The Hamas Charter is similar yet distinct from the various other Palestinian groups dedicated to “the liberation of Palestine.” Articles twenty-five through twenty-seven address this.
B. Nationalist Movements in the Palestinian Arena:
The Islamic Resistance Movement respects these movements and appreciates their circumstances and the conditions surrounding and affecting them. It encourages them as long as they do not give their allegiance to the Communist East or the Crusading West. It confirms to all those who are integrated in it, or sympathetic towards it, that the Islamic Resistance Movement is a fighting movement that has a moral and enlightened look of life and the way it should cooperate with the other (movements). It detests opportunism and desires only the good of people, individuals and groups alike. It does not seek material gains, personal fame, nor does it look for a reward from others. It works with its own resources and whatever is at its disposal “and prepare for them whatever force you can”, for the fulfilment of the duty, and the earning of Allah’s favour. It has no other desire than that.
The Movement assures all the nationalist trends operating in the Palestinian arena for the liberation of Palestine, that it is there for their support and assistance. It will never be more than that, both in words and deeds, now and in the future. It is there to bring together and not to divide, to preserve and not to squander, to unify and not to throw asunder. It evaluates every good word, sincere effort and good offices. It closes the door in the face of side disagreements and does not lend an ear to rumours and slanders, while at the same time fully realising the right for self-defence.
Anything contrary or contradictory to these trends, is a lie disseminated by enemies or their lackeys for the purpose of sowing confusion, disrupting the ranks and occupy them with side issues.
“O true believers, if a wicked man come unto you with a tale, inquire strictly into the truth thereof; lest ye hurt people through ignorance, and afterwards repent of what ye have done.” (The Inner Apartments – verse 6).
In viewing the Palestinian nationalist movements that give allegiance neither to the East nor the West, in this positive way, the Islamic Resistance Movement does not refrain from discussing new situations on the regional or international levels where the Palestinian question is concerned. It does that in such an objective manner revealing the extent of how much it is in harmony or contradiction with the national interests in the light of the Islamic point of view.
C. The Palestinian Liberation Organization:
The Palestinian Liberation Organization is the closest to the heart of the Islamic Resistance Movement. It contains the father and the brother, the next of kin and the friend. The Moslem does not estrange himself from his father, brother, next of kin or friend. Our homeland is one, our situation is one, our fate is one and the enemy is a joint enemy to all of us.
Because of the situations surrounding the formation of the Organization, of the ideological confusion prevailing in the Arab world as a result of the ideological invasion under whose influence the Arab world has fallen since the defeat of the Crusaders and which was, and still is, intensified through orientalists, missionaries and imperialists, the Organization adopted the idea of the secular state. And that it how we view it.
Secularism completely contradicts religious ideology. Attitudes, conduct and decisions stem from ideologies.
That is why, with all our appreciation for The Palestinian Liberation Organization – and what it can develop into – and without belittling its role in the Arab-Israeli conflict, we are unable to exchange the present or future Islamic Palestine with the secular idea. The Islamic nature of Palestine is part of our religion and whoever takes his religion lightly is a loser.
“Who will be adverse to the religion of Abraham, but he whose mind is infatuated? (The Cow – verse 130).
The day The Palestinian Liberation Organization adopts Islam as its way of life, we will become its soldiers, and fuel for its fire that will burn the enemies.
Until such a day, and we pray to Allah that it will be soon, the Islamic Resistance Movement’s stand towards the PLO is that of the son towards his father, the brother towards his brother, and the relative to relative, suffers his pain and supports him in confronting the enemies, wishing him to be wise and well-guided.
“Stand by your brother, for he who is brotherless is like the fighter who goes to battle without arms. One’s cousin is the wing one flies with – could the bird fly without wings?”
HAMAS considers the Palestinian Liberation Organization a “brother” with “a joint enemy [Zionists]” but one that has been corrupted by an “ideological invasion” from “orientalists, missionaries and imperialists,” meaning the “Communist East” and “the Crusading West.” Hamas will fight alongside the PLO to destroy Israel but seeks a Palestine that is run by sharia and not a secular state. “The Islamic nature of Palestine is part of our religion and whoever takes his religion lightly is a loser.”
Al-Mujamma Al-Islami is the Islamic society founded in 1973 by the spiritual founder of Hamas, Sheik Ahmed Yassin. It runs the “da’wah,” the local civilian institutions, which support the population in matters of social welfare, health and education. It preaches radical Islamic teachings in its mosques and schools, including incitement to terrorism and hatred for Israel and Jews. It actively pursues a jihad inside of Gaza, meant to rid society of secular teachings and anything counter to Islam (drugs, pornography, inappropriate dress, etc.)
The leaders of al-Mujamma ultimately became the heads of Hamas at its founding during the First Intifada in 1987. Its mosques and schools became the prime recruiting centers for Hamas terrorists and this branch of the Muslim Brotherhood rapidly grew in size and power. By 2007, as Hamas took over complete control of Gaza, the once independent Islamic organization naturally stood as a central pillar of the government’s civilian services and offers a vision of Hamas’s Palestine.
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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