Hamza bin Ladin, son of Usama and one of al-Qaeda’s rising media stars, released an audio speech on 31 March, labelled as the sixth edition of his “Sovereignty of the Best of Nations Is In the Uprising of the People of the Haram” series. Oddly, the last speech in the series, released on 18 January, was labelled as the fourth instalment. This speech also focused on delegitimising the Saudi government, in this case by laying out the history of its close relations with the United States and the work the Saudis have done to suppress jihadism. An English-language transcript was released by al-Qaeda’s As-Sahab Media and is reproduced below with some editions in transliteration.
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Praise be to Allah, the Noble One who has bestowed His grace upon us, the Great One who has subjected the necks of the mighty to Him, and I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone and there is not partner ascribed to Him and a witness we hope as a survival from the Hereafter, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His lone messenger and His lone slave, may Allah’s prayer be upon him and his family and his companions.
As for what follows:
To our Muslim brothers everywhere, and to our people in Bilad al-Haramayn [lit. “The Land of the Two Holy Places”; Saudi Arabia], may Allah’s prayer and peace be upon you
This is the sixth episode from the episodes: “Sovereignty of the Best of Nations Is In the Uprising of the People of the Haram,” which incites our dear people in the Arabian Peninsula to rise up against the criminal tyrants and rulers of the country and to strip them of their fictions, and incites them to liberate the place of revelation from the Crusaders and protect the Two Holy Mosques from the Safavids, and establish a complete and rightly-guided Islamic system, spreading justice, simplifying the shura [consultation], and reviving jihad for the sake of Allah, while redistributing the riches of the country among the poor and the needy and the deserving, so that the sons of the country can live honourably and in strength in the shade of the shari’a of the Lords of the Worlds.
We have mentioned in the previous episodes that the change in Bilad al-Haramayn would benefit the entire umma [Islamic community], Allah permitting, and that this change would be a main reason for the return of the Islamic umma to its glory and its luster and its sovereignty.
And we pointed out the danger of the creeping Rafida [Shi’a, i.e. Iranian] extension toward the Two Holy Places, from the outside on several fronts and from the inside as well, versus the shameful inability of Al-Sa’ud to confront them. But rather that confronting one faction of [the ruling regime in Arabia], we concluded that Al-Sa’ud and its army was not eligible to defend the Two Holy Mosques.
It is incumbent upon our people in the Arabian Peninsula to prepare the equipment and materials, and prepare to protect the Two Holy Mosques from the Rafida Safavids [Iranians], and to support their mujahideen brothers [al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)] in Yemen, the Land of Faith and Wisdom, with money and men; Oh Muslim merchants, this is a chance for he who wants to obtain the honour of preparing an army to protect the Two Holy Mosques. Oh young Muslims, go forth lightly and heavily to your mujahideen brothers in Yemen, the Land of Faith, to prepare the equipment and gain the necessary experience from them; they are a people of virtue, and a people of faith and wisdom, and loyalty and help, may Allah consider them such.
We also discussed in the previous episodes about Abdulaziz ibn Sa’ud of the Third Saudi State, and its master and its misguided guider, and we clarified his relationship with the Ottoman State, which betrayed us and broke its pledge of loyalty with us and fought it, and we mentioned his close relationship with Britain, which he loved, and said that it would not leave his mind until the Hour of Resurrection. Then we discussed his relationship with the Ikhwan and his betrayal of them after their role was finished, and we mentioned his betrayal of the Palestinian Issue, his acceptance of a State for the Jews on Palestinian land, his standing in the way of a Palestinian revolution and aborting it, and we clarified also his excessive compassion for the Jews and his harsh cruelty upon our people, the people of Palestine.
Today, by the will of Allah, our discussion is about the relationship of Abdulaziz ibn Sa’ud with America.
After all the close relationships, and the agreements which were between him and between Britain, this loyalty transferred from Britain to America at the end of the Second World War, after the British star faded and the American star appeared in its place—and which is now on its path to decline, by the grace of Allah, glorified and exalted is He, because of the strikes of the mujahideen. The documents in this regard confirm a truth of this relationship. At the famous meeting between Abdulaziz and the American President Roosevelt on Rabi al-Awwal in the hijri year 1364, corresponding to 14 February 1945, on the back of the American cruiser, [the U.S.S.] Quincy, Abdulaziz and Roosevelt agreed to establish a relationship of dependence of the Saudi regime to America and transfer of allegiance of Al-Sa’ud from Britain to America.
