Hamas Covenant 1988
Islamic Resistance Movement
18 August 1988
In The Name Of The Most Merciful Allah
"Ye are the best nation that hath been raised up unto mankind: ye command that which is just, and
ye forbid that which is unjust, and ye believe in Allah. And if they who have received the scriptures had
believed, it had surely been the better for them: there are believers among them, but the greater part of
them are transgressors. They shall not hurt you, unless with a slight hurt; and if they fight against you,
they shall turn their backs to you, and they shall not be helped. They are smitten with vileness
wheresoever they are found; unless they obtain security by entering into a treaty with Allah, and a
treaty with men; and they draw on themselves indignation from Allah, and they are afflicted with
poverty. This they suffer, because they disbelieved the signs of Allah, and slew the prophets unjustly;
this, because they were rebellious, and transgressed." (Al-Imran - verses 109-111).
“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others
before it" (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).
"The Islamic world is on fire. Each of us should pour some water, no matter how little, to extinguish
whatever one can without waiting for the others." (Sheikh Amjad al-Zahawi, of blessed memory).
In The Name Of The Most Merciful Allah
Praise be unto Allah, to whom we resort for help, and whose forgiveness, guidance and support we seek;
Allah bless the Prophet and grant him salvation, his companions and supporters, and to those who
carried out his message and adopted his laws - everlasting prayers and salvation as long as the earth and
heaven will last. Hereafter:
Out of the midst of troubles and the sea of suffering, out of the palpitations of faithful hearts and
cleansed arms; out of the sense of duty, and in response to Allah's command, the call has gone out
rallying people together and making them follow the ways of Allah, leading them to have determined
will in order to fulfill their role in life, to overcome all obstacles, and surmount the difficulties on the
way. Constant preparation has continued and so has the readiness to sacrifice life and all that is precious
for the sake of Allah. Thus it was that the nucleus (of the movement) was formed and started to pave its way through the
tempestuous sea of hopes and expectations, of wishes and yearnings, of troubles and obstacles, of pain
and challenges, both inside and outside.
When the idea was ripe, the seed grew and the plant struck root in the soil of reality, away from
passing emotions, and hateful haste. The Islamic Resistance Movement emerged to carry out its role
through striving for the sake of its Creator, its arms intertwined with those of all the fighters for the
liberation of Palestine. The spirits of its fighters meet with the spirits of all the fighters who have
sacrificed their lives on the soil of Palestine, ever since it was conquered by the companions of the
Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, and until this day.
This Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS), clarifies its picture, reveals its identity,
outlines its stand, explains its aims, speaks about its hopes, and calls for its support, adoption and
joining its ranks. Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts.
It is a step that inevitably should be followed by other steps. The Movement is but one squadron that
should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the
enemy is vanquished and Allah's victory is realised.
Thus we see them coming on the horizon "and you shall learn about it hereafter" "Allah hath
written, Verily I will prevail, and my apostles: for Allah is strong and mighty." (The Dispute - verse 21).
"Say to them, This is my way: I invite you to Allah, by an evident demonstration; both I and he who
followeth me; and, praise be unto Allah! I am not an idolator." (Joseph - verse 107).
Hamas (means) strength and bravery -(according to) Al-Mua'jam al-Wasit: c1.
Definition of the Movement
The Islamic Resistance Movement: The Movement's programme is Islam. From it, it draws its ideas,
ways of thinking and understanding of the universe, life and man. It resorts to it for judgement in all its
conduct, and it is inspired by it for guidance of its steps.
The Islamic Resistance Movement's Relation With the Moslem Brotherhood Group:
The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Moslem Brotherhood in Palestine. Moslem
Brotherhood Movement is a universal organization which constitutes the largest Islamic movement in
modern times. It is characterised by its deep understanding, accurate comprehension and its complete
embrace of all Islamic concepts of all aspects of life, culture, creed, politics, economics, education, society, justice and judgement, the spreading of Islam, education, art, information, science of the occult
and conversion to Islam.
