Thursday, March 31, 2011

Saudi Arabia Warns of "Strict Punishments" for Protesters

Translated from ChamPress, 30 March 2011:
1.5 Million Copies of a Fatwa Prohibiting Protests in Saudi Arabia
The Saudi News Agency (WAS) reported yesterday that the Kingdom is printing 1.5 million copies of a statement issued by the Council of Senior Scholars which prohibits protesting in the Kingdom. Informed sources also stressed that the new regulations on the publishing system in the Kingdom include strict punishments
The WAS said that, "The Grand Mufti authorized a number of governmental and civil institutions to print and distribute more than a million copies." The WAS added that 500,000 copies have already been printed, and that the Council in its statement called "for exertion of all efforts which strengthen unity and lead to harmony." 
On the same topic, the electronic newspaper "Sabaq" transmitted from its sources that the regulations carried stiff penalties. These were aimed at "achieving a code of conduct for dealing with scholars in the Kingdom, without attacking or criticizing the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and the members of the Council of Senior Scholars. This stems from the desire to have the media reflect the program of the State, which is based on the Book of Allah, the Sunnah, and the Prophet."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

American Muslim Leader Issues Fatwa Against Democracy

Translated from the website of Dr. Salah al-Sawy, the secretary-general of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA), 28 March 2011:
Between the Shura and Democracy 
Q: What is the difference between the Shura and democracy, and which is preferred? Are there any books which could benefit me on this topic? May Allah reward you well. 
A: In the name of Allah, the most merciful and gracious.
Praise be to Allah, and peace be upon him the Messenger of Allah, and upon his family, companions, and those that follow him. The Shura comes from the rulings of the shari'a, and an entire surah of the Qur'an was sent down with this name. The difference between it and democracy is that the Shura does not exist (under Islam) except in the areas of permissible actions or legislative amnesty. For things which have been stipulated in the texts of Islam, the Ummah possesses no power except to acknowledge and obey, following the saying of the Most High:  "It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path" [Qur'an 33:36]. For example, it is not for the Shura to consider, "Should the noon prayer contain four or five bows?" Or, "Should we fast during the month of Ramadan, or should we replace it with the month of Shawwal?" Or, "Should we forbid wine or allow it?" Or, "Should we forbid adultery, or permit it if it's done by consensual agreement of those who have reached the legal age, and it's not done on the married couple's bed?" 
Al-Bukhari said in his Sahih:  "The Imams after the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) would consult the trustworthy scholars in things which were permissible, to take the best option. But if the Qur'an or the Sunnah was clear on the matter, they wouldn't transgress against it, following the example of the Prophet (peace be upon him). The reciters of the Qur'an would consult, whether old or young, and they were careful to adhere to the book of Almighty Allah." 
But democracy gives free reign to the authority of the Ummah, and puts no ceiling on it. The law is the expression of its will, and if the law says it, the conscience must be silent! A constitutionalist even said:  "We have departed from the divine right to rule for kings, and replaced it with the divine right to rule for parliaments!" The shari'a, on the other hand, differentiates between the source of the legal system and the source of the political authority. The source of the legal system is the shari'a, while the source of the political authority is the Ummah. Meanwhile democracy makes the Ummah the source of both. On my website there is a book named "Political Pluralism." If you review it, it will you benefit you in regards to this topic, Allah-willing. Allah Almighty is all-powerful, all-knowing.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Statement from Kuwaiti Shaykh on the Syrian Revolution

Translated from the website of influential Kuwaiti Shaykh Hamid al-'Ali, 25 March 2011:
ٍStatement on the Launch of the Syrian Revolution:
Bashar Has Tyrannized the Land, and Divided Its People into Sects! 
Hamid bin 'Abdallah al-'Ali 
There is no more criminal Arab regime in the Islamic Ummah than the Syrian regime, and no other political regime has wreaked as much havoc. None has betrayed Islam and Arabism to this degree. Its treason, which continued for decades, during which it ruled the people of the Levant with an iron fist, with a regime of terror and intelligence services, has ended. It has ended with the butchering of more than 100 martyrs from the inhabitants of Dara'a, who rebelled against the tyranny of Bashar and his immoral cohorts. 
Despite all this, and despite the massacres of the martyrs of the blessed Syrian revolution which was launched by the will of their Lord, this regime continues to dream that it can remain in power over the courageous Syrian people forever! 
Impossible! For what has remained from the religion of the prophets and messengers, and the path of justice, and the values of divine truth, and the norms of goodness in the land, which was not destroyed by this criminal regime?! 
Here are seven sins, each one of them sufficient by itself to justify rising up against the Syrian regime, and overthrowing it: 
First: The regime rules by filthy sectarianism, and dirty partisanship. The Nusayri sect, of which the president of the regime is a member, has ruled over the majority Sunni Muslim population, and mistreated them, oppressed them, slaughtered their children, and violated their women, for decades! 
This Nusayri sect is a sect of mysticism which the scholars of Islam have described as: "Outwardly it is Shi'a, but on the inside it is pure kufr." They believe--may Allah be far exalted above what they say--that 'Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) is the creator of the heavens and the earth. In fact, their sect has been termed by some people as "al-'Ali ilhiya" [those who make 'Ali divine]!!! They sanctify wine, they do not know the prayers of the Muslims nor their juma'a [Friday, day of gathering], and they do not wash themselves from ritual uncleanness. In their homes they say prayers in which they mention some amusing stories that Allah sent down from a sultan. They even have holy relics, like the holy relics of the Christians! They celebrate the holidays of the people of the Cross [i.e. Christians], such as as St. Barbara's Feast, and the Feast of the Cross, and Christmas! 
What's even more criminal, they helped the colonialists take power over the Islamic Levant, and have supported their remnants for all these years! 
They celebrate the holiday of the martyrdom of the rightly-guided caliph al-Faruq 'Umar bin al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him), greatly joying therein and making merry! 
All the doctrines of the Shiites are repeated in them many times over, and they merit all of the calamities of the Shiites and then some. They have even claimed that the five daily prayers are nothing but 'Ali, Hassan, Husayn, Fatima (may Allah be pleased with them), and Muhsin! They claim that this Muhsin is the great mystery, and the most magnificent law! They claim that if you mention these five, it will be better for you than if you had said the five prayers, or performed the ablutions, or the ritual washing! 
Thus this sect professes these sick myths, and broad delusions. It is no surprise that Shaykh al-Islam said of them: "These people known as Nusayri, and other groups from among the Qaramita and Batiniyya, are greater disbelievers than the Jews and Christians. They are even greater disbelievers than many of the polytheists, and the harm they cause is greater than the harm caused by the disbelievers who are at war with the Muslims, such as the Tatars, Franks, and others... They always take the side of every enemy of the Muslims." ... 
Second: The regime rules over the Syrian people with a one-party system, which is a remnant of the failed systems of the past century, such as the regimes of Chaushesku and those like him. Through this single party, the regime tightens its grip on the destiny of the people, and on the neck of the Syrian nation. It acts as it pleases, appropriating for itself whatever it desires, and deciding whom it spares and whom it destroys! 
Third: In reality, it is an ugly gestapo regime in the form of a state, and a savage gang of police in the decor of a political regime. Its cells spy on the people under government authority! ... 
Fourth: This gestapo regime which is the de facto ruling power, has license to employ any means of torture, or any devices or tools it wants in order to intimidate and subjugate the people by force. This brutal repression which violates the rights of the Syrian people--by Allah, this is no overstatement--is not occurring to this degree in any other Arab country, not even in all the world... 
[Goes on to describe in detail the various torture devices allegedly being employed in Syria.] 
Fifth: This regime has impoverished the Syrian people, and trifled with its riches in order to satisfy the ambitions of Bashar's family and party. 
Despite living on a rich spot of earth, and a blessed land, the people of Syria became one of the poorest of all the Arab peoples, and the most miserable. Unemployment became widespread, bribery and corruption became common, and the right of the poor, weak, and needy was taken away from them... 
Sixth: This regime suppressed freedoms, muzzled mouths, stifled and even killed innovation, banned thought, and extinguished the political movement of the people, which develops the political life for the benefit of the people. 
The regime converted all of the energies of this great innovative people, into forced labor in service to the regime. Whoever criticized it was cast into the prisons, whose horrors have been described. Whoever opposed it was tossed into the depths of the concentration camps, whose condition was made clear above! 
Thousands of sincere opponents have left the Levant, and hundreds of thousands of innovators have fled, for merely being in opposition to Pharaoh and his party, and the way he ruled over his people! 
Those who stayed remained confined in fear inside the country, ruled over by oppression, under the whips of injustice and tyranny! 
Seventh: It is the most dishonest regime on the face of the earth, and continues to employ lying, fraud, and hypocrisy. It continues to regards its people and the world as fools. Recently images were published of weapons discovered in the hideouts of the regime's intelligence units, and bundles of cash which came out of the police's secret stashes. With all this, they still think they can convince people that those who rebelled in Dara'a are mercenaries! ...

