Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Iraq 8

The position of the Muslims regarding the crisis in Iraq...3


What is obligatory upon the Muslims is to make recourse to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and to ask Him to protect the Muslims and that He wards off the evil from them, and that suffices the Muslims against the evil of their enemies and their plots. Just as it is obligatory uopn the Muslims to return backto their Lord, and that their reflect upon their conditions and about what has led them to this humiliation.

And that every single individual returns back to check his own soul, and to check his adherence to his deen, and that he aids Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, as it relates to himself, so that Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic may aid him against his enemy, and this is a vital matter.

And it is not befitting that we occup the Muslims away from this mighty objective, which is checking the soul, and aiding Allaah the Mighty and Majestic in regards to one's soul, so that the aid of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, for the Ummah can be actualised.

Just as it is obligatory upon everyone to return back to the Scholars and to revolve around them, and to take whatever they direct towards, because they are the most knowledgeable of that by which Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, rectifies the Ummah, and they are most precise, most understanding and their directions of advice are better and safer.

And it is not permissible to aid the Kuffar in this matter, and as for the ruling concerning what has happened, then this is for the Scholars, and there is detail to his saying (i.e. the questioner's), "a nullifier from the nullifiers of Islam, or not", because applying a nullifier to a specific individual has conditions that are necessarily required, and this matter returns back to verifying the base, origin (of the ruling), and explaining the condition of the person, so that a judgement can be passed upon him that is appropriate and befitting to his situation. And Allaah knows best.

Shaykh Sulaymaan ar-Ruhaylee

Iraq 7

The position of the Muslims regarding the crisis in Iraq...2

Shaykh Ahmad an-Najmee was asked...

"O Shaykh what is the position of the Muslim from that which occurred in Iraq? And have you any advice for the Muslims in general and those living in the west specifically?"

The Shaykh responded:

"The reality is that this matter is saddening. And there is no power nor might except by Allaah. And the Muslims do not have any strength in their hands, and they do not have anything in their hands (at all). So there is nothing upon them except to supplicate for those weak ones who are being slaughtered. As for Saddaam Hussain, then he is a Socialist Ba'thist - and refuge is with Allaah and his creed is evil. However, he has harmed the Muslims, those who are being slaughtered for nothing they have done. So there is nothing upon them except to supplicate for them, and there is no doubt that supplication has its role (and effect), and Allaah, the Sublime and Exalted, is the one in whose Hands all the affairs lie."

Iraq 6

The position of the Muslims regarding the crisis in Iraq...1

Shaykh Zayd ibn Muhammad ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee was asked:

"And the second question O Shaykh, it is: What is our position, or the position of the Muslims in general with regards to the fitnah that has occurred recently in Iraq in these days?"

The Shaykh responded:

"It is upon the Muslims to beseech Allaah the Mighty and Majestic so that He raises Islam and the Muslims, so that He raises the Religion, and so that He raises the Magnificent Book, and so that He raises the purified Sunnah and so that He raises the status of knowledge and the Scholars. And so that He grants relief and a way out from every fitnah (trial, tribulation)".

Iraq 5

Clarification from the Council of Senior Scholars regarding the incidents in Iraq
The Committee of Senior Scholars calls the children (i.e. people) of the Kingdom to support their Leadership.

Riyadh: A clarification was issued yesterday from the Council of Senior Scholars regarding the recent incidents (in Iraq) and this is the text of it:

"Clarification from the Council of Senior Scholars"

All praise is due to Allaah, the One, the Unique, the Creator of the creation, the Lord, the Self Sufficient, the Sender of the Messengers as a mercy to the human beings. And may prayers of blessing and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, the Imaam of mercy, who was sent with the guidance, and who was commanded with justice and clarifying the truth. He was the caller to mercy and kindness. And may these same prayers be upon his family and his companions, all of them.

To proceed: Verily the person in our Islamic homeland - as well as the people who love peace in every place in this world - it hurts him to see the carrying out of this war in Iraq, due to his understanding and comprehending that the wars do not leave behind them anything other than destruction, and that there is no victor in a matter of loss. So everyone in this world will be afflicted by its effects and will live its griefs in the absense of judging according to intelligence and wisdom. And verily every believer upon this earth from those who judge by their intelligence, and express their anxiety and concern about the establishment of this war, he calls upon the Islamic Ummah, and the nations, and the countries who love peace and who adhere to the fundamentals of justice, to make haste in working to stop it as a mercy to all of humanity, and due to respect for the covenants, and protecting humanity from the spread of the chaos of wars which do not leave anything other than destruction in the buidlings and structures, and death for the people. The wars make the women become widows, and the old people mourn and the children frightened. At the same time it kindles in the soul the tendancies of enmity and hatred between the countries of the world and their people.

And verily when we announce this clarification to all of the children of the Kingdom, it is so that we call them to gathering around their leadership which has exherted much effort in the way of preventing Iraq and its people from this war since its warning signs first appeared on the horizon. And they (the leaders of Saudi Arabia) are not being pacified and nor will they ever be pacified until they find and honorable way of containing the incident with attempts. We hope for their success in averting the horrors of war from the area. And what has come in the statement of the Custodian of the Two Sacred Sanctuaries (i.e. King Fahd) and his brother, the successor to the leadership (i.e. Crown Prince 'Abdullaah) - may Allaah preserve them - regarding this matter is in no need of any explanation or clarification. Likewise the position of the Kingdom in opposition to this war is clear and announced publicly to all.

And we remind ourselves and all of the children of the Ummah, to adhere to Fear of Allaah (i.e. obeying His commands and avoiding His prohibitions), and staying away from division, and differing. Rather they should stand together in one rank, acting according to the statement of Allaah, the Most High:

{And hold steadfast, all of you, by the Rope of Allaah, and do not be divided}.

And His statement:

{And do not dispute among yourselves, or you will fail and lose your strength}.

And this is a divine command that is obligatory upon everyone in all circumstances. And in the time of trials and calamities it is even more obligatory and more binding. And from this is the spreading of rumors that are targeting the matter of our religion and our tranquility and safety. And from this is the attempt of those who their souls have made it fair seeming to them, from those with weak souls, to attack the unity of our country by speech or action. It is obligatory upon the Muslim who feels protective honor in the situations of trial and major events which relate to the Ummah in general, to fear Allaah regarding his nation, and he should not be hasty. Rather he must use deliberation and gentleness, and he must refer the affairs to their proper people.

Allaah, far removed is He from imperfections and Most High is He, said:

{And when there comes to them a matter of safety or fear, they broadcast it. And if they had referred it back to the Messenger and those in authority among them, then those who could extract the truth of it amongst them would know it}.

They would emphasize the neccessity of confirming information and the obligation of seeking shelter with Allaah in both speech and action. May He preserve the safety of our Kingdom in its relgious matters and its worldly matters, and may He give its rulers firmness upon the truth, and may He protect the lands of the Muslims in general.

And it is a duty upon the rest of the people of knowledge in this Kingdom and in every place to make clear to the people the effects of the evil trials and their wicked results. And they must encourage the people to seek shelter and refuge with Allaah with supplications, and requesting from Him that He removes the harm, and pressing upon Him - Magnficent is His Majesty - to do this and supplicating for this in abundance. They should ask Him for forgiveness and expiation of sins. For indeed it is He Who said: "And when My servants ask you concerning Me, indeed I am Near. I answer the supplication of the supplicator when he calls upon Me.

Indeed this clarification is only to emphasize what the government of this land is upon and its scholars and its people, of rejecting the war. And Allaah is the One Who Assists, and He is the Most Able, the One with Power over every matter. We ask Him by the magnificence of His Qadr to extinguish this war with His Mercy, and that He covers the inhabited lands with peace. The control of every affair is in His Hand and unto Him is the final affair. May Allaah send Salaah upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and companions, and may He send upon them an abundance of Salaam.

The Council of Senior Scholars
The President of the Board
'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Abdullaah ibn Muhammad Aal ash-Shaykh

Iraq 4

The Imaams of Makkah and Madeenah call for immediate halt to war in Iraq...

The imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah yesterday (Friday 28 March, 2003) called for an immediate halt to the war on Iraq as people across the Gulf prayed for the victory of the Iraqi people against the US-British aggressors.

"This unjust war must stop immediately. If it continues, it will only fuel hatred and conflicts" between nations, said Dr. Saleh ibn Abdullah Humaid, who is also chairman of the Shoura Council.

Delivering his Friday sermon to more than 500,000 faithful thronging the large mosque complex, Sheikh Humaid urged the international community to stand by the Iraqi people. "Truth and justice demand that we stand by the Iraqi people," he added.

In his televised address, Humaid said that launching the war on Baghdad was a grave mistake. "This is a lost war and there will be no winners," the imam said.

Humaid also urged world leaders to respond to the calls for peace by taking effective steps to end the US-led war. "Our world today is in need of justice, charters and clear agreements, which should be followed by every country without exception.

"There must be good intentions and sincere cooperation for the welfare and happiness of all," he said.

The Haram imam urged Muslims to unite and avoid differences to confront the challenges facing them. "We have to achieve real freedom by restricting our worship to God alone," he added.

Dr. Humaid stressed that the Islamic nation would not have been affected by foreign attacks if internal wrangling had not weakened it. "Muslims can regain their power by strengthening their faith in God and implementing the Shariah."

He cautioned the public about the media war launched by sections of the Western media organization and urged them to distinguish between truth and rumor. "Enemies spread false reports to create chaos and confusion among Muslims, create fear, destroy their morale and weaken their self-confidence," he added. Humaid urged Muslims to learn from the present crisis and stand united.

