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JIHAD . . . ISLAM'S HOLY WAR
The Quran teaches that Muslims are superior to all others: Surah 3.110 You are the best of the nations raised up for (the benefit of) men; you enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong and believe in Allah; and if the followers of the Book had believed it would have been better for them; of them (some) are believers and most of them are transgressors.
Muslims are forbidden to make friends with Jews or Christians: Surah 5.54 O you who believe! whoever from among you turns back from his religion, then Allah will bring a people, He shall love them and they shall love Him, lowly before the believers, mighty against the unbelievers, they shall strive hard in Allah's way and shall not fear the censure of any censurer; this is Allah's Face, He gives it to whom He pleases, and Allah is Ample-giving, Knowing.
Islam instructs its believers to fight until their opponents submit. Christians and Jews may be spared if they pay "Jizya" . . . a penalty tax . . . with willing submission: Surah 9:29. Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.
For those who resist Islam . . . execution or mutilation is decreed: Surah 5:36 Surely (as for) those who disbelieve, even if they had what is in the earth, all of it, and the like of it with it, that they might ransom themselves with it from the punishment of the day of resurrection, it shall not be accepted from them, and they shall have a painful punishment.
[33.64] Surely Allah has cursed the unbelievers and has prepared for them a burning fire,
[33.65] To abide therein for a long time; they shall not find a protector or a helper.
The Hadith is a record of the words and deeds of Muhammad, and is also viewed by Muslims as inspired. Next to the Quran, it is the most important source of Islamic Law. Its teachings are regarded as binding on all Muslims.
The Hadith teaches that apostasy is punishable by death: "Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him." Vol. 9:57.
A Muslim may not be punished for killing a non-Muslim: "No Muslim should be killed for killing a kafir (infidel)." Vol 9:50
Those who die in holy war are guaranteed to go to Heaven. "The person who participates in Jihad (Holy battles) in Allah's cause and nothing compels him to do so except belief in Allah and His apostle, will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward or booty (if he survives) or will be admitted to paradise (if he is killed)." Vol 1:35
[2.216] Fighting is enjoined on you, and h is an object of dislike to you; and it may be that you dislike a thing while it is good for you, and it may be that you love a thing while it is evil for you, and Allah knows, while you do not know.
[4.95] The holders back from among the believers, not having any injury, and those who strive hard in Allah's way with their property and their persons are not equal; Allah has made the strivers with their property and their persons to excel the holders back a (high) degree, and to each (class) Allah has promised good; and Allah shall grant to the strivers above the holders back a mighty reward:
[9.5] So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
[9.29] Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.
[9.33] He it is Who sent His Apostle with guidance and the religion of truth, that He might cause it to prevail over all religions, though the polytheists may be averse.
[9.122] And it does not beseem the believers that they should go forth all together; why should not then a company from every party from among them go forth that they may apply themselves to obtain understanding in religion, and that they may warn their people when they come back to them that they may be cautious?
[22.39] Permission (to fight) is given to those upon whom war is made because they are oppressed, and most surely Allah is well able to assist them;
This law is still in effect today in Islam. For instance, there is the recent case of a Muslim man who works on the Virtue and Vice Commission who killed his own sister for rejecting the Koran and believing in Jesus Christ. Most people do not realize this is a common practice around the world. Muslims usually kill the infidels on Friday at Jumah Prayer.
It may be hard for Christians to understand the idea of such a militant religion, but the main purpose of Islam is NOT spiritual but political. The ultimate purpose of Islam is to establish by force of a worldwide Islamic state where Sharia law is enforced on all.
To achieve this is the goal of Jihad. Islamic scholars identify a multitude of forms that Jihad can take:
#1. Jihad of Words. Muhammad was a brilliant and gifted orator silencing his enemies in a war of words. In Arab culture it was customary for feuding tribes to select a poet to mock and provoke the opposing forces with spontaneous verses of cursing. These linguistic warriors engaged in verbal combat seeking to inspire their own side with a sense of superiority and strength while undermining the morale of the enemy. This war of words is actually a war of nerves.
