Fatwa on duty to bear arms against the Houthis in the event that the Yemen refuses to fulfill its duties in Dammaj

Fatwa, posted 11.6.2013, from Yemen, in:
Fatwa on duty to bear arms against the Houthis in the event that the Yemen refuses to fulfill its duties in Dammaj

The Association of Yemeni Ulema, headed by Sheikh Abdul Majid al-Zindani, called upon all members of the Yemeni people to undertake the duty of support, removing oppression, and aiding the oppressed in reference to what is happening to the people of Dammaj in Saada province.

A statement issued by the Association of Yemeni Ulema emphasized that “if the country does not fulfill its duties, then the legal duty is upon the Yemeni people to undertake the support of the oppressed and drive back the aggressing oppressor.”

The Yemeni ulema also stressed in their statement the necessity of the government’s fulfilling their duty in quelling what they called “discord”, to stop the aggression and lift the siege on Dammaj immediately, in addition to accountability for the aggressors, extension of state authority, and realization of security and stability in Saada province.

The Association of Yemeni Ulema considered “that what is happening today in Dammaj in terms of repulsive butchery, attacks on its mosque and killing of those praying in it, demolition of houses upon their inhabitants, a smothering siege, the targeting of peaceful citizens (men, women, and children), and denial of food, medicine, and aid to the wounded, these are phenomena foreign to the Muslim Yemeni people, used by the enemies of the umma.”

Observers consider that the silence of official parties, led by President Hadi, may be a direct cause of the opening of fronts of sectarian warfare in multiple places and fronts, due to negligence on his part and that of the regime toward fulfilling even a minimum of their constitutional and national responsibilities toward to Yemeni people.

Text of the statement by the Association of Yemeni Ulema, published by Mareb Press:

Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds, and prayers and peace by upon God’s Messenger and his family and all his companions.

In light of the current horrific situation, in which the people of Yemen seek the realization of security and stability, sparing of bloodshed, the deepening of the ties of brotherhood between the Muslim Yemeni people, orientation toward construction and development, and amelioration of the effects of the previous period which the country passed through, indeed the Yemeni people are surprised by the igniting of the fire of discord and the shedding of blood and the loss of lives in some areas of Yemen, and most recently what is happening today in Dammaj in terms of repulsive butchery, attacks on its mosque and killing of those praying in it, demolition of houses upon their inhabitants, a smothering siege, the targeting of peaceful citizens (men, women, and children), and denial of food, medicine, and aid to the wounded.

These events and painful crimes are phenomena foreign to the Muslim Yemeni people, used by the enemies of the umma and its opponents in tearing apart the ranks of our people and the fragmentation of its country, the shattering of its armies, the disturbance of its security, the creation of conflict between its components, and fueling the flame of sectarian and regional discord, driving the country into destructive wars.

And arising from the Association of Yemeni Ulema by their legal duty to face these dangerous situations, and seeking to prevent such ramifications and dire consequences, and to spare the bloodshed of the Muslim Yemeni people, both civilian and military, and to preserve the country’s security and stability, the Association emphasizes the following:

1. The duty to make great the inviolability of sacrosanct blood, as the Almighty said: “But whoever kills a believer intentionally - his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and Allah has become angry with him and has cursed him and has prepared for him a great punishment.” (Surat an-Nisa’ 93)And as the Prophet said, prayers be upon him and upon his family and his companions and peace: “Whoever kills a believer and was pleased with his death, God will not accept from him supererogatory performance nor obligatory duties,” as narrated by Abu Dawood.

2. The state’s fulfilling its duty in quelling discord, stopping aggression, lifting the siege on Dammaj immediately, holding the aggressors accountable, extending its influence, and realizing security and stability in Saada province and all areas of Yemen, as the Prophet (the prayers of God upon him and upon his family and companions and peace) said: “Each of you is a shepherd and responsible for his flock, and so the imam is a shepherd and responsible for his flock,” as narrated by Bukhari.

3. If the state does not fulfill its duty, then the legal duty is upon the Yemeni people to support the oppressed and drive out the aggressing oppressor, as the Prophet said (the prayers of God upon him and upon his family and companions and peace): “The Muslim is the brother of the Muslim; do not oppress him and do not forsake him,” as narrated by Bukhari and Muslim.The Prophet (the prayers of God upon him and upon his family and companions and peace) also said, “There is none among humanity who forsakes a Muslim in a situation which profanes his inviolability, which detracts from his honor, but that God forsakes this one in his time of needing support.And there is none among humanity who supports a Muslim in a situation which detracts from his honor, which profanes his inviolability, but that God supports this one in his time of needing support,” as narrated by Ahmad and Abu Dawood.

We ask of God Almighty that he join the hearts of all the Muslims and prevent the shedding of their blood and bring together their words to the right and the faith.

Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds, and the prayers of God and peace be upon his Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and all his companions.

Issued by the Association of Yemeni Ulema, Sana’a.

Thursday the 26th of Dhu al-Hijja, 1434

دعت هيئة علماء اليمن – التي يرأسها الشيخ عبدالمجيد الزنداني - كافة أبناء الشعب اليمني القيام بواجب النصرة ورفع الظلم ونصرة المظلوم في إشارة لما يجري لأبناء دماج بمحافظة صعدة .

وأكد بيان صادر عن هيئة علماء اليمن أنه" إذا لم تقم الدولة بواجبها فالواجب الشرعي على أبناء الشعب اليمني القيام بنصرة المظلوم ودفع الظالم المعتدي".

كما شدد علماء اليمن في بيانهم على ضرورة قيام الدولة بواجبها في إخماد ما أسموه "الفتنة" وإيقاف العدوان وفك الحصار عن دماج فوراً , إضافة إلى محاسبة المعتدين وبسط نفوذ الدولة وتحقيق الأمن والاستقرار في محافظة صعدة .

واعتبرت هيئة علماء اليمن "أن ما يحدث اليوم في دماج من مجازر بشعة واعتداء على مسجدها وقتل المصلين فيه، وهدم للمنازل على ساكنيها، وحصار خانق واستهداف للمواطنين الآمنين من الرجال والنساء والأطفال، ومنع للغذاء والدواء وإسعاف الجرحى هي ظواهر دخيلة على الشعب اليمني المسلم، تخدم أعداء الأمة .

وأعتبر مراقبون أن صمت الجهات الرسمية وفي مقدمتهم الرئيس هادي ربما يكون سبباً مباشرا في فتح جبهات حروب طائفية في أكثر من موقع وأكثر من جبه , نظرا لتخلي هادي ونظامه القيام بأدنى مسئولياتهم الوطنية والدستورية تجاه مواطني الشعب اليمني .