Saudi Arabia has opposed the US-led war on Iraq and called for an immediate end to it.

The Kingdom has also rejected a military occupation of Iraq and has warned that a continuation of the war would affect Saudi-US relations.

Security measures in the Kingdom have been beefed up, with police patrols guarding main streets, government institutions and shopping malls.

The Haram imam also condemned the killing of innocent people in Iraq by the Anglo-American forces. "Bodies are shattered and dismembered, many people have lost their loved ones, many are missing. There is destruction everywhere," he said.

Sheikh Salah Al-Bedair, the imam and khateeb of the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah, prayed for "our weak Muslim brothers in Iraq and for the destruction of the aggressors."

Bedair referred to reports of Muslim women, children and the elderly being killed and injured in Iraq and urged Muslims all over the world to pray for their brethren in Iraq.

Iraq 3

Shaykh 'Ubayd al-Jaabiree on the Position Towards Iraq

From a Paltalk Session today 31/03/2003 at 8:30pm UK Time

Question: O esteemed Shaykh, what is happening now (in Iraaq) so what is the position of the Muslim towards this trial, and is there a Jihaad, and are do those soldiers who are in the Gulf have the ruling of being mujaahideen, and may Allaah reward you.

Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree: I dont know why this question (is asked) when, when we have just ended the speech with what I consider to comprise the answer to it and to its likes. However, despite this, just so that it is said, that Ubayd has neglected some of the questions.

So I say: Firstly, not all of the Iraaqi society is Muslim. Rather, amongst them is the Marxist, amongst them is the Ba'athist Heretic, and amongst them are numerous orientations. And there are Muslims amongst them...

And amongst them are the Raafidah. And the positions of the Scholars towards the Raafidah is well known, amongst them are those who declared them Disbelievers.

Secondly, we have Rulers and those who have authority, and it is obligatory to give them hearing and obedience, and around our rulers are those who have knowledge, and experience, and speciality in the political affairs. So we do not undermine them, and we have already mentioned previously that the general affairs are not for just any person. Rather, they are for whom? For those in authority.

And as it is appropriate, I also say that those who call to cutting off from the products of America and Britain and others, then those people have a resemblance to the Raafidah. Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah mentions in Minhaaj us-Sunnah, in the first volume, and I believe it is page 38, "From the stupidity of the Raafidah is that they do not drink from the river that was unearthed (i.e. dug out, like a well) by Yazeed". So those Harakiyyoon and Hizbiyyoon, have resembled the Raafidah. And what an evil model (that is). And the most repugnant for a person that his model, and way is that of the Raafidah.

Thirdly, the banner of fighting in Iraaq, who is carrying it? It is carried by Saddaam Hussain at-Takreetee, and he is the leader of the Ba'athi Party in his land...and the Ba'athi Party, is secularist, disbelieving, heretical. Its foundation is upon mixing and not differentiating between a Sunni Muslim, Guidance from the Scholars Concerning Iraaq and between the Jew, Christian, Communist, and others. They are all the same, equal. And for this reason, their slogan is, as their poet has said:

I believe in, -- (Shaykh Ubayd): I seek refuge in Allaah --
I believe in al-Ba'ath as the Lord which has no partner
And in Arabism as a religion, which has no other (religion)

This is their religion, qawmiyyah (nationalism) and shu'oobiyyah, and their religion is not Islam. So built upon this, the one who fights under the banner of the Iraaqi government, then he is fighting under a banner of disbelief. And we do not dispute that the people of Iraaq have the right to defend themselves. They can defend themselves, their blood, their honour and their wealth, they can defend those who transgress upon them, whether America or Britain or other than them.

So it is obligatory upon us, the community of Muslims that we ask Allaah in our supplication that He delivers the Muslims amongst the people of Iraaq. So whoever said O Allaah save the [Iraaqi Society]1 , then he has erred. This supplication of his reaches even the Marxist and the Communist. And the Ba'ath Party is at the front of the [supplication of the] one who supplicates for the Iraaqi society (in general). No, but supplicate to Allaah that He delivers the Muslims amongst the people of Iraaq. And that he relieves them of their distress. This is what I can add now.

Iraq 2

Shaykh Rabee' bin Haadee al-Madkhalee speaks about the Attack on Iraq

From a cassette recording (26/1/1424H) of an answer of the Shaykh to a question concerning the crisis (of the Attack on Iraqi) – transcribed by Khalid adh-Dhafayree.

Question: There has been much questioning of the position of the "adherents to the way of the pious predecessors" towards this crisis, is it permissible to supplicate against the Disbelievers in the likes of these circumstances?

Response: Yes, it is permissible to make supplication against the Disbelievers in these circumstances and others. Supplication is made for their guidance, and supplication is made for their destruction when they do not seek guidance. So we ask Allaah that prevents the harm of the Disbelivers, especially in these circumstances, we see oppression and transgression, which exceeds the lowest limits [of what can be defined as] transgression and wrongdoing. So we ask Allaah that He turns their plot back upon them.

Man, as it is said, is a commodity, it is necessary that he gather something of the news. However, I hold that the youth should not be completely engrossed and waste their time in what does not benefit them, and which does not bring back any benefit to the Ummah. Because all they can do is just listen, then what do they do after that? So they take a part o f this news, and then call upon Allaah, the Blessed and Almighty, that He gives relief to the Muslims, and that He removes this affliction. And my advice in regard to this, to the Muslims in general and to [the people of] `Iraaq specifically, is that they return to the Book of Allaah and to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam), for by Allaah, there is no exit for them from these tribulations, trials, calamities and the transgression of the Disbelievers upon them, and by Allaah nothing will stand in the face of them, except that that they adhere to the Book of Allaah, and the Sunnah of His Messenger (`alayhi as-salaatu was salaam). And there is no exit for the Muslims from the continuous humiliation except when they are truthful in their aqeedah, and in their manners and in all of their actions. They are truthful with Allaah, they are truthful to Allaah, obedient to Him, obedient to His Messengers, respectful to His teachings that are in the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of Allaah's Messenger. But as for when they turn away, and fall short, and when they have beliefs that clash with the beliefs of the Prophets, [and] Shirk is spread in the lands of the Muslims, and misguidance and deviation in the morals and manners and other such tribulations, all of which obligates the anger of Allaah and obligates the domination of the enemies of Islam upon those Muslims, those about whom the saying of the Messenger (`alayhi as-salaatu was-salaam) holds true, "The nations are about to call each other and set upon you, just as diners set upon food." They said: "Will it be because of our small number that day, O Messenger of Allaah?" He said: "Rather, on that day you will be many, but you will be like ghuthaa (scum, foam), like the ghuthaa on the river". This is the reality of the Muslims, so are they prepared to leave this ghuthaa'iyyah? For by Allaah, [leaving this ghuthaa'iyyah] is not by battle-cries, nor by demonstrations, and by crying and nor by any of this. Rather, it is (by way of) our being truthful with Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and that we acquaint ourselves with all earnest, with the methodology of the Prophets, and with the speech of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), so we believe what it contains of beliefs upon the way of the Messenger of Allaah and His Noble Companions, not upon the way of the Rawaafid (Shi`ah), and nor upon the way of the Khawaarij, and nor upon the way of the Ba'thees (Socialists) and nor upon the way of the Philosophers, and nor upon the way of any astray sect. But rather upon the way of the Messenger (`alayhi as-salaatu was salaam), the way that is comprised in the texts of the Book and the Sunnah, and [the way that] the Noble Companions guided themselves, by this guidance, and [the way of] whoever followed them until this day of ours.

This is the path to rescue in the world and the hereafter, and this is the path of deliverance, this is the boat of deliverance. And by Allaah, the time has come for the Palestinian society to return to Allaah, and the Iraaqee society, and all of the [Muslim] societies, for them to return to Allaah, with a complete and serious return. And it is of the utmost imperative upon the callers, those who raise the slogans that doe not benefit the Muslims, that they are truthful to Allaah, the Blessed and Exalted and that they give sincerity of purpose to Allaah, and His Book and His Messenger, to the leaders of the Muslims and their general folk, that they give sincerity of purpose to them and call out to them to return to the Book of Allaah and that they satisfy the Muslims with [the fact] that there is not deliverance or rescue from the anger of Allaah, His punishment, and empowerment of their enemies upon them in this life, except by a serious return to the Book of Allaah, and the Sunnah of His Messenger (`alayhi as salaatu was salaam) and to what the Pious Predecessors (may Allaah be peased with them) were upon.

This is the path to deliverance, by Allaah, not by the United Nations, which has been unsuccessful, and nor by the Security Council, and nor by the Union of Arab States, and nor other than it, and nor by mere slogans or ideologies, or calls, or slogans, or the cries of the Soofiyyah, or the Rawaafid nor other than them.

But that which will save them and will remove them from the destructive calamities, is that they return to the Book of Allaah and to the Sunnah of His Messenger, just as he (`alayhi as salaatu was salaam) said, "When you deal in 'eenah transactions, and are satisfied with cultivation, and hold on to the tails of oxen [and abandon Jihaad] then Allaah will impose a humiliation upon which that He will not remove up until you return to your deen".

