In the world 12:35 14/08/2012

Leading Muslim Cleric Issued Fatwa, Condemning Turks for Killing Armenians

"I recently came across an extremely significant Islamic document that severely criticizes Turks for using religion as a cover to killing Armenian Christians.

This rarely seen document is a Fatwa or religious decree issued in May 1909 by Grand Sheikh Salim al-Bishri of Egypt, condemning Turkish Muslims for massacring 30,000 Armenians in Adana, a major city in the Ottoman Empire.

Sheikh al-Bishri of Al-Azhar Mosque, leader of the Muslim world’s preeminent center of Islamic studies in Cairo, issued this Fatwa in order to counter the decree issued in April 1909 by a Turkish Mufti (religious leader), urging Turks to kill Armenians because “they were against Muslims and God.”

Upon seeing a passing reference to the Egyptian fatwa on the internet, I contacted Prof. Mohammed Rifaat al-Emam, an expert on Armenian history, whom I had met during a recent visit to Cairo. Dr. al-Emam kindly sent me the original Arabic text of this important religious document, excerpts of which are presented below in English translation for the first time:

“We have seen in local newspapers agonizing news and vile reports about Muslims of some Anatolian provinces of the Ottoman Empire attacking Christians and killing them brutally. We could not believe these reports and hoped that they were false, because Islam forbids aggression, oppression, bloodshed, and harming human beings -- Muslims, Christians and Jews alike.

Oh Muslims living in that region and elsewhere beware of actions prohibited by Allah in His Sharia [Islamic law] and spare the blood that Allah prohibited to spill and do not transgress on anyone since Allah does not like aggressors….

Your duty towards those who are allied with you, who entrusted their safety to you and who reside among you and next to you from Ahlul Dhimma [Jewish and Christian minorities protected under Islam], as imposed by Allah, is to uplift them as you would uplift yourselves, prevent them from what you prevent yourselves and your kinsfolk, make your strength their strength, make pride and prosperity out of your strength, and protect their monasteries and churches the way you protect your mosques and temples.

Whoever abuses their women, draws the sword on them, and oppresses them contradicts Muslims’ pledge to Allah, which is the obligation of Muslims.

Be informed that if what the public is hearing is true, then you have angered your Allah and did not satisfy your Prophet and the Sharia. You kept your Muslim brothers away from their religion, whose rejection became hideous by this heinous act, violating what is forbidden, and you let loose tongues of people ignorant of your religion to pronounce hideous words against all Muslims.
Then, hear some of what your Prophet said about conditions similar to what you are in today. He said: ‘He who kills an allied person [person joined with Islam by an agreement in order to give help and support] will not smell the fragrance of Paradise and if he smells it, that would be at a distance of 40 years.’ He also said: ‘A person who rejects a dhimmi [a person from Jewish and Christian minorities] will be whipped with flagella of fire on Judgment Day.’”

This document makes it amply clear that the Armenian massacres of 1909 and the subsequent Genocide of 1915 were not the result of religious conflict between Muslim Turks and Christian Armenians. The Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar rightly condemned the Turks for the mass murder of Armenians, which was committed for racist Pan-Turkic -- not Pan-Islamic -- reasons, along with the intent of capturing Armenian lands and properties. The various Fatwas issued by Turkish Muftis (clerics) were intended to provoke fanatical Turkish mobs to attack and massacre innocent Armenians.

Sheikh al-Bishri’s 1909 Fatwa was further reinforced by the decree issued in 1917 by Al-Husayn Ibn Ali, the Sharif of Mecca, ordering all Muslims to defend Armenians and “provide everything they might need … because they are the Protected People of the Muslims about whom the Prophet Muhammad said: ‘Whoever takes from them even a rope, I will be his adversary on the day of Judgment.’”

In 2009, when Turkish Prime Minister Rejeb Erdogan stated that “Muslims don’t commit genocide,” he was only partly right. He should have said: “Good Muslims don’t commit genocide.” The leaders of the Young Turk Party who masterminded the Armenian Genocide in 1915 were not faithful Muslims, judging by the teachings of the Quran -- the Holy Book of Islam. They were simply criminals who used Islam as a convenient cover to carry out mass murder. The compassionate Fatwa of the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar still rings true today as the Muslim world celebrates the end of Ramadhan."

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
 



Source Panorama.am
Share |
Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:

