Ulema Highlight Need To Support Jihad In Syria, Palestine
26 August 2013
By Khalid Amayreh
Muslim scholars on Friday highlighted the plight of
the Syrian people, urging able Muslims all over the
world to hasten to the aid of their brethren in Syria
who are battling the heretical, anti-Islam regime of
Scholars also urged Friday congregations to help the
Palestinian people withstand Israeli persecution and
A large conference attended by dozens of religious
scholars took place in Cairo Friday, 14 June, where
leading scholars issued a call for jihad against
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his allies,
condemning the conflict as a "war on Islam."
As many as a hundred thousand Syrians, mostly
civilians, have died in two and a half years of
fighting between mostly Sunni rebels and Alawite
government forces, hell-bent on keeping Assad's
dynasty in power.
Influential Muslim scholar Yousef El-Qaradawy, head of
the Association of Muslim Scholars, attended the
He said the chief aim of the Assad regime and his
allies was to eradicate Islam in Syria.
"This is a Godless regime whose aim is to eradicate
Islam in Syria. It is the religious duty of each and
every Muslim to hasten to the aid of the Syrian
people, each according to his or her ability."
Another scholar, Sheikh Muhammed Arifi of Saudi
Arabia, warned Muslim rulers against taking the matter
He warned the kings and princes of Gulf and other Arab
and Muslim states that they would be next to be
massacred and finished if they didn't move now to face
and repulse the onslaught of Iranian Safavids.
"Their goal is to massacre us, to destroy our mosques,
and create a pagan Shiite empire to replace the Muslim
Arifi, who delivered the Jumaa sermon before thousands
of worshipers in Cairo, said the matter was one of
life or death for Sunni Muslims. He quoted heavily
from the Holy Quran reminding the huge congregation of
their religious obligations.
"These polytheists are trying to replace monotheism
with polytheism. They want to silence the call for the
one and only God with the call of saints and mini-gods
and imams. We must not allow this to happen."
One Syrian freedom fighter who attended the conference
shouted "We don't need money, we don't need men, we
don't need food, we don't need humanitarian
assistance: We only need weapons."
Earlier, Sheikh Muhammed Hassan read a statement
urging all able-bodied Muslims to travel to Syria for
Jihad against the atheistic regime in Damascus.
He pointed out that the Syrian regime and its Shiite
allies were more hostile to Islam than Islam's other
He also revealed that thousands of Mujahideen or
Muslim warriors were already fighting the Alawite
regime and his Iranian and Hezbullah allies.
Sheikh Hassan is one of the most prominent Salafist
clerics in Egypt.
In Jerusalem, the Jumaa preacher condemned the Shiite
onslaught against Islam in Syria.
He called President Bashar El Assad a criminal tyrant,
an enemy of Allah and Islam, adding that all
Palestinians were decidedly behind the Syrian
The speaker called all those supporting "the Hulago"
of Damascus as "traitors to Islam and Muslims." Under
Hulago's leadership, the Mongols destroyed the
greatest center of Islamic power, Baghdad, in 1258,
ending the Abbasid caliphate.
He warned that the Muslim Middle East was facing a
Safavid onslaught aimed at destroying Islam.
Safavis (Safawis in Arabic) are thought to be a
Persian aberration of original Shiism. Savavis ascribe
to the Shiite imam God-like attributes and characters.
For example, they believe that Imam Ali is the one who
decides who goes to paradise and who goes to hell. He
also controls the movement of earth, mountains, winds
and causes the rain to fall down on earth. They also
believe that an imam of the 12 imams is greater than
angels and prophets. Alawites, an offshoot of Shiism,
believe that Ali is God incarnate. In 1977, Imam Mousa
al Sadr issued a Fetwa or edict considering Alawites
bona fide Shiites despite their brazen
Sunni Muslims vehemently reject the deification of
human beings including prophets and saints, viewing
this as polytheism and blaspheme.
Observers notice the internecine war in Syria has been
assuming an increasingly sectarian nature especially
after the direct heavy intervention by the Lebanese
Shiite militia, Hezbullah.
Sunni leaders in the region viewed Hezbullah's
intervention as a game-changer. Hezbullah claims the
survival of President Assad guarantees the survival of
the Shiite militia whose lifeline from Tehran passes
The Lebanese militia infuriated Sunni Muslims earlier
this month when its fighters raised a Shiite flag on
the top of a Sunni Mosque at the bombed out al-Qusayr.
Khalid Amayreh is an American-educated
journalist based in the occupied Palestinian