Apostasy in Modern Jihad 

​The Muslim Ummah has been struck by a calamity, the ripple effects of which are felt throughout the world. From Afghanistan to Somalia, and from Somalia to Yemen the Muslims are subjected to the brutal aggression of the forc-es of Kufr. In Iraq the bloodthirsty Rãfidah militias and death squads, supported by the US and its allies, continue to unleash untold horrors against the Sunni population. The Rus-sian army, in cohorts with the oppressive Alawi regime of Bashar Al-Assad and his Iranian backers, continue to massacre the Muslims of Syria, innocent men, women and children whose cry is … “Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people and appoint for us from Yourself a protector and appoint for us from Yourself a helper?” [An-Nisã’: 75]Jihãd in the Cause of Allãh U is the only means through which the aggression of these criminals can be repelled, thus Imãm Al-Qutub (ra) commented on this verse stat-ing that “Allãh made Jihãd compulsory in order to elevate His Word, make His religion victorious, and to liberate the weak believers from among His slaves, even if that involves the loss of lives. To free the (Muslim) prisoners is obligatory upon the Muslim community, either by fighting or by (paying the) ransom.”  It is during the times of calamity that the true nature of people is revealed, and it is in the fields of Jihãd that the sincere believer is distinguished from the evil hypocrite. Indeed, “Allãh will not leave the believers in the state in which you are now, until He distinguishes the wicked from the good.” [Ali ‘Imrãn: 179] Meaning, He allows a calamity to happen, and during this calamity His friend becomes known and His enemy exposed, the patient be-liever recognized and the sinful hypocrite revealed. [Tafsir Ibn Kathir] Commenting on the same verse Qatadah said, “He distinguished between them in Jihãd and Hijrah.”The calamity that has befallen the people of Shãm has ex-posed the hypocrisy and Kufr of a number of groups that profess Islãm and who claim to be fighting under its ban-ner on behalf of its people. They are those about whom Allãh U said “They enjoin what is wrong and forbid what is right.” [At-Tawbah: 67] Thus they fight under the banner of democracy and secularism and denounce those who strive for the implementation of the divine Shari’ah. And since “They wish you would disbelieve as they have dis-believed so you would be alike” [An-Nisã’: 89] they call the Muslims of Syria to join and support them in their acts of apostasy.Professing Islãm on one hand while fighting under the banner of Kufr on the other, these apostate groups give their allegiance to the enemies of Islãm and its people, namely the US and its allies, and thus enjoy their aid and support. Indeed, “They try to deceive Allãh and those who believe, while they only deceive themselves, and perceive (it) not!” [Al-Baqarah: 9] Such groups have fallen into apostasy from two angles, both of which were mentioned by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil-Wahhab as nullifiers of Islãm:  1.The belief that the guidance of someone other than the Prophet ﷺ is more perfect than his guidance; or that the ruling of other than the Prophet ﷺ is better than his ruling; [or the permissibility of accepting the ruling from other than what Allah has revealed].Thus, any group that fights under the banner of democracy and secularism has fallen into apostasy, as democracy is “the rule (governance) of the people, for the people, by the people”, the implication of which is that in a democratic society the people themselves are the ultimate source of legislation and governance, as opposed to Allãh U. Democracy is therefore a system of Tughyãn (transgres-sion); hence it is compulsory upon every Muslim to dis-believe in it and to reject it, as the High Most says: “Have you not seen those who claim that they believe in that which was revealed to you, and that which was sent down before you? They wish to refer to at-Tãghūt for judgment while they have been ordered to disbelieve in it. But Shaytãn wishes to lead them far astray.” [An-Nisã’: 60] This verse indicates that referring to the Tãghūt for judge-ment is an act that nullifies Īmãn and contradicts it, hence Īmãn is not sound except by disbelieving in Tãghūt and abandoning referring to it for judgment.Moreover, Allãh U declares whoever fights on behalf of the Tãghūt as disbelievers, as is clear from His statement: “Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allãh, and those who disbelieve fight in the cause of at-Taghūt. So fight you against the friends of Shaytãn. Ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaytãn.” [An-Nisã’: 76] The Kufr and apostasy of any group that fights under the banner of democracy and secularism is thus clear. 