Islam Undressed: Islam and Jihad
The Qur’an and Jihad
Jihad was a key aspect of early Muslim life. According to one calculation, Muhammad himself engaged in 78 battles, of which just one (the Battle of the Ditch) was defensive. A small collection of passages are compiled in Appendix A regarding Jihad and fighting, which make clear the specific nature of this combative ideology in Islamic scripture. The reading is somewhat labored, but well worth the insights, particularly if the reader has never been exposed to authentic Islamic ‘holy writings’. For Westerners, who have not been raised on Islamic scripture, it is important to personally study the texts to decide with authority if Islamic spokespersons are shooting strait in their claims about the authentic meaning of Jihad. If you don’t discover for yourself, you risk becoming a pawn, played like a harp blindingly supporting someone else’s agenda.
The passages outlined in Appendix A show how important Jihad and fighting are in Islamic scripture and history. Historically, Muhammad and his movement did not initially use force to induce communities of Jews, Christians and Pagans to accept Islam, however force was justified for defense and used for caravan raids. Later, when he gathered a larger army and was able to go on the offensive, he did so. Appendix A shows that scripturally, Jihad is highly commendable, and those that fight are rated high in Allah's eyes, with constant promises that fighters will be greatly rewarded. They also show clearly the aggressive nature of Jihad. Muslims were allowed to attack non-Muslims and plunder their possessions.
A chronological review of the Qur’an's verses reveal that they widen in scope and offensive aggression as time progresses. Muhammad's actions described therein show what could only be described as an ever broadening trail of blood conquest. Passage also clearly call for compulsion to Islam, so it appears claims otherwise are just plain dishonest. There in nothing in the Qur’an that ever tells Muhammad’s followers to stop attacking and subjecting non-Muslims, rather the direction is to continue until all the world is under Islam’s rule. Please review the material in the afore mentioned appendix at this time, or at least read (and verify if necessary) until you are thoroughly convinced that you have sufficient knowledge such that no one can ever deceive you due to inexperience or ignorance of true Islamic scripture.
Note that then and today, it is not just young impressionable men who are participating in Jihad for divine reward. Saudi Sheikh Basfar said on Iqra TV on August 29, 2005: "The Prophet said: He who equips a fighter -- it is as if he himself fought.' You lie in your bed, safe in your own home, and donate money and Allah credits you with the rewards of a fighter. ... The Prophet says: 'Someone who did not fight or equip a fighter – Allah will inflict disaster upon him before Judgment Day.'"
The Diary of Muhammad
Click here to preview Appendix B where there is a very griping and comprehensive diary of many of the recorded military/banditry exploits of Muhammad. It was written by Abul Kasem, an intellectual and former Muslim who managed to escape the spiritual/moral bondage of Islamic theology. Abul wrote it using only authentic Islamic scripture and other sanctioned, sacred, and revered writings. The article, a first of its kind, threads the accepted and revered Islamic events Muhammad participated in into probable chronological order. The author tells me the primary source material from which Muhammad's acts were ordered are; ibn Ishaq, ibn Sa'd, Tabari, ibn al-Kalbi, Baladhuri, and the ahadith. The secondary sources used were; Rodinson, Lings, Hitti, Watt, Muir, and Haykal.
As is shown therein, the great Islamic ‘Seal of the Prophets’ followed his own advice in 9:73 "Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home". It documents that Muhammad's career of warring in the name of Allah began as soon as it became a viable option, and then did not cease. If they were lucky those defeated by Muhammad’s military actions were sometime offered protection if they would submit to the dictates of Islam and pay tribute. Those that refused those options had no "choice" but to be put to death or, if Muhammad was feeling particularly merciful, banished after giving up all their worldly possessions (including their young women). Non-Muslims were Dhimmis (the people of obligation) and, as such, were to be "utterly subdued". Such a recipe guaranteed the expansion of Islam in all lands and with all peoples who were not able to withstand Jihad.
Probably few Arab Muslims today understand that that their distant ancestors entered Islam by force. As Muhammad’s brand of cruel Arab dominance gripped towns, cities, then entire nations, some Arabs embraced Islam to participate in the booty but most acquiesced simply to survive the onslaught.
