U.S. Muslim religious council issues Fatwa against terrorism

The Fiqh Council of North America wishes to reaffirm Islam's absolute condemnation of terrorism and religious extremism. 

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.? 

The Quran, Islams revealed text, states: "Whoever kills a person [unjustly] it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind." (Quran, 5:32) 

Prophet Muhammad said there is no excuse for committing unjust acts: "Do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well, and that if they do wrong you will do wrong to them. Instead, accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong (even) if they do evil." (Al-Tirmidhi) 

God mandates moderation in faith and in all aspects of life when He states in the Quran: We made you to be a community of the middle way, so that (with the example of your lives) you might bear witness to the truth before all mankind. (Quran, 2:143) 

In another verse, God explains our duties as human beings when he says: Let there arise from among you a band of people who invite to righteousness, and enjoin good and forbid evil. (Quran, 3:104) 

Islam teaches us to act in a caring manner to all of God's creation. The Prophet Muhammad, who is described in the Quran as a mercy to the worlds? said: All creation is the family of God, and the person most beloved by God (is the one) who is kind and caring toward His family." 

In the light of the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah we clearly and strongly state: 

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. 

We issue this fatwa following the guidance of our scripture, the Quran, and the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. We urge all people to resolve all conflicts in just and peaceful manners. 

We pray for the defeat of extremism and terrorism. We pray for the safety and security of our country, the United States, and its people. We pray for the safety and security of all inhabitants of our planet. We pray that interfaith harmony and cooperation prevail both in the United States and all around the globe.



1. Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi 
2. Dr. Abdul Hakim Jackson 
3. Dr. Ahmad Shleibak 
4. Dr. Akbar Muhammad 
5. Dr. Deina Abdulkadir 
6. Shaikh Hassan Qazwini 
7. Dr. Ihsan Bagby 
8. Dr. Jamal Badawi 
9. Dr. Muhammad Adam Sheikh 
10. Shaikh Muhammad Al-Hanooti 
11. Shaikh Muhammad Nur Abdallah 
12. Dr. Salah Soltan 
13. Dr. Taha Jabir Alalwani 
14. Shaikh Yahya Hindi 
15. Shaikhah Zainab Alwani 
16. Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah 
17. Dr. Mukhtar Maghraoui 
18. Dr. Nazih Hammad

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  40 Comments   Comment

  1. Muhammad-Ali Younes from Lebanon

    Why to only talk abt Muslim extremism, what abt Christian and Jewish extremism.

  2. Hudd d'Aelia from Canada

    gobnait, I can't help myself, the name "Hudd" means edge among other things, and sharp, vehement, intense as adjective. It's a nickname I acquired in Africa, among my Muslim brothers there as they experienced first hand my impetuousness. Still I really don't see the problem? Rocket is drawing water to his field regardless of Muslim sensitivities. I connot close my eyes to indiscriminate targetting of Muslims directly or indirectly. If I sense racism or fascism I'm your man, I'll fight you to death, because the ugliest kind of hatred are the two I mentioned. I'm sorry,gobnait, but I have to correct you on,"Curiously, you simply don't see your blanket condemnations of Americans and Israelis as being bigoted or prejudiced". I didn't condemn the Americans and the Israelis as a people. I condemned their governments and their political system that produced hatred, racism and fascism among the majority of the masses that were deliberately kept ignorant and subjected to different fears: fear of Communists, fear of Japanese, fear of Muslims, fear of blacks, fear,fear,fear!

    Now, if you'll be so kind, please, point out to me where I was bigoted, racist and whatever the character of the beam in my eye would be.

    Till we meet again, I bid you salam!

  3. gobnait from Ireland

    Dear Hudd, it takes so little to send you over the edge! Rocket is right here, you are awfully quick to condemn and accuse others of all sorts of racism and bigotry. Curiously, you simply don't see your blanket condemnations of Americans and Israelis as being bigoted or prejudiced. Sort of like those people in the Good Book who saw a speck or mote on someone else's eye, but didn't see the log in their own eye.

