When the Jihâd is for the Sake of America ~ Shaykh Nâsir al-Fahd
By the Shaykh Nâsir al-Fahd (may Allâh hasten his release)
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
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
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
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!!)