I hope that you understand this Prophetic advice, it is not the advice of Rabee`, this is the advice of the Messenger of Allaah, the Naasih, the Ameen (Sincere Advisor, Trustworthy One), who does not speak with his desire, the one who is Ra'oof and Raheem, as his Lord described him. So if you desire deliverance in this world and the hereafter, and rescue, and (imposing) humiliation upon the Disbelievers, and (acquiring) strength, honour for Islam and the Muslims, then Allaamah Rabee' on Current Events in Iraaq by Allaah, the path to strength, deliverance and honour in this world and the hereafter is by returning to Islam and holding fast to it.

So I ask Allaah that He grants success to the Muslims, those who are guided and those who are astray and deviated amongst them, from amongst the astray sects in whatever land from the various lands, that they show earnest in returning to the Book of Allaah, and taking from this (Prophetic) text and its likes, that direct them to what which will rectify them in their world and their hereafter. I ask Allaah that He grants success to the leaders of the Muslims, their callers, and the students of knowledge in leading these poor societies to the shores of safety, and to the banks of deliverance. And that is in abundance in the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger. I ask Allaah that He actualises this soon rather than later, verily our Lord is the one who hears the supplication, and prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and companions.

Iraq 1


Makkah Imam Takes US to Task on Iraq

The imam at the Grand Mosque in Makkah yesterday (Friday 9 April 2004) lambasted the United States and its allies in Iraq for double-speak.

"Although they claim they are the advocates of reform and freedom, they are in fact the forces of destruction and devastation," Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim said in an apparent reference to the US-led occupation forces in Iraq.

Delivering his Friday sermon to thousands of faithful who packed the large mosque complex, the imam asked how missiles and machine guns could bring peace and freedom to the people of Palestine and Iraq. "They promise them a comfortable life built on torn bodies...They want us to believe that destruction is reform, killing is life, disorder is order and injustice is justice," he added.

The imam slammed the United States also for using its veto against UN Security Council resolutions condemning Israel's occupation of Palestine, contrasting the international outcry over the killing of four security contractors in Fallujah with the relative silence meeting Israeli actions in the occupied territories.

"How can they consider the killing of four individuals a major crime and ignore the killing of a whole nation?" Shuraim, one of the imams at the Grand Mosque, asked.

The imam said the Islamic world was passing through a difficult phase. "The Muslim nation finds no refuge from the injustice of the tyrant and international terrorism," he said.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Palestine 6

The Palestinian Issue

Question: What is the way to proceed regarding the Palestinian issue, which has, as the days pass, escalated in terms of complexity and violence?

Response: Certainly, the Muslim(s) feel much pain and great sadness at the deteriorating situation in Palestine, with matters going from bad to worse, escalating in complexity as the days pass, such that it has reached where it has (today). This is due to the differing (occurring) between the neighbouring countries, and their lack of united resistance against their enemy, and (likewise) their lack of adherence to the Sharee'ah which Allaah has linked to victory (and success). (This is also in addition to) the enemy vowing to oppose (the Palestinians) and remain upon the (Palestinians') land. And this entails great danger and adverse consequences.

The neighbouring countries need to rush to unite in their resistance (against the enemy) and adhere to the Sharee'ah in confronting this issue, which concerns them and all of the Muslim world.

And that which is worth mentioning here, is that the Palestinian issue is an Islamic issue from the beginning (right through) to the end. However, the enemies of Islam have strived immensely to distance it (this issue) from the Islamic path and convey to the non-Arab Muslims that this is an Arab issue, and that it does not concern the non-Arabs. It appears they have succeeded in this to a certain extent. This is why I feel it is not possible to reach a solution regarding this issue unless it is deemed an Islamic issue, and the Muslims support one another in salvation, and make jihaad against the Jews in an Islamic manner, until such time the land (of the Palestinians) is returned to its (rightful Palestinian) owners. (In addition to) the trespassing Jews returning to their (own) lands where they came from, thereby leaving the true Jews to remain in their lands under the rule of Islam, and not communism and nor secularism. Thereby, truth shall prevail and falsehood will be abandoned, and all rightful owners shall return to their lands under Islamic rule, and not under any other (rule).

And Allaah is the Expounder of Success.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz
Majmoo' Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi'ah - Volume 1, Page 277


PLEASE NOTE: Terrorism is haraam in Islam, and this fatwa does not in any way or form imply it's permissibility or acceptance. Rather, it provides a qualified Islamic legal ruling to oppose those who have caused oppression by occupying Palestinian land.
Palestine 5

The type of Jihaad in Palestine

Question: What is the Islamic Sharee'ah perspective of the current jihaad of the Palestinians; Is it jihaad in the Path of Allaah, or jihaad for the sake of land and freedom? And is jihaad for the sake of land (and freedom) considered as jihaad in the Path of Allaah?

Response: It has been confirmed to us by trustworthy and reliable witnesses that the Palestinian intifaadhah (uprising) and those who have stood forth in this are from the most dedicated Muslims there, and that their jihaad is (an) Islamic (one). This is because they are oppressed by the Jews, and that which is obligatory upon them is to protect their religion and themselves and their families and children and to drive out their enemy from their land with all they are able to of strength.

And these trustworthy and reliable (witnesses) who joined (the Palestinians) in their jihaad and assisted them in that have informed us of their (the Palestinians') Islamic enthusiasm and their abidance to applying the Islamic Sharee'ah amongst them. So that which is obligatory upon the Islamic countries and the rest of the Muslims is to assist and support them so they can be free of their enemy, so as to return to their land, in accordance with the saying of Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala):

{O you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allaah is with those who are pious}, [Soorah at-Towbah, Aayah 123]

And His (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) saying:

{March forth, whether you are light (being healthy, young and wealthy) or heavy (being ill, old and poor), strive hard with your wealth and your lives in the Path of Allaah. This is better for you, if you but knew}, [Soorah at-Towbah, Aayah 41]

And His (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) saying:

{O You who believe! Shall I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful torment}

{That you believe in Allaah and His Messenger (Muhammad sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam), and that you strive hard and fight in the Path of Allaah with your wealth and your lives, that will be better for you, if you but know!}

{(If you do so) He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwelling in Gardens of 'Adn ­ Eternity ['Adn (Eden) Paradise], that is indeed the great success}

{And also (He will give you) another (blessing) which you love, help from Allaah (against your enemies) and a near victory. And give glad tidings (O Muhammad sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) to the believers}, [Soorah as-Saff, Aayaat 10-13]

And the verses with this meaning are many.

And it is authenticated from the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) that he said:

«Make jihaad against the mushrikoon with your wealth, your selves and your tongues (speech»)

And because they are oppressed, then it is upon their Muslim brethren to aid them against those who oppress them, as the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:

«A Muslim is the brother of a(nother) Muslim; he does not oppress him and nor does he hand him over (to the enemy»), its athenticity is agreed upon by both al-Bukhaaree and Muslim.

And his (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) saying:

«Assist your (Muslim) brother if he is the oppresser or the oppressed», it was asked:

"O Messenger of Allaah: (we understand about) assisting him when he is oppressed, so how do we assist him when he is the oppresser?" He (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:

«Restrain him from oppressing (anyone), for that is asssiting your (Muslim) brother».

And the ahaadeeth regarding the obligation of jihaad in the Path of Allaah and assisting the oppressed and deterring the oppresser are very many.

So we ask Allaah to grant our mujaahideen brethren victory in the Path of Allaah over their enemies in Palestine and elsewhere, and to unite them upon the truth and to grant all the Muslims the ability to assist them and to stand firm against their enemies and to forsake the enemies of Islam wherever they may be and to descend upon the evil-doing and criminal people/nation (much) suffering, (that) which does not cease, indeed He is the All-Hearing.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz
Majmoo' Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi'ah - Volume 4, Page 295
Majallah ad-Da'wah published 09/08/1409 A.H.


PLEASE NOTE: Terrorism is haraam in Islam, and this fatwa does not in any way or form imply it's permissibility or acceptance. Rather, it provides a qualified Islamic legal ruling to oppose those who have caused oppression by occupying Palestinian land.
Palestine 4

Concerning the Peace Treaty

[The Following questions and answers are taken from at-Tawheed magazine (vol. 23; no. 10), which were a further clarification by the noble Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (hafitha-hullaah) about the original set of questions concerning the Peace Treaty with the Jews, which first occurred in al-Muslimoon magazine (21st Rajab 1415H)]

Editor's introduction

The main purpose for presenting this particular fatwa (legal ruling) of Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (hafitha-hullaah) is to show precisely what was said by him concerning this issue, and the principles upon which the fataawa was based - remembering: that if the ijtihaad of the Shaykh is correct, then he is rewarded two-fold from Allaah, and if he has erred, then he has a single reward - as he (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:

«When a judge judges and strives and is correct, then he has two rewards. If he judges and strives and errs, then he has a single reward», [al-Bukhaaree (13/318) and Muslim (no.1716)]

The text of the questions and answers

Question: Some people have understood from your answer to the question about the peace with the Jews - and it was the first question in the discussion - that a peace treaty or truce with the Jews, who have seized land and committed oppression, is unrestrictedly permissible; and that it means we may have love and affection for the Jews. It also means that we may not include anything which will cause hatred for them, or dissociation from them, in the educational curriculum in the Islamic lands, nor in sources of information - claiming that peace with them means this, and that after the peace treaty they are no longer enemies whom we believe to be our enemies, and because the world today lives in a state of harmony between nations and of peaceful co-existence - therefore it is not allowed to spread religious hatred between the nations. So we hope that you will clarify this matter.

Response: The reply is: that a peace treaty with the Jews, or with other kuffaar (disbelievers), does not mean having love for them, nor taking them as friends and allies. Rather it means only peace between the two sides and that each of them will not harm the other, and other things such as buying and selling and exchanging ambassadors; and other dealings which do not mean love for the kuffaar or taking them as friends and allies.

