THE COVENANT OF THE HAMAS
THE CHARTER OF ALLAH: THE PLATFORM OF THE ISLAMIC RESISTANCE
Translated and annotated by Raphael Israeli Harry Truman Research
Institute The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
THE CHARTER OF THE HAMAS
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 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
Ignominy shall be their portion wheresoever they are found save
[where they grasp] a rope from Allah and a rope from man.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),
"Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates
it as it had eliminated its predecessors." The Imam and Martyr
Hassan al-Banna 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
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, 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
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 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 by the Companion 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.
"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).
KNOWING THE MOVEMENT
The Ideological Aspects
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
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
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.
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
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
X 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. 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, 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
The Universality of Hamas
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 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 War, and to the Jihad operations
of the Muslim Brothers in 1968 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 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, which is a Jewish tree (cited by
Bukhari and Muslim).
The Slogan of the Hamas
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.
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.
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.
STRATEGIES AND METHODS
The Strategy of Hamas: Palestine is an Islamic Waqf
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, 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. 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 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.
Hamas in Palestine: Its Views on Homeland and Nationalism
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
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
"...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.
Peaceful Solutions [Peace] Initiatives and International Conferences
[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
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)
There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad. The
initiatives, proposals and International Conferences are but a waste
of time, 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.)
The Three Circles
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 and the third holiest site are
located. That is also the place whence the Prophet, be Allah's
prayer and peace upon him, ascended to Heavens.
"Glorified be He who carried His servant by night from the
Inviolable Place of worship to the Far Distant Place of Worship, 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,), verse 1.
In consequence of this state of affairs, the liberation of that land
is an individual duty binding on all Muslims everywhere. 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
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. 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 acknowledged it upon his entry to Jerusalem: "Now, the
Crusades are over." General Gouraud 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 as long as the Heaven and earth
will exist, to the journey of the Messenger of Allah, be Allah's
peace and blessing upon him, to it, and to his ascension from it.
"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
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
Educating the [Young] Generations
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, on the study of Islamic history and heritage
from its reliable sources, under the guidance of experts and
scientists; 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
I (Luqman), verses 16-18.
The Role of Muslim Women
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.
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
Art has rules and criteria by which one can know whether it is
Islamic or Jahiliyya 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
fighting its Jihad knows no jesting.
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
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 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
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. They collected material gains and took control of
many sources of wealth. They obtained the Balfour Declaration 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.
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
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 Jihad have their reward.
The Hamas regards those movements as its stock holders and asks
Allah for guidance and integrity of conduct for all. It shall not
fail to continue to raise the banner of unity and to exert efforts
in order to implement it, [based] upon the [Holy] Book and the
"And hold fast, all of you together, to the cable of Allah, and
do not separate. And remember Allah's favor unto you how ye were
enemies and He made friendship between your hearts so that ye became
as brothers by His grace; and (how) ye were upon the brink of an
abyss of fire, and He did save you from it. Thus Allah makes clear
His revelations unto you, that happily ye may be guided." Sura
III (Al-'Imran), verse 102.
Article Twenty Four
Hamas will not permit the slandering and defamation of individuals
and groups, for the Believers are not slanderers and cursers.
However, despite the need to differentiate between that and the
positions and modes of conduct adopted by individuals and groups
whenever the Hamas detects faulty positions and modes of conduct, it
has the right to point to the mistake, to denigrate it, to act for
spelling out the truth and for adopting it realistically in the
context of a given problem. Wisdom is roaming around, and the
Believer ought to grasp it wherever he can find it.
"Allah loves not the utterance of harsh speech save by one who
has been wronged. Allah is ever Hearer, Knower. If you do good
openly or keep it secret, or give evil, lo! Allah is forgiving,
powerful." Sura IV (Women), verses 147-148.
The National (wataniyya) Movements in the Palestinian Arena
Article Twenty Five
[Hamas] reciprocates its respect to them, appreciates their
condition and the factors surrounding them and influencing them, and
supports them firmly as long as they do not owe their loyalty to the
Communist East or to the Crusader West. We reiterate to every one
who is part of them or sympathizes with them that the Hamas is a
movement of Jihad, or morality and consciousness in its concept of
life. It moves forward with the others, abhors opportunism, and only
wishes well to individuals and groups. It does not aspire to
material gains, or to personal fame, nor does it solicit
remuneration from the people. It sets out relying on its own
material resources, and what is available to it, [as it is said]
'afford them the power you can avail yourself of." [All that]
in order to carry out its duty, to gain Allah's favor; it has no
ambition other than that.
All the nationalist streams, operating in the Palestinian arena for
the sake of the liberation of Palestine, may rest assured that they
will definitely and resolutely get support and assistance, in speech
and in action, at the present and in the future, [because Hamas
aspires] to unite, not to divide; to safeguard, not to squander; to
bring together, not to fragment. It values every kind word, every
devoted effort and every commendable endeavor. It closes the door
before marginal quarrels, it does not heed rumours and biased
statements, and it is aware of the right of self-defense.