#2. Jihad of Deception. When Muslims are small in number they can follow the example of Muhammad's 83 followers who fled from persecution in Mecca to Abyssinia (present day Ethiopia). There the Christian Negus (king) offered them refuge. When the Meccans demanded their return as slaves, the Muslim exiles declared that Islam was merely a variation of Christianity. The Muslims selectively recited those passages of the Quran that agree with the Bible such as the virgin birth and miracles of Jesus and His ascension to Heaven and ultimate return. They remained silent on the Biblical differences (such as the denial of the Trinity and the atonement) between the Quran and the Bible. As a result the Christian Abyssinians protected the Muslims from the Meccans. When Islam was most vulnerable, it grew and developed in a Christian environment. Today . . . IF we only demonstrate our Christian love without stating the Truth of the Gospel, we are strengthening anti-Christian forces. BEWARE!!!
Muhammad compromised with the Meccan merchants during an intense time of persecution. Before that, he had boldly condemned polytheism. Then, under pressure, he accepted the Meccan belief that Allah had a wife, Al-lat, and two daughters, Al Uzzo and Manat. Later Muhammad renounced these so called Satanic Verses and claimed that all previous prophets had been tempted by demonic influence.
#3. Jihad of the Sword. After fleeing to Medina (the Hijra) in AD 622, Muhammad started to summon his followers to attack and plunder the caravans of Mecca. His followers initially resisted these calls until Muhammad presented a series of "revelations" commanding Jihad (holy war) and permitting looting ("Whoever has killed an enemy and has proof of that, will possess his spoils" – The Hadith, Vol. 4 no. 370). Where the booty was not large enough, Muhammad held captives as hostages until their families paid a high ransom for their release. Hostage taking has continued to be a common practice in Islam to this day. Those who participate in Jihad are granted a blanket absolution (Surah 8:17) and guaranteed to go straight to Paradise (Heaven) if killed. [8.17] So you did not slay them, but it was Allah Who slew them, and you did not smite when you smote (the enemy), but it was Allah Who smote, and that He might confer upon the believers a good gift from Himself; surely Allah is Hearing, Knowing.
[3:157] And if ye are slain, or die, in the way of Allah, forgiveness and mercy from Allah are far better than all they could amass. [9:111] Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Qur'an: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah. then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme. [47:5] Soon will He guide them and improve their condition, 6 And admit them to the Garden which He has announced for them.
#4. Jihad of Taxation and Financial Reward. Those who refuse to submit to Islam are forced to pay a special tax for non-Muslims (Jizya). Those who convert to Islam are often offered financial rewards or scholarships.
#5. Jihad of Slavery. Those Muslims who engage in Jihad not only can seize property, extort ransoms and demand taxes, but also capture slaves. The only places in the world today where slavery is still practiced are in some Muslim countries. In Sudan, the Islamic government uses slavery as an incentive to encourage Arab Northerners to attack the Christian Blacks in the South, and as a weapon of terror to destabilize non-Muslims. According to the Sharia Law, Muslims are allowed to enslave, own and sell human beings.
#6. Jihad of the Sharia Law. Non-Muslims are degraded to a lower class status and are denied equal access to the law because their testimony is not valid against a Muslim. This even applies to murder ("No Muslim should be killed for killing an infidel"). The death penalty is applied to anyone who renounces Islam and converts to another religion. When the wealthy Bedouins of Arabia professed faith in Allah to escape attack, Muhammad did not accept their confession. [49.14] The dwellers of the desert say: We believe. Say: You do not believe but say, We submit; and faith has not yet entered into your hearts; and if you obey Allah and His Apostle, He will not diminish aught of your deeds; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. . . . Islam does not place much value on personal faith, but demands surrender to the political rule of the Sharia. It is important that the calendar of Islam does not begin with the birth of Muhammad, nor the onset of his supposed "revelation", nor the assembling of the first Muslim community, nor the flight of Muslim refugees to Abyssinia. The 12 years of persecution in Mecca were not considered the start of their new religion. The Muslim calendar only begins when Islam became a political state in Medina.