  4. Hudd d'Aelia from Canada

    Rocket, who is us? I didn't command, I recommended in a very friendly manner, you would see me when I'm pissed. What the hell are you talking about, oppress? Are you sure your comment was directed to me? Me racist? I'm a Caucasian person, dude, but the difference between you and me is that I am a brother to all oppressed people on Earth and because of this I became a scum in your eyes like all those that live in places you white-asses wouldn't dare to pass through by car.

    Understand democracy? What? US policies are democratic? To whom? To Haliburton and the less than 2% of the US p[opulation that happen to hold 90% of US capital? Do you think I was born yesterday or that I was a FOB? Information is available for those who seek it. I don't give a rat's ass worth on your religion, I don't care what you practice, all I know is not Islam, conventional Christianity or Orthodox Judaism.

    My personal anger on the world? Dude! America is part of the world not the world! And yes! I will always attack the US government as long as they unconditionally support Israel! Supporting a country or a people in all they do and especially in massacres and humiliations of another ethnicity is downright barbaric, uncivilized, fascist, nazi and racist! How would you want me to choose to be ignorant of these? You know, I mind God, I'm not afraid of Him because I'm not a criminal(harami). But by me denying the suffering of people for the benifit of dictatorships like Israel and US(with the homeland security and Patriot act, US is slowly becoming the Saudi Arabia of the new world).

    I think I'm wasting my time on you since you will neither see nor understand the obvious. It was not part of your programming by the US media. My last message to you is what the Australians used to say to the Asian immigrants:'nick off!'

  5. Rocket from usa

    Hudd d'Aelia, you opened your last comment to us with the very

    opressive attitude that no one appreciates. No one is going to

    "step down" or disappear or go away just because you command


    You accuse others of being racist and self-righteous through a

    racist and self-righteous remark about whites yourself. You

    accuse me of being hypocritical, based on what? As far as you

    attacking the US governement, well, thats indicative of your

    attitude. Attack and oppress seems to be your only agenda. Do

    not make the mistake of judging all Amercans based on the

    actions of our governement. If you do, you dont understand

    democracy or a majority rule. You are just showing ignorance by

    judging, attacking, and oppressing.

    You say you understand I am 'born again'/'witness'/Mormon,etc,

    yet I have not spoken on anything that would indicate what

    religion I practice. Again, you are just attacking with your

    prejudgement and anger. Also, I have not spoken on any belief

    that just because someone is white that God is on their side.

    You are expressing a lot of anger, judgement, racism and

    oppression without anyone bringing it up. Your comments are

    so far off topic about my dilemma with my father and needing

    help from believers in the muslim religion, that one could only

    summize that you have picked a random venue to mount your

    personal attacks and release your personal anger on the world.

    Try Love, not hate.

  6. Hudd d'Aelia from Canada

    God, Rocket! Just step down, brother, you've been proven mistaken and that's all about it! No religion is entirely void of violent hues, but even if it was, people choose to act and react according to other forces than those of God. I must reiterate over and over again that this terroristic phenomenon is a political rather than religious effect. Terrorism doesn't exist because Islam, it exists because colonialization and illegal occupation of foreign lands. Why can't you accept the obvious? How racist and self-righteous you white people can be?(All my respect for those Caucasians that are on the ball with the interpretation of these unfortunate events) US,UK and Israel are the directors and producers of terrorism. Then you want to fight what you yourselves have created? Don't take me wrong, only because I don't approve of your hypocracy doesn't mean that I justify or motivate terrorism. It is like I see the crimes of Harlem as the effect of the American society's lack of concern and dutifulness toward a racially marginalized segment of their population. I will continue to attack US government on her apathy toward Blacks,Latinoes,Natives and Others and devoulge their disinterest of alotting part of the National surplus to developing these neighbourhoods and facilitating these people decent means of life. You see, I do not justify crime or motivate them. I simply see the problem and where it comes from. The source has to be dealt with in order the effect to stop.

