The Sheikh and the Fatwa – Partners in Terror
Ahmed Yassin is the founder of Hamas, the Palestinian social movement, political
party and terrorist organization responsible for bomb attacks and suicide
bombings that have killed hundreds of Israelis.
1989, during the first Palestinian Intifada, Hamas kidnapped and killed two
military wing of Hamas is known as Izzedine
al-Quassam. Sheikh Yassin claims he has nothing to do with Izzedine
al-Quassam, but within Hamas the line between "social" and
"military" is very fuzzy. Economic support is funneled through Hamas
to the family of every "martyr" who dies in an attack on
us divert for a moment to discuss exactly what a Fatwa is, and what it means
when a Muslim cleric issues one.
is based on two writings, the Qur'an, revealed by Allah to Mohammad during the
7th century, and the Sunnah, which records the Prophet's life. Taken together,
the Qur'an and Sunnah form the basis for Islamic jurisprudence, very much like
our Constitution forms the basis for our secular laws.
Shari'ah, which is analogous to codified law in Western society, consists of the
Qur'an, the Sunnah, and a constantly evolving collection of Fatwas or rulings
that deal with every aspect of Islamic life from ideology to practical daily
matters. Throughout Islamic history, Imams and Mullahs have issued Fatwas, which
have the force of law among Muslims, similar to a ruling by a Western court. As
in the West, these rulings can be confirmed or overturned by a higher authority,
by issuing a Fiqh.
is the gist of why the Osama bin Laden tape that was released to the world on
this is also why Palestinian mothers so willingly sacrifice their sons. Not only
do they receive between $25,000 and $50,000 funneled through Hamas, they have
been told with absolute authority that by taking this action, a suicide bomber
is guaranteed an exalted position in
in this case, they get both.
element that determines the "strength" or ultimate authority of a
Fatwa, is who issues it. Bin Laden has established serious credibility in the
Muslim world since 9/11. Several other militant Sheikhs share his exalted plane,
including Sheikh Omar
Abdul Rahman (the blind Egyptian cleric convicted in the first World Trade
Center bombing who still manages to get his Fatwas into the hands of militant
Muslims), and Sheikh
Ahmed Yassin, the subject of this article.
summarize, what we have is a highly respected Muslim cleric on live, worldwide
television, issuing a Fatwa directing all Muslims to kill Americans wherever
they be found, if
is not idle talk, saber-rattling rhetoric. This is a serious threat to every
individual American citizen. This is a threat every bit as real as that posed by
a terrorist strolling down Broadway in
Bush said it best when, shortly after 9/11 he said: "If you are not with
us, you are with them."
Yassin called for your death, for my death, for our family's deaths. It doesn't
take a brain surgeon to figure out how to prevent this from happening. I trust
the Bush administration understands this clearly, and that it knows what to do
further information on how Islam functions in the modern world, see
the DefenseWatch articles "War
and Religion - Islam's Embrace of Violence," Dec. 5, 2001; "Battle
Still Raging for Islamic World Support," Dec. 26, 2001; "Violence
and Terror - Fundamental to all Islam," March 20, 2002; "Bid
the Little Ones Come Unto Me - Forbid them Not," Apr. 3, 2002; "Yemeni
Group Typifies Terrorist 'Cooperative'," Oct. 16, 2002, and "Did
Bin Laden Motivate the D.C. Serial Shooter?"