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August 13, 2006

Surprise: Islam Permits Destroying……

Filed under: Global Jihad, Islam, Terror — limewoody @ 8:37 pm

Syrian Cleric Influential in the U.S. on Hizbullah Al-Manar TV: Islamic Law
Permits Destroying U.S, Israeli Facilities and Interests Worldwide

On August 8, 2006, Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV aired an interview with Syrian
cleric Muhammad Said Ramadhan Al-Bouti. In the interview, Al-Bouti stated
that Islamic law allows for the destruction of U.S. and Israeli facilities
and interests throughout the world, as long as “innocent people are not
killed in the process.”


In a previous appearance, on Syrian TV on November 11, 2005, Al-Bouti
claimed that President George W. Bush’s grandfather had written a book about
the life of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, “published in 1831, [in which] he
says: ‘As long as the Muslims’ empire is not destroyed, God will not allow
the return of the Jews to the homes of their fathers and forefathers.’ This
book exists.”


Sheikh Al-Bouti has many followers in the West, particularly in the U.S.,
who often seek his advice via the “Fatawa” page of his multilingual website

On this page, Al-Bouti answers questions from his followers on topics
ranging from the Islamic permissibility of U.S. 401K pension plans and
advice to young Muslims vacationing in the U.S., through family relations,
to jihad. Some notable questions from individuals in the U.S. have concerned
issues such as why American Muslims should not join the U.S. Army; how a
Syrian living in the U.S. can convert his friends to Islam; and what
protocol Muslim women in the U.S. should follow in wearing the hijab.

On the topic of jihad, Sheikh Al-Bouti has answered questions regarding
jihad against the Jews, the return of the Caliphate, donating funds to
support jihad, and boycotting U.S.-made products. He has also answered
questions on what Islam says about the People of the Book (i.e. Jews and
Christians, to whom Al-Bouti refers as “infidels”), and on whether Osama bin
Laden is “good or bad.”

According to his website, , Sheikh Al-Bouti
has been on the Faculty of Religion at Al-Azhar University in Cairo; Dean of
Religion and head of the Department of Tenets and Religion at Damascus
University, Syria; a member of the Royal Society of Islamic Civilization
Research in Amman, Jordan; a member of the High Council of the Oxford
Academy in the U.K.; and a frequent participant in conferences and
symposiums throughout the world,(2) including in Europe and the U.S. – in
addition to authoring over 40 books.

The following are excerpts from Al-Bouti’s August 8, 2006 interview on
Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV and, following that, excerpts from his statements on
Syrian TV on November 11, 2005.
Sheikh Al-Bouti on Al-Manar, August 6, 2006

Muhammad Said Ramadhan Al-Bouti: “As you know, the enemy in this war appears
to be Israel, but, as everyone knows, the fighting enemy is actually
America. Israel is merely the claw of America in this war. People who cannot
stand with their fighting brothers can still fight. They can carry out other


“Israel is now in the throes of death, due to the grip that has tightened
around its neck. I used to be one of those who did not support acts that can
be characterized as adventurous, like destroying American targets, blowing
them up. But now… yesterday I was thinking about this and I looked up what
the jurisprudents had to say in this matter. I hold that people who cannot
stand with the Islamic resistance, but can carry out, in their countries and
in other places, actions that would in some way paralyze this enemy – they
should indeed paralyze the enemies’ interests, and destroy their facilities
wherever they may be, but on condition that they do not confuse things. In
other words, innocent lives should not be lost, the action should be
carefully planned, and should be limited to the people who are hostile to
us. So, you are calling for a passive boycott, for example? Economic boycott
is one option. This can be done by all Arab and Islamic countries. In
addition, if I were asked
about destroying the facilities and interests of the enemies – America and
Israel – in the various countries… Does the religious law allow us to do
this? Yes, as long as innocent people are not killed in the process.”
Sheikh Al-Bouti on Syrian TV, November 11, 2005

Al-Bouti: “America should put itself on trial today, and it should punish
itself severely for the numerous crimes against humanity it is committing.
If we were to assume that the American president has developed today, with
the killing of Al-Hariri, human feelings and a zeal for justice – this would
be good tidings. This would be good tidings indeed, because then we’d know
the American president would prosecute himself. He would put himself on
trial, and would punish himself severely for the series of crime that he is
committing against innocent and peaceful people. But is this really the


“America has always viewed the entire world through one kind of eyeglasses –
that of American interests. If it was allowed to squeeze all the interests
of the world into a single cup and drink it in order to get drunk – it would
do so.”


“[The U.S. says] Syria should declare its support of the American occupation
in Iraq. This is well known. Syria is expected to expel the Palestinians,
who are only legitimately defending their rights. It is expected to expel


“Syria is not doing this. So there must be another means to achieve this:
Killing Al-Hariri and then arousing the need for an investigation in the
required American way.”


“Bush the grandfather – I’m not talking about the father, but about the
grandfather of the current American president – wrote a book about the life
of the Prophet Muhammad. In this book, which was published in 1831, he says:
‘As long as the Muslims’ empire is not destroyed, God will not allow the
return of the Jews to the homes of their fathers and forefathers.’ This book
exists. ‘As long as the Muslims’ empire is not destroyed, God will not allow
the return of the Jews to the homes of their fathers and forefathers.’ All
these countries you see around you – according to their secret and public
claims – are the homes of their fathers and forefathers.”
(1) is hosted in Bedford, Texas by CIHS
(2) See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 822, “Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi and Other
Islamic Scholars Debate Suicide Operations in a Counter-Terrorism Conference
Held in Sharm Al-Sheikh,” August 22, 2005, , in which Sheikh Yousuf
Al-Qaradhawi refers to statements made by Al-Bouti about the legitimacy of
defense in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is an independent,
non-profit organization that translates and analyzes the media of the Middle
East. Copies of articles and documents cited, as well as background
information, are available on request.

MEMRI holds copyrights on all translations. Materials may only be used with
proper attribution.


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