Nihad Awad, like all lying Muslims, assumes that we are stupid, illiterate and gullible. With a smug smirk he plays semantic games, cherry picks scripture and misrepresents the damnable doctrines & practices of Islam.
The bothers who bombed the Boston Marathon were Muslims. The surviving bomber said that they were motivated by religion. What component of Islam would motivate anyone to maim and mutilate as many people as possible? After reading this post, you will be able to answer that question.
[Qur'an & hadith links added. Superscripts are linked to my comments.]
By Nihad Awad
There is a growing attempt by some commentators to label the recent bombings in Boston as “jihad” and to blame the deadly blasts on a non-existent concept they call “radical Islam.”1
I call “radical Islam” non-existent because radicalism or extremism is not permissible in Islam. Islam prohibits extremism2 and an essential part of the faith is moderation. A more accurate term might be “Al-Qaeda ideology3.”
The Quran, Islam’s foundational holy text, states clearly: “We made you to be a community of the middle way, so that (with the example of your lives) you might bear witness to the truth before all mankind.” (Quran, 2:143)
The Quran also states: “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for God can best protect both.” (Quran, 4:35)
There is no such thing as radical Islam4, but there are radical Muslims5 – just as there are extremists of every other religion6 or belief.
But there’s a huge difference between the existence of radical individuals and a religion that permits radical beliefs or actions. These radicals certainly do not represent the teachings of Islam or the behavior or beliefs of mainstream Muslims7.
In one Islamic tradition, called a “hadith,” the Prophet Muhammad said: "Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, the nights." [Bukhari 1.2.38]
In recent years, we have seen the term “jihadist” come to be used as if it means a person who kills people out of a religious motivation8, but this is terribly inaccurate.
“Jihad” does not mean “holy war.” 9Literally, jihad means to “struggle,” strive and exert effort. It is a central and broad Islamic concept that includes struggle against evil inclinations within oneself, struggle to improve the quality of life in society, struggle in the battlefield for self-defense 10(e.g., - having a standing army for national defense11), or fighting against tyranny or oppression.
For the sake of accuracy and to avoid spreading false information about a major world religion, extremist Muslims who commit crimes should be called criminals or, in cases where the definition fits, terrorists. We should not legitimize their actions by calling them jihadists, even if they attempt to call themselves by that label and seek a false religious connection or justification. These criminals should not be honored with a religious label.
Islam allows legitimate self defense, but prohibits the killing of innocent people12, even in times of war or conflict. Aggression is never permitted.13
"And fight in the cause of God those who
, and do not commit aggression. Indeed God does not love those who are aggressors," (The Quran, 2:190).
So yes, there are some Muslims who have extreme views, or mental illnesses, or political grievances, or a host of other reasons that lead them to kill people, and this is not only a tragedy and a crime but an egregious violation of the principles of Islam.
The difference between Muslim killers and killers from other backgrounds is often the way they are described by the media and viewed by the public: with Muslim killers, the crime is almost always attributed to their religion.14
Because the word “terrorism”15 is used almost exclusively to describe crimes whose perpetrators are Muslims, you might think that a majority of mass killings and acts of terrorism in the U.S. were committed by Muslims. But when we look at the facts, that perception does not hold up.
* According to FBI statistics, of all terrorist attacks on U.S. soil from 1980 to 2005, six percent were committed by Muslims. (Source: http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/terrorism-2002-2005/terror02_05#terror_05sum)
* According to a study from the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy, since 2011, politically-motivated attacks by Muslim Americans have killed 33 people, while terrorist attacks by white supremacists and other right-wing extremists killed more than 200 people. (Source: http://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/challengers-from-the-sidelines-understanding-americas-violent-far-right)
* According to a report by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, “66 Americans were killed in mass shootings by non-Muslims in 2012 alone, twice as many fatalities as from Muslim-American terrorism in all 11 years since 9/11.” (Source: http://kurzman.unc.edu/muslim-american-terrorism)
In a well-known hadith, a man asked the Prophet Muhammad, “What is the best jihad?” to which Prophet Muhammad replied, “Speaking a word of truth to an oppressive ruler.”
The constant misuse of terms like “jihad” and “radical Islam” is offensive to the truth and is counterproductive to our nation’s efforts to achieve security.
It is time we all speak a word of truth by applying the proper labels to criminals and their acts of violence, no matter their religious background.
