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THE HAMAS CHARTER--'NUFF SAID

The next time you hear some Jewish kid on campus talk about making peace with Hamas, ask him if hes read in its entirety the Hamas Charter. The next time you hear some creep from the ISM talk about "human rights" and Gaza, ask him or her if they've read the Hamas charter and have it with you. It is on college campuses that the Arabs seek to fool the gullible of the West with talk of human rights and democracy while attempting to create another undemocratic Islamic Waqf. Even college professors haven't read the Hamas Charter. See below and carry this with you at all anti-Israel events.

 

 

                THE CHARTER OF ALLAH: THE PLATFORM OF THE

                      ISLAMIC RESISTANCE MOVEMENT (HAMAS)*



                  Translated and annotated by Raphael Israeli

                        Harry Truman Research Institute

                   The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel,









                       THE CHARTER OF THE HAMAS(1)



         In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate



         "You are the best community that has been raised up for mankind.

Ye enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency; and ye believe in Allah. And

if the People of the Scripture(2) had believed, it had been better for

them. Some of them are believers; but most of them are evil-doers.



         They will not harm you save a trifling hurt, and if they fight

against you they will turn and flee. And afterward they will not be

helped.



         Ignominy shall be their portion wheresoever they are found save

[where they grasp] a rope from Allah and a rope from man.(3) They have

incurred anger from their Lord, and wretchedness is laid upon them. That

is because they used to disbelieve the revelations of Allah, and slew the

Prophets wrongfully. That is because they were rebellious and used to

transgress." Surat Al-Imran (III), verses 109-111.(4)



         "Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it

as it had eliminated its predecessors."

         The Imam and Martyr Hassan al-Banna(5)

         May Allah Pity his Soul



         "The Islamic World is burning. It is incumbent upon each one of

us to pour some water, little as it may be, with a view of extinguishing

as much of the fire as he can, without awaiting action by the others."

         Sheikh Amjad Al-zahawi

         May Allah Pity his Soul



         In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate





                               INTRODUCTION



         Grace to Allah, whose help we seek, whose forgiveness we beseech,

whose guidance we implore and on whom we rely. We pray and bid peace upon

the Messenger of Allah, his family, his companions, his followers and

those who spread his message and followed his tradition; they will last as

long as there exist Heaven and Earth.



         O, people!

         In the midst of misadventure, from the depth of suffering, from

the believing hearts and purified arms; aware of our duty and in response

to the decree of Allah, we direct our call(6), we rally together and join

each other. We educate in the path of Allah and we make our firm

determination prevail so as to take its proper role in life, to overcome

all difficulties and to cross all hurdles. Hence our permanent state of

preparedness and our readiness to sacrifice our souls and dearest

[possessions] in the path of Allah.



         Thus, our nucleus has formed which chartered its way in the

tempestuous ocean of creeds and hopes, desires and wishes, dangers and

difficulties, setbacks and challenges, both internal and external.



         When the thought matured, the seed grew and the plant took root

in the land of reality, detached from temporary emotion and unwelcome

haste, the Islamic Resistance Movement erupted in order to play its role

in the path of its Lord. In so doing, it joined its hands with those of

all Jihad(7) fighters for the purpose of liberating Palestine. The souls

of its Jihad fighters will encounter those of all Jihad fighters who have

sacrificed their lives in the land of Palestine since it was conquered(8)

by the Companion(9) of the Prophet, be Allah's prayer and peace upon him,

and until this very day. This is the Charter of the Islamic Resistance

(Hamas) which will reveal its face, unveil its identity, state its

position, clarify its purpose, discuss its hopes, call for support to its

cause and reinforcement, and for joining its ranks. For our struggle

against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it

will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further

steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab

and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah's victory

prevails. Thus we shall perceive them approaching in the horizon, and this

will be known before long:



         "Allah has decreed: Lo! I very shall conquer, I and my

         messengers, lo! Allah is strong, almighty." Sura 58

         (Al-Mujadilah), verse 21(10).



                                 *******



         "Say: This is my way: I call on Allah with sure knowledge, I and

         whosoever follows me. Glory be to Allah! and I am not of the

         idolaters." Sura 12 (Yussuf), verse 17 (108 in Pickthall).







                                  PART I



                           KNOWING THE MOVEMENT



                         The Ideological Aspects



Article One



         The Islamic Resistance Movement draws its guidelines from Islam;

derives from it its thinking, interpretations and views about existence,

life and humanity; refers back to it for its conduct; and is inspired by

it in whatever step it takes.





      The Link between Hamas and the Association of Muslim Brothers



Article Two



         The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of the Muslim

Brothers in Palestine. The Muslim Brotherhood Movement is a world

organization, the largest Islamic Movement in the modern era. It is

characterized by a profound understanding, by precise notions and by a

complete comprehensiveness of all concepts of Islam in all domains of

life: views and beliefs, politics and economics, education and society,

jurisprudence and rule, indoctrination and teaching, the arts and

publications, the hidden and the evident, and all the other domains of

life.



                          Structure and Essence



Article Three



         The basic structure of the Islamic Resistance Movement consists

of Muslims who are devoted to Allah and worship Him verily [as it is

written]: 'I have created Man and Devil for the purpose of their worship"

[of Allah]. Those Muslims are cognizant of their duty towards themselves,

their families and country and they have been relying on Allah for all

that.



         They have raised the banner of Jihad in the face of the

oppressors in order to extricate the country and the people from the

[oppressors'] desecration, filth and evil.



         "Nay, but we hurl the true against the false; and it does break

         its head and lo! it vanishes" Sura 21 (the Prophets), verse 18.



Article Four



         The Movement welcomes all Muslims who share its beliefs and

thinking, commit themselves to its course of action, keep its secrets and

aspire to join its ranks in order to carry out their duty. Allah will

reward them.





                Dimensions of Time and Space of the Hamas



Article Five



         As the Movement adopts Islam as its way of life, its time

dimension extends back as far as the birth of the Islamic Message and of

the Righteous Ancestor. Its ultimate goal is Islam, the Prophet its model,

the Quran its Constitution. Its spacial dimension extends wherever on

earth there are Muslims, who adopt Islam as their way of life; thus, it

penetrates to the deepest reaches of the land and to the highest spheres

of Heavens.



         "Seest you not how Allah coins a similitude: a goodly saying, as

         a goodly tree, its root set firm, its branches reaching into

         heaven: Giving its fruit at every season by permission of its

         Lord? Allah coins the similitudes for mankind in order that they

         may reflect." Sura 14 (Abraham), verses 24-25.





                       Peculiarity and Independence



Article Six



         The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinct Palestinian

Movement which owes its loyalty to Allah, derives from Islam its way of

life and strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of

Palestine. Only under the shadow of Islam could the members of all regions

coexist in safety and security for their lives, properties and rights(11).

In the absence of Islam, conflict arises, oppression reigns, corruption is

rampant and struggles and wars prevail. Allah had inspired the Muslim

poet, Muhammed Iqbal(12), when he said:



         When the Faith wanes, there is no security

         There is no this-worldliness for those who have no faith

         Those who wish to live their life without religion

         Have made annihilation the equivalent of life.





                        The Universality of Hamas



Article Seven



         By virtue of the distribution of Muslims, who pursue the cause of

the Hamas, all over the globe, and strive for its victory, for the

reinforcement of its positions and for the encouragement of its Jihad, the

Movement is a universal one. It is apt to be that due to the clarity of

its thinking, the nobility of its purpose and the loftiness of its

objectives.



         It is in this light that the Movement has to be regarded,

evaluated and acknowledged. Whoever denigrates its worth, or avoids

supporting it, or is so blind as to dismiss its role, is challenging Fate

itself. Whoever closes his eyes from seeing the facts, whether

intentionally or not, will wake up to find himself overtaken by events,

and will find no excuses to justify his position. Priority is reserved to

the early comers.



         Oppressing those who are closest to you, is more of an agony to

the soul than the impact of an Indian sword.



         "And unto thee have we revealed the Scripture with the truth,

         confirming whatever scripture was before it, and a watcher over

         it. So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and

         follow not their desires away from the truth which has come unto

         thee. For each we have appointed a divine law and a traced-out

         way. Had Allah willed, He could have made you one community. But

         that He may try you by that which he has given you [He has made

         you as you are]. So vie with one another in good works. Unto

         Allah, you will all return. He will then inform you of that

         wherein you differ." Sura V (the Table), verse 48.



         Hamas is one of the links in the Chain of Jihad in the

confrontation with the Zionist invasion. It links up with the setting out

of the Martyr Izz a-din al-Qassam(13) and his brothers in the Muslim

Brotherhood who fought the Holy War in 1936; it further relates to another

link of the Palestinian Jihad and the Jihad and efforts of the Muslim

Brothers during the 1948(14) War, and to the Jihad operations of the

Muslim Brothers in 1968(15) and thereafter.



         But even if the links have become distant from each other, and

even if the obstacles erected by those who revolve in the Zionist orbit,

aiming at obstructing the road before the Jihad fighters, have rendered

the pursuance of Jihad impossible; nevertheless, the Hamas has been

looking forward to implement Allah's promise whatever time it might take.

The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said:



         The time(16) will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and

kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: 0

Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will

not apply to the Gharqad(17), which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and

Muslim)(18).





                         The Slogan of the Hamas



Article Eight



         Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Quzan its

Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the case of Allah its most

sublime belief.





                                 PART II



                                OBJECTIVES



         Hamas finds itself at a period of time when Islam has waned away

from the reality of life. For this reason, the checks and balances have

been upset, concepts have become confused, and values have been

transformed; evil has prevailed, oppression and obscurity have reigned;

cowards have turned tigers, homelands have been usurped, people have been

uprooted and are wandering all over the globe. The state of truth has

disappeared and was replaced by the state of evil. Nothing has remained in

its right place, for when Islam is removed from the scene, everything

changes. These are the motives.



         As to the objectives: discarding the evil, crushing it and

defeating it, so that truth may prevail, homelands revert [to their

owners], calls for prayer be heard from their mosques, announcing the

reinstitution of the Muslim state. Thus, people and things will revert to

their true place. Allah is the one whose held we see,



         "...And if Allah had not repelled some men by others the earth

         would have been corrupted. But Allah is the Lord of kindness to

         [His] creatures." Sura II (The Cow), verse 251.



Article Ten



         The Islamic Resistance Movement, while breaking its own path,

will do its utmost to constitute at the same time a support to the weak, a

defense to all the oppressed. It will spare no effort to implement the

truth and abolish evil, in speech and in fact, both here and in any other

location where it can reach out and exert influence.





                                 PART III



                          STRATEGIES AND METHODS



         The Strategy of Hamas: Palestine is an Islamic Waqf(19)



Article Eleven



         The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of

Palestine has been an Islamic Waqf throughout the generations and until

the Day of Resurrection, no one can renounce it or part of it, or abandon

it or part of it. No Arab country nor the aggregate of all Arab countries,

and no Arab King or President nor all of them in the aggregate, have that

right, nor has that right any organization or the aggregate of all

organizations, be they Palestinian or Arab, because Palestine is an

Islamic Waqf throughout all generations and to the Day or Resurrection.

Who can presume to speak for all Islamic generations to the Day of

Resurrection? This is the status [of the land] in Islamic Shari'a(20), and

it is similar to all lands conquered by Islam by force, and made thereby

Waqf lands upon their conquest, for all generations of Muslims until the

Day of Resurrection. This [norm] has prevailed since the commanders of the

Muslim armies completed the conquest of Syria and Iraq, and they asked the

Caliph of Muslims, 'Umar Ibn al-Khattab(21). for his view of the conquered

land, whether it should be partitioned between the troops or left in the

possession of its population, or otherwise. Following discussions and

consultations between the Caliph of Islam, 'Umar Ibn al-Khattab, and the

Companions of the Messenger of Allah, be peace and prayer upon him, they

decided that the land should remain in the hands of its owners to benefit

from it and from its wealth; but the control(22) of the land and the land

itself ought to be endowed as a Waqf [in perpetuity] for all generations

of Muslims until the Day of Resurrection. The ownership of the land by its

owners is only one of usufruct, and this Waqf will endure as long as

Heaven and earth

last. Any demarche in violation of this law of Islam, with regard to

Palestine, is baseless and reflects on its perpetrators.



