Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid Issues Fatwa Permitting Hacking “Jewish Websites”

May 9, 2013

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Sheikh Muhammad Al-Munajid; to view this clip on MEMRI TV, click here

 

Sheikh Muhammad Al-Munajid, a well-known Saudi Islamist lecturer and author, and a former staff member of the Saudi Embassy’s Islamic Affairs Department in Washington, D.C. until he was stripped of his diplomatic credentials (see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 2020, “Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid Slams Beijing Olympics: Nothing Makes Satan Happier Than The ‘Bikini’ Olympics,” August 12, 2008; view the MEMRI TV page for Muhammad Al-Munajid here) frequently appears on Saudi TV channels (see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 2123, MEMRI Generates Debate Between Arab Reformists And Extremist Islamist Sheikhs Over Call To Kill Mickey Mouse, November 21, 2008). Sheikh Al-Munajid has a large online following, with 327,173 followers on his Twitter page (twitter.com/almonajjid).

On January 21, 2011, on Al-Majd TV, Sheikh Al-Munajid issued a fatwa on hacking “Jewish” websites and in support of cyber jihad. He said: “In principle, hacking into websites and sabotaging them is forbidden. This is not allowed because Allah has forbidden spying. You are not allowed to go into other people’s secrets without their permission. In addition, sabotaging these websites constitutes corruption, which is displeasing to Allah. This is aggression, which is displeasing to Allah.

“As for hacking and sabotaging Jewish websites – this is a special case that requires a special answer. The people whose property and websites are protected do not include criminal aggressors. These Jews are bombing from land, air, and sea, perpetrating genocide against our brothers, killing women and children, and destroying homes and mosques with people inside… There is no doubt that they are criminals, corrupters, attackers, and saboteurs. Their websites are targeted in the context of the war against them…

“So spying on their websites and penetrating their communication airwaves is, without a doubt, legitimate in this war. [This hacking] is a type of electronic jihad, which, together with media jihad and economic jihad, is needed by the Muslims, along with military jihad…”