And the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) established a peace treaty with the people of Makkah; and that did not mean that they loved them or took them as friends and allies, rather the enmity and hatred remained between them until Allaah made easy the conquest of Makkah in the year of conquest - and the people entered Allaah's religion in crowds.

Likewise the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) established a peace treaty with the Jews of Madeenah when he emigrated to Madeenah - and it was not restricted by any time limit. So this did not necessitate love of them, nor affection for them. Rather, he (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) used to have dealings with them, speaking to them, calling them to Allaah and encouraging them to enter Islam.

Furthermore, when he (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) died, his armour was held in pledge by a Jew for some food which he bought for his family. Then when the tribe of an-Nadheer acted treacherously he (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) banished them from Madeenah.

And when Quraydhah broke their treaty; supporting the Unbelievers of Makkah on the Day of al-Ahzaab in fighting against the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) - then the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) fought them, killing the combatants from them and taking their women and children captive - after Sa'd Ibn Mu'aadh - radiyallaahu 'anhu - was appointed judge in their matter and gave that judgement. The Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) informed that his judgement had indeed agreed with the judgement of Allaah from above the seven heavens. Likewise was the case with the Muslims from the Companions and those who came after them, it occurred many times that peace treaties were established between them and the kuffaar - Christians and others - but that never meant that they had affection, love or friendship with them, as He - the Most Perfect - says:

{Indeed, you will find the strongest amongst people in enmity to the Believers to be the Jews and the polytheists}, [Soorah al-Maa.idah, Aayah 82]

He - the Most Perfect -- says:

{Indeed, there is for you an excellent example in Ibraaheem, and those with him; when they said to their people: Verily we are free from you and what you worship besides Allaah. We have rejected you, and there has started between us and yourselves enmity and hatred forever - unless you truly have eemaan (faith) in Allaah and worship Him alone}, [Soorah al-Mumtahinah, Aayah 4]

And He - the Most Perfect -- says:

{O you who Believe! Do not take the Jews and Christians as intimate friends and protectors, they are but intimate friends and protectors to each other. And whosoever turns to them for this, is surely one of them. Indeed Allaah does not guide a people who are wrong-doers}, [Soorah al-Maa.idah, Aayah 51]

And He - the Mighty and Majestic - says:

{You will not find any people who believe in Allaah and the Last Day loving those who oppose Allaah and His Messenger, even though they be their fathers, their sons, their brothers or their relatives}, [Soorah al-Mujaadilah, Aayah 22]

And the aayaat with this meaning are many.

The fact that a peace treaty with the kuffaar - be they Jews or other than them - if it is called in order to attain benefit or because of need, then this does not mean affection or love for them, nor friendship and allegiance with them. Thus, when (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) conquered Khaybar, he established a peace treaty with the Jews of Khaybar on the basis that they would take care of the palm trees and crops belonging to the Muslims and half the produce would then be for them and the other half for the Muslims. So they continued upon that in Khaybar and he (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) did not lay down any time limit, rather he (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:

«We will leave you upon that for as long as we wish»

...and in another narration:

«We will leave you upon it for as long as Allaah leaves you upon it»

So they continued upon this until 'Umar - radiyallaahu 'anhu - banished them.

And it is related that 'Abdullaah Ibn Rawaahah - radiyallaahu 'anhu - that when he estimated the amount due to them for one year, they said: You have estimated unjustly. So he - radiyallaahu 'anhu - said:

"By Allaah! My hatred for you and my love for the Muslims does not lead me to treat you unjustly. So if you wish you may take the share that I have estimated for you, and if you wish then we will take that share''

[Compare this with the saying of Hasan al-Bannaa - as occurs in at-Tareeq ilal-Jamaa'atil-Umm (p. l32) - that he said at a party gathering: "The movement of al-Ikhwaan is not directed against any 'aqeedah (beliefs) from the differing 'aqeedahs, nor any religion from the various religions, nor any of the differing groups and parties. Al-Ikhwaanul-Muslimoon do not hate the foreigners (i.e. the non-Arabs) who settle in the Arabic and Islamic lands, and they do not hold any evil towards them - even the Jews who live in the land. Rather, there is nothing between us and them except good relations"]

So all of this shows that peace treaties and truces do not necessitate love, friendship and affection for the enemies of Allaah - as is thought by some of those who have little knowledge of the pure Sharee'ah rulings. Therefore, it will be clear to the questioner and others, that peace with the Jews - or other disbelievers - does not mean that we change educational curriculae, nor any other dealings relating to loving and friendship and allegiance - and it is Allaah who grants success.

Question: Does an unrestricted peace treaty with the enemy mean that we concede to them Palestine - the land of the Muslims which they have seized. And that it has now become a permanent land, by right, for the Jews due to the agreement made by the United Nations - which represent the nations of the earth. Then the United Nations will seek to punish any nation which tries to restore this land, or fight the Jews who are in it.

Response: The peace between the leader of the Muslims in Palestine and the Jews does not mean that the Jews will permanently own the lands which they now possess. Rather, it only means that they would be in possession of it for a period of time until either the truce comes to an end, or until the Muslims become strong enough to force them out of the Muslim lands - in the case of an unrestricted peace. Likewise, it is obligatory, when we have the ability, to fight the Jews until they enter into Islam or give the jizyah (a tax levied on those who are permitted to live under the protection of a Muslim state) in servility.

[However, it occurs in Hadeethul-Jareedur-Raayatil-Qatariyyah (no. 4696), that Yoosuf al-Qaradaawee - one of the leaders of the present-day modernist movement - said: ''Indeed we do not fight the Jews due to 'aqeedah, but rather because of land!'']

The same applies to the Christians and the Magians, as Allaah - the Most Perfect - says in Soorah at-Towbah, Aayah 29:

{Fight against those who do not believe in Allaah and the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allaah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge Islam, the religion of truth, from amongst the People of the Book (i.e. the Jews and Christians), until they pay the jizyah with willing submission and feel themselves subdued}

It is also established in the Saheeh of al-Bukhaaree that he (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) took the jizyah from the Magians. Therefore they have the same ruling as the Ahlul-Kitaab (the People of the Book) with regards only to the jizyah - if they do not accept Islam. However, as for the allowance of their food and their women, then that is particular only to Ahlul-Kitaab, as is stated in the text of the Book of Allaah - the Most Perfect - in Soorah al-Maa.idah, Aayah 55]. And al-Haafidh Ibn Katheer (d.771H) (rahima-hullaah) states what we have said relating to the peace treaty in tafseer (explanation) of the saying of Allaah - the Most High - in Soorah al-Anfaal, Aayah 61:

{But if they incline to peace, then you also incline to it, and put your trust in Allaah. Indeed He is the all-Hearer, the all-Knower}

Question: Is it permissible to build upon the peace treaty with the Jewish enemy by allowing them what is termed normalization of relations; and allowing them to take economic benefit from the Islamic lands and other spheres which will give them great benefit and increase their strength and establish them further upon the Islamic lands which they have misappropriated; and the Muslims can open their markets for them to sell their goods, and that they must open economic foundations - such as banks and businesses in which the Jews have a share along with the Muslims, and that they must likewise share the water sources such as the Nile and the Euphrates - even though they do not flow through Palestine?

Response: The peace between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Jews does not necessitate what the questioner mentioned with regards to the rest of the countries. Rather, each country sees what is beneficial So if it sees that it is beneficial for the Muslims in its land to have peace with the Jews and to exchange ambassadors and to engage in trade and other dealings which are considered lawful by the pure Sharee'ah of Allaah, then this is alright.

However, if it sees that the benefit for it and its people lies in cutting-off from the Jews, then it should act as the Sharee'ah requires and benefit necessitates Likewise, with regard to all the rest of the kaafir lands - their ruling being the same as the Jews in this matter.

So what is obligatory upon everyone who is in charge of the affairs of the Muslims -whether he is a king, and Ameer or a President of a Republic: - is that he takes care of what is beneficial to his people and allows what will be beneficial to them, from those matters which Allaah has not forbidden in His pure Sharee'ah, and that he prevents other than that with any kaafir state, acting upon the saying of Allaah - the Mighty and Majestic:

{Indeed, Allaah does command you to render back the trusts to those to whom they are due}, [Soorah al-Maa.idah, Aayah 58]

{So if they incline to peace, then you too incline to peace}, [Soorah al-Anfaal, Aayah 61]

And following also the example of the (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) in the peace treaties he made with the people of Makkah, and the Jews in Madeenah and in Khaybar. And he (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said in an authentic hadeeth:

«Each one of you is a responsible guardian and each one of you will be asked about those he is responsible for. So the ruler over the people is a responsible guardian and will be questioned concerning those he is responsible for; and the man is the responsible guardian over the people of his house and will be questioned about those he is responsible for, and the woman is the responsible guardian in the house of her husband and will be questioned about those she is responsible for; and the slave is a responsible guardian over the wealth of his owner and will be questioned about his responsibility. Indeed, each of you is a responsible guardian and will be questioned about what he is responsible for», [al-Bukhaaree (13/100) and Muslim (no.1829]]

And Allaah - the Mighty and Majestic - says in His Noble Book:

{O you who Believe! Do not betray Allaah and His Messenger, nor knowingly betray those things that have been entrusted to you}, [Soorah al-Anfaal, Aayah 27]

