The ongoing violence in Syria perpetrated by the Syrian army against civilians and resistance movements has created a lot of anger in the Arab and Islamic world. Religious leaders and figures in the Arab and Islamic world have raised the flag of jihad against the Syrian regime in support of the Syrian people. Sheikh Hafiz Salama, a resistance leader in Suez, Egypt, called upon people in the Arab and Islamic world to volunteer for jihad in Syria in support of the Syrians and their struggle against president Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Salama said, “War against the Arab dictators in the Arab world is the people’s responsibility and not that of armies”. He added that thousands of Muslims from around the world volunteered in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, and they should do the same in Syria.
The Mufti of Mount Lebanon, Sheikh Muhammad Ali al-Jawzo, also called on all Muslims to launch jihad against the Syrian regime. Sheikh al-Jawzo said in a protest in Lebanon in support of the Syrian people, “The Baa’th Party has failed and will soon cease to exist. Muslims should start the jihad alongside the oppressed Syrian people”. Sheikh al-Jawzo asked the Lebanese government to not support the Syrian regime and to help Syrian refugees who have escaped to Lebanon.
A member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, Sheikh Saleh al-Luhaidan, described the Syrian government as “atheist” and also called for a jihad to defeat the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Al-Luhaidan said, “The Syrian President Bashar is Nusayri [Alawi], and he is worse than his father who killed many people in Syria”. Al-Luhaidan called upon the Syrian people to keep fighting until the regime falls.
Another statement issued by the Association of Islamic Scholars in Sudan states that jihad is a legitimate act in the Syrian case. The association encouraged all Muslims to go to Syria and aid the Syrian people. The association condemned the Sudanese government for sending a delegate to join the Arab team observing the violence in Syria and called it “as a shameful act to Sudan and the Sudanese”. They asked the Sudanese government to cut all ties with the Syrian regime and to declare jihad against it in support of the Syrian people.