[Nihad Awad is national executive director for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties group. He may be contacted at: email@example.com ]
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Qur'an and exemplified by Moe's sunnah & Sira. Imperialism, terrorism, rape & pillage are intrinsic sacraments of Islam, not bida introduced by "extremists or radicals"
I disrespectfully direct doubters, deniers & dissenters to Craig Winn's The Prophet of Doom, which combines the most significant parts of the Qur'an, hadith, Sira & Tahrik in 1000 pages supplying the context & chronology lacking in the Qur'an. If you lack the patience for 1000 pages, read the In His Own Words Appendix for the highlights.
global imperialism, terrorism, genocide, rape and pillage. Those intrinsic sacraments of Islam are not prohibited. Transgressing the limits is prohibited.
The limits are set in Sahih Muslim 19.4294, in which Moe commands his generals to make holy war. What would profane it? Embezzling spoils, killing children, mutilating bodies and fleeing from battle are the limits which must not be transgressed; which would profane Islam's holy war.
Islamic ideology is most clearly stated in the motto of the Brotherhood, which is copied in the Charter of HAMAS.
- Only Allah has the right to be worshiped. 3:2
- Only Allah has the right to legislate & rule, which he delegated to Moe and his successors. 33:36
- Jihad is ordained for Muslims. 2:216
- War must be waged against pagans until only Allah is worshiped on a global scale. 8:39
- War must be waged against Jews & Christians until they are subjugated & extorted. 9:29
- The blood and property of infidels is not sacred to Muslims. Infidels only acquire human rights when they become Muslims. Bukhari 1.8.387
- The basic penalty for "waging war against Allah and his Messenger" is execution. 5:33
- "waging war against Allah and his Messenger" includes disbelief http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir//5.13751.html
Believers. Believers are defined in 8:1-5. The meaning will not be clear until you look up the context of "spend" and "go out" at http://www.quranbrowser.com/ . The definition in 9:111 is more explicit: they sold their souls to Allah for admission to his celestial bordello so they fight in his cause, killing and being killed. In 49:15, they are described as only those who fight in Allah's cause.
emulation of Moe.
coming from Syria, he summoned the Muslims and said, 'This is the
Quraysh caravan containing their property. Go out to attack it, perhaps
God will give it as a prey.'
of Aslam came to the apostle and complained that they had fought and got
nothing and found nothing with the apostle which he could give them. He
said: ~O God, You know their condition and that they have no strength,
and that I have nothing to give them, so conquer for them the wealthiest
of the enemy's forts with the richest food.' The following day God conquered
the fort of al-Sa'b b. Mu'adh which contained the richest food in Khaybar.
Moe was a predator. Predation is part of mainstream Islam. In Tabari, Vol. VIII, page 122, we find the sad story of the death of Kinanah, chieftan of Khaibar Oasis.
it; so the Messenger of God gave orders concerning him to al-Zubayr
b. al-'Awwam, saying, "Torture him until you root out what he has."
Al-Zubayr kept twirling his fires tick in his breast 510 until
Kinanah almost expired; then the Messenger of God gave him to
Muhammad b. Maslamah, who beheaded him to avenge his brother
Mahmud b. Maslamah.
pagans and 'people of the book' and if he threatened you with eternal damnation if you refused to wage war and promised you admission to his celestial bordello if you join the jihad, that would be religious motivation to engage in offensive conquest. What if your Lord promised you extra credit towards an upgrade in your seat in his celestial bordello for any step you take to injure or enrage disbelievers; would that be religious motivation?
Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and his co-conspirators filed with the military tribunal a signed response to the
"nine accusations" against them. In their document, they spill the beans.
Many thanks to God, for his kind gesture, and choosing us to perform the act of
Jihad for his cause and to defend Islam and Muslims.
Therefore, killing you and fighting you, destroying you and terrorizing you,
responding back to your attacks, are all considered to be great legitimate duty in our religion. These
actions are our offerings to God. In addition, it is the imposed reality on Muslims in Palestine, Lebanon,
Afghanistan, Iraq, in the land of the two holy sites [Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia], and in the rest ofthe
world, where Muslims are suffering from your brutality, terrorism, killing ofthe innocent, and
occupying their lands and their holy sites. Nevertheless, it would have been the greatest religious duty
to fight you over your infidelity. However, today, we fight you over defending Muslims, their land, their
holy sites,and their religion as a whole.
That is neither radicalism nor extremism; that is normative Islam, as Moe preached and practiced it. That is motivated by Allah's imperatives, threat and promise. Those are religious motivations.
Narrated ‘Abdullâh bin Mas‘ûd رضي الله عنه: I asked Allâh’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم "O Allâh’s Messenger! What is the best deed?" He replied, "To offer the Salât (prayers) at their early fixed stated times." I asked, "What is next in goodness?" He replied, "To be good and dutiful to your parents." I further asked, "What is next in goodness?" He replied, "To participate in Jihâd in Allâh’s Cause." I did not ask Allâh’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم anymore and if I had asked him more, he would have told me more. (Sahih Al-Bukhâri, Vol.4, Hadîth No.41).
holy fighting in Allah's causeWhat makes fighting holy? Intentions: intending to please Allah. What profanes it? Embezzling spoils, killing children, mutilating corpses and fleeing from battle.
