Author: Shaykh Muhammad Afif Al-Akiti ; Shaykh Gibril Haddad (Introduction)
Publisher: Aqsa Press, Warda Publications (2006)
Pages: 53 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
The key Islamic concepts and rules pertaining to the conduct of war and its jurisprudence, its arena and boundaries, and the subject of suicide bombings and the reckless targeting of civilians have probably never before been presented in English with such depth, clarity of thought, and breadth of scholarship in Muslim Law.
Introduction by Shaykh Gibril F Haddad
Defending the Transgressed By Censuring
The Reckless Against The Killing Of Civilians
Excerpt from an Article by a Group
Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti's Fatwa
Fasl I. The Target: Maqtûl
Fasl II. The Authority: Âmir al-Qitâl
Fasl III. The Method: Maqtûl bih
Hâsil (Legal Outcome)
Masâ'il Mufassala (Various Questions)
'It is truly sad that despite our sophisticated and elaborate set of rules of engagement and in spite of the strict codes of warfare and the chivalrous disciplines which our soldiers are expected to observe, all having been thoroughly worked out and codified by the orthodox jurists of the Umma from among the generations of the Salaf, there are today in our midst those who are not ashamed to depart from these sacred conventions in favour of opinions espoused by persons who are not even trained in the Sacred Law at all let alone enough to be a qâdî or a faqîh - the rightful heir and source from which they should receive practical guidance in the first place.' (From the Book)
About the Author
Shaykh Afifi al-Akiti is a Research Fellow in Islamic Philosophy and Theology at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. He is presently completing his doctoral thesis at Oxford University, on a newly discovered Arabic manuscript of a previously unknown theological work by Imam al-Ghazali. He was born in Malaysia and educated in various madrasas with a long tradition in Shafii fiqh in East Java.
Among his most well known teachers are:
Shaykh Muhammad Yasin al-Fadani,
Shaykh Ibn Mahfuz al-Hajini,
Shaykh Ibn Ashmuni al-Jaruni
and Habib 'Aydarus al-Habshi.
He has translated various works in Malay as well as English; mostly textbooks that make up the curriculum of a Classical Islamic education, including Imam al-Bajuri's commentary on the Jawhara, Imam Nawawi al-Bantani on the Jami'a and his commentary on the Bidaya of Imam al-Ghazali. He has travelled widely, and notwithstanding the specific ijazas from his training, has also received general ijazas (for tabarrukan) from teachers beyond his homeland. (Source: Living Islam)