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The Truth behind Taliban's Fatwa Justifying Killings of Innocent Civilians Part-7


Islam does not permit killing of non-combatants in any circumstances

By Sohail Arshad, New Age Islam

27 Dec, 2012

In the fourth part of his article, Talibani mufti Al Abeeri has given a detailed account of the American excesses in Islamic countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia giving an estimate of the Muslims killed in those countries. He has also mentioned the hardships and sufferings faced by Muslims in those countries as a result of the American sanctions against them holding the US responsible for virtually all the problems of the Muslims the world over.

An addition to these, Mullah Al Abeeri sees an American hand in the problems and hardships of the Muslims in other countries like Phillipines, Indonesia, Kashmir, Macedonia, Bosnia etc . But surprisingly, he does not mention the name of Pakistan among the countries where Muslims have had sufferings due to American attacks and excesses though in Pakistan, American drone attacks kill civilians including women and children regularly. Perhaps this was done with the view that in that case the sympathy of the Pakistani people would go with the Pakistani branch of Taliban, or it can be inferred that Taliban does not care for the Pakistani Muslims. It also may be concluded that the Afghan Taliban do not want to harm the American interests in Pakistan. Whatever may be the reason, the exclusion of Pakistan’s name from the list of Muslim countries under the US attacks raises questions over Taliban’s intentions and motives.

The total number of the Muslims killed in Muslim countries due to American excesses is 40 lakh and the number of Muslims rendered homeless is one crore, according to the Taliban statistics. Therefore, the Taliabani mufti says that it is permissible to kill 40 lakh innocent and non-combatant Americans and render one crore non-combatant Americans homeless under the rule of masalah (proportional punishment) according to Islamic shariah. In his words, the death of five thousand American in the ‘auspicious attacks of eleven September’ was well below the target as it was only the revenge of the killing of the five thousand Muslims in a single missile attack on the refugee camp of Amiriyya in Iraq. With this Shaikh Al Abeeri says that since the Islamic Shariah forbids from transgression in revenge, so if the Muslims kill more than 40 lakh Americans and render more than one crore Americans homeless, then they will be transgressors in the eyes of Allah.

Therefore, Al Abeeri warns, “following the rule of masalah, we will wreak havoc on America exactly in the way it has wreaked havoc on us.”

He further says, “Now we declare that we shall adopt the rule of tit for tat (masalah) and punish the common people of America for the crimes of the American government in accordance with its own policy of punishing the nation for the wrongs of individuals.”

He goes on to say, “If we adopt tit for tat policy (masalah) against America, the attacks on America are justified by the Shariah, and if we want to deal with it in accordance with its own policy of New World Order, it will be justified from that perspective too. There is no scope of suspicion in that the killing of non-combatant American women, children, and the elderly and other uninvolved people is permissible and lawful, rather it is one of the categories of jihad which God and his apostle have enjoined on us.

In the excerpts quoted above, Al Abeeri repeats the same un-Islamic position that the killing of innocent non-Muslims is lawful and calls it an exalted category of jihad.

On the contrary Imam Abu Yousuf says, “No peace-loving citizen will be punished for the wrongs of his co-religionist.” (Kitab al Kharaj: p 78)

The hadiths prohibiting the killings of non-combatant women, children, the priests and the old have been qouted earlier.

If America or any other power punishes innocent people for the crime of individuals, Islam does not permit adopting the same satanic and inhuman practice of punishing innocent people for the crime of individuals in retaliation. The rules regarding punishment and revenge have been laid down by the Quran and sunnah, and jurists and the rightly guided caliphs have prohibited the killing of innocent people both in times of war and peace.

Therefore, Mullah Al Abeeri’s fatwa that it is lawful for Muslims to kill 40 lakh innocent Americans and render one crore American homeless including women and children is grossly un-Islamic and misleading which stands condemned and rejected by the verses of the Quran, the hadiths and the expositions of the jurists.

Sohail Arshad is a regular columnist for New

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