    I understand you are a 'born again'/'witness'/Mormon,etc, but lift your chin and try to look beyond the spiritually deadening fence that your sect built around your supposedly free spirit. If you are created by God, you need nobody to sense God's presence or absence in developing scenarios in His world. And believe, God is not on your side only because you are white,Christian and live in America!

    Peace out!

  7. Rocket from usa

    I think one of the most important messages I get from God (be it

    through the Bible, the Quran, or any other source including my

    fellow man) is that God created us, gave us life and reserves the

    right as all powerful being, to take it away. I think that message

    was clear when he commanded thou shalt not kill. Punishment

    for killing is described as a mortal sin and condemned to hell for

    eternity. I think it makes perfect sense as anyone would be harsh

    if they created something and someone else came along and

    destroyed it. I think God was very clear that he has not given you

    the right to kill anything he created with a few exceptions that

    God made clear, and that is to live off the land and that he

    created animals to populate the earth and some of them you can

    kill for food and some you may not kill and eat. This is also a

    very clear message from Godand spelled out very clearly in the

    BIble. The message is clear, do not kill another human being

    that God created (and he created all human beings) not even

    your enemy since he breathed life into and gave life to your

    enemy also. To your enemy, Jesus is very clear, as roman

    soldiers shoved a spear into his chest whi8le being crucified on

    the cross, "Forgive them, for they know not what they are

    doing". Not smite at their necks because they are attacking me.

  8. Rocket from usa

    My Apologies Hudd d'Allea. Fine display of hostility on your part

    in your passive aggresive nature that we have all been witness to

    in recent times connected with Islam and brotherly love.

    I made an incorrect reference (and yes I have read the bible

    many times from front to back cover) when I stated "The Bible

    does not suggest or advocate violence or killing at all" I actually

    meant God (or Jesus). All your references to combat where I

    misspoke myself was out of context. However, to make things

    clear, the Bible is a collection of Stories, of Accounts, of Prayers,

    and Song. It is parables, messages, and kinship (lineage of

    families) and a great many things aside from being the word of

    God. Yes, there are stories and accounts of killing, and savage

    behaviour, and anger, and love, and brotherhood. That's why it

    is a collection, from many people, from many different times,

    about a great many events. The Bible is a message, a teaching

    tool, a reference, a guide and the Word of God. Now, as for your

    retort, yes, there is reference to killing and violence as recorded

    by various people in the bible, yet God nor Jesus EVER said Kill

    or Smite another human being. in Fact the Commandments bear

    this out as I stated "Thou shalt not kill", period. (which by the

    way means character assassination since that is a form of killing)

    Not only does the Bible carry a literal message, but it also

    implies a set of rules for us to follow throughout time. Which

    means a lot of it is not meant to be literal, but as a guide and set

    of rules that can be applied no matter what year it is until the

    end of time. Hence the parables and stories contained in it. But

    thank you for attacking me based on a small mistype and not

    reading the whole message. I still love you , my brother.


  9. Junebug from UK

    So when are Americans going to renounce terrorism ?

  10. Hudd d'Aelia from Canada

    No kidding, Rocket? I can't believe that you are such ignorant of your own religion. You believe that we don't know the Bible because we were Muslim? Be known unto you that Islam has a great number of Christian 'defectors', especially because they got fed up with the hypocracy of Christianity the source of Racism, Fascism, Nazism, Sexism and the cult of a supposed 'superior' race over all others. Did you read the Bible from one end to the other? If your answer was what you honestly believed, then I can figure you read only pamflets and certain extracts that would brainwash you into believing that the Bible was in its entirety the word of God. In case you read the Bible and still state these aberations I can draw the following conclusions: 1) You are a supplanter and a deceiver and you would like to blinden the unprepared Muslims into believing that your corrupt Bible would be the Truth and the Quran would be an instrument of hate. 2) Or you are from among those that are spiritually blind and wouldn't see the truth if it struck them in the forehead. For the sake of a civilized argument let me assume that you didn't read the Bible. There are more passages in the bible promoting hate and killings than promoting peace or love. When Joshua enters Canaan and conquers Jericho: from Joshua 6:21,"They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it-men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.",6:24, "Then they burnt the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and the gold and the article of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord's house." ,6:27, "So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land." I couldn't quote all of them, but do me a favour, read the Bible and you will see. According to the above, what was this but genocide? Did the Jerichoans attack the invading Israelites? In Quran violence is against those that attack you,it's the nature's law in any society,namely,self-defence.

