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Who has the right to declare Jihad?

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I have one question related to Jehad, if someone cold answer. Who is the real person (present days) who has a rights to declare or call for Jehad under Islamic-teachings? Or in other words who is supposed to take final dicsion that now its time for Jehad? According to my studies of Quran, what I understand is, in present days the head of any muslim state (ie. King, President, Prime-minister depending upon political setup in that country) has final authority to decide if its time to Jehad or not, as he is the only key person who got the actual knowlrdge situations at political/internation level. Is I'm right?

 

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Who has the right to declare Jihad?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

You are absolutely right in your understanding of who has a right to declare jihad. Only the God Fearing leader of an Islamic nation, or the leader of the believers (if any), have the right to declare jihad. This call to jihad cannot be made by any one individual who does not have a political position of being the leader of a nation or nations.

 

In the case, where the muslims, although in the majority, are being oppressed and persecuted for following their religion, then the scholars have a right to declare jihad against the aggressors to protect the lives, property and honor of the believers. Examples of these are Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Palestine, Kashmir, etc.

 

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