THE SALAFI POSITION ON BOYCOTTING ISRAEL AND OTHER ENEMIES OF ISLAM

THE SALAFI POSITION ON BOYCOTTING ISRAEL AND OTHER ENEMIES OF ISLAM

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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 Part 1: Statement of the Scholars on the Ruling on Boycott

Part 2: Refutation of the Deviants Who Reject the Ruling

Part 3: Clarification of Doubts

Introduction

In The Name Of Allah the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

The Islamic ruling on boycotting countries like Israel, America, France or Britain that have killed Muslims in their homes and displaced many is something that should not be confusing however, due to the widespread ignorance and number of deviants claiming to be scholars and the death of righteous scholars, the issue has become ambiguous and a source of argument among some students of knowledge hence my resolve to compile the Fatãwa of some of the Scholars of Ahlu Sunnah on the issue.

Fatãwa of the following scholars will be used:

  1. Sheikh Humûd bn Uqala Ash-Shuaybi (rahimahulloh)
  2. Sheikh Muhammad Nãsirudeen Al-Albãni (rahimahulloh)
  3. Sheikh Abul Mundhir Ash-Shinqeeti (hafidhohulloh)

Part 1: Statement of the Scholars on the Ruling on Boycott

A Statement Urging an Economic Boycott against the Enemies of Muslims

Praise be to Allah, peace and blessings be upon the noblest of prophets and messengers, our Prophet Muhammad, his family and entire companions.

Afterwards …… Allah says:

“Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and those with him are severe against disbelievers”

[Sûratul Fath ãyah 29]

And the Almighty said in the description of the faithful:

“…Stern against the unbelievers, waging Jihad for the sake of Allah and not afraid of the blame of blamers”

[Sûratul Mãidah ãyah 54]

And the Almighty says about the striving against the infidels:

“And seize them and siege them and lay in wait for them at every observatory”

[Sûratut-Tawbah ãyah 5]

And the Almighty says:

“… and they do not take any step to raise the anger of the Kuffãr and they do not sustain an injury from any enemy except that it is written for them as a good deed…”

[Sûratut-Tawbah ãyah 120]

Indeed every era and period has its Jihadi and warfare weapons to be used against the enemies, the Muslims have therefore used various weapons to wage Jihad against their enemies with the intent to defeat and weaken them.

Imãm Shawkaani said:

“Allah has ordered us to kill the infidels and he did not specify for us the form nor did he tell us not to do this except that.”

[Saylul-Jarãr 4/534]

And this conforms to the general meaning:

“And seize them and siege them and lay in wait for them at every observatory”

[Sûratut-Tawbah ãyah 5]

 

And one of the Jihadi methods used by the Prophet peace be upon him against the enemies in order to weaken them is “economic blockade method” and that is what is called today’s economic boycott, and examples of the style of the Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) economic blockade is as follows:

1 – Initial Jihadi movements. Since the first set of expeditions sent by the Prophet peace be upon him and the first invasions led by he, peace be upon him was aimed as a threat to the trade route of Quraysh to Syria in the north and to Yemen in the south, and it was a serious blow to the commercial economy of Makkah intended to weaken it economically.

2 – The Story of the blockade of the Jews of Bani Nadir and it is mentioned in Saheeh Muslim: that when they broke the covenant, the Prophet peace be upon him besieged them, cut down and burnt their palm trees, then, they sent a message to him that they will evacuate, they were therefore defeated through this economic war and it was about this that the word of Allah was revealed:

“Whatever you cut of palm trees or spared, it was by the permission of Allah and was to humiliate the evil doers”

[Sûratul Hashr ãyah 5]

The siege and the destruction of their crops and palm trees which was their main economic strength therefore became the major mean of pressurizing them, defeating them and evacuating them from the city.

3 – The story of the siege of Tãif after the conquest of Makkah and the origin of their story was mentioned by Bukhari in “Al-Maghãzi” and Muslim in “Al-Jihad” and Ibnl-Qayyim narrated the story in detail in his book Zaadul-Ma’ãd while Ibn Saad also mentioned it in Tabaqãt (2/158), he said:

“Therefore, the Prophet peace be upon him besieged them and ordered the cutting down and burning of the grapes of Thaqeef (the tribe living in Tãif) and the Muslims started cutting it down miserably, Ibnl-Qayyim said about the benefits of that action: in it is the permissibility of cutting the trees of the Kuffaar if that would weaken them and more easily vanquish them.

