Saudi religious authority forbids 'jihad' in Syria

Al-Akhbar is currently going through a transitional phase whereby the English website is available for Archival purposes only. All new content will be published in Arabic on the main website (

Al-Akhbar Management

Published Thursday, June 7, 2012

A member of Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority prohibited on Thursday any acts of jihad in Syria.

Sheikh Ali al-Hikmi of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars issued a fatwa forbidding jihad after calls for such action have increased in recent months.

Al-Hikmi warned, in a statement to the Saudi daily Alsharq, against the calls for jihad in Syria on online social networks, adding that different methods can be used to support Syrian people.

“The Syrian people are facing injustice, persecution and the force of an arrogant and haughty regime, and needs our prayers and help in every possible way,” the Saudi sheikh said to the daily.

Al-Hikmi explained that the act of jihad fell under the authority of the guardian – a reference to Saudi authorities – and any such act, which was not approved by the guardian, is a form of disobedience and should be prohibited.

“The support for the Syrian people should be in harmony with the country's policy,” the scholar added.

“Everything is linked to a system and to the country's policies and no person should be allowed to disobey the guardian and call for jihad.”

The Saudi sheikh said that unapproved jihad would embarrass the country, adding that “there should be a coordination with the government, regarding organized support, because the government is fulfilling its duties towards the Syrian people.”

Sunni scholars commended the kingdom's supportive stance of the Syrian uprising in all international bodies and its continuous call for arming of the opposition and backing of the Free Syrian Army, despite its fractured state.

Another council member, Sheikh Abdullah al-Motlaq, said that “the Free Syrian Army is in charge of fighting and jihad in Syria and should be supported.”

While the Saudi Council of Senior Scholar has been outspoken in its support of the Syrian uprising, it has forbidden any forms of dissent in Saudi Arabia, also a repressive dictatorship.

Early last year, the council issued a fatwa, forbidding any form of protests or petitions for reforms in the oil-rich kingdom, fearing a similar uprising inspired by the Arab Spring.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)


sleeping under the king bed ! and releasing fatawa this joke sheyh
saudi scholars you cant image today muslims condition you are away from muslim ummah. have you aver feel hunger? your people having food in king table you getting millions as salary then how you feel others

These Islamic scholars must think we muslims are stupid. Where are all there fatwas when AL aqsa comes under attack and gaza is bombed???????????

syria need us,shias are main culprits behind this turmoil....syria need our full soppport..

Bismillaahi-r-RaHmaani-r-RaHiim, was Salaatu was salaamu `alaa rasulillaah wa `alaa 'aalihi wa 'SaHbihi 'ajma`iin:

"And that He might make evident those who are hypocrites. For it was said to them, "Come, fight in the way of Allah or [at least] defend." They said, "If we had known [there would be] fighting, we would have followed you." They were nearer to disbelief that day than to faith, saying with their mouths what was not in their hearts. And Allah is most Knowing of what they conceal -" Qur'an 3:167

With all due to respect to the Saudi shaykh, he is incorrect. Helping the Syrian people morally, financially, and with du`aa' is obligatory for all Muslims. Going for jihad in Syria is permissible and may even be obligatory. This is because Assad's forces have shelled masjids, killed unarmed civilians in cold blood (without a proper trial), beat people and forced them to say "There is no God but Bashar." (enforced shirk/takfeer), and innumerable other crimes. It is the consensus of scholars that Alawis are not Muslim because they believe in a trinity of Muhammd(S), Ali(R), and Salman al-Farisi(R), do not offer Salaah, and forbid their soldiers from praying, among many other things. After numerous massacres such as at Houla, you have documented video evidence of people crying out "Where are you, oh Muslims?", "Where are you, oh Arabs?" Are people deaf? Or has Allah(SWT) placed a seal upon their hearing as mentioned in surat baqarah?

"And what is [the matter] with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and [for] the oppressed among men, women, and children who say, "Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people and appoint for us from Yourself a protector and appoint for us from Yourself a helper?" - Qur'an 4:75

This is not the year 2010, where everything is peaceful and we may sit around and debate the merits of intervention. Here is an example (Duriba mathalun), when a 60 year old man is overweight with diabetes, we may cajole and try to convince him to go to the doctor for a checkup. When the same man has a heart attack and his life is in immediate danger, we act and take him to the hospital whether he wants to go or not. People in Syria are in immediate and grave danger. This is an emergency. They are being shelled, shot, and knifed as I'm typing this. And if someone's heart is not moved by this, then let him be wary of nifaaq (hypocrisy) and the hellfire.

For someone to go to Syria to fight, at least these conditions must be met (there may be more, such as the issue of sick/elderly parents, consult a scholar). The individual:
0. Has a basic understanding and practice of deen.
1. Most importantly, has permission from the authority, the Free Syrian Army, to fight. He must understand it is not his country. He does not know the geography, the culture, the people, as locals do. He must follow the commands of his superiors, unless he is given authority by them. It is not acceptable to form his own vigilante group and randomly attack. Out of ignorance, he may do more harm than good. If they refuse him to come, he must respect that decision.
"O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result." - Qur'an 4:59
2. Is able to communicate with Syrians.
3. Is physically fit and has the required skills for his chosen job.
4. Understands the Islamic Hukm of warfare. Among them are the protection of civilians, monks, elderly, women (noncombatants), children, cattle, and natural resources.
"And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed] except by [legal] right." Qur'an 6:151
5. Targets only the criminals. It is not allowed attack 3rd parties who are neutral such as Christians or some Kurds. As Allah(SWT) mentions,
"Except for those who take refuge with a people between yourselves and whom is a treaty or those who come to you, their hearts strained at [the prospect of] fighting you or fighting their own people. And if Allah had willed, He could have given them power over you, and they would have fought you. So if they remove themselves from you and do not fight you and offer you peace, then Allah has not made for you a cause [for fighting] against them." - Qur'an 4:90
6. Does not engage in suicide bombing, for indeed it is a cowardly act (on the part of the ones ordering it) and haraam. A mujaahid does not sit in a basement plotting for 6 months, and then blow himself up killing random people in a area that is not a theater of conflict. A mujaahid meets the enemy (Assad's soldeirs/shabiha) on the battlefield and does not turn his back.
"O you who have believed, do not consume one another's wealth unjustly but only [in lawful] business by mutual consent. And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful." Qur'an 4:29
"O you who have believed, when you meet those who disbelieve advancing [for battle], do not turn to them your backs [in flight]. And whoever turns his back to them on such a day, unless swerving [as a strategy] for war or joining [another] company, has certainly returned with anger [upon him] from Allah , and his refuge is Hell - and wretched is the destination." Qur'an 8:15-16

If anything I have said is good, it is from Allah(SWT), and if anything I have said is wrong, it is from myself. Astaghfirullaaha lii wa lakum, fastaghfiruuhu innahu huwal ghafuurur rahiim.

Allaahumma Ya Rashiid, guide us to the straight path. Ameen.
Allaahumma-nsuril mujaahidiina fii sabiilik. Ameen.

The Saudi cleric is forbidding jihad in Syria because he knows his regime will be the next target for the Islamic fanatics.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd><img><h1><h2><h3><h4><h5><h6><blockquote><span><aside>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

^ Back to Top