Expulsion of non-Muslim Forces From the Land of Two Harams
|Q.) The presence of American and allied forces in the Gulf is a source of great
concern for the entire Muslim World and especially for the Arab Muslims. The religious
circles in the Arab world hold that these forces are
The religious circles in Arab countries are constantly raising their voices against the presence of these forces and are involved in a struggle to expel them.
Please explain in the light of the Shariah the status of this struggle. What is the responsibility of the Ulema and the Muslim masses in this regard? [Abu Omar Zahid Ar-Rashidi. Khateeb, Central Jami' Masjid. Gujranwala, Pakistan]
A.) In case of need---and to the extent of that need---Shariah allows us to accept military help from non-Muslims, provided:
If the Muslim rulers neglect this crucial responsibility, than the political and religious leaders, Ulema, and the Muslim masses should do the best they can---within the limits of Shariah---and using both written and spoken words---to draw the attention of their rulers to this responsibility. And Allah knows best.
Written by Muhammad Kamaluddin Rashdi, Darul-Ifta, Darul-Uloom, Karachi.
Concurred by Mufti Taqi Usmani.
Dated: 21 Muharram 1419 (18 May 1998)