Following are excerpts
from an address delivered by Libyan Leader Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi, which
aired on Al-Jazeera TV on February 25, 2010.
We will not give up Jihad, because it is a religious duty. Jihad constitutes
a religious duty and self-defense. It is the defense of the religion,
fighting for the sake of Allah, defense of the Prophet Muhammad, of
the Koran, of the mosques, defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and of our
independence. As for terrorism – we all reject it. We also reject
the confusion between Jihad and terrorism. This should be made clear.
Terrorism, which is perpetrated
by the so-called Al-Qaeda, and by the death squads, which Ayman Al-Zawahiri
claims to be heading – this is a kind of crime. It is a mental illness.
Whoever destroys the
mosques of Allah before the eyes of the Muslims is worthy of having
Jihad launched against him. If Switzerland were situated on our border,
we would fight it, for destroying the mosques of Allah. Jihad against
those who destroy the mosques of Allah and their minarets is [true]
Jihad, and not terrorism.
What is the meaning of
"wage Jihad with your property and your souls"? It means Jihad,
not terrorism. It means that you wage Jihad against Switzerland, against
Zionism, and against foreign aggression, with your property, if you
cannot do it with your soul. Does this constitute terrorism? It does
Jihad must be clear.
The sacred Palestinian struggle constitutes Jihad. This is not terrorism.
Like the difference between heaven and earth is the difference between
the struggle of the Palestinians and terrorism.
Any Muslim who buys Swiss
products is an infidel. Let Muslims all over the world know this. There
are people here from all over the Islamic world. Any Muslim anywhere
in the world who deals with Switzerland is an infidel against Islam,
Muhammad, Allah, and the Koran.
Switzerland is an infidel
and sinful country which destroys mosques. Jihad, with all possible
means, should be declared against it. Boycott Switzerland, its products,
its planes, its ships, and its embassies. Boycott this sinful infidel
community, which attacks the mosques of Allah.
They portrayed the Prophet
Muhammad in their newspapers in the most abominable way. Yet the Islamic
world watches from the sidelines. You think that you are still Muslims?
No, you're not. Your Islam is in doubt. You need to reexamine your Islam,
If you continue to have
dealings with Switzerland, and the people who portrayed the Prophet
Muhammad in the most abominable way in their newspapers... If you continue
to have dealings with them, to buy their products, to support them,
to accept their tourists, to accept their planes, to accept their ships,
and to host their embassies – you are not Muslims.
Any Muslim must boycott
them. The Muslim masses must head towards all the airports in the Islamic
world, and prevent any Swiss plane from landing. They should head to
the ports, and prevent any Swiss ship from coming in. They should comb
the shops and markets and remove the Swiss products.
Allah said: "Let
them find harshness in you." Instead, they find flexibility and
submission in you. You have nothing to do with Islam whatsoever.
The Christianity of Africa
is not really Christianity. This is merely what Colonialism taught them
at school. They taught the children some rites, but it has no roots
in Africa. Jesus was not sent to Africa. The same goes for Latin America.
Spain and Europe conquered Latin America, and taught them all this.