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13.02.03 | Muslim leaders' Declaration on Iraq

In an important development ,more than two hundred prominent Muslim Scholars and public opinion leaders from all over the Muslim countries signed a declaration on Iraq.The declaration emphesised that any contribution to war on Iraq is not
permissible by Shari'ah.

The signatories include:
Muhammad Ma'mun al-Hudaybi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood; Shiekh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi most prominent Muslim Scholar and Chairman of the European Council of Fatwa; Qadi Hussein Ahmad, leader of Jamaat-e Islami in Pakistan, Shiekh Rachid Ghannouchi, Sheikh Suhaib Hassan, Professor Gulam Azzam, appreciate greatly and commend the intensive efforts that have been, and continue to be, exerted by the forces of good and peace within Europe, America and all over the world.

They declared the 14th and 15th of February 2003 days of rage and protest against the U.S policies.

They also called on Muslims and the free peoples of the world to boycott U.S. and Israeli products. For full details please read the transcript.

Ulama' and Muslim leaders' Declaration on Iraq
Praise be to Allah, and prayers be upon the Messenger of Allah, his household, his companions and those who are guided along his path.
Emanating from their rejection of violence and terrorism, irrespective of its source, and out of their concern for the preservation of human dignity of the protection of human rights, including guarantees that humans should not be humiliated or debased, the undersigned Ulama' (scholars) and public opinion leaders have been following with great anxiety the U.S. military preparations to launch war against Iraq and the escalation of the rhetoric of threats instead of leaning toward peace and reconciliation and the language of dialogue and coexistence despite the growing protest movements around the world against this war of aggression that is aimed at accomplishing U.S. hegemony over the oil wells and at having effective control of the entire world.
In view of the threat of the eruption of an all out devastating war against Iraq and the region, and of what is likely to follow of killing, wounding or maiming scores of thousands of innocent children and women and of the destruction of properties and the terrorising and banishment inhabitants, and what this may bring about of negative impact on relations among nations, civilizations, religions and societies including the kindling of the sentiment of hatred and racism among peoples, the signatories declare the following:

  1. Bombing Iraq and destroying its infrastructure, and what may ensue of catastrophic human losses, is an illegitimate war not only against Iraq but against the entire Muslim world. This is a war that will lead to undermining world security and peace and that has no moral or legal legitimacy and that in reality lacks any justification.
  2. Any contribution to this war is not permissible by Shari'ah, for this would be an act of cooperation over mischief and aggression. Allah says: "Cooperate over that which is good and pious but do not cooperate over that which is mischievous or oppressive." As the scholars and public opinion leaders across the Muslim world oppose this war on religious, moral and human grounds, they stand by peace and security for all. In doing so, they share with the Iraqi people their pains and aspirations for freedom and dignified secure living accomplished through the efforts of their own sons and daughters. They also stand by their right to choose the regime they wish to be governed by without foreign mandate.
  3. The signatories appreciate greatly and commend the intensive efforts that have been, and continue to be, exerted by the forces of good and peace within Europe, America and all over the world. They support them and call upon them to enhance their efforts and stage more protests in the hope of preventing this destructive war from taking place.
  4. Finally, the Ulama' call on all the Muslim peoples and all peace-loving humans around the world to stand firmly together in the face of the war mongers and the forces of evil and darkness and to employ all legitimate means including:
    • Sparing no effort in turning to the Almighty, offering repentance and seeking forgiveness, reciting the verses of the Holy Qur'an and performing prayers while endeavouring to reconcile their differences, frequent the Houses of Allah and honour their obligations toward others. This should include mobilising all possible material resources in support of the peoples of Iraq and Palestine and in support of the other causes of the Ummah that is going through major trials.
    • Calling on mosque imams, ulama', journalists, intellectuals, trade unionists, students, political parties and movements of all affiliations and convictions to coordinate their efforts in harnessing the resources of the Ummah in order to express the strongest possible terms and through the most effective civic means the opposition of the Ummah and the freedom-lovers across the world to this colonial invasion and all its pretexts by means of organising rallies and demonstrations and by declaring the 14th and 15th of February 2003 days of rage and protest against the U.S. military deployment for invasion, and by rendering every single day during the period of invasion, once effected, a day of rage and protest.
    • Calling on our peoples and the free peoples of the world to boycott U.S. and Israeli products and the products of every state that declares its participation in the crime of invading Iraq.
      Allah the Almighty is our source of guidance and our support.

Tuesday 9 of Dhul Hijjah 1243 Hijrah; 10 February 2003
(Singed by more than 200 renowned Ulama' and public opinion leaders from across the Muslims world, including: Muhammad Ma'mun al-Hudaybi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood; Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, Dean of the Sunna Research Department at Qatar University and Chairman of the European Council of Fatwa; Qadi Hussein Ahmad, leader of Jamaat-e Islami in Pakistan; Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of Ennahda Movement in Tunisia, Suhaib Hassan, Professor Gulam Azzam)

The Declaration was published in the Arabic Newspaper Al-Quds
Al-Arabi.
http://www.alquds.co.uk/index.asp?fname=2003\02\02-11\m70.htm

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