4 – The Story of the economic boycott by the Sahabi (companion) Thamama bin Athaal al-Hanafi, may Allah be pleased with him, his story was narrated in Siyar and Maghazi, mentioned by Ibn Ishaq in As-Seerah, by Ibnl-Qayyim in Zaadul-Ma’ãd, by Bukhari in Maghazi and by Muslim in Al-Jihad, and his story was before the conquest of Makkah, when he accepted Islam, he proceeded to Makkah to perform Umrah, after Umrah, he announced an economic boycott against the Quraysh saying:

“No! By Allah! Not a single grain of wheat will come to you from Al-Yamamah until it is authorized by the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him”

(and Yamamah was a countryside of Makkah) then, he went out to Al- Yamamah where he prevented his people from exporting anything to Makkah until Quraysh was starved, this economic boycott was approved by the messenger, peace be upon him and this action became one of the excellent virtues of the companion may Allah be pleased with him.

These incidents and its likes is an approval from the Prophet peace be upon him of a principle among the major principles of Jihad against the Kuffãr in every time and place.

This issue today is under the capability of the Muslim people to strive with it, the Almighty says:

“Fear Allah as much as you can”

[Sûratut-Taghãbun ãyah 16]

And it is a popular Jihad that is beneficial and fruitful especially when others have given up striving against the infidels in different forms.

Therefore, we urge our fellow Muslims to wage Jihad against the Americans, the British and the Jews and to use the weapon of economic boycott which is debilitating to their economy.

If the Islamic people do not have the strength for armed Jihad against them, it is not as bad as an economic boycott against them and their companies and their goods, he, peace be upon him said:

“Fight the polytheists with your wealth, your arms and your tongues”

[Narrated by Ahmad and Abu Dawood from the hadith of Anas]

I also urge our Muslim brothers to persevere in this Jihad, The Almighty says:

“O ye who believe, be patient and endure, and stationed”

[Sûratu Al-Imrãn ãyah 200]

And they should not deviate nor weaken for victory comes with patience, and they should strive hard in boycotting the companies and goods of America, Britain and the Jews in a strict, strong and comprehensive boycott.

The Almighty says:

“And cooperate upon righteousness and piety”

[Sûratul Mãidah ãyah 2]

And he, peace be upon him said:

“The Believers, their blood are equivalent to each other and they are united in strength against others”

[Narrated by Ahmad from the hadeeth of Ali bin Abi Talib]

We have seen previously, praise be to Allah and from what was reported by the media, the impact of the former popular boycott on the economy of U.S., Britain and the Jews.

 

And it has become widespread in the last few days a list and catalogue containing hundreds of products for American, British and Jewish companies, we urge our brothers to respond to this list with solidarity.

The Almighty says:

“And cooperate upon righteousness and piety”

[Sûratul Mãidah ãyah 2]

And he, peace be upon him said:

“The Believer to another believer is like a building where a part strengthens the other”

 

America and Britain are behind the fight against Jihad everywhere and they are behind the support of the Zionists in Palestine and also behind the economic blockade on the Islamic State of the Taliban in Afghanistan and supporting the Russians in Chechnya and supporting the Christians against our brothers the Mujaahideen in the Philippines, Indonesia and Kashmir and others. And they are behind and supporting any move to weaken the Islamic Jihad and weaken Muslims , and behind the blockade of the Muslim people of Iraq and launching daily raids against it for the past ten years oppressively without touching the rulers.

The word of Allah is indeed true about them and others:

“The Jews and the Christians will not be pleased with you until you follow their cult”

[Sûratul-Baqarah ãyah 120]

O Allah punish the Americans, the Britons, the Jews, their supporters and parties, and make it though on them.

May Allah bless our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

Dictated by Sheikh Humûd bin Uqalã’ Ash-Shuaybi

28/11/1421 AH

 

 

Question Regarding Boycotting answered by Sheikh al-Albani Rahimahullah

 

Questioner: Given that there is war between us and the Jews is it permissible to buy from the Jews and to have economic dealings with them in the European countries?

Sheikh: Buying from the Jews?

Questioner: Yes, and dealing with them in the European countries I mean?

Sheikh: We do not differentiate between the Jews and the Christians in terms of dealing with them in those countries.

