We love Jihad and wish for it, but this is not Jihad! This is destruction! – Shaykh Fawzan

Scholar: ´Allâmah Sâlih bin Fawzân al-Fawzân
Source & reference: Darulhadith.com
Translation & video: aFatwa com (site no more exists)

Shaykh al-Fawzân: We love Jihâd and wish for it, but this is not Jihâd! We have said that this is not Jihâd. This is destruction! Is it Jihâd to kill people without due right? He even kills himself without due right. Is this Jihâd? This is not Jihâd. Jihâd has rulings, conditions and rules. It is the Muslim ruler who leads and calls to it.

Even the israelites said to their prophet:

“Send to us a king, and we will fight in the way of Allah” (2:246)

They didn’t go armed to fight on their own:

“Send to us a king, and we will fight in the way of Allah” (2:246)

I.e. a leader. Who did they ask it from? One of their prophets, the ruler.

Jihâd, which is one of the disposals of the ruler, is referred to the ruler. He is the one who orders it and takes on it. He is the one who recruits armies and prepares weapons. Allâh said:

“… by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy…” (8:60)

He did not say you should terrify the Muslims and those one has a treaty with. He said:

“… by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy…” (8:60)