the drones), I say that the correctness
of the heading does not guarantee the correctness of what
comes under it, so when the heading is that death is better
than imprisonment was followed with the assumption that
leaving the area means imprisonment or capture; while in
reality it is proven the American technology and its modern
systems cannot arrest a Mujahid if he does not commit a
security error that leads them to him so adherence to
security precautions makes their technological advance a
loss and a disappointment to them. In addition to that,
adhering to security precautions is not an issue that a
person will commit a human error in, if he really
understands the importance of his mission and is capable of
staying in hiding until the situation opens up, noting that
there is a percentage of people who cannot do that, and
those need to be handled in a different manner than the
others, and it may be better to provide them with an
opportunity in the field.
- As for those whom you have observed as being disciplined
and capable, you arrange homes for them on the outskirts of
the city, to distance them from the people, which reduces
the security dangers, and they will be with trusted
companions, and the companions will have some work as
cover, as if they lived from it, especially for those who
live close by and have observing neighbors.
- And one of the most important security issues in the cities
is controlling children, by not getting out of the house
except for extreme necessity like medical care, and
teaching them the local language; and that they do not get
to the yard of the house without an adult who will control
the volume of their voices, and we with the grace of Allah
have been adhering to these precautions for nine years and
we haven‟t heard that any of the brothers were arrested
after the events (TN: possibly referring to 11 September)
while adhering to the precautions, and based on that, you
can inform the brothers that I say that anyone who can
adhere to the previous precautions should get out.
To sum it up, we are tasked with what is better and more
beneficial for Islam and Muslims, and acceptance of what Allah
decides, and there is no doubt that there are different views of
what is better and more beneficial, especially with the
differences in the fields of work for the brothers.
Note: what I mentioned above of arrangements to get the
brothers out of the area is based on the picture you relayed to
me in your previous messages, except that you mentioned in you
last message that there is improvement in the security
situation, so if that continues, which is what we hope for, then
what I mentioned above will change according to circumstances.
- Regarding the companion, I wish that you expedite arranging
the matter, as there is a written agreement dated 15
January 2011, that after nine months from that date we have
secured a replacement for them to be in our company; and
you know that arranging for a safe location after picking
the suitable person takes time, so it would be good if you
inform me of the developments about the companion in every
message, and there is no problem if you mention that there
are no developments.
- Regarding your meeting with the brother to arrange the
affairs about the companion, you should never meet with
him, but things in general should be arranged through
correspondence. You mentioned in your last message the
incident in which brother Riyadh was martyred; maybe it is
an anomaly that happened, as the incident was contradictory
to the security precautions that I asked you to implement,
so please give importance to applying the precautions of
not meeting any more than two persons and to reduce
movements as much as possible.
- Regarding what you mentioned about Inspiration magazine,
please send to the brothers in Yemen with the pointers to
remember in that matter and explain to them the danger of
its effects, in order to avoid repeating it.
- Regarding what you mentioned about the file that you sent
in the past from brother Abu Al-Nur, you were right in what
you mentioned, and because of that I did not confirm all
that he said, but in general I wanted to encourage anyone
that would provide advice, and be keen on handling any
issue that is disagreed upon by the brothers in a quiet and
- Regarding the operation that Taliban conducted, targeting
one of the tribes, and what you mentioned of them saying
that the tribe was hostile to the Taliban; even if that is
true, the operation is not justified, as there were
casualties of noncombatants, and due to its contradiction
to jurisprudence, so please continue you advising of Al-
Tahrik (TN: another name for Taliban).
- Regarding the message of my (late) son, Sa‟d , Allah have
mercy on his soul, I say that you delete the copies that
you have and I will attach in my next message a copy that I
will cut from it what deserves to be cut, then it will go
to Al-Sahab archives due to the important information it
contains, which exposes the truth of the Iranian regime.
- About what you mentioned regarding the picture of Sa‟d,
Allah have mercy on his soul, I say that you put his
picture while he was working in the shop in Al-Sahab
archives, but you do not publish any parts of it without
coordinating with us, as for the pictures of him killed,
they are not to be put in Al-Sahab archive.
- Regarding the serious warning that you included under the
file “serious warning,” Allah reward you, and it would be
better that you attach such important items inside the file
of your message to ensure that I receive them and read them.
- Regarding the French statement, and what you mentioned
about not being sure that al-Jazeera had broadcast it; they
have broadcast it and they interviewed some personalities
to analyze it.
- Regarding the poem, Allah reward you with all good; and I
say that you do not send it to the brothers.
In closing, I pray to Allah to protect you and guide you to
what he approves of.
(TN: Religious farewell)
Signed : Your brother, Abu Abdullah.
Monday 22 Jamadi al-Awal 1432
(TN: Monday 26 April 2011)
True and False Prophets
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
True and False Disciples
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in
your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?
23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’