Structure and Formation
The basic structure of the Islamic Resistance Movement consists of Moslems who have given their
allegiance to Allah whom they truly worship, - "I have created the jinn and humans only for the purpose
of worshipping" - who know their duty towards themselves, their families and country. In all that, they
fear Allah and raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors, so that they would rid the land and
the people of their uncleanliness, vileness and evils.
"But we will oppose truth to vanity, and it shall confound the same; and behold, it shall vanish away."
(Prophets - verse 18).
The Islamic Resistance Movement welcomes every Moslem who embraces its faith, ideology, follows
its programme, keeps its secrets, and wants to belong to its ranks and carry out the duty. Allah will
certainly reward such one.
Time and Place Extent of the Islamic Resistance Movement:
Time extent of the Islamic Resistance Movement: By adopting Islam as its way of life, the Movement
goes back to the time of the birth of the Islamic message, of the righteous ancestor, for Allah is its target,
the Prophet is its example and the Koran is its constitution. Its extent in place is anywhere that there are
Moslems who embrace Islam as their way of life everywhere in the globe. This being so, it extends to the
depth of the earth and reaches out to the heaven.
"Dost thou not see how Allah putteth forth a parable; representing a good word, as a good tree, whose
root is firmly fixed in the earth, and whose branches reach unto heaven; which bringeth forth its fruit in
all seasons, by the will of its Lord? Allah propoundeth parables unto men, that they may be instructed."
(Abraham - verses 24-25).
Characteristics and Independence:
The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinguished Palestinian movement, whose allegiance is to
Allah, and whose way of life is Islam. It strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine,
for under the wing of Islam followers of all religions can coexist in security and safety where their lives, possessions and rights are concerned. In the absence of Islam, strife will be rife, oppression spreads, evil
prevails and schisms and wars will break out.
How excellent was the Moslem poet, Mohamed Ikbal, when he wrote:
"If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion. He who
accepts life without religion, has taken annihilation as his companion for life."
The Universality of the Islamic Resistance Movement:
As a result of the fact that those Moslems who adhere to the ways of the Islamic Resistance
Movement spread all over the world, rally support for it and its stands, strive towards enhancing its
struggle, the Movement is a universal one. It is well-equipped for that because of the clarity of its
ideology, the nobility of its aim and the loftiness of its objectives.
On this basis, the Movement should be viewed and evaluated, and its role be recognised. He who
denies its right, evades supporting it and turns a blind eye to facts, whether intentionally or
unintentionally, would awaken to see that events have overtaken him and with no logic to justify his
attitude. One should certainly learn from past examples.
The injustice of next-of-kin is harder to bear than the smite of the Indian sword.
"We have also sent down unto thee the book of the Koran with truth, confirming that scripture which
was revealed before it; and preserving the same safe from corruption. Judge therefore between them
according to that which Allah hath revealed; and follow not their desires, by swerving from the truth
which hath come unto thee. Unto every of you have we given a law, and an open path; and if Allah had
pleased, he had surely made you one people; but he hath thought it fit to give you different laws, that he
might try you in that which he hath given you respectively. Therefore strive to excel each other in good
works; unto Allah shall ye all return, and then will he declare unto you that concerning which ye have
disagreed." (The Table, verse 48).
The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the links in the chain of the struggle against the Zionist
invaders. It goes back to 1939, to the emergence of the martyr Izz al-Din al Kissam and his brethren the
fighters, members of Moslem Brotherhood. It goes on to reach out and become one with another chain
that includes the struggle of the Palestinians and Moslem Brotherhood in the 1948 war and the Jihad
operations of the Moslem Brotherhood in 1968 and after.
Moreover, if the links have been distant from each other and if obstacles, placed by those who are
the lackeys of Zionism in the way of the fighters obstructed the continuation of the struggle, the Islamic
Resistance Movement aspires to the realisation of Allah's promise, no matter how long that should take.
The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: "The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew
will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew
behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that
because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).
The Slogan of the Islamic Resistance Movement:
Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for
the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.
