Hamas Charter, Chapter and Verse. #15

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:

Article Twenty-Five:

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).

Article Twenty-Six:

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:

Article Twenty-Seven:

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” andthe 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.

School in Gaza teaching children to hate Jews, operated by Al-Mujamma Al-Islami (photo By Justin Sullivan for the Chronicle).


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Hamas Charter, Chapter and Verse. #14

The Hamas Charter begins a new section called “Our Attitudes” with Articles twenty-three and twenty-four, underscoring that it is not just a religious movement which was established earlier, but is intended solely for Muslims.

Our Attitudes Towards:

A. Islamic Movements:

Article Twenty-Three:

The Islamic Resistance Movement views other Islamic movements with respect and appreciation. If it were at variance with them on one point or opinion, it is in agreement with them on other points and understandings. It considers these movements, if they reveal good intentions and dedication to Allah, that they fall into the category of those who are trying hard since they act within the Islamic circle. Each active person has his share.

The Islamic Resistance Movement considers all these movements as a fund for itself. It prays to Allah for guidance and directions for all and it spares no effort to keep the banner of unity raised, ever striving for its realisation in accordance with the Koran and the Prophet’s directives.

“And cleave all of you unto the covenant of Allah, and depart not from it, and remember the favour of Allah towards you: since ye were enemies, and he reconciled your hearts, and ye became companions and brethren by his favour: and ye were on the brink of a pit of fire, and he delivered you thence. Allah declareth unto you his signs, that ye may be directed.” (The Family of Imran – Verse 102).

Article Twenty-Four:

The Islamic Resistance Movement does not allow slandering or speaking ill of individuals or groups, for the believer does not indulge in such malpractices. It is necessary to differentiate between this behaviour and the stands taken by certain individuals and groups. Whenever those stands are erroneous, the Islamic Resistance Movement preserves the right to expound the error and to warn against it. It will strive to show the right path and to judge the case in question with objectivity. Wise conduct is indeed the target of the believer who follows it wherever he discerns it.

“Allah loveth not the speaking ill of anyone in public, unless he who is injured call for assistance; and Allah heareth and knoweth: whether ye publish a good action, or conceal it, or forgive evil, verily Allah is gracious and powerful.” (Women – verses 147-148).


The Hamas Charter calls for Muslim unity immediately after calling Jews global conspirators who instigate wars to enrich themselves. Such embrace of fellow Muslims after such antisemitic vitriol can best be considered a request for Muslims around the world to not call out Hamas as vile Islamic extremists and to distance themselves from Jews who were once considered fellow monotheists and children of Abraham.

Ismail Haniyeh of HAMAS (right) and Rami Hamdallah of Fatah (left). Opposing political parties.

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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Hamas Charter, Chapter and Verse. #13

The 1988 Hamas Charter concluded the “Strategies and Methods” section with Articles Twenty-one and Twenty-two:

Article Twenty-One:

Mutual social responsibility means extending assistance, financial or moral, to all those who are in need and joining in the execution of some of the work. Members of the Islamic Resistance Movement should consider the interests of the masses as their own personal interests. They must spare no effort in achieving and preserving them. They must prevent any foul play with the future of the upcoming generations and anything that could cause loss to society. The masses are part of them and they are part of the masses. Their strength is theirs, and their future is theirs. Members of the Islamic Resistance Movement should share the people’s joy and grief, adopt the demands of the public and whatever means by which they could be realised. The day that such a spirit prevails, brotherliness would deepen, cooperation, sympathy and unity will be enhanced and the ranks will be solidified to confront the enemies.

Supportive Forces Behind the Enemy:

Article Twenty-Two:

For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skillfully and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained. They took into consideration the causes affecting the current of events. They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realisation of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.

You may speak as much as you want about regional and world wars. They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.

“So often as they shall kindle a fire for war, Allah shall extinguish it; and they shall set their minds to act corruptly in the earth, but Allah loveth not the corrupt doers.” (The Table – verse 64).

