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Periodical Review: Jihadist Fatwas – March-April 2013

This review reports the main fatwas [religious-legal rulings] issued in response to readers’ questions by Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, the Web site of Salafist ideologue Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi. In March and April 2013, Sheikh Shanqiti ruled as follows:

• The Alawites are idol-worshippers. It is therefore permissible to take their money as loot and even to harm their wives and children – albeit under certain conditions.

• Jewish and Christian houses of worship may be open to attack only if their congregations oppose Islam. However, it is preferable to take them over and convert them into mosques.