Egyptian Shaykh: "Be at Ease, Do Not Fear Islam and the Shari'a"

Translated from, 24 March 2011:
Egypt Is a Country for Muslims and Copts, Not Just Muslims
Shaykh Muhammad Hassan said that there is a media campaign to make people fear Islam and the shari'ah. He responds to those who promote this campaign by quoting Imam Ibn Hazam's words from "The Categories of the Consensus": "The Ummah is in agreement that protection of the dhimmis from outside attacks is a duty for Muslims." He added: "This is a religion, and we need to know this conversation, for we don't need foreigners to come and protect the Copts. We are the ones who will protect their worship, wealth, and women, for our religion and the shari'a of our prophet command us to do so. I tell the Copts to be at ease, do not fear Islam and the shari'a, for Islam is a religion of mercy, justice, and truth." ... 
In response to a question about the difference between the Shi'a, Sunni, and Salafis, he said: "I will begin by speaking about the Salafis. Scholars have different understandings of the definition of the Salafis. It is not a party nor a group. It does not belong to Muhammad Hassan, nor is it for Muhammad Hassan to make himself keeper of the Salafi gate, to decide who enters and who leaves. Salafism is a divine platform. Any Muslim who applies the Qur'an and Sunnah according to the understanding of the Salafis of the Ummah, such as Abu-Bakr, 'Uthman, 'Ali, and the other companions of the Messenger (peace be upon him) are considered Salafis. In this they are honoring the saying of the Messenger: "The best people are those of my generation, and next are those who are loyal to them, followed by those who are loyal to them." Those who follow the followers and the Salafis have been wronged by many of those who have joined themselves to the movement. For example, myself and others have been severe and harsh. Some who are a part of the Salafi platform have wronged it, and this divine platform should not be judged by the mistakes of Muhammad Hussan or any other venerable shaykhs, for Salafism is greater and bigger than their mistakes...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mufti of Egypt: "We Want a President Like 'Umar bin al-Khattab"

This is the same 'Umar bin al-Khattab who, after conquering Jerusalem for the Muslims, forced the remaining Christians to sign a treaty which is known as "The Pact of 'Umar," and which has become the model for how Islam treats non-Muslims living under its rule. In this treaty, the Christians promised not to build new churches or repair old ones, not to display crosses in public, not to imitate Muslims in dress or speech, not to build houses taller than those of Muslims, and so on.

Translated from Moheet, 27 March 2011:
Mufti of Egypt: Sincerity and Competence Are Two Principal Criteria for the Next President of Egypt 
Cairo: Dr. 'Ali Juma'a, Mufti of the Egyptian Arab Republic, identified sincerity and competence as two principal criteria to be used for choosing the next president of Egypt. He stated that sincerity means love of the country, which we measure by looking at the history of this man through his actions and accomplishments whereby he has benefited the country, and through which he will present himself to the people. Also competence should be displayed in the program that he presents to the public. In sum, he said that we want a president like 'Umar bin al-Khattab and 'Umar bin 'Abd-al-'Aziz
The Mufti of Egypt added that "We must fear Allah with regards to us and the people of Egypt, and remember the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him) , 'Fear Allah wherever you are, and follow up a bad deed with a good one and it will wipe it out, and behave well towards people'."...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Syrian Protesters Claim to Have Captured Five Iranian Revolutionary Guards

Translated from, 27 March 2011:
Syrian Protesters Capture Five from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards
Syrian sources announced that residents of the city of Dara'a were able to capture five elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards who participated in suppressing the peaceful demonstrations protesting the regime of Bashar al-Asad in Syria, alongside with elements form Hezbollah and Syrian security forces, according to what was reported by the website "Beirut Observer." 
The sources stated: "Residents of Dara'a are holding the five elements in a secret location, and contacted one of the satellite television stations, believe to be al-Jazeera, in order to communicate with them to show the video tape of the prisoners. However, they were surprised half an hour later by Syrian security forces, who demolished the house of one of those who was contacting the satellite station." 
The sources pointed out that, "The Iranian prisoners confessed that each element receives the sum of one million Syrian lira monthly from the Syrian authorities in exchange for participating in suppressing the protesters." 
The sources also stated: "The Syrian security forces are sweeping the city of Dara'a to find those elements before the residents are able to show the video tape and expose the Syrian regime." 
Previous news reports spoke of Mahir al-Asad, the brother of Bashar al-Asad, entering the Syrian city of Dara'a accompanied by 5,000 elements from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, supported by the Fourth Division of the Syrian Army, which was stationed outside the city.

Friday, March 25, 2011

"They Hurt Us in Gaza, We'll Hurt Them in Jerusalem"

Notice the difference in the description of Palestinian casualties versus Israeli casualties:  "some of them were innocent women and children," versus "many settlers and soldiers." Apparently the Israelis have no innocent women and children worth mentioning, only "settlers and soldiers."

Translated from Donia al-Watan, 23 March 2011:
They Hurt Us in Gaza, We'll Hurt Them in Jerusalem 
Ziyad Abushawish, Donia al-Watan 
Zionist occupation authorities escalated their savage aggression on the Gaza Strip in recent days, exploiting some of the sudden developments in the region. This action is aimed at blocking internal Palestinian reconciliation, as well as preventing the brothers from meeting to work out an agreement on a program for confronting the ongoing aggression against our land and our people.
Most of the slain of the Palestinian people, who became martyrs through [the occupation's] barbaric bombings, were civilians. Some of them were innocent women and children. Many people were also wounded in the areas of the bombings, most of which were entirely civilian areas. 
The Zionists have caused our hearts to bleed, and have gone to extremes in killing and destroying our people in Gaza with total impunity. Western infidel countries have even undertaken to support the aggression and killing, and to find another justification for the Zionist entity to due whatever it wants under the pretext of defending its security against what it falsely terms terrorism
Palestinians have lived with pain and faced death and displacement since the year of the 'nakba' [catastrophe] and yet do not surrender. The oppression which afflicts them only increases their determination to possess all of their legitimate rights in the country, and to not bow down. We have found that the response will come quickly from Jerusalem after resistance fighters in Gaza carried out a response commensurate with their abilities and their available means for defending themselves. 
The (Palestinian) response came targeting an Israeli bus in the western district of Jerusalem which was stopped near the central bus station, which caused injuries to many settlers and soldiers who were riding or standing near the bus. 
They know that our response will not be delayed, and that it is coming, and that whoever hurts and oppresses the Palestinian people must pay the price. Experience tells them that aggression, bombing, and killing will not bring them any benefit, and will be returned on their heads in the same way. They know that they can hurt us in Gaza or elsewhere, but we will respond and also hurt them in Jerusalem or elsewhere. They are trapped in a vicious cycle, and the time has come for them to leave our land and our skies.

