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The Bombing is a Great Victory for Al-Qa'ida
MEMRI ^ | 7/12/05

Posted on 07/12/2005 12:22:14 AM PDT by dervish

Director of London's Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical Studies Hani Sibai:

There are No "Civilians" in Islamic Law;The Bombing is a Great Victory for Al-Qa'ida, Which "Rubbed the Noses of the World's 8 Most Powerful Countries in the Mud"

The following are excerpts from interviews with the director of the Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical Studies, Dr. Hani Al-Siba'i. The first aired on Al-Jazeera TV on July 8, 2005; in it, Al-Siba'i discussed the London bombings. (To view this clip, visit ) It is followed by an interview he gave on AMB TV which aired on February 22, 2005. (To view this clip, visit

(Editor's note: Ellipses in text represent a pause in speech.)

The London Bombings

Al-Siba'i: "I think that British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a grave error when he spoke before the investigation and claimed that the perpetrators of these acts were acting in the name of Islam. I think that he will pay the price for this grave error in the future. No possibility should be ruled out. We do not rule out the possibility that it was done by the intelligence agency of another Western country hostile to Britain. We do not rule out countries... or some Zionist Americans who wanted to overshadow the G-8 summit. But at the same time, we do not rule out the Al-Qa'ida organization. It's been claimed that Al-Qa'ida died in Afghanistan, and was buried in the caves there. And behold: it was resurrected after the American occupation of Iraq. Moreover, Al-Qa'ida controls the war agenda in Iraq. It is the Al-Qa'ida organization in the Land of the Two Rivers [Iraq], headed by Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi, that imposes its policies, to the extent that the Egyptian government was forced to... It was forced to recall [its ambassador], and other countries are afraid to send ambassadors there."

Host: "He was not an ambassador, but rather a representative that was murdered, and then Egypt lowered its level of representation."

Al-Siba'i: "He previously worked in the so-called 'Israel.' What I want to ask is: can this organization do this? Is it conceivable that it did it? Yes, it is. Why? In the year... We must not forget that on April 15, 2004, Sheik Osama bin Laden released a taped message, in which he said... He gave... He reached out for reconciliation..."

Host: "Just to recall, you are referring to the Madrid incidents, in which some 190 people were killed."

Al-Siba'i: "After the Madrid incidents, he addressed the Western and European nations. Obviously, he didn't address the leaders whom he does not recognize. He talked to the Western nations about reconciliation..."

Host: "Excuse me. He gave them three or four months. But, forgive me, targeting civilians... You, as a Muslim and as the director of a center for Islamic history... Is targeting wretched civilians considered brave or manly?"

Al-Siba'i: "I think... The man [bin Laden] addressed these peoples so that they would pressure their governments. He told them: We did not attack you. You have been attacking us for more than two centuries, and your campaign continues. He said to them simply: Withdraw your soldiers from the Arabian Peninsula, withdraw from Afghanistan and Palestine..."

Host: "Excuse me, Is Sheik Osama bin Laden a religious scholar, who issues fatwas, or is he the head of Al-Qa'ida?"

Al-Siba'i: "First of all, he is one of this [Islamic] nation. Allah... We have no clergy, or a pope, or anything like this. Anyone can carry out his religious duty, even if he is by himself."

Host: "Mr. Hani, issuing fatwas is done by religious scholars."

Al-Siba'i: "He has a Shura council, he has religious scholars... He wanted to debate with other scholars, but they refused. He asked to discuss matters with them, but they refused."

Host: "The question, in short, is whether the religious scholars... Sir, the religious law assembly in Mecca at the end of last month issued a fatwa forbidding the killing of civilians. Should we follow it or Osama bin Laden?"

Al-Siba'i: "These assemblies resemble the assemblies of the Church. These assemblies forbid young people from going to Iraq to fight the Jihad. These assemblies... The Higher Religious Authority [in Saudi Arabia] are the ones who allowed the presence of Crusader forces in the Land of the Two Holy Places (Saudi Arabia). These assemblies..."

