Twaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 12 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 920 times:
Saudi Mufti Says Martyr Bombings UnIslamic
WASHINGTON, April 22 (IslamOnline) - Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh said that Muslims must refrain from martyr bombings and hijacking because it is against the teachings of Islam.
In an interview published in the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, he said "Hijacking of planes and frightening people is against Islamic shari'a [law] and is not an act of jihad [holy struggle]."
The Mufti said, "Muslims must refrain from such acts," and added that hijacking is an act of aggression against innocent victims and threat to public security.
Sheikh Abdul Aziz also touched on the issue of suicide (martyr) bombings, which he opined might be unIslamic.
"I have no knowledge that suicide bombings have a basis in Islam or constitute a form of jihad. I'm afraid it could be a form of killing oneself," the Mufti said, noting that suicide is also banned in Islam.
His comments on suicide bombings are bound to create controversy since Palestinian resistance groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad have carried out several such attacks against Israel during its occupation of Palestine.
The latest such attack was carried out Sunday, which killed two and injured more than forty people. Palestinian resistance groups say they are forced to carry out these kinds of attacks since they are poorly equipped and cannot take on the military might of Israel.
The Grand Mufti's comments are not expected to stop Palestinians from carrying out further martyr bombings.
A local journalist based in Gaza, speaking to BBC, dismissed the views of the Saudi Grand Mufti and said that those intent on carrying out such attacks already have the blessings of other clerics in the region.
Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh was most recently in the news for declaring Pokemon and the observation of April Fool's day as haram.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 12 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 917 times:
While I don't pretend to know terribly much about Islam, I don't see this as making much of a difference. The Saudis are Sunni Muslims, while the ones who tend to make such attacks tend to be Shi'ite Muslims, who themselves see the Sunnis as almost-heretics (at least the more extreme ones).
However, the Grand Mufti is regarded as a fine scholar of Islamic law, and I applaud his coming out against this form of terrorism. Maybe someone will listen.
Airbus A380 From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 911 times:
I'm a Sunni Muslim, but I believe the Sunni Muslims and the Shi'ite Muslims prohibit such acts, like the ones described by the Grand Mufti.
For me myself, I am not proud or support such foolish acts made by these so-called Muslim terrorists. In fact, I feel ashamed and disappointed in them. Whatever they are doing or have done, they are ruining Islam's reputation.