The imperialistic forces in the Capitalist West and Communist East, support the enemy with all their might, in money and in men. These forces take turns in doing that. The day Islam appears, the forces of infidelity would unite to challenge it, for the infidels are of one nation.

“O true believers, contract not an intimate friendship with any besides yourselves: they will not fail to corrupt you. They wish for that which may cause you to perish: their hatred hath already appeared from out of their mouths; but what their breasts conceal is yet more inveterate. We have already shown you signs of their ill will towards you, if ye understand.” (The Family of Imran – verse 118).

It is not in vain that the verse is ended with Allah’s words “if ye understand.”


There is no foundational charter of any movement in the world that comes close to the antisemitism and conspiracy theories of the Hamas charter. It is a combination of Hitler’s Mein Kampf and Protocols of the Elders of Zion with a splash of the worst possible reading of the Koran.

Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, visiting with Adolf Hitler

According to the “Islamic Resistance Movement,” Jews have been amassing “great and substantive material wealth” so they could “control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations.” With that achieved, the Jews “formed secret societies… for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests.” 

The Hamas Charter claims that the Jews started “World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate,” so “they could rule the world.” Further, Jews “were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.”

This is the antisemitic vitriol of Hamas that is the central tenet of their “resistance.” 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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Hamas Charter, Chapter and Verse. #12

The Hamas Charter pivoted into new terrain in the middle of its charter in Articles nineteen and twenty.

The Role of Islamic Art in the Battle of Liberation:

Article Nineteen:

Art has regulations and measures by which it can be determined whether it is Islamic or pre-Islamic (Jahili) art. The issues of Islamic liberation are in need of Islamic art that would take the spirit high, without raising one side of human nature above the other, but rather raise all of them harmoniously an in equilibrium.

Man is a unique and wonderful creature, made out of a handful of clay and a breath from Allah. Islamic art addresses man on this basis, while pre-Islamic art addresses the body giving preference to the clay component in it.

The book, the article, the bulletin, the sermon, the thesis, the popular poem, the poetic ode, the song, the play and others, contain the characteristics of Islamic art, then these are among the requirements of ideological mobilization, renewed food for the journey and recreation for the soul. The road is long and suffering is plenty. The soul will be bored, but Islamic art renews the energies, resurrects the movement, arousing in them lofty meanings and proper conduct. “Nothing can improve the self if it is in retreat except shifting from one mood to another.”

All this is utterly serious and no jest, for those who are fighters do not jest.

Social Mutual Responsibility:

Article Twenty:

Moslem society is a mutually responsible society. The Prophet, prayers and greetings be unto him, said: “Blessed are the generous, whether they were in town or on a journey, who have collected all that they had and shared it equally among themselves.”

The Islamic spirit is what should prevail in every Moslem society. The society that confronts a vicious enemy which acts in a way similar to Nazism, making no differentiation between man and woman, between children and old people – such a society is entitled to this Islamic spirit. Our enemy relies on the methods of collective punishment. He has deprived people of their homeland and properties, pursued them in their places of exile and gathering, breaking bones, shooting at women, children and old people, with or without a reason. The enemy has opened detention camps where thousands and thousands of people are thrown and kept under sub-human conditions. Added to this, are the demolition of houses, rendering children orphans, meting cruel sentences against thousands of young people, and causing them to spend the best years of their lives in the dungeons of prisons.

In their Nazi treatment, the Jews made no exception for women or children. Their policy of striking fear in the heart is meant for all. They attack people where their breadwinning is concerned, extorting their money and threatening their honour. They deal with people as if they were the worst war criminals. Deportation from the homeland is a kind of murder.

To counter these deeds, it is necessary that social mutual responsibility should prevail among the people. The enemy should be faced by the people as a single body which if one member of it should complain, the rest of the body would respond by feeling the same pains.


While Article Nineteen of the charter was poetic in calling for the use of Islamic art in Islamic liberation, Article Twenty veered into the belly of a satanic beast calling Israel by the name of a government that executed Jews without pause or mercy.