  11. Rocket from USA

    aaq - thank you very much for the analogy. I do look upon the

    Qur'an as a whole (as the car, not the driver), but I have to ask, if

    the car is a finely tuned machine built with precision and pride in

    excellence and if the whole car (Qur'an) were of the highest

    quality and one wheel (chapter or Surah) was square (smite at

    their necks rather than love and tolerate), how can the car

    function realiably and at peak effeciency?

  12. Rocket from USA

    Thank You H.A. I am having a truly hard time with this. I don't

    want to disrespect my father by confronting him and doing

    battle with him over the Islam religion for it is he who brought

    me into this world and he who teaches me from his wisdom and

    how to love and be loved. I understand there are extremists in

    religion, and that we will have problems because of them. I have

    to correct myself however, because the Qur'an does promote

    violence in a few places, one such chapter is (Quran, 47:4)

    "Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at

    their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them,

    bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either

    generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens..."

    and (Quran, 5:32) "Whoever kills a person [unjustly] it is as

    though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is

    as though he had saved all mankind."

    The Bible does not suggest or advocate violence or killing at all.

    In fact one of the comandments is Thou Shalt Not Kill. No other

    words accompany this, no words to imply a justifiable killing.

    Because God, Allah will be the Judge, not people. Elsewhere in

    the bible it states "turn the other cheek" when harm is done to

    you and "to forgive your enemy as I have forgiven you". Not

    strike back at them and smite them at their necks. Not even if

    they try to kill you. Defend yourself yes. Kill...never. I guess I am

    trying to find the credibility and though I believe the vast

    majority of Islam are peaceful and tolerant people, I could make

    my case better with my father if the Qur'an didn't have chapters

    suggesting killing of any kind. Even though most of the Qur'an

    promotes peace and love and tolerance for the unbelievers, it is

    those few chapters that weakens my cause. I would enjoy any

    help on this.

  13. aaq from india

    Peace be upon those who are on right religion:

    i would like to inform rocket some logic information that if you or ur father wanted to buy a car would you judge the car by its driver or by its performance.offcourse if the car is driven by micheal schumacher it will give u a great impression on car and if the same car is driven by learner it will spoil the car and do damage to car so its better to judge a car by its perfomance rather than driver.like wise if you want to judge a religion dont judge by its peoples or followers b'cos you might find good and bad in all religions,so judge religion by its qualities and islam is the religion of truth and best way of life for all mankind islam has got solutions for every problem let it be if it is religion,business,economy,trading,science,laws etc which are great and best from others.i hope you understand islam by its qualities and ask guidance from god.may Allah guides you and all

  14. faliku from USA

    It saddens me as a Muslim to know that some of our brothers will allow themselves to be blinded to the truth as a result of sheer anger. Brother Ahmed, in Comment #33047, quoted several verses from the Holy Qur'an that are sufficient to incite any gullible Muslim--a Muslim who is not familiar with the historicity of Islam; so he or she will unwarily take any information--hook, line and sinker--from any fanatic. Doesn't Brother Ahmed know that, through the Grace and Mercy of Almighty Allah, the most powerful protector of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)--both before and after he began receiving the revelations--was his uncle Abu Talib who himself remained a disbeliever up to his dying bed? Doesn't Brother Ahmed know that the first group of Muslims to flee persecution was specifically sent by the Prophet (SAW) to the king of Abyssinia (a devout Christian) for protection? Doesn't he know that the Prophet (SAW) and Muslims of his days peaceably lived amongst and with people who were disbelievers? I am citing these instances not to suggest that one's best option is to befriend the enemy, but to inform Brother Ahmed that some "enemies" are better than hypocrites who pretend to be Muslims or friends of Islam. The governments of these predominantly Muslim countries--Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran (and to some extent, Palestine), etc.--are collaborating in the fight against terrorism; and I have not heard that the majority of their citizens are opposed to this objective. So is Brother Ahmed suggesting that he knows more than these people or that he is more Islamic than they? I beg his pardon. We, as Muslims, will do well for ourselves and humanity if we read more about our religion; and this will be in direct fulfillment of the first word that Allah (SWT) uttered to the Prophet (SAW) through Jibreel: "Iqra'a...[read...]".I strongly recommend the book written by the late Brother Martin Lings:"MUHAMMAD: his life based on the earliest sources." Salam.