So all of this is with regards to when one is unable to fight the disbelievers, or unable to make them give the jizyah, if they are from Ahlul-Kitaab. However, when one does have the power to fight jihaad against them, then what is required is to call them to enter into Islam, or be killed, or to pay the jizyah - if they are from its people. In this case it is not permissible to seek peace with them, nor to abandon fighting and the jizyah. Rather, seeking peace is allowed when there is a need or necessity; when you are unable to fight them or enforce the jizyah upon them - if they are from its people, as Allaah - the Most Perfect, the Most High - says in the aayah that has already preceded:

{Fight against those who do not believe in Allaah and the Last day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allaah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge Islam, the religion of truth, from amongst the People of the Book (i.e. the Jews and Christians), until they pay the jizyah with willing submission and feel themselves subdued}, [Soorah at-Towbah, Aayah 29]

{And fight them on until there is no more fitnah and the Religion is made purely for Allaah}, [Soorah al-Anfaal, Aayah 39]

And the action of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) with the People of Makkah on the day of Hudaybiyyah; and on the day of the Conquest; and also with the Jews when he came to Madeenah shows what we have said. We ask Allaah to guide the Muslims and to grant them every good; and that He puts their affairs in a good state, granting them knowledge and understanding of the Religion. And that He places the best of them in charge of them, correcting their leaders and helping them to fight jihaad against the enemies of Allaah in the way that is pleasing to Him. Indeed He is the One to grant that, and the One having full power over it. And may Allaah's praises and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his Family, Companions and followers.
Palestine 3

Concerning Palestine, Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen advises...

We are advised by authentic sources in Qaseem, that earlier this afternoon (Friday 13 October, 2000), Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen delivered the Jumu'ah khutbah where he spoke about the situation our Muslim brothers and sisters in Palestine are facing.

Briefly, the Shaykh advised the Muslims to donate money to ease the hardship of the Palestinians, with the strict condition that any such donations are passed on to those whom you know will permit it to reach the intended Muslims.

Finally, in addition to remembering the Palestinian Muslims in our prayers, we ask all our Muslim brothers and sisters to remember the noble Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen in their prayers also, and that Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) grants him better health and makes easy for him his affairs, aameen.
Palestine 2

Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh: "Indeed waging war against the weak Muslims in Palestine is (Israeli) terrorism and oppression"...

Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh, the muftee (one qualified to pass fatwa) of Saudi Arabia and the head of the Council of Senior Scholars and The Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fataawa mentioned in the khutbah of 'Arafah (Thursday 21 February, 2002) that what is going on in Palestine is (Israeli) terrorism.

Summarily therefore, the Shaykh began by advising the congregation of pilgrims to fear Allaah in secret and openly and to soley single Him out for worship, in addition to establishing the pillars of the religion and holding steadfast to the clear path of Allaah and adhering to the Sunnah of His (final) chosen Prophet (Muhammad) (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) in all their actions and speech.

The Shaykh explained that Allaah's purpose in creating the Jinn and mankind was so that they would sincerely worship Him alone, having clarified for them all affairs of the religon (of Islam) so that they can seek guidance from it. And He has given the servant (of Allaah) a choice (free will), just as he has clarified all that relates to the religion in terms of interacting with others and establishing justice, thus paving the righteous way for mankind.

The Shaykh added that the religion of Islam has commanded respect for the rights and preservation of people in terms of wealth, property and the self, and it has commanded peace(making) at (times of) war, as well as the prohibition of killing women and children, stressing that Islam is far removed from terrorism, and that ascribing terrorism to Islam is a major injustice.

The Shaykh continued by saying: "Indeed waging war against the weak Muslims in Palestine is (Israeli) terrorism and oppression".

The Shaykh stressed that: "Indeed the resentment of the enemies (of Islam) is because the religion of Islam is the seal (finality) of all the religions, and that its people are the best of people to come forth..." explaining that: "the religion of Islam has given (each and) every person their rights and has honoured them by freeing them from the worship of (false) gods to the worship of the (true) Lord (Allaah) of the servants (of Allaah)".

The Shaykh explained that: "the enemies of Islam offer a false culture and civilisation which (negatively) differentiates between mankind, and nullifies (all) agreements, offering all types of weaponry to destroy mankind".

The Shaykh mentioned that: "today the Muslim Ummah was passing through a severe phase which requires it to take a close look (at itself) so that it can become a single Ummah defending and protecting it's 'aqeedah".

The Shaykh expressed: "that which has befallen the Ummah today is as a result of sins and weakness of eemaan (faith) in addition to the presence of partisanship (tahazzub) and (much) differing in the religion; and the last of the Ummah will never be corrected except by that which corrected the first of the Ummah".


Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan advises regarding Palestine...

Earlier this evening (Sunday 14 April, 2002) Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan, via his open question-answer session on PalTalk, was asked about the position of a Muslim concerning what is happening now to our brothers (and sisters) in Palestine, with respect to supplication, giving wealth or making jihaad with them.

So he replied: "It is obligatory upon the Muslims to make supplication for their Muslim brothers and to assist them with wealth. To assist them with wealth and supplication, this is what is obligatory, and this is what will benefit them."

Then the Shaykh was asked, "May Allaah be benevolent to you. And this questioner says, "What is the ruling pertaining to demonstrations, and are they considered to be from jihaad in the path of Allaah?"

So he replied: "There is no benefit in demonstrations. Rather they are confusion. They are from confusion, disorder. And what harm will be done to the enemy if the people demonstrate a street amongst the streets and raise their tongues?! Rather, this is from the matters on account of which the enemy actually rejoices, and so he says that he has harmed them and cause damage to them, so the enemy rejoices with this.

Islam is a religion of sanctity, and religion of tranquility, a religion based upon knowledge, it is not a religion of confusion and noise. It is a religion that aims to bring about tranquility and sanctity, alongside the working of beneficial and praisworthy deeds, such as aiding the Muslims and supplicating for them, and providing them with wealth and weapons. This is praiseworthy, and also arguing for their case with the nations, so that the oppression can be raised from them. And that the nations are asked, those who claim democracy for themselves, they should be asked to give those Muslims their right, and the right of a human is what they themselves boast about! However, in their view the human is the disbeliever, and as for the Muslim in their view, he is not a human but a terrorist. They call the Muslims "terrorists". And the disbeliever is the one who has rights, in their view!

So it us upon the Muslims to traverse upon the manhaj of Islam in the likes of these affairs and other than them. Islam did not come with demonstrations and clangor, and raising of the voices, or destruction of the state properties, or transgression. All of this is not from Islam, it does not benefit, rather this harms the Muslims and does not harm the enemy. This harms the Muslims and does not harm their enemies. Rather their enemies rejoice with this, and he says, "I have affected them, I have made them angry, and I have affected them."

Saturday, 9 January 2010

The Evils of Terrorism


The Evils of Terrorism

Author: Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab al-'Aqeel
- Professor of 'Aqeedah at the College of Da'wah, Islamic University of Madeenah

Translation: AbdulHaq ibn Kofi ibn Kwesi ibn Kwaku al-Ashanti

This lecture was given on Saturday August 20th 2005 via tele-link at Masjid Ibn Taymeeyah (Brixton Mosque, London) and was translated at the masjid by Umar al-Jamaykee (a graduate of the Faculty of Hadeeth (Prophetic Traditions) Sciences, Islamic University of Madeenah).

As mentioned in the introduction and in order to make it clear, Islam is free from terrorism and corruption. Islam is established upon mercy, justice, mutual love and concern with rectifying the earth and its people, Islam therefore forbids corrupting the earth and its people.

Then we mentioned the excellent interaction that the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) had with the people, from the kuffaar (disbelievers), such as the people of the book such as Jews and Christians. The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) interacted with people with justice, mercy and loving good for the people. In all of the battles that the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) participated in was in order to spread this goodness, mercy, justice and love amongst the people, therefore, Islam is free from this call to terrorism.

As for the term terrorism in the Arabic language 'irhaab' this is a new term which is not found within the classical Arabic dictionaries at all. Rather it has only surfaced in the modern era due to some people utilising it as a specific method yet with unlegislated means, such as violence, killing, breeding fear and its like. Some of these dictionaries mention that the 'terrorist' is: one who utilises violence and terrorism in order to establish his own rule.

Terrorism is the terror that is caused by those groups or individuals who resort to killing and wreaking havoc and destruction. Terrorism is therefore, according to the contemporary compilers of modern Arabic dictionaries, killing akin to the riotous killing that is mentioned within the texts of Shar'eeah. As the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) mentioned with regards to the signs of the end of time, the spread of 'al-Harj' (riotous killing).

The meaning of 'al-Harj' is killing and the increase of the spilling blood, which is all from the signs of the end of time. To the extent that the one killing will not know why he is killing and the one that was killed will not know why he/she was killed. Islam is free from this riotous killing, free from this terrorism and free from this kind of corruption.

Terrorism is established upon destruction of properties such as factories, farms, places of worship, train stations, airports and the likes; Islam is clearly free from such actions that are based upon corruption and not upon rectification.

Terrorists usually say that they are going against the state in which they are based within. This is like the mafia or other criminal organisations that are based on killing people, causing fear and taking their monies. Such criminal organisations have leaders, deputies and individuals that are responsible for establishing regulations for the organisation and individuals responsible for carrying out attacks, and all of them are terrorists causing corruption on the earth.

However the ugliest face of terrorism is that which is established in the name of religion, all of the religions from the Prophets (peace be upon them) are free from such terrorism, even if some of the followers of the Prophets participated in such terrorist activities, but the Prophets are free from such corruptions.