Over and again Hamas called Jews a vicious enemy which acts in a way similar to Nazism.” The vile antisemitc charter said Jews place Arabs in “detention camps” and have policies of “shooting at women, children and old people, with or without a reason,” particularly “where their breadwinning is concerned.”

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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The Hamas Charter, Chapter and Verse. #11

Articles Seventeen and Eighteen of the Hamas Charter speak to the role women should play in Palestinian society. More specifically, how Muslim women should fight for the liberation of Palestine.

The Role of the Moslem Woman:

Article Seventeen:

The Moslem woman has a role no less important than that of the moslem man in the battle of liberation. She is the maker of men. Her role in guiding and educating the new generations is great. The enemies have realised the importance of her role. They consider that if they are able to direct and bring her up they way they wish, far from Islam, they would have won the battle. That is why you find them giving these attempts constant attention through information campaigns, films, and the school curriculum, using for that purpose their lackeys who are infiltrated through Zionist organizations under various names and shapes, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, espionage groups and others, which are all nothing more than cells of subversion and saboteurs. These organizations have ample resources that enable them to play their role in societies for the purpose of achieving the Zionist targets and to deepen the concepts that would serve the enemy. These organizations operate in the absence of Islam and its estrangement among its people. The Islamic peoples should perform their role in confronting the conspiracies of these saboteurs. The day Islam is in control of guiding the affairs of life, these organizations, hostile to humanity and Islam, will be obliterated.

Article Eighteen:

Woman in the home of the fighting family, whether she is a mother or a sister, plays the most important role in looking after the family, rearing the children and embuing them with moral values and thoughts derived from Islam. She has to teach them to perform the religious duties in preparation for the role of fighting awaiting them. That is why it is necessary to pay great attention to schools and the curriculum followed in educating Moslem girls, so that they would grow up to be good mothers, aware of their role in the battle of liberation.

She has to be of sufficient knowledge and understanding where the performance of housekeeping matters are concerned, because economy and avoidance of waste of the family budget, is one of the requirements for the ability to continue moving forward in the difficult conditions surrounding us. She should put before her eyes the fact that the money available to her is just like blood which should never flow except through the veins so that both children and grown-ups could continue to live.

“Verily, the Moslems of either sex, and the true believers of either sex, and the devout men, and the devout women, and the men of veracity, and the women of veracity, and the patient men, and the patient women, and the humble men, and the humble women, and the alms-givers of either sex who remember Allah frequently; for them hath Allah prepared forgiveness and a great reward.” (The Confederates – verse 25).


Hamas states that women should stay at home doing “housekeeping matters”, and to raise children teaching them jihad against the “Zionist” enemy in “the battle of liberation.” Muslim women must be careful to not spend too much of her family’s money which she should treat “just like blood” and to not be swayed by “conspiracies of the [Zionist] saboteurs” who try to pull them and their families “far from Islam.”

With such a progressive and peaceful agenda, it is no surprise that leading progressive Muslim women in America support Hamas. (sarcasm)

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The Hamas Charter, Chapter and Verse. #10

The Hamas Charter builds on its theme of jihad in Articles Fifteen and Sixteen.

The Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine is an Individual Duty:

Article Fifteen:

The day that enemies usurp part of Moslem land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Moslem. In face of the Jews’ usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised. To do this requires the diffusion of Islamic consciousness among the masses, both on the regional, Arab and Islamic levels. It is necessary to instill the spirit of Jihad in the heart of the nation so that they would confront the enemies and join the ranks of the fighters.

It is necessary that scientists, educators and teachers, information and media people, as well as the educated masses, especially the youth and sheikhs of the Islamic movements, should take part in the operation of awakening (the masses). It is important that basic changes be made in the school curriculum, to cleanse it of the traces of ideological invasion that affected it as a result of the orientalists and missionaries who infiltrated the region following the defeat of the Crusaders at the hands of Salah el-Din (Saladin). The Crusaders realised that it was impossible to defeat the Moslems without first having ideological invasion pave the way by upsetting their thoughts, disfiguring their heritage and violating their ideals. Only then could they invade with soldiers. This, in its turn, paved the way for the imperialistic invasion that made Allenby declare on entering Jerusalem: “Only now have the Crusades ended.” General Guru stood at Salah el-Din’s grave and said: “We have returned, O Salah el-Din.” Imperialism has helped towards the strengthening of ideological invasion, deepening, and still does, its roots. All this has paved the way towards the loss of Palestine.

