Jihadi cleric Sheikh Abu Mundhir al-Shinqiti has called on Egyptians to stop
using nonviolent means such as protests, and instead to attack the regime and
the “army of infidels” and “a collection of criminals.”
A prominent but
somewhat shadowy jihadi thinker, the Mauritania-born Shinqiti wrote this in an
article published on October 17 on the jihadi website Minbar al- Tawhid
Wal-Jihad, according to a report Wednesday by MEMRI (the Middle East Media
He wrote that the Egyptian protests were not working
despite the army’s crimes against Islam and Muslims.
Therefore, it was an
individual duty for all Muslims to carry out a defensive jihad against the
The nuances of Islamic doctrine on jihad are disputed by various
radical Islamic groups, though it is generally understood that it is an
individual duty for all Muslims if Muslims are attacked and the jihad is
defensive in nature.
In his book Jihad in Classical and Modern Islam,
Rudolph Peters, of the University of Amsterdam, describes how jihad is viewed by
modern jihadi groups.
“Throughout Islamic history, governments and
opposition movements have declared their Muslim adversaries to be heretics or
unbelievers (takfir, declaring someone to be a kafir, unbeliever) in order to
justify their struggle against them. It is this line of reasoning that is used
by contemporary radical Islamic groups to give legitimacy to their use of arms
against rulers who are to all appearances Muslims.”
writing in the Long War Journal website, reports about this and other jihadi
statements made since the overthrow of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and the
vicious army crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists.
cites some examples of jihadis declaring their solidarity with Egyptian
Islamists. For example, on August 15, Abu Hafs al-Maqdisi, leader of the
Gaza-based Jaish al-Ummah, called for Egyptians to wage jihad against strongman
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. On August 30, the Islamic State of Iraq and
the Levant (ISIL) called on Egyptians to wage jihad against the army. And on
October 11, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri released an audio message stating
that Muslims needed to get rid of those who took power from Morsi.