Awa, reading the IAMS’s statement, said “it is not permissible to hold hostages and threaten to kill them to achieve a certain end.”
Ayman Al-Masri, IOL Correspondent
BEIRUT, November 20 (IslamOnline.net) - The International Association of
Muslim Scholars (IAMS) ruled that resisting occupation troops in
Iraq is a “duty” on able Muslims in and outside the war-torn country
and that aiding the occupier is impermissible.
ex officio underlines and underscores that helping the Iraqi people in
their uphill struggle against the (US) occupation is a duty on every able Muslim in and outside
Iraq,” the pan-Muslim body said in a statement Friday, November 19.
a two-day meeting in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, the Dublin-based body said this kind of jihad does not necessitate a
central command to organize military operations, but willing Muslims
can do it on their own.
also urged the “noble resistance fighters” to stick to Shari`ah
rules in their praiseworthy resistance.
IAMS, which brings together 200 Muslim scholars from the four corners
of the world, further said it is not permissible for any Muslim to
support the occupiers at the expense of the Iraqi people and their
it would be like encouraging the occupiers to pursue their aggressions
against the Iraqi people,” said the statement, read by IAMS
Secretary General Mohammad Salim Al-Awa.
pan-Muslim body also exhorted Iraqis forced, by necessity, to join the
ranks of US-trained Iraqi and police forces to be careful in dealing
with their fellow citizens and not to harm them in any way.
meanwhile, urged resistance fighters not to harm Iraqi policemen or
soldiers as long as they do not support the enemy.
cohort of prominent Saudi scholars have defended
resistance against the occupation forces in
Iraq as a legitimate right, prohibiting cooperation with the occupiers and
collaboration against resistance groups.
the indiscriminate attacks that claim the lives of innocent civilians,
the IAMS asked resistance fighters not to target women, children and
the elderly even if they were of the occupiers’ nationalities
provided that they were not involved in hostilities.
if they are taken prisoner, they should be treated well and put on a
fair trial. But it is not permissible to hold hostages and threaten to
kill them to achieve a certain end,” said the statement.
IAMS had vigorously denounced
the kidnapping and killing of civilians as an aggression against
others, pressing for the swift release of all civilian hostages in Iraq.
not permit aggression against innocent people, whether the
aggression is against life, property, or honor, and this ruling
applies to everyone, regardless of post, status and prestige.
IAMS additionally said Iraqi resistance should be mindful of “queues
of enemies who want to blemish the image of Islam by carrying out
deadly operations in the name of resistance”.
handful of groups could very likely be linked to Zionist and foreign
pan-Muslim body pressed the occupation troops to pull out of Iraq and hand over power to an international organization that would
supervise free and fair elections, paving the way for full
The Beirut meeting also urged Muslims to support the Palestinian Intifada
IAMS also exhorted all Muslims to support the admirable second
Palestinian Intifada, urging all Palestinian factions to act in unison
to live up to daunting challenges ahead.
called on the warring parties in Darfur, west of Sudan, to put into
effect its peace initiative, which calls for a conference bringing together Sudanese people from different walks of life to resolve all
pending and sticking disputes and turn a new leaf.
IAMS delegation visited Darfur in September at a request from the
Sudanese government to mediate between
Khartoum and the two rebel groups in the region.
President Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi said before the visit that it was
incumbent upon Muslims to mediate
between warring Muslim parties to turn off bloodshed,
especially that some foreign powers were using the conflict as a
pretext to intervene in Muslim countries.
Afghanistan, the IAMS statement warned that drug mafias were controlling the
natural resources of this country, calling on Muslims to help the
Afghan people out of their current limbo.
UN's annual opium survey revealed
that three years after the massive US-led invasion,
Afghanistan was still facing the threat of being a corrupt “narco-state” after
the opium production rose by two thirds this year.
IAMS repeated calls on the Arab and Muslim governments to overhaul
their political, economic and social systems, protect their Islamic
and Arab identities and resist foreign dictations.