Sunday, May 4, 2008

Muslim Clerics to condemn Suicide attacks (against other Muslims)

Muslim clerics to condemn suicide attacks! (Against fellow Muslims, that is)

From our friends at

We have seen this before. Qur'an 4:92 forbids a Muslim to kill another Muslim intentionally, and there have even been demonstrations in various majority-Muslim countries against Al-Qaeda when the jihadists have the temerity to kill other Muslims, knowingly or inadvertently. But glaringly lacking here yet again is any declaration that shedding the blood of non-Muslims is prohibited.

This might smooth things over for awhile between Sunnis and Shia in Iraq, but it does absolutely nothing about the larger global jihad.

"Minister: Muslim decree to condemn bombings," by Gregg Zoroya for USA Today (thanks to Ed at Hot Air):

WASHINGTON — High-ranking Shiite and Sunni leaders are preparing to issue a religious decree condemning suicide bombings and other forms of violence, according to an Anglican minister who has led efforts to bring the two Muslim sects closer.
The draft decree, also called a fatwa, cites Quranic verses and says, "The prophet Mohammed prevents the spilling of blood, Muslim against Muslim, and thus suicide bombings are totally prohibited," said the Rev. Canon Andrew White during a dinner Monday with Pentagon officials. The draft calls on Iraqis "to reject and forsake all violence, forsake all killing and provocation," White said.

"What is new is that this will be a fatwa from Shiite and Sunni," White said in an interview. "It's not going to solve all of our problems, but it's the beginning of the process towards the reduction of violence." [...]

Shiite and Sunni leaders negotiated the fatwa over several months in Cairo and Denmark, White said. Those leaders included representatives of Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and al-Sadr. [...]

Four years of Pentagon financial support made the fatwa possible, White said.

The Pentagon paid for the meetings in various locations, spokesman Bryan Whitman said. He said White "believes he is very close to getting Sunni and (Shiite) religious leaders to sign on to this fatwa. It has the potential to be very positive." Monday, Jerry Jones, a special assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, called the draft fatwa a "tour de force."...

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