2. Backing or supporting the polytheists and aid-ing them against the Muslims. The evidence of this is the Saying of Allah, the Most High: “O you who have be-lieved, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them.” {Mã’idah: 51}This act of apostasy occurs as a result of accepting ‘help’ and ‘assistance’ from the Kuffār to oppose those from among the Muslims who are deemed to be ‘Islãmic ex-tremists’. They are those referred to by the former Prime Minister of Britain Tony Blair as ‘the fringe’ that must be fought and destroyed, as “it is hard to envisage compro-mise with such people. They have no reasonable de-mands upon which we can negotiate. This is not like Irish Republicanism.” [The Way Ahead] The West and its allies seek to destroy any group that fights to establish the Islãmic Sharī’ah, using both direct and indirect means. Aiding and supporting groups that they consider to be ‘moderate Muslims’ to fight against those labelled ‘extremists’ is just one of the methods em-ployed by these enemies of Islãm in order to achieve this aim. The divine texts are replete with evidence indicating the apostasy of the Muslim who allies himself with the Kuffār and aids them against the Muslims. Shaykh ibn Baz said in his Fatawã (1/274) that “The scholars of Islām have gathered in agreement (Ijma’) that the one who assists the Kuffār against the Muslims and helps them with any type of assistance, then he is a Kāfir like them. As Allah the Most High said: … whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them.” Contemporary history provides a number of examples of such acts of apostasy occurring in the lands of Jihãd. For instance, during the Soviet-Afghan Jihād, Muslims that were part of the former communist government chose to remain on the side of the communists when the Jihād started. Subsequently, they fought the Mujāhidīn along-side the Russian communist invaders.  There is no sin that one can commit, after his Islãm, than to turn back from this blessed religion.  Although Jihãd is the greatest deed after Imãn it does not grant those who carry arms under its banner an excuse to commit acts of apostasy.  Rather, Allãh  U  states that  “whoever of you reverts from his religion and dies while he is a disbeliever – for those, their deeds have become worthless in this world and the Hereafter, and those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide therein eternally.” [Al-Baqarah: 217] Thus Allãh  U  does not accept the ‘Jihãd’ of the apostates as  He  states  that  “their  deeds  have  become  worthless  in this world and the Hereafter”. Allãh  U  has informed the believers that the Kuffãr wage a relentless war of aggression against them, stating that they  “will  continue  to  fight  you  until  they  turn  you  back from your religion if they are able.” [Al-Baqarah: 217]. Sayyid Qutb (ra) comments in his  Tafsir: “This campaign never abates or relaxes. Fresh impetus is added at every stage,  and  greater  resources  are  deployed  whenever deemed necessary.”  The apostates are an important weapon  in  the  Kãfir’s  arsenal,  as  he  utilises  them  to  fight against the Mujahid, in an effort to prevent the establishment of  Allãh’s religion. The harm that these renegades cause is tremendous, due to the fact that they don the garments of Islãm and thus enjoy support from Muslims who have, unsuspectingly, been deceived by their lies. However,  Allãh  U  has provided the believers with a perfect solution, one that serves  to  cleanse  their  ranks  from  the  scourge  of  the apostates. He  U  says:  “ … if they turn away, then seize them  and  kill  them  wherever  you  find  them  and  take  not from among them any ally or helper.” [An-Nisa: 89] The noble Prophet of Islãm  ﷺ  also said:  “Whoever changes his religion (from Islãm), kill him.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]. The  apostate  groups  are  thus  faced  with  one  option, if they are to save themselves from the swords of the believers,  “…  And the punishment of the Hereafter is more severe and more enduring.” [Tã Hã: 127], and that is to repent and return to the fold of Islām, by disbelieving in and rejecting the religion of the Kuffãr (democracy and secularism) and desisting from aiding them against the Mujãhidīn and the Muslims whose religion and honour they fight to defend. “But if  they  repent, perform  the prayer  and give the Zakãh, then they are your brethren in religion. (In this way)  We explain the  Verses in detail for a people who know.” [At-Tawbah: 11]

(Reisala magazine 4)

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