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4 Examples Describing Islamic Supremacism & Jihad in Koran & Hadith

Using words like until, many Muslims take these literally for all times and places, they are not just historical descriptions of past 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).

  1. All 4 examples give 3 choices to conquered non-Muslims:

  1. 1)Accept Islamic law and become Muslim.


  1. 2)Accept Islamic law and keep your religion but agree to pay 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 these ideas seriously, right?


  1. Jihad means struggle and could be for many different things from conquering cancer to military conquest. The meaning relevant to this website is the same as Brotherhood theorist Sayyid Qutb, whose influence Georgetown Professor John Esposito described as “almost impossible to exaggerate”,

  1. “Jihad in Islam is simply a name for striving to make this system of life dominant in the world.”

His detailed explanation can be summarized like this:

  1. Jihad is warfare by any and all means, violent and non violent including deception against non Muslims in order to subjugate them under the rule of Islamic law.

It doesn’t only means that, but it’s false to claim it only means inner spiritual struggle, or only a struggle against poverty or drugs or sugar. Anyone who claims the word jihad never means religious war using violent or non-violent tactics is either lying or deceived.

  1. Some say these verses are Cherry Picked™ and groups like the Taliban and Islamic State pick and choose what they want, but it is actually the opposite - major commentaries (tafsir) on the Koran discuss every verse. For example Qutb’s 18 volume In The Shade Of The Qur’an has one volume with over 200 pages explaining every verse of Koran chapter 9 on jihad, and he does it in the context of the other 17 volumes that explain every verse in the Koran. 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 and the deception artists who cherry pick peaceful tolerant verses to try to prove Islam and the Koran is peaceful and tolerant. Qutb called Muslim’s who cherry pick defeatists. Georgetown Professor John Esposito described Qutb and Maududi 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 of Islam accepts. This creates problems for Muslim reformers to convince other Muslims that 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, and that has not happened.

  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 doesn’t even exists. There are no moderate interpretations of this verse and so called moderates will either not mention it or deny it exists when pressed. Like this 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 of course 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 deceived.

  1. 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:  

  2. "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 quoting from a book doesn’t prove anything. Obviously there are many books with violence, including historical accounts, bloody novels, and of course the Bible. What matters is whether large numbers of people consider it instructive. Raymond Ibrahim explains the difference between violent verses in the Koran, with it’s marching orders good for all times and places, and the Bible with its historical accounts of violent events with specific tribes that no longer exist, is that none of them ever became a basis for Jewish or Christian law today or examples to follow the way Muslims are told to follow Muhammad’s example.

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