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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Its Shari'ah, Stupid #23

In this twenty-third installment of Offensive Jihad in Fiqh, we turn to another modern authority.

Abdullah Yusuf Azzam issued his fatwah Defense of the Muslim Lands, the First Obligation after Faith (1979) after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Fatwahn supported by Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti, Abd al-Aziz Bin Bazz. Azzam legitimize both defensive and offensive jihad.


Quote:
”Jihad Against the Kuffar is of two Types: Offensive Jihad (where the enemy is attacked in his own territory) ... [and] Defensive Jihad. […] Where the Kuffar [infidels] are not gathering to fight the Muslims, the fighting becomes Fard Kifaya [religious obligation on Muslim society] with the minimum requirement of appointing believers to guard borders, and the sending of an army at least once a year to terrorise the enemies of Allah. It is a duty of the Imam to assemble and send out an army unit into the land of war once or twice every year. Moreover, it is the responsibility of the Muslim population to assist him, and if he does not send an army he is in sin. - And the Ulama have mentioned that this type of jihad is for maintaining the payment of Jizya. The scholars of the principles of religion have also said: ’Jihad is Daw’ah with a force, and is obligatory to perform with all available capabilities, until there remains only Muslims or people who submit to Islam.”

http://www.religioscope.com/info/doc ... _chap1.htm


Notice the minimum requirement:the sending of an army at least once a year to terrorise the enemies of Allah. This is is agreement with Al-Shafi'i and other authorities. Notice also that offensive Jihad is fard Kifaya.