The longest section of the Hamas Charter is about “strategies and methods,” which run from Articles Eleven through Twenty-two.
Strategies and Methods
Strategies of the Islamic Resistance Movement: Palestine Is Islamic aqf:
The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgement Day. This being so, who could claim to have the right to represent Moslem generations till Judgement Day?
This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Moslems have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Moslems consecrated these lands to Moslem generations till the Day of Judgement.
It happened like this: When the leaders of the Islamic armies conquered Syria and Iraq, they sent to the Caliph of the Moslems, Umar bin-el-Khatab, asking for his advice concerning the conquered land – whether they should divide it among the soldiers, or leave it for its owners, or what? After consultations and discussions between the Caliph of the Moslems, Omar bin-el-Khatab and companions of the Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, it was decided that the land should be left with its owners who could benefit by its fruit. As for the real ownership of the land and the land itself, it should be consecrated for Moslem generations till Judgement Day. Those who are on the land, are there only to benefit from its fruit. This Waqf remains as long as earth and heaven remain. Any procedure in contradiction to Islamic Sharia, where Palestine is concerned, is null and void.
“Verily, this is a certain truth. Wherefore praise the name of thy Lord, the great Allah.” (The Inevitable – verse 95).
Homeland and Nationalism from the Point of View of the Islamic Resistance Movement in Palestine:
Nationalism, from the point of view of the Islamic Resistance Movement, is part of the religious creed. Nothing in nationalism is more significant or deeper than in the case when an enemy should tread Moslem land. Resisting and quelling the enemy become the individual duty of every Moslem, male or female. A woman can go out to fight the enemy without her husband’s permission, and so does the slave: without his master’s permission.
Nothing of the sort is to be found in any other regime. This is an undisputed fact. If other nationalist movements are connected with materialistic, human or regional causes, nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement has all these elements as well as the more important elements that give it soul and life. It is connected to the source of spirit and the granter of life, hoisting in the sky of the homeland the heavenly banner that joins earth and heaven with a strong bond.
If Moses comes and throws his staff, both witch and magic are annulled.
“Now is the right direction manifestly distinguished from deceit: whoever therefore shall deny Tagut, and believe in Allah, he shall surely take hold with a strong handle, which shall not be broken; Allah is he who heareth and seeth.” (The Cow – Verse 256).
New principles are introduced in this section of the charter, the first of which states that the land of Palestine is an “Islamic Waqf.” Such designation makes the land consecrated for the benefit of all Muslims for all time. It therefore becomes impossible for any Muslim – whether state or individual – to give up a square inch of it to any non-Muslim.
As an Islamic holy land, Hamas wants Palestine to be ruled by Islamic Sharia law. This is not the practice of many other Muslim-majority countries which pull their inspiration from Islamic law. It is a defining feature between secular and religious Islamic nations and Hamas clearly has opted for the latter.Hamas’ viewpoints are not simply extreme but immovable in regards to both land and law. In regards to land, it states unambiguously that “any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up.” Regarding the law of the land, the charter states “any procedure in contradiction to Islamic Sharia, where Palestine is concerned, is null and void.”
The charter then attempts to bind all of these religious concepts together with “nationalism” in Article 12. This is not a simple task as up to this point the charter is a broad call for every Muslim in the world to undertake the liberation of Palestine and all “Moslem lands” which they all should consider holy. There is nothing particularly unique about Palestine any more than Syria, Iraq or Kuwait until this idea is introduced, seemingly from out of the blue.
And it is therefore no surprise that Hamas cannot really breach the notion of a Palestinian people even when it talks about nationalism. For Hamas, nationalism is a “religious creed.” To the extent that this “nationalism has borders, it is only around Islam and Muslims. The “enemy” is defined as all non-Muslims who “tread [on] Moslem land” and the obligation to fight them is the “duty of every Moslem, male or female.”
Indeed, when the charter states that “nothing of the sort is to be found in any other regime,” it is true in a very sinister way. Other political movements create a framework for their citizens. But Hamas has no interest in being “connected with materialistic, human or regional causes.” It is simply an extremist religious organization whose mission is a jihad to rid Islamic holy lands of non-Muslims.
Among all political parties in the world, Hamas is uniquely constructed as an extremist jihadist group whose sole mission is about expunging non-Muslims, rather than about building a society.
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.
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