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Thursday, 1 November, 2001, 20:28 GMT
Full text: Bin Laden's 'letter to Muslims'
A letter purportedly from Saudi-born militant Osama Bin Laden calls on Muslims in Pakistan to stand up for Islam as the country supports the US-led campaign against Afghanistan. Here is the full text of the letter:

"In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful.


The world has been divided into two camps: One under the banner of the cross and another under the banner of Islam

"My Muslim brethren in the chaste land of Pakistan, civilians and military. God's peace and blessings be upon you.

"The crusade against Islam has intensified and the killing of the followers of Muhammad, may God's peace and blessings be upon him, has spread widely in Afghanistan.

Two camps

"The world has been divided into two camps: One under the banner of the cross, as [US President George W] Bush, the head of infidelity, said, and another under the banner of Islam.


A Muslim is a brother to fellow Muslims. He neither does them injustice, nor lets them down

"The Pakistani Government has fallen under the banner of the cross. The Almighty God says: To the hypocrites give the glad tidings that there is for them but a grievous penalty; yea, to those who take for friends unbelievers rather than believers: Is it honour they seek among them? Nay, all honour is with God.

"O supporters of Islam: This is your day to support Islam.

"Whoever believes in God and Doomsday must not rest at ease until he upholds right and its supporters and until God defeats falsehood and its backers.

'A Muslim's duty'

"Your stand against falsehood will strengthen us. But if they seek your aid in religion, it is your duty to help them. Prophet Muhammad, may God's peace and blessings be upon him, says: "A Muslim is a brother to fellow Muslims. He neither does them injustice, nor lets them down, nor surrenders them."

"Let God be my witness that I have conveyed the message.

"Let God be my witness that I have conveyed the message.

"Let God be my witness that I have conveyed the message.

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

[Dated] 15 Shaban 1422 Hegira [1 November 2001]

[Signed] Osama Bin Muhammad Bin Laden

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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