Anything that runs counter or contradicts this orientation is
trumped up by the enemies or by those who run in their orbit in
order to create confusion, to divide our ranks or to divert to
"O ye who believe! If an evil-liver bring you tidings, verify
it, lest ye smite some folk in ignorance and afterward repent of
what ye did." Sura XLIX (al Hujurat, the Private Apartments),
Article Twenty Six
X The Hamas, while it views positively the Palestinian National
Movements which do not owe their loyalty to the East or to the West,
does not refrain from debating unfolding events regarding the
Palestinian problem, on the local and international scenes. These
debates are realistic and expose the extent to which [these
developments] go along with, or contradict, national interests as
viewed from the Islamic vantage point.
The Palestine Liberation Organization
Article Twenty Seven
The PLO is among the closest to the Hamas, for its constitutes a
father, a brother, a relative, a friend. Can a Muslim turn away from
his father, his brother, his relative or his friend? Our homeland is
one, our calamity is one, our destiny is one and our enemy is common
to both of us. Under the influence of the circumstances which
surrounded the founding of the PLO, and the ideological confusion
which prevails in the Arab world as a result of the ideological
invasion which has swept the Arab world since the rout of the
Crusades, and which has been reinforced by Orientalism and the
Christian Mission, the PLO has adopted the idea of a Secular State,
and so we think of it. Secular thought is diametrically opposed to
religious thought. Thought is the basis for positions, for modes of
conduct and for resolutions. Therefore, in spite of our appreciation
for the PLO and its possible transformation in the future, and
despite the fact that we do not denigrate its role in the
Arab-Israeli conflict, we cannot substitute it for the Islamic
nature of Palestine by adopting secular thought. For the Islamic
nature of Palestine is part of our religion, and anyone who neglects
his religion is bound to lose.
"And who forsakes the religion of Abraham, save him who befools
himself.?" Sura II (Al-Baqra - the Co ), verse 130.
When the PLO adopts Islam as the guideline for life, then we shall
become its soldiers, the fuel of its fire which will bum the
enemies. And until that happens, and we pray to Allah that it will
happen soon, the position of the Hamas towards the PLO is one of a
son towards his father, a brother towards his brother, and a
relative towards his relative who suffers the other's pain when a
thorn hits him, who supports the other in the Confrontation with the
enemies and who wishes him divine guidance and integrity of conduct.
Your brother, your brother! Whoever has no brother, is like a
fighter who runs to the battle without weapons. A cousin for man is
like the best wing, and no falcon can take off without wings.
The Arab and Islamic States and Governments
The Zionist invasion is a mischievous one. It does not hesitate to
take any road, or to pursue all despicable and repulsive means to
fulfill its desires. It relies to a great extent, for its meddling
and spying activities, on the clandestine organizations which it has
established, such as the Free Masons, Rotary Clubs, Lions, and other
spying associations. All those secret organizations, some which are
overt, act for the interests of Zionism and under its directions,
strive to demolish societies, to destroy values, to wreck
answerableness, to totter virtues and to wipe out Islam. It stands
behind the diffusion of drugs and toxics of all kinds in order to
facilitate its control and expansion.
The Arab states surrounding Israel are required to open their
borders to the Jihad fighters, the sons of the Arab and Islamic
peoples, to enable them to play their role and to join their efforts
to those of their brothers among the Muslim Brothers in Palestine.
The other Arab and Islamic states are required, at the very least,
to facilitate the movement of the Jihad fighters from and to them.
We cannot fail to remind every Muslim that when the Jews occupied
Holy Jerusalem in 1967 and stood at the doorstep of the Blessed Aqsa
Mosque, they shouted with joy:
"Muhammed is dead, he left daughters behind."
Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish
population, defies Islam and the Muslims.
"Let the eyes of the cowards not fall asleep."
National and Religious Associations, Institutions, the
Intelligentsia, and the Arab and Islamic Worlds
Article Twenty Nine
Hamas hopes that those Associations will stand by it on all levels,
will support it, adopt its positions, boost its activities and moves
and encourage support for it, so as to render the Islamic peoples
its backers and helpers, and its strategic depth in all human and
material domains as well as in information, in time and space. Among
other things, they hold solidarity meetings, issue explanatory
publications, supportive articles and tendentious leaflets to make
the masses aware of the Palestinian issue, the problems it faces and
of the plans to resolve them; and to mobilize the Islamic peoples
ideologically, educationally and culturally in order to fulfill
their role in the crucial war of liberation, as they had played
their role in the defeat of the Crusades and in the rout of the
Tartars and had saved human civilization. How all that is dear to
"Allah has decreed: Lo! I verily shall conquer, I and my
messengers. Lo! Allah is strong, Almighty." Sura LVIII
(Al-Mujadilah), verse 21.
