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Are citizens of U.S. legitimate targets for Retaliation?

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I would like to know whether ordinary citizens of the US are legitimate targets for Retaliation? Many people have told me that they are because they pay taxes to support military Atrosoties against muslims, Can they can be looked upon as the enemy ?

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Are citizens of U.S. legitimate targets for Retaliation?

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.


The principles of Islam state that we, as believers, are not allowed to attack or kill any civilians, old people, women, children, etc., even if their countries are at war against us. The believers are only allowed to fight those who fight against us in war. No matter how many atrocities and aggression the disbelievers may do against us and our civilians, we are not allowed by Islam and Shariah to transgress the boundaries of Allah, and retaliate by killing their civilians. We cannot allow their injustices and enmity to provoke us to such an extent, that we over-step the boundaries set by Allah and His Messenger (saws).


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 8:O you who have believed! Be steadfast in righteousness and just in giving witness for the sake of Allah. The enmity of any people should not so provoke you as to turn you away from justice. Do justice; for it is akin to piety. Fear Allah! Indeed, He is fully aware of what you do.


When a believer sees the atrocities and aggression done against brother muslims, it obviously becomes very difficult for him to control his emotions and his feelings for revenge against the oppressors. But, no amount of emotions or feelings for revenge allows a believer, who believes in Allah and the Last Day, to transgress the boundaries that Allah has set for them. At these trying times, we must be patient, steadfast, and pious; and pray to Allah to help us against the oppressors.


The argument that some people have given that ordinary Americans are valid targets simply because they pay taxes to the US Governement, is invalid in Shariah and Islam. Even at the time of the Prophet (saws), there were civilians who spent their money to wage war against the muslimsbut never ever did the Prophet (saws) allow the killing of civilians. In Islam, we are only allowed to fight those who fight against us on the actual plains of war.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 190:Fight in the cause of Allah with those who fight against you, but do not transgress the limits; for Allah does not love the transgressors.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,





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