It is necessary to instill in the minds of the Moslem generations that the Palestinian problem is a religious problem, and should be dealt with on this basis. Palestine contains Islamic holy sites. In it there is al- Aqsa Mosque which is bound to the great Mosque in Mecca in an inseparable bond as long as heaven and earth speak of Isra` (Mohammed’s midnight journey to the seven heavens) and Mi’raj (Mohammed’s ascension to the seven heavens from Jerusalem).

“The bond of one day for the sake of Allah is better than the world and whatever there is on it. The place of one’s whip in Paradise is far better than the world and whatever there is on it. A worshipper’s going and coming in the service of Allah is better than the world and whatever there is on it.” (As related by al-Bukhari, Moslem, al-Tarmdhi and Ibn Maja).

“I swear by the holder of Mohammed’s soul that I would like to invade and be killed for the sake of Allah, then invade and be killed, and then invade again and be killed.” (As related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).

The Education of the Generations:

Article Sixteen:

It is necessary to follow Islamic orientation in educating the Islamic generations in our region by teaching the religious duties, comprehensive study of the Koran, the study of the Prophet’s Sunna (his sayings and doings), and learning about Islamic history and heritage from their authentic sources. This should be done by specialised and learned people, using a curriculum that would healthily form the thoughts and faith of the Moslem student. Side by side with this, a comprehensive study of the enemy, his human and financial capabilities, learning about his points of weakness and strength, and getting to know the forces supporting and helping him, should also be included. Also, it is important to be acquainted with the current events, to follow what is new and to study the analysis and commentaries made of these events. Planning for the present and future, studying every trend appearing, is a must so that the fighting Moslem would live knowing his aim, objective and his way in the midst of what is going on around him.

“O my son, verily every matter, whether good or bad, though it be the weight of a grain of mustard-seed, and be hidden in a rock, or in the heavens, or in the earth, Allah will bring the same to light; for Allah is clear-sighted and knowing. O my son, be constant at prayer, and command that which is just, and forbid that which is evil: and be patient under the afflictions which shall befall thee; for this is a duty absolutely incumbent on all men. Distort not thy face out of contempt to men, neither walk in the earth with insolence; for Allah loveth no arrogant, vain-glorious person.” (Lokman – verses 16-18).


Articles Fifteen and Sixteen give clarity to the intended meaning of “jihad,” a word which people sometimes say is an inward struggle to find a purity of spirit.

Stating “In face of the Jews’ usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised,” and “the Palestinian problem is a religious problem, and should be dealt with on this basis,Hamas makes clear that jihad is an external religious war to purify the land of Palestine of Jews. As part of the battle, Palestinian society will direct its youth towards the “study of the enemy, his human and financial capabilities, learning about his points of weakness and strength, and getting to know the forces supporting and helping him,and will use “scientists, educators and teachers, information and media” to make “basic changes” to “the school curriculum” so the young will know how to defeat their Jewish enemies.

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.

A Palestinian boy holds his father’s weapon during a graduation ceremony as part of a military-style summer camp organized by Hamas, August 2015. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90


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The Hamas Charter, Chapter and Verse. #8

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:

Article Eleven:

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:

Article Twelve:

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.

The Islamic Waqf Council offering a ruling on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem / the Al Aqsa Compound [Muammar Awad/Reuters]

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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Hamas Charter, Chapter and Verse. #7

The Hamas Charter‘s second section is about “objectives,” captured in Articles Nine and Ten.

