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Founders meet and form al-Qaeda


Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Start Time Aug. 17, 1988
End Time Aug. 20, 1988
ParticipantsOsama bin Laden (Leader) 1, Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri1, Wael Julaidan1, Mamdouh Mahmud Salim1
Narrative and Notes
ReliableMinutes 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.

"Good manners.

"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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