The Use of Force in Islam
Sayyed Fadlullah: The arrogant powers are trying to dismantle the region,
thus, we should try to unite it. They want to re-divide us into sects,
states and nations in a way that serves their interests, thus, we have
to reunite ourselves to thwart their devilish schemes.
Asked in his
weekly seminar the following question: How
does Islam view the use of force especially in this critical
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah, said:
Islam has called on
all Muslims to be concerned of the welfare of the society thus
cementing its internal solidity and increasing its strength in
the face of those who wish to aggress.
that the first element of strength is the societal coherence
that protects and maintains the unity of the nation in the face
of all attempts of fragmentation. It also called for making
every ideological, political and economic effort to solidify
And since force
represents, if it does not tend to be repressive, a source of
protection that deters the aggressors, Islam has encouraged
acquiring this strength, which is not aggressive in its nature,
but has an effective deterring role. It has a psychological
deterring and preemptive role, but it does not legitimize
aggression, since the use of force in Islam is for defensive
in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but
begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah loves not aggressors.
On the individual level, Islam has encouraged the Muslim
to be strong, but it stood strongly against any arrogance or
conceit. It based social relations on the principle of justice
and protecting the downtrodden. The Prophet (p) said: “Never
wrong those who do not find any body to support them except
In this respect,
Imam Ali (a.s.) says: "The humiliated weak is strong until
I get him his right back while the strong and proud is humble
and weak until I take the right [from others] of him".
In addition to
justice, Islam wanted the use of strength to be on ethics as a
means of preventing excessiveness, and aided this by the force
of law that further ensures that the rights of the wronged are
addressed and that justice is the norm that governs relations
Based on all this,
Islam called the Muslims and the weak to challenge the tyrants.
But it drew their attention that they have to deal with
injustice and oppression in a realistic and rational approach
that concentrates on the weak points the strong has, and
confront them with their strong points, and not the other way
In this stage, the
Arab and Muslim weak points that the international arrogance has
exploited are firstly: the internal differences which led to our
political and economic failures. Secondly factionalism and
regionalism that made each country put its interests first at
the expense of the general Arab and Muslim interests.
This state of
affairs was a major source of attraction for the arrogant power
to rush to exploit and dominate our region. This plan is now
expanding and seeks to extend the arrogance hegemony to the
neighbors of Iraq, using the latter as a military base to attack
Iran, Syria and all the other rejection forces in the region.
In this context,
all that inflated talk about the Iranian nuclear power seeks to
deprive Iran of this potential source of strength as a first
step to execute its plan that seeks to target the Iraqi
America is making
use of every mistake that we have committed to start its final
offensive on the remaining forces of opposition in our region.
Those who are inciting a civil strife as a result of their
sectarian thinking should look at the general picture. The
people in Lebanon in particular should take into account the
progress of the American project in the region, and not only
their internal demands. They should be very careful both in
their political discourse and in the political means they adopt.
And this applies to all the parties concerned and not only to
We are afraid that
the plan targets the Resistance and its regional expansion. It
seeks to weaken the opposition in the entire region and not in a
certain country or sect only.
This means that we
have to deploy every political, economic and perhaps even
security means we have, but we also have to diffuse all the
elements of internal conflicts by finding the criminals who
committed several crimes against the nation.
They are trying to
dismantle the region, and we should try to unite it. They want
to re-divide us into sects, states and nations in a way that
serves their interests and we have to reunite ourselves to
thwart their devilish schemes.