Islamic scholars tired of conservative charges that Muslims in the United States constitute a radical fifth column
bent on subverting American values and obligated by their religion to
launch jihadist terror attacks are fighting back by issuing a fatwa.
The Islamic religious ruling, a "Resolution On Being Faithful Muslims and Loyal Americans,"
is a response to what its authors call "erroneous perceptions and
Islamophobic propaganda" that has built up for a decade following the
9/11 attacks and subsequent terrorist plots by adherents of al-Qaida and
other extremist groups. It was issued in Virginia late last month by
the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), a group of Islamic scholars
who meet several times a year to draft opinions on issues of concern to
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