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On the Political Utility of Using Armed Violence

Mahdi Shams Al-Din Shaikh Muhammad

in Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195174304
Published online November 2007 |
On the Political Utility of Using Armed Violence

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Born in Najaf where his Lebanese father was pursuing religious studies, Muhammad Mahdi followed a course of studies at Najaf and from 1961 to 1969 worked as a representative of Ayatullah Muhsin al-Hakim in the central Euphrates region. He returned to Lebanon in 1969 to aid Imam Musa al-Sadr, leader of the Shiite community, in founding the Supreme Islamic Shiite Committee. As the first deputy to Imam al-Sadr, he became the de facto head of the institution when the Imam disappeared while on a visit to Libya in 1978. In 1983 Shams al-Din began the comprehensive civil resistance against the Israelis in southern Lebanon. A proponent of dialogue and renovation, he established schools, institutes, orphanages, and an Islamic university.

This selection is taken from the year-end supplement of the Beirut newspaper al-Safir in December 2001; the paper itself took it from another source that carried the Shaykhs interview with a journalist the previous year. In this selection, Shams al-Din counsels against a resort to violence not only because it has failed to achieve any victory for Islam or the Islamic Project, in whole or in part, but because it has brought great harm to the Islamic Project.

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