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From Al-Qaeda To Boko Haram To ISIS And Beyond, Jihadists Keep Quoting The Same Qur’anic Verses & Hadiths To Justify Terror


Every eye of this multi-headed Beast is reading the same books for Jihadi inspiration. But worry not, Islam has absolutely nothing to do with Islamic terrorism

Qur’an Sura 8:12b, “… terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.”

By Raymond Ibrahim, Islam Translated – “I just spent the better part of the day reading and listening to sermons by the leaders and jihadis of the new ‘caliphate’ in Mesopotamia, the Islamic State (formerly ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’).

I did so in the vain hopes of learning something ‘new.’

But it was absolute déjà vu — taking me back to a decade ago, when I was reading and translating the Arabic writings and speeches of al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri, as collated in The Al Qaeda Reader.

Now as then, it’s the same Koran verses; the same hadiths of Islamic prophet Muhammad waging and praising jihad; the same threats of hellfire for the munafiqun (hypocrites or lukewarm Muslims); the same carnal rewards in the now or hereafter for those who join the ‘caravan’ of jihad.

Consider for instance the following opening words of a recently released short video from the Islamic State titled, ‘There is No Life Without Jihad’:

If you wish to know the way to glory and power, to goodness, security and joy, you must learn that there are no rights without jihad, no justice without jihad, no dignity without jihad, no security without jihad, no future without jihad, no life without jihad, no life without jihad.

After this rather hackneyed opening, one Abu Muthana, a jihadi from Britain, appears quoting some more of the usual Koran verses, hadiths, and ulema, in this case, Imam Qurtubi, who wrote that ‘jihad gives life.’  Finally he summarizes the goal of the jihad — in case anyone is still not sure — namely, to fight until ‘the law [Sharia] of Allah is implemented and the caliphate restored.’

To reiterate, there is little new or original in the videos and communiques from the Islamic State.  Just static Islamism.

If one turns to the speeