The Mujahidin's Roadmap
The Abu-Hafs al-Masri Brigades (Al-Qa'ida) [Translated by (redacted)],

01 Jul 04

Our aims in the coming stage:

1.  To enlarge the circle of the struggle by distributing the operations all over the world. To drag the United States into a third quagmire, that is after Iraq and Afghanistan, and let it be Yemen, Allah willing.  We said this in our statement of 20 Muharram 1425 Hegira, corresponding to 11 March 2004.  We tell the Abu-Ali al-Harithi Brigade:  The leadership has decided that Yemen should be the third quagmire for the idol of the age, the United States, and to punish the renegade agent government that comes second after Musharraf.

2.  Undermine the investor's confidence in the US economy.

3.  Expose the Crusader-Zionist scheme.

4.  Scatter and exhaust the enemy.

After these steps comes the role of the anticipated strike that will make the United States yield or break its will and leave its agents so that we can settle accounts with them.  The convoy will then move to Jerusalem, Allah willing.  Some might think this unlikely or doubt it, but we are confident of Allah's victory and that Allah defends those who believe.  For those who put their trust should put their trust in Allah [Koranic verse] after considering the causes that we have.  God has not ordered us to do more than that.

The brothers from the victorious community are required:

1.  To be sincere in your devotion to Allah the Exalted and know that victory is at the doors, that Allah grants victory to those He helps, and that the massing of these forces, both non-Arab and Arab, is only what we have promised Allah and His Prophet.  When the believers saw the confederate forces they said:  "This is what Allah and His Messenger had promised us, and Allah and His Messenger told us what was true."  And it only added to their faith and their zeal in obedience.  [Koranic verse] Our dead are in paradise and their dead are in hell.  Know that victory is the patience of one hour and that the enemy wants the world while we want the Hereafter and he cannot be patient as we are patient.  O ye who believe!  Persevere in patience and constancy; vie in such perseverance; strengthen each other; and fear Allah; that he may prosper.  [Koranic verse]


2.  Form small organizations under different names, like the Monotheism and Jihad Group, the Abu-Hafs al-Masri Brigades, etc.  This will make it difficult for the enemy to discover and hunt them down and will scatter the security organs' efforts.

3.  Learn jihad on the basis of the shari'ah as the creed and the allegiance and disavowal, and act according to this learning.

4.  Physical and military training, and spreading this among the sons,relatives, and clans -- and then those who come next (because the battle might be long).

5.  Learn modern skills like computers, the Internet, and anything that is of use for the mujahidin and Muslims.

6.  Ignite a psychological war against the enemy.

The nation is required:

1.  To learn the creed, especially the allegiance and disavowal.

2.  To make good repentance for abandoning the jihad.

3.  To pray for the mujahidin and support them morally and financially.

4.  To establish small cells inside and outside cities.

5.  To shelter the mujahidin and support them.

6.  To defend their honor.

7.  To join their ranks.

8.  To advise them.

We warn very strongly against defaming the mujahidin's honor, discussing and spreading what hurts them, searching and looking for their errors and stumbles, following their faults, mocking and ridiculing them.  The duty at this stage and at this time is to stand with them, defend their honor, lift them from their stumbles, and treat as an enemy anyone who wishes them harm or publishes anything that harms them.  Here I urge my brothers to boycott the channel of humiliation (Al-Majd) that was created by a lowly person [Saudi Interior Minister] (Nayif Al Salul) and others like it.  Working for the Crusader-Zionist alliance scheme, it is striving to sow disunity between the nation and the mujahidin, spread upsetting news in their ranks, spread lies about them, publicize the mujahidin's stumbles, and put poison in the honey.  Of course, it is all the more reason to boycott the secularist media.

Shaykh Yusuf al-Ayiri, may Allah have mercy on his soul, said:  "Jihad with the tongue means showing the truth and exposing this crusade and onslaught on Islam and defending the mujahidin and their honor.  And this is done between man and his family and between the people in their forums, mosques, work, or schools.  It is the duty of every Muslim to fight jihad with his tongue as much as he can.  Jihad with the tongue does not have any condition but one must say every word that one learns and believes exposes the Crusaders or defends the mujahidin and tell it to the people, for Allah knows better."

He also said:  "As to the one who is happy to be silent only, Allah the Exalted says:  If ye turn back (from the Path), He will substitute in your stead another people; then they would not be like you. [Koranic verse] Allah promised the silent one in such days as reported by Abu-Dawud and Ahmad, citing Al-Ansar Jabir Bin-Abdallah and Abu-Talhah Bin-Sahl, may Allah be pleased with them.  They said:  The Messenger of Allah, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:  A person who forsakes a Muslim when his honor is being violated, Allah will forsake him when he wants His support.  A person who supports a Muslim when his honor is being violated, Allah will support him when he seeks His support."

We are today in an age when there are many who are harming the mujahidin, disparaging them, and faulting them, and they are either hypocrites, renegades, or said to be followers of the shari'ah, which is innocent of them.

A message to the Muslim ulema:

The Messenger of Allah, may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him said:  A time comes when the people's hearts are the hearts of the non-Arab.  The sustenance they get from Allah they put in the animal. They consider the alms a fine and jihad damage."

Pray to Allah that you are not from them, o ulema of the nation. The nation is expecting you to be in the first ranks with the mujahidin and not in the first ranks with the apostate rulers.  The nation is expecting you to say the truth and not be afraid of anyone and not to distort the texts and deceive the people in the name of the call. They will not be pleased with you no matter what you do and they will use you until they finish with the mujahidin (and they will not do this, Allah willing) and your reward will be like that of Sinnimar as history tells us.  Salman al-Awdah said (after prison) on the channel of humiliation (Al-Majd):  It is impermissible to kill the prisoner, even if he is taken prisoner in the battle.  Only generosity or ransom are for him -- and recital of the Koranic verse:  Therefore, when ye met the unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; at length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them) thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom.

How dare Salman say this?  Does he not know that the Messenger killed some of the Badr prisoners and killed all the Bani Qurayzah men?  Or did not Salam read the Al-Anfal Sura:  It is not fitting for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he hath thoroughly subdued the land.  Ye look for the temporal goods of this world; but Allah looketh to the Hereafter: And Allah is Exalted in might, Wise.

This verse was revealed because the Messenger chose to be generous and ransom some prisoners.  And there are many examples of this.  We call on those who claim to be ulema and shaykhs to repent to Allah, to say only the truth, or else remain silent.  Nayif who imprisoned you once will not hesitate to do it again.
This is a message to you from Shaykh Ibn-al-Juzi, may Allah have mercy on his soul:  "O people, the war has broken out, the call for jihad has been made, and the doors of heaven have opened.  If you are not among the war knights, then open the way for the women to fight it, go and take the censer and kohl, o women in turbans and beards!!"

The Messenger and the ancestor ulema had warned against entering the sultans' doors (for the sultans then were characterized by devotion and obedience to Allah alone, unlike today's apostate sultans).

Abu-Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, said:  The Messenger ofAllah, may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, said:  He who appears unfriendly [words indistinct] and came to the sultans' door was corrupted.  The more a slave gets closer to a sultan the further he is from Allah.  It was narrated by Ahmad in Al-Masnad and Shaykh Ahmad Shakir said:

It was true.

Ibn-Abbass, may God accept his and his father's good deeds, narratedthat the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: "He who lives in the desert acquires a rough nature. The heart of that who becomes preoccupied with hunting animals becomes inattentive to his religious duties. That who seeks the company of kings goes astray. The nearer a person is to a king the farther he is from God."  The hadith was narrated in Ahmad's Musnad. Shaykh Ahmad Shakir said that this hadith is classified as sahih [list of narrators of the hadith are trustworthy].

Abi-al-A'war al-Salami, may God accept his good deeds, narrated that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: "Beware of seeking the company of kings. Seeking the company of kings is a treacherous path that brings about humiliation to the seeker." This hadith is sahih. It is narrated by Al-Daylami and Ibn-Asakir.

Imam Ibn-Rajab, may God have mercy upon his soul, says: "A lot of the early ulema [religious scholars] warned those engaged in enjoining good and forbidding evil against frequenting the courts of kings.

Also among those who warned against this are Umar Bin-Abd-al-Aziz, Ibn-al-Mubarak, Al-Thawri, and other imams. Ibn-al-Mubarak said: Those engaged in enjoining good and forbidding evil are not those who frequent the courts of kings to do so, but rather those who shun them.

The reason behind this is that it is feared that those who frequent the courts of kings may go astray, because the human soul might make things seem to a person, if he is away from them, that he is urging them [to do good deeds] and warning them [against doing impermissible deeds] and that he is being strict with them.  But, if he gets close to them, his soul might like them, because the human soul likes the highness of kings; and this is inherent in the human soul. That is whyhe might not speak out if they do wrong deeds and might seek to be courteous with them. He might come to like them, especially if they are kind and generous with him, and if he accepts their kindness and generosity. [From the book Jami Bayan al-Ilm wa Fadlih]

Huzayfah, may God accept his good deeds, says: Beware of situations where your hearts might be led astray. Huzayfah was asked: Which are the situations where one's heart might be led astray? He answered: The courts of your rulers. A person enters the court of the ruler and describes the lies he says as being the truth and gives him merits for something that he does not possess. [From the book Sifat al-Safwah 1/61]

Sufyan al-Thawri says in a letter to Abbad Bin-Abbad:  Beware of princes.  Do not get close to them or mix with them on any occasion. Do not be deceived by calls upon you to mediate and turn away injustice from a wronged person; for that is indeed the deception of Iblees [Satan] which has been taken by the reciters of evil as a means to progress. This is taken from Siyar A'lam al-Nubala [a book by hadith by scholar Al-Dhahabi].

And he also says:  Whoever prepares an inkpot or sharpens a pen for them, then he has taken part with them in every blood spilt in the east and west.

Addressing Ata al-Khurasani, Wahb Bin-Munabbah says: The scholars before you made do with their knowledge and did away with the others' worldly joys.  They did not to pay attention to the people of the dunya [mundane world] nor to what was in their hands; the people of the dunya used to offer them their worldly possessions desiring their knowledge; today the people of knowledge have come to offer their knowledge to the people of dunya, desiring their dunya, and the people of the dunya have come to renounce their knowledge when they saw the evil sources from where it was coming. So beware, O Ata, of the doors of the rulers, for there within their courts is fitna [sedition] which is as huge as the place where a camel kneels down.

Get nothing from their dunya except in exchange for something they get from your scholarly knowledge.  This is taken from the book Al-Bidayah wa al-Nihayah.

Abu-Hazim, one of the foremost tabi'in [people who saw the companions of Prophet Muhammad, but not the Prophet], also says that the scholars used to flee from the ruler whilst he sought after them, and today they come to the doors of ruler, whilst the ruler flees from them. From the aforesaid reference book.

The sultan that they warned each other against getting close to complied with Allah's shari'ah, applied it, and ruled the people's life with it.

What if they saw the rulers of our age, who have ruled the countries tyrannically, spread too much corruption in them, replaced the religion of Allah with the rubbish of their immature minds and the dirt of their trivial ideas, and brought the western and Roman usurers to rule the Muslims with them in this age!

What if the ancestor ulema saw our ulema, others than those on whom Allah has mercy, as they trust these idols, praise their work, and sanction their killing of the monotheist Muslims and violation of their honor by issuing one fatwa after the other to consolidate their thrones and protect their rule and by calling anyone opposing them a wrongdoer or a renegade.

Some went as far as to call the half-Christian [nusayri] ruler of Syria the believer president.  No wonder, for he prays at the two ids and on the Prophet's birthday.  They even [words indistinct] their religion when they turned a blind eye to the idols who have changed Allah's shari'ah and who are not ruling the people with what Allah has revealed.

What if the ancestor ulema saw this group that has sold its religion for a transient temporal offer and which sanctions what [the rulers] are doing and their killing of every sincere Muslim.  Sayyid Qutb, Khalid al-Islambuli, and his heroic comrades were not killed that long ago.

How beautiful are the words of Ibn-al-Qaym, may Allah have mercy onhis soul when he says:  The bad ulema sat at the door of heaven, calling on the people to enter it with their words but to enter hell with their actions.

Whenever one of them told the people go on, their actions said do not listen to them, for had they really been sincere they would be the first to respond.  In the picture, they are guides but are in fact highwaymen.
May Allah have mercy on Abu-Hazim when he said:  Had our ulema upheld their learning, the amirs would still be fearing them.  Is there any response!!

O ye who is making learning a hawk with which to catch the sultan's money,

You [word indistinct] the world and its pleasures with an adornment that did away with religion,

You became mad after being the medicine for the mad ones,

Where are your tales about leaving the sultans' doors?

Where are your tales of the past, of Ibn-Awf and Ibn-Sirin, If you say you were forced, this is not true, the donkey of learning slipped in the mud.

A message to Shaykh Usama Bin Ladin and those with him:

[Words indistinct] or resign and along the course we are continuing, determined to fight, and wishing [to meet] our Allah.  It is perseverance until death, Allah willing.

To our martyrs:
Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant withAllah; of them some have completed their vow (to the extreme), and some (still) wait:  But they have never changed (their determination) in the least.  [Koranic verse]

[Words indistinct] paradise to you, Allah willing.  Your chaste bodies pave for us the road of jihad and from your noble blood will come the fragrance of pride and success.  With your words we remember the Hereafter and they soften our [word indistinct] catastrophes.
May Allah have mercy on you and accept you with the martyrs and the righteous ones.

Our dead are in paradise and their dead are in hell.

To our prisoners:

We have not and will not forget you and we will not rest until we get you out of imprisonment, Allah willing, leaders and soldiers without exception.  The enemy will pay a heavy price until you return to us proud and noble.

Every Muslim has to work for your release and the best way for doing so is to kidnap the largest number of the enemy everywhere.  This is the only way that the enemy understands.

Al-Izz Bin-Abd-al-Salam, may Allah have mercy on his soul, said:

"Saving Muslim prisoners from the infidels' hands is one of the best virtues."  Some ulema said:  "If one Muslim is captured, it is our duty to fight them until we rescue him from their hands."  So think of the many Muslims, including women and children, they have captured, as the infidels themselves admit.

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The mujahidin are khawarij [oldest religious sect in Islam] who kill the innocent and kill Muslims.  The mujahidin are repudiating society [words indistinct] not jihad and so on to the end of these lies.

It is ironic that the channel of humiliation (Al-Majd), Nayif's channel, calls the mujahidin the repudiation and bombing group. [Words indistinct] to say.  The polytheists called the best of mankind, our Master Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, all names.  They said he was mad, a liar, a magician, etc.

The infidels called the prophets and believers all names.  And whenever they saw them, they would say, "Behold!  These are people truly astray!"

They said:  Drive out the followers of Lut from your city:  These are indeed men who want to be clean and pure.  These (Israelites) are but a small band.  [Koranic verses]

In fact, we do not want to repeat the words too much.  The shari'ah committee replied repeatedly to these suspicions and are on the Internet in various forms, as research, studies, books, and articles based on the Koran and the Sunna without misinterpretation or omission, as the sultans' ulema do.

We say briefly:

We do not accuse Muslims or Muslim societies of unbelief.  It is for their sake that we came out to defend them and want them to have security and peace, but not at the expense of disobeying Allah.  We were ordered to fight jihad and make Allah's word above all so as to get the infidel out of our land, release our prisoners, and rule with what He has revealed.  We follow the Sunna and nation course, the course of the Companions whom the Prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, died pleased with, the course of the first three centuries.  No one can say no to jihad today, for as the Prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:  Jihad continues until the Day of Judgment.  Let the people know that there are two kinds of jihad.  One is the quest jihad [jihad talab] -- there are conditions for it and it is the one about whom the sultans' ulema and the sons of the submissive Islamic movements talk.  The other jihad is the thrust jihad [jihad al-daf], which has no condition apart from faith.

One who becomes a Muslim now and fights an enemy before performing one prayer enters paradise, by the Grace of Allah, as reported in the Hadith.

O Muslims, beware the enemy's lies as he tries to depict the mujahidin as criminals who understand nothing of Allah's religion.

The two imams Ahmad and Ibn-Mubarak, may Allah have mercy on their souls, said:  "If the people disagree over something, look at what the people [words indistinct] as right is with them because Allah says: And those who strive in Our (cause), We will certainly guide them to Our Paths."

What do we want from the Crusaders:

These operations will not cease until Bush, his gangs, his Arab, non-Arab, and Jewish lackeys review their policies toward Islam and Muslims, which are summed up as follows:

To release our prisoners in US prisons, especially the Guantanamo prisoners, the mujahid Shaykh Umar Abd-al-Rahman, and those in the prisons of America's Arab, non-Arab, and Jewish lackeys.

To cease their war on Islam and Muslims all over the world in the name of fighting terrorism.
To cleanse all Muslim lands from the desecration by the Jews, American, and Hindus, including Jerusalem and Kashmir.
That the United States and its allies do not interfere in the Muslims'

affairs politically, economically, socially, and culturally and do not prevent the establishment of the state of Islam.
That the Crusader West does not intervene between the Muslims and their apostate rulers.

Our strategy with the enemy is:

Allah the Exalted and Sublime says:  "O ye who believe!  Persevere in patience and constancy; vie in such perseverance; strengthen each other; and fear Allah; that ye may prosper.

The enemy can be patient but cannot persevere.  We, with our faith, creed, and love for meeting Allah, can persevere until the enemy collapses, even if this takes decades or centuries.  We are tasked to fight them until victory of martyrdom.

An excuse and a warning:

To the European people.  You have only few days left to accept the peace [sulh], otherwise you have only yourselves to blame.

To the Muslims living in the West, anyone among you who can immigrate to the lands of Muslims let him do so.  Anyone who cannot do so, let him be on his guard by living in the Muslims' areas, have enough food for himself and his family for one month, have the means to defend himself and his family, leave in the house enough money for one month or more, and pray more and seek the help of Allah.

To the dialogue of cultures people:  This is your day.  Only a few days remain from Shaykh Usama's promise.  The race is now between you, time, and the European countries that have refused to stop their attacks on Muslims.

Do not blame us for what is going to happen.  We apologize to you beforehand if you are to be among the dead.

Short messages:

To the Arab and non-Arab agents of Bush:  Who will stop the coming waves of death.  Let it be between us, America, and you and the Jews and will be saved.

To Kerry:  You threaten us with war and this is our answer:
By Allah, we fight them a war that will make the child's hair turn gray before the old.

To Sharon:  We are going to cut off America's rope that is giving you the strength and then destroy the Arabs protecting you.  Then we will not find it difficult to slaughter you like sheep.

To Tenet:  You will need more than five years to confront us, that is, if you had remained for five years.

To the US Senate:  Sorry for disturbing you on 4-2-2004, but we needed to test the (Ricin) on some persons.  We will need to return to you, but this time not for testing.

To Bush:  You who entered Iraq on a dark night like a rat out of fear of the mujahidin; your black days have not yet come.  Remember when you shed tears in September.  What is coming will make you shed blood, by the Grace of Allah.

To the idol Ali Abdallah Salih:  Have you understood the message of Sa'dah and Al-Huthi?


The Americans, Jews, and the Crusader West are our enemies and they are combatants.  They must be killed wherever they are caught.  Arabs and Muslims who support them are considered to be like them and must be killed because they are apostates.
Palestine should not be partitioned no matter how things are.  It is a Muslim waqf and no one has the right to dispose of it.

Combat is today the individual duty of every Muslim man and woman, as the ancestor ulema agreed.  If the enemy enters a single inch of the Muslims' land, then it becomes the Muslims' duty to fight until they get the enemy out.  Let a million or more die in the battlefield and let those remaining live in dignity and freedom as this is better than having [words indistinct] die in the dialogue and humiliation field and the remaining ones live in humiliation and be the slaves of the Christians and Jews.

Muslims should support the mujahidin, pray for them, join their ranks, and not believe the news they get from the idols and infidels

Allah's victory is close and America's collapse is coming without any doubt, Allah willing.
The United Nations is a crusader's establishment that legislates for the humiliation of Muslims, the strikes on them, and their fragmentation.  Its funds and the blood of everyone who works in it are sanctioned to every Muslim.

