Sayyid Mohammad Baqir al-Kashmiri is the Big Kahuna of I.M.A.M - The Imam Mahdi Association of Marjaeya - located in Dearborn Michigan.
Kashmiri has issued a clarifcation of Grand Ayatullah al-Sistani's call to Jihad for North American based Shia Muslims. It is a call to arms. This email is circulating in Canadian Shia forums.
Grand Ayatullah al-Sistani’s statement is very carefully worded and must be understood with great clarity as it originates from the legitimate Islamic responsibility and draws a roadmap for the security of Iraq and the region. It also addresses the remnants of the previous crises that the religious authority repeatedly alerted about; thus, it does not address only the current issue based on sentiments or emotions.
The statement obligates that all existing and influential sides solidify in cooperation and unity to confront terrorism in defense of Iraq and its citizens.
The statement specifically obligates the believers in Iraq who are able to take up arms in defense to do so, exclusively through the Iraqi official security agencies. However, that does not mean believers outside of Iraq cannot participate in such an honor.
The Jihad in the statement is “Wajib Kefaee,” meaning it is not an obligatory command for all believers. Therefore, women, elderly men, children, and even young men with higher education and expertise (who play a role in sustaining society) are not obligated. Any participant believer in this jihad is considered a martyr in the path of Allah Almighty.
It is required of all believers in the world to follow the instructions of the supreme religious authority exclusively through its reliable legitimate channels. They should also make every effort and stance that will enhance the defense against and defeat of terrorism. Furthermore, they should not forget to supplicate to God Almighty to gain victory over all the terrorists, and pray to hasten the appearance of our Imam (peace be upon him).
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