In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Saudi Cleric Sheikh Mamdouh Al-Harbi said that "the concept of terrorism is a blessed one" and that it is "required by the Shari'a." He further said that the only meaning of Jihad is fighting the infidels, stressing that the term "Jihad," which "lies in the magnificent Quran" "does not apply to anything other than fighting." In the video, which was posted on May 22, 2015, Al-Harbi warned that killing children, women, or monks under the pretext of a so-called "martyrdom operation" was "a transgression."
Mamdouh Al-Harbi: "The enemies of Islam are trying to distort some (Islamic) concepts, and to rearrange them in the minds of new generations. The concept that we are going to discuss today is 'terrorism.' The truth is that the concept of terrorism is a blessed one. This concept is required by the shari'a. You may be surprised, but the word 'terrorism' is desired by Allah and the Prophet Muhammad, because Allah said: 'Prepare for them whatever force and steeds of war you can, to strike terror in the hearts of the enemies of Allah and of your own.' Therefore, the concept of terrorism is required. These (enemies) are trying to distort these concepts. So anyone who wants to implement the shari'a, and to confront the infidels in accordance with the shari'a, is accused of being a terrorist, even though terrorism is required by our shari'a.
"The only meaning of the phrase 'Jihad for the sake of Allah' is fighting the infidels in order to make the word of Allah reign supreme. It does not apply to anything other than fighting. The term 'Jihad for the sake of Allah' applies only to fighting the infidels.
"The infidels and the hypocrites who infiltrate the ranks of the Muslims always think that the danger lies with the new generations of Muslims, who are calling for Jihad for the sake of Allah. These ignorant infidels and their treacherous hypocritical lackeys do not know that the danger lies in this magnificent Quran. What they still have not understood is that through this magnificent Quran, Allah reinvigorates the heart. One faithful Muslim generation after the other is raised on the love of Jihad for the sake of Allah. The danger lies in this magnificent Quran, and in the dozens of clear and powerful verses that call for Jihad for the sake of Allah. One Muslims generation after the other is raised upon these verses. What is amazing is that you find that each generation is tougher and fiercer than the previous generation, for a purpose known to Allah.
"Allah said: 'Fight for the sake of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress, for Allah does not like transgressors.' 'Do not transgress' means that you should not kill children, women, or monks, under the pretext that they are being used as human shields, or under the pretext that these are so-called 'martyrdom operations' - which I consider to be 'suicide operations.' Driving a car loaded with a quarter of a ton of TNT into a safe place with peaceful people, and detonating the car, under the pretext that these people are considered 'human shields,' is forbidden."