an American Fatwa
By Abul Kasem
August 8, 2005
IS QUITE AMUSING to observe the current desperate hide-and-seek game of the
Islamists living in infidel territories. After 9/11, they also became quite
active denouncing terrorism (they never call it Islamic) and preaching unbound
love, mercy, tolerance in Islam via the Holy Qur’an. They quoted (partially,
of course) a handful of verses (in fact, there are only three such verses in the
entire Qur’an) from the Qur’an to prove that Islam never supports terrorism,
suicide bombings, wanton killing of infidels. However, they cleverly hid the
truth. They thought the world is stupid enough not to find out the facts about
Islam. Thanks to the power of Internet, and the works of many dedicated
freethinker/writers, it is now widely believed that Islam is a dangerous
doctrine of death, destruction and complete annihilation of non-believers. It
did not take that long for the leaders of these infidel territories to
comprehend the real truth about Islam and to formulate the ‘correct’
approach to combat this global menace. Of course, those approaches were all
politically correct, lest the Islamists get offended when Islam is criticized
were going rather well since 9/11. Except for
and a few minor acts of Islamic barbarism, no incidence of catastrophic nature
took place. The world thought Islam is back to the pavilion—hoping that the
scourge is over or limited only in
7/7 changed everything. Islam became world’s focal point once more. This time
around, the situation is different. A large section of non-believers now firmly
deem that Islam is not a peaceful religion after all.
the shrewd Islamists are back in the business of damage control.
such group, calling themselves as the members of Fiqh Council of
, issued a fatwa, as if they are some authority on Islam and has the clout to
influence the global intricate Islamic terror network. To add importance to this
dubious fatwa, the news was carried by
and then broadcast through many public Television and radio networks. It would
be quite interesting to observe how many Islamic organizations around the
Islamic world will endorse this American Fatwa.
us dissect what these Islamists are up to.
usual, they quoted, partially, from the Holy Qur’an thus:
Qur’an, Islam’s revealed text, states: "Whoever kills a person
[unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a
life, it is as though he had saved all mankind." (Qur’an, 5:32)
They also quoted two other verses (2:143, 3:104)
which have none or very little relevance with the context of their fatwa.
shall now review the claim of verse 5:32
by these ‘impeccably’ qualified (many of them with Ph.Ds) and prove how
hypocrite these American Mullah’s are.
are countless verses in the Qur’an which undoubtedly state that the gratuitous
killing of the infidels is an obligation to every Muslim wherever and whenever
they have the opportunity to do so. In fact, a few weeks ago, I wrote an essay
listing some of those verses. So far, no Islamist could deny the contents of
those murderous verses.
mentioned above, just to cover such gross inanities in the Qur’an, the Fiqh
Council of North America issued the fatwa
affirming that there is no place of terrorism in Islam This meant
there is no provision in Islam for the killing of infidels without good reasons.
In support of such a slick but confusing statement they, out of around 6,666 (or
6,236 as per the Qur’an only Muslims) verses in the Qur’an, cited only a
single verse, viz. verse 5:32, and
that also incompletely.
us now read the verse in full:
Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a
person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land -
it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be
as if he saved the life of all mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our
Messengers with clear proofs, evidences, and signs, even then after that many of
them continued to exceed the limits (e.g. by doing oppression unjustly and
exceeding beyond the limits set by Allâh by committing the major sins) in the
often rant about contexts of the Qur’anic verses, but they expediently forget
to honor their own words. The same trick is played in this American Fatwa. The fatwa
never mentioned why this verse was created in the first place.
context of this verse is that when Qabil, a son of Adam killed Habil, another
son of Adam and, having developed extreme contrition about his misdeed, wanted
to hide the dead body of his slain brother, he found a crow scratching the
ground to bury a dead crow. This is amply explicated in the verse just before
Then Allâh sent a crow who scratched the ground to show him to hide the dead
body of his brother. He (the murderer) said: "Woe to me! Am I not even
able to be as this crow and to hide the dead body of my brother?" Then he
became one of those who regretted.
So, strictly speaking, verse
5:32 is only applicable to the
(the verse says it). Any way, to be fair, we shall ignore this limitation and
concentrate on the wider meaning:
On the surface if it, the
first sentence (Islamists often quote only the first sentence, conveniently
hiding the next sentence) of verse 5:32
seems very munificence and non-violent. What does the next sentence say? It says
clearly that even when Allah sent His messengers many people disbelieved them.
Muhammad was one of such messengers, the best and the last. Therefore, those who
disbelieve in Muhammad and Allah (i.e., the non-Muslims) are the transgressors.
Evidently, the non-Muslims are the mischief-makers on earth. Logically, these
non-Muslims do not fall under the purview of the merciful provision of verse 5:32.
