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Saturday, December 18, 2004
On November 18th in Beirut, the International Association of Muslim Scholars (IAMS), issued the following statement.
"Resistance against coalition forces in Iraq is a personal duty of every Muslim who can carry it out, Iraqi or not.I can't say I agree with that statement, but let's pretend for a second that I do. What would be my next step be? Maybe I could get some guidance from the people who made the statement. Perhaps the IAMS could help me with the proper guidelines for carrying out a Jihad.
Well it turns out that the IAMS did supply some guidelines with their call to resistance, here are a few.
"It is forbidden to attack noncombatants, even if they belong to the attacking countries. The soul of man is sacred and an attack on it is an attack on all humanity. [This is because it says in Koran 5:32:] 'W hoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men."
"Islam does not permit the capture or abduction of noncombatants. In the event that [noncombatants] are captured, Allah commanded [Muhammad] his Messenger to treat them well [as it says in Koran 76:8]: 'And they feed, for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan, and the captive' [and Muhammad said] 'Treat prisoners well."
"It is forbidden to hold hostages and threaten the lives of noncombatants because of an action carried out or not carried out by others. [The hostages] are not to blame for this action, and they cannot prevent it. Allah said: ' N o bearer of burden shall bear the burden of another [Koran 6:164],' and the Prophet [Muhammad] said, 'A criminal will be punished only for his own deeds."
"The Prophet [Muhammad] forbade the killing of women and children, saying 'Do not kill a small child' and 'Do not kill descendants and simple laborers,' [i.e.] anyone who hires him to carry out services that are not connected to fighting. Similarly, Islam has forbidden the murder of hostages and [priests] who dedicate themselves to God.If I understand all those guidelines correctly, then the insurgents in Iraq are doing a real terrible job of following them. Cutting the heads off of innocents, killing Iraqi men, women and children with car bombs on a daily basis. Makes you wonder who's side they're on. Would Allah approve?
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