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New Fatwa Calls For Offensive Jihad

January 20, 2011

January 20 2011- Militant Islam Monitor -Barry Rubin writes in the Jerusalem Post:

"In Egypt, an extraordinarily important fatwa has been issued by Dr. Imad Mustafa, of al-Azhar University, the world's most important Islamic university.

He began by stating the well-known doctrine of "defensive jihad," that is Muslims must go to war against infidels who attack them. Of course, the word "attack" is often spread rather thinly to justify aggression.

But now Mustafa has publicly and explicitly come up with a new concept, one that up until now was supposedly restricted to groups like al-Qaida: "Then there is another type of fighting against the non- Muslims known as offensive jihad... which is to pursue the infidels into their own land without any aggression [on their part]..." http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=203876

Rubin points out that the fatwa is a "development of stupendous proportions" and is being ignored by Western media and that " it could be a historical turning point that will greatly intensify revolutionary Islamist terrorism and attacks on the West."

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