Egypt: Deputy Prime Minister Being Investigated for "Dishonoring the Divine"

An update on this story.

Translated from, 25 March 2011:
Facebook Campaign Demands Dismissal of Yahya al-Jamal
Salafi activists in Egypt launched a campaign on Facebook which calls for the dismissal of Dr. Yahya al-Jamal, the Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister. They demanded that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces dismiss him, and they accused him of doing nothing but dividing Egyptians against each other. 
It appears that al-Jamal cannot keep from igniting controversy and creating more problems in the cabinet of Dr. 'Isam Sharaf, who has thus far been unable to contain the long list of crises and problems on his desk since he emerged in Tahrir Square a little less than a month ago. At that time the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces offered him the leadership of Egypt, as his was the face that the revolutionaries in Tahrir Square accepted to form the Egyptian government. 
Unlike Sharaf, who appeared compatible with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis who embraced him in Tahrir Square, and cleared the way for him to stand on the podium on the condition that he stand in the middle of their symbols, al-Jamal intentionally collides with the Salafis and provokes their anger. Thus it seems that Sharaf's government contains one who can incite the anger of the Brotherhood and the Salafis, who so far appear to have benefited the most from the 25 January revolution
It does not appear that al-Jamal is ready to back down from angering the Islamists; in fact, it's as if he deliberately pushes their buttons. Just days after Mamduh Isma'il, a member of the Council of the Public Union for Egyptian Lawyers who is also affiliated with al-Gama'a al-Islamiya in Egypt, filed a complaint with the public prosecutor against al-Jamal, accusing him of dishonoring the Divine, al-Jamal again returned to defy the Islamic street in Egypt with his insistence on objecting to the second article in the Egyptian constitution, which stipulates that "the Islamic shari'ah is the principal source of legislation." 
Al-Jamal said that the word "the" in the phrase "the principal" could be replaced with the word "a" to make it "a principal." This was met with satisfaction from the anti-Islamist community in Egypt, and with fierce anger from the Muslim Brotherhood, especially since al-Jamal's comment about replacing "the principal" with "a principal" coincided with Pope Shenouda's request for the deputy prime minister to add text to the second article of the constitution which would confirm a special status for Copts to observe their own laws. The Salafis consider this an unacceptable "veto" from the Coptic church to the application of the Islamic shari'ah in Egypt. 
Al-Jamal had previously sparked controversy with his comments on the results of the referendum to amend the constitution, which included an improper reference to the Divine. The public prosecutor in Egypt is investigating accusations against him against the backdrop of these comments under complaint number 4,987 for the year 2011, as well as for his description of Islamists as having "dark minds," and having nothing to do with Islam.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood: "It Is Permissible for the Husband to Forbid His Wife from Visiting a Specific Woman"

Translated from the Muslim Brotherhood-linked European Council for Fatwa and Research, 22 August 2009:
Title: Is it permissible for the husband to forbid his wife from visiting a certain woman?
Date: 22 Aug 2009 
Answer: It is permissible for the husband to forbid his wife from visiting a specific woman--Muslim or non-Muslim--if he fears that there is mischief behind it, or harm for the woman or his children, or for the life of their marriage. 
The man is the head of the family and its guardian, and he must protect it from anything which may expose it to danger, even if it is only a likely danger. One of the established rules of Islam is the following: preventing evil takes precedence over obtaining one’s interests. Our counsel is this: the man should not act arbitrarily in these matters, nor be suspicious where no suspicion is warranted, and confine his wife to isolation, like a prison, and forbid her from contacting anyone she knows, as a result of suspicion and conjecture. The Most High said: “O ye who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin” [Qur’an 49:12]. Also (the Prophet) (peace be upon him) said: “Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false speech.” 
Islam does not command the Muslim man and woman to cut off contact with all non-Muslim men and women, especially the People of the Book. 
The Almighty said: “Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loveth those who are just” [Qur’an 60:8]. Allah does not forbid being good to them and treating them fairly. Fair means just, and good means kind, which is above justice. The shari’ah has expressed that the most sacred of relationships among all creatures is that of children toward their parents, which is kindness.

Muslim Scholars Association Warns Sunnis Against the Shi'ite Tide; Urges Them Not to Flee

Translated from, 23 March 2011:
Muslim Scholars Association Warns Bahraini Sunnis against Emigration, and the Safavid [i.e. Shi'ite] Tide 
The Muslim Scholars Association described the Shi'ite demonstration in Bahrain as "a sectarian fitna" which aims to eliminate the Sunni presence both in the government and in the population. The Association also warned Sunnis of the Safavid (Shi'ite) tide, and against emigrating Bahrain, calling it "squandering the land." 
In a statement which was received by today, the Association called on all Muslims throughout the world to be careful about where they get news on the events in Bahrain, and not to rely on sectarian stations loyal to Hezbollah in Lebanon or loyal to Iran. The Association also demanded that Islamic media outlets and stations shed light on the truth of the events occurring inside Bahrain...

Hezbollah Calls Burning the Qur'an a "Crime"

No comment yet from Hezbollah on Iran burning hundreds of Bibles.

Translated from al-Manar, 22 March 2011:

Hezbollah Calls on Churches to Take the Appropriate Position on Pastor Jones' Crime of Burning the Qur'an 
Ahmad Shi'itu 
Commenting on Pastor Terry Jones' crime of burning a copy of the Noble Qur'an, Hezbollah issued a statement which points out that, "The crime of burning the Noble Qur'an by Pastor Terry Jones in the United States comes as part of a campaign which, through its various forms, expressions, personalities, and times, expresses hostility towards religion and divine laws." 
Hezbollah expressed its "Sharp condemnation of this abominable crime," regarding it as "a call to fitna and religious strife, and a masking of the true conflicts between the arrogant and the oppressed." 
Hezbollah held the American adminisration "Responsible for this crime, for it serves their arrogant designs in fomenting conflict and sectarian divisions, at a time when Muslims and Christians need cooperation and integration." 
Hezbollah also called on "Every religious institution to push aside these nefarious acts which serve the designs of sowing fitna in the world," appealing for "churches to take the appropriate position in regards to what was done, which serves the wicked purposes of the great conspiracy."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kuwaiti Shaykh: "The Islamic World...Will Not Sympathize with Gaddafi, that Satan and Son of the Jewish Woman"

