Fatwa of ulama-e-Keram concerning
the conditions in
I am a professional journalist but to-day my
mind refuses to work, my senses have deserted me, even in the prime of
life my limbs shake as if with palsy, my nerves have become paralysed, my
chest is convulsed with pain and my heart rent in two ---- all because of
what the helpless Muslims of Chechnya are suffering at the hands of the
The population of merely 1 milion,
conspirising mostly of women and children is the target lethal Russian
missiles, roaring, deadly jet bombers, and devastating artillery fire.
This is the only Muslim country in the world whose each and every citizen
is directly under attack of ruthless barbarians. Bombs are being rained
from the skies upon the defenceless heads of Chechen women, children and
refugee convoys. On the ground mines are planted so as to main and
cripple them, or blow them to piece. Even the utterly prejudiced
Jewish-Christian media has been unable to hide the bloody tales of horror
which have been continuing for the last three months.
According to authentic reports
internationally banned missiles, chemical bombs, poisonous gas, gigantic
surface-to-surface missiles, sucd missiles weighing 12 tons each, are
laying waste a small region of only fifteen thousand square kilometres.
Supported by Amercia, and the European countries, Zionists and the Jewish
IMF, the Russian savages are bent upon killing every single Chechen
Muslim, destroying every living thing on the Chechen land. Human rights
international organizations are closely studying and interactedly watching
the systematic massacre, the ruthless genocide of a proud Muslim nation.
Except Afghanistan, all other Muslim countries are not only silent
spectators but are unwilling to even verbally denounce this blatant
In the capital Grozny, 35 thousand
helpless children, women, old men, the sick and wounded, cut off from the
world are suffering extreme deprivations. Lack of food and medicines are
killing them where bombs have not. According to the testimony of a
foreign journalist a bomb or missile hits the ground every second, ---- so
cheap is Muslim blood! The Russian themselves claim that 150 air raids
have been carried out in a single day. This tiny republic has been
surrounded by more than two hundred thousand Russian troops, only because
of its crime of being a Muslim state. The blood of the Muslims is flowing
down every street, from every house and mosque. Lying under the open sky
in sub-zero temperatures and snow fall, Chechens are freezing to death.
Children have been separated from their parents, parents from children,
sisters from brothers, no one knows where the others are, whether they are
alive or dead.
In Grozny itself all necessities of life
have been completely destroyed, and supplies from outside are being
blocked. More than 250,00,000 homeless, helpless refuges camped in
neighbouring Ingushtia have become a source of entertainment for the world
of Kufa. The number of these refugees dying daily from cold and
staroation has exceeded thousands. Due to the ferocious, relentless
bombing upon the civilian areas the number of shuhada and wounded is
incalculable. The Russian savages are molesting the innocent young
Chechen girls but no one is willing to become a Muhammad Bin Qasim, a
Mu`tasim Billah! Alas! to-day these poor, oppressed Muslims have no one
in the outside world to take up arms for them against the Russian
Only a handful of their own young men,
with tawwakkul (reliance) upon Allah, and high expectations of the Muslim
ummah are busy in fighting the great atomic powers. Like moths around a
burning flame they continue to eagerly embrace shahada. These bold are
daring young mujahideen whose pious blood is turning the Chechen ground
red have solemnly pledged that they shall not let disgrace come to the
name of Islam. Many among them are waging jihad while fasting, (without
having eaten 'sehri'). Countless are those who don't even have a morsel
to break their fast with. There is a killing scarcity of food; a single
fire arm is used by more than fifteen mujahideen turn by turn. In such
conditions, these angel-like young men, zealous in Islamic honour, filled
with the spirit of jihad, how are they managing to survive? Without any
doubt it is a miracle of Islam and jihad, a 'karamat' of these mujahideen
but O Muslims! O worshippers! O keepers of saum! Think. Are these
honourable but oppressed Muslims not our brothers? Are they not looking
towards us with hope in their eyes? Do they not belong to the ummah of
Rasool ullah Sallalahu `Alaihi Wasallam? Are these helpless people not
being punished just for being Muslims? If their suffering continue
unrelieved thus, for God's sake think how will we be able to face Nabi
Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam on the Day of Qiyamah? How will we have the
courage to stand before Allah Ta'ala?
