Omar Bakri Muhammad: Killing Women and Children Allowed?
Photo: Ruth Sherlock
In a Telegraph article by reporters Robert Mendick and Robert Verkaik, "Hate cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad preaches killing of women and children on Facebook" (November 29, 2014), we find the following passage:
On Facebook, Bakri justified the killing of all opponents of the jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq[, arguing] that the "Mujahideen" must kill anyone who does not believe in extreme Islam "wherever they find them". He even justified the killing of women and children if they were sheltering in schools or hospitals[, for i]n a section titled "killing women and children" he said this was usually not permissible, but stated: "Having said this, one must distinguish between killing women and children and the Mujahideen fighting the Kuffar [non-believers] enemies wherever they find them, whether that be in a school or hospital or elsewhere."I have to admit that I can't easily follow this passage on Bakri supplied by The Telegraph. Is Bakri saying that the intentional killing of non-Muslim women and children is allowed by Islam, or is he saying that they can be killed as 'collateral damage' if attacks on schools or even hospitals is necessary because these buildings are being used by forces fighting Muslims?
Clarity matters on issues like this.