Objectives

Incentives and Objectives:

Article Nine:

The Islamic Resistance Movement found itself at a time when Islam has disappeared from life. Thus rules shook, concepts were upset, values changed and evil people took control, oppression and darkness prevailed, cowards became like tigers: homelands were usurped, people were scattered and were caused to wander all over the world, the state of justice disappeared and the state of falsehood replaced it. Nothing remained in its right place. Thus, when Islam is absent from the arena, everything changes. From this state of affairs the incentives are drawn.

As for the objectives: They are the fighting against the false, defeating it and vanquishing it so that justice could prevail, homelands be retrieved and from its mosques would the voice of the mu’azen emerge declaring the establishment of the state of Islam, so that people and things would return each to their right places and Allah is our helper.

“…and if Allah had not prevented men, the one by the other, verily the earth had been corrupted: but Allah is beneficient towards his creatures.” (The Cow – verse 251).

Article Ten:

As the Islamic Resistance Movement paves its way, it will back the oppressed and support the wronged with all its might. It will spare no effort to bring about justice and defeat injustice, in word and deed, in this place and everywhere it can reach and have influence therein.

The defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I is the beginning of the end for the Islamic Resistance Movement, when “Islam disappeared from life.” The foreign forces, whether French, British or Zionists are considered “evil,” and caused people to scatter. It is specifically the absence of Islam that is the core of the problem.

The goal of HAMAS is to vanquish the non-Muslims and declare the “establishment of the state of Islam.” Only with complete Islamic control of the region can there be peace and justice. It is the local variant of ISIS.

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.

Mahmoud al-Zahar (1945-) co-founder of Hamas


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The Hamas Charter, Chapter and Verse. #6

The Hamas Charter concludes the “definition” section with Articles Seven and Eight which not only point to the universality of its mission, but a call for all Muslims to join their fight against the Jews.

The Universality of the Islamic Resistance Movement:

Article Seven:

As a result of the fact that those Moslems who adhere to the ways of the Islamic Resistance Movement spread all over the world, rally support for it and its stands, strive towards enhancing its struggle, the Movement is a universal one. It is well-equipped for that because of the clarity of its ideology, the nobility of its aim and the loftiness of its objectives.

On this basis, the Movement should be viewed and evaluated, and its role be recognised. He who denies its right, evades supporting it and turns a blind eye to facts, whether intentionally or unintentionally, would awaken to see that events have overtaken him and with no logic to justify his attitude. One should certainly learn from past examples.

The injustice of next-of-kin is harder to bear than the smite of the Indian sword.

“We have also sent down unto thee the book of the Koran with truth, confirming that scripture which was revealed before it; and preserving the same safe from corruption. Judge therefore between them according to that which Allah hath revealed; and follow not their desires, by swerving from the truth which hath come unto thee. Unto every of you have we given a law, and an open path; and if Allah had pleased, he had surely made you one people; but he hath thought it fit to give you different laws, that he might try you in that which he hath given you respectively. Therefore strive to excel each other in good works; unto Allah shall ye all return, and then will he declare unto you that concerning which ye have disagreed.” (The Table, verse 48).

The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the links in the chain of the struggle against the Zionist invaders. It goes back to 1939, to the emergence of the martyr Izz al-Din al Kissam and his brethren the fighters, members of Moslem Brotherhood. It goes on to reach out and become one with another chain that includes the struggle of the Palestinians and Moslem Brotherhood in the 1948 war and the Jihad operations of the Moslem Brotherhood in 1968 and after.

Moreover, if the links have been distant from each other and if obstacles, placed by those who are the lackeys of Zionism in the way of the fighters obstructed the continuation of the struggle, the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realisation of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:

“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).

The Slogan of the Islamic Resistance Movement:

Article Eight:

Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.

Hamas makes clear throughout the opening section of the charter that it opposes Jews having control of Muslim lands and people and for being “unclean” and “vile” people. In Article Seven, it introduces the notion that these Jews are foreign “Zionist invaders.” Specifically, these Jews have invaded all of Palestine, as the struggle goes back before the 1967 War (so it is not about the “West Bank” and Gaza) and predates the 1948-9 War (meaning it doesn’t even have to do with Jewish sovereignty.) The “struggle” goes back to before 1939, meaning it is about the basic presence of Jews.

