Long Islamist Winter?
Signs of Islamist winter for Syria this spring? Excerpts from an interview with Syrian cleric Sheikh Muhammad Badi' Moussa (Al-Hekma TV, March 14, 2012), as translated by Memri "Special Dispatch No. 4599" (March 23, 2012):
Interviewer: "Is it permissible to kill 'Alawites['] . . . women and their children[?] . . .I guess this answers a question that I've long had as to whether Islamic law allows for the intentional killing of innocent civilians, such as children of fathers who are an enemy. That answer is "Yes." Guilt is contagious, apparently, so I now fail to see how Islamic law forbids terrorist attacks, based on this sheikh's remarks.
Muhammad Badi' Moussa: "Yes, my brother. We have issued a communiqué to the 'Alawites, in which we gave them a strong warning, which may be the last . . . . Our brothers in the Free Syrian Army asked several sheikhs and scholars for a fatwa on whether they are allowed to kill ['Alawite] women and children . . . . All the scholars said: . . . They must be warned first.
And the Islamists, once in power, can rule for a long time, as Egyptian author Sayyid Al-Qimni warns in an excerpt from an interview aired on Al-Arabiya TV (February 23, 2012) and translated by Memri as "Special Dispatch No. 4603" (March 25, 2012)
Sayyid Al-Qimni: "[The Islamists] . . . say to the people: 'We will rule you according to Islam. Test us . . . .'"Surely 1,400 years is long enough to reach a conclusion, and Al-Qimni does:
Interviewer: "So why don't you try it?"
Sayyid Al-Qimni: "We have tried . . . [Islamism] for 1,400 years. Has this people lost its memory, or what?"
Interviewer: "You mean from the advent of Islamic prophecy?"
Sayyid Al-Qimni: "Haven't . . . [Islamists] been ruling us in the name of Islam for 1,400 years, since they conquered our countries? They rule us in the name of Islam. We have tried them already."
"The moment we bring religion into . . . [politics], we start never-ending civil strife."Amen to that, brother.