Translated from the website of influential Kuwaiti salafi Shaykh Hamid al-'Ali, who according to the Jamestown Foundation is also designated by the U.S. government as a global terrorism financier and supporter, 20 March 2011:
Question:  Eminent Shaykh, why does no one sympathize with Gaddafi while he is under attack from the West?! What is the difference between the occupation of Iraq in 2004, and the Western assault on Gaddafi?! 
Questioner: Guest 
Date: 20 Mar 2011 
Answer from the Shaykh:  The Islamic world has not and will not sympathize with Gaddafi, that Satan and son of the Jewish woman, and his mercenaries, while the entire Islamic world--except for the traitor Safavids [i.e. Iranians]--stood against the Western occupation of Iraq, for these fundamental differences: 
The description of the Iraqi situation as a Western occupation:  It was in a state of hostility with the West, and resistance to its policies, and was under a crippling embargo, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis continued to die because of it for several years! 
The description of the situation of the son of a Jewish woman:  He was providing the West with oil, for more than 85% of his oil exports went to Europe. And besides oil, he acknowledged that he was financing Sarkozy's election campaign! The United States also gave him all of the weapons that he has, and the West was fine with everything, until they overthrew him! 
The Iraqi situation:  Iraq was not in a situation of widespread popular rebellion against the regime, and all Iraqis--except for those traitors loyal to Iran--were against any foreign intervention. 
The situation of the son of the Jewish woman:  The people stood up to him because of his tyranny--following the example of the success of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions--and he used Jewish and non-Jewish mercenaries to destroy his Muslim people. He continued to slaughter the people, then the strikes came, and he placed his knife on the necks of his Muslim people, and sliced them with all malice. Therefore he already repudiated his allegiance to the Ummah! So who would sympathize with him?! 
The Iraqi situation:  Iraq had supported the Palestinian issue. 
The situation of the son of the Jewish woman:  The evil one did not support them at all, but in fact called for Palestine to not be liberated, and to accept what he called the "Isratine" state. 
The Iraqi situation:  Iraq was invaded in revenge for the 9/11 attacks, and under the false pretext of weapons of mass destruction. 
The situation of the son of the Jewish woman:  Everyone knows that it is true--and not a lie--that he has violated the blood of Libyan Muslims, and he is truly one of the biggest liars of all of mankind, and the greatest tyrant and oppressor. 
The Iraqi situation:  Iraq had defended the Arab nation in its war against the Safavid (Iranian) barbarians. 
The situation of the son of the Jewish woman:  Gaddafi was in the same trench as the Syrian regime in support of the Safavids (Iranians) against the Arab nation and the Islamic nation. 
The Iraqi situation:  The following which was seen from the son of the Jewish woman, was not seen in Iraq: 
The situation of the son of the Jewish woman:  He disbelieved in the Sunnah by denying it, and mocked the judgments of the Islamic religion, and disavowed himself from Muslim history, except for that which he called "The Fatimid State," and also disavowed himself from Arab history, and from the Arab race altogether! 
The Iraqi situation:  The Iraqi occupation came after the declaration of the Bush campaign and that of his gang, which adopted without reservations the Project for the New American Century, to subjugate the entire world to America, and construct the Greater Middle East, which is a new colonialism built by military might. It also came after the declaration of the "Crusader War" by Bush! This came in the shadow of media attacks from the Bush gang on Islam, Muslims and the Prophet (peace be upon him). 
The situation of the son of the Jewish woman:  The strikes came under the umbrella of his military advance on his people, and his violation of the Libyans' blood! 
The Iraqi situation:  The traitors loyal to Iran [i.e. the Iraqi Shi'ites] cooperated with the American occupier on the ground invasion and the occupation of Iraq, and toppling Baghdad with Western armies. It was like a gigantic earthquake on the Islamic Ummah, and everyone rose up against it except the traitor Safavids and the (prostrated) sect which is well-known for its betrayal of the Ummah. 
The situation of the son of the Jewish woman:  The Libyan rebels announced their opposition to any foreign presence on Libyan soil. 
For this reason no one will sympathize with this deceitful tyrant, and in fact the Muslim Libyan people are against him, and not with him or his mercenaries. He has no history except that of hostility to the Islamic Ummah, and recently to the courageous Libyan people who have rebelled against their tyrant. 
This answer describes reality as was requested by the questioner. Now the response to the Western attacks on Libya was presented in a previous fatwa. There is no doubt that this wicked tyrant will meet his end Allah-willing, and will enter into the dustbin of history with good riddance, just as his ancestors among the enemies to our Ummah. 
Allah knows best.

"There Is a Tsunami of Islamophobia in the West"

Translated from al-Sharq al-Awsat, 22 March 2011:
President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists in Great Britain: "There Is a Tsunami of Islamophobia in the West"
Safat Salama 
Dr. Anas al-Shaykh 'Ali is a British national of Iraqi descent, and the president of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists in Great Britain, and director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought in London. He is one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world, and in June 2009 received the British Royal Medal of Honor in the class of "civil leader" for his role and distinguished service in developing cultural and social relations between the different components of British society. He said to al-Sharq al-Awsat in London that, "There is a tsunami of Islamophobia in the West," stating that curricula for Islamic studies in Britain need to be developed. He stressed the importance of the issue of "integration of knowledge" in the education systems in our educational institutions. 
He indicated that religious discourse in the West needed to be expanded. He also stressed the importance of social media in communicating with others and spreading the values of Islamic tolerance, and to discuss issues raised in Western media. Due to Dr. 'Ali's wide interest in contemporary popular novels, he pointed in his interview to the role of these novels in distorting Islam, and offending Muslims. He emphasized the importance of contributing to producing literature in European languages to address this. He touched on everyone's negligence of the issue of raising children in the West, as well as other contemporary issues that are problematic for Islam and Muslims in the West. ...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fatwa: On Resembling the Infidels

Translated from, the website of Egyptian Shaykh Sa'id 'Abd-al-'Athim, 7 Dec 2010:
Title of the fatwa: The ruling on building and repairing churches for Christians in the lands of Muslims 
Fatwa number: 7 
Fatwa date: 7 Dec 2010 
Question: Peace be upon you, as well as the mercy and blessings of Allah. Our eminent shaykh, I read in one of your fatwas on this good and blessed website that it is not permissible for Christians to build or repair churches. What is the evidence for this? Is there evidence in the Qur'an or Sunnah which says that it is forbidden to build churches, or does that only come from jurisprudence? 
Answer: In the name of Allah, to Allah be the praise. Peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, as well as upon his family, companions, and whoever follows him. 
This is explained in detail in the book, "The Rulings for the People of the Dhimma [i.e. Jews and Christians]" by Imam Ibn Qayyim. It should also suffice you to review my book, "Calling the People of the Book to the Religion of the Lord of Mankind," for there are useful things in it. I previously answered your question, and explained to you what they do with the Muslims in some European countries like Italy, in regards to preventing them from building mosques there. The shari'ah does not treat equally things which are different, nor does it treat differently things which are equal. This is the justice by which oppression is removed. For example, when a person of the Book congratulates me on my holiday, he is congratulating the truth, but when I congratulate him on his holiday, I am congratulating falsehood, for holidays are one of the greatest signs of the religion. Wherefore the infidels, even if they have to spend a great deal of money, would like for Muslims to participate with them in their holidays. There is the saying, "Whoever resembles a people is of them," and also, "Whoever loved a people will be gathered with them." Similarity on the outside leads to similarity on the inside...

Muslim Brotherhood in Syria Call on Army to Support Uprising

Translated from, 22 March 2011:
The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and Facebook Youth Call for the Army to Support the Uprising

The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria commended the popular uprising which began on 15 March, considering that "the time has come to pay the price." The group also warned the Syrian regime of the consequences of targeting demonstrators, demanding that the Syrian Army align itself with those in the street. On another front, Syrian activists called on the Syrian Army to overthrow the regime and stand beside the people.

The group said in an excerpt of a statement which was received by "O men and women of Syria, you who are rising up in Dara'a, Damascus, Homs, Aleppo, Banias, al-Qamishli, and Dir al-Zur... and all provinces of Syria: you have proved to all the world that you are a great and noble people, ready to pay the price of have shown by your national unity, that you are a civilized people, which only seeks freedom, far removed from chaos, retaliation, and revenge." ...

Saudi Shaykh: What Is Occurring in Yemen Is Fitna

Translated from, 22 March 2011:
Shaykh al-Barrak: What Is Occurring in Yemen Is Fitna, and Should Be Avoided
The eminent Shaykh 'Abd-al-Rahman bin Nasir al-Barrak considered the conflict which Yemen is currently witnessing to be fitna which should be avoided. He called on the people of Yemen to turn to the Qur'an as arbiter, and avoid bloodshed and following their passions. He also called on them to put aside this fitna, for most of those entering into it are seeking after worldly demands, rather than upholding the word of Allah. 
The eminent shaykh stated that the most dangerous fitna for the Ummah in its religion and its world is that in which blood is being shed, through people following their passions, being fanatical in their views, and carrying out their personal aims. His eminence sharply warned the inhabitants of Yemen, both the government and the people, against persisting in this destructive path, which does not serve the interest of the world nor the religion, but instead brings harm to all parties, for bloodshed in this conflict is forbidden (haraam). Its wickedness will be returned on the heads of all those who have initiated it, supported it, or called for it. 
His eminence said: "Wherefore we call on all the people of Yemen, due to what is occurring these days which is contrary to what Allah Almighty commanded, when he said: "O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination" [Qur'an 4:59]. He also said: "And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves" [Qur'an 3:103], and also, "And obey Allah and His Messenger; and fall into no disputes, lest ye lose heart and your power depart; and be patient and persevering: For Allah is with those who patiently persevere" [Qur'an 8:46]...

