Article from islamonline.net.. as this is posted, to my knowledge, more than 875 have been killed and 3,695 others wounded..
Name of Questioner: Hind - Maldives
Title: War on Gaza: Role of Scholars
Question: Dear scholar, as-salamu `alaykum. What are the roles and duties of Muslim scholars in the current oppressive war on Gaza?
Date: 05 Jan 2009
Name of Mufti:`Abdul-Majeed Subh, Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti
Topic: Relations during War, Jihad: Rulings & Regulations
Wa `alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Sister, thanks for your good question which shows how far you are concerned about the affairs of your Muslim brothers and sisters. May Allah Almighty help the oppressed people in Gaza to re-gain their stolen rights.
What is happening now in Gaza is nothing but an inhumane barbaric massacre. Therefore, it is the role of every person, Muslim and non-Muslim, to spare no efforts to help the oppressed and alleviate their suffering. Muslim scholars should guide people in helping the oppressed; they bear a huge responsibility in this regard.
In his response to your question, Sheikh Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti, Director of the Islamic Center of South Plains, Lubbock, Texas , states:
First and foremost, Muslim scholars must mobilize the Muslim masses to do whatever they can to stop the Israeli atrocities against the people of Gaza. Those who can fight must do so, and those who can only give money must do so.
Scholars must also expose the hypocrisy of Israel and America. The people of Gaza are under an illegal occupation according to international law. They have been besieged and starved for a long time, and instead of receiving relief from the world, they are now being annihilated by the Israeli army that is supplied with American military technology.
The Israelis are currently proving to the world that the blood-thirsty sacredness of their Old Testament ancestors is still acceptable in their ideology:
"In the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them… as the Lord your God has commanded you." (Deuteronomy 20:16–17)
"When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations … then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy." (Deuteronomy 7:1–2)
Muslim Scholars and intellectuals need to show the world the roots of this barbarity, and make the whole world understand it in plain language.
- White phosporous (banned weapon) reported to be used in Gaza. [When air-burst, White phosphorous can fall over an area about the size of a football field and burn every thing it touches. (Reuters)]
Moreover, Sheikh `Abdul-Majeed Subh, a prominent Azharite scholar, adds:
I am very sad that many Muslim scholars are lagging behind in carrying out their duty towards Gaza and its people.
I commend the stance of scholars who severely criticized the oppressive war on Gaza, and asked Muslims to assist the oppressed people there by all possible means.
Scholars should explain the many dimensions of this crisis, explaining its roots and historical background.
In short, scholars should lead people and guide them in assisting the oppressed people in Gaza by all possible means and through all legal channels.