Its Shari’ah, Stupid #20

In this twentieth installment looking into offensive Jihad in Fiqh, we tap into a more modern source.

Al Azhar University, which can be seen as Sunni Islam’s equivalent of the papacy, held a conference in 1968, after the Arab defeat in the U.S. war against Israel. The conference advocated for jihad as the only way to defeat Israel.

[Cit. ur Bat Ye’or, Dhimmi: Jews and Christians Under Islam, s. 391-4.]

Jihad is legislated in order to be one of the means of propagating Islam. Consequently Non-Muslims ought to embrace Islam either willingly or through wisdom and good advice or unwillingly through fight and Jihad. […] It is unlawful to give up Jihad and adopt peace and weakness instead of it, unless the purpose of giving up Jihad is for preparation, whenever there is something weak among Muslims, and their opponents are, on the other hand, strong. […] War is the basis of the relationship between Muslims and their opponents unless there are justifiable reason for peace, such as adopting Islam. [Shaikh Abdullah Ghoshah, chief judge of the hashemite kingdom of Jordan]

Your honorable conference has been an Arab, Islamic and patriotic necessity in view of the present circumstances in which the Arabs and Muslims face the most serious difficulties. All Muslims expect you to expound Allah’s decree concerning the Palestine cause, to proclaim that decree, in all clarity, throughout the Arab and Muslim world. We do not think this decree absolves any Muslim or Arab from Jihad (Holy War) which has now become a duty incumbent upon the Arabs and Muslims to liberate the land, preserve honor, retaliate for [lost] dignity, restore the Aqsa mosque, the church of Resurrection, and to purge the birthplace of prophecy, the seat of revelation, the meeting-place of Prophets, the starting-point of Issa, and the scenes of the holy spirit, from the hands of Zionism – the enemy of man, of truth, of justice, and the enemy of Allah. […] The hoped-for judgment is that of Muslim Scholars who draw their conclusions from the Book of Allah, and the Summa of His prophet. […] May your decisive word rise to the occasion and enlighten the Arab and Muslim world, so that it may be a battle-cry, urging millions of Muslims and Arabs on to the field of Jihad, which will lead us to the place that once was ours. […] Muslims who are distant from the battle-field of Palestine […] are indeed sinful if they do not hasten to offer all possible means to achieve success and gain victory in the Islamic battle against their enemies and the enemies of their religion. Particularly, this battle is not a mere combat between two parties but it is a battle between two religions (namely, it is a religious battle). Zionism in fact represents a very perilous cancer, aiming at domineering the Arab countries and the whole Islamic world. [Sheikh Hassan Khalid, mufti of the republic of Lebanon]


Here you have Fiqh from modern scholars, a Jurist and a Mufti engaged in a conference at the most famous Islamic university. What do they base their opinions on?

  • Allah’s decree
  • The hoped-for judgment is that of Muslim Scholars who draw their conclusions from the Book of Allah, and the Summa of His prophet.

Lets cut the crap and drill down to the nitty gritty.

  • willingly
  • through wisdom and good advice
  • unwillingly through fight and Jihad
  • It is unlawful to give up Jihad and adopt peace and weakness
  • War is the basis of the relationship between Muslims and their opponents unless there are justifiable reason for peace, such as adopting Islam.
  • We do not think this decree absolves any Muslim or Arab from Jihad
  • urging millions of Muslims and Arabs on to the field of Jihad
  • it is a battle between two religions
  • Back to the matter of Jihad: its purposes.

    • means of propagating Islam
    • to liberate the land,
    • preserve honor,
    • retaliate for [lost] dignity,
    • restore
    • the Aqsa mosque,
    • the church of Resurrection,
  • and to purge from the hands of Zionism
    • the birthplace of prophecy,
    • the seat of revelation,
    • the meeting-place of Prophets,
    • the starting-point of Issa,
    • the scenes of the holy spirit, from the hands of Zionism.

    Compare that list to the positive and negative lists in Hilali & Khan’s footnote to 2:190 [ means of propagating Islam]

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    Every Day Heroes

    Zabul team combats malnutrition, unsafe water

    Capt. Timothy Harrelson (center) and Army Maj. Trevor Nehls discuss care for a young Afghan boy who has a broken leg in Qalat, Afghanistan. Captain Harrelson and Major Nehls are members of the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Keith Brown) (source)

    Meet Captain Tim Harrelson:

    Feeding Afghan children a formula for peace

    Airmen help Afghan children beat hunger

    Photo Courtesy of Tim Harrelson
    Capt. Tim Harrelson treats a 2-year-old boy for worms last June in Surri, a small village just outside Qalat city, Afghanistan.

