Regarding The Issue Of Algeria And Sheikh Abu Qatadah In The 1990's: Did Shaykh Abu Qatada Permit The Killing Of Women And Children In Algeria?
It seems that a lot of people till this day are continuously
bringing up this argument against Sheikh Abu Qatadah that he allowed the
killing of innocent women and children in Algera. This argument is picked up by
many people, from laymen to even people who call themselves shuyukh.
The people who claim this are either of two categories –
either they are ignorant about the issue, hence they should not be speaking on
something they clearly don't have knowledge about, or they are deliberately
manipulating the reality for their own cause. Its quite sickening when you see
someone who is considered an Imam (not mentioning names but there are plenty of
examples of people with the title ‘Shaykh' who have claimed this) not being
fair or speaking on something he is ignorant about.
Did the Shaykh really allow the killing of women & men?
Lets go back to the fatwa that the sheikh had issued – the Regime was killing
women and children, they were slaughtering everyone and hence the question came
forward to Sheikh Abu Qatadah:
"Is it allowed to threaten the regime officers with targeting of their
residential places where their families are present? until they stop from this
act (to kill Women and children from the population)'.
Now lets note two things, firstly – there is not mention of actually carrying
out these acts…secondly, this is in direct response to the military tactics
used by the regime. So what we are referring to here is simply a military
tactic that one will threaten them with what they threaten you with, in this
case in fact its what they are carrying out already – this is not a fatwa
actually legitimising these acts being carried out. And we quote further from
Sheikh Abu Qatadah's fatwa, where he said: "If it is impossible to prevent or
stop the regime from doing these acts (killing women & children) in no other
way than threatening that ‘If you don't stop this, we will do so and so' than
it is allowed"
Lets also note what the Sheikh said here – again, clearly, the Shaykh did not
legitimise the actual targeting of the families of these officers but simply
the threatening and most importantly the Sheikh made a clear condition which
was in case of neccesity that only if there is no other possible way to stop
this, only then you can use this method as a military tactic, not carrying out
these acts, but threating that ‘we will do so and so' if you don't stop killing
our women and men.
And we conclude with the words of Shaykh Abu Qatadah, words of importance that
really highlights the biasness of the people who accuse the shaykh of this,
firstly they are misquoting the shaykh, a big misquotation – secondly as the
"If you go with this question to the Ulema, like Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (rahimahuAllah)
you will find that he said words that are much more serious than what I said,
so why only Abu Qatadah? Why not Sh. Ibn Uthaymeen (rahimahuAllah)"
And Allah knows best