I hope you're sitting down for this one... or at the very least, have your back against the wall:
...or as one commenter on Jihad Watch put it, this puts new meaning to jihad being an inner struggle.
In principle, sodomy is forbidden. However, Jihad is more important. It is the pinnacle of Islam. If sodomy is the only way to reach this pinnacle of Islam, then there is no harm in it.
The rule is that necessity makes the forbidden permissible. Something that is required in order to perform a duty becomes a duty in and of itself. No duty takes precedence over Jihad.
So it's OK to let a mujahedeen sodomize you... if it's for jihad.
Amusing as this might be, the wider (pun unintended) question with regards to Islamists is what else is forbidden in Islam that suddenly becomes "permissible" for the sake of jihad?
The taking of innocent life?
Bombing street cafes?
Indiscriminately firing missiles into southern Israel?
Disregard for the rule of law?
Necessity makes the forbidden permissible. Puts quite a spin on "turn the other cheek" doesn't it?
Naturally, several apologists for the Islamist community are doing everything in their power to re-interpret this Shi'ite cleric's comments. Raymond Ibrahim explains this phenomenon among Islamists a bit further:
From here one may understand the many ostensible incongruities of Islamic history: lying is forbidden—but permissible to empower Islam; intentionally killing women and children is forbidden—but permissible during the jihad; suicide is forbidden—but permissible during the jihad, called "martyrdom."
Indeed, the Five Pillars of Islam—including prayer and fasting—may be ignored during the jihad. (So important was the duty of jihad that the Ottoman sultans, who often spent half their lives on the battlefield, were not permitted to perform the obligatory pilgrimage to Mecca.)
More recently, these ideas appeared in different form during Egypt's elections, when Islamic leaders portrayed voting as a form of jihad—leading to the abuse and even killing of those not voting for the Muslim Brotherhood.
According to these two doctrines—which culminate in empowering Islam, no matter how—one may expect anything from would-be jihadis, regardless of how dubious the effort may otherwise seem.
And Allah knows best.
Of course, the next card to be played -- that the video is an elaborate hoax, or at best a distortion of Islam's teachings -- doesn't quite hold up either, as Ibrahim effortlessly destroys this rearguard (OK -- pun intended) action:
In short, for all its triumphant howling, EI fails to deliver, abysmally. The facts remain: such a fatwa does exist; it is written exactly like a fatwa (despite EI's intentional distortions); and a well-known Arabic program quoted it as fact—which is precisely what I originally reported in the first place.
But hey, "necessity makes the forbidden permissible" in Islam, right? Good from everything to food on the floor, to taking one for the team via exit ramp -- and everything in between.