What is Allah's cause? To make Islam dominate the world.
legal definitionThe Reliance of the Traveller, the Shafi'i school's handbook of Shari'ah, certified as accurate and authentic by the Sheikhs of Al-Zzhar University, defines Jihad in Book O9.0.
(O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion. And it is the lesser jihad. As for the greater jihad, it is spiritual warfare against the lower self (nafs), which is why the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said as he was returning from jihad.
``We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad.''
The scriptural basis for jihad, prior to scholarly consensus (def: b7) is such Koranic verses as:
-1- ``Fighting is prescribed for you'' (Koran 2:216);
-2- ``Slay them wherever you find them'' (Koran 4:89);
-3- ``Fight the idolators utterly'' (Koran 9:36);
and such hadiths as the one related by Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
``I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform the prayer, and pay zakat. If they say it, they have saved their blood and possessions from me, except for the rights of Islam over them. And their final reckoning is with Allah'';
and the hadith reported by Muslim,
``To go forth in the morning or evening to fight in the path of Allah is better than the whole world and everything in it.''Details concerning jihad are found in the accounts of the military expeditions of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), including his own martial forays and those on which he dispatched others. The former consist of the ones he personally attended, some twenty-seven (others say twenty-nine) of them. He fought in eight of them, and killed only one person with his noble hand, Ubayy ibn Khalaf, at the battle of Uhud. On the latter expeditions he sent others to fight, himself remaining at Medina, and these were forty-seven in number.)
The Reliance of the Traveller, in Book O9.1, sets forth two types of jihad: offensive and defensive. The former is required in every year, and if not performed when possible, all who know of the obligation are in sin. The obligation is communal, binding on all eligible male Muslims until a su8fficient number has reported to the front.
O9.1: The Obligatory Character of Jihad
Jihad is a communal obligation (def: c3.2). When enough people perform it to successfully accomplish it, it is no longer obligatory upon others (O: the evidence for which is the Prophet's saying (Allah bless him and give him peace),
"He who provides the equipment for a soldier in jihad has himself performed jihad,"
and Allah Most High having said:
"Those of the believers who are unhurt but sit behind are not equal to those who fight in Allah's path with their property and lives. Allah has preferred those who fight with their property and lives a whole degree above those who sit behind. And to each, Allah has promised great good" (Koran 4:95).
If none of those concerned perform jihad, and it does not happen at all, then everyone who is aware that it is obligatory is guilty of sin, if there was a possibility of having performed it. In the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) jihad was a communal obligation after his emigration (hijra) to Medina. As for subsequent times, there are two possible states in respect to non-Muslims.
The first is when they are in their own countries, in which case jihad (def: o9.8) is a communal obligation, and this is what our author is speaking of when he says, "Jihad is a communal obligation," meaning upon the Muslims each year.
The second state is when non-Muslims invade a Muslim country or near to one, in which case jihad is personally obligatory (def: c3.2) upon the inhabitants of that country, who must repel the non-Muslims with whatever they can).
The Hanifi school adds some crucial clarity.
The destruction of the sword is incurred by infidels, although they be not the
first aggressors, as appears from various passages in the sacred writings which are generally received this effect.
SnakeShit!!! 5:22 does no such thing! Words have meanings, but Muslims have their own. They play a vicious semantic game which must be exposed.
5:32. Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, evidences, and signs, even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits (e.g. by doing oppression unjustly and exceeding beyond the limits set by Allâh by committing the major sins) in the land!.
4:93. And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein, and the Wrath and the Curse of Allâh are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him.
Who is innocent? Only Muslims!!! If you ain't Muslim, you are a rebel against Allah and his Messenger, due to be killed for waging war against them.
The truth is revealed in 5:33 and clarified by Tafsir Ibn Kathir.
`Wage war' mentioned here means, oppose and contradict, and it includes disbelief, blocking roads and spreading fear in the fairways. Mischief in the land refers to various types of evil. http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir//5.13751.html
Moe dictated and dispatched extortion letters by private courier to his intended victims. Two of those letters are extremely clear, leaving nothing to the imagination; I will link to them. You can find the others on those sites.
mission is mercenary and its method is martial.
Mohammad Atta, in his final message to the Magnificent 19, directed them to shout the Takbir
while slaughtering because it terrifies disbelievers.
world. Shout, 'Allahu Akbar,' because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers."