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Siege by Muslim states on another is 'forbidden,' say scholars

The International Union of Muslim Scholars said once again yesterday that the imposition of a siege on a fellow Muslim state is haram (forbidden), AlKhaleejonline.com has reported. The organisation has called for the crisis between the Arab states and Qatar to be resolved through dialogue.

In a statement signed by the Secretary General of the union, Shaikh Ali Al-Qaradaghi, it was stressed that blockading a Muslim state is not only haram; as a neighbouring as well as a Muslim state, Qatar also enjoys double rights from other Muslims, those of being a neighbour as well as those from sharing a faith. The media campaign against Qatar which preceded the blockade, added Shaikh Al-Qaradaghi, was "completely unacceptable" from a religious point of view.

Read: International Union of Muslim Scholars: Siege on Qatar is 'haram'

The scholars' union called for the leaders of the Gulf States, who imposed the siege on Qatar, to "lift it completely and return to the Islamic spirit in their mutual dealings." It praised and supports the "wise" efforts to end the crisis, including those by the Emir of Kuwait, Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.


The union's statement also called upon Muslim scholars in general and its members in particular to take part in the efforts to resolve the crisis and not to be dragged into the "sedition" that destroys the Ummah.

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