The Hamas Charter‘s opening lines are replete with Jew hatred. The introduction shifted the screed into a holy prayer.
In The Name Of The Most Merciful Allah
Praise be unto Allah, to whom we resort for help, and whose forgiveness, guidance and support we seek; Allah bless the Prophet and grant him salvation, his companions and supporters, and to those who carried out his message and adopted his laws – everlasting prayers and salvation as long as the earth and heaven will last. Hereafter:
Out of the midst of troubles and the sea of suffering, out of the palpitations of faithful hearts and cleansed arms; out of the sense of duty, and in response to Allah’s command, the call has gone out rallying people together and making them follow the ways of Allah, leading them to have determined will in order to fulfill their role in life, to overcome all obstacles, and surmount the difficulties on the way. Constant preparation has continued and so has the readiness to sacrifice life and all that is precious for the sake of Allah.
Thus it was that the nucleus (of the movement) was formed and started to pave its way through the tempestuous sea of hopes and expectations, of wishes and yearnings, of troubles and obstacles, of pain and challenges, both inside and outside.
When the idea was ripe, the seed grew and the plant struck root in the soil of reality, away from passing emotions, and hateful haste. The Islamic Resistance Movement emerged to carry out its role through striving for the sake of its Creator, its arms intertwined with those of all the fighters for the liberation of Palestine. The spirits of its fighters meet with the spirits of all the fighters who have sacrificed their lives on the soil of Palestine, ever since it was conquered by the companions of the Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, and until this day.
This Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS), clarifies its picture, reveals its identity, outlines its stand, explains its aims, speaks about its hopes, and calls for its support, adoption and joining its ranks. Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts. It is a step that inevitably should be followed by other steps. The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah’s victory is realised.
Thus we see them coming on the horizon “and you shall learn about it hereafter” “Allah hath written, Verily I will prevail, and my apostles: for Allah is strong and mighty.” (The Dispute – verse 21).
“Say to them, This is my way: I invite you to Allah, by an evident demonstration; both I and he who followeth me; and, praise be unto Allah! I am not an idolator.” (Joseph – verse 107).
The Hamas Charter introduces itself as a divine mission from God, literally, “In The Name Of The Most Merciful Allah.” The first two paragraphs are generic and could be a hymn related to any particular undertaking, but upon coming to the end of the second paragraph it is clear that the stakes are very high, perhaps requiring the sacrifice one’s life for Allah’s wishes.
By the fourth paragraph, the holy mission is tied to Hamas’s goal: a modern reincarnation of the seventh century Arab conquest of Palestine.
The next paragraph connects to the message from the Charter’s opening lines, calling for an intense war against the Jews: “Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious.” Hamas calls for all Muslims to join them in the fight.
The charter’s introduction closes with two more quotes from Islamic verses, firmly connecting the Hamas goals as one in which Allah would approve.
The Hamas Charter opens with an antisemitic screed against the Jews and an invocation for the world’s Arabs and Muslims to join in a holy jihad to rid Palestine of the vile people. Over thirty-six articles, the charter expanded upon these themes in the most antisemitic foundational document written in modern times.
And the Palestinian Arabs elected Hamas to 58% of the parliament with this charter, the United Nations pushes for Hamas to be part of a unity government, and the media talks of “Islamic resistance” as a peaceful and natural endeavor.
- Charter opening lines: Jews are vile and a global jihad must be waged against the Jews
Charter Introduction: Liberating Palestine is a holy Islamic endeavor and all Muslims should participate in the mission against the Jews.
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