In simple language, this means: verse 5:32
is applicable only to the Muslims. To confirm this, let me
quote ibn Kathir
the foremost Tafsir writer:
Begin of Kathir’s quote
(if anyone killed a person not in
retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land - it would be as
if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved
the life of all mankind.) Saving life in this case occurs by not killing a soul
that Allah has forbidden. So this is the meaning of saving the life of all
mankind, for whoever forbids killing a soul without justification, the lives of
all people will be saved from him.'' Similar was said by Mujahid;
(And if anyone saved a life...)
means, he refrains from killing a soul. Al-`Awfi reported that Ibn `Abbas said
that Allah's statement,
(it would be as if he killed all
mankind. .) means, "Whoever kills one soul that Allah has forbidden
killing, is just like he who kills all mankind.'' Sa`id bin Jubayr said,
"He who allows himself to shed the blood of a Muslim, is like he who allows
shedding the blood of all people. He who forbids shedding the blood of one
Muslim, is like he who forbids shedding the blood of all people.'' In addition,
Ibn Jurayj said that Al-A`raj said that Mujahid commented on the Ayah,
(it would be as if he killed all
mankind,) "He who kills a believing soul intentionally, Allah makes the
Fire of Hell his abode, He will become angry with him, and curse him, and has
prepared a tremendous punishment for him, equal to if he had killed all people,
his punishment will still be the same.'' Ibn Jurayj said that Mujahid said that
(and if anyone saved a life, it
would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.) means, "He who does not
kill anyone, then the lives of people are safe from him.''
End of Kathir’s quote.
There you are! This tafsir
by Kathir says when a Muslim is killed it is as if the entire humanity is
killed. When an infidel is killed it has no relevance. Similarly, when a
believer’s (i.e., a Muslim’s) life is saved it is as if the entire humanity
is saved. You see, in Qur’an and in Islam what matters most is the lives of
Muslims and not the lives of infidels.
Why do the erudite Islamists
of the Fiqh Council of
want to hide this truth?
This answer can also be
found in the Qur’an.
note: there are at least 18 verses in the Qur’an which ask for the pre-emptive
murder of the kafirs (infidels). But, it is not that simple to annihilate all the
unbelievers just like that. It needs time, patience, plan, strategies, weapons
and pretexts to wage a campaign of total slaughter of the non-Muslims. We
observe this clever procedure is followed by the true Islamists and the suicide
bombers. Even the former Prime Minister of
, Dr Mahathir Mohammad had asked the Muslims to acquire modern weapons to wage a
war against the Jews. He purposely, did not mention the entire non-Muslim
population, simply because his country is precariously dependent upon the
investment of these infidels.
When the situation does not
permit the Islamists to openly declare the murder of infidels, Allah asks them
not to be friendly with them. Here are a few verses that tell the Muslims not to
befriend the non-Muslims:
not take unbelievers as friends; caution is necessary to befriend the
Let not the believers take the disbelievers as Auliyâ (supporters,
helpers, etc.) instead of the believers, and whoever does that will never be
helped by Allâh in any way, except if you indeed fear a danger from them. And
Allâh warns you against Himself (His Punishment), and to Allâh is the final
In pure Islamic Paradises
one will surely note this verse being fully practiced. You will observe very
little co-operation between the Muslims and the non-Muslims. The interaction
between the aggressive Muslims and the feeble non-Muslim minority is almost
non-existent. In some Islamic societies (like
) Muslims are not even allowed to patronize non-Muslim restaurants and eateries.
In an Islamic State like
, there are signboards in Malay language inside all non-Muslim restaurants
stating, “Bukan Makanan orang Islam (food here is not for the Muslims)”.
Similar warnings are also implied in
or in other Islamic countries.
This is the limit of
tolerance and friendship (with infidels) in Islam!
Now, when the Islamists
migrate to infidel lands, they simply hide those truths. They become sheer
hypocrites. Outwardly, they pretend to show a friendly face, but inwardly, they
remain as hateful, vicious and cantankerous towards the non-Muslim as before.
Why should they have this double-face?—one might wonder. Once again, the
answer is also contained in the above verse (3:28). This verse tells the Muslims
to exercise caution when befriending the infidels. In fact, what it really means
is: when weak, the Muslims are
allowed to be hypocrites in dealing with the non-Muslims. They are permitted to
tell lies and hide the truth about their religion.
Once again, I will prove my
assertion by quoting
from ibn Kathir
Start of Kathir’s quote:
Prohibition of Supporting the Disbelievers
(unless you indeed fear a danger
from them) meaning, except those believers who in some areas or times fear for
their safety from the disbelievers. In this case, such believers are allowed to
show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly. For instance,
Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Ad-Darda' said, "We smile in the face of some
people although our hearts curse them.'' Al-Bukhari said that Al-Hasan said,
"The Tuqyah is allowed until the Day of Resurrection.'' Allah said,
End of Kathir’s quote.
Islam even forbids Muslims
to be in friendly terms with their non-Muslim parents or kindred. In Islamic
parlance, even verbal criticism of Islam means oppression. If a non-Muslim
father or a non-Muslim brother of a convert (to Islam) utters any words and/or
makes any grimaces that is offensive to the nascent Muslim convert, it is deemed
to be oppressive/blasphemy. Therefore, as per Islamic rule a retaliation becomes
due. Muslims are now allowed to murder them even though they might be their
father, brother or sister.
you not believe this? Read the following Qur’anic verse.
believers should not take even their fathers, brothers, or sons as friends if
they resist God and Muhammad; these types of believers are the party of God,
that is, the believers cannot be friendly with the unbelievers even though they
are their blood... 58:22
You (O Muhammad
) will not find any
people who believe in Allâh and the Last Day, making friendship with those who
oppose Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad
), even though they were
their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred (people). For
such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with Rűh
(proofs, light and true guidance) from Himself. And We will admit them to
) under which rivers flow, to dwell therein (forever). Allâh is pleased with
them, and they with Him. They are the Party of Allâh. Verily, it is the Party
of Allâh that will be the successful.
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