Host: "Mr. Hani, make no mistake. The same assembly ruled that Jihad in Iraq is allowed against soldiers. Even Sheik Osama [sic.] Al-Makdisi, Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi's mentor... Okay. Abu Hani, okay... He asked Al-Zarqawi not to kill civilians and to attack only the Americans... I mean, only soldiers..."

Al-Siba'i: "The term 'civilians' does not exist in Islamic religious law. Dr. Karmi is sitting here, and I am sitting here, and I'm familiar with religious law. There is no such term as 'civilians' in the modern Western sense. People are either of Dar Al-Harb or not.

"These institutes, like the Islamic Association [of Britain], represent white-collar people, the effendis, people with 'prestige.' They only represent their own interests and do not mix in society. They don't know... Ask other Muslims... People see them only on their TV screens. They don't participate in the demonstrations for the poor. They are not interested in people's problems. We invite them, and they don't show up."

Host: "The Muslim Association of Britain represents 400 Islamic organizations..."

Al-Siba'i: "These are all interest groups. With all due respect, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Sheik Moududi group do business with one another."

Host: "Are you claiming they are not Muslims?"

Al-Siba'i: "They are behind all these movements. They promote some people nobody has heard of. Then they promote some journalists."

Host: "Excuse me, who do you want to promote? Those who want the banner of 'There is no god but Allah' over the Queen of England and Buckingham Palace? Those who want to establish a caliphate and turn the Queen of England into a captive? Those who say [England] is Dar Al-Harb and property there can be plundered? Are those the kind of people you want?"

Al-Siba'i: "These associations do not represent the Muslim public. They collaborate with the British police for certain interests. They want an 'English Islam,' and not the Islam that was sent to the Prophet Muhammad. If Al-Qa'ida indeed carried out this act, it is a great victory for it. It rubbed the noses of the world's eight most powerful countries in the mud. This victory is a blow to the economy..."

Interview on ANB TV

Al-Siba'i: "As for the slaughtering and the recordings used [by Al-Zarqawi] - we must consider these people's mentality. What is their source of authority? The problem is that our sheiks, our clerics, and the religious institutions - especially official ones - are constantly running away from the truth."

Host: "The truth? What is the truth?"

Al-Siba'i: "That is the question I'd like to answer. Do these people base themselves on Islamic law or not? They claim that they do, and to support it, they say that slaughtering appeared in a hadith by the Prophet, which was pronounced authentic by Sheik Ahmad Shaker. The Prophet told the Quraysh tribe: 'I have brought slaughter upon you,' making this gesture. But these are religious issues that may be disputed."

Al-Siba'i: "The Mujahideen say: 'This is the time for Jihad jurisprudence. Iraq is an occupied country, so we must study Jihad jurisprudence, which is exceptional law. In this case, there is no need to ask permission – a wife does not need to ask for her husband's permission to fight.'"

Host: "There is no consensus here. This is just one opinion."

Al-Siba'i: "This is the opinion of the greatest clerics."

Host: "But there are other clerics who criticize and condemn what is happening…"

Al-Siba'i: "The problem, Dr. Muhammad…"

Host: "Does the problem lie with Al-Zarqawi or with the religious scholars?"

Al-Siba'i: "The problem lies with the religious scholars. When they are asked to confront these [ Mujahideen ], to talk with them and respond to the evidence they present. [The Mujahideen ] tell the Prophet drove nails into and gouged out the eyes of people from the 'Urayna Tribe. They were merely a group of thieves who stole from sheep herders, and the Prophet drove nails into them and threw them into the Al-Hrara area, and left them there to die. He blinded them and cut off their opposite legs and arms. This is what the Prophet did on a trifling matter – let alone in war. What else could they do when a 1000 lb. bomb lands on a house or a shack belonging to poor people, and the world doesn't shed a tear, but cries only about the slaughtering? All they have is a knife… "

Host: "Dr. Al-Siba'i, do you personally condemn anything they do? Can you say that even though you support these groups' case, they use such means? Is there a single method you are willing to condemn?"