It is well known that dealing with the Polytheists and Non-Muslims is permissible if they are amongst Ahlul Dhimma (non Muslims living in protection of a Muslim state), living in the countries/states of Islam. And like that if they are peaceful, not at war, the ruling is the same as that. However, if they are at war, then it is not permissible to have dealings with them, whether that is in the country they have invaded/occupied, such as the Jews in Palestine, or in their own country/state. As long as they remain at war it is NOT PERMISSIBLE to have dealings with them at all.

As for those who are peaceful as we have mentioned, then the basic principle is of permissibility (of dealing).

Source: Silsilat Al-Huda wa an-Noor 623 (from 09:17onwards)

[Translated by Dr. Mohammad Aqib Hussain]

 

 

Part 2: Refutation of the Deviants Who Reject the Ruling

Apparently, some of the Mushrikûn among the Madkhalees and some other deviant innovators got the hint that this approach marks the beginning of victory for Palestinian Muslims and a defeat for their Jewish allies.

Due to their Hizbee nature, they tend to contradict any good deed done by their rivals i.e. The Ikhwanee deviants. The Ikhwanees are known to champion the campaign of boycotting the marauding Israelis and we know that they are sworn enemies of the Madkhalees and the fake Salafees therefore, these fake Salafees try to rubbish everything or position adopted by their rival even if it were to be a pillar of the Deen.

Hence, we have seen some of them saying, it is Harãm to boycott the marauding Americans and Israelis and the most foolish ones amongst them called it a Bid’ah (innovation).

However, here is a refutation of their foolishness by the eminent Sheikh, the teacher of our teachers:

 

Refutation of Those Who Say Boycotting is Harãm

Fadeelatu Sheikh Humûd bin Uqalã’ Ash-Shuaybi, As-Salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullohi wa barakãtuh.

I attended a lesson held by some scholars at Makkah, where they were asked about the ruling on boycotting the Americans and Jews and they replied:

“It is not permissible in the Shariah to boycott those people because the Prophet peace be upon him did not boycott the Jews who were in the city of Madeenah”

Meanwhile, I have some familiarity with the Shariah; I have therefore become confused about the answer of these Shuyûkh, so, what is the Shariah ruling on boycotting Jews and Christians as stipulated Islam?

The answer: Praise be to Allah and peace and blessings be upon His prophets and messengers and our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions afterwards

Firstly: If you are sure that this “sheikh” replied with this answer that you mentioned then, he is either one of two men:

Either he is ignorant of the history of Islamic law and the provisions of Shariah, or he has a person with an hidden agenda that is best known to him.

In any case, the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not boycott the Jews initially since they were peaceful and because they did not manifest their anti-Islam and anti-Muslim agenda, however, when the prophet peace be upon him got wind of their intentions and became apprehensive of their evil and after they broke the initial agreement, he boycotted them and blockaded their villages. He therefore besieged Banu Nadeer, boycotted them and cut down their trees and the siege continued until they surrendered and sought evacuation from Madeenah, this story was reported by Imam Muslim that:

when they broke the covenant, the Prophet peace be upon him besieged them, cut down and burnt their palm trees, then, they sent a message to him that they will evacuate, they were therefore defeated through this economic war and it was about this that the word of Allah was revealed:

“Whatever you cut of palm trees or spared, it was by the permission of Allah and was to humiliate the evil doers”

[Sûratul Hashr ãyah 5]

The siege and the destruction of their crops and palm trees which was their main economic strength therefore became the major mean of pressurizing them, defeating them and evacuating them from the city.

So did he (peace be upon him) do with Banu Qurayzah when he became aware of their betrayal and collusion with the allied forces, he trapped them with a tight blockade until they surrendered to the judgment of Allah, then he killed their combatants (matured men) and took their women and children as Slaves.

Moreover, comparing between the condition of the Americans, the Jews, the Christians and their companies at the present time with the condition of the Jews of Madeenah-who were a minority compared to the Muslims and the fact that they did not even openly declare war- is an evil analogy because the Americans and the Jews and the Christians and their companies do not cease waging war on the Muslim populations in Palestine and Iraq, and supporting the enemies of Islam in their wars against the Mujaahideen, like their support for the Russians in their fight against the Mujaahideen in Chechnya, and their support for the Philippines in their fight against the Muslims there, and their support of the Macedonians in their fight against the Muslim Albanians.