  15. jamal from Malaysia

    What does the Muslim religous council do on the daily bombings and killings and sufferings of our muslim ikhwan in Iraq, Afghanistan,Palestine Thailand, Eritiea, Sudan, Phillipines? You have a very strong voice of condemming the so-called terrorist of Islam. What about the terrorist of non-islam, the army of Jews, Christians (i hate to say it) ...have you anything to say? The people that does the bombings have got relatives, brothers, sisters, father, mother being killed, i repeat, killed in Iraq and the rest of the world.

  16. H.A. from Yathrib

    I gotta apologize to Rocket. I did not read his whole comments before post my 1st comment. He/she seems to me a nice person...(although I need to be nice to people who are both good and bad, I just can't talk like a "frog"...so help me God)

    Rocket should run for the presidency to save the United States...And if I ever immigrate from Yathrib to Yorkshire, NY, ROCKET is going to get my vote...

  17. H.A. from Yathrib

    Hey Rocket!

    - are you having hard time swallowing the truth? Muslims, the true believers of this Earth, speak the truth even if the truth goes against them or against their sweehearts...

    The only solution to decrease the violence and hypocrisy in the world today is to put the American "smart" president, Bush Jr and the criminals in U.S. gov't in a ROCKET and send them out of this world and never allow them re-entry...b/c they are the true criminals of our time...

    If you can't handle my comment then that's just too bad...find a ranch and feed cows, instead of reading comments here and calculating the ratios of which comments are good and which comments are bad...I, HA, is going to say what you like to hear...

    Have fun @ the ranch!!!

  18. Rocket from USA

    I'veread over all the posts here. I'm an american, and I'm

    trying hard to be unbiased here. I'm not seeing a lot of

    educated OR truly "religious" based comments here except for

    Amin. I see a LOT of Extremist comments which seems to be a

    pretty good cross section of the Islam public at large, and most

    of the comments are driven by anger and hate that I see no basis

    for, since after having read the Quran, I only see contradictory

    actions by Muslim. The Quran has many passages that "teach" us

    to act in a caring manner to all of God's creation. Yet I see 90%

    of the posts in direct contradiction of this religious teaching.

    We have a number of different religions here in the US as

    well as Muslim, and we have our extremists as well (sadly),

    however, since when did our Bible or the Quran "EVER" teach us

    to strike out in anger and smite an entire race or country of

    people let alone for something we dont understand? the answer

    is never. I am currently battling my father's ill-informed opinion

    that all Islam and all Muslim are blood thirsty people out to kill

    any human (mostly american) that is not of the pure religion of

    Islam and I quote him: "Remember, WE are the non-believers of

    Islam and it is their duty to kill all of us. The ultimate goal of

    Islam is to be the only religion in the world. Period. No

    discussion. That was Mohammed's command 400 years ago and

    it's the same command preached today by extremist Muslim

    religious leaders."

    Now..how am I to battle my father and show him he is wrong

    (other than quoting the Quran to him and trying to find where

    Mohammed commanded you to kill all non-believers) if certain

    Iraqi Muslim (like yourselves) keep PROVING him to be right..and

    making it 10 times more difficult for me to prove him wrong??

    The US is not "occupying Iraq" just to occupy Iraq. We are

    hunting Terrorists Iraq is harboring. If you Want Sadam

    back, to kill and mame hi

  19. Javed from USA

    I think Fiqh council should also give an opinion about the Taxation we pay to the US Govt. This money is definitely used in the war preparation. A daisy cutter does not kill the culprits only. By contributing tax we are equally participant in this whole deal. Please Issue another fatwa in this regard...if you DARE?

