Br. Ali then said:
"Among the notions this group raised:
That there is no jihad without the existence of an imam (i.e., khalifa) over the Muslims and that to die in defense of Islam, the Muslims, and their lands was equivalent to suicide"
[To which Abu Khadijah replies]
"This is a lie and fabrication - Our position is same as the Prophet (s) and the Sahaabah - That is, that the Prophet (s) did not take the war to the kuffaar (ie offensively) until he was the Imaam or leader of the Muslims. So our position is the same as that which is that jihaad is behind a Muslim Ruler of a Muslim nation. As for if one wishes to go and defend and aid some Muslims in a different land where the disbelievers are taking their land and lives, then this is something fine if one has ability and will benefit the situation as the Allaah says: Help one another upon piety and righteousness... and the Prophet (s) said: The one who dies protecting his property is a martyr... This is the postion of Shaykh Albaanee and Shaykh Ali Hasan and Shaykh Saleem - So brother Ali has been beguiled and misunderstood this simple concept."
Again he twists the facts. Muhammad Shaqra clearly writes in his book, "Hiya as-Salafiya Nisbatan wa 'Aqidatan wa Manhajan" (It is Salafiya as an Appellation, Creed and Methodology):
"None may open the door for jihad nor raises its banner; nor permit it, nor called for it - except a single imam [over the Muslims], whether the people like that or not." (p. 200)
And he also writes:
"We ask as to why the umma cannot stand up to fulfill the issue of the obligation of jihad? This is because jihad ... is not to be [allowed] except with [the existence of] an imam and his [subsequent] permission. In this, it is similar to the hudud and punishments. These are not to be applied or established except by the general imam [ruling over all the Muslims]." (p. 194)
[Muhammad Shaqra] also gives a fatwa that the umma will not sin if it forsakes jihad these days, by saying:
"And hence, if it is not in the ability of the umma, to stand up in [fulfillment of] the duty of jihad due to the lack of a [single] amir (khalifa) [over the Muslims] who ties its banner, permits [its undertaking], and places a leader over the army; jihad [then] becomes among the impossible obligations [to fulfill]. And hence the umma does not sin by forsaking jihad." (p. 196)
Unfortunately, the author [Muhammad Shaqra] comes to the following conclusion regarding the ruling on jihad today:
"The best jihad today ... is to hold back from jihad." (p.204)
Shaqra also rules that the contemporary mujahid is open to Allah's anger and punishment and [if killed in battle] has then committed an act of suicide, whereas he says verbatim:
"He [who goes forth for jihad] is escaping to sin, going forth to [Divine] punishment, committing suicide with an arrow of Allah's wrath which he reaches for and thrusts into his breast." (pp. 199-200
In all of these ideas, Shaqra has gone against the ijma' of the ummah of Islam. Specifically, that jihad is a continual obligation till the Day of Resurrection. It does not require the permission of an imam over the Muslims. Indeed, jihad is obligatory upon everyone of us when the Muslims are attacked in their lands. Indeed, in such circumstances, jihad becomes obligatory for a woman to go forth even without the permission of her husband, the slave even without the permission of his master, the son even without the permission of his father.
Moreover, refer to the tape to which Abu Zubair mentioned, where Saleem al-Hilali also clearly denies contemporary jihad in the world today. Also refer to al-Farsi's statements in the UK, equating the Bosnian jihad with terrorism.