Incentives and Objectives:
The Islamic Resistance Movement found itself at a time when Islam has disappeared from life. Thus
rules shook, concepts were upset, values changed and evil people took control, oppression and darkness
prevailed, cowards became like tigers: homelands were usurped, people were scattered and were
caused to wander all over the world, the state of justice disappeared and the state of falsehood replaced
it. Nothing remained in its right place. Thus, when Islam is absent from the arena, everything changes.
From this state of affairs the incentives are drawn.
As for the objectives: They are the fighting against the false, defeating it and vanquishing it so that
justice could prevail, homelands be retrieved and from its mosques would the voice of the mu'azen
emerge declaring the establishment of the state of Islam, so that people and things would return each to
their right places and Allah is our helper.
"...and if Allah had not prevented men, the one by the other, verily the earth had been corrupted: but
Allah is beneficient towards his creatures." (The Cow - verse 251).
As the Islamic Resistance Movement paves its way, it will back the oppressed and support the
wronged with all its might. It will spare no effort to bring about justice and defeat injustice, in word and
deed, in this place and everywhere it can reach and have influence therein.
Strategies and Methods
Strategies of the Islamic Resistance Movement: Palestine Is Islamic aqf: Article Eleven:
The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated
for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or
any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any
king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they
Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for
Moslem generations until Judgement Day. This being so, who could claim to have the right to represent
Moslem generations till Judgement Day?
This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any
land the Moslems have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the
Moslems consecrated these lands to Moslem generations till the Day of Judgement.
It happened like this: When the leaders of the Islamic armies conquered Syria and Iraq, they sent to
the Caliph of the Moslems, Umar bin-el-Khatab, asking for his advice concerning the conquered land -
whether they should divide it among the soldiers, or leave it for its owners, or what? After consultations
and discussions between the Caliph of the Moslems, Umar bin-el-Khatab and companions of the Prophet,
Allah bless him and grant him salvation, it was decided that the land should be left with its owners who
could benefit by its fruit. As for the real ownership of the land and the land itself, it should be
consecrated for Moslem generations till Judgement Day. Those who are on the land, are there only to
benefit from its fruit. This Waqf remains as long as earth and heaven remain. Any procedure in
contradiction to Islamic Sharia, where Palestine is concerned, is null and void.
"Verily, this is a certain truth. Wherefore praise the name of thy Lord, the great Allah." (The Inevitable -
Homeland and Nationalism from the Point of View of the Islamic Resistance Movement in
Nationalism, from the point of view of the Islamic Resistance Movement, is part of the religious
creed. Nothing in nationalism is more significant or deeper than in the case when an enemy should tread
Moslem land. Resisting and quelling the enemy become the individual duty of every Moslem, male or
female. A woman can go out to fight the enemy without her husband's permission, and so does the slave:
without his master's permission.
Nothing of the sort is to be found in any other regime. This is an undisputed fact. If other nationalist
movements are connected with materialistic, human or regional causes, nationalism of the Islamic
Resistance Movement has all these elements as well as the more important elements that give it soul and
life. It is connected to the source of spirit and the granter of life, hoisting in the sky of the homeland the
heavenly banner that joins earth and heaven with a strong bond. If Moses comes and throws his staff, both witch and magic are annulled.
"Now is the right direction manifestly distinguished from deceit: whoever therefore shall deny Tagut,
and believe in Allah, he shall surely take hold with a strong handle, which shall not be broken; Allah is he
who heareth and seeth." (The Cow - Verse 256).
Peaceful Solutions, Initiatives and International Conferences:
Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to
the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Abusing any part of Palestine is abuse directed
against part of religion. Nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion. Its
members have been fed on that. For the sake of hoisting the banner of Allah over their homeland they
fight. "Allah will be prominent, but most people do not know."
