Sunday, August 17, 2003

Saudi Arabia: fatwa against terrorism

In Saudi Arabia, the Council of Senior Clerics issued a fatwa against terrorism.
'It is necessary under shariah law to severely punish those carrying out acts of sabotage and depravity, like bombings and murder and destruction of property. These are dangerous crimes and an aggression against human life and wealth,' the council said in a statement carried on the official Saudi Press Agency.

'And those who claim sabotage, bombings and murder are jihad, they are ignorant and misguided because these acts have nothing to do with jihad for the sake of God,' said the council, headed by the kingdom's highest religious authority, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz al-Sheikh.
The lede in this Arabic News article on the fatwa says the Council ... "denounced terror attacks in the Kingdom" [emphasis mine].

The Reuters article, partly excerpted above, seems to say that the fatwa denounces all terrorism ... and I could just be reading the lede in Arab News too closely.

The Arab News article also says that the Council "... declared its support for the actions being taken by the state to track down terrorists in an effort to shield the country from their actions."

I'll keep looking for a full-text translation of the fatwa. The articles I've read so far aren't satisfying. If anybody comes across the full-text of the fatwa ... OR an explanation of how this fatwa affects the whole doctrine of jihad, please send it my way and I'll post it here.