The full text of the speech by Shaykh Usama bin Ladin regarding the 9/11 2001 attacks on the US

The following is a transcript of the translated statement by Shaykh Usama bin Ladin which was broadcasted by al-Jazeera on October 7, 2001 and translated by BBC. Index News has made some changes in the translated text so that it can go along with the video above the it. In the statement, Shaykh Usama bin Ladin talks about the 9/11 attacks and al-Qaeda’s motivation for attacking the US.

Index News re-publishes this statement for educational and informational purposes only and not to incite hatred or violence of any kind. The editorial staff of Index News feels it is very important to know what motivates al-Qaeda and groups like it to attack the West in general and the US in particular, so as to prevent further attacks. We think that this is only possible when we pay attention to their statements.

Praise be to God and we beseech Him for help and forgiveness.

We seek refuge with the Lord of our bad and evildoing. He whom God guides is rightly guided but he whom God leaves to stray, for him wilt thou find no protector to lead him to the right way.

I witness that there is no God but God and Mohammed is His slave and Prophet.

God Almighty hit the United States at its most vulnerable spot. He destroyed its greatest buildings.

Praise be to God.

Here is the United States, filled with terror from its north to its south and from its east to its west.

Praise be to God.

What the United States tastes today is a very small thing compared to what we have tasted for tens of years.

Our nation has been tasting this humiliation and contempt for more than 80 years.

Its sons are being killed, its blood is being shed, its holy places are being attacked and it is not being ruled according to what God has decreed.

Despite this, nobody cares.

When Almighty God rendered successful a convoy of Muslims, the vanguards of Islam, He allowed them to destroy the United States.

I ask God Almighty to elevate their status and grant them Paradise. He is the one who is capable to do so.

When these defended their oppressed sons, brothers and sisters in Palestine and in many Islamic countries, the world at large shouted. The infidels shouted, followed by the hypocrites.

One million Iraqi children have thus far died in Iraq although they did not do anything wrong.

Despite this, we heard no denunciation by anyone in the world or a Fatwa by the rulers’ Ulama [body of Muslim scholars].

Israeli tanks and tracked vehicles also enter to wreak havoc in Palestine; in Jenin, Ramallah, Rafah, Beit Jala and other Islamic areas and we hear no voices raised or moves made.

Bu if the sword falls on the United States after 80 years, hypocrisy raises its head lamenting the deaths of these killers who tampered with the blood, honor and holy places of the Muslims.

They champion falsehood, support the butcher against the victim, the oppressor against the innocent child.

May God mete them the punishment they deserve.

The least that one can describe these people is that they are morally depraved.

They champion falsehood, support the butcher against the victim, the oppressor against the innocent child.

May God mete them the punishment they deserve.

I say that the matter is clear and explicit.

In the aftermath of this event and now that senior US officials have spoken, beginning with Bush, the head of the world’s infidels, and whoever supports him, every Muslim should rush to defend his religion.

They came out in arrogance with their men and horses and instigated even those countries that belong to Islam against us.

They came out to fight this group of people who declared their faith in God and refused to abandon their religion.

They came out to fight Islam in the name of terrorism.

Hundreds of thousands of people, young and old, were killed in the farthest point on earth in Japan.

[For them] this is not a crime, but rather a debatable issue.

They bombed Iraq and considered that a debatable issue.

But when a dozen people of them were killed in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Afghanistan and Iraq were bombed and all hypocrite ones stood behind the head of the world’s infidelity – behind the Hubal [an idol worshiped by pagans before the advent of Islam] of the age – namely, America and its supporters.

These incidents divided the entire world into two regions – one of faith where there is no hypocrisy and another of infidelity, from which we hope God will protect us

The winds of faith and change have blown to remove falsehood from the [Arabian] Peninsula of Prophet Mohammed, may God’s prayers be upon him.

As for the United States, I tell it and its people these few words: I swear by Almighty God who raised the heavens without pillars that neither the United States nor he who lives in the United States will enjoy security before we can see it as a reality in Palestine and before all the infidel armies leave the land of Mohammed, may God’s peace and blessing be upon him.

God is great and glory to Islam.

May God’s peace, mercy, and blessings be upon you.

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