These people (i.e. America, Britain and Jews) are Harbiyûn (a term used for Kuffaar at war with Muslims) for standing with the enemies of Muslims, the Zionists in Palestine, they support them with money, weapons and expertise, and were it not for their continued support since the last fifty years for the Zionist State they would not have had any foot hold in Palestine, because the Jews are the most cowardly of Allah’s creations as narrated by the Almighty himself in his mighty book, where he said:

“They will not fight you all except from fortified villages or from behind walls ..”

[Sûratul Hashr ãyah 14]

And Allah also narrated about them that when they were told by Moses (peace be upon him)

“Enter the holy land which Allah has destined for you and do not turn your back else you become losers”

[Sûratul Mãidah ãyah 21]

Allah Almighty told us that they replied saying:

“O Moses the people there are strong and we will not enter until they leave and if they get out, then we will enter …

To the statement of Allah:

“They said O Moses, we will not enter as long as they are there so, proceed, you and your lord and fight, as for we, here we sit”

[Sûratul Mãidah ãyah 24]

If not for the American, British and Jewish support and the support by the Christian and their companies for the Zionists, they would not have been able to reside in Palestine.

So comparing these enemy combatants against Islam who hate Muslims with a handful of Jews living in Madeenah under the protection of Muslims is a corrupt and evil comparison as mentioned earlier.

If the Muslim people nowadays do not have the strength for armed Jihad against them due to the dispute between the rulers of Muslims and their failure to declare Jihad and the alliance of most of them with Kufr countries, then, at least an economic boycott against them and their companies and their goods.

Based on my submissions above, I urge our Muslim brothers to persevere and endure in this Jihad, The Almighty said:

“O ye who believe, be patient and endure, and stationed”

[Sûratu Al-Imrãn ãyah 200]

And they should not deviate nor weaken for victory comes with patience, and they should strive hard in boycotting the companies and goods of America, Britain and the Jews in a strict, strong and comprehensive boycott. The Almighty said:

“And cooperate upon righteousness and piety”

[Sûratul Mãidah ãyah 2]

And he, peace be upon him said:

“The Believers, their blood are equivalent to each other and they are united in strength against others”

[Narrated by Ahmad from the hadeeth of Ali bin Abi Talib]

We have seen previously, praise be to Allah and from what was reported by the media, the impact of the former popular boycott on the economy of U.S., Britain and the Jews.

The fact is that America and Britain are behind the fight against Jihad everywhere and they are behind the support of the Zionists in Palestine and also behind the economic blockade on the Islamic State of the Taliban in Afghanistan, supporting the Russians in Chechnya and supporting the Christians against our brothers the Mujaahideen in the Philippines, Indonesia and Kashmir and others. And they are behind and supporting any move to weaken the Islamic Jihad and weaken Muslims, and behind the blockade of the Muslim people of Iraq and launching daily raids against it for the past ten years oppressively without touching the rulers.

The word of Allah is indeed true about them and others:

“The Jews and the Christians will not be pleased with you until you follow their cult”

[Sûratul-Baqarah ãyah 120]

O Allah punish the Americans, the Britons, the Jews, their supporters and parties, and make it though on them.

And I also ask Allah to help the Muslim Scholars to utter the truth and not to fear about Allah the blame of the blamers.

May Allah bless our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

Dictated by Sheikh Humûd bin Uqalã’ Ash-Shuaybi

04/04/1422 AH

Part 3: Clarification of Doubts

One major fact which the Mushrikûn among the Madkhalees and other innovators do not understand is that the purpose of an economic boycott of an active enemy (harbi) is to weaken it and force it to stop waging war on Islam and not that their good or transaction with them is harãm fundamentally.

This point was clarified by Sheikh Abul-Mundhir when he was asked concerning trading in the land of war (enemy countries).

Sheikh Abul Mundhir Ash-Shinqeeti (hafidhohulloh) ‎replied saying:

يشرع للمسلم التجارة في دار الحرب والبيع والإبتياع من أهلها وإنما يمنع المسلم من بيع أهل الحرب ما فيه إعانة لهم على قتال المسلمين

It is permissible for a Muslim to trade in Daarul harb (nation at war with Islam e.g. America, France, Britain, Nigeria, Israel e.t.c), buy from and sell to its people. What is impermissible is for a Muslim to sell an item to the people of Dãrul Harb, which will strengthen them in fighting the Muslims.

[Fatãwa lajnah shar’iyah #3843]

May Allah bless our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

 

Translation and compilation by

Abutawheed Aningiriyi

16-10-1435 Hijriyyah | 11-08-2014 CE

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