I am a journalist by profession. In
pursuance my duty I make contact with Grozny many times a day. I my job
has led me to meet the Chechen mujahideen, Chechen refugees and Chechen
officials. Now I want to ask the ulama-i-keram, the muftiyan-i-keram the
following questions for only they can answer my queries in the light of
Qur'an and Hadith.
(1) In the light of such conditions
which have stated above and verified in every way, what is the religious
duty, the farz resting upon the Muslim countries? Is it enough for them
to helplessly pray to Allah Ta'ala for deliverance of the Chechen people
or is it compulsory upon them to provide financial, material, military and
political aid to them too?
(2) In this age of electronic media,
Al-hamdulillah we have highly courageous, honest and honourable
journalists on our country. Is it not a 'farz' upon them to raise their
voice against the Russian atrocities?
(3) In such horrifying as these, what
does Islam order the ulama and mashaikh the religious and, political
parties to do?
(4) Has not the time come as yet for the
religious authorities of masajid to offer Qunut-i-Nazilah, thus calling
down the wrath of Allah upon the oppressors and divine help for the
oppressed? Is it permissible, is it correct to call down the curse of
Allah upon tyrants?
(5) Allah forbid, if Russia, Europe and
America succeed in obliterating the Chechen Muslims, who will be held
(6) Has not the time come yet for the
rich and the business men to open their purse-strings for the oppressed
Muslims, thus fulfilling their religious commitment and avoiding the
punishment of Allah which might descend upon them at any moment?
(7) Can zakat, sudaqaat and `atiyaat be
given to the suffering Chechen Muslims, to the refugees, helpless women,
children and old people?
Please answer soon, before its too late.
Al Mustafti Correspondent Dhar`b-i-Mumin Kavkaz
In the entire world to-day the Muslims are
being punished for practising Islam. Champions of human rights, welfare
organizations, lovers of democracy are not human beings even. It only a
Muslim who can feel the pain of another Muslim. Only a Muslim can
sacrifice his life for another Muslim in accordance to the order of
Allah. True Muslims are as one single body. A Muslim feels the pain of
another in his own flesh and thus becomes extremely restless and
tormented. But alas the minds of the Muslims of to-day have become namb
their bodies have become dead. The condition of the Chechen Muslims
mourns to-day the callous indifferences of the world, the shamelessness of
the Muslim government.
After this brief preamble here are the answers in order of the questions:
(1) To-day, as revealed by the
'istifta', the Chechen Muslims are the targets of unparalleled cruelty,
tyranny and oppression of the Russian army. In such conditions it is a
religious, moral, human, farz of all Muslim governments, of every single
Muslim to help them not only verifiably, but financially, bodily, military
and politically too.
(2) It is the religious duty of every
person to raise his voice against the Russian oppression in his own
circle, his own sphere of influence. It is the bounden duty on every
bold, courageous and honourable journalist to write the truth about the
cruel and oppressive forces and expose them for what they are. They would
thus be discharging their national duty.
(3) It is a 'farz' of the ulama,
masha-ikh and other religious leaders to awaken the sleeping conscience of
the nation, and to prevail upon the common people into helping and
assisting their afflicted Muslims brothers.
(4) In the present conditions it si
entirely in keeping with the practice of Rasool ullah Sallalahu Alaihi
Wasallam to curse the cruel, tyrant forces by name, in Qunut-i-Nazilah.
(5) Every rank and class of Muslims will
be held responsible on account of failing to do what was within their
(6) It is the imperative duty of all
well-to-do, rich Muslims to help their helpless, deserving Chechen Muslim
brothers with their sadaqah-i-wajibah and nafilah, for they rightly
deserve all such aid and assistance.