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2011 06 07

Rationalizing Jihad

Sayyed Imam Al-Sharif, aka "Dr. Fadl" and Abd Al-Qader Bin 'Abd Al-'Aziz has been called one of the founders of al-Qaeda. He is currently imprisoned in Egypt from where it has been reported that he has grave concerns about the direction this organization has taken.

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In the book Rationalizing Jihad, Al-Sharif warns, “Oh, you young people, do not be deceived by the heroes of the Internet, the leaders of the microphones, who are launching statements inciting the youth while living under the protection of intelligence services, or of a tribe, or in a distant cave or under political asylum in an infidel country. They have thrown many others before you into the infernos, graves, and prisons.”

“God permitted peace treaties and cease-fires with the infidels, either in exchange for money or without it ~ all of this in order to protect the Muslims, in contrast with those who push them into peril,”
“There is nothing in the Sharia about killing Jews and the Nazarenes [Christians], referred to by some as the Crusaders. They are the neighbors of the Muslims . . . and being kind to one’s neighbors is a religious duty.” Foreigners in Muslim countries may actually be Muslims or they may have been invited into the country for work, which is "a kind of treaty" and exempts them from being targets of jihad.

To Muslims living in non-Islamic countries eager to wage jihad, Fadl says, I say it is not honorable to reside with people ~ even if they were nonbelievers and not part of a treaty, if they gave you permission to enter their homes and live with them, and if they gave you security for yourself and your money, and if they gave you the opportunity to work or study, or they granted you political asylum with a decent life and other acts of kindness ~ and then betray them, through killing and destruction. This was not in the manners and practices of the Prophet.

Examples of unlawful slaughter include Al Qaeda’s terrorist attacks in America, London, and Madrid which were wrong because they were based on nationality, which is forbidden under Islam. The followers of bin Laden entered the United States with his knowledge, and on his orders double-crossed its population, killing and destroying. The Prophet ~ God’s prayer and peace be upon him ~ said, ‘On the Day of Judgment, every double-crosser will have a banner up his anus proportionate to his treachery.’

In what is thought to have been an effort to dispel suspicions that the book did not represent Al-Sharif's true feelings, Muhammad Salah, the Cairo bureau chief of Al Hayat, was allowed into Tora Prison to interview Fadl. The result was published in a six-part series, where Fadl defended the work as his own.
In the interview, Fadl labels 9/11 “a catastrophe for Muslims,” because Al Qaeda’s actions “caused the death of tens of thousands of Muslims ~ Arabs, Afghans, Pakistanis and others.”