         Lo! This is certain truth. Therefore 0 Muhammed, praise the name

         of thy Lord, the Tremendous." Sura LVI (the Event), Verse 95.23





      Hamas in Palestine: Its Views on Homeland and Nationalism(24)



Article Twelve



         Hamas regards Nationalism (Wataniyya) as part and parcel of the

religious faith. Nothing is loftier or deeper in Nationalism than waging

Jihad against the enemy and confronting him when he sets foot on the land

of the Muslims. And this becomes an individual duty(25) binding on every

Muslim man and woman; a woman must go out and fight the enemy even without

her husband's authorization, and a slave without his masters' permission.



         This [principle] does not exist under any other regime, and it is

a truth not to be questioned. While other nationalisms consist of

material, human and territorial considerations, the nationality of Hamas

also carries, in addition to all those, the all important divine factors

which lend to it its spirit and life; so much so that it connects with the

origin of the spirit and the source of life and raises in the skies of the

Homeland the Banner of the Lord, thus inexorably connecting earth with

Heaven.



         When Moses came and threw his baton, sorcery and sorcerers became

futile.



         "...The right direction is henceforth distinct from error., And

         he who rejects false deities and believes in Allah has grasped a

         firm handhold which will never break. Allah is Hearer, Knower."

         Sura II (the Cow), verse 256(26).





   Peaceful Solutions [Peace] Initiatives and International Conferences



Article Thirteen



         [Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the

international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all

contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement. For renouncing

any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion; the

nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its faith, the

movement educates its members to adhere to its principles and to raise the

banner of Allah over their homeland as they fight their Jihad: "Allah is

the all-powerful, but most people are not aware."



         From time to time a clamouring is voiced, to hold an

International Conference in search for a solution to the problem. Some

accept the idea, others reject it, for one reason or another, demanding

the implementation of this or that conditions, as a prerequisite for

agreeing to convene the Conference or for participating in it. But the

Islamic Resistance Movement, which is aware of the [prospective] parties

to this conference, and of their past and present positions towards the

problems of the Muslims, does not believe that those conferences are

capable of responding to demands, or of restoring rights or doing justice

to the oppressed. Those conferences are no more than a means to appoint

the nonbelievers as arbitrators in the lands of Islam. Since when did the

Unbelievers do justice to the Believers?



         And the Jews will not be pleased with thee, nor will the

Christians, till thou follow their creed. 'Say: Lo! the guidance of Allah

[himself] is the Guidance. And if you should follow their desires after

the knowledge which has come unto thee, then you would have from Allah no

protecting friend nor helper." Sura 2 (the Cow) verse 120.



         There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad.

The initiatives, proposals and International Conferences are but a waste

of time(27), an exercise in futility. The Palestinian people are too noble

to have their future, their right and their destiny submitted to a vain

game. As the Hadith has it:



         "The people of Syria are Allah's whip on this land; He takes

         revenge by their intermediary from whoever he wishes among his

         worshippers. The Hypocrites among them are forbidden from

         vanquishing the true believers, and they will die in anxiety and

         sorrow." (Told by Tabarani, who is traceable in ascending order

         of traditionaries to Muhammed, and by Ahmed whose chain of

         transmission is incomplete. But it is bound to be a true hadith,

         for both story tellers are reliable. Allah knows best(28).)





                            The Three Circles



Article Fourteen



         The problem of the liberation of Palestine relates to three

circles: the Palestinian, the Arab and the Islamic. Each one of these

circles has a role to play in the struggle against Zionism and it has

duties to fulfill. It would be an enormous mistake and an abysmal act of

ignorance to disregard anyone of these circles. For Palestine is an

Islamic land where the First Qibla(29) and the third holiest site(30) are

located. That is also the place whence the Prophet, be Allah's prayer and

peace upon him, ascended to Heavens(31).



         "Glorified be He who carried His servant by night from the

         Inviolable Place of worship(32) to the Far Distant Place of

         Worship(33), the neighborhood whereof we have blessed, that we

         might show him of our tokens! Lo! He, only He, is the Hearer, the

         Seer." Sura XVII (al-Isra,)(34), verse 1.



         In consequence of this state of affairs, the liberation of that

land is an individual duty binding on all Muslims everywhere(35). This is

the base on which all Muslims have to regard the problem; this has to be

understood by all Muslims. When the problem is dealt with on this basis,

where the full potential of the three circles is mobilized, then the

current circumstances will change and the day of liberation will come

closer.



         "You are more awful as a fear in their bosoms than Allah. That is

         because they are a folk who understand not." Sura LIX, (Al-Hashr,

         the Exile), verse 13.





        The Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine is an Individual

                              Obligation(36)



Article Fifteen



         When our enemies usurp some Islamic lands, Jihad becomes a duty

binding on all Muslims. In order to face the usurpation of Palestine by

the Jews, we have no escape from raising the banner of Jihad. This would

require the propagation of Islamic consciousness among the masses on all

local, Arab and Islamic levels. We must spread the spirit of Jihad among

the [Islamic] Umma, clash with the enemies and join the ranks of the Jihad

fighters.



         The 'ulama as well as educators and teachers, publicity and media

men as well as the masses of the educated, and especially the youth and

the elders of the Islamic Movements, must participate in this raising of

consciousness. There is no escape from introducing fundamental changes in

educational curriculi in order to cleanse them from all vestiges of the

ideological invasion which has been brought about by orientalists and

missionaries. That invasion had begun overtaking this area following the

defeat of the Crusader armies by Salah a-Din el Ayyubi(37). The Crusaders

had understood that they had no way to vanquish the Muslims unless they

prepared the grounds for that with an ideological invasion which would

confuse the thinking of Muslims, revile their heritage, discredit their

ideals to be followed by a military invasion. That was to be in

preparation for the Imperialist invasion, as in fact [General] Allenby(38)

acknowledged it upon his entry to Jerusalem: "Now, the Crusades are over."

General Gouraud(39) stood on the tomb of Salah a-Din and declared: 'We

have returned, O Salah-a-Din!" Imperialism has been instrumental in

boosting the ideological invasion and deepening its roots, and it is still

pursuing this goal. All this had paved the way to the loss of Palestine.

We must imprint on the minds of generations of Muslims that the

Palestinian problem is a religious one, to be dealt with on this premise.

It includes Islamic holy sites such as the Aqsa Mosque, which is

inexorably linked to the Holy Mosque(40) as long as the Heaven and earth

will exist, to the journey of the Messenger of Allah(41), be Allah's peace

and blessing upon him, to it, and to his ascension from it(42).



         "Dwelling one day in the Path of Allah is better than the entire

         world and everything that exists in it. The place of the whip of

         one among you in Paradise is better than the entire world and

         everything that exists in it. [God's] worshipper's going and

         coming in the Path of Allah is better than the entire world and

         everything that exists in it...." (Told by Bukhari, Muslim,

         Tirmidhi and Ibn Maja)(43)



         I swear by that who holds in His Hands the Soul of Muhammed! I

indeed wish to go to war for the sake of Allah! I will assault and kill,

assault and kill, assault and kill (told by Bukhari and Muslim(44)).





                    Educating the [Young] Generations



Article Sixteen



         We must accord the Islamic [young] generations in our area, an

Islamic education based on the implementation of religious precepts, on

the conscientious study of the Book of Allah; on the Study of the

Prophetic Tradition(45), on the study of Islamic history and heritage from

its reliable sources, under the guidance of experts and scientists(46);

and on singling out the paths which constitute for the Muslims sound

concepts of thinking and faith. It is also necessary to study

conscientiously the enemy and its material and human potential; to detect

its weak and strong spots, and to recognize the powers that support it and

stand by it. At the same time, we must be aware of current events, follow

the news and study the analyses and commentaries on it, together with

drawing plans for the present and the future and examining every

phenomenon, so that every Muslim, fighting Jihad, could live out his era

aware of his objective, his goals, his way and the things happening round

him.



         "O my dear son! Lo! though it be but the weight of a grain of

         mustard-seed, and though it be in a rock, or in the heavens, or

         in the earth, Allah will bring it forth. Lo! Allah is subtile.

         Aware. 0 my dear son! Establish worship and enjoin kindness and

         forbid inequity and persevere, whatever may befall thee. Lo! that

         is of the steadfast heart of things. Turn not thy cheek in scorn

         toward folk, nor walk with pertness in the land. Lo! Allah loves

         not braggarts and boasters." Sura XXXI (Luqman), verses 16-18.





                         The Role of Muslim Women



Article Seventeen



         The Muslim women have a no lesser role than that of men in the

war of liberation; they manufacture men and play a great role in guiding

and educating the [new] generation. The enemies have understood that role,

therefore they realize that if they can guide and educate [the Muslim

women] in a way that would distance them from Islam, they would have won

that war. Therefore, you can see them making consistent efforts [in that

direction] by way of publicity and movies, curriculi of education and

culture, using as their intermediaries their craftsmen who are part of the

various Zionist Organizations which take on all sorts of names and shapes

such as: the Free Masons, Rotary Clubs, gangs of spies and the like. All

of them are nests of saboteurs and sabotage. Those Zionist organizations

control vast material resources, which enable them to fulfill their

mission amidst societies, with a view of implementing Zionist goals and

sowing the concepts that can be of use to the enemy. Those organizations

operate [in a situation] where Islam is absent from the arena and

alienated from its people. Thus, the Muslims must fulfill their duty in

confronting the schemes of those saboteurs. When Islam will retake

possession of [the means to] guide the life [of the Muslims], it will wipe

out those organizations which are the enemy of humanity and Islam.



Article Eighteen



         The women in the house and the family of Jihad fighters, whether

they are mothers or sisters, carry out the most important duty of caring

for the home and raising the children upon the moral concepts and values

which derive from Islam; and of educating their sons to observe the

religious injunctions in preparation for the duty of Jihad awaiting them.

Therefore, we must pay attention to the schools and curriculi upon which

Muslim girls are educated, so as to make them righteous mothers, who are

conscious of their duties in the war of liberation. They must be fully

capable of being aware and of grasping the ways to manage their

households. Economy and avoiding waste in household expenditures are

prerequisites to our ability to pursue our cause in the difficult

circumstances surrounding us. Therefore let them remember at all times

that money saved is equivalent to blood, which must be made to run in the

veins in order to ensure the continuity of life of our young and old.



         "Lo, men who surrender unto Allah, and women who surrender and

         men who believe and women who believe, and men who obey and women

         who obey, and men who speak the truth and women who speak the

         truth and men who persevere (in righteousness) and women who

         persevere and men who are humble and women who are humble, and

         men who give alms and women who give alms, and men who fast and

         women who fast, and men who guard their modesty and women who

         guard [their modesty], and men who remember Allah much and women

         who remember that Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a

         vast reward." Sura 33 (Al-Ahzab, the Clans), verse 35.





             The Role of Islamic Art in the War of Liberation



Article Nineteen



         Art has rules and criteria by which one can know whether it is

Islamic or Jahiliyya(47) art. The problems of Islamic liberation underlie

the need for Islamic art which could lift the spirit, and instead of

making one party triumph over the other, would lift up all parties in

harmony and balance.



         Man is a strange and miraculous being, made out of a handful of

clay and a breath of soul; Islamic art is to address man on this basis,

while Jahili art addresses the body and makes the element of clay

paramount. So, books, articles, publications, religious exhortations,

epistles, songs, poems, hymns, plays, and the like, if they possess the

characteristics of Islamic art, have the requisites of ideological

mobilization, of a continuous nurturing in the pursuance of the journey,

and of relaxing the soul. The road is long and the suffering is great and

the spirits are weary; it is Islamic art which renews the activity,

revives the movement and arouses lofty concepts and sound planning. The

soul cannot thrive, unless it knows how to contrive, unless it can transit

from one situation to another. All this is a serious matter, no jesting.

For the umma(48) fighting its Jihad knows no jesting.





                            Social Solidarity



Article Twenty



         Islamic society is one of solidarity. The Messenger of Allah, be

Allah's prayer and peace upon him, said:



         What a wonderful tribe were the Ash'aris! When they were

         overtaxed, either in their location or during their journeys,

         they would collect all their possessions and then would divide

         them equally among themselves.



