June 2013

Denouncing the Killing of the Catholic Priest Francois Murad

On Sunday, June 23, Syrian Catholic priest François Murad was murdered in his monastery in Gassanieh, northern Syria. The monastery was looted; and its bells and cross were removed.
As we received this shocking news with a lot of sorrow and sadness, we hereby declare our denunciation of this crime with the strongest words. The perpetrators are criminals who must be brought to justice. There is nothing in Islam or nor in any ethical principle that would justify such a crime.
Muslims and Christians in Syria have lived for centuries side by side in peace and harmony. Nothing happened to interrupt these historical relations. The Syrian people revolted against the Assad political regime for its oppression not against an ethnic or religious group. Therefore, we warn any change of the nature of our uprising to a religious or ethnic war. We stand all side by side, against crimes and oppression regardless of our religious or ethnic affiliation.
On my behalf and on behalf of many Syrians who share my views, I offer my condolences to the Latin Monastery of Mar Sam’an in Jisr al-Shughoor and to Catholic Church of Syria and to the Syrian people; as by killing him the criminals stabbed every Syrian in their hearts.
I call upon the syrian clerics who support the uprising of our people and the organisations and leagues of Syrian Ulema to issue clear statements denouncing this crime to prove to the rebels who may think of committing such crimes that they would go against Islam and they will be rejected by our people and brought to justice.

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate Most Merciful

A Call to the Commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)

Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

One and a half years have passed since our people took up arms to defend their religion, land and honour against one of the most savage criminal regimes in the World.

At this time thousands of heroes from Syria and the Islamic World have aided our people,

And in relation to the public proclamation of Jihad in Syria which we issued one and a half years ago and today the Ulema Conference issued,

we urge the leaders of the FSA to implement the following points:

1. To open recruitment offices for volunteers in some Arab capitals in the region; so that volunteering is done exclusively in the FSA. Disunity is blameworthy; holding onto the rope of Allah Almighty under a one leadership is an obligation.The anarchy we have witnesed must push us towards planning, organising and uniting; as Allah Almighty says, {Indeed, Allah loves those who fight in His cause in a row as though they are a [single] structure joined firmly} (Surah Al-Saff:4).

2. The Free Army should allocate volunteers into new formations or amalgamate them into already existent brigades as needed according to a well-studied military plan which considers the need of the most affected areas. These newly formed units should be led by military officers bearing expertise and trustworthiness.

3. A supreme national military court should be established so that military personnel who committ crimes are brought to justice. The court should include 3 judges, 3 jurists and 3 military officers, all of whom should hold expertise and experience in their respective fields.

4. A recruitment department should be formed which enlists all exisiting fighters and issues military ID cards for them. This department should be based in a liberated region.

5. Due to the incursion of Iran and Hezbollah, the conflict has entered a new phase wich requires us to develop our capabilities, tactics to accommodate future volunteers from the Islamic World who are eager to support our people against oppression and persecution.
{And Allah will surely support those who support Him [His religion]. Indeed, Allah is All-Powerful and Exalted in Might} (Surah Al-Hajj:40).

His Eminence Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi will be delivering two talks in London in early July:

1. “How to Erase Our Sins” 4pm 6th July 2013
Harrow Central Mosque
34 Station Road,


2. “The Prophetic Diet” 4pm 7th July 2013
Hounslow Jamia Masjid & Islamic Centre
367 Wellington Road South


Sh. Al-Yaqoubi calls upon foreign fighters to leave Syria

Denunciation of the execution of a boy in Aleppo

By H. Eminence Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

A group of Muslim fighters in Aleppo executed yesterday a fourteen-year-old boy in after accusing him of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad PBUH.

We denounce this inhuman unIslamic crime; and we demand that the murderers be captured and brought to justice. They are but a gang of criminals who use religion to cover their thirst for power.

What these criminals just committed is one of the most cruel crimes ever perpetrated by the name of Islam. They murdered an innocent life and executed a child who happened to be a good Muslim from a righteous family who observes Islam; and we confirm that what the child said is not balsphemy against the Prophet of Islam in any form.

In response to the crime, we have issued a detailed fatwa on the impossibility of the implementation of Islamic penalties in today’s Syria. We explained with valid proofs all the errors and fallacies in this crime which was wrongly done in the name of Islamic Shari’a.

On this painful occasion, we call upon all foreign fighters to leave Syria and go back to their homelands. We know our country better and we confirm that we do not need fighters and we thank everyone who sincerely want to help our people. Yet, we announce that what our people need most is food and medicine and what the Free Syrian Army needs most is ammunition.

Last but not least, we offer our sincere condolences to the family of the boy, praying that Allah grant them patience and forbearance and that their child precede them to the Heavens. We pray that Allah bestow His Infinite Mercy to the martyrs of our country and that He grant our people victory and relieve them from their agony.