Islam and jihad
9) What is jihad - in their words?
infidels and despots, we will continue our jihad and never stop until
God avails us to chop your necks and raise the fluttering banner of monotheism,
when God's rule is established governing all people and nations."
Shura Council, 2006
will stand against the whole world and will not cease until the annihilation
of all [infidels].
we shake one another's hands in joy at the victory of Islam in the world,
or all of us will turn to eternal life and martyrdom."
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
means "struggle", referring to a personal internal struggle to
make one's self a better person; others say it means "holy war".
The word basically transliterates to the phrase 'struggle in the path of
Allah'. So given that there are different sects within Islam, it might legitimately
be interpreted both ways.
when persons like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Abu Musab al-Zarqawi threaten jihad
with clenched fists over some unmet demand, they aren't vowing to unleash
a self-improvement seminar. When
newspapers report on "jihadists" arrested for bombings or beheadings,
they're not talking about self-help gurus like Oprah, Rosie, or Dr. Phil.
Jihad, the jihad that
shaped the Middle East over a thousand years ago, the jihad on the increase
today, is war and armed intimidation in pursuit of religious, financial,
and political conquest.
As to whether violent
jihad originates more from Muhammad's writings, or Muhammad's traditions,
or Muhammad's successors, someone else may judge; those seem to be the contested
"Those who study
jihad will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world. … Islam
says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow
of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The
sword is the key to paradise, which can be opened only for holy warriors!"
In their own words
The Saudi government
"called on everyone to realize that terrorism has no religion or nationality",
said a cabinet statement carried by the official SPA news agency.
It "warned against
hurling charges of terrorism and fascism at Muslims without regard to
the spotless history of Islamic civilization", the statement said.
far as history is concerned, I will grant that Islamic civilization has
at least been consistent. Whether we're talking about Muhammad
himself, Umar bin al-Khattab,
Abd Al-Rahman Al-’Arifi, Sheik
bin Laden, or the Mujahedeen
Shura Council, self-proclaimed Islamic spokesmen continue to threaten
the world with the same bellicose ultimatum they always have:
pay, and submit, or...
Pay and submit, or...
that an overreaction on my part to a religion I do not understand? Consider:
the people to [Allah]; those who respond to your call, accept [conversion]
from them... but those who refuse must pay the poll tax out of humiliation
and lowliness. (Qur'an 9:29) If they refuse this, it is the sword without
bin al-Khattab, AD 636
will control the land of the Vatican; we will control Rome and introduce
Islam in it. Yes, the Christians ... will yet pay us the Jiziya, in humiliation,
or they will convert to Islam..."
Sheikh Muhammad bin Abd Al-Rahman Al-’Arifi,
Imam of the mosque of King Fahd Defense Academy, April 2005
similarities between these statements reveal that certain forces today wish
to continue the same extortion and imposition of Islam as was practiced
over a millennia ago. Thus knowing jihad's place in history is as foundational
to understanding the medieval Crusades as it is to understanding tomorrow's
let's accept that Saudi challenge to consider Islamic history before drawing
conclusions and let jihadists speak for themselves. In addition to the links
above and quotes to the left, here are more references (in roughly chronological
order) spanning from Muhammad circa AD 620 to November of 2006:
So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever
you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait
for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay
the poor-rate, leave their way free to them;
against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war... When you meet
your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action...
Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from
them and desist from fighting against them.
...If they refuse
to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept
it from them and hold off your hands.
If they refuse to
pay the tax, seek Allah's help and fight them."
Muslim, Book 019, Number 4294
"I call you to God and to Islam. If you respond to the call, you are Muslims:
You obtain the benefits they enjoy and take up the responsibilities they
bear. If you refuse, then [you must pay] the jizyah. If you refuse the
jizyah, I will bring against you tribes of people who are more eager for
death than you are for life."
Khalid al-Walid, mid 600s
is a precept of Divine institution... We Malikis maintain that it is preferable
not to begin hostilities with the enemy before having invited the latter
to embrace the religion of Allah except where the enemy attacks first.
They have the alternative of either converting to Islam or paying the
poll tax (jizya), short of which war will be declared against them."
Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani, late 900s
"Second, those whom the invitation to Islam has not reached…it is
forbidden to…begin an attack before explaining the invitation to Islam
to them, informing them of the miracles of the Prophet and making plain
the proofs so as to encourage acceptance on their part; if they still
refuse to accept after this, war is waged against them..."
al-Mawardi, mid 1000s
"...one must go on jihad (i.e., warlike razzias or raids)
at least once a year…one may use a catapult against them [non-Muslims]
when they are in a fortress, even if among them are women and children.
One may set fire to them and/or drown them…If a person of the Ahl al-
Kitab [People of The Book -Jews and Christians, typically] is enslaved,
his marriage is [automatically] revoked…One may cut down their trees [means
of livelihood]… One must destroy their useless books. Jihadists may take
as booty whatever they decide…"
al-Ghazali, late 1000s
"It is not lawful to make war upon any people who have never before
been called to the faith, without previously requiring them to embrace
it, because the Prophet so instructed… If the infidels, upon receiving
the call, neither consent to it nor agree to pay capitation tax, it is
then incumbent on the Muslims to call upon God for assistance, and to
make war upon them...; the Prophet, moreover, commands us so to do."