Because of its extensive and through sourcing, and its accuracy in both context and chronology, Abul’s treatise is authoritive and cannot be refuted by slick Islamic apologists. Abul’s article paints the most accurate, complete picture available of the sequence of violent events in the life of the great Muslim prophet. Next please read the following synopsis to Abul Kasem’s article, then go to Appendix B and study it (or whatever portion you can stomach):
This article (Appendix B) investigates the application of terror as a tactic used some fourteen hundred years ago by the very first Jihadists of Islam, to gain booty and become rich quick through plunder. The main purpose of this essay is to probe whether a direct link exists between the Modus Operandi of Jihadists in Muhammad’s time, and their counterparts operating today. In all, one hundred (100) cases of armed conflicts were investigated for their cause, timing, venue and the principal actor/s involved. The finding of this detail investigation is quite disturbing, …mind numbing, one may say. This exercise establishes, without any doubt whatsoever, that uncanny similarities exist between those Islamic fighters of Muhammad’s time, and their counterparts operating today. We also find that, except for two cases, all armed conflicts were principally aggressive terrorist acts committed by the Muslim perpetrators. It was invariably the Islamic Jihadists who initiated the conflict, in many cases without any plausible reason/s and/or without or slightest provocation. As will be shown, the Muslim participants engaged in terror tactics with unbound savagery that often included gratuitous murder, genocide, ethnic cleansing, revenge killings, political assassinations, and in many cases, simply plain plunder and armed robbery. Muhammad followed this path of terror and pillage to reward his followers with easy and handsome booty, land, slaves, and other goods and material benefits. The exercise of terror and its attendant gain made the early Jihadists rich, and this was crucial in the establishment of the authority of Islam in the entire Arabian Peninsula.
Most biographers of Muhammad have dealt at length with a handful of well-known wars fought between Muslim soldiers and the infidels’ trained army. These major war-like combats number around thirteen in all and are well documented by many historians. Nonetheless, it is the so-called minor or smaller-scale skirmishes that stand out as the most important events to expose the true scale of savagery, cruelty, barbarism, unbound greed, treachery, guile and lasciviousness of the early converts of Islam. It is rather sad to note that very few biographers/historians have attempted to investigate in detail these ‘smaller less-significant’ acts of terror. Many cruel Sha’ria or Islamic laws were formulated based on the examples set by Muhammad and his followers during all these violent armed conflicts/terror campaigns.
This prolix article is based on information culled mainly from impeccable Islamic sources. We must first of all, realize that all these sources of ‘immaculate’ information were of course, carefully censored, filtered, cleaned, sanitized and any ‘bad’ and/or the ‘horrendous’ elements surgically removed before they were made public. Even so we find enough mind-boggling, terrible, barbaric and utterly indigestible events/information buried inside those authentic Islamic books. If true freedom of information was practiced and no Islamic censorship was in place, imagine what would have been the content of un-sanitized, un-censored version of these Holy resources! A really worrying find of this study is that the latest English translated versions of the compilation of Sahih Ahadith have been organized by ‘clinically’ removing those ‘bad,’ ‘terrible’ and ‘horrendous’ sections of the Ahadith that make Islam look indeed, like a religion of terror and Bedouin barbarism. To gather the truth one must refer to the original Sahih Ahadith and their original translated versions. This latest attempt of ‘surgery,’ truly, is a clever ploy by the modern ‘doctors’ of Islam, to fool and beguile the world-now that everyone harbors absolute doubt that Islam is a religion of peace.
Finally, this study leads the author to the opinion that Islam and terrorism are completely inseparable. The root of terror a la Islamic style is deeply entrenched in the preachings, commands, injunctions, inspirations, practices and the examples set by Muhammad and his contemporary followers. They lived by the sword (read terror) and used it as a most potent weapon to subdue adversaries who happened to cross their path and support their lifestyle. If a Muslim follows the unadulterated, pure Islam preached and practiced by Muhammad, he cannot be other than a terrorist, …plain and simple. Appendix B