Responding to the recent terror attacks in London and Egypt (or, more accurately, to the surge in anti-Islam sentiment that the terror attacks inspired), the Fiqh Council of North America has issued a "fatwa against terrorism":
The Fiqh Council of North America wishes to reaffirm Islam's absolute condemnation of terrorism and religious extremism.It goes on in that vein for a while. Here's the bottom line:
Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives. There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians’ life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram or forbidden and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not “martyrs.”
In the light of the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah we clearly and strongly state:Item number 1 sounds good, although it won't do anything to end Palestinian suicide bombings of Israelis. Most Palestinians consider those acts to be a form of "legitimate resistance", not "terrorism." And because all Israelis, in general, perform a few years of mandatory service in the military, many Palestinians argue that there's no such thing as an Israeli civilian. So the the Jew killin' is likely to continue.
1. All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram (forbidden) in Islam.
2. It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.
3. It is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of all civilians.
But what really caught my eye was item number 2. It forbids Muslims from cooperating "with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence." Well, the U.S. military is certainly involved in acts of violence in Afghanistan and Iraq right now. Does that mean this fatwah prohibits Muslims from serving in or cooperating with the U.S. military?
Before I get too excited about this fatwah, I'd like a little clarification from the Fiqh Council on points 1 and 2.
And via LGF, Steven Emerson also takes a critical view of the fatwah here, claiming that members of the Fiqh Council have ties to various terror groups.