Al-Siba'i: "I, myself… I condemn the occupation, which is the cause of all these tragedies. The occupation caused all these disasters. The country was safe and peaceful, until the Americans came, and we are expected to blame those who fight in defense of their honor?! When people hear me say… I received a picture over the internet, and when I opened it I saw a woman being raped by seven men. An Iraqi woman in prison – this is on American websites now – and when I saw her, I couldn't sleep a wink. A woman being raped, completely naked, in prison."

Host: "This is a despicable picture, worthy of condemnation."

Al-Siba'i: "You expect me to criticize them for using a knife to slaughter some American?!"

Ali Al-Saraf, Iraqi Journalist: "Dr. Hani said the Prophet gouged out a man's eye, killed another, and threw…"

Al-Siba'i: "This is a true tradition in the collection of Al-Bukhari."

Al-Saraf: "Excuse me, the Prophet did not do this to innocent people, like this riffraff in Iraq. They kill people who have nothing to do with…"

Al-Siba'i: "Do you mean the Americans?"

Al-Saraf: "I mean the riffraff – American or not – who kill innocent people."

Al-Siba'i: "The only riffraff I know are the Americans."

Al-Saraf: "If the Americans kill innocent people, they are riffraff, and if your guys, the Islamists, kill innocent people they are riffraff too."

Al-Siba'i: "Excuse me, don't say 'your guys.'"

Al-Saraf: "There are innocent people who are being murdered for no reason. Margaret Hassan shouldn't have been slaughtered, nor Kenneth Bigley, who was about to retire. He was put in a cage smaller then a chicken coop. I don't know what human sentiment has the audacity to call despicable actions 'resistance.'"

Al-Siba'i: People believe lies and falsehoods. Allow me to disagree with Mr. Ali. Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi himself issued a communiqué – and I believe Mr. Kamil and people who follow the press know this – he issued a communiqué that appeared on all TV channels, in which he called upon the group that kidnapped Margaret Hassan to release her, and said she was innocent. She was slaughtered by [Iyad] Allawi's gang… They don't even acknowledge the term 'civilians.'"

Host: "Who decides what the term means?"

Al-Siba'i: "The religious legal authority. One reads in history… I have an historical religious source of authority. Islamic history has no term for 'civilian' in the Western sense. This is a Western term. In our Islamic rules of war, one can be a 'combatant', a 'non-combatant', or 'protected by an agreement.' A person can be a combatant even if he does not carry a weapon. In other words, a person who came to wash and cook for the American soldiers in order to free them to fight – like the Nepalese – such a person is considered a combatant."

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaedauk; alqaida; daralharb; fatwa; jihad; london; londonattacked; londonbombings; mohammed; mujahideen; osamabinladen; rop; terrorism; tonyblair; zarqawi
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Important points:

There are no Civilians in their war against the West, all is Dar Al-Harb

All are enemy combatants even the person who "washes and cooks"

Mohammed gouged the eyes of thieves; their justice has no mercy or measure

American occupiers in Iraq rape their women

Al-Siba'i, who made the comments, is the head of a Muslim center in London

1 posted on 07/12/2005 12:22:14 AM PDT by dervish
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To: dervish
Try telling this to the MSM and most liberal Dimorats.

The Muslims are out to eventually wipe us off the face of the earth and it seems every politically correct doofus in the world is either living in their sty or eating out of their trough
2 posted on 07/12/2005 12:25:50 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (LL THE)
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To: dervish
They should go to this guy's Mosque, arrest him, remove people from the Mosque, tear it down and put up a Synagogue or Catholic church.
3 posted on 07/12/2005 12:26:15 AM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: dervish
The country was safe and peaceful, until the Americans came...

