The Noble Qu'ran opens with these words:
بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيمِ
الْحَمْدُ للّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
مَـالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ
إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds;
Most Gracious, Most Merciful;
Master of the Day of Judgment.
Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek.
Show us the straight way
Mr. Bin Ladin, you would tell of this Allah, who would give us the right of retaliation in kind: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and the killer is killed. You would tell of the Prophet Jesus, who you call Isa and Maryam, and praise their names, but you do not know your Bible. For Jesus whom you call Isa told mankind in the Gospel of Matthew: Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Isa you praise, but his words you do not know and will not follow. You are a murderer and a takfiri, every dawa condemns you, mountains of fataawa have been written against you. You are no Muslim. The Holy Qu'ran speaks of the Straight Way. Your way is not straight, this path is not from Allah or the Prophet (saw). It is from the Whisperer, the Tempter of men's souls, a spirit who quotes the scriptures that mankind may be led into sin thereby. No evil is as terrible as that done in revenge. Hell gapes open for you, and on the Day of Judgment you will be thrown into the fire.
To your preface I respond: America is, as you say, a great power in the world, a power capable of crushing the life from Iraq and Afghanistan tomorrow. We are not cruel enough to do it, perhaps this is a weakness. Our armies, like your jihaadi, are volunteers, who lay down their lives that others may be free. We are not so different, you and I. You believed you could do to the United States what you did to the Soviet Union: it was not so. You were driven away like a cowardly jackal, into the hills, begging forgiveness of your men for the disaster you brought upon them. Oh yes, we heard you, and their screams will ring in your ears forever. And we have heard from you often enough. You will live and die a hunted man, and your head will be struck from your shoulders when your hosts tire of you. The world will rejoice at your death.
Your 19 men lived among us, but they did not change our souls in the hijacking and murder of innocent people. The compass still points north and the qibla still points to Mecca. Your murderous rampage has brought hatred upon all Muslims: millions of honest men and women are now unjustly treated in the West. Did you not consider the deaths of Muslims in the Two Towers? It was, after all, the WORLD Trade Center. Your attack was not on the United States, it was upon the world. Our country, unique in all the world's nations, is composed of people from every tribe and nation. You mention our money has "In God We Trust" upon it. Upon that money you may also read an ancient Latin inscription: E Pluribus Unum, from the many comes the one.
The mujahidin of your Qaeda in Mesopotamia have brought even more disgrace upon you. In January of 2006, Qaeda murdered Sheikh Naser Abdul Karim al-Miklif of the al-Bu Fahad tribe in Anbar province. In that day, Qaeda began to stink in the nostrils of the Sunni, and they have been driven away, not by Americans but by the Sunni of Iraq. Have you no shame? Is not the murder of Americans enough, but now you must defile yourself with the murder of Muslims?
The colonialists have been gone from Muslim lands since the 1940s. What remains of their conquests are the wretched borders they created. Instead of urging Islamic reforms upon these countries, reuniting them the Dar as-Salaam, the land of peace, you have created more havoc and murder, turning the whole world, Muslim and non-Muslim into Dar al-Harb, the land of war. You have become the New Colonialist, you and your talk against democracy. And would you set yourself up as the new Caliph to govern the Muslims? Arrogant man, you are told in the Qu'ran
إِلاَّ الَّذِينَ عَاهَدتُّم مِّنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَنقُصُوكُمْ شَيْئًا وَلَمْ يُظَاهِرُواْ عَلَيْكُمْ أَحَدًا فَأَتِمُّواْ إِلَيْهِمْ عَهْدَهُمْ إِلَى مُدَّتِهِمْ إِنَّ اللّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَّقِينَ
Treaties are not dissolved with those Pagans with whom ye have entered into alliance and who have not subsequently failed you in anything, nor aided any one against you. So fulfil your engagements with them to the end of their term: for Allah loves the righteous.
Who did we aid against you? Did we not aid you in your struggle against the Russians in Afghanistan? Did not President Carter attempt to bring peace to Palestine? Have we not sent millions of dollars to aid the suffering of the Palestinians? Have we oppressed the Muslims in the USA? If we have aided your enemies in the form of the obscene dictatorships of Saudi Arabia, we have also overthrown Saddam Hussein, the greatest murderer of Muslims in modern times, the noble Imam Sadr and many other innocent clerics, whose only crime was to oppose his heathen regime. We have made many mistakes in our choice of friends, this is all true. I would be a liar to deny it. But our greatest mistake was not to kill you when we had the chance. Your life was only spared by the presence of children in your camp. Ponder that fact, you coward.
Maliki is powerless by design. The Americans did not create Iraq's constitution or its government, that was the doing of the Iraqis themselves. If Iraq lies in ruins, suffering and bleeding, her people terrified and her greatness in ruins, you may thank your own agents who set Muslim against Muslim with the bombing of the Golden Dome of Samarra, setting in motion sectarian war where none was before. You have set all the world against each other, friend against friend, Shia against Sunni, Kurd against Turkoman.
And of the United Nations involvement in Iraq: your agents murdered a good man, the Brazilian Sergio Viera da Mello, who as he lay dying in the ruins of the UN building in Iraq, begged the world not to abandon Iraq. Now the UN will not come, for Iraq is too dangerous. Who has made it so? Who has set Muslim against Muslim? It is you, Osama bin Ladin, and Allah will judge you for it. You are the greatest takfir in all of human history: never has one man so divided his own faith.
