Middle East Transparent
03 November 04
شفــــاف الشــــرق الأوســــط
Letter From Liberal Arabs & Muslims
To The United Nations Security Council &
The U.N. Secretary General
The following is a letter prepared by Dr. Jawad Hashim (Iraq’s former Minister of Planning), Lafif Lakhdar (The Tunisian Intellectual), and Dr. Shakir Al-Nabulsi (The Jordanian writer and author) calling upon the Security Council to proceed in establishing an International Tribunal to prosecute individuals, groups, or entities including, but not limited to, Muslim clerics who issue religious edicts (fatwas) inciting terrorist acts.
Their excellencies President and members of the UN-SC.
“…to establish a working group consisted of all members of the Security Council to consider and submit recommendations to the Council on practical measures to be imposed upon individuals, groups or entities involved in or associated with terrorist activities,…including more effective procedures considered to be appropriate for bringing them to justice through prosecution or extradition, freezing of their financial assets, preventing their movement through the territories of Member States, preventing supply to them of all types of arms and related material, and on the procedures for implementing these measures.”
As you are deliberating to recommend practical measures to be imposed on individuals, groups, or entities involved in or associated with terrorist activities pursuant to Resolution 1566, we, the signatories of this letter, a group of Arab and Muslim liberals, would like to draw your attention to an extremely dangerous source of terrorism. This source is the purported religious pronouncements “fatwas” issued by some psychotic members of dogmatic Muslims encouraging the commission of terrorist acts in the name of and under the banner of Islam.
It is not enough for the Security Council to adopt resolutions “condemning” terrorism. What will be more effective is the establishment of an International Tribunal affiliated to the UN organization for the prosecution of individuals, groups, or entities involved, directly or indirectly, with terrorist activities including, but not limited to, “fatwas” issued by religious clerics in the name of Islam calling upon Muslims to commit terrorist acts.
By these “fatwas”
all terrorists have died, or will die, fully convinced that they will immediately enter
But despite the above causes, certain religious fatwas remain the pivotal cause of terrorist acts. Fatwas which clothe such terrorist acts with legitimacy as being one of the sacred tenets of Muslim faith.
We can provide you with an exhaustive lists of fatwas which incite terrorist acts, but the following few may suffice:
the presiding judge of the Egyptian Court asked Sheikh Mohamed Al-Ghazali (a
leader in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood movement) to opine about the murder
of Faraj Foda (an Egyptian secular intellectual) in 1992, Sheikh Al-Ghazali’s
opinion was, “The killing of Faraj Foda was in fact the implementation of
the punishment against an apostate which the imam (the state) has
failed to implement (undertake).”
February 13, 2002, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper also published another
fatwa issued by the Saudi Sheikh Safar Bin Abdulrahman Al-Hawali in which he
described the 9/11 attacks as an equivalent given in return for President
Clinton missile attack on Al-Qaida’s training camps after the terrorists
attach on the American Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. He went on to condone the attack on the
fatwa issued by Sheikh Yousif Al-Qardhawi permitting the killing of “fetuses”
(unborn) jews, because (according to him) when jews are born and grown-up
they will join the Israeli army.
The fatwa issued by Rashid
Al-Ghannoushi (Tunisian) according to which he permits killing all civilians
As it is difficult, if not impossible, to prosecute these extremists in their native Arab or Islamic countries, they continue to issue and publish their fatwas inciting acts of terror under the false umbrella of Islam. As the fatwas issued by the extremist Muslims clerics encourage the commission of terrorist acts to provoke a state of terror, and, due to the importance of combating terrorism as a matter of urgency, we, the signatories of this letter, respectfully submit to your excellencies and to the Working Group Constituted pursuant to Article-9 of Resolution 1566 to create an International Tribunal to prosecute all terrorists, whether individuals, groups, or entities, including individuals who incite terrorism through the issuance of fatwas in the name of religion.
"Ousama Jureidini" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 18:22:44 +0300
I fully support the idea of a court to judge those clerics who issue "killing Fatwas".
However, I believe the respected Muslim clerics should have the moral courage to
show the Muslim population that these fatwas are not what was meant by being
martyrs and dying in the name of God. That these radical clerics are abusing Islam
and the name of God when they issue such vehement fatwas
Ousama Jurdi - Lebanon
"yassine el tunisiano" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
While being that intellectual, Arab liberal thinkers,
your proposal is idiot, reclam an international court
of terrorism, why does not have there it courts in the
countries able to judge this kind of business? then
which would be the utility of this court? only judged
Moslems by Westerners, cheer for your direction of
patriotism, still an idiocy.
Thanks to you the gap between the Moslem people and the
"intellectual" of your kind and the dictators of the
Moslem world grows hollow, and you are astonished that
the Moslem world is radicalized. the angry of the Moslems
of the world is legitimate against the dictators and the
"thinkers" of your kind, the Moslems do not need thinkers
but Scientists, who include/understand the problems of
the Moslems and who cure them evils which made them suffer,
i.e. injustice of the occident against the Moslems.
Misfortune with those which will have as doctors
of the pseudos "thinkers" of your kind.
You should claim a court to judge the crimes against humanity
caused by the Israelis, American, French during the war of
"if the State misses in a field, it will be filled by groups
or people" Adam Smith.
contemplate this sentence.
You said in your speech "on
legitimated the assassination of the Moslem intellectuals
free thinkers, as being apostates claiming that Islam
justifies the murder of such apostates.
(Published in newspaper Al-Ahram Al-Arabi of the
With such proposals, you do not astonish that of such
fatwas are published. My remarks are hard, but my
remarks are not isolated and are not shared by more
than one billion Moslems, and million no-Moslems,
who included/understood the injustice sudden by the
Islam needs scientist of my kind, and not of the absurd
proposals like your, Islam will make its revolution
one day and very soon, and unfortunately for you,
you will be to draw aside and leave at the roadsides.
Great idea deserves support from every one in the backward middle east.
But unfortunately, the first thing I notice when reading the signatures and
residence counties of each signature, is the vast majority of the people who
signed on it are living in the west, where such a measure is not needed.
This measure is needed for and in the middle east and the Islamic world.
People living there are the ones who should sign, not people living in the
free democratic west.
You have my support and signature any way.
Emad Alphonse, Accountant, Virginia, USA
"Abdelkarim Belkhadir" <email@example.com>
Agence Nationale de Réglementation des Télécommunications
Sat, 8 Jan 2005 12:06:42 -0800 (PST)
"Asser Hassan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
i happily agree to include my name in this good cause, trying to show the whole world that our religion and gods words do not condone killing except killers after all manner of peace seeking and through certain channels of authority.
Neopedssbe@aol.com Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2005 19:53:04 EST
Keep up the good work exposing the head of the snake called terrorism in the form of self appointed religious hypocrites.
Sami B. Elhassani, MD
Tue, 4 Jan 2005 15:59:45 -0800 (PST)
"Mabrouk Boudaga" <email@example.com>
Congratulations for your courageous initiative which I`ll sign up immediately.I ask you to add my name to the list and I want you to know that i`m ready to help and assist your efforts as lawyer whenever you need it :
Tunisian residing in
"Jana Hybaskova" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 20:13:55 +0100
Jana Hybaskova, European Parliament, MEP, EPP -ED:
This is a very needed and excellent initiative, which will help all of us, liberals, around the world to do some active measures to end with the horror of terrorist oppression not only in the East, but also in the West. I fully support it.
you and people like you give a hope for a better future for the mankind