         This is the Islamic spirit which ought to prevail in any Muslim

society. A society which confronts a vicious, Nazi-like enemy, who does

not differentiate between man and women, elder and young ought to be the

first to adorn itself with this Islamic spirit. Our enemy pursues the

style of collective punishment of usurping(49) people's countries and

properties, of pursuing them into their exiles and places of assembly. It

has resorted to breaking bones, opening fire on women and children and the

old, with or without reason, and to setting up detention camps where

thousands upon thousands are interned in inhuman conditions. In addition,

it destroys houses, renders children orphans and issues oppressive

judgements against thousands of young people who spend the best years of

their youth in the darkness of prisons. The Nazism of the Jews does not

skip women and children, it scares everyone. They make war against

people's livelihood, plunder their moneys and threaten their honour. In

their horrible actions they mistreat people like the most horrendous war

criminals. Exiling people from their country is another way of killing

them. As we face this misconduct, we have no escape from establishing

social solidarity among the people, from confronting the enemy as one

solid body, so that if one organ is hurt the rest of the body will respond

with alertness and fervor.



Article Twenty One



         Social solidarity consists of extending help to all the needy,

both materially and morally, or assisting in the execution of certain

actions. It is incumbent upon the members of the Hamas to look after the

interests of the masses the way they would look after their own interests.

They must spare no effort in the implementation and maintenance of those

interests, and they must avoid playing with anything that might effect the

future generations or cause damage to their society. For the masses are of

them and for them, their strength is [ultimately] theirs and their future

is theirs. The members of Hamas must share with the people its joys and

sorrows, and adopt the demands of the people and anything likely to

fulfill its interests and theirs. When this spirit reigns, congeniality

will deepen, cooperation and compassion will prevail, unity will firm up,

and the ranks will be strengthened in the confrontation with the enemy.





                    The Powers which Support the Enemy



Article Twenty Two



         The enemies have been scheming for a long time, and they have

consolidated their schemes, in order to achieve what they they have

achieved. They took advantage of key-elements in unfolding events, and

accumulated a huge and influential material wealth which they put to the

service of implementing their dream. This wealth [permitted them to] take

over control of the world media such as news agencies, the press,

publication houses, broadcasting and the like. [They also used this]

wealth to stir revolutions in various parts of the globe in order to

fulfill their interests and pick the fruits. They stood behind the French

and the Communist Revolutions and behind most of the revolutions we hear

about here and there. They also used the money to establish clandestine

organizations which are spreading around the world, in order to destroy

societies and carry out Zionist interests. Such organizations are: the

Free Masons, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, B'nai B'rith and the like. All of

them are destructive spying organizations. They also used the money to

take over control of the Imperialist states and made them colonize many

countries in order to exploit the wealth of those countries and spread

their corruption therein.



         As regards local and world wars, it has come to pas s and no one

objects, that they stood behind World War 1, so as to wipe out the Islamic

Caliphate(50). They collected material gains and took control of many

sources of wealth. They obtained the Balfour Declaration(51) and

established the League of Nations in order to rule the world by means of

that organization. They also stood behind World War II, where they

collected immense benefits from trading with war materials, and prepared

for the establishment of their state. They inspired the establishment of

the United Nations and the Security Council to replace the League of

Nations, in order to rule the world by their intermediary. There was no

war that broke out anywhere without their fingerprints on it:



         "...As often as they light a fire for war, Allah extinguishes it.

         Their efforts is for corruption in the land and Allah loves not

         corrupters." Sura V (Al-Ma'ida - the Tablespread), verse 64(52).



         The forces of Imperialism in both the Capitalist West and the

Communist East support the enemy with all their might, in material and

human terms, taking turns between themselves. When Islam appears, all the

forces of Unbelief unite to confront it, because the Community of Unbelief

is one.



         "Oh ye who believe! Take not for intimates others than your own

         folk, who would spare no pain to ruin you. Hatred is revealed by

         [the utterance of] their mouth, but that which their breasts hide

         is greater. We have made plain for you the revelations if you

         will understand...", Sura III, (Al-Imran), verse 118.



         It is not in vain that the verse ends with God's saying: 'If you

will understand."





                                 PART IV



               Our Position Vis-a-Vis the Islamic Movements



Article Twenty Three



         The Hamas views the other Islamic movements with respect and

appreciation. Even when it differs from them in one aspect or another or

on one concept or another, it agrees with them in other aspects and

concepts. It reads those movements as included in the framework of

striving [for the sake of Allah], as long as they hold sound intentions

and abide by their devotion to Allah, and as long as their conduct remains

within the perimeter of the Islamic circle. All the fighters of