to the Ummah from Shaikh Ahmad Yaseen on the struggle
Shaikh Ahmad Yaseen, founder of the Islamic Resistance
movement (Hamas) and recognised as leader of Palestine's
Islamic movement, addressed this message to the Ummah
on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.
To the Arab
and Muslim Peoples in general, and the Palestinian People
specifically on the occasion of the blessed `Eidul-Adhaa.
is to Allah, Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings be
upon the Prophet (saw) and his family and companions (ra),
and all those who call to his way, until the Day of
`alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.
in the East and West: on the occasion of the Blessed Eid
ul-Adha I turn to you from the field of confrontation that
has been forced upon our isolated people. I turn to you, and
around me are those who 'have been true to their covenant
with Allah, of them are those who have fulfilled it, and of
them are those who wait, and they do not waver in the
slightest.' (33: 23).
men who excelled in creating glory for their ummah. They
were not put off by the impotence of the ummah in assisting
them, from continuing in the train of offering themselves.
Nor did the assault by Zionist gangs increase them except in
resolution and persistence. They persist in seeking to
attain shahaadah (martyrdom), just as the Jews persist in
trying to preserve their lives. I turn to you, while the
insistence of the Muslim women in Palestine increases day
after day, calling to shahaadah in the way of Allah, feeling
envy for the men and the opportunities they have to reach
the heights of nobility.
everywhere, we have promised Allah, here in Palestine, to
continue the jihad despite the pain of our wounds, the tears
of bereft mothers, orphans and widows, the weight of
shackles on the wrists of thousands of prisoners in the
prisons of the occupation. Despite the coercion and siege,
despite the destruction and ruin, we will continue the jihad
by the will of Allah, even if the powers of evil lie in wait
for us in the Zionist-dominated world. We will continue the
jihad, even if help from our ummah, that is the best of umam
[plural of ummah] is not forthcoming. Do we have a choice,
while our land is violated, al-Quds is defiled and our
population suffers the humiliation of occupation?
why has your ummah split into so many strands, due to the
incitement of those who have the most animosity to those who
believe? Why are our Muslim populations slaughtered in
Palestine, in the Philippines, in Afghanistan, in Kashmir,
in Chechnya, in Iraq, and everywhere? Why is our honour
violated? Why are our riches pillaged, our women made
vulnerable and our sanctuaries defiled? Indeed the reason is
that we have deviated in our path, and abandoned the Book of
Allah, so we no longer learn from the saying of Allah 'azza
wa jalla: 'And hold (all) fast onto the rope of Allah
together, and do not split' (3:103) B a route to unite our
Nor do we
learn from His saying: 'And prepare from them what you are
able of strength and the ties of horses, to strike fear into
the enemies of Allah and your enemies' (8:60), an obligation
that should increase our determination. Nor do we learn,
from His saying 'So do not weaken and call to peace until
you are the uppermost, and Allah is with you, and will never
put you in loss of your good deeds' (47:35), an ethic to
reactivate in us the potential of honour and nobility.
infuriated by its disaster, and wages a terrorist campaign
on the Muslim ummah in Afghanistan and on the Islamic
movements that take part in jihad everywhere. Our innocents
are killed in all parts of the world, and who avenges their
blood? Where are the responsible ones in the ummah?
its kings? Where are its leaders and chiefs? The ummah calls
you, and al-Quds calls you 'Waa Mu`tasimaah!' [a call for
victory], so is there someone to answer? It is incumbent
upon us to use all our resources to confront the attack on
our ummah. 'Indeed Allah has bought of the believers their
souls and their wealth, that for them is Paradise. They
fight in the Way of Allah, so they kill and are killed.'
O sons of
Islam everywhere, jihad is a fard 'ayn [individual
obligation] upon you, to establish the Rule of Allah on
earth, and to liberate your lands and yourselves from the
hegemony of America and its Zionist allies. It is your
battle, and either victory or shahaadah [is your fate].
either a life that pleases a friend, or a death that enrages
the enemy. Keep your covenant with Allah: 'So whoever
violates his oath does so to the harm of his own soul, and
whoever fulfils that which he has taken as a covenant with
Allah, then Allah will surely grant him a great reward'
O Believers, we must prepare ourselves for a long battle;
this century is the century of Islam, the century of
victory, insha'Allah. And these oppressive thrones shall
fall, by Allah's Will and our resolution and sacrifice. And
we will be the coming power insha' Allah. And Allah was
Truthful when He said: 'And such are the days that We
alternate between people.' (3:140) So keep your covenant
with Allah, and Allah will be with you.
qawli haadhaa wa astaghfirullaaha li wa lakum. [I say this
speech of mine, and seek forgiveness from Allah for me and
for you]. 'And Allah has Full Power and Control over His
affairs, but most people do not know' (12:21).
Akbar, and Honour is for Allah, His Prophet and the
And indeed it is jihad, then victory or martyrdom.
`alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.
Shaikh Ahmad Yaseen
Founder of the Islamic Resistance Movement HAMAS,
7 Dhul Hijjah 1422AH
(19 February 2002CE).
“The West demands from us that we stop the
resistance. Instead of asking the occupiers to leave our
land, they ask us to surrender to the occupier… The
peace that reinforces occupation, settlements, and the
exiling of the Palestinian people, is not really peace.”
"Arabs must support the Palestinians to stop
Israel’s expansionist zeal, or else once finished with
us, Israel will look for others’ homelands
"We have already declared a truce before. How did
the Israelis react? They continued demolishing our
homes, detaining, killing and starving us to death. We
are ready to spare what is known as Israeli civilians if
Israel spares our people,"
The clear truth now is that Israel is not leaving us any
other option but to resist the occupation,".
about a ceasefire - under occupation - means asking the
Palestinians to accept that occupation and live with it,
and this is an insult that we don’t tolerate