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Hamas and Freemasonry
In its thirty-four article Covenant released in 1988, the Islamic Resistance Movement defined its goals and objectives, and its world view. Freemasonry is mentioned three times as a Zionist front, clearly perceived as an enemy of Islam.
This unfortunate perception of Freemasonry can clearly be traced to John Robison and the Abbé Barruel’s unfounded writings on the causes of the French Revolution, Leo Taxil’s late nineteenth century hoax and the debunked Protocols of Zion.
The charter's current status within Hamas is unclear. It has never been formally adopted since Hamas was elected as the Palestinian government in 2006.
Article Seventeen:
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.
Article Twenty-Two:
For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skillfully and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained. They took into consideration the causes affecting the current of events. They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realisation of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others* in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.
Article Twenty-Eight:
The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end. It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups. All these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of Zionism and according to its instructions. They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.

Excerpted from The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS)-Palestine Palestine: 1 Muharram 1409 Hijri. 18 August 1988. A verbatim reproduction of the Palestinian Hamas Movement’s own English version of its covenent. library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast/hamas.htm 2004/03/21
* An English translation from the Arabic original by Raphael Israeli of the Harry Truman Research Institute at The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel adds B'nai B'rith to the list. 2004/03/21
A similar perspective on Freemasonry can be found in Global Freemasonry Harun Yahya (b. 1956) [pseud.] Translated by Ron Evans, Edited by David Livingstone. Erasmia, South Africa : Iqra Agencies, ISBN 0-620-30165-1 www.harunyahya.com [All translations from the Qur'an are from The Noble Qur'an: a New Rendering of its Meaning in English by Hajj Abdalhaqq and Aisha Bewley, published by Bookwork, Norwich, UK. 1420 CE/1999AH.]


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