Founders meet and form al-QaedaMeeting
|Start Time||Aug. 17, 1988|
|End Time||Aug. 20, 1988|
|Participants||Osama bin Laden (Leader) 1, Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri1, Wael Julaidan1, Mamdouh Mahmud Salim1|
|Narrative and Notes|
|Reliable||Minutes of this meeting were discovered by Bosnian authorities in a raid on offices of the Benevolence International Foundation in Sarajevo in 2002. It describes a three-day in meeting in which people expressed disatisfaction with Maktab a-Khidamat.|
The minutes set forth the requirements to enter al-Qaeda:
"Members of the open duration.
"Listening and obedient.
"Referred from a trusted side.
"Obeying statutes and instructions of Al Qaida. These are from the rules of the work."
The requirements also include that the prospective member make bayat:
"The pledge of God and His covenant is upon me, to listen and obey the superiors, who are doing this work, in energy, early-rising, difficulty, and easiness, and for His superiority upon us, so that the word of God will be the highest, and His religion victorious."1
|1United States vs. Enaam Arnaout, government proffer, citing minutes of meeting.|
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