The terrorists are in need of doubtful proofs for their methodology especially those who attribute themselves to the Prophets (peace be upon them), they claim that the Prophets ordered them to commit terrorism. Many of those who commit acts of terrorism from those who attribute themselves to the religion of the Jews claim that Moosaa (Moses) commanded them to do terrorism or that the other Prophets from the children of Israa'eel ordered them to do terrorism yet this is a lie.[2] As Moosaa (peace be upon him) and all of the Prophets from the children of Israa'eel (peace be upon them) never ever ordered people to commit terrorism.

Likewise, those who commit acts of terrorism and attribute themselves to Eesaa (Jesus) claim that the gospels sanction terrorism and the use of it over the enemy.[3] I have some texts which I have gathered from other sources wherein such terrorists (in the name of Jesus and Christianity) claim that the gospel allows it, however the time does not allow for me to mention all of this here.

The important matter for us to mention is that Eesaa was sen with mercy like all of the Prophets, peace be upon them, and it is not possible that they ordered people to commit acts of terrorism.

Likewise, those who attribute themselves in this era from the people of corruption, bombing and takfeer within the Muslim countries and the non-Muslim countries, need certain texts from the Qur'aan and sunnah for them to refer. They claim that such texts lead to terrorism but they are lying about this as the Prophet (sallallaallaahu alayhi wassallam) is totally free from terrorism. For that reason, the Muslim scholars have denounced all acts of terrorism that are committed by those who associate themselves with Islam.

The Muslim scholars denounced the attacks on the world trade buildings in New York and made clear that those who committed the act were criminals and that they had nothing to do with Islam and that they merely killed themselves, and whoever kills themselves intentionally will be in hellfire killing themselves, and Allaah's refuge is sought.

Similarly, the Muslim scholars denounced the terrorist attacks committed by those who associate themselves with Islam that took place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The scholars also denounced the terrorist attacks committed by those who associate themselves with Islam that took place in Sharm ash-Sheikh in Egypt. The scholars also denounced the terrorist attacks that took place on the tube stations in London, they denounced this and made clear that Islam has nothing to do with such actions and that Islam is free of them.

The doubts of the terrorists, with regards to their twisting of the texts, are with the verse from Soorah al-Anfaal verse 60 wherein Allaah says:

{And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allaah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know (but) Allaah knows. And whatever you spend in the cause of Allaah will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged.}, [Soorah al-Anfaal, Aayah 60]

The verse that comes after it explains it perfectly, wherein Allaah says:

{And if they incline towards peace, then incline to it also and rely upon Allaah. Indeed, it is He who is the Hearing, the Knowing.}, [Soorah al-Anfaal, Aayah 61]

This verse explains the initial verse perfectly, as Allaah within this verse explains the condition of the Muslims with non-Muslims.

The first state is one of war, and war is usually not between individual Muslims and individual kuffaar, no! War is between the armies of the Muslim state and the armies of a disbelieving state and we should not be ashamed of this at all.

All of the Prophets (peace be upon them) fought and prepared armies, and people up until this day have armies and prepare military strength. All of the great states in every time and place have prepared armies and have obtained a variety of weapons in order to frighten people. Obtaining weapons is a defensive and preventative method not an offensive method, as if the enemy knows that you have a number of devastating weapons he will not even consider to go to war against you.

Rather the great states, past and present, have been concerned with forming armed groups in order to frighten their enemies such as the Warsaw pact,[4] NATO[5] and other large alliances that are formed by large states in order to gain power and secure itself from its enemies.

The Islamic state has the same concern as all states past and present, yet it is upon an Islamic state not on individuals to do this. The verse is directed to an Islamic state:

{And prepare against them whatever you are able of power}, [Soorah al-Anfaal, Aayah 60]

This is for an Islamic state. Is it permissible for any individual within a major state to store or possess mass weapons in his house? The answer is clearly no; it is not permissible according to the customary laws of that state rather it is for the state to possess such weapons. Likewise according to the contemporary regulations there are certain weapons that are prohibited for states to possess as such weapons cause indiscriminate destruction upon crops and vegetation.[6] This can be seen with the current prohibition of nuclear weapons which cause devastation and serve no benefit in armies possessing them.

Also the verse says to an Islamic state that it is incumbent upon yourselves to be ready and be strong so that the enemy will fear you and will not even think about going to war against you. As if you are weak the enemy will easily be able to gain power over you and if you are strong, the enemy will fear you. This verse is directed to an Islamic state not individuals as every state today possesses weapons and power and guides its borders and keeps its affairs from its enemies and manufactures weapons. In the same way, an Islamic state guides its borders and affairs. In terms of defining an enemy the first type are those who take its people and if kuffaar war against an Islamic state then it is incumbent, upon an Islamic state not individuals, to arm itself with necessary weapons.

As for the terrorist tribulations in the current era, then those people are not an Islamic state and they are also not those to whom the verse in the Qur'aan is directed to those who are the leaders of states, not individuals who live within a state. those individuals have to listen to the ruler of the Muslims and obey him and not fight anyone except with the rulers permission and

If the ruler of the Muslims has made agreements with disbelieving nations, such as Britain, America and France then it is not permissible for us to fight against a state that the leader of the Muslims has made agreements with. This is the case even if some aspects of the conditions of agreement seem oppressive on us, as the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) made an agreement with the kuffaar of Makkah even though some of the companions felt that some of the conditions were against the Muslims and hard on them, but the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) commanded them to listen and obey, and thus the companions listened and obeyed.[7]

As for those Muslims who are living within the kuffaar states then the Divine Legislation, intellect and customs indicate that it is not permissible for a Muslim that has entered a disbelieving country to cheat them.8 Rather it is for every Muslim within such disbelieving countries to respect the agreements and promises that were made in order to enter and live in the country.

Indeed, it is upon such a Muslim, according to the intellect and the Divine Legislation, to show thanks and gratitude to the people of such a country and to be good with them and be merciful with them and be kind with them and thank them for allowing them to live amongst them in their country.

These disbelievers have allowed them to enter the country and have allowed them to seek Islamic knowledge and have allowed them to study and have allowed them to work and conduct business within their countries. It may even be the case that some Muslims take monies from the kuffaar countries (such as social benefits and welfare state handouts) or utilise a card under their sponsorship or obtain a passport from them in order to travel the world mighty and honoured under their sponsorship. The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) said: "Whoever does not thank the people has not thanked Allaah."

Therefore those who have entered kuffaar countries should indeed show gratitude to them for allowing them to enter their countries. As now they have money and honour and if not for the kuffaar and the police within those countries maybe his money would have been taken or he would have been killed or his honour would have been disrespected. However, the laws and organisation of those kuffaar countries, and we do not say that all of what is in them is true, we rather just emphasise this point alone, have allowed them into the country and as a result such Muslims should fear Allaah and be grateful for that good by keeping to their promises and agreements with such kuffaar.[9]

The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) when he made an agreement with the kuffaar of Makkah and some people became Muslims after the agreement and rectification, the Prophet still had to fulfil the agreement and send them back to their people such as the case of Aboo Jandal.[10]

Look my noble brother at the justice of Islam and to the strength of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) in adhering to agreements.

So in our discussion of the kuffaar countries, we mainly cover two matters:

FIRST: The Islamic state, like a kuffaar state, has to arm itself with weapons and defend itself. This is for a state and not for us individuals within an Islamic state who have to listen to the ruler and obey.

SECOND: If we are in a kuffaar country we have to fear Allaah and thank such states for providing us with good such as entering their countries.

The verse in al-Anfaal is for the Muslim states not for individuals to carry out and Muslim states today arm and prepare themselves and prioritise such matters as all states do. Indeed, they even purchase weapons from kuffaar states from the west and east in order to gather weapons and empower itself and to guard its borders as much as it is able to. For this reason, the land of Islam has been protected on many occasions from the plans of the kuffaar, and all praise is due to Allaah. For example, we are now in conflict with the state known as 'Israel' and we have been for over fifty years, thus it arms itself and empowers itself via purchasing weapons from the east and west[11] and thus we also purchase weapons from the east and west and there is no shame in this. No Muslims or kuffaar have said that you should not arm yourselves; only some states that aligned themselves with Germany during the Second World War are prohibited from arming themselves to a considerable extent such as Japan and Switzerland according to the laws, as they have a prior experience with exploiting armaments.

There is no shame in a Muslim state in purchasing weapons but what is a problem is to establish tribulations such as the mafia, highway robbers or terrorists, who kill, devastate and cause corruption.

Going back to the verse then, it is a command for an Islamic state and not for individual Muslims within a state as individual Muslims are under the jurisdiction of the Islamic state. If the leader of the Muslims has made an agreement with other states then it is not permissible at all for us to wage war against the citizens of such states. It is not permissible for a Muslim to fight the kuffaar with whom the leader of the Muslims has an agreement.

So with this may Allaah preserve and protect you, Allaah has legislated laws and regulations for Muslims to interact with non-Muslims. We find that these regulations are clear and with no doubts within them.

As for those bombers that you have over there who terrorise the people then it should be known that such people not only wreak havoc over there but also in Makkah, Madeenah of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam), Riyadh, Khobar, Shaam, Egypt and not only the Christian countries.

Terrorism has no religion and no country, rather it is based on kindling tribulations and is concerned with wreaking havoc on the earth or has other goals, whether economic or political, we do not know. However, we say that terrorism is always associated with wreaking havoc and corruption, and Allaah commanded rectification and forbade corruption and Islam came with rectification and to prevent corruption.

