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Periodical Review: Fatwas – January – February 2012

The following report details the main fatwas published in January and February 2012 on Minbar Al-Tawhid wal- Jihad, a Web site run by the Salafi ideologue Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. Web surfers’ questions are answered by the site’s Sharia Committee, which comprises a number of prominent Salafi sheikhs.

This publication presents some of the religious-legal rulings [fatwas] handed down in January and February 2012. Among them, we highlight fatwas concerning the Islamic laws regulating participation in Libya’s National Transitional Council; the status of property looted from the estate of the deposed tyrant Muammar Qadhafi and, similarly, the status of property looted from members of the Syrian regime; the stance one should take toward Sunni soldiers fighting in the Syrian Army; and whether or not it is permissible under Islamic law for a Muslim to work for one of the security forces (police, military, FBI) in the West.

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