Thursday, September 16, 2004
The Daily Fatwa
Wish death on all your enemies? Of course!
There's even a fatwa!
On the Enemies (NOTE: This was before 9/11. It got worse after that date)
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000
Question: Bismehi Ta'aalaAll praise is due to Allah, who guided us with the babul ershad and the safinatun nejaat. May Allah prolong the life of our beloved leader, Seyyed Ali Khamenei I wish to pose a follow-up question to the answer regarding la'n and cursing on the enemies of the Ahlul Bayt (AS). 1. What is the status of wishing death (marg, mowt) on the political enemies of the Muslims, Israel and American in particular? Is this considered a form of insult (towheen), cursing (la'n), or something else? This has hurt the feelings of many Americans, despite the clarification that it is aimed at the government. Furthermore, it has harmed the reputation of the committed Muslims living abroad and has been a stumbling block to dialogue.2. What is the status of wishing death on the Muslims who are against the current concept and application of velayat-e faqih, as is sometimes done after group prayers (namaz-e jama'at)? The original question (#2873e) was: 1. What is the ruling on cursing (la'n) the enemies of the Ma'sumeen? Is this a sunna of our beloved Prophet (S) and Imams (AS)? (Answer was: Bismihi Ta`ala 1) It is prohibited to insult their enemies, however cursing (their enemies and Allah's) has been mentioned many times in the Qur'an. With prayers for your success)
Answer:: Bismihi Ta`ala, The expression "Death to America / Israel" is a kind of supplication or invocation against them to die and be eradicated, and is not swearing or insulting. The death of a tyrant is far better and desired than his being alive and here you will find this meaning in this part of a supplication. "Oh God grant me a life with excessive goodness, and death to comfort me from all evilness." Oppressors are theives that block the way between mankind and their Creator, in order to take them away from their Lord, therefore they are tyrants for them. Wallahul`Alim. With prayers for your success, wassalam.