#7. Jihad of Polygamy. The devastating defeat of the Muslim forces by the Meccans in the battle of Uhud (AD 625) led to what could be considered one of Islam's greatest victories. So many of his men were killed that Muhammad permitted his men to take up to 4 wives.
[4.3] And if you fear that you cannot act equitably towards orphans, then marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four; but if you fear that you will not do justice (between them), then (marry) only one or what your right hands possess; this is more proper, that you may not deviate from the right course. [4.4] And give women their dowries as a free gift, but if they of themselves be pleased to give up to you a portion of it, then eat it with enjoyment and with wholesome result.With the advent of Western medicine, infant mortality has plummeted. And the Muslim birthrate has skyrocketed. Muslims are increasing in number twice as fast as other religions. This is due to birth control and abortion in Western lands and polygamy in Muslim lands. Muslims are not increasing much by missionary outreaches, but by having many children. Polygamy has become one of Islam's most effective weapons for Holy War, providing Islam with an uneven number advantage.
#8. Jihad of the Spirits. According to the Quran, Muslims are not only men and women but also spirits who fight for the spread of Islam. [46.29] And when We turned towards you a party of the jinn who listened to the Quran; so when they came to it, they said: Be silent; then when it was finished, they turned back to their people warning (them). [46.30] They said: O our people! we have listened to a Book revealed after Musa verifying that which is before it, guiding to the truth and to a right path: [46.31] O our people! accept the Divine caller and believe in Him, He will forgive you of your faults and protect you from a painful punishment. [46.32] And whoever does not accept the-Divine caller, he shall not escape in the earth and he shall not have guardians besides Him, these are in manifest error.[46.33] Have they not considered that Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth and was not tired by their creation, is able to give life to the dead? Aye! He has surely power over all things.
[72.1] Say: It has been revealed to me that a party of the jinn listened, and they said: Surely we have heard a wonderful Quran, [72.2] Guiding to the right way, so we believe in it, and we will not set up any one with our Lord: [72.3] And that He-- exalted be the majesty of our Lord-- has not taken a consort, nor a son: [72.4] And that the foolish amongst us used to forge extravagant things against Allah: [72.5] And that we thought that men and jinn did not utter a lie against Allah: [72.6] And that persons from among men used to seek refuge with persons from among jinn, so they increased them in wrongdoing: [72.7] And that they thought as you think, that Allah would not raise anyone: [72.8] And that we sought to reach heaven, but we found it filled with strong guards and flaming stars. [72.9] And that we used to sit in some of the sitting-places thereof to steal a hearing, but he who would (try to) listen now would find a flame lying in wait for him: [72.10] And that we know not whether evil is meant for those who are on earth or whether their Lord means to bring them good: [72.11] And that some of us are good and others of us are below that: we are sects following different ways: [72.12] And that we know that we cannot escape Allah in the earth, nor can we escape Him by flight: [72.13] And that when we heard the guidance, we believed in it; so whoever believes in his Lord, he should neither fear loss nor being overtaken (by disgrace): [72.14] And that some of us are those who submit, and some of us are the deviators; so whoever submits, these aim at the right way: [72.15] And as to the deviators, they are fuel of hell:
Also a Muslim is to fight on Muhammad's behalf both in his life and after his death (Hadith Vol. 1 chapter 43). Clearly Islam is a religion of force which denies basic freedom. No Muslim has the freedom to change or leave his religion. The huge block of over 1 billion Muslims presents a great political and military threat to the Western world and is a great missionary challenge.
Personally I think that the Great Whore (Rev.17), is a greater enemy to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to the TRUE Christian Church. YES! Muslims are the most severe persecutors of Christians, and Muslim terrorist groups are the most vicious haters, hijackers, kidnappers, bombers and assassins. But, as I see it, the Great Whore is a far overlooked challenge that we must NOT ignore. BEWARE of the Great Whore and Ecumenism! Great danger lurks!
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