Surely the killing of farmers is un-Islamic? Actually, according to a legal manual dealing with Shafi’i jurisprudence, “Killing them [falahin, i.e., farmers] is permissible, based on their being infidels.” (Mughni Al Muhtaj, vol. 3, p.223). “Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen kill 2 Filipino farmers,” from Ynet News, April 13:
Al-Qaeda-linked militants have killed two farmers, one of whom they kidnapped during an attack on a Christian village in the southern Philippines, officials said Monday.
About 50 Abu Sayyaf militants swooped down on the village of Arco in Lamitan township on Basilan Island on Friday, abducting two farmers and later shooting to death a third villager whom they met while fleeing toward a mountain rain forest, military officials said.