Following are excerpts from an interview with leading Sunni Islamic scholar Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, which aired on the Al-Jazeera network on April 7, 2013:
Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: The Jihad in Syria is now a personal duty incumbent upon all Muslims. This Jihad is no longer a collective duty. There is a type of Jihad that constitutes a collective duty, which, if waged by some, is not incumbent upon the others. On the other hand, there is a type of Jihad in which everybody must participate – each according to his capabilities. The Jihad in Syria is a duty incumbent upon the entire people. There is a group that has been fighting for two years and has just entered the third, and whoever is capable must help this group. Parental consent is not required in this case.