Fatwa: Polygamy Can Solve a Problem "for a Man Whose Wife Has a Prolonged Menstrual Cycle"

Translated from the Muslim Brotherhood-linked European Council for Fatwa and Research, 26 Aug 2009:
Title: On Permitting Marriage to Four Women, and Mistreating Them
Date: 26 August 2009 
Decision of the Council: Before Islam, people would marry whichever women they wished without any restrictions or conditions. Then Islam came, and placed limits and conditions on this polygamy. As for the limit, it made the maximum number four, not to be increased under any circumstances: “Marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four” [Qur’an 4:3]. When an educated man who had ten wives converted to Islam, the Prophet (peace be upon him) commanded him to choose four of them, and divorce the rest. 
As for the condition, it is expressed in the confidence a man has in himself to be able to deal justly. Otherwise, he is forbidden from taking another wife: “If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one” [Qur’an 4:3]. This is in addition to the availability of the other conditions (required) for any marriage, such as the ability to cover (the wife’s) expenses and to protect her. 
Therefore Islam has allowed this, because it is a practical religion. It does not float around in dreamy ideals, and leave the problems of life without a predetermined solution. A second marriage could solve a problem for a man whose wife cannot bear him children. Or for a man whose wife has a prolonged menstrual cycle, and his lust becomes too great. Or for a man whose wife becomes sick, and he remains with her and does not want to divorce her, and so on. 
It could also solve a problem for the widow whose husband has died, and who does not desire to marry a young man who has no wife. The same goes for a young divorced woman, especially if she has one or more children. 
It could even solve a problem for the whole of society, which comes when the number of righteous women becomes greater than the number of men who are able to marry. This is an ever-present problem, which is aggravated after wars and such. 
For what will we do with the surplus women? There are three choices: 
1. They can spend their entire lives denied the life of a wife and mother. This is injustice against them. 
2. They can satisfy their natural instincts outside the boundaries of religion and morals. This is perdition for them. 
3. They can accept marriage with a married man who is able to pay their expenses and protect them, and is confident of his ability to deal justly. This is the appropriate solution. 
Now the misuse of these plural wives or of this right to polygamy--for how often rights are misused, or abused! Yet this does not result in their abrogation. How often the first marriage itself is misused! Do we therefore cancel (this right)? How often freedom is misused! Do we therefore cancel this (right)? Elections are misused--do we cancel this (right)? And often this is misused! Do we cancel this right, and let life descend into anarchy? Therefore rather than call for the cancelling of the right, let us put conditions on its use, and punish he who misuses it, as much as we are able.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Friday Prayers in Saudi: "'Umar...Executed the Will of the Messenger...and Drove out the Jews and Christians"

Translated from a transcript of the Friday sermon given by Shaykh 'Ali al-Fawzan on 11 Mar 2011, and posted on his website:
...This country is the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, in which Islam sprang forth, and the Messenger (peace be upon him) was sent. Islam extended and poured out from it, to the east and the west. The Messenger (peace be upon him), said: "Remove the Jews and the Christians from the Arabian Peninsula." He also said (peace be upon him): "Let not two religions remain in (the Arabian Peninsula)." This is because it is the source of Islam, and it is not permissible to mix Islam with another religion. The Amir al-Mu'minin, 'Umar bin al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him), executed the will of the Messenger (peace be upon him), and drove out the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula. It is not permissible to change this country's course or its doctrine to another, for Allah Almighty said: "Because Allah will never change the favor which He hath bestowed on a people until they change what is in their (own) souls: and verily Allah is He Who heareth and knoweth (all things)" [Qur'an 8:53]. For this is a great favor which must be preserved and developed. In this country is studied the Oneness of Allah, and the hadith, and the tafsir, and Islamic jurisprudence, and the Arabic language, in the mosques, schools, institutes, colleges. Funds are payed to instruct its people in this religion and doctrine, to Allah be the praise, for it is a great favor, o slaves of Allah. It is not permissible to change this course and replace it with infidel regimes, and polytheist regimes, and pornographic regimes, and godless regimes. For the infidels, since the mission of the Messenger (peace be upon him) have been trying to wipe out this religion, to put an end to this Islam through various means...

Deputy Advisor of Muslim Brotherhood: America Encourages Israel to "Demolish the al-Aqsa Mosque"

Translated from an interview with the deputy advisor to the Muslim Brotherhood, Rashad al-Bayuni, printed in, 20 Feb 2011:

Deputy Advisor of the Muslim Brotherhood: The United States and Israel Supported the Previous Regime and Are Responsible for It
Q: What is your comment on growing American and "Israeli" fears of the role of the Brotherhood in the future of Egyptian politics, after the success of the popular revolution? 
A: We are not concerned with this, since that has always been their position. The important thing is that they are aware that it is not just the Brotherhood who reject their interventionism, but all of the Egyptian people reject their blatant interventions into our affairs. They were the principal source supporting this corruption, and everybody, young and old, knew what they were doing in the country... It is not necessary for us to expose America's positions, for they are the ones who support "Israel" financially and with weapons, day and night, and encourage them to blockade Gaza and demolish the al-Aqsa Mosque. It is important that we differentiate here between the regime and the people. Their people (the West's), some of them were also led astray and forced to think bad things about us. Wherefore, when they learn the truth they will know that their country oppressed us, and "Israel" is the principal enemy to every Muslim and Arab man, as well as to anyone who loves justice
Q: Do you have any comment on the opposition of some Copts to the membership of al-Bashari and Salih in the council to amend the constitution? 
A: Some things don't deserve a comment. Generally, more than half of the world is not happy with the Lord Himself, much less with people! It is natural for people to not be pleased with some people. Naguib Gabriel always objects, and always talks about removing the shari'ah from the constitution, as if it's a bad thing. This is against common sense, for 94% of Egypt's inhabitants are Muslim, so how can he demand that their shari'ah be removed from the constitution? The problem is that those who reject this article don't understand what the Islamic shari'ah is. The shari'ah is mercy, freedom, and social justice. The Copts need to feel this, because it was on the basis of the rule of Islam and of 'Amru bin al-'As, that the Patriarch was successful in performing his prayers freely, at a time when he was not able to enter the church during the reign of the Romans. The previous regime was always raising these issues, so that the president and his agents could make it seem like there would be a big problem if the Brotherhood took the reigns of power, or ascended politically. But look at the revolution, not a single incident occurred to the church, at a time when, if what they are saying is true, there were attacks on the church, and Naguib Gabriel knows that the Brotherhood were the ones who protected the churches. Generally, the position of the Brotherhood--the same as the position of the Shaykh of al-Azhar--is that the shari'ah guarantees the citizenship of Christians and others before the Muslim, and the Qur'an is clear in its calls for kindness and fairness towards the Copts. Those who are calling for these things, such as removing the shari'ah from the constitution, or not putting religious affiliation on (identification) cards, want to demolish the temple on top of those who are in it.

