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By Mohammad Salah
Edited by Rob Gibran
July 11, 2005
Cairo: Two Egyptian fundamentalist groups that have both
been known to use violence as a means of forcing change strongly condemned Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi and his “al-Qaeda group in
“Al-Jihad” [the Holy war] and “Al-Jamaa Al-Islaamiyya” [The Islamic fundamentalist Group] issued separate statements deeply critical of Zarqawi and his killing of civilians, including Al-Sharif.
Al-Jihad said that they were surprised by ambassador Al-Sharif’s death, and that they completely reject such a terrible act. They reminded Zarqawi that the religion of Islam prohibits in the strongest possible terms the killing of civilians, whether they be women, children, men of the cloth, messengers, or ambassadors, as long as they do not participate in a war against Muslims. They noted that there is ample evidence in Islamic texts for this prohibition, and that these issues have long ago been agreed upon by Islamic scholars.
Al-Jihad also added: “Even as we do not approve of and condemn this act, we also condemn the unfair occupation policies that only result in confusing the minds of our youth. These unjust policies lead to sedition and acts of recklessness. Lastly, we implore everyone involved to heed God’s ban on the shedding of innocent blood, and we advise them to be very cautious and not commit any rash acts.”
Al-Jamaa Al-Islaamiyya’s statement considered the killing of the Egyptian ambassador in Baghdad another crime to be added to a long list of transgressions committed by Zarqawi and his group.
They added that it is obvious that Zarqawi and his ilk show a blatant disregard for the teachings of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad’s instructions on how Muslims should treat one another. The statement goes on to say that “the killing of Muslims with poor excuses and in cold blood shows motivations that have nothing to do with Islam or with the least amount of civility and decency. It is this, more than anything else, which makes even Muslims antagonistic toward Islamic movements, and doubtful of these movements’ credibility in their quest for positive social change.”
Al-Jamaa Al-Islaamiyya emphasized that God did not make “jihad” lawful for the killing of Muslims, but rather for their protection; not for felling thousands of them with car bombs, but rather for his reverence; and not for kidnapping and slaughtering them and splaying their pictures over the Internet, but for spreading peace among them.
The statement went on to say that the killing of thousands of Muslims in Iraq and the assassination of the Egyptian ambassador “bear no resemblance to the “jihad” that Allah authorized,” and that “‘jihad’ is not for murdering innocent civilians, women, children or the elderly, even if they are not Muslim, then how can it be so if they are Muslim?”
Al-Jamaa Al-Islaamiyya’s statement also describe the killing of the Egyptian ambassador in Baghdad as one of Zarqawi’s most heinous crimes, and that he and his group bring shame to all Muslims and to most Islamic movements. The group also refuted the justifications that Zarqawi’s group issued for the killing of Al-Sharif:
“Even if it were true that the ambassador was supporting America and its crusading soldiers, that by itself is not a valid reason for executing him … but how could one claim that the ambassador is supporting the Americans in Iraq when Egypt and the United States are at odds over the Iraqi issue?”
“The so-called Al-Qaeda religious court
disputes the fact that the Egyptian ambassador was protected by the teachings
of the Prophet [Mohammad] that forbids the killing of emissaries, since the
ambassador was sent to the Iraqi authority and not to Al-Qaeda itself. What
was not clarified by Al-Qaeda was, how could an ambassador offer his credentials
to them, or how could he even enter
Al-Jamaa Al-Islaamiyya’s also questioned why al-Qaeda had not learned from its past mistakes:
“They bombed the Egyptian Embassy in
“Why do they [al-Qaeda] repeat the same
mistakes? Why don’t the members of ‘al-Qaeda in