Suicide Bombings and Martyrdom

in Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195174304
Published online November 2007 |
Suicide Bombings and Martyrdom

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This fatwa (July 24, 2003) was issued by Shaykh Yusuf Qaradawi, an Egyptian born clergyman who currently resides in Qatar. Unlike Ayatollah Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah, who ruled out the killing of civilians on the basis of Islams doctrine of individual rather than collective responsibility, Qaradawi permits this in Israel and the occupied territories on grounds that Israeli civilians serve in the army or reserves for long periods and that Israel is a colonial settler state. Children are killed only inadvertently. Finally, Qaradawi contrasts suicide for private motives, which Islam forbids, with suicide committed commendably by those who are pursuing a just cause for the sake of God and against colonialist policies.

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