New ‘Jihad Code’ Threatens Al Qaeda

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — From within Libya’s most secure jail a new challenge to al Qaeda is emerging.

Leaders of one of the world’s most effective jihadist organizations, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), have written a new “code” for jihad. The LIFG says it now views the armed struggle it waged against Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime for two decades as illegal under Islamic law.

The new code, a 417-page religious document entitled “Corrective Studies” is the result of more than two years of intense and secret talks between the leaders of the LIFG and Libyan security officials.

The code’s most direct challenge to al Qaeda is this: “Jihad has ethics and morals because it is for God. That means it is forbidden to kill women, children, elderly people, priests, messengers, traders and the like. Betrayal is prohibited and it is vital to keep promises and treat prisoners of war in a good way. Standing by those ethics is what distinguishes Muslims’ jihad from the wars of other nations.”

The code has been circulated among some of the most respected religious scholars in the Middle East and has been given widespread backing. It is being debated by politicians in the U.S. and studied by western intelligence agencies.

In essence the new code for jihad is exactly what the West has been waiting for: a credible challenge from within jihadist ranks to al Qaeda’s ideology. [continues at]


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2 Comments on "New ‘Jihad Code’ Threatens Al Qaeda"

  1. I for one, really think a sense of chivalry needs to return to the world, and would be quite amused if terrorists were the ones to bring it back, the modern do what ever it takes to win attitude is unworthy of all but the lowest of peasants.

  2. Word Eater | Nov 10, 2009 at 10:31 pm |

    Holy crap. This is awesome.

    I don't know what else to say, but “good job.”

    Sad that the “jihad” has better defined ethics than the United States, isn't it?

    I remember (reading about — I'm not nearly old enough) how proud the US was that we treated prisoners of war just as good as our own soldiers during WWII. We found out about the concentration camps and it was gloves off from then on.

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