This review reports the main fatwas [religious-legal rulings] issued in response to readers’ questions by Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, the Web site of Salafist ideologue Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi. In March and April 2013, Sheikh Shanqiti ruled as follows:
• The Alawites are idol-worshippers. It is therefore permissible to take their money as loot and even to harm their wives and children – albeit under certain conditions.• Jewish and Christian houses of worship may be open to attack only if their congregations oppose Islam. However, it is preferable to take them over and convert them into mosques.