  20. Syed from US

    To Mujtaba, the fatwa against American occupation of Muslim lands (be it Afghanistan, Iraq or Saudi Arabia) will apply to Muslims not Americans, Well you criticizing others for not understanding the Islamic principles, why cannot the fiqh council issue a fatwa for Muslims to support Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan in their battle against occupation, to boycott American products and that we cannot attack civilians but can legitimate the attack American troops whom are bombing and killing innocent lives in thousands.

  21. native from USA`

    If this sell out "fiqh council" cannot issue a fatwa against the US - it can do the following:

    "No Muslim should join the United States military because no Muslim can unjustly kill another Muslim."

    Why have they not done that? They will never do that because this whole charade is nothing more than an Uncle Sam pleasing act.

    Or, how about this fatwa:

    "No Muslim should cooperate with the United States military - and it is the responsiblity of every Muslim to do everything within the rules of Sharia to oppose the US wars on Muslims and Islam." It can then list the ways to oppose these attacks - such as participating in anti-war movements - and even acts of non-violent civil disobedience.

    Don't hold your breath for that fatwa - it will never appear - because Uncle Sam will go after these guys before you can say "good Muslim."

  22. Amina from US

    If many of you people commenting didn't make me so sad i'd be laughing. Let me get this straight, you think a (way long overdue) fatwa, directed at muslims, should simultaneously be criticizing america, and that it didn't, the fiqh council are hypocrits?? Am I to believe that everytime you criticize America and Israel you equally criticize the terrorists and extremist muslims?? YOU are the hyprocrits here!

    And please stop pretending you care about Iraqis and Afghanis unless you were just as outspoken back when Saddam ruled Iraq and the Taliban were executing women in footbal stadiums, and can also tell me that your level of outrage over the terrorists in Iraq would be as minimal as it is were they non-muslim terrorists instead. This fatwa is a great thing!!

    And if Muslims think it's always acceptable to refer to other wrongs as justification for violence, then perhaps we should start giving more credence to criticism of some of the wrongs committed during Islamic expansion several centuries ago, or for that matter defending any poor treatment of Muslims in the war on terror simply becuase of wrongs committed by some of our people. You can't have it both ways.

    Today's Muslims should really start thinking about a better way to spin "nothing" and "whined" when asked by Allah on the day of judgement what they did to prevent his message from becoming so twisted.

  23. Asif Zaidi from USA

    Mujtaba: Perhaps you meant the post by 'native' - he was the one who wanted the fatwa you had incorrectly accused me of typing.

    I don't hide behind a pseudonym.


  24. Asif Zaidi from USA

    Mujtaba: I didn't say to issue a fatwa against America in my post - please re-read. You are reading into my post and making conclusions. Bad,bad !!

    I do know *a bit* of Islam to know what is permissible in a Muslim state vs a non-Muslim state.

    Killing of Muslim by a Muslim is absolutely haraam and so is killing of Muslim civilians by non-Muslims is haraam (and vice-versa).

    My point (and I think I stated it clearly in original post) is the fatwa contents are not wrong (not one bit), but they don't cover a word about root causes. The document has tried to be everything to everyone and that just doesn't work.

    Maybe it will help - but if I can project from the limited information I have, I don't think it will serve anything. But thats why we have leaders - they have a certain vision and they have not made it clear why they did this. It seems to me it was out of pressure.


  25. abdul azziz from usa

    Where have these enlightened minds that speaks for all US muslims been for the past decade?


  26. Mujtaba Ali from USA

    As salamu alaikum!

