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Periodical Review: Fatwas – March – April 2012

This review reports the main fatwas [religious-legal rulings] appearing in March and April 2012 on Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, a Web site run by the Salafist ideologue Abu Muhammad Al- Maqdisi. The fatwas are issued by the prominent Salafists who comprise the site’s Sharia Committee, in response to Web surfers’ questions.

Among those we have chosen to highlight in this review are fatwas covering the following: the religious-legal obligation of every Muslim to join jihad in Syria; affiliation with a Salafist political party; enlisting in an infidel army for the purpose of espionage; involvement in Libya’s National Transitional Council; and the status of the Free Syrian Army vis a vis the Salafist-jihadist Front for the Defense of the Syrian People.

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