This is the text of the al Qaida statement naming Ayman al Zawahiri as the successor to Osama bin Laden. It was translated from the Arabic by McClatchy special correspondent Mohannad Sabry.
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
A statement regarding the succession of Sheikh Osama Bin Laden for the leadership of the Al-Qaeda Jihad Organization.
O you who believe! Endure and be more patient, and guard your territory, and fear Allah, so that you may be successful.
Prophet Mohammad PBUH (Peace Be Upon Him) said, A sect of my nation will continue fighting for the truth until judgment day.
With hearts fully accepting the will of Allah and of destiny, and reassured by Allahs pledge, the Islamic nation and the mujahidin of Al Qaida received news of the martyrdom of the progressive leader, the migrant mujahid, the patient Sheikh Osama bin Mohammad Bin Laden, may Allah bless his soul. We pray that Allah raise him to heaven and reward him for his good deeds.
Whereas Jihad will continue until Judgment Day, and whereas Jihad has become an obligation in this era against the invading infidels, the occupiers of Muslim homes, and against the backsliding leaders who've changed Islamic law agreed upon by Muslim scholars, and whereas the best revenge for the noble martyrs and Sheikh Osama Bin Laden is to continue on the path of jihad and in the way of Allah and to support Muslims and the defenseless, the General Leadership of the Al Qaeda Jihad Organization, after consultations, announces that Sheikh Doctor Abu Mohamed Ayman Al Zawahiri has taken over the leadership of the group. We ask Allah to support him and ourselves and all Muslims in following His laws and maintaining the truth in best way possible.
The general leadership of Al-Qaeda, on this occasion, stresses the following principles:
First: the Al-Qaeda Jihad Organization seeks the implementation of Allahs book and the Sunna and calls for all Muslims to follow the ways of the Prophet Mohammad and those of his noble companions and his successors, may Allah accept them all. We call for the pursuit of the ways agreed to by the followers of the prophet and their followers and whoever took their path and sought to follow in their path in learning and work, such as the four Imams and the Imams of Jurisprudence and Hadith, who were received and accepted by the nation and testified for their goodwill and prayed for their blessing for generations. We abide by what they set out and we do not disobey their commandments. We seek, with Allah's help, to be followers, not fabricators, learners and never creators.
Second: with Allahs support, we seek the call for religion and truth. We urge our nation to prepare and fight, to fulfill its obligations to battle the pagan invaders who violate the homes of Islam, led by America the Crusader and its sidekick, Israel, and to battle whomever helps them, including leaders who break the laws of Islam. We will fight them with all our strength, and we call on all Muslims to fight them with hands, tongues, hearts, money, actions and everything possible until all the occupying armies leave the land of Islam and the laws of Allah reign. Allah said, O you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who are the pious.
Third: we confirm our support and solidarity for anyone who fights to raise up the word of Allah and for whomever defends Islam and the rights of Muslims in any of their countries. The Al-Qaeda Jihad Organization does not belong to a region or nationality. The homes of all Muslims are our homes, all Muslims are brothers to us, and we are loyal to the ties of Islam. We dont view Arabs as better than foreigners. Only piousness and good deeds distinguish people.
We confirm to our families in beloved Palestine what Sheikh Osama Bin Laden, may Allah bless his soul, said to them when he said: We say to our brothers in Palestine that the blood of your sons is the blood of our sons, your blood is our blood, by Allah we will not forsake you until victory is accomplished or we taste what Hamza Bin Abdel Mutalib tasted. We confirm to them that we will not give up anything that belongs to Palestine, the land of endurance and Jihad. We will never admit the legitimacy of the so called state of Israel even if every human on earth admits it. We will not accept or abide by or apply or be obliged by any treaty or agreement that conveys that legitimacy and steals an inch of Palestine from the Muslims, whether it is the United Nations, which is led by the biggest criminals, or any other organization or association. We will continue, with Allah's help, to battle with our hands and voices, to uncover the treason of whoever gives up the rights of Palestine and cooperates with the Mosad and CIA, and we will commit all our earthly treasures to the fight until Palestine, all of Palestine, is free, until the flags of Islam wave over it and the laws of Allah spread again in it, just as it was freed by the ancient heroes of Islam such as Salah Al-Din.
