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Who is Sayed Imam Abdulaziz al-Sharif?

Reader comment on item: How to End Terrorism:

Submitted by Coyote_Ugly (Canada), Mar 3, 2008 at 19:48

I would be interested in hearing what Dr Pipes has to say about the role that Dr Fadi is now playing in our fight against terrorism.

It seems that in many ways this man is as fundamentalist as any in Islam, but would not this be the Islamic theolgy needed to end terrorism.

Or is this just another example of someone taking the soft road tothe Islamification of the globe?


Dr. Fadl reiterates that before practicing jihad (as with performing any other religious duty), certain prerequisites have to be met:

- The jihadist must be not only physically capable, but also financially capable. It is impermissible to practice jihad if the jihadi cannot provide for his dependents while performing this duty.
- The parents' permission must be obtained by minors. God does not accept jihad without parental consent.
- The lives and property of Muslims must be preserved.
- Jihad against the leaders of Muslim countries is not acceptable.
- It is forbidden to harm foreigners and tourists in Muslim countries.
- It is treachery to kill people in a non-Muslim country after entering that country with its government's permission (i.e., a legal visa).
- Single individuals should not try to conduct jihad by themselves.
- Using fraudulent means to fund jihad is a sin punishable by Islam.

Dr. Fadl also retreats from his takfiri ideology, citing the many constraints that should be considered before designating an individual as an infidel.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Yes, this appears to be part of the general Islamist trend away from violence toward working within the system.

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