Qaradawi's Jackass Jihad
By: Andrew G. Bostom
The [Muslim] nation [of Muhammad] must rage in anger. It is told that Imam Al-Shafi’ [d. 820, founder of the Shafi’ite school of Islamic jurisprudence] said: ‘Whoever was angered and did not rage is a jackass.’ We are not a nation of jackasses. We are not jackasses for riding, but lions that roar. We are lions that zealously protect their dens, and avenge affronts to their sanctities. We are not a nation of jackasses. We are a nation that should rage for the sake of Allah, His Prophet, and His book. We are the nation of Muhammad, and we must never accept the degradation of our religion.
Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Qatar, February 3, 2006
John Esposito, Georgetown University Professor and doyen of American apologists for jihadism, has repeatedly identified Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi as one of the most influential contemporary Muslim thinkers. Qaradawi, “spiritual” leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and head of the European Fatwa Council, reaches an enormous audience during his regular appearances on Al- Jazeera television. During a January 9, 1998 interview, Qaradawi observed that Islamic law divided the “People of the Book”—Jews and Christians—into three categories: non-Muslims in the lands of war (“Dar al Harb”); non-Muslims in lands of temporary truce; and non-Muslims under the jurisdiction of Islamic law, i.e., the dhimmis. Qaradawi thus summarized concisely the jihad war theory formulated in the 8th and 9th centuries, which continues, through the present, to regulate the relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims.
During many subsequent pronouncements—especially those in the Arabic media—including formal sermons, or interviews, Qaradawi has elaborated both the targets and allowable “tactics” for those contemporary Muslims whom he encourages to wage jihad. Jews, and Americans or their allies, figure prominently in these statements. For example, at the July 2003 meeting (in Stockholm) of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (which he heads), Qaradawi emphasized the orthodox Islamic basis for martyrdom operations to be directed against all Israeli citizens, whom he further described as classic harbis, licit targets in the Dar al Harb:
Those who oppose martyrdom operations and claim that they are suicide are making a great mistake. the one who carries out a martyrdom operation does not think of himself. He sacrifices himself for the sake of a higher goal, for which all sacrifices become meaningless. He sells himself to Allah in order to buy Paradise in exchange. Allah said: ‘Allah has bought from the believers their souls and their properties for they shall inherit Paradise… the one who carries out a martyrdom operation has a clear goal, and that is to please Allah
It has been determined by Islamic law that the blood and property of people of Dar Al-Harb [the Domain of Disbelief where the battle for the domination of Islam should be waged] is not protected. Because they fight against and are hostile towards the Muslims, they annulled the protection of his blood and his property… in modern war, all of society, with all its classes and ethnic groups, is mobilized to participate in the war, to aid its continuation, and to provide it with the material and human fuel required for it to assure the victory of the state fighting its enemies. Every citizen in society must take upon himself a role in the effort to provide for the battle. The entire domestic front, including professionals, laborers, and industrialists, stands behind the fighting army, even if it does not bear arms. Therefore the experts say that the Zionist entity, in truth, is one army. [emphasis added]
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