Now and then the call goes out for the convening of an international conference to look for ways of
solving the (Palestinian) question. Some accept, others reject the idea, for this or other reason, with one
stipulation or more for consent to convening the conference and participating in it. Knowing the parties
constituting the conference, their past and present attitudes towards Moslem problems, the Islamic
Resistance Movement does not consider these conferences capable of realising the demands, restoring
the rights or doing justice to the oppressed. These conferences are only ways of setting the infidels in the
land of the Moslems as arbitraters. When did the infidels do justice to the believers?
"But the Jews will not be pleased with thee, neither the Christians, until thou follow their religion; say,
The direction of Allah is the true direction. And verily if thou follow their desires, after the knowledge
which hath been given thee, thou shalt find no patron or protector against Allah." (The Cow - verse 120).
There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and
international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors. The Palestinian people know
better than to consent to having their future, rights and fate toyed with. As in said in the honourable
"The people of Syria are Allah's lash in His land. He wreaks His vengeance through them against
whomsoever He wishes among His slaves It is unthinkable that those who are double-faced among them
should prosper over the faithful. They will certainly die out of grief and desperation."
The Three Circles:
The question of the liberation of Palestine is bound to three circles: the Palestinian circle, the Arab
circle and the Islamic circle. Each of these circles has its role in the struggle against Zionism. Each has its
duties, and it is a horrible mistake and a sign of deep ignorance to overlook any of these circles. Palestine is an Islamic land which has the first of the two kiblahs (direction to which Moslems turn in praying), the
third of the holy (Islamic) sanctuaries, and the point of departure for Mohamed's midnight journey to
the seven heavens (i.e. Jerusalem).
"Praise be unto him who transported his servant by night, from the sacred temple of Mecca to the
farther temple of Jerusalem, the circuit of which we have blessed, that we might show him some of our
signs; for Allah is he who heareth, and seeth." (The Night-Journey - verse 1).
Since this is the case, liberation of Palestine is then an individual duty for very Moslem wherever he
may be. On this basis, the problem should be viewed. This should be realised by every Moslem.
The day the problem is dealt with on this basis, when the three circles mobilize their capabilities,
the present state of affairs will change and the day of liberation will come nearer.
"Verily ye are stronger than they, by reason of the terror cast into their breasts from Allah. This, because
they are not people of prudence." (The Emigration - verse 13).
The Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine is an Individual Duty:
The day that enemies usurp part of Moslem land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every
Moslem. In face of the Jews' usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised.
To do this requires the diffusion of Islamic consciousness among the masses, both on the regional, Arab
and Islamic levels. It is necessary to instill the spirit of Jihad in the heart of the nation so that they would
confront the enemies and join the ranks of the fighters.
It is necessary that scientists, educators and teachers, information and media people, as well as the
educated masses, especially the youth and sheikhs of the Islamic movements, should take part in the
operation of awakening (the masses). It is important that basic changes be made in the school
curriculum, to cleanse it of the traces of ideological invasion that affected it as a result of the orientalists
and missionaries who infiltrated the region following the defeat of the Crusaders at the hands of Salah
el-Din (Saladin). The Crusaders realised that it was impossible to defeat the Moslems without first
having ideological invasion pave the way by upsetting their thoughts, disfiguring their heritage and
violating their ideals. Only then could they invade with soldiers. This, in its turn, paved the way for the
imperialistic invasion that made Allenby declare on entering Jerusalem: "Only now have the Crusades
ended." General Guru stood at Salah el-Din's grave and said: "We have returned, O Salah el-Din."
Imperialism has helped towards the strengthening of ideological invasion, deepening, and still does, its
roots. All this has paved the way towards the loss of Palestine.
It is necessary to instill in the minds of the Moslem generations that the Palestinian problem is a
religious problem, and should be dealt with on this basis. Palestine contains Islamic holy sites. In it there
is al- Aqsa Mosque which is bound to the great Mosque in Mecca in an inseparable bond as long as heaven and earth speak of Isra` (Mohammed's midnight journey to the seven heavens) and Mi'raj
(Mohammed's ascension to the seven heavens from Jerusalem).
"The bond of one day for the sake of Allah is better than the world and whatever there is on it. The place
of one's whip in Paradise is far better than the world and whatever there is on it. A worshipper's going
and coming in the service of Allah is better than the world and whatever there is on it." (As related by al-
Bukhari, Moslem, al-Tarmdhi and Ibn Maja).
"I swear by the holder of Mohammed's soul that I would like to invade and be killed for the sake of Allah,
then invade and be killed, and then invade again and be killed." (As related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).
The Education of the Generations:
It is necessary to follow Islamic orientation in educating the Islamic generations in our region by
teaching the religious duties, comprehensive study of the Koran, the study of the Prophet's Sunna (his
sayings and doings), and learning about Islamic history and heritage from their authentic sources. This
should be done by specialised and learned people, using a curriculum that would healthily form the
thoughts and faith of the Moslem student. Side by side with this, a comprehensive study of the enemy,
his human and financial capabilities, learning about his points of weakness and strength, and getting to
know the forces supporting and helping him, should also be included. Also, it is important to be
acquainted with the current events, to follow what is new and to study the analysis and commentaries
made of these events. Planning for the present and future, studying every trend appearing, is a must so
that the fighting Moslem would live knowing his aim, objective and his way in the midst of what is going
on around him.
"O my son, verily every matter, whether good or bad, though it be the weight of a grain of mustard-seed,
and be hidden in a rock, or in the heavens, or in the earth, Allah will bring the same to light; for Allah is
clear-sighted and knowing. O my son, be constant at prayer, and command that which is just, and forbid
that which is evil: and be patient under the afflictions which shall befall thee; for this is a duty absolutely
incumbent on all men. Distort not thy face out of contempt to men, neither walk in the earth with
insolence; for Allah loveth no arrogant, vain-glorious person." (Lokman - verses 16-18).
The Role of the Moslem Woman:
The Moslem woman has a role no less important than that of the moslem man in the battle of
liberation. She is the maker of men. Her role in guiding and educating the new generations is great. The
enemies have realised the importance of her role. They consider that if they are able to direct and bring
her up they way they wish, far from Islam, they would have won the battle. That is why you find them
giving these attempts constant attention through information campaigns, films, and the school
curriculum, using for that purpose their lackeys who are infiltrated through Zionist organizations under various names and shapes, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, espionage groups and others, which are
all nothing more than cells of subversion and saboteurs. These organizations have ample resources that
enable them to play their role in societies for the purpose of achieving the Zionist targets and to deepen
the concepts that would serve the enemy. These organizations operate in the absence of Islam and its
estrangement among its people. The Islamic peoples should perform their role in confronting the
conspiracies of these saboteurs. The day Islam is in control of guiding the affairs of life, these
organizations, hostile to humanity and Islam, will be obliterated.
Woman in the home of the fighting family, whether she is a mother or a sister, plays the most
important role in looking after the family, rearing the children and embuing them with moral values and
thoughts derived from Islam. She has to teach them to perform the religious duties in preparation for the
role of fighting awaiting them. That is why it is necessary to pay great attention to schools and the
curriculum followed in educating Moslem girls, so that they would grow up to be good mothers, aware of
their role in the battle of liberation.
She has to be of sufficient knowledge and understanding where the performance of housekeeping
matters are concerned, because economy and avoidance of waste of the family budget, is one of the
requirements for the ability to continue moving forward in the difficult conditions surrounding us. She
should put before her eyes the fact that the money available to her is just like blood which should never
flow except through the veins so that both children and grown-ups could continue to live.
"Verily, the Moslems of either sex, and the true believers of either sex, and the devout men, and the
devout women, and the men of veracity, and the women of veracity, and the patient men, and the patient
women, and the humble men, and the humble women, and the alms-givers of either sex who remember
Allah frequently; for them hath Allah prepared forgiveness and a great reward." (The Confederates -
The Role of Islamic Art in the Battle of Liberation:
Art has regulations and measures by which it can be determined whether it is Islamic or pre-Islamic
(Jahili) art. The issues of Islamic liberation are in need of