Pamela Geller and Michael Ghouse argued about Islam & Jihad on Sean Hannity's radio show. You can listen to the audio here. The title of this post reflects a phrase used by twice by Ghouse in this debate. This debate is in the context of revelation of the fact that John Brennan, nominated to head the CIA, is one of the enemy, a slave of Allah.Thick accents and rapid speech make this argument hard to follow, but its context and content are extremely important. Mike is a liar: he asserted that "there is no offensive warfare in Islam", that Islam only fights defensively. Pamela exhibits cognitive dissonance: at once demanding that violent imperatives be expunged from the Koran and acknowledging the impossibility of expunging them. Muslim supremacists are super arrogant, condescendingly assuming us to be so stupid & gullible that their lies will never be fact checked. With the exception of Risala, which is only available on the web, the books you should be reading are available at Amazon and other book stores. The internet makes some of these texts available to those of us who are not sufficiently affluent to accrue large libraries. The Muslim appointed to head the CIA claims that Jihad is a "legitimate concept" of self-purification & control in Islam. Each of the six canonical hadith collections, considered the most authentic by Islamic scholars, has a book of Jihad or expedition. I invite you to search each of those books and extract from them the ahadith relating to Jihad an-Nafs. What proportion of those books relate to offensive warfare against infidels and what proportion relate to wrestling with one's ego? [Riyad us-salihin, Tirmidhi, al Nisa'i & Ibn Majah are large pdf files that may take some time to load. If you read Riyad & Tirmidhi, you will have most of the bases covered; there is much redundancy..]
- Sahih Bukhari
- Khan's translation
- Bewley's Translation (more complete, numbered differently and not anchored)
- Riyad as-Salihin
- Sahih Muslim
- Sunan Abu Dawud
- Malik's Muwatta
- Sunan al-Nasa'i
- Sunan Ibn Majah
Chapter O9.0: Jihad
(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 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.
- Marginal Note
- Infidels may be attacked without provocation.
The violence flows from Allah's Jihad imperatives enshrined in the Koran. Obtain a clue from Tafsir Ibn Kathir, which explains them.
- The Order to fight to eradicate Shirk and Kufr
- The Order to fight People of the Scriptures until They give the Jizyah
- The Good News that Islam shall prevail
- The Good News that Muslims will conquer the Known World, and ultimately the Entire World
- The Good News that Muslims will Dominate the People of the Book