"The Heresy of Mother's Day"

Translated from, 16 Mar 2011:
The Heresy of Mother's Day...Sorrows Renewed 
Salwa al-Maghribi 
Following the shari'ah of Allah Almighty is always a door to happiness in this world and the next, and an entrance to the mercies of Almighty Allah falling upon his servants. Likewise misery and hardship always come from breaking his commandments and introducing heresy, either by addition or subtraction, into his religion. For no creature knows more than their Creator, who ordained for them what is in their best-interest in this world and the next. 
Allah made two days as holidays for the Muslims: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. He made them acts of devotion through which the pure, believing souls are gladdened. However, some people, since some time ago, have invented a heresy for Muslims, which is a holiday which was not ordained nor commanded by Allah. They supposed with their limited minds that they would gladden people thereby and would make up for what was lacking in the religion of Allah--Allah forbid!--which is called Mother's Day. 
Eminent scholars have made clear--may Allah reward them well--the ruling of Islamic jurisprudence on the celebration from the point of view of the shari'ah. We will present their scholarly opinion here, and will touch on the history of the issue, then look at it from the educational point of view, which no doubt will complement and support the point of view of the shari'ah. We will cover this on a few points: 
Historically: The one who came up with the idea was an American woman called Anna Jarvis, who was raised in a convent for Christians, and studied in Sunday school in St. Andrew's Church in Grafton, West Virginia. She never married, but called for an annual celebration of mothers, in which to give gifts and throw parties. This despite the fact that the Messenger (peace be upon him) forbade us from following after the customs of people of other faiths. In al-Bukhari and Muslim, this saying of Abu-Sa'id al-Khudri is related: "The Messenger (peace be upon him) of Allah said: "You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you--inch by inch, cubit by cubit--to the point that if they follow the lizard into its hole, you would follow them in." We said: "O Messenger of Allah, (you mean) the Jews and Christians?" He replied: "Who else?"" Despite that, this celebration has spread throughout the Muslims by way of two Egyptian daily news organizations which have adopted this celebration. They have been aided by various media organizations in all their forms, to the point where Mother's Day has become holy and untouchable. They have also been supported by some preachers who--ignorant of the ruling (of the shari'ah)--devote the Friday sermon to this purpose, and talk about the grace and kindness of mothers. 
Thus it was for the eminent scholars to declare the ruling of the shari'ah on this celebration. The following comes from fatwas from the Permanent Council (on Scholarly Research and Studies): "It is not permissible to celebrate what is known as "Mother's Day," nor any other such heretical holiday, due to the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him): "Whoever performs an action which is not from our affair, it will be rejected." The celebration of Mother's Day is not an action which comes from the Prophet (peace be upon him), nor from his companions (may Allah be pleased with them), nor from the Salaf (forefathers) of the Ummah, but it is heresy, and amounts to resembling the infidels. Shaykh Muhammad Ibn 'Uthaymin (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked (about this), and he responded, "The legitimate holidays known to the people of Islam, are Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, and the weekly Eid (Friday). There are no holidays in Islam besides these three. All other holidays which have been introduced are to be rejected as innovations and falsehoods under the shari'ah of Almighty Allah, due to the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him): "Every action which is introduced which is not from our affair will be rejected." [...]

Yemeni Religious Scholars and Shaykhs Call on Pres. Salih to "Answer the Demands of the People"

Translated from, 20 Mar 2011:
Yemeni Clerics and Tribal Shaykhs Call for President Salih to Answer the Demands of the People

Religious scholars and top tribal shaykhs called for the Yemeni President to answer the demands of the people. Meanwhile resignations from the government in protest of the suppression of the demonstrators continued.

A statement issued from "all the scholars and shaykhs of Yemen" mentioned that President 'Ali 'Abdallah Salih should "answer the demands of the people."

The statement demanded that "military and security units refrain from executing any orders, no matter who they're issued from, to kill and suppress."

The scholars directed a "salute to the youth of change," urging them to "continue in this course." They strongly condemned "the mass killing which was committed after the Friday prayers," expressing that "what was done is a black spot, according to tribal customs." [...]

Sunday, March 20, 2011

European Council for Fatwa and Research: "The apostate is killed in order to protect the religion and the community"

Translated from the Muslim Brotherhood-linked European Council for Fatwa and Research, 16 Aug 2008:
Title:  Is killing interpreted as restricting freedom of conscience?
Date:  16 August 2008
Q:  One who converted to Islam from Poland, was asked by a wicked atheist about the penalty for one who apostatizes from the religion of Almighty Allah.  What should he respond?  He interprets killing as restricting freedom of conscience.
A:  The issue of killing the apostate is a function of the state.  His judgment belongs with the Islamic government.  This is not the concern of Islamic foundations, associations, or centers.  A group of Salafis and Imams are of the opinion that not every apostate should be killed, but rather only those who openly commit apostasy, or call for fitna, or voice harmful things against Allah and His Prophet (peace be upon him) and the believers.  [The apostate] is killed in order to protect the religion and the community from his corruption, and not to restrict freedoms, as he by his action is infringing on the rights of others.  The interests of the state and the society come before individual self-interest.  In truth, this issue is similar to what is termed in contemporary law as “high treason” because of the harm to the public that it causes.

Poll in Saudi Newspaper: 41% of Readers Don't Think Women Should Work as Cashiers

From Dar al-Hayat, 19 March 2011:

(Text reads):  Do you support women working as cashiers in stores?
Yes:  39%
No:  41%
With conditions:  20%
Number of votes:  2,104

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Al-Jazeera Cartoon Accuses US of Going After Libyan Oil

From al-Jazeera, 18 March 2011:

Barrel on top of Uncle Sam reads:  "Iraqi oil"; barrel under his foot reads: "Libyan oil"

Saudi Arabia Holds Iran Responsible for Attack on Its Diplomatic Mission

Translated from, 19 March 2011:
Saudi Arabia Holds the Government of Tehran Responsible for the Attack on Its Diplomatic Mission

An official source from the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry denounced today (Saturday) the attacks on the Saudi Diplomatic Mission in Iran.

The source said: "The Kingdom (of Saudi Arabia) holds the Iranian government completely responsible for the protection of the Kingdom's missions, and all of the individuals of the diplomatic missions in its territory."

The source stated that the Foreign Ministry issued an official protest with the government of Iran, and that the Kingdom will consider any steps it takes in light of the response of the Iranian government.

Media outlets stated that a group of protesters pelted the Saudi Consulate in the city of Mashhad with stones today, protesting the deployment of Saudi forces into Bahrain. [...]

Egyptian Shaykh Demands Punishment for Deputy Prime Minister for Insulting Allah

Translated from, 19 March 2011:
Shaykh Hassan Demands Punishment for al-Jamal for Treating Lightly the Divine

Islamic preacher Shaykh Muhammad Hassan criticized the comments of Dr. Yahya al-Jamal, Deputy Prime Minister of Egypt, in which he offended the divine. He also demanded that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces punish him.

He stressed that al-Jamal's comments were extremely grave and dangerous, and such words should never be spoken by a Muslim at this time or at any time. (He said) it is absolutely inappropriate to be impolite with the Almighty. Muslims must choose their words carefully when they speak of the Almighty, for that is respecting his signs. Almighty Allah said: "whoever respects the signs of Allah, this surely is (the outcome) of the piety of hearts" [Qur'an 22:32].

Al-Jamal had said in sarcasm: "If our Lord were entered in a survey, 70% would praise our Lord," then he went on to laugh. [...]

