American Muslims are banned from helping U.S. soldiers deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and other “Muslim lands,” according to a shocking fatwa, or religious decree, recently issued by American-based Islamic jurists.
One of the most respected Islamic law authorities in America has decreed it is “not permissible” for even Muslims who are citizens of America to send food or other aid to American troops serving in those Muslim countries.
The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, or AMJA, ruled it is a “sin” to help the U.S. military in its multi-front war on terror. AMJA delivered the ruling through its online “fatwa bank”:
“Q: Is it permissible to participate in taking food to the American and foreign soldiers working in Muslim lands?”
“A: That would not be permissible, for that would be helping others in sin and transgression.”
Critics warn that such anti-military views by Muslim scholars have translated into homegrown violence against American soldiers.
Another American cleric, Anwar Awlaki, has decreed that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are crimes against Muslims and has warned fellow Muslim Americans not to serve in the U.S. military or support U.S. military efforts in any way. Recently, he has issued fatwas declaring U.S. troops and military bases open target for jihad.
The Fort Dix Six terrorists cited Awlaki’s sermons as a prime motivating factor in their plot to attack Army personnel based at the New Jersey post.
“He gave the fatwa,” Muslim terrorist Dritan Duka of New Jersey said of Awlaki. “Hit them (American soldiers) here” in the U.S.
In a series of e-mail exchanges, Awlaki personally counseled Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the accused Fort Hood terrorist, who railed against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars during a PowerPoint presentation to Army colleagues. He also praised a deadly 2009 attack on an Army recruiting station in Arkansas by a Muslim American.
Hasan in late 2008 and early 2009 had asked Awlaki “about killing American soldiers and officers and whether that was legitimate or not.”
In response, Awlaki gave his blessing to such attacks.
After the Fort Hood massacre, Awlaki declared Hasan a “hero” and exhorted other Muslim soldiers to “follow the footsteps of men like Nidal.” Awlaki’s sermons are recorded on CDs and sold as box sets at mosques and Islamic bookstores across America.
Another popular American Muslim cleric, Zaid Shakir, who is still preaching in America, has encouraged Muslims to attack U.S. military planes flying in and out of Fort Bragg, N.C., according to the book, “Muslim Mafia,” an expose of the radical Muslim Brotherhood and its front groups in America. Shakir is a regular speaker at Council on American-Islamic Relations events.
Terror expert Paul Sperry, author of “Infiltration” and “Muslim Mafia,” says AMJA is top-heavy with radical Muslim Brotherhood leaders posing as moderates.
He notes that many of its jurists teach Islam at the radical Saudi-funded American Open University, a fully accredited satellite campus of the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Al-Azhar University in Egypt.
One prominent AMJA jurist listed is Sheik Omar Shahin, an admitted former supporter of Osama bin Laden and the ringleader of the so-called Flying Imams who disrupted a US Airways flight in 2006.
The Muslim Brotherhood promulgates the strict Islamic code known as Shariah.
“Bringing about the enforcement of the Divine Law (Shariah) and the abolition of man-made laws cannot be achieved only through preaching,” the late Muslim Brotherhood leader Sayyid Qutb of Egypt beseeched followers in his book “Milestones.” “When obstacles and practical difficulties are put in its way, it has no recourse but to remove them by force.”
“Islam has the right to destroy all obstacles in the form of institutions and traditions. It is the duty of Islam to annihilate all such systems,” Qutb argued. “Wherever an Islamic community exists which is a concrete example of the Divinely ordained system of life, it has a God-given right to step forward and take control of the political authority so that it may establish the Divine system on earth.”
AMJA has called for reviving the call to “Shariah rule.”
“Muslims are to be ruled and governed only by the Shariah,” it says in one recent fatwa.
Critics say many of its rulings are misogynistic, oppressing women’s rights and micromanaging every aspect of their lives.
According to AMJA’s fatwas, Muslim women living in America are prohibited from:
- Growing their fingernails or using nail polish;
- Plucking their eyebrows;
- Showing their hair in public;
- Wearing jeans in public;
- Handling the Quran during menstruation, or praying in the mosque during menstruation;
- Traveling without a male escort who is a close relative;
- Resisting their husband’s sexual advances outside of the menstrual period;
- Praying in close proximity to men in the mosque or anywhere near the front of the prayer room;
- Swimming or sunbathing in a bathing suit even in a women-only area;
- Undergoing surgical contraception such as tubal ligation;
- Running for political office;
- Posting photos of themselves on Facebook or MySpace.
“Women are Satan’s snare,” AMJA says.
AMJA supports Shariah punishment including “lashing” women who have premarital sex (zina) and “stoning” those who have sex outside their marriage.
“We should emphasize here that the way out of these problems in this day and age is to judge by Shariah and to implement the Divinely ordained criminal punishments (hudood), as commanded by Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, at the hands of the rulers,” AMJA scholars agree, “for establishing one of the hadd punishments in a land is better for its people than if it were to rain every morning for 40 years.”
AMJA also says President Obama, whose father and stepfather were Muslim, was born and raised a Muslim and should return to Islam.
“We ask Allah to bring him back to his religion,” AMJA says.
Obama says he became a Christian as an adult while attending Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.