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4 Examples of Islamic Supremacism & Jihad (IS&J) Articulated in Core Texts

  1. So what exactly is IS&J, and where does it come from?

  1. Here are 2 quotes of Allah (Koran), and 2 quotes of Muhammad (hadith) from the core texts that describe IS&J. They are all open ended instructions to Muslims concerning relations with all non-Muslims, and using words like until, many Muslims take these literally as marching orders good for all times and places, and not just historical descriptions of events.

Allah said:

  1. 1)Koran: "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." (9:29)

  1. 2)Koran: “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. (9:5)

Muhammad said:

  1. 3) Sahih Muslim: It has been reported from Sulaiman b. Buraid through his father that when the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) appointed anyone as leader of an army or detachment he would especially exhort him to fear Allah... He would say: Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight 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. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. 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.”  (Sahih Muslim B19 N4294)

  1. 4)Sahih Muslim, Sahih Bukhari: It is reported on the authority of Abu Huraira that he heard the Messenger of Allah say:  I have been commanded to wage war against mankind until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God; and that they establish prostration prayer, and pay the alms-tax. If they do so, their blood and property are protected.” (Muslim, B1 N29-N35 with different narrators, also in Bukhari B2 N24,  B8 N387).

Note in the 4th example the same hadith appears with different narrators in both Bukhari & Muslim, and the same idea (IS&J) is also in the Koran.

  1. The idea of IS&J in all 4 examples gives 3 choices to conquered non-Muslims:

  1. 1)Accept Islamic law and become Muslim.


  1. 2)Keep your religion but agree to live under Islamic law, paying the discriminatory non-Muslim poll-tax (jizya) “with willing submission” and “feel themselves subdued” as second class with less rights than Muslims.


  1. 3)The jihad continues.

  1. Surely only a Tiny Minority™ of Extremist™ religious leaders today could take this seriously, right?

  1. Many say these verses are Cherry Picked™ and groups like the Taliban, Boko Harum, and Islamic State pick and choose what they want, but it is actually the opposite - major commentaries (tafsir) on the Koran discuss every verse in it’s entire context. For example Qutb’s 18 volume In The Shade Of The Qur’an has one volume over 200 pages explaining every verse of Koran chapter 9 (on jihad), and he does it in the context of the other 17 volumes. Here is a 10 volume Tafsir Ibn Kathir (free online and found in American mosques). Another by Maududi available online in 35 languages that the MSA likes enough to post in english. It is the people trying to reform Islam or the deception artists who cherry pick peaceful tolerant verses (especially earlier Meccan) as if it proves the entire Koran is peaceful and tolerant. Qutb called Muslim’s who cherry pick defeatists. Are Qutb and Maududi from the Tiny Minority of Extremists™? Georgetown Professor John Esposito described them as 2 of 3 key 20th century ideologues who:

  1. “have been so influential in creating the vision of modern Islamic reform... It is almost impossible to exaggerate the direct and indirect impact and influence of these three men”.¹ [The 3rd was Muslim Brotherhood founder Al-Banna]

  1. You will not find any peaceful tolerant commentary (tafsir) on the Koran that explains every verse that any orthodox school or sect of Islam accepts. This creates problems for Muslim reformers to convince other Muslims their cherry picked Interpretations™ that omit intolerant verses are correct, since every word of the Koran is the word of Allah and must be explained. To eliminate the 9th chapter and many other parts of the Koran is to reform 5 orthodox schools of Islam in a profound way.

  1. There are many Muslims who claim, often looking shocked or offended at the suggestion that Koranic verses exist about intolerance and holy war ‘I don’t know what book you are reading’, ‘my Koran says nothing like that’, ‘incorrect translation or interpretation’ or ‘cherry picked and taken out of context’. Examples are MPAC’s Edina Lekovic denying on national TV that verse 9:29 even exists. Also a CAIR official asking Rep. Allen West, “can you show me one verse in this Koran?” Muslim U.S. Rep Keith Ellison tried it on Bill Maher. Or frequent university speaker and Islam Expert™ Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi, Ph.D., once offered a million $ to anyone who could find references in the Qur’an that condone jihad, but not widely reported is that he never paid up. Saying the verses mean this or that is one thing, but people who say they don’t even exist are obviously either lying or don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s not my opinion that this massive deception exists, it is manifest if you know where to look.

The website says lexicographer Ed Lane’s An Arabic English Lexicon is “regarded as the best Arabic-English Lexicon in the world”. In 1865 he explained:  

  1. "Jahada, the root of the word Jihad, appears 40 times in the Koran - under a variety of grammatical forms.  With the exception of suras... [names 4], all other usages are variations of the 3rd Form of the verb, ie jahida which in the koran and in subsequent islamic understanding meant and means 'he fought, warred or waged war against unbelievers and the like'... “Jihad came to be used by the Muslims to signify wag[ing] war, against unbelievers.” (An Arabic English Lexicon, 8 volumes, London 1865, p472)

  1. Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes says Bukhari

  1. “contains 199 references to jihad, and every one of them refers to it in the sense of armed warfare against non-Muslims.”

Bill Warner of Center for the Study of Political Islam says almost the same - in Bukhari 97% of the jihad references are about war and 3% are about inner struggle, and at least 75% of the Sira (1st biography of Mohammed) is about jihad. His detailed statistical analysis of the core texts is here.

  1. Iranian Amber Pawlik did a statistical study of the Koran that showed 52% of the Koran is hatred toward infidels, similar to what Bill Warner got.

But Wait

  1. So far that doesn’t prove anything. Those are interesting facts about a book, but there are many books with violence, including historical accounts, ultra bloody novels, and of course the Bible. Raymond Ibrahim explains the difference between violent verses in the Koran, with it’s marching orders good for all time and places, and the Bible, which has historical accounts of violent events that allegedly occurred at a specific place and time, with specific tribes that no longer exist, and none of them ever became a basis for Jewish or Christian law today or examples to follow (as Muslims are told to follow Muhammad’s example). To know if that’s also true of the 4 core text ideas above you have to look at was was said about them afterwards, by whom. What follows are the opinions of over 80 of the most prominent jurist in Islamic history about the IS&J expressed in Koran 9:28. As you are about to see there is scholarly consensus on this, especially in the absence of contrary opinions of equally influential jurists.

Ibn Warraq makes this observation:

  1. Often when criticizing Islam, I am interrupted by the remark that of course Christianity was also once equally culpable of similar crimes. The fact that Christianity certainly was once intolerant does not mean that my criticisms of Islam’s intolerance are any less valid. If a Christian makes a specific criticism X of Islam, and Christianity was once also guilty of X, it does not follow that the criticism X is invalid.

  1. Second, Islamic intolerance is presently a far more immediate danger to all, whereas Christian intolerance is a thing of the past, and is no longer a threat to civilization. Christendom’s crimes have been recorded by Christians themselves, but, in the present climate of political correctness, many are reluctant to voice any criticism of Islam.”

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