The charter mentions Izz al-Din al Kissam (also spelled Izz ad-din al-Qassam), who fought various “invading” forces to the Middle East including the French in Syria (where al-Qassam was born), and the British and Zionists in Palestine. He became a popular figure in Palestinian circles for killing Jewish civilian who accumulating land in Palestine from Arabs. Many of the farms were owned by foreigners (like Arabs in Egypt) and the local Palestinian Arabs worked the land. The incoming Jews not only purchased the land, but took over the work of farming the lands, leaving the Arabs both without income and place to live. Some scholars attribute al-Qassam’s death at the hands of British forces as the launch for the 1936-9 multi-year Arab revolt to stop Jewish immigration. The al-Qassam military wing of Hamas is named after him.

Izz ad-din al-Qassam (1882-1935), fighter against French rule in Syria and British and Zionists in Palestine

The charter goes on to call out against “lackeys of Zionism,” those Muslims who protect the Jews. It cites a classic verse describing how Muslims must kill Jews, and those Muslims who shield the Jews from death are effectively co-conspirators against Allah who will pay at the Day of Judgement.

Article Eight underscores that the path of Allah is jihad to the death.


The definition of the Hamas movement is a religious war against the “vileness” of the Jews, “invaders” who took over Muslim lands and people. This is a war beyond time and place which must be fought to the death.

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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The Hamas Charter, Chapter and Verse. #5

The Hamas Charter‘s first four articles declare itself as the embodiment of Islam with a desire to push all non-Muslims off of Muslim lands. Articles Five and Six add some clarity:

Time and Place Extent of the Islamic Resistance Movement:

Article Five:

Time extent of the Islamic Resistance Movement: By adopting Islam as its way of life, the Movement goes back to the time of the birth of the Islamic message, of the righteous ancestor, for Allah is its target, the Prophet is its example and the Koran is its constitution. Its extent in place is anywhere that there are Moslems who embrace Islam as their way of life everywhere in the globe. This being so, it extends to the depth of the earth and reaches out to the heaven.

“Dost thou not see how Allah putteth forth a parable; representing a good word, as a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed in the earth, and whose branches reach unto heaven; which bringeth forth its fruit in all seasons, by the will of its Lord? Allah propoundeth parables unto men, that they may be instructed.” (Abraham – verses 24-25).

Characteristics and Independence:

Article Six:

The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinguished Palestinian movement, whose allegiance is to Allah, and whose way of life is Islam. It strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine, for under the wing of Islam followers of all religions can coexist in security and safety where their lives, possessions and rights are concerned. In the absence of Islam, strife will be rife, oppression spreads, evil prevails and schisms and wars will break out.

How excellent was the Moslem poet, Mohamed Ikbal, when he wrote:

“If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion. He who accepts life without religion, has taken annihilation as his companion for life.”

Having made clear that the “Islamic Resistance Movement” a/k/a HAMAS is devoted to Islam, Article Five clarifies that its mission extends back to the founding of Islam (7th century) and is relevant wherever there are devout Muslims. Article Six clearly states that “every inch of Palestine” is covered by their mission and is the very focal point of installing their vision of Islam.

Here the charter makes a pivot from Article Three which sought to “rid the land and the people” of non-Muslims, now affording other religions an existence “under the wing of Islam.” This means being a second-class citizen (dhimmi) in a Muslim-ruled country forced to pay a tax (jizyah) to the government. Failure to abide by such structure will mean that “wars will break out,” meaning that HAMAS will never accept anything less.

Ismail Haniyeh (1962-), a senior political leader of Hamas and formerly one of two disputed Prime Ministers of the Palestinian National Authority. (photo: AFP/ said Khatib)

Hamas’ view of Israel is that it is illegitimate specifically because it is a non-Muslim entity ruling over Muslim lands and people. As such, it seeks the complete destruction of the Jewish State and replacement with a country ruled by sharia law where Jews have the option to live as second class citizens, to convert to Islam, be expelled or killed.

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