    The intention of the Fiqh Council is to denounce religious extremism and terrorism where ever it is occurring. Sure, the problem in Palestine is one of the root causes of religious extremism, but that doesn't mean Muslims deviate from the Shariah! Muslims killing Muslims is a form of kufr! The bombings in Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, etc. illustrate many times Muslims killing innocent Muslims and non-Muslims. We must first criticize ourselves and become better before we tackle challenges we face as a whole. Allah does not change the condition of a people unless they change themselves. Fatwa against U.S. occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan - what do you mean Asif Zaidi? The U.S. is not a Muslim country- it will be utterly useless to issue a fatwa to a non-Muslim. Understand basic islamic terminology before typing. Understand Islam by studying Islam. If you want to change the situation of Muslims - here's one and only solution: take classes on Islam and implement Islam in your life! Are you upto it? We Muslims have become so lazy that we don't even want to learn our own religion. This laziness is turning us into ignorant and arrogant fools. Give yourself a break and learn Islam before criticizing our ulema. The Fiqh Council has done a great job in issuing this fatwa.

  27. Imam Dr. Riza M. Khalilullah from United States of America

    All terrorism must be condemned! Why is it that a bomb dropped from a fighter plane that kills innocent men, women, and children is called collateral damage and no one challenges the statement. But when a bomb made by a man too poor to have a military industrial complex to manufacture one makes his own and becomes part of the bomb he is a terrorist? Is he an Islamic Terrorist because he mentions the word Allah? What about the Christian, Jewish, or other person who mentions God in his language before he goes to kill innocent Muslims? Is he an honorable soldier because he wears a recognizable uniform? A few days ago the anniversary of the death of more than 7,500 Muslims who were murdered at Srevenica went virtually unnoticed and no fatwa was issued condemning this genocide. In all cases the person is dead unjustly.

  28. native from USA

    So, where is the fatwa against the United States military occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine (using its 51st state "Israel") --- this sounds like Uncle said jump - and these cowardly Muslim organizations jumped... soon Uncle will say - roll over and play dead - these same orgs. will do just that.

  29. Asif Zaidi from USA

    I don't disagree with the contents of the fatwa - not one bit.

    But I think this 'Fiqh' council sold out the Muslims in America (west). They didn't issue one word against the root cause of the problem and instead just issued a very politically correct statment.

    This 'fatwa' will not appease the neo-cons - they will simply see that they can push the Muslims around. Like one post said, lets wait for a fatwa from evagelical community for not targetting Muslims in Palestine !!

    Next time these 'religious' leaders rail out against the injustices of present day Arab rulers, they should look at themselves in the mirror and consider that the pressures they face are the same pressures that these pathetic Arab leaders face. These 'religious' leaders simply cannot voice the opinion of the people and just are bent on protecting their own prestige - very much like our Arab/Muslim political leaders.

    Completely disgusted with the Fiqh council. Not one word mentioned about injustice against Muslims (Palestine, Iraq, Chechnya, Kashmir)


  30. Subhi from Indonesia

    I feel America doing great job, although Muslim people die is sad. Al-Qaeda and Taliban killing more muslims than American Soldier. American soldier trying not to kill, but Muslim continue with bomb and scare American people to think innocent muslim are terrorist too. I hope terrorist knows they do more bad than good.


  31. ahmed from usa

    killing of innocent is haram, either in london or in Iraq and afghanistan. The killing of muslims at the hand of american and british soldier is same as london bombing. Why is that this kind of fiqh councils never issue fatwa against that in the limelight of media.

    THey issue fatwa that it is haram to "2. It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.", but they never issue fatwa that it is haram to cooperate with american killer army to help them kill muslims in iraq and afghanistan.

    3.28 Let not the believers take the disbelievers as Auliya (supporters, helpers, etc.) instead of the believers, and whoever does that will never be helped by Allah in any way, except if you indeed fear a danger from them. And Allah warns you against Himself (His Punishment), and to Allah is the final return. Al-Imran [3:28]

    5.57 O you who believe! Take not for Auliya (protectors and helpers) those who take your religion for a mockery and fun from among those who received the Scripture (Jews and Christians) before you, nor from among the disbelievers; and fear Allah if you indeed are true believers. Al-Ma'idah [5:57]

    and many more..

    these are just hypocrites..

