Stealing Banks to Establish Islamic State
In Islam, stealing cannot be justified under any pretext. It is unlawful and a crime to steal others’ money for any cause whatsoever.
Sheikh `Abdel Khaliq Hasan Ash-Shareef, an eminent Muslim scholar and Da`iyah, said,
An act of obedience cannot be achieved via an act of disobedience. In Islam the principle that “the end justifies the means” is not acceptable at all. On the contrary, both the means and the end have to be legitimate and shari`ah-compliant.
Now we have two things: one is certainly prohibited and the harm it will cause is also certain; and the other, though a legitimate and desirable end, is uncertain with regard to its fulfillment. Thus, even if we adopt this false principle, one cannot commit a definitely haram thing to achieve an uncertain end, which is to establish an Islamic state.
The true Islamic state will be established only on the shoulders of Muslims with pure souls who sacrifice everything, but never their religious commitment, for the sake of their Lord.