Therefore, the verse in al-Anfaal is not an evidence for terrorism as all of the commentators of the verse have noted that it is directed to the leaders of the Muslims. All of the Muslim states today strengthen themselves, which a natural human phenomena, and have armies in order to defend themselves from any enemies and so that the enemy will know that they are strong. Have you ever seen anyone enter into a Lions den? No, this is not possible as it is strong. But the home of a gazelle, rabbit or pigeon is easy to enter upon, but the Lion's den is not as easy because it is strong.

Even though it is not necessary for the lion to attack people as it eats whatever suffices it from the forest. Islam and the Muslims, past and present, are free from terrorism and have rejected those who support terrorist atrocities in the Muslim countries, in America, in Britain and in other countries and have stated that such people have merely killed themselves which is not permissible in Islam and that whoever intentionally kills themselves is in the hellfire for eternity.

As for the spurious evidences that terrorists utilise then they are indeed many and the most important evidence that they use is the verse from al-Anfaal, yet Allaah says after it:

"And if they incline towards peace, then incline to it also and rely upon Allaah. Indeed, it is He who is the Hearing, the Knowing." {al-Anfaal (8): 61}

Therefore the Muslim countries are at peace with all of the nation states of the world in the east and the west, with the exception of Israel and we ask Allaah to suffice the Muslims from its evil.


[1] This lecture was given on Saturday August 20th 2005 via tele-link at Masjid Ibn Taymeeyah (Brixton Mosque, London) and was translated at the masjid by Umar al-Jamaykee.

[2]This has also been attested by some Jewish writers such as Israel Shahak in his book Jewish History, Jewish Religion – The Weight of Three Thousand Years (Pluto Press). He notes how the Talmud mentions that if a Jew passes near an inhabited non-Jewish dwelling, he must ask God to destroy it, whereas if the building is in ruins he must thank the Lord for his retribution on the 'Gentiles'. (p. 93 – quoting the Tractate Berakhot, p.58b) furthermore, Shahak notes Rabbi Shabbtay Kohen (mid 17th century), Siftey Kohen on Shulhan 'Arukh, 'Yoreh De'ah', 158: "But in times of war it was the custom to kill them with one's own hands, for it is said, "The best of gentiles, kill him!"." Siftey Kohen and Turey Zahay are the two major classical commentaries on the Shulhan 'Arukh. (Shahak, pp.76 and 113). Michael Hoffman on his website that discusses Jewish affairs notes that according to Jewish teachings non-Jewish women are "Niddah, Shifchah, Goyyah and Zonah (menstrual filth, slaves, heathens and whores)." [Translator's Note]

[3] Christian groups such as the Catholic IRA in Northern Ireland and its offshoots such as the Real IRA have sanctioned terrorism. On the side are the Protestants in Northern Ireland with many of the Ulster based pro-British unionist groups which have also participated in terrorism. In Spain, the Basque separatist group Eta are well known for their terrorism which they justify in the name of nationalism and religion. Also in Latin America there are a number of terrorist cells that operate under the banner of Christianity. Also in Europe the neo-Nazi groups who also perform a number of terrorist activities under the pretext of preserving Anglo-saxon Christianity and European heritage. From the mushriks there are the likes of the Aum cult of Japan who commanded chemical attacks upon the Japanese tube network in the 1990s and also in Sri Lanka the Tamil Tigers terrorist group. [Translator's Note]

[4] The Warsaw Pact, also known as the 'Warsaw Treaty', was a military alliance of the Eastern European countries (the Eastern Bloc) who intended to organise against the perceived threat from NATO. The Pact was prompted by the integration of a 're-militarised' west Germany into NATO via the ratification of the Paris Agreement. The Warsaw Pact was drafted by Nikita Krushchev in 1955 CE and singed in Warsaw. It came to an end and 1991 CE and was dissolved in Prague. [Translator's Note]

[5] The North Atlantic Trade Organisation, sometimes referred to as the 'North Atlantic Alliance', the 'Atlantic Alliance' or the 'Western Alliance'. It is an international organisation for defence collaboration and was established in 1949 CE. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO

[6] In Islam, the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) forbade the use of 'scorched earth policies' wherein crops, vegetation and livestock were destroyed, burned or devastated. The kuffaar also claim to prohibit such weapons that cause such indiscriminate destruction yet the reality is that it has mainly been the kuffaar nations who have utilised such weapons of 'mass destruction' such as on Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. Depleted Uranium was used for the first time on Iraq during the first gulf war and it has a radioactive future of 125,000 years, like the effects of Agent Orange (which was used on Vietnam) its effects on populations and on future generations are devastating. [Translator's Note]

[7] The Shaykh (hafidhahullaah) is referring here to the Hudaybiyah Treaty which was made between the Muslims and the polytheists of Quraysh. When the mushrikeen of Quraysh witnessed the determination of the Muslims to risk their lives, properties, wealth and families for their faith in order to spread it peacefully, they realised that the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) and his followers (radi Allaahu 'anhum) could not be bullied or frightened by mere scare tactics. Therefore, a treaty of reconciliation and peace was made between the Quraysh and the Muslims. The clauses of the treaty were:
· The Muslims would return and come back in the following year (7 AH) but they would not stay in Makkah for more than three days and without arms except those concealed;
· War activities were to be suspended for ten years, during which both sides will live in security with neither side waging war against the other;
· Whoever wishes to join Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) was free to do so and likewise whoever wished to join the mushrikeen of the Quraysh was also free to do so;
· If anyone from the Quraysh joins Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) without his parent's or guardian's permission, he should be sent back to the Quraysh, but should any of Muhammad's followers return to the Quraysh, he was not to be sent back. (Safiur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri, The Sealed Nectar (ar-Raheequl-Makhtum) Darusalam, 2002, p.403) The treaty was significant in that the Quraysh began to recognise the Muslims legitimate existence and began to deal with them on equal terms. Safiur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri notes in his biography of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) pp.407-408: "The Muslims did not have in mind to seize people's property or kill them through bloody wars, nor did they ever think of using any compulsive approaches in their efforts to propagate Islam, on the contrary their sole target was to provide an atmosphere of freedom in ideology or religion:

{Then whosoever wills, let him believe, and whosoever wills, let him disbelieve.}", [Soorah al-Kahf, Aayah 29] the Muslims, on the other hand, had the opportunity to spread Islam over areas not then explored. When there was the peace agreement, war was abolished, and men met and consulted each together, none talked about Islam intelligently without entering it; within two years following the conclusion of the treaty, twice as many people entered Islam than ever before. This is supported by the fact that the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) went out to al-Hudaybiyah with only 1400 men, but when he set out to liberate Makkah, two years later, he had 10,000 men with him. [Translator's Note]

[8] This is for those Muslims who have entered a non-Muslim country and also those Muslims who were born and raised within non-Muslim countries. [Translator's Note]

[9] This is one of the areas in which the takfeerees and jihaadees contradict themselves. For they argue about the evil of a Muslim ruler due to a perceived allegiance to the kuffaar and their ways, yet they do the every same, if not worse, by: running to kuffaar countries, consuming large sums of kuffaar state benefit handouts; taking welfare allowances from "HRM's" benevolence; paying all required taxes; sending their children to kuffaar hospitals and entertainment centres and the likes, yet do not also see all of this has "loving the kuffaar" or as emphasising the weakness of the Muslims!? Indeed, many of them even claim that what they do is merely part of their "jihaad efforts"!!? [Translator's Note]

[10] Aboo Jandal (radi Allaahu 'anhu) was brutally chained and was suffering great hardship and oppression. The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) and the companions (radi Allaahu 'anhum) tried to secure his release but Aboo Jandal's father Suhayl was unyielding and would not hand Aboo Jandal over due to the treaty which had been agreed between the Prophet and the mushrikeen of Quraysh. Aboo Jandal (radi Allaahu 'anhu) did not want to remain with the mushrikeen yet the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) had to honour his word and adhere to the agreement. [Translator's Note]

[11] Time Magazine (August 24 1998, vol. 152, no.8, p.12) noted once that: Israel is an undeclared nuclear power that is thought to have over 200 warheads it was also active in the production of plutonium and highly enriched uranium, the makings of nuclear bombs. Israel wishes to maintain a certain ambiguity around its nuclear status. [Translator's Note]

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Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh says attacks are an "oppression, injustice and tyranny"...

Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh, the muftee (one qualified to pass fatwa) of Saudi Arabia and the head of the Council of Senior Scholars and The Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fataawa has said (Monday 17 September, 2001) that: "The explosions which have taken place in the United States of America are but a strike of oppression, injustice and tyranny - (all) which are not in agreement with the Sharee'ah of Islam."

And his excellency said: "Indeed, these dangerous incidents have done away with thousands of lives, that which is not in agreement with the Sharee'ah of Islam, and it is not from this religion which strongly opposes hostility and hatred which are not legally justified as a form of hostility and hatred."

And he said: "Indeed, Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) has commanded (us with justice, and upon this the heavens (and the earth) were created, and He has prohibited oppression fro himself, and has made it prohibited between His servants (mankind)".

The Shaykh went on to clarify that: "These incidents which have occurred in the United States and that which are similar to these incidents are as a result of hijacking airplanes and terrorising the peace, unjustly killing people - (and all of this) is nothing but oppression and tyranny".

And he added that: "The Muslim scholars should explain the truth in such situations and clarify for the world the Islamic position, and that the religion of Islam does not endorse such acts".