    4.144 O you who believe! Take not for Auliya (protectors or helpers or friends) disbelievers instead of believers. Do you wish to offer Allah a manifest proof against yourselves?. An-Nisa [4:144]

    4.139 Those who take disbelievers for Auliya (protectors or helpers or friends) instead of believers, do they seek honor, power and glory with them? Verily, then to Allah belongs all honor, power and glory. An-Nisa [4:139]

    29.41 The likeness of those who take Auliya (protectors and helpers) other than Allah is as the likeness of a spider, who builds (for itself) a house, but verily, the frailest (weakest) of houses is the spiders house; if they but knew. Al-'Ankabut [29:41]

  32. Shehu Usman Sha from nigeria

    That is a nice step taken, but the council should know that their host AMERICA, is also a terrorist country,What fatwa will the council issue against her host.

  33. Adam Ibrahim Muhammad from nigeria


    Hope this will stop the nonsense call that the acts of wilful killings is condone by muslims. We equally awaits similar rulings by the Christian fundamentalists on Israel, Bush and his Cohorts. But will it come?

  34. Malcolm from u.s.a.

    Salam alaikum.

    The ayat you referred to, "..it would be as if he slew the whole ppl.., etc." is taken out of context. This ayat refers to the story of Cain. Murdering one for his/her ideals is as if you those that uphold the ideal. This is what the ayat is about. Stop taking ayat out of context in order to appease your neighbors. Speak the truth. Allah will reward you and you you will earn REAL respect from your neighbors. Refer, instead, to the hadith: Narrated Anas bin Malik - The Prophet (saws) said, "The biggest of Al-kabair (the great sins) are (1)to join others as partners with Allah, (2) TO MURDER A HUMAN BEING, (3) to be undutiful to one's parents and (4) to make a false statement or give false witness." Bukhari, vol. 9 hadith no. 10

    Also, the fact that the "fiqh council" is issuing this fatwa but saying nothing of America's continued brutality across the globe (and even here in American territory) is cowardly and hypocritical. If you will issue a fatwa against your brother, have the guts, or the faith in Allah, to speak out against criminal first world regimes, like the so-called democratically elected governments of the United States.

    salam alaikum

  35. Syed from US

    Ok, What about issuing a similar fatwa against illegal accupation of Muslims land, against killing civilians, and about asking Muslims to help Iraquies with what ever they can, to fight the enemy ? Do this people have the guts ? If they want Muslims to trust them they should take a balance stand, not just act like puppets.

  36. Faliku Konneh from United States

    Even though it is long overdue, the Fiqh Council of North America has finally done what it should have done long ago. What is significant about this fatwa is the fact that it is signed by some renowned and knowledgeable scholars of Islamic jurisprudence. The fact that Dr. Jamal Badawi is one of the signatories of this fatwa even lends more weight to it. Even though this fatwa will certainly not dissuade those who are bent on committing atrocities against mankind, at least it clearly defines the position of the well-meaning Muslims who are in fact in the majority. Clearly, Islam does not support extremism or terrorism as referenced in the verse quoted in the fatwa. So those who are committing these atrocities are just terrorists. Islam has got nothing to do with it. One can see that their attacks are not limited to just secular countries but also predominantly Muslim countries as well. They have struck Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Indonesia as well. And in these attacks, innocent Muslims were also killed; so how can anyone blame these acts on the peace-loving religion of Islam? It is rather unfortunate that those who are committing these acts are also Muslims, but Islam does not teach them to do what they are doing. The simple fact is: they are, first and foremost, human beings; and some human beings are just wicked by nature. This fact permeates all belief systems. I sincerely hope people will see Islam from a positive perspective instead of judging it by the acts of masterminds some of whom have been banished by their own fatherland. Assalam alaikum.

  37. H.A. from Yathrib

    There should a fatwa to arrest Bush and put him and his cronies on trial for committing crime against humanity...

  38. Jacob Galbreath from U.S.A.

    I don't find myself as a religious man, but bless you. As a citizen and a Sailor I thank you for publicly denouncing terrorism and helping support those of us that believe that ALL Americans and people should be free and at peace.