In America, two State Department reports of this interview were written by American delegate to the House of Al-Sa’ud. William Eddy mentions in one of them: “A very cordial relationship was established [between the two parties]. The King spoke as if he were the twin brother of the President for years in charge of the Presidency of the State … and when Roosevelt gifted to Abdulaziz a wheelchair, Abdulaziz said, ‘Gratefully. I shall use it daily and always recall affectionately the giver, my great and good friend’.”
William Eddy continues in his report and says: “Verily, Ibn Sa’ud told him a number of times: ‘I did not meet anyone equal to the President in terms of his personality, and his wisdom, and his gentleness’.”
Also, Abdulaziz said to the Hafiz Shaykh: “Verily, the most important event in my life is my meeting with President Roosevelt.”
The meeting of Abdulaziz with Roosevelt was not ordinary but rather was a dangerous and fateful meeting that dragged the Islamic umma into calamities and disasters. It resulted in the establishment of a stronger relationship with America, at the expense of Britain, and Ibn Sa’ud agreed to allow American ships to use ports of Bilad al-Haramayn and establish a large American air base, and became a region for the American army for a period of five years, then returned after that to Al-Sa’ud with all the facilities built in it.
This was a dangerous step, the first establishment of a crusader military presence in Bilad al-Haramayn since they were banished from it by our prophet, Muhammad, may Allah’s prayers and peace be upon him. Abdulaziz was named as the Abu Rigal of the past century, the greatest traitor, who has his name tied to this great treason.
Thus, Roosevelt and Ibn Sa’ud established the foundations of a Saudi-American relationship, which continues to this day, and which has caused the occupation of Bilad al-Haramayn, and the entry into it of army units and battalions that participated in the killing of hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the region. The wealth of the Islamic umma were looted; wealth whose numbers are astronomical and are not able to be counted except by Allah, glorified and exalted is He, and the reason for that is that Abdulaziz al-Sa’ud, who made this bad deal for his children, and his grandchildren after him, and I wish for him a shameful history.
What has preceded in this series? It is clear to us that three major powers of the world existed during his era, and that he worked with them as follows:
As for the first: it is the Ottoman State, which he betrayed, breaking his allegiance to it, and fighting it.
As for the second: it is the Crusader British Empire; he allied with it and loved it and ceded Palestine to it.
As for the third: it is the Crusader American Empire, which he allowed to occupy Bilad al-Haramayn.
Abdulaziz became a traitor of the Ottoman State, conceded Palestine, and agreed to the occupation of Bilad al-Haramayn; he is the seller of the three mosques to the Crusaders, and we seek refuge in Allah.
Is this the founder of the State of Tawhid [Monotheism]?!
In conclusion: Abdulaziz ibn Sa’ud, as the supreme leader of the ruling family [in Arabia], betrayed Islam and the Muslims with unprecedented treachery: by allowing the first crusader military force to enter Bilad al-Haramayn; conceding Palestine and Masjid al-Aqsa [“The Farthest Mosque” in Jerusalem]; fighting the Ottoman Caliphate; being subservient to the British Empire, then America, and loving them both. What did he say about the President? The disbelieving Crusader Roosevelt? That he is a twin brother, and a good friend, and he had never met anyone like him in his life, and to have met him was one of the most important events in his life!
His sons and grandchildren still walk on the same path as their father. And if the head of the house is a scorpion, the people of the house dance to the same drum. I urge myself and the Muslims in Bilad al-Haramayn, especially with the following saying: The messenger of Allah gave us lessons of the eternal faith / Of the infidels how many suffered and were not weakened / And to faith of supporters they suffered as he suffered / On the wood they have carried what they have done to us / For this religion has arisen the redemption of Islam killed us / They did not fear the fever of the tyrants and the Sultan was not pleased by them / Today we are not satisfied with changing the religion of scales / We obey Allah and we do not disobey and if kill then we bring glad tidings / The era of the disbelief is over and today victory has come true
Oh Allah, fix for us our religion which is the infallibility of our command, and fix for us our world which we live in, and fix for us our afterlife to which we are headed, and make the life for us better with all good things, and make death a rest for us from all evil.
Our Lord, forgive us, and our parents, and whoever has the right to pray for us, and guide the Muslims.
Allah is the master of mankind, but most people know not.
Our last prayer is: praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.