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US Muslim scholars issue Fatwa against terrorism

29 July, 2005

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WASHINGTON, July 29 (Online): North America’s premier council of Islamic scholars issued a Fatwa against terrorism, telling young Muslims they would be committing a sin against God if they indulged in extremism.

The religious edict, issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), ruled that suicide bombings were "Haram" and said anyone guilty of such "barbaric acts are criminals, not ‘matyrs.’

" "There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism," said the Fatwa, issued in Washington in English, Arabic and Urdu. "All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are ‘Haram’ in Islam," the edict, endorsed by more than 120 Muslim groups and leaders, went on. "It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.

"It is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of all civilians." The Fatwa contained a prayer for "our country" the United States, and for inter-faith harmony across the world.


Reader Comments:

Response to US Muslims' Fatwa

I look to news sources outside the US to guage the effectiveness of this kind of fatwa. This fatwa is most welcome in the US, where Mulsims live in dar-ul-harb, but if it isn't recieved well in Pakistan or other mostly Islamic countries outside the US, from dar-ul-aman, then it can't do much by itself to improve east-west relations. It needs a similar response from the east. If this kind of fatwa were issued from dar-ul-aman, then the hearts of people on both sides of the conflict may begin to understand one another better.
A reasonable and measured response to unreasonalbe circumstances is always the best course of action, regardless of whichever side you take on an issue. Responses which escalate tentions are like "cutting off one's own nose because they don't like their own face" - it's counter productive.
So this fatwa is welcome, but can we hear an "ameen" from the east?

Peter Edwards, United Kingdom - 29 July, 2005

US Muslim scholars issue Fatwa against terrorism

Its right to issue a FATWA against terrorism. Suicide is harram in Islam as said by the Scholars. Killing innocents who done no harm is not allowed in Islam.

mohammad, United Arab Emirates - 29 July, 2005

Figh Councils Fatwa Council Scholars in Holyplaces

Theoritical fatwas –There is absence of genuine Terrorism.There is absence of Muslim leadership or Official Muslim Unified Army of peace keeping force .There are only forces promoting Israel recognition with US allied soldiers (with interfaith army)
have total grip of entire oil fields resources gold mines bottle water farm produce supply business copartners .They have Fancy names Darul Herb to sholay chingari.These emerging scholars Owlma or oolma or ulemashikh shooting meaningless fatwas.In return we have Interfaith allied army interfaith peace soothing wording for proposed Bombing to bomb out the very fatwa scholars of holy places.Fatwa is needed
to send foreign soldiers home with economic surahs to create job employment fresh water wages (home and abroad).

BZ, United Arab Emirates - 05 August, 2007

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