Hmmm. Now I know what safe and peaceful means to them. Uday and Qusay and Little Joe were just a couple of cut ups. The little rascals were high spirited but didn't mean any harm. Then there's that darn Sunni vs Shia thingy.
4 posted on 07/12/2005 1:40:21 AM PDT by carumba
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To: dervish
There are No "Civilians" in Islamic Law;

Wouldn't that make all Islamics fair game for us and our military? Since they declare war on us, it would seem that there is no such thing as unfair retribution against them, it's all legitimate war.

5 posted on 07/12/2005 4:47:48 AM PDT by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: dervish

articles like this will convince people that guantanamo bay is a place where these people belong and that it should not be closed.

6 posted on 07/12/2005 5:01:35 AM PDT by dutch52
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To: SJackson; SunkenCiv; Salem; IAF ThunderPilot


8 posted on 07/12/2005 5:41:58 AM PDT by dervish (freedom is a long distance race)
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To: dervish
"There are no civilians in their war Wests,..."

Well then, I wonder what he would say if car bombs started going off around their universities, mosques, shopping malls and air ports? I am sure this same maggot would be talking out the other side of his mouth the same as the Palestinians who kill innocent Israelis and then cry when the Israelis retaliate.
9 posted on 07/12/2005 6:22:53 AM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: TexKat; Seadog Bytes; Berosus; blam; Do not dub me shapka broham; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
10 posted on 07/12/2005 11:48:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (last updated by FR profile on Tuesday, May 10, 2005.)
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To: SunkenCiv


11 posted on 07/12/2005 12:04:44 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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Heard an interesting point on this on Savage the other night. This will continue until the jihadis run afoul of the Chinese, then they will be swiftly and brutally dealt with by a people to whom the concept of Political Correctness is foreign. Normally I think Savage is pretty much a raving lunatic but in this instance I see his point.

12 posted on 07/12/2005 12:11:14 PM PDT by rattrap
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To: Americanexpat

(There are No "Civilians" in Islamic Law)

This is what we should say every time some crazy leftist starts mouthing off about innocent Iraqis murdered by American forces...

13 posted on 07/12/2005 12:28:50 PM PDT by winner3000 (part)
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To: SunkenCiv

Carthago Delenda Est

14 posted on 07/12/2005 2:43:36 PM PDT by John Filson
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To: rattrap
Savage is far out but sometimes far out is more right than far left.

I know a lot of people who if you ask them say that Michael is to radical but somehow they alWays know what he has to say about the minutest of problems.

The problem as I see it is this: There are lots of Americans, mostly on the left that still don't take the 9-11 attacks seriously.

These people just do not want to accept that they are now on the front lines and yes the Savages do want to kill them.

So many on the left are the kind of smug elitists who feel their above using common sense to make a valid evaluation that we have been stupid enough to let potential terrorist immigrate in amongst us.

No amount of common sense word speak will ever sway them that they might just be wrong, DEAD WRONG.
15 posted on 07/12/2005 3:08:12 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (LL THE)
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To: dervish; windcliff
Al-Siba'i, who made the comments, is the head of a Muslim center in London

Mr. Al-Sibai, I'd like to introduce you to Mr. Dozer, That's Mr. Bull Dozer.

16 posted on 07/12/2005 3:21:14 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: dervish
Has Scotland Yard picked up this 'Dr. Hani Al-Siba'i' for very lengthy questioning?
17 posted on 07/12/2005 3:37:30 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: M. Espinola

Quite the reverse. They have been busy protecting his religion from atacks by going forward to pass a new law to ban incitement of religious hatred. This is post 7/7.

One can only hope that Scotland Yard and MI5 are infiltrating while the lefty loonies in Commons are wallowing in appeasement.

Muslims now want a special Koran exception to this law because they know full well that the Koran is a work of incitement itself.

Here is a good analysis of why every place must allow criticism of Islam.

18 posted on 07/12/2005 6:48:19 PM PDT by dervish (freedom is a long distance race)
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To: dervish
Thank you for posting the links. Post#7 was deleted (?)

