July 26, 2007 Special Dispatch No. 1668

Debate in Salafi Islam over Jihad Against "Heretical" Arab Regimes

July 26, 2007
Special Dispatch No. 1668

On July 16, 2007, Sheikh Abu Basir Al-Tartusi[1] responded on his website ( to a claim made by Sheikh Hamed Al-Ali[2] on his own website ( that jihad against the Arab regimes is doomed to failure while jihad against foreign forces occupying Muslim lands is destined to succeed. Tartusi warned that this claim could be exploited by various elements to discourage the Muslims from launching jihad against the regimes that oppress them. He added that Islam commands the Muslims to wage jihad against any Muslim leader who has "become completely heretical," and that disobeying this command can only bring greater oppression and suffering to the Muslims. ...

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