A rational analysis presents these hypotheses for discussion.
1. A billion Muslims don’t understand their religion,
2.These Muslims are too cowardly or unfaithful to follow the precepts and teaching of Mohammaden Islam, or
3.They lack either the need or the opportunity to act on their Islamic teachings on how to treat infidels, because
a. they already live in Islamic countries, or
b. they live among infidels or military governments who are strong enough to repel
Islamic terrorism. However, to repel the Islamic jihadists the infidels must first identify who the enemy is. The failure of the U.S. government to identify the enemy is its weakness in the fight against Islamic Supremacism. You cannot defeat an enemy you have not identified and isolated (Sun Tzu,The Art of War). A distinct failure by both political parties who allow political correctness to dilute factual analysis.
Islamic theology spells out when jihad is necessary. For example, violent jihad is either fard kifayah, a collective duty of all Muslims, or fard ayn, an individual duty. Individual Muslims maybe relieved of the individual duty to engage in jihad if the Muslim community is collectively engaged in jihad either through terror, or stealth jihad as defined below.
In traditional Islam, according to Hanafi legal scholars there are various forms of jihad.
1. Jihad bil ayf (jihad with the sword) or combat (qitaal) is a means of fard ayn. See Qur’anic verses below that substantiate jihad.
2. Jihad bil mal (waging jihad by means of one’s wealth). Financing jihad bil ayf by laundering donations (zakat) through mosques and Islamic charities such as the Holy Land Foundation. A form of stealth jihad.
3. Jihad bil liswan (waging jihad through persuasion). Using media propaganda (Da’Wa), and the use of Islamic front groups like CAIR, the Muslim American Society or the Muslim Brotherhood to be the operative arms for Islamic propaganda ( the religion of peace mantra). Another form of stealth jihad.
4. Jihad bil yad (waging jihad by taking non violent action). Filing lawsuits or encouraging demonstrations to prohibit criticism of Islam or the Prophet (drawings of the Prophet). CAIR’s modus operandi is to facilitate opportunities for controversy between Muslims and non-Muslims, and create situations for them to exaggerate and allege hate crimes against Muslims (Islamophobia). Their purpose is to deflect attention away from anything Muslims are doing that might cause non-Muslims concern, and doing everything possible to portray Muslims as victims who need special protected status under our laws. A form of stealth jihad via lawful activism.
Summary of Qur’anic Verses Mandating Jihad
These verses and commentary are taken from an annotated version of the Qur’an entitled, An Abridged Version of Tafhim al-Qur’an by Sayyid Abul A ‘la Mawdudi, Translated and Edited by Zafar Ishaq Ansari.
Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing… but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone.
Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.
Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”. This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’).
Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” The martyrs of Islam are unlike the early Christians, who were led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are killed in battle as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause of Allah. This is the theological basis for today’s suicide bombers.
Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”
Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them…
Quran (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…” Is pursuing an injured and retreating enemy really an act of self-defense? Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”
Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle. Quran (8:15) – “O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.”
Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all for Allah” Some translations interpret “fitna” as “persecution”, but the traditional understanding of this word is not supported by the historical context (See 2:193). The Meccans were simply refusing Muhammad access to their city during Haj. Other Muslims were allowed to travel there – just not as an armed group, since Muhammad had declared war on Mecca prior to his eviction. The Meccans were also acting in defense of their religion, since it was Muhammad’s intention to destroy their idols and establish Islam by force (which he later did). Hence the critical part of this verse is to fight until “religion is only for Allah”, meaning that the true justification of violence was the unbelief of the opposition. According to the Sira (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 324) Muhammad further explains that “Allah must have no rivals.”
Quran (8:57) – “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.”
Quran (8:67) – “It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land…”
Quran (8:59-60) – “And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can outstrip (Allah’s Purpose). Lo! they cannot escape. Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy.”
Quran (8:65) – “O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight…”
To Be Continued…..