Hidayah of Shaikh Burhanuddin Ali of Marghinan
"In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because
of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert
everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force."
Ibn Khaldun, late 1300s
"We have ruled
the world before, and by Allah, the day will come when we will rule the
entire world again... except for the Jews... The
day will come when everything will be relieved of the Jews... Listen to
the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews.
The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew."
- Sheik Ibrahim
in fundamental, even mortal, conflict with the rest of the world."
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 5/25/05
"As the Prophet
Muhammad said, Jihad is the pinnacle of Islam."
Sheik Abdallah Basfar, 9/22/05
HOST: "What can the West, especially the US, do to make the world
"They have to stop fighting Islam. That's impossible because it
is sunnatullah (destiny, a law of nature), as Allah has said
in the Qur'an. If they want to have peace, they have to accept to be
governed by Islam."
"So this fight will never end?"
"Never. This fight is compulsory. Muslims who don't hate America
Interview with Indonesian Islamic leader
Abu Bakr Bashier, The First Post, 10/4/05
Osama bin Laden wants the United States to convert to Islam, ditch its
constitution, abolish banks, jail homosexuals and sign the Kyoto climate
change treaty. The first complete collection of the Saudi's statements
published today portrays a world in which Islam's enemies will take
the first steps towards salvation by embracing the "religion of all
UK Telegraph, 11/18/05
letter to President Bush, widely interpreted as a peaceful overture, is
in fact a declaration of war. The key sentence in the letter is the closing
salutation..."Vasalam Ala Man Ataba'al hoda." What this means is
"Peace only unto those who follow the true path."
is a phrase with historical significance in Islam, for, according to
Islamic tradition, in year six of the Hejira - the late 620s - the prophet
Mohammad sent letters to the Byzantine emperor and the Sassanid emperor
telling them to convert to the true faith of Islam or be conquered.
The letters included the same phrase that President Ahmadinejad used
to conclude his letter to Mr. Bush. For Mohammad, the letters were a
prelude to a Muslim offensive, a war launched for the purpose of imposing
Islamic rule over infidels.
New York Sun, 5/11/06
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Thursday that his letter
to President George W. Bush did not concern the nuclear dossier, but
rather was an invitation to Islam and the prophets culture.
letter was an invitation to monotheism and justice, which are common
to all divine prophets. If the call is responded positively, there will
be no more problems to be solved," added the president. The president
said that the letter actually contained a clear message of invitation
to human beliefs, adding that its response will determine the future.
- Al Qaeda called on non-Muslims especially in the United States to
convert to Islam and abandon their 'misguided' ways or else suffer,
according to a video tape posted on a Web site on Saturday.
swear by God we shall not rest from jihad until we...blow up the filthiest
house known as the White House."
audio recording by the leader of Iraq's al Qaeda wing, 11/13/06
From all I have
seen, it is impossible to accept the interpretation that jihad
only means "peaceful inner struggle". Just exchange those
three words for "jihad" in any of the above quotes and judge
There are groups,
like the Saudi-funded CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations),
that still insist jihad has nothing to do with violence, but the only
people it seems they're trying to convince of that are non-Muslims.
Groups like CAIR (recently found to be an unindicted co-conspirator
in terrorist activities) cannot be ignorant of the fact Muhammad's calls
for violence during his Medina years abrogated
his Mecca preachings of tolerance and peace.
Still, IF true jihad
actually opposes everything quoted above, against forced conversions,
kidnappings, lootings and beheadings, and against the literal quranic
rendering in nearly every single passage in which it's discussed, then
it isn't the West that needs to hear it.
CAIR and like-minded
groups, IF they're sincere and not just practicing al-Taqiyya,
must take their jihad-means-peace message to the jihadists.
CAIR preaches tolerance
on CNN... do they preach tolerance on Al-Jazeera? They try hard to calm
U.S. Senators... do they try as hard to calm al-Qaida fighters? Until they
do, they are effectively no more than a fifth column planted in western
civilization to encourage tolerance of Islam's disjointed but incremental
subjugation of the world.
Very little seems peaceful
about Islam, the so-called religion of peace, and we haven't even discussed
the rules for beating your wives, honor killings, death sentences for rape
victims, public amputations for petty thieves, maiming of child felons,
suicide bombings, or the ever-popular "death to America" rant.
Forget Danish cartoons
of Muhammed and the murderous riots that followed. Forget
false claims of Qur'an mishandling and murderous riots that followed. Forget
papal suggestions that Muslims are inclined towards hostility and the murderous
riots that followed. Just listen to what jihadists themselves are saying,
and judge the inner peacefulness of their jihad for yourself.
"I was hungry. I would have loved to eat an ice cream. When I saw
it, my mouth fell open. I dropped the ice cream. I canceled my order.
That was the defining moment of my life. The Burger King logo is
there in Arabic. "Allah" is spelled exactly how it is there, and the Burger
King logo is where the ominah should be. Why, there is no way it
could be a coincidence.
angers me most is that most people, once they have finished with it, they
look at it and say, "Nice cone. Nice design. Nice cone design." They chuck
it away. That is disrespectful.
though it means nothing to some people and may mean nothing to some Muslims
in this country, this is my jihad. I'm not going to rest until
I find the person who is responsible. I'm going to bring this country
Rashad Akhtar, UK Telegraph 5/25/05
Jihad - the first 1,300 years