Men of letters, members of the intelligentsia, media people,
preachers, teachers and educators and all different sectors in the
Arab and Islamic world, are all called upon to play their role and
to carry out their duty in view of the wickedness of Zionist
invasion, of its penetration into many countries, and its control
over material means and the media, with all the ramifications
thereof in most countries of the world.
Jihad means not only carrying arms and denigrating the enemies.
Uttering positive words, writing good articles and useful books, and
lending support and assistance, all that too is Jihad in the path of
Allah, as long as intentions are sincere to make Allah's banner
"Those who prepare for a raid in the path of Allah are
considered as if they participated themselves in the raid. Those who
successfully rear a raider in their home, are considered as if they
participated themselves in the raid" (Told by Bukhari, Muslim,
Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi).
The Members of Other Religions The Hamas is a Humane Movement
Article Thirty One
Hamas is a humane movement, which cares for human rights and is
committed to the tolerance inherent in Islam as regards attitudes
towards other religions. It is only hostile to those who are hostile
towards it, or stand in its way in order to disturb its moves or to
frustrate its efforts.
Under the shadow of Islam it is possible for the members of the
three religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism to coexist in
safety and security. Safety and security can only prevail under the
shadow of Islam, and recent and ancient history is the best witness
to that effect. The members of other religions must desist from
struggling against Islam over sovereignty in this region. For if
they were to gain the upper hand, fighting, torture and uprooting
would follow; they would be fed up with each other, to say nothing
of members of other religions. The past and the present are full of
evidence to that effect.
"They will not fight you in body safe in fortified villages or
from behind wells. Their adversity among themselves is very great.
Ye think of them as a whole whereas their hearts are diverse. That
is because they are a folk who have no sense." Sura 59
(al-Hashr, the Exile), verse 14.
Islam accords his rights to everyone who has rights and averts
aggression against the rights of others. The Nazi Zionist practices
against our people will not last the lifetime of their invasion, for
"States built upon oppression last only one hour, states based
upon justice will last until the hour of Resurrection."
"Allah forbids you not those who warred not against you on
account of religion and drove you not out from your houses, that you
should show them kindness and deal justly with them. Lo! Allah loves
the just dealers." Sura 60 (Al-Mumtahana), verse 8.
The Attempts to Isolate the Palestinian People
Article Thirty Two
World Zionism and Imperialist forces have been attempting, with
smart moves and considered planning, to push the Arab countries, one
after another, out of the circle of conflict with Zionism, in order,
ultimately, to isolate the Palestinian People. Egypt has already
been cast out of the conflict, to a very great extent through the
treacherous Camp David Accords, and she has been trying to drag
other countries into similar agreements in order to push them out of
the circle of conflict.
Hamas is calling upon the Arab and Islamic peoples to act seriously
and tirelessly in order to frustrate that dreadful scheme and to
make the masses aware of the danger of coping out of the circle of
struggle with Zionism. Today it is Palestine and tomorrow it may be
another country or other countries. For Zionist scheming has no end,
and after Palestine they will covet expansion from the Nile to the
Euphrates. Only when they have completed digesting the area on which
they will have laid their hand, they will look forward to more
expansion, etc. Their scheme has been laid out in the Protocols of
the Elders of Zion, and their present [conduct] is the the best
proof of what is said there.
Leaving the circle of conflict with Israel is a major act of treason
and it will bring curse on its perpetrators.
"Who so on that day turns his back to them, unless manoeuvering
for battle or intent to join a company, he truly has incurred wrath
from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey's
end." Sura 8 (Al-Anfal - spoils of war), verse 16.
We have no escape from pooling together all the forces and energies
to face this despicable Nazi-Tatar invasion. Otherwise we shall
witness the loss of [our] countries, the uprooting of their
inhabitants, the spreading of corruption on earth and the
destruction of all religious values. Let every realize that he is
accountable to Allah.
"Whoever does a speck of good will [the consequences] and
whoever does a speck of evil will see [the consequences]."
Within the circle of the conflict with world Zionism, the Hamas
regards itself the spearhead and the avant-garde. It joins its
efforts to all those who are active on the Palestinian scene, but
more steps need to be taken by the Arab and Islamic peoples and
Islamic associations throughout the Arab and Islamic world in order
to make possible the next round with the Jews, the merchants of war.
"We have cast among them enmity and hatred till the day of
Resurrection. As often as they light a fire for war, Allah
extinguishes it. Their effort is for corruption in the land, and
Allah loves not corrupters." Sura V (Al-Ma'idah - the Table
spread), verse 64.