Those in the UK or anywhere, which fall under the illusion appeasement of either the homegrown or foreign fanatical Islam will only cause more terror attacks against the general public.

Did the ones who pasted this pro-terrorist poster play any part in the London transit bombings?

There are numerous video news reports of radical Muslims inflaming the crowds inside & outside of mosques. Since the police are already more than cognizant mosques are being utilized as jihadic requirement centers, and the police are aware whom the terrorist ringleaders are, it's high time the entire jihadist such as the counter moves against the Nazis during WWII., based in the UK be arrested, any & all contacts be picked up. Hence forth Muslims attempting to enter the UK, no matter the mode of transportation, need to be checked and rechecked as national security risks.

The first outbreak of suicide (mass homicide) bombings have taken place against London's Underground & bus system. This is a declaration of war and the authorities must treat this act of war according.

Resulting from UK news reports, stating the terrorist bombers were British born nationals, of Pakistani origin, coupled with other reports saying the explosives were in no way of the homemade crude type plus most likely were of a foreign source, clearly indicates an international terrorist connection, indicating the bloody hand of Al-Qa'ida & their supporters in (Hizballah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad etc, etc).

British Muslims Hanif and Sharif acted for al Qaeda from Hamas Gaza HQ. (file photo)

What you stated in terms of: "Muslims now want a special Koran exception to this law because they know full well that the Koran is a work of incitement itself." is true since the source of anti-Islamic jihadic thinking originates in the Koran, verse after verse, after verse.

Will these signs of jihad be seen again in the UK?

When the Blitz began England fought the invader bombing English cities, alone, never giving up, even when an invasion looked very likely. Unfortunately today's invader was invited in due to numerous colonial era considerations, however preventive measures are needed to protect the security of the nation.

19 posted on 07/12/2005 9:22:57 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: M. Espinola

"Post#7 was deleted"

Nothing sinister only my double posted ping.

"it's high time the entire jihadist such as the counter moves against the Nazis during WWII"

The Wall Street Journal today had an incredible piece on the Nazi/Arab/Muslim connection. Its by subscription but I'll post a snip:

The Mosque's history, however, tells a more-tumultuous story. Buried in government and private archives are hundreds of documents that trace the battle to control the Islamic Center of Munich. Never before made public, the material shows how radical Islam established one of its first and most important beachheads in the West when a group of ex-Nazi soldiers decided to build a mosque.

The soldiers' presence in Munich was part of a nearly forgotten subplot to World War II: the decision by tens of thousands of Muslims in the Soviet Red Army to switch sides and fight for Hitler. After the war, thousands sought refuge in West Germany, building one of the largest Muslim communities in 1950s Europe. When the Cold War heated up, they were a coveted prize for their language skills and contacts back in the Soviet Union. For more than a decade, U.S., West German, Soviet and British intelligence agencies vied for control of them in the new battle of democracy versus communism.

Yet the victor wasn't any of these Cold War combatants. Instead, it was a movement with an equally powerful ideology: the Muslim Brotherhood. Founded in 1920s Egypt as a social-reform movement, the Brotherhood became the fountainhead of political Islam, which calls for the Muslim religion to dominate all aspects of life. A powerful force for political change throughout the Muslim world, the Brotherhood also inspired some of the deadliest terrorist movements of the past quarter century, including Hamas and al Qaeda.

The story of how the Brotherhood exported its creed to the heart of Europe highlights a recurring error by Western democracies. For decades, countries have tried to cut deals with political Islam -- backing it in order to defeat another enemy, especially communism. Most famously, the U.S. and its allies built up mujahadeen holy warriors in 1980s Afghanistan to fight the Soviet Union -- paving the way for the rise of Osama bin Laden, who quickly turned on his U.S. allies in the 1990s.,,SB111964664777469127,00.html?mod=home_inside_today_europe

20 posted on 07/12/2005 9:35:17 PM PDT by dervish (freedom is a long distance race)
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