There is some debate in the USA about the nature of this war, as firemen will discuss a burning house. Should we save it, at the cost of more Americans, or shall we let it burn, for we have already lost far too many good people in the fire you have lit. Do not say we started this: had your Qaeda agents not set the Shii against the Sunni, there would be some measure of peace. Do not speak of colonialism, Iraq is divided, torn to pieces by a civil war we did not start and cannot stop. Though I am for ending this war, leaving you Muslims to settle this among yourselves, there is the danger of this fire spreading. Already Egypt is smoking and Lebanon, too. Fire will soon break out there, and Syria, too. You burn the world and its people and call it peace, yet ever does The Whisperer put evil in your mind to condemn us for burning people.
As for the Yehudim, who you say should have taken refuge with the Muslims, as they did in the days of the expulsion of the Moors from Spain in 1491, may I inform you the greatest gathering of Jews in the world, save only for the city of London, was Baghdad. These Jews had lived in peace with their fellow citizens for centuries. It was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammad Amin al-Husayni (may Allah's angels pour molten lead down his throat) who murdered the Jews of Hebron in 1929 and urged the Iraqis to expel their Jews with much murder and terror in 1943. If you would make the world over, why did you not attack the enemies of the Jews and the Muslim clerics alike, the Ba'ath Party? Why did you attack the USA, where all may worship as they please? Our enemy was your enemy, you idiot!
It is good to see The Tempter has not completely darkened your heart: you would not persecute Jews or Christians. We do not persecute Muslims in the USA. You have said nothing of the bombing of the Golden Dome of Samarra, for though your heart is full of guilt and sin, you know these things are evil. It is easy to listen to The Tempter, his way is harsh. It is harder to forgive your enemies, is not Allah first described as Most Gracious and Most Merciful? Allah forgives. You will not forgive.
You spend much time condemning democracy, as if democracy is incompatible with Islam. Is not Indonesia a democracy, that land has more Muslims than any other. Is not India a democracy? More Muslims live in India than in Pakistan, where you hide at present: they are not persecuted. You condemn what you do not know, for The Tempter has you in his sway, telling you mankind cannot live in peace. You wish for Islam to rule the world, so you say. But who shall rule it? Who will be Allah's emissary? You, Osama bin Ladin, murderer and infidel?
As it happens, I am a Democrat, and I would stop this war tomorrow, were it in my power. I am the fireman who says of this fire: we cannot stop Muslims from murdering other Muslims, let us go away, lest they continue killing more of us. But you I would kill tomorrow were that in my power. I am only disappointed that you are not already dead. You have set Muslim against Muslim, Republican against Democrat, the hatred and chaos you have unleashed on the world is incalculable. Some men say, good friends of mine, that we should stay in Iraq, for we have created great harm and must undo it. But the harm we have done cannot begin to compare to the harm you have done to the entire world. You are the one who is keen to start wars: the USA is not Israel, oppressing the Palestinians. The USA was not Saddam Hussein or Hosni Mubarak, oppressing Muslims.
Of Vietnam you know nothing. You were a child when it happened. When Ho Chi Minh drove away a million Catholics and seized control of his part of Vietnam, the USA was not involved. The USA was stupid enough to pick up the quarrel where the French left off. Vietnam was a huge mistake for the USA, but now the Intel corporation employs Vietnamese people to build computers for all the world to use. America does not hold a grudge. You are completely ignorant of the Vietnam War, or what happens when Americans grow tired of lies and injustice. Of these Wicked Corporations you have much to say, but the Vietnamese now welcome our corporations into their country. The countries of the world beg for work, and it is American money which builds up China, once a terrible enemy. Americans do not hold a grudge. You do hold a grudge.
I have read the words of Noam Chomsky. Much of what that good man says is just and true. But our war in Iraq was not for oil, you fool. Had our war been merely for oil, Saddam Hussein would still be in power. We would not have embargoed him, we would have paid him bribes, and he would still be building his obscene palaces for his cruel sons. Our war in Iraq was once your war, did you not volunteer to fight Saddam? Let us have none of your doubletalk about war for oil. Saddam coveted Kuwait for its oil, and we drove him away.
Of global warming and that sort of nonsense, do be silent, you idiot. Mankind will find a substitute for oil, and the deserts will return to their former state, empty and forlorn. Spain conquered the New World for gold and silver, but their wealth was gone in 70 years. They spent their money on religious wars, and bankrupted themselves destroying Europe. Thus it is with every dollar that passes through your hands, it is blood money. You do not build, your mission is only to destroy and oppress, to fill the hearts of men with fear and hatred for each other. Even America is divided, we do not want this war and we fear what will happen if we abandon it. It is not democracy which fills the world with plagues and threats, it is you. We cannot protect all the world from you and your kind, bombing innocent people in trains and skyscrapers, aircraft and in the mosques of Iraq.
We liberated ourselves from the tyranny of religion, and we will liberate ourselves from the tyranny of your religion. It is not Islam, for all honest Muslims will say the Shehada, do wudu and worship together in peace before The Almighty. In your cave, only The Whisperer speaks to you, for Allah and the prophets speak against the sin of takfir.
As I began with Noble Qu'ran, so will I end my message to you.
إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ خُلِقَ هَلُوعًا
إِذَا مَسَّهُ الشَّرُّ جَزُوعًا
وَإِذَا مَسَّهُ الْخَيْرُ مَنُوعًا
الَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَى صَلَاتِهِمْ دَائِمُونَ
وَالَّذِينَ فِي أَمْوَالِهِمْ حَقٌّ مَّعْلُومٌ
Truly man was created very impatient;-
Fretful when evil touches him;
And selfish when good reaches him;-
Not so those devoted to Prayer;-
Those who remain steadfast to their prayer;
And those in whose wealth is a recognized right.