By the Shaykh Nâsir al-Fahd (may Allâh hasten his release)
Translated by: At-Tibyân Publications
In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
All Praise is for Allâh, and may Peace and Blessings be upon the Messenger of Allâh.
As for what follows:
So, we have heard recently the news of the Jihâd and the increase in armed resistance against the Crusaders in the Lands of the Two Rivers (al-‘Irâq), and following that, we came to know of the stance of the country known as Saudi Arabia regarding this resistance and its criminalizing any support for it.
And in this document, I do not wish to provide the evidences for the legislation of this Jihâd and assisting it, as this is a whole other issue. Rather, I want to expose the hypocrisy of this state by giving a quick comparison between its stance regarding the previous Afghân Jihâd against the Russians, and the present Jihâd in ‘Irâq and Afghânistân against the Americans.
The Russians came with a massive military campaign, during which they targeted the lands of the Afghâns (only), and installed a government that was subservient to them. Whereas, the Americans came with a massive military campaign in which they targeted the lands of the Afghâns as well as the land of ‘Irâq, and installed in them those who are subservient to them, and the Saudi government did not recognize the government of the Russians in Afghânistân, but it recognized the governments of America in Afghânistân and ‘Irâq.
The Saudi government encouraged the Afghân Mujâhidîn and supported them materially and morally, while it painted the Mujâhidîn in ‘Irâq as criminals and warned against supporting them. Rather, it made support of them to be a crime even if this support consisted simply of Qunoot and supplication for them!
The Saudi government let the Mashâyikh and the scholars to support the Afghân Jihâd and to issue fatâwâ in its favor, while it has now outlawed any fatwâ regarding the Jihâd in ‘Irâq. Rather, it has made the scholars issue verdicts that outlaw and forbid any participation in it.
The Saudi government assisted the youth in going to the Jihâd in Afghânistân, and lightened their (financial) burden of going by over 75%, while it outlawed going to the Jihâd in ‘Irâq, and whoever did this and fell into their clutches, then his destination would be the depths of prison!
The Saudi government hosted the leadership of the Jihâd in Afghânistân and allowed them to give lectures in their land, while it joined the Crusaders in hunting down the leadership of the Jihâd in ‘Irâq.
And the overall conclusion that can be drawn from this quick comparison is that when the Jihâd in Afghânistân was against the enemies of America, and served the interests of America, it was considered, according to the Saudi government, to be Jihâd for the Sake of Allâh, and it was allowed for the Mashâyikh to issue rulings regarding it, and material and moral support of it. And whoever participated in it from the youth was presented with that which would facilitate his going there, and he was referred to as a ‘Mujâhid’!
And when the Jihâd now in Afghânistân and ‘Irâq is against America and against the interests of America, it is ‘terrorism’ and ‘extremism’ and its people are hunted and killed. And whoever supports them with a fatwâ or with wealth is imprisoned – let alone those who support them with men – and it is not allowed for the scholars to issue fatâwâ regarding it. Rather, it is the opposite: they are to issue verdicts forbidding anyone from going to ‘Irâq and that the actions that take place there are ‘terrorist’ acts, not Jihâd.
So, the issue is very clear, and it is: that this (Saudi) state does not know of Jihâd or anything else for the sake of Allâh. Rather, it only knows Jihâd for the sake of America. So what the Crusaders allow, it (the Saudi government) allows and supports; and what the Crusaders don’t allow, then they don’t allow either.
And Allâh is Controlling of His Affairs, even if the disbelievers hate that.
(Sidenote: So, its support of the Afghân Mujâhidîn in the past was because of that serving American interests in the region, just as in the 1980s (during the Reagan administration), the Saudi state supported the Contra rebels in Nicaragua – as the American president himself embarrassed them by exposing this – because the revolution there served the interests of America. Otherwise, both sides of that conflict were disbelievers, the region is empty of resources and there was no interest for the Muslims in that war. Rather, it was Jihâd for the sake of America!!)