The full text of the official statement of Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh has just been received, as follows:

All praise is due to the Lord of the Worlds, the successful end is for the pious, and prayers and peace be upon the noblest of Prophets and Messengers, and upon his family, and his companions.

To proceed:

Due to abundant questions and enquiries that have been brought to us concerning what has happened in the United States of America a few days ago, and concerning the Sharee'ah position towards it, and wehther the religion of Islam affirms the likes of these actions or not, I say, seeking aid and assistance from Allaah, the Unique, the Overpowerer, that Allaah, free is He from all imperfection, has bestowed uopn us the favour of this Islamic religion and has made it a complete legislation, a perfect and all-inclusive one which is beneficial for all times, and places and all situations, for all individuals and groups of individuals. It invites towards rectification and uprightness and justice and goodness, and also the removal of Shirk (paganism, associationism, ascribing false partners with Allaah), and evil, oppression, injustice and deceit.

And it is from the greatest of favours of Allaah upon us, we the Muslims, that He has guided us to this religion, and has made us its followers and helpers. Hence, a Muslim is cultivated by the legislation of Allaah, a follower of the Sunnah (the way) of the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam), and one who remains upright and steadfast upon this religion - he is the one who will be the saved Muslim in this life and the Hereafter.

As for what has happened in the United States of America of very dangerous occurrences, on account of which thousands of souls have passed away, on account of actions that the Islamic Sharee'ah (legislation) does not sanction, and which are not from this religion, and these actions do not agree with the spirit and foundations of the legislation from numerous angles:

The first: Verily, Allaah, free is He from all imperfections, has commanded justice, and is based upon justice that the Heavens and the Earth stand (i.e. operate, exist), and it is on account of this justice that the Messengers were sent and the Books were revealed. Allaah the free from all imperfections, said:

{Verily, Allaah commands with justice and benevolence, and the giving of near relatives (in charity) and He forbids from obscene and evil deeds, and oppression. He cautions you, that perchance you may remember}

And He also says:

{We have indeed sent Messengers with clear proofs and we have revealed with them, the Book and the Balance, so that the people may abide by justice}

And Allaah has judged and decreed that one soul cannot bear the burden of another soul, this due to the perfection of Allaah's justice, free is he from imperfection. He said:

{And no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another}

Indeed, Allaah, free is He from all imperfections has forbidden oppression on His own self, and He has also declared it forbidden for his servants, as he has said in the Hadeeth Qudsee:

«O My servants, indeed I have forbidden oppression upon Myself and I have also made it forbidden amongst yourselves, hence to not oppress each other»

And this is general for all of the servants of Allaah, both the Muslims amongst them and the Non-Muslim, and it is not permissible for any one of them to be unjust to another, and nor for him to oppress him, even if it is in the presence of hate and dislike. Allaah, free is He from all imperfections says:

{O you who believe. Be of those who stand up to Allaah, as witnesses of justice. And let not the hatred of a people make you swerve away from justice towards them. Verily, be just and that is closer to piety}

Hence, even hatred and dislike do not permit the commission of injustice and oppression, from a legislative point of view.

Based upon what has preceded, it is obligatory for all of us to know - both states and societies, Muslims and Non-Muslims, a number of important matters:

1) That these matters that have taken place in the United States and whatever else is of their nature of plane hijackings and taking people hostage or killing innocent people, without a just cause, this is nothing but a manifestation of injustice, oppression and tyranny, which the Islamic Sharee'ah does not sanction or accept, rather it is expressly forbidden and it is amongst the greatest of sins.

2) That the Muslim who learns the details of his religion, and who acts upon the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) does not allow himself to fall into the likes of these actions, due to what they contain of exposing oneself to the wrath of Allaah, and then what results from them of harms and corruption (upon the earth).

3) It is obligatory upon the Scholars of the Muslim Ummah that they explain the truth concerning the likes of these affairs (i.e. terrorist attacks) and that they make clear to the world at large that the Sharee'ah of Allaah and the religion of Islam does not sanctino these types of actions, ever.

4) It is upon the media outlets and whoever is behind them, from amongst those who make accusations against the Muslims and who strive to revile this noble and upright religion, and describe it with that which it is free from, all in order to kindle tribulation and to harm the reputation of Islam and the Muslims and to separate the hearts and constrict the chests - it is obligatory upon them to restrain from this misguidance and to realise that every sane and just person knows of the details of Islam, and knows that it is not possible for him to describe it with these descriptions, and that he cannot make these types of accusations against it, this is because on account of the passing of history, the nations have not known the followers of this religion, and its adherents except to be those who fulfil their rights (due to others) and their absence of injustice and oppression.

And what has preceded is in explantion of the truth and to remove any confusion, and I ask Allaah that he inspires us with that which contains our guidance, that he guides us to the ways of Islam, and that He strengthens His religion and makes high His word, indeed He is the Most Kind, the Most Generous, and prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and all his companions.

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The Chief Justice of the Supreme Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia states: "It is not logical to accuse the Muslims"

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia states: "It is not logical to accuse the Muslims"

What Happened in America Is A Crime Rejected By Islam.

Statement on the recent terrorist bombings in the United States as reported in Okaz (a leading Saudi Arabian daily) on Friday, 26 Jumaadaa Al-Akhirah 1422 corresponding to September 14, 2001

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia and member o the Council of Senior Scholars, Shaykh Saalih al-Lehaydaan affirmed that Islam forbids attacks and aggression upon the innocent just as Islamic law (Sharee'ah) does not allow the shedding of blood except with just cause according to Islamic guidelines and the shedding of blood is not permitted in general.

His eminence responded to questions of Okaz regarding the explosions that occurred in the United States that took thousands of innocent civilian lives saying that killing is not permitted unless in time of war and to kill innocent people is among the major sins and the most heinous of crimes.

He added that what happened in America was one of the most dangerous crimes and that the religion of Islam does not condone it nor is it correct for anyone to approve of it.

The Chief Justice expressed that the Muslims of America should not be feared stating "I do not believe that the United States of America would perpetrate an injustice upon those who have not done any wrong towards them nor transgress their rights as that would be illogical". What follows is the text of the interview with Okaz with Shaykh Saalih al-Lehaydaan:

Question: How do you view, your eminence, what occurred with the attacks in the United States Of America from an Islamic perspective?

Response: Allaah has made Islam to forbid wrongdoing (thulm) and the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) stated:

«Ath-thulmu thulumaat yaum al-qiyaamah (Wrong is multiplied on the Day of Resurrection»)

And it is related in the authentic hadeeth that Allaah stated:

«Oh My slaves, I have forbidden wrong and oppression to Myself and I have made it forbidden among you therefore do not do wrong or oppress»

Therefore, attacks upon those whom have not attacked you and to kill innocent people who have committed no crime (i.e. against you) is among those things forbidden in Islam because it does not allow the shedding of blood except for a legally justified reason and it is not permissible to shed blood in general. It is something allowed only in the case of war to kill the combatant enemy. As far as attacking even if it is to kill a perpetrator immediately, is not considered among the righteous deeds nor from the permitted acts. On the contrary it is of the detestable acts because to kill a person who has not perpetrated any crime nor done anything deserving being killed is considered of the major sins and most heinous of crimes. Accordingly that crimes which occurred in America that we witnessed its aftermath in the photographs taken through one of the media outlets is no doubt among the most dangerous criminal acts which Islam in no way agrees with and it is not permissible for anyone to condone. It is an abomination.

The matter in Islam is such that one may not be treated as a criminal unless that person has attacked and therefore there may be reprisals or enmity towards him. As far as going about that in such a way that the result is taking thousands of souls of women and children and those whom are non-combatants and such then it is of the evil of acts.


The Effects of the Explosions

Question: What do you see as the effects of these explosions upon the Muslim in the U.S.?

Response: As far as the Muslims, the U.S. is cited as a land that acts according to the rule of law and if such is the case then that law is what should prevail over the desires of the American people. If then a person obeys the law reasonably and it is the character of that reason based law not to punish anyone for other than the crime they commit, then it is not correct nor should it occur that those who are reasonable will to do any harm towards him - neither the Muslim in America or the non-Muslim Arab or any other nationality or any other religion. It is deeply rooted in those who use intellect and reason that the perpetrator of a crime bears that crime himself. If one perpetrates a crime let not his crime be cause to make others into criminals who have not done so. I do not expect that that the US nor the Americans will not commit a wrong against who has done no wrong or to attack whom has not attacked them because that is against reason. America and the American people must necessarily be among the most advanced of nations in what it does and what laws it makes for people.


Muslims Rejection of What Occurred

Question: Your eminence, the enemies and detractors of Islam have pointed the harshest allegations towards Arabs and Muslims. How would you comment?

Response: In any case the type of people and the masses who do not judge according to reason point to those who have perpetrated no crime and to those who reject the crime. This is not at all reasonable.


This Is No Argument

Question: There are those who commit crimes and attribute themselves to Islam. What is the effect of this?

Response: As I stated, the perpetrator of a crime is alone responsible for his crime. If a person commits some thoughtlessness or stupidity and then does a criminal act, even if they are Muslim and even if he prays and fasts, his deed is not an argument for those who wish to wrong Islam.


Question: What would you like to comment on additionally dear Shaykh with regards to the matter of these explosions?

Response: That those upon whom this disaster has fallen would reflect and think about the favors that they enjoy such as security, comfort, wealth and power that was considered unequalled. If they would think about this they would find that it was only due to the favors granted by Allaah upon them. These favors cannot be compared to this great disaster that has befallen them. Hardships as great as they may be are little in comparison to the favors that Allaah has granted to people.