    Photo by Keith Brown/Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force
    Capt. Tim Harrelson treats a 10-month-old boy for malnutrition last year in Surri, a small village just outside Qalat city, Afghanistan.

    Photo by Keith Brown/Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force
    Capt. James Arnold gives a food supplement to the mother of a malnourished Afghan child in August at the Qalat Hospital in Qalat, Afghanistan. Arnold and Capt. Tim Harrelson developed a nutritional paste that spared Afghan children from starving.

    Heading into a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan a year ago, Capt. Tim Harrelson wanted to do something about malnutrition and infant mortality, but figured he would spend most of his time treating trauma and running sick call inside the wire.

    By the time he returned to Misawa Air Base in Japan around Christmas, the physician assistant had helped develop a nutritional paste that saved many Afghan children from starving to death. The knowledge was left for local doctors and other provincial reconstruction teams.

    “You get involved with a mission that can sometimes seem overwhelming in scope,” said Harrelson, 38, of Indian Land, S.C., who was recently awarded a Bronze Star for his deployment efforts.

    “It was greatly satisfying. In that situation, you hope you can leave a positive legacy. It doesn’t matter if your name is attached to it or not. What matters is it works and someone else can use it — and you get to where people can be happy and they can be healthy.

    “I think that’s what helps establish peace in the region.”…

    Go read the rest of this story at Stars and Stripes here. This story actually made it to quite a few msm outlets. Just ‘google’ his name and meet other dedicated servicemen and women, making a difference every single day.

    Thank YOU, Captain Harrelson.

    Operation Cast Lead

    Cross posted by Findalis

    Just some of the highlights that came out of Operation Cast Lead.

    GOC Southern Command Daily Orders, 23 Jan 2009, 11:11 IST

    Fighters and Commanders of the IDF in the Southern Front,

    For the last month, IDF forces, both in reserve and regular service, together with forces of the ISA, operated in a concentrated campaign against terrorism in the Gaza Strip. Operation Cast Lead was initiated on December 27th, [the sixth day of the Holiday of Chanukah], when an aerial attack was directed against central terrorist command centers and outposts. The operation continued in the weeks to follow in a ground campaign aimed at terrorist sites throughout all of Gaza.

    After years of continuous intentional terror attacks on Israeli civilians in southern Israel, the operation brought forth a new security situation, making clear that Israel will not allow its existence in this region to be doubted or questioned.

    IDF fighters on the ground, in the air, and at sea, operated out of a strong belief
    in the righteousness of our way and demonstrated a steadfast fighting spirit,
    ambition, and a maintenance of the goal of this mission, while operating with a
    sense of comradeship and brotherhood in arms.

    The cooperation between the various operating forces, as well as the presence of commanders in the front lines, were central factors behind the operation’s success.

    The defense of our right to a safe and peaceful life in Israel had once again come at a high cost. 13 of Israel’s finest – fighters, commanders and civilians – were lost in the campaign for the security of Israel’s south. We lower our heads and our flag in honor of their memory, and mourn with their families. We extend a wish of full recovery to the wounded, and once more emphasize that we will do our utmost to return the kidnapped soldier, Gilad Shalit, to the warmth of his family.

    The battle for the security of the state of Israel is yet to be over. We shall look onward, to the challenges of the future, knowing that we will successfully engage them, thanks to the righteousness of our way and our courageous spirit.

    The Southern Command expresses its appreciation to the corps of the IDF for defending Israel and its people.

    Yoav Galant,

    Major General GOC Southern Command

    Some major video highlights:

    Hamas Uses Schools and Ceasefire to Shoot Rockets at Israel

    View at YouTube

    Night Strike on Hamas Terrorists 14 Jan. 2009

    View at YouTube

    Israel Air Force Strikes Hamas Offices and Armed Grad Launchers 31 Dec. 2008

    View at YouTube

    And from Honest Reporting:

    Send a soldier a smile trip 2

    View at YouTube

    In the 15 days of the ground offensive the IDF lost 9 men with 336 wounded.

    Many believe that the IDF stopped too soon and didn’t fulfill its objectives. I agree. And make no mistake about the outcome. Israel showed the world it has the determination and will to take on Hamas or any other group that attacks.