September 29, 2005
A Fatwa According to the Madhhab of Imam Shafi’e by the Oxford-based Malaysian jurist, Shaykh Muhammad Afifi Al-Akiti
This fatwa was written in response to the strife and troubles afflicting the Community of Muslims, and humanity at large, in our age, day in and day out. Stress and confusion have been created by Muslims who, intentionally or not, have misinterpreted the legal discussions on warfare in Islamic Law. They set them outside their proper contexts and abuse them, turning them into justifications for their hate-inspired crimes.
The key Islamic concepts and rules pertaining to the conduct of war and its jurisprudence, its arena and boundaries, and the subject of suicide bombings and the reckless targeting of civilians have probably never been presented in English with such depth, clarity of thought, and breadth of scholarship in Muslim Law.
Clear, concise, authoritative.
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Title: Defending the Transgressed By Censuring the Reckless Against the Killing of Civilians
Author: Shaykh Muhammad Afifi Al-Akiti, with an Introduction by Shaykh Gibril Haddad
September 2, 2005
Terror paralyses the senses and numbs the intellect. The reflexes of the body cringe and the intellect races to understand. Like disease, terror is a state of chaos. Like health, peace is vibrant order.
— Conference of the Books: The Search For Beauty in Islam, Khaled Abou El Fadl