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Muslim Brotherhood Glorifies and Encourages Female Jihadists

Writing for the European Council of Fatwa and Research, a Muslim Brotherhood-linked organization headed by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Dr. 'Ali Muhiy al-Din al-Qarah Daghi in his 2006 treatise "Al-mar'a wal-musharika al-siyasia wal-dimuqratia" (Women and Political and Democratic Participation) lists six political rights that women may enjoy under Islam (see pp. 45-47). Most of these are your basic run-of-the-mill stuff:  the right to vote, to run for office (except for head of state), participate in political demonstrations, participate in the police and security forces (with some conditions), and participate in forming unions. But what really stood out to me was that the shaykh also listed as one of these rights, the right to participate not only in defensive jihad, but in offensive jihad as well:
(Scholars) unanimously agree on (the right of women) to participate in defensive jihad, i.e. when there’s an infidel occupation of a Muslim country. This includes killing and so forth, and everything which enables it. (Women may) also participate in offensive jihad, commensurate with their disposition.
Wait a second, what does he mean by "killing and so forth"? I thought jihad was an inner spiritual struggle?! Must be some sort of Islamophobe. In any case, next the shaykh invokes an example of a great jihadi woman from the time of Muhammad:
Safiya, the mother of the faithful (may Allah be pleased with her), participated in jihad when she killed a Jew at the Battle of the Trench.
I can't help but see the irony in the shaykh citing the story of Safiya killing a Jew as a good example of a jihadi woman. After all, it was through the killing of a Jew, actually many Jews, that she and Muhammad were first brought together, though in a drastically different context, as Staring at the View explains in his article Muslims and Muhammad and Khaybar:
A young man named Kinana was rumored to have some of the treasure that the Beni Nadir tribe had managed to take from Medina. Muhammad ordered Kinana to be tortured by lighting a fire on his chest to reveal where the treasure was located, and then had him beheaded. [...] The murdered Kinana had a beautiful 17-year old bride named Safiya. Her father and brother had both been beheaded by Muhammad in Medina during the slaughter of the Beni Qurayza. Upon Kinana's death, Safiya was brought to Muhammad. Although another Muslim had first claimed her, Muhammad wanted her for himself and traded the other man two women for her. Muhammad then took Safiya to his tent, and had sex with her that night.
While we mull over that disturbing little bit of Islamic history, let's return to the shaykh's discussion on jihad for women:
Also the women who were companions (of the Prophet) participated in the jihad by treating the wounded and bringing water and such. Imam al-Bukhari even compiled a special section named “Women’s Raids and Fighting,” in which he related a few sayings (of the Prophet), including one in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) was on a raid with Umm-Salim and other women from among the Ansar. During the raid, the women drew water and took care of the wounded. In fact, in five other sections of al-Bukhari's Sahih, he mentioned the jihad of women, as well as the raid of the women in the sea, the women carrying waterskins to the men in the raid, and women treating and bringing back the wounded in the raid.
Muslim narrated in his chain: “Umm-Salim took a dagger in the Battle of Hunayn, and had it with her... The Messenger (peace be upon him) asked her about it, saying: “What is this dagger?” She said: “I took it, and if one of the polytheists comes near me, I will cut open his belly.” This made the Messenger (peace be upon him) laugh...” In other words, he approved of her doing this and encouraged it.
(As an aside, this stands in stark contrast to what Jesus did when one of his disciples picked up a dagger.)

So it appears that, contrary to popular belief, women actually enjoy many rights in Islam. Among these is the right to participate in jihad (including offensive jihad) and kill Jews and polytheists. This is all according to the 'moderate' Muslim Brotherhood, or at least this is what they feel comfortable saying in Arabic.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Yusuf al-Qaradawi: "The Islamic Shari'ah Governs All of the Actions" of Muslims

Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, explains in his book "Al-Din wal-Siyasa" (Religion and Politics) that religion and politics in Islam are inseparable:  "The Islam which was initiated by Allah did not set aside any of the facets of life without committing itself to its legislation and guidance for it--by its nature--is comprehensive in all aspects of life:  material and spiritual, individual and society."

Al-Qaradawi begins this section of his book by citing the efforts of "the Islamic reformers [to] blend politics with religion." Among these reformers are such notables as Ibn 'Abd-al-Wahhab, Hassan al-Banna, and al-Mawdudi. He explains that all of them strove to put into practice the comprehensiveness of Islam, for three reasons:  first, the comprehensiveness of the doctrine of Islam; second, Islam rejects the partitioning of its rulings; and third, life is an indivisible and inseparable unit, and so is man.

I plan to write about this in greater detail at a later date, but I think one important thing to take from this is that Islam, being a complete and comprehensive religiopolitical system as al-Qaradawi explains below, leaves no room for Western systems of law. Islam is not like Christianity which can separate between what is God's and what is Caesar's. In Islam, everything belongs to Allah, even and perhaps especially political power and the right to legislate. Thus the problem is not just that Islam is incompatible with Western liberal democracy, but in essence it chokes it out, leaving no room for it. This obviously does not bode well for those hoping for any type of democratic reform in the Middle East (at least one which respects the human rights and equality of all its citizens), especially considering a recent poll shows that a huge majority of Egyptians want more Islam, not less, in politics.

(Source:  Al-Qaradawi, Yusuf. 2006. Al-Din wal-Siyasa, pp. 45-48. Doha.)
The Idea of the Comprehensiveness of Islam 
Why did the Islamic reformers blend politics with religion?: 
The issue (of the comprehensiveness of Islam), which is denied and rejected by the modernists, secularists, and Marxists in an overall sense, is an idea agreed upon by all Islamic scholars. We have seen the Islamic reformers in the modern era, beginning with Ibn ‘Abd-al-Wahhab, al-Mahdi, Khayr al-Din al-Tunsi, al-Sanusi, Prince ‘Abd-al-Qadir, Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, then up through al-Kawakibi, Muhammad ‘Abduh, Shakib Arslan, Rashid Rida, Hassan al-Banna in Egypt, Ibn Badis and his brothers in Algeria, ‘Allal al-Fassi in Morocco, al-Mawdudi in Pakistan, and others. All of them embraced the comprehensiveness of Islam in doctrine and law, da’wa and the state, and religion and politics. They were not satisfied with merely reporting this in theory, but instead they plunged right into the hardships of putting politics into practice, and faced its risks and troubles, and suffered its trials and afflictions. They did this for three reasons: 
1. The Comprehensiveness of the Doctrine of Islam 
First: The Islam which was initiated by Allah did not set aside any of the facets of life without committing itself to its legislation and guidance, for it--by its nature--is comprehensive in all aspects of life: material and spiritual, individual and societal. Almighty Allah spoke to His Messenger, saying: “We have sent down to thee the book explaining all things, a guide, a mercy, and glad tidings to Muslims” [Qur’an 16:89]. 
The Qur’an which says, “O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you...” [Qu’ran 2:183], is the same which also says in the same surah, “O ye who believe! Retaliation for the slain is prescribed for you...” [Qur’an 2:178], and also, “Bequest is prescribed for you when death approaches one of you, if he leaves behind wealth for parents and near relatives, according to reasonable usage...” [Qur’an 2:180], and also, “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you...” [Qur’an 2:216]. The Qur’an expressed the imposition of all of these things with a single phrase: “prescribed for you.”