We confirm to our brothers in Afghanistan that our souls and worldy possessions are committed to them, under the leadership of Mullah Mohamed Omar, a Mujahid that Allah protected, to push the American Crusader Occupation from this pure and patient country.
We confirm to our brothers the Mujahidin, the companions on the path of patience and struggle, to confront the crusader campaigns whereever they exist: in Iraq, with knowledge; in Somalia, with Sharia and people; in the Peninsula, with revelation and wisdom and faith; in Morroco, with friendship, triumph and insistence, and in Chechnya, with patience and persistence. We pledge to hold true to our path, with strength, unity, loving hearts, and a pure banner, to battle the enemy no matter what form or name it may take. There will be no weakness, no hesitation and no retreat. We will hit and we will be hit. We will win and we will lose. The blessed end is for the pious. Allah said Musa (Moses) said to his people: Seek help in Allah and be patient. Verily, the earth is Allah's. He gives it as a heritage to whom He will of His slaves, and the blessed end is for the pious.
Fourth: Allah said And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah, and for the weak, the ill-treated and the oppressed among men, women, and children, whose cry is: 'Our Lord! Rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from You one who will protect, and raise for us from You one who will help." And Prophet Mohammad PBUH said release those who suffer. And so we ask Allah to help us work on releasing Muslim lions who are imprisoned and chained and who have been patient, who have suffered and sacrificed for the sake of Islam and Muslims' triumph. We confirm to such beloved ones that we have not forgotten them and will not forget them. By the will of Allah, we have not forgotten our Sheikh, the truth-speaking Mujahid, Omar Abdel Rahman. We will never forget our brothers in Guantanamo and Bagram and Abu Ghraib and in both secret and known American prisons and in every Guantanamo built by the agents of America and under its supervision in Muslim lands. Allah said, They had nothing against them, except that they believed in Allah, the All-Mighty, Worthy of all Praise!
Fifth: we support and stand by the intifada of our Muslim and suppressed peoples, the uprising waged against tyrants, the unjust and the corrupt after they tortured our nation in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, The Sham, and Morocco, and we encourage them and encourage the rest of the Muslim world to revolt and to continue struggling, striving and persisting until the end of all the corrupt systems that were imposed by the West on our countries and who were used to press its policies and impose its authority, and until the real and true change that will can only be achieved when the Muslim nation once again is following Gods laws that were abandoned by the occupation. Islamic Sharia will then return to rule the Islamic nation without any other ideology. At that time, religion will be only for Allah. The change will never be accomplished except by getting rid of all forms of occupation and oppression and military, economic, cultural, and judicial rule imposed on us by the West. It will never be achieved except by erasing every kind of social and political injustice. For all this to be done, there must be serious preparation, continuous encouragement, a sustained Jihad, and meeting force with force. Raising up religion is done by a book that guides and a sword that triumphs, and sufficient is your Lord as a Guide and Helper.
Sixth: We open our arms and our hearts to cooperation with any worker in bringing Islam to triumph, with any Islamic organization and group, so that we stand shoulder to shoulder with one another and support each other to oust the invaders from the homes of Islam and to spread Sharia so that the nations of Islam become both the rulers and the ruled, leading and not led, ordering and never ordered, and until every apostate constitution falls. We pledge to cooperate to erase all the corrupt systems, to clean our countries of all forms of injustice, oppression and corruption. All this to meet Allah's command, Help you one another in virtue, righteousness and piety. It is our shared duty, we and all our Muslim brothers, to remind one another of these obligations.
Seventh: our Islamic religion prohibits every kind of injustice, against Muslims or others, against friends or enemies, and therefore we assure anyone in this world who is suffering from injustice most of whom are victims of Western and American crimes that our religion is the religion of justice and fairness. We sympathize with the suffering of the oppressed and our Jihad against American arrogance will lead to the end of such injustice. Our Jihad is an effective effort to free them of Western and American manipulation that has enslaved them and stolen their fortunes and ruined their environment and lives.
This is our message to the Muslim Nation and to everyone seeking truth and justice. Allah is leader to the path of righteousness; our last prayer is thanking Allah, and peace be upon our Prophet Mohammad and his followers and companions.
Al-Qaeda Jihad Organization General Leadership June 2011