Introduction by Gibril F Haddad
In the Name of God, the All-Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Gentle reader, Peace upon those who follow right guidance!
I am honored to present the following fatwa or "response by a qualified
Muslim Scholar" against the killing of civilians by the Oxford-based
Malaysian jurist of the Shafi`i School and my inestimable teacher,
Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti, titled "Defending the Transgressed by
Censuring the Reckless against the Killing of Civilians."
The Shaykh authored it in a few days, after I asked him to offer some
guidance on the issue of targeting civilians and civilian centers by
suicide bombing in response to a pseudo-fatwa by a deviant UK-based
group which advocates such crimes.
Upon reading Shaykh Afifi's fatwa do not be surprised to find that you
have probably never before seen such clarity of thought and expression
together with breadth of knowledge of Islamic Law applied (by a non-
native speaker) to define key Islamic concepts pertaining to the
conduct of war and its jurisprudence, its arena and boundaries, suicide
bombing, the reckless targeting of civilians, and more.
May it bode the best start to true education on the impeccable position
of Islam squarely against terrorism in anticipation of the day all its
culprits are brought to justice.
Dear Muslim reader, as-Salamu `alaykum wa-rahmatullah:
Read this luminous Fatwa by Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti carefully and
learn it. Distribute it, publicize it, and teach it. Perhaps we will be
counted among those who do something to redress wrong, not only with our
hearts as we always do, but also with our tongues, in the fashion of the
inspired teachers and preachers of truth.
I have tried to strike the keynote of this Fatwa in a few lines of free
verse, mostly to express my thanks to our Teacher but also to seize the
opportunity of such a long-expected response to remind myself of the
reasons why I embraced Islam in the first place.
A TAQRIZ – HUMBLE COMMENDATION:
Praise to God Whose Law shines brighter than the sun!
Blessings and peace on him who leads to the abode of peace!
Truth restores honor to the Religion of goodness.