IUMS condemns the killing of peaceful protesters in Libya, calls all sides to protect Libya’s stability

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IUMS condemns the killing of peaceful protesters in Libya, calls all sides to protect Libya’s stability

All praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His messenger, his family, companions and faithful followers,

The International Union of Muslim Scholars followed with extreme concern, grief, and attention the developments of the latest incidents that lead to the death and injury of a huge number of peaceful protesters in Tripoli who called for evacuating Tripoli of militant features, outside the scope of legitimacy, as resolved by the National Congress and in accordance with the edict of Mufti Sheikh Sadiq Al-Ghariani.

In light of these dangers and tragedies, the union views and asserts the following:

1-The union calls everyone to be watchful of Allah regarding souls, honor, and property as assault against them was made prohibited by Allah and their sanctity was declared equal to that of Mecca, the holy months, and Holy Mosque. The union reminds to be particularly fearful of Allah in spilling blood, for Allah Almighty said: {whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.} [Quran 5:32], and affirmed that {But whoever kills a believer intentionally - his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and God has become angry with him and has cursed him and has prepared for him a great punishment.} [Quran 4:93]. Many hadiths moreover prove that the sanctity a believer’s soul is grander for Allah than that of the honored Al-Kaaba and that (a believer remains within a space of their religion unless they spill a prohibited blood). Hence, we call everyone; the Libyan government, the revolutionaries, and sincere citizens to cooperate in building Libya, its stability, guaranteeing freedoms and people’s rights in order to speed up the start of the stage of development, revival, and heal yesterday’s sad wounds and tragedies.

2-The union calls Libyan revolutionaries, who liberated Libya from tyranny, and carved with their sacrifices and efforts the road to freedom and dignity for the Libyan people, to protect the purity of their battle and arms, avoid directing them toward their brothers in religion and homeland, no matter the disagreements between them, and prove their sincerity during the stage of building by approving dialogue and negotiations as the means to solve problems and crises instead of violence and arms, just as they proved their sincerity through their sacrifices during the stage of liberation.

3-The union calls the great Libyan people, particularly the revolutionaries, that stood united around the goals of the glorious Libyan, revolution to unite around these goals, protect their revolution and its great gains, protect the democratic method, eliminate injustice, corruption and tyranny in loyalty to the blood of martyrs and the sacrifices of honorable people in Libya who made sacrifices for the sake of freedom, dignity, justice and stability.

4-The union calls the ‘wise men’ of Libya, its reasonable figures whether among opposition, government, or militant groups among Libyan revolutionaries, as well as traditional social leaderships to cooperate to end this crisis through dialogue and fairness, and confirms in this regard the points mentioned in the fatwa edict by Sheikh Sadiq Al-Ghariani.

5-The union calls all the Libyan people to exercise caution about international conspiracies that – with the help of the remnants of the deceased regime inside Libya – are being schemed to hijack the Libyan revolution by driving it into destructive chaos then excluding sincere people from the administration of the country.

And we are certain that the Libyan people are able – in God’s will – to protect their revolution, and we ask Allah to grant them shrewdness of opinion and Godspeed.

6-The union warns regional and international powers about interfering in internal Libyan affairs, and attempting to stir seditions and disturbance among the Libyan people, as such moves would entail risks for the security and stability of the region and the world.

7-The union, as it follows with extreme concern the developments of incidents and wishes to reach a speedy solution, lays at the same time all its capacities and the experiences of its wise members available for all efforts to reach appeasement between Libyan brothers.

{I only intend reform as much as I am able. And my success is not but through God.}

Doha on: 12 Muharram, 1435 H

Dated: 16 November, 2013

Dr. Ali Al-Qaradaghi                                                                Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

IUMS Secretary General                                                              IUMS President