“Scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels’ forests when they do the same to our lands.”
This principle of retaliation is deeply rooted in Islamic theology — as I showed in my Jihad Watch Blogging the Qur’an series here, and ended up having an exchange about it in the comments field that you may find interesting.
“Islam group urges forest fire jihad,” by Josh Gordon for The Age, September 7 (thanks to Morgaan Sinclair):
AUSTRALIA has been singled out as a target for “forest jihad” by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror.
US intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the US, Europe and Russia to “start forest fires”, claiming “scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels’ forests when they do the same to our lands”.
The website, posted by a group called the Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network, argues in Arabic that lighting fires is an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the “eye for an eye” doctrine….