Newsfeed

12:28
Italian journalist: “Fires” of protest capture Azerbaijani regions marking the end of oil era
An unprecedented wave of protests has gone throughout the territory of Azerbaijan since November 2015 and continues until now.  The...
12:08
Canadian man solves his own missing persons case after living under different name with unknown past for 30 years
Missing for decades, one man just solved his own missing persons case, according to Canadian police, CNN reports.  According to the...
11:55
BBC: Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill call for restored Christian unity at historic Cuba talks
Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill have called for restored Christian unity between the two churches at historic talks in Cuba,...
11:19
European Court renders another verdict against Azerbaijan for violation of rights of participants of 2011 Baku demonstration
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasburg recently announced a decision on several cases concerning the dispersal of demonstrations and...
11:17
Azerbaijani LGBT Alliance complains of textbooks classifying homosexuality as mental disorder
Nefes, a LGBT Alliance representing sexual minorities in Azerbaijan, complains of the Ministry of Education of the country because of gross...
19:43
The Last Time Officials Handed over to the Central Depository of Armenia Gifts Covered with Precious Stones was 15 Years Ago
During the passing year no gift received from the perspective of the job duties which is made of precious metals or covered with precious stones...
19:39
The Export of Works of Art Decreased By 59.1% in 2015
According to the results published by the National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia, works of art with total amount of 660.3...
19:36
Z. Hovhannisyan: So As Not to Deteriorate the Situation, We Need to Adopt a Law on Domestic Violence
If there was a law on domestic violence, we wouldn’t have witnessed a few tragic cases. During a meeting on topic of “Domestic...
17:24
Georgi Kutoyan has been Appointed Director of the National Security Service
Georgi Kutoyan has been dismissed from his late position of deputy prosecutor general of the Republic of Armenia by the decree of the President...
17:11
IBM Watson comes to Armenia
On February 11, Watson Day Yerevan 2016 event was held, targeted towards the introduction of IBM Watson and IBM BlueMix to Armenian Tech and...
16:51
Arman Tatoyan has Overcome the First Hurdle
Today the Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs elected Arman Tatoyan as Deputy Minister of Justice with the majority of votes of 7 and...
16:45
Gabuzyan and Grigoryan started with victories
"Khazar Cup -2016" tournament has been launched in Iran. Armenia delegation is composed of 4 people, which includes Grandmasters:...
16:18
Historic meeting: Rome Pope and Russian Patriarch to address killing of Christians in Middle East
Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in what could be a landmark step towards healing the...
16:14
Names of all the Athletes Participating in the European Shooting Championships are Known
This year Gyor city of Hungary is hosting the European Shooting Championships. According to the interview taken by the correspondents of NOCA...
16:08
Van Gogh's ‘The Bedroom’ recreated into apartment in Chicago, available for renting
The Art Institute of Chicago has recreated Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom in an apartment and is renting it out for $10 a night, according to...
15:55
The Exhibition “Fathers and Sons” of Armenian Artists is Displayed in Moscow
In the Museum of the Armenian Diocese of New Nakhichevan and Russia working under the Armenian Apostolic Church monastery a joint exhibition of...
15:40
Azerbaijan authorities ban gravely ill political prisoners Leyla and Arif Yunus from leaving country for medical treatment
Azerbaijan banned prominent rights activists Leyla and Arif Yunus from leaving the country for medical treatment, Agence France-Presse (AFP)...
15:38
Scientists prove theory about gravitational waves predicted by Einstein 100 years ago
Just over 100 years after Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, scientists have found what Albert Einstein predicted as...
15:31
Azerbaijani soldier killed civilian in Martuni, Nagorno-Karabakh
On February 11, at 16: 00 pm, Azerbaijani sniper deadly wounded  civilian from the Vazgetashen village of Martuni region. The civilian was...
15:26
“City Talks”: more Internet and airtime to other networks
Till July 31, 2016 within VivaCell-MTS’ “City Talks” tariff plan the volume of Internet package has increased. Within Option 1...
15:12
Arman Navasardyan: There will be no Third World War
“I don’t think that there will be significant changes when Saudi Arabia’s forces enter Syria”,-said Arman Navasardyan,...
14:18
Twitter assures – you see messages that matter most when you log in
Twitter engineering manager Mike Jahr said that "important" messages can now be more or less pinned to the top of your timeline, a...
13:31
Madrid City Council to honour an anarchist giving his name to street with Franco-era associations
Just a few years ago it would have been utterly inconceivable that an anarchist would be honoured by having his name given to a street in the...
13:20
Vilen Galstyan: Renowned prima-ballerinas were dancing with me
Vilen Galstyan, People's Artist, Ballet Master of the Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet after Alexander Spendiaryan,...
11:49
US, French and Russian representatives to the OSCE: Minsk Group has full confidence of all participating States
During a meeting of the Permanent Council of the OSCE, the US Ambassador Daniel Baer said that as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the United...
20:16
What Mutual Expectations do the Kurds and the Russians Have?
Russian news site Gazeta.ru recently referred to the opening of representative office for Syrian Kurdistan in Moscow. According to the news...
19:45
President Sahakyan expressed hope, that the registered positive dynamics would be maintained in the future too
On 11 February Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan received the delegation of the Republic of Armenia's National Assembly headed by its...
18:13
Shaboyan assures that there are no barriers to entry into the banana market
State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition of Republic of Armenia gives enough attention to banana’s market. Today, after...
18:10
French Ambassador to OSCE: Minsk Group contributes to achievement of balanced and peaceful resolution to Nagorno Karabakh conflict
The OSCE Minsk Group contributes to achievement of a balanced and peaceful resolution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Véronique...
16:05
Weather gets warmer, temperature in schools rises
There are now no schools remaining closed because of the temperature, Narine Hovhannisyan, the head of the department on public education of the...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}