In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

All Praise is due to Allah the gracious, may he bestow blessings and peace upon the Adnanite [descendant of Ishmael’s grandson, Adnan] Prophet Muhammad Bin Abdullah and upon his family and those who follow His teachings until the Day of Judgment.

We pay you a greeting inlaid with the bullets of pride and dignity – the thunderous bullets of al-Qassam. We greet you as we feel the spirit of fraternity, love and cooperation that you have. May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon you.

I am the alive shahid [martyr] Bassem Jamal al-Takrouri, a member of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades sacrifice my life as a modest [contribution] for the sake of Allah and for raising the flag of Islam.

All praise is due to Allah who bestowed Islam upon us. We have accepted Allah as our Lord, Islam as our religion, and Muhammad may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him as a prophet and messenger. We testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah who delivered the Message, fulfilled the trust, advised the nation and removed the sadness. He said: “I have left you two things that you will not go astray as long as you adhere to them: Allah’s Book and His Prophet’s sunnah [the way of life prescribed as normative for Muslims on the basis of the teachings and practices of Muhammad]”. Umar Ibn al-khattab, may Allah’s blessings be upon him, said: “Indeed, Allah has dignified us by Islam. So we shall not search for dignity in anything other than it or else Allah will bring humiliation upon us.” This means that there is no solution for what Muslims are afflicted with now except going back to Allah’s Book and the sunnah of His Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. When we go back to the Holy Book and the honorable sunnah, we find that it is very imperative that we perform jihad now in order to liberate the lands of Muslims from shirk [in Islam: the sin of practicing idolatry or polytheism] and from the impurity of the mushrikeen [those who commit the sin of shirk].

All praise is due to Allah Almighty who graced me and made me a mujahid [holy warrior] against the enemies of our religion and nation – against the Jews, sons of apes and pigs, who continue to kill and slay our people, our old men, our women and our children. They continue to assassinate our heroes; they assassinated the hero shahid [martyr] Yahya Ayyash, the shahidayn [two martyrs] Adel and Emad Awadallah, shahid Muhyi al-Din al-Sharif, the two shahid sheikhs: Sheikh Jamal Mansour and Sheikh Jamal Salim, Sheikh Salah Shehadeh and others. The Zionist hand also reached the hero shahid Ibrahim al-Maqadma and his companions, shahid Iyad al-Bek, shahid Yoused Abu Ghen and his brothers, and all the brothers who went in the path of dignity and pride until they fell shuhada [martyrs].

We, in the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, have promised Allah and will not violate our promise. We will remain loyal to the blood of shuhada, to our nation, to our homeland and to our religion. Therefore, in compliance with this I will carry out amaliya istishhadyia [suicide attack. Literally: act of martyrdom] as a reaction to the massacres that the Zionist enemy commits and to the acts of torture against our people. It is also a revenge for our hero shuhada in Gaza, Jenin, Nablus, Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem and the entire Palestine. This attack will be one of a series of reactions that our Brigades will carry out against this Zionist enemy.

My dear father,

My affectionate mother,

My dear brothers and sisters,

Do not say we lost that who is gone. If immortality means loss they it is better that you lose me.

I say goodbye and yearn for meeting you again in Paradise. I ask you to forgive me and to forgive me for any troubles that I might cause you. This is a cheap price that we pay for the sake of Allah and Islam. I pay you a tribute of respect and admiration when you accompany me as a shahid to the houris [the beautiful maidens that in Muslim belief live with the blessed in paradise]. Be patient and wait for an award from Allah. No sadness and no tears, but joy and happiness for I will be your intercessors, Allah willing. [Those who want to go to] Paradise should not be lazy; they should work hard until the last breath. I seek the highest Paradise, Allah willing, and I will turn my body into a fire ball that burns all the oppressors and conspirators so that the Lord of Glory may be content. The decisive meeting with the malicious Zionists will show them that we are men of belief and action, and that we do not accept degradation or humiliation.

My beloved family,

Make my shahada [death as a martyr] day a celebration day because it is, by God, the real day of eternal happiness. It is a day of immortality that knows no death, happiness that knows no sadness and intercession, Allah willing. It suffices you that Allah shies away from calling the family of the shahid to account for what they have done because He honors the shahid. Allah Almighty says: “Think not of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord; they rejoice in the bounty provided by Allah. And with regard to those left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (Martyrs) glory in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve”.

Oh angels of mercy, take our souls to ‘Illiyin [according to the Quran, a place in Paradise reserved for the righteous. Literally: high places] after we fill our duty of crushing the offspring of the apes and pigs. My soul yearns for Paradise. My beloved family, please pray for me so that Allah may have mercy upon me and forgive me. Recite the verses of Quran for my soul. We will meet “Facing each other on Thrones (of Dignity)” with the beloved, chosen [Muhammad] may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him and upon his companions, Allah willing.

To my colleagues at the university and to my dear friends,

I counsel you to take care of your religion first and then of your study for those who abandon their religion abandon Allah, and what shall those who abandon Allah find? Do not be fascinated with this transitory world – ““If the world to Allah were equal to a mosquito’s wing, then He would not allow the disbeliever to have a sip of water from it.” Use the knowledge that you seek for serving Allah, your great religion and your warrior nation. The nation needs you. It needs your actions, so do not spare your brothers what Allah has bestowed on you. May Allah keep you and bestow on you the knowledge that serves your nation and your religion. Forgive me if I failed in my duties or made any mistakes.