Libyan Al Qaeda terrorists, with the encouragement of the Libyan government, have issued an interpretation of the Quran at odds with Ben Laden’s Al Qaeda, according to a remarkable CNN report. You definitely want to click over there and watch the entire video (I can’t figure out how to embed it here) and read the report.
The code’s most direct challenge to al Qaeda is this: “Jihad has ethics and morals because it is for God. That means it is forbidden to kill women, children, elderly people, priests, messengers, traders and the like. Betrayal is prohibited and it is vital to keep promises and treat prisoners of war in a good way. Standing by those ethics is what distinguishes Muslims’ jihad from the wars of other nations.” …
While the code states that jihad is permissible if Muslim lands are invaded — citing the cases of Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine — the guidelines it sets down for when and how jihad should be fought, and its insistence that civilians should not be targeted are a clear rebuke to the goals and tactics of bin Laden’s terrorist network.
Are we seeing the hand of God at work?