Ustadz Abu Bakar Baasyir:
"If The Muslims Are Indeed Persecuted, Jihad Is Wajib Upon Us"
16, 1432 A.H,
Thursday, September 15, 2011
JAKARTA – The Amir of Jama’ah Ansarut Tauhid (JAT), Ustadz Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, issued a fatwa on the necessity of Jihad to Ambon when the Muslims are being persecuted in the riots that have the nuance of an inter-religious/groups conflict.
After receiving informations from various parties about the Ambon riots, Ustadz Abu reminded the Islamic Ummah to constantly be wary of the characteristics of the kafir, which is contained in the Qur’an.
“The kafir certainly do not like to Islam, given the opportunities, they would always want to exterminate the Muslims, they do not care whether it is the hard-lined Islam or soft-lined Islam. To them what's important is either you want to become Christian or be killed,” he explained on Tuesday (13/9/2011).
Ustadz Abu, who is unjustly sentenced to 15 years in jail, called on the Muslims to immediately take a firm stand against the injustices that has befallen our fellow Muslim brothers in Ambon. He revealed that the solution in confronting the tyranny of the people of walan tardha (who are never pleased with Islam – ed.) is Jihad, because the agreement of peace (treaty) with them has always been betrayed by them.
“Therefore, for the Muslims, if they are facing something like this, they should not hesitate anymore, if necessary, I advocate for Jihad if it is proven true that it was the Christian who have killed. Enough, no need to wait any longer, all those mushawarah (negotiations - ed.) are useless. There had already been mushawarah in the past, in the form of the Malino agreement,” he explained.
Further, he emphasized the obligation to struggle for the establishment of the Islamic Shari'ah. “It is haram for the Muslims to be silent, it is wajib to struggle to overhaul the system to become Islamic laws,” he said.
Ustadz Abu added, if it is proven that the conflict in Ambon is an inter-religious/groups conflict, then the Muslims must be ready for Jihad to defend the oppressed Muslims.
“So in this Ambon case, if it is proven that the ones who killed are the Christians, enough! The answer is Jihad ! That's how I see it. The Islamic Ummah must advance, especially if it is already to the extent that they (the Islamic Ummah in Ambon - ed.) are isolated, the Islamic Ummah from outside Ambon must come for Jihad!” Ustadz Abu appealed.
Ustadz Abu explained that the attitude of Muslims towards Christians is, they are ready for peace and ready for war. Islam is ready to make peace with anyone who is not hostile, but Islam would not refuse war if fought against.
“People of crusader Christians, don't you ever disturb Islam! We can make peace as long as our aqeedah is not compromised, if we are harassed we will fight, we will wage war! For us, fighting you is goodness, if we win, good, and if we die, it is also good. So fighting you is a pleasure!” he asserted.
“Our faith demands that we live in a country regulated by the laws of Islam. If you agree, let's live in harmony under Islam, if you disagree and you harass us, we (are ready to) fight!”
Concerning the analysis of some intelligence observers that the Ambon conflict is basically an intelligence operation which aims to lead the Mujahideen to Ambon to be projected as a base for terrorists, and then eliminated, Ustadz Abu reminded the Islamic fighters to be cautious and have tawakkal to Allah.
“We are still going to conduct Jihad by looking at our ability. If indeed such would be the condition, never mind, bismillah, we'll fight! Even though they have their makar (plots), remember what Allah says: ‘wamakaruu wamakarallah wallahu khoirul-makirin.’ The kafir are devising their plots, and Allah responds to their plots. Allah is the best of plotters,” he explained. “We'll fight them because our brothers are being persecuted, so lets just return it to Allah,” he ended.
Submitted by a Mujahid