An excerpt, written in December, 2001, as US forces were destroying the Taliban regime that had sheltered bin Laden and seemed poised to capture or kill Osama himself:
In the name of Allah the merciful the forgiver,
[This is the] Will of a poor man to his god in the highest, Osama bin Mohammad bin Ladin,
Thanks be to Allah, and peace and prayers over the messenger of Allah, his family and all his companions. We implore his justice and guidance and call on him for assistance from our evil and ill deeds. He whom Allah guides, none can lead astray and he whom Allah leads astray, has no guide. And I testify that there is no god be he alone, ascribe no partners to him and I testify that Mohammad is his slave and messenger. We beg him in the highest to accept us in martyrdom along with the righteous of his worshipers and to perish us as Muslims.
Allah had commanded us that in case death approached to leave a will for both parents, relatives and all Muslims […] and whatever saddens them, saddens me and Allah attests to what I am saying.
Allah attests that the love for Jihad and death in the cause of Allah has taken over my life and the Sword Verses have penetrated every cell of my heart, “and kill all the polytheists [infidels] as they fight all of you”. And how many times I wake from my sleep and find myself reciting this holy verse. If every Muslim would ask himself why did our Ummah reach to where she is [in a state of] humiliation and defeat, his instinctual response would be, because she has clung to the pleasures of life and tossed the book of Allah [Koran] behind its back and it is the only source that has the cure and success in the here and now and the hereafter. The Jews and Christians have tempted us with the pleasures of life and its cheap delights and they invaded us with their monitory values before invading us with their armies. And we were, like women, did not react, because the love for death in the cause of Allah has departed the hearts.
Read the rest, courtesy of Michael Yon.
And remember that there are many, many others who have taken these same beliefs to heart and are ready and willing to wage jihad fi sabil Allah.
We’ve won a great victory, but this war isn’t over by any stretch.
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)