All of these things are among those which were prescribed, or rather imposed, by Allah upon the believers: fasting, from (the area of) rites of worship; retaliation, from criminal law; bequest, from what are called “personal affairs”; and fighting, from international relations. 
All of them are obligations of the shari’ah, and by carrying them out the believers express their veneration for, and come closer to, Allah. A Muslim would not think to accept the obligation of fasting, and (at the same time) reject the obligation of retaliation, or bequest, or fighting
The Islamic shari’ah governs all of the actions of those who are obligated (to it). There is no act or occurrence which exists without a corresponding ruling from one of the five shari’ah rulings (obligatory, recommended, prohibited, reprehensible, or permitted). This has been confirmed by fundamentalists and scholars from every faction and school of thought associated with Islam. 
The Qur’an and the Sunnah have provided evidence for the comprehensiveness of Islam. The Most High said, speaking to His Messenger (peace be upon him): “and We have sent down to thee the book explaining all things, a guide, a mercy, and glad tidings to Muslims” [Qur’an 16:89]. He also said concerning the Qur’an: “It is not an invented story, but confirms that which went before it, and explains all things, and a guide and a mercy for people who believe” [Qur’an 12:111]. 
This proves that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) did not leave anything which would bring us closer to Allah without commanding the same, nor did he leave anything which would move us away from Allah without forbidding the same. He even left us the bright path: “Its night is as its day, no one deviates from it except he perish.” 
Islam is the message for all of life, for all men, for all the world, and for all time. 
Whoever reads the books of the Islamic shari’ah, I mean the books of Islamic jurisprudence, in its different schools of thought, will find that they comprise all of the affairs of life, from the jurisprudence of purity, to that of the family, society, and the state. This is very clear for every elementary student, not to mention those in the world who are more capable. 
2. Islam Rejects the Partitioning of Its Rulings 
Second: Islam itself rejects the partitioning of its rulings and teachings, and taking some of it without the rest. 
The Qur’an harshly rebuked the children of Israel for this behavior. The Most High said, speaking to them: “Then is it only a part of the Book that ye believe in, and do ye reject the rest? but what is the reward for those among you who behave like this but disgrace in this life?- and on the Day of Judgment they shall be consigned to the most grievous penalty. For Allah is not unmindful of what ye do” [Qur’an 2:85]. 
When some of the Jews wanted to enter into Islam on the condition that they would keep some of the Jewish laws, such as sanctifying the Sabbath day, the Messenger forbade them from doing so, unless they would enter into all of the laws of Islam. 
On that, the saying of Allah Almighty was sent down: “O ye who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of the evil one; for he is to you an avowed enemy” [Qur’an 2:208]. 
Almighty Allah spoke to His Messenger (peace be upon him), saying: “So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires, but beware of them lest they seduce thee from some part of that which Allah hath revealed unto thee” [Qur’an 5:49]. 
Here Allah warns His Messenger against the non-Muslims, that they may not turn him away from some of the rulings of Islam, and this is addressed to everyone who will lead the people after him.
The truth is that the teachings and rulings of Islam in doctrine, in the shari'ah, in morals, in acts of worship, and in social dealings--they do not bear their fruit unless they are taken in whole, for they need each other. It is similar to a medical prescription, with a complete (regimen) consisting of a full array of foods, various types of medicines, dieting and abstaining from some things, and some exercise. In order for the prescription to achieve its goal, it must be executed fully. If a part of it is left out, the entire end-result may be affected.
3. Life Is an Indivisible and Inseparable Unit, and So Is Man
Third:  Life is an inseparable and indivisible unit. 

I Shall not Hate by Dr. Izzaldin Abuelaish

This was first posted at Staring at the View:

A few years ago at an anti-Israel seminar on the West Coast I almost caused a riot when I stated that Hamas could have peace with Israel the next day if it wanted to. The Palestinian moderator asked me if I had ever visited the West Bank or Gaza. When I replied I had not, he said I was in no position to judge if I did not know how his people were living.

Although I thought his was a foolish thing to say - after all, I've never heard anyone argue that a condition for criticizing the Iraq War is to have personally spent time in Baghdad - I took his advice seriously and determined to follow it at the next opportunity. I was working in Iraq at the time, so instead of returning to California as usual for my next vacation I traveled to Israel and spent some time exploring it and the West Bank (there was no way I could get into Gaza). It was a wonderful trip, and I wrote it all down. Following is my journal account of traveling overland from Jerusalem back to Amman at the end of the trip:

"When I caught the bus to Jerusalem from Ein Gedi the following morning, I knew it came close to the Allenby Bridge before turning left and passing Jericho on the way to Jerusalem, but because the bridge is in the West Bank and Israeli buses don't go there I assumed I needed to return to Jerusalem, go to the Palestinian bus station, and get a shuttle to the bridge. I also knew that all the guide books say you need to get a Jordanian visa at the Jordanian consulate in Tel Aviv to enter Jordan. For that reason I had specifically requested a visa at the airport in Amman that would get me back into the country from Israel. While leaving Jordan on the way to Israel, I had shown the visa to at least two officials to make sure I could get back into Jordan on that visa, and they assured me I could.

"When I got off the bus in Jerusalem, a taxi driver immediately offered to drive me to the Allenby Bridge for 100 dollars. When I told him I would just go to the bus station and take a shuttle (for 1/20th of the price) he gave me the need reservations to get on those shuttles, they go through all the checkpoints and sometimes the Israelis don't let them go, etc. The bus driver was listening to this conversation and asked me, "Why you no tell me you want to go to Allenby Bridge? I drop you off at Jericho and you catch a local taxi, very easy." For some reason, knowing I didn't have a lot of time and having a couple hundred dollar bills left over in my pocket, I said to the taxi driver, 'OK, take me to the bridge.' As always, the conversation on the way there was in itself worth the price. I hadn't even known there were Kurdish Jews, but his father had come to Israel from Iraqi Kurdistan. He didn't speak much English and I don't speak Hebrew, but we got along in Arabic just fine. He told me about his kids, and his daughter who worked on the border police and her Ethiopian husband who also was a captain with the border police. He asked me if I had gotten the Jordanian visa in Tel Aviv, and I said I had gotten it in Amman before coming. He gave me a strange look and said, "Well....I don't want to say what you have to do, but I brought an American here last week and he did not have the visa and I had to take him to the border point way up north and he had to pay me a few hundred more dollars."

"We finally got to the checkpost at the Israeli side of the border, and a young female soldier came out to look at my passport. I showed her my Jordanian visa and she replied, "This is no good....where's the other one?" Suddenly I had the sinking realization that this particular location was not really part of Israel or Jordan but under a separate status. It wasn't the Jordanians who required the visa to get into Jordan; it was the Israelis who demanded it to get to the bridge and into official Jordanian territory. She gave me my passport and told me my visa was no good. It was exactly three o'clock, and as she handed me my passport she got her jacket and walked to her vehicle because it was the end of her shift. A new team was coming on, and the taxi driver said to me, "Uskut! La Tatakalam!" Shut up and don't say a word! So I uskutted, and the soldier on the new shift walked up to us. The taxi driver began speaking to him in Hebrew. "How are you you know my daughter so-and-so who is on the border police and her husband is Captain so-and-so? This poor stupid American didn't even know he had to get a visa and he has to go to Amman today....." Before I knew it, the barrier was lifted and we were on our way. When we got to the crossing, the driver asked me to give him some extra so he could give some Bakshish to the soldier who had let us through. I gave him a twenty; I'd be quite surprised if he actually gave it to the officer, but it was certainly worth it to me. If I'd taken the shuttle from Jerusalem as I'd planned, I might still be there."

The checkpost I crossed was the same one Dr. Izzaldin Abuelaish describes in his book I Shall Not Hate. If I as an American made it across a checkpost merely on the whim of the Israeli border guard, I can only imagine the frustration and humiliation Dr. Abuelaish experienced the thousands of times he crossed the border from Gaza into Israel.

Izzaldin, as far as I can tell, is one of those rare individuals who has always tried to do the right thing. He was born in poverty in a Gazan refugee camp, and the family farm his parents had evacuated is now the home of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Rather than dropping out of school, as his Palestinian classmates did like flies, Izzaldin determined to persevere, learning both English and Hebrew in the process. He became a doctor, the first Palestinian doctor to work at a prestigious Israeli hospital, and established deep friendships with his Jewish counterparts. His entire world came crashing down on January 16, 2009, when in the midst of Israel's war on Gaza two rocket shells tore into his house and blew the bodies of three of his daughters and a nephew into kingdom come.

But Dr. Abuelaish refuses to hate. He argues that Palestinians and Israelis can and must share a common future. He believes that leaders on both sides are entrenched in fear and hatred, but hope lies in a new generation of young people who desire peace more than conflict.

Do I agree with everything Dr. Abuelaish says? Not at all. Do I believe that he, along with Muslim reformers such as Tawfik Hamid about whom I write here, believes in the Prophet he wishes had existed rather than the Muhammad who really did? Yes, indeed. Do I think that his message of loving your enemies and praying for those who mistreat you sounds a whole lot more like Jesus than Muhammad? Again, a resounding Yes.

But the message of Dr. Abuelaish is powerful, and I urge you to read his book. If you are inclined to listen rather than read, you can watch a compelling interview here. And if you have an electronic book reader (much more important than your TV or microwave), you can simply type in the title of his book, click the purchase button, and you'll be starting the first chapter in less than 15 seconds. And it's less than half the price you'd pay in the bookstore!