6,346. 4/11/2005

In an interview on April 11, 2005, “Zaki Badawi, the unofficial leader of what he describes as the ‘mainstream’ Muslims of Britain [said]: ‘The form of Islam espoused by al Qaeda is nonsense. The killing of civilians is against the shari’ah. They use force where reason would suffice. Osama bin Laden is not a religious authority and he had no right either to issue fatwas or to declare jihad against America on behalf of the whole umma [Muslim community].’ “

 – Abdel Bari Atwan, The Secret History of al Qaeda, Page 98

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