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Ibn Baaz's fatwa in support of the war against the soviets

Q. What responsibilities are obligatory on us in regard to Islamic Jihad (fighting/striving in the Cause of Allah) in  Afghanistan? What efforts have you exerted in this regard until now?

A. Undoubtedly, the Jihad in Afghanistan is an Islamic Jihad, and it is obligatory on all Muslims to encourage and support it. They are Muslims who are fighting aggressive and evil enemies, who are the worst and the most despicable Kafirs (disbelievers). They are also the most powerful, so there is an unequal balance of power between the two sides. May Allah grant victory to and support our fellow Muslims who are fighting in His Cause.

It is, therefore, obligatory upon all Muslims to help and assist them with financial, physical, advisory, mediatory, or any other type of support. This is an obligatory duty on all Muslims. The state (may Allah grant it success) has urged the Saudi people to help them and has collected a great deal of aid for the Mujahidin (strivers/fighters in the Cause of Allah) and it is continuing to do this through the brothers in the kingdom. The state (may Allah grant it success) is encouraging people to do this and helps to deliver aid to the Mujahidin and Muhajirun (believers who have migrated to an Islamic land), because they are in dire need of it, and this is a duty on everyone.

We ask Allah to help us continue to help our brothers and give them victory, assist them to save their lives, happiness and victory over their enemy! May He disgrace the enemies of Islam, wherever they are, subdue them and help us against them! May Allah double the reward for those who help them; indeed He is the Best to be asked.

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