Sunday, January 03, 2010

Paradoxical fatwas

Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd Allah ibn Baaz of KSA issued two key fatwas:
  1. "During the [1991] Gulf War Ibn Baaz issued fatwa allowing the deployment of non-Muslim troops on Saudi Arabia soil to defend the Kingdom from the Iraqi army. Some noted that this was in contrast to his opinion in the 1940s, when he contradicted the government policy of Islamically allowing non-Muslims to be employed on Saudi soil.[12]"
  2. From Shi'a–Sunni relations: "In recent decades the late leading Saudi cleric, Abdul-Aziz ibn Baz, issued fatwa denouncing Shia as apostates, and according to Shia scholar Vali Nasr "Abdul-Rahman al-Jibrin, a member of the Higher Council of Ulama, even sanctioned the killing of Shias,[125] a call that was reiterated by Wahhabi religious literature as late as 2002."[127]"

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