Article Thirty Three
The Hamas sets out from these general concepts which are consistent
and in accordance with the rules of the universe, and gushes forth
in the river of Fate in its confrontation and Jihad waging against
the enemies, in defense of the Muslim human being, of Islamic
Civilization and of the Islamic Holy Places, primarily the Blessed
Aqsa Mosque. This, for the purpose of calling upon the Arab and
Islamic peoples as well as their governments, popular and official
associations, to fear Allah in their attitude towards and dealings
with Hamas, and to be, in accordance with Allah's will, its
supporters and partisans who extend assistance to it and provide it
with reinforcement after reinforcement, until the Decree of Allah is
fulfilled, the ranks are over-swollen, Jihad fighters join other
Jihad fighters, and all this accumulation sets out from everywhere
in the Islamic world, obeying the call of duty, and intoning 'Come
on, join Jihad!." This call will tear apart the clouds in the
skies and it will continue to ring until liberation is completed,
the invaders are vanquished and Allah's victory sets in.
"Verily Allah helps one who helps Him. Lo! Allah is strong,
Almighty." Sura XXII (Pilgrimage), verse 40.
THE TESTIMONY OF HISTORY
Confronting Aggressors Throughout History
Article Thirty Four
Palestine is the navel of earth, the convergence of continents, the
object of greed for the greedy, since the dawn of history. The
Prophet, may Allah's prayer and peace be upon him, points out to
that fact in his noble hadith in which he implored his venerable
Companion, Ma'adh ibn Jabl, saying:
"O Ma'adh, Allah is going to grant you victory over Syria after
me, from Al-Arish to the Euphrates, while its men, women, and female
slaves will be dwelling there until the Day of Resurrection. Those
of you who chose [to dwell] in one of the plains of Syria or
Palestine will be in a state of Jihad to the Day of
The greedy have coveted Palestine more than once and they raided it
with armies in order to fulfill their covetousness. Multitudes of
Crusades descended on it, carrying their faith with them and waving
their Cross. They were able to defeat the-Muslims for a long time,
and the Muslims were not able to redeem it until their sought the
protection of their religious banner; then, they unified their
forces, sang the praise of their God and set out for Jihad under the
Command of Saladin al-Ayyubi, for the duration of nearly two
decades, and then the obvious conquest took place when the Crusaders
were defeated and Palestine was liberated.
"Say (O Muhammed) unto those who disbelieve: ye shall be
overcome and gathered unto Hell, an evil resting place." Sura
III (Al-Imran), verse 12.
This is the only way to liberation, there is no doubt in the
testimony of history. That is one of the rules of the universe and
one of the laws of existence. Only iron can blunt iron, only the
true faith of Islam can vanquish their false and falsified faith.
Faith can only be fought by faith. Ultimately victory is reserved to
the truth, and truth is victorious.
"And verily Our word went forth of old unto Our bordmen sent
[to warn]. That they verily would be helped. And that Our host, they
verily would be the victors." Sura 38 (Al-saffat), verses
Article Thirty Five
Hamas takes a serious look at the defeat of the Crusades at the hand
of Saladin the Ayyubid and the rescue of Palestine from their
domination; at the defeat of the Tatars at Ein Jalut where their
spine was broken by Qutuz and Al-Dhahir Baibars, and the Arab world
was rescued from the sweep of the Tatars which ruined all aspects of
human civilization. Hamas has learned from these lessons and
examples, that the current Zionist invasion had been preceded by a
Crusader invasion from the West; and another one, the Tatars, from
the East. And exactly as the Muslims had faced those invasions and
planned their removal and defeat, they are able to face the Zionist
invasion and defeat it. This will not be difficult for Allah if our
intentions are pure and our determination is sincere; if the Muslims
draw useful lessons from the experiences of the past, and extricate
themselves for the vestiges of the [western] ideological onslaught;
and if they follow the traditions of Islam.
The Hamas are Soldiers
Article Thirty Six
X The Hamas, while breaking its path, reiterates time and again to
all members of our people and the Arab and Islamic peoples, that it
does not seek fame for itself nor material gains, or social status.
Nor is it directed against any one member of our people in order to
compete with him or replace him. There is nothing of that at all. It
will never set out against any Muslims or against the non-Muslims
who make peace with it, here or anywhere else. It will only be of
help to all associations and organizations which act against the
Zionist enemy and those who revolve in its orbit.
Hamas posits Islam as a way of life, it is its faith and its
yardstick for judging. Whoever posits Islam as a way of life,
anywhere, and regardless of whether it is an organization, a state,
or any other group, Hamas are its soldiers, nothing else.
We implore Allah to guide us, to guide through us and to decide
between us and our folk with truth.
"Our Lord! Decide with truth between us and our folk, for Thou
are the best of those who make decision." Sura VII (At-A'raf -
the Heights), verse 89.
Our last call is: Thanks to Allah, the Lord of the Universe.