The Muslim's blood, possessions, and honor are proscribed, except for those who betray Allah and His Messenger, as the shari'ah explains.

The conclusion:

The defense [al-ismah] is in the sword!

The defense is in the sword!
Hudhayfah Bin-al-Yaman, may Allah be pleased with him, said:  The companions of Allah's Messenger, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, were asking him about the goodness and I asked him about evil and

said:  O Messenger of Allah, is there evil after goodness as it was before it?  He answered:  Yes.  I said:  What is the defense against it?  He said:

The sword.  Related by Ahmad in his Al-Masnad and Abu-Dawud.

Defense against evil:  The evil of the apostate ruler who renounced Allah's shari'ah and resorted to the idol's international and local laws, stripped the nation of its religion, clothed it in the robe of atheism, such as secularism, democracy, and so on.  He [word indistinct] the enemies of Allah, the Jews, Christians, and pagans and made the country a breeding ground for spreading their unbelief.  He fought those preaching Allah's word and killed His mujahidin.  The defense against that:  The sword.

The defense against the evil, the evil of the crusader, Jewish and pagan onslaught on the Islamic world east and west:  They are slaughtering the Muslim men, killing their children, raping their women, and looting their wealth.  The defense against that:  The sword.

The defense against that:  The sword.
The sword:  To raise Allah's word so that Allah's religion rules the world and justice spreads all over it.
The sword:  To defend the Muslims' blood from flowing cheaply in battlefields other than those of dignity and glory.

The sword:  To terrorize anyone tempted to harm even part of the dignity of Islam and Muslims.
The sword:  Or the certain death and the anticipated slaughter.
Finally, from the sayings of the mujahid Shaykh Abdallah Azzam, may Allah has mercy on his soul:
O preachers of Islam, seek death and life will be given to you.  Do not be deceived by wishes and, by Allah, do not be deceived by conceit.  Beware of deceiving yourselves with books you read or things you do.  Do not let preoccupation with comfortable things divert you from [words indistinct] "ye wished that the one unarmed should be yours."  [Koranic verse].  Do not obey anyone in jihad [words indistinct].  Jihad is the backbone of your call, the stronghold of your religion, and the shield of your shari'ah.

Say:  If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your spouses, or your kindred; the wealth that ye have gained; the commerce in which ye fear a decline; or the dwellings in which ye delight are dearer to you than Allah, or His Messenger, or the striving in His cause, then wait until Allah brings about His Decision; and Allah guides not the rebellious.

[Koranic verse]
Let Muslims be assured that the strike is coming to the United States like the morning's dawn, but at the proper place and time for the mujahidin.  We will obtain victory with peace and piety, Allah willing.
Note:  Some quotations were taken from some mujahidin's books and we did not name them to protect them.  Accursed be the hypocrites who shed tears over the slain Christians but did not shed a single tear for the slain Muslims.

It is Allah alone whose help can be sought and on Whom to rely.
O Allah, the Living and Self-subsisting, full of Majesty, Bounty, and Honor, Lord of the Throne of Glory, the Accomplisher of what He planneth, we ask Allah in your attributes, Sublime nature, and your Great name, o ye the Creator of clouds, the Revealer of the Book, the Defeater of [words indistinct] the criminal tyrant Jews, Christians, hypocrites, and apostates who want to sow corruption between Muslims: Give victory to the Muslims and mujahidin over them.  O Allah, give us victory over them everywhere.  O Allah, [words indistinct] and count them dead, leave none of them alive.  O Allah, make them the bounty for Muslims.  O Allah, turn their weapons into their chests and repel their cunning and destroy their schemes.  O Allah, [words indistinct] your power, strength, punishment, and the pain You inflict.  O Allah, do not let a banner of theirs fly and make them a lesson [words indistinct] the time has come for reaping it.  Prepare for them the hand of truth to cut the roots and uproot them.  O Allah, deal with them as You dealt with Iram and Ad.

Amen, amen, amen.

Allah Is Great, Allah Is Great.  Islam is coming,

The Abu-Hafs al-Masri Brigades (Al-Qa'ida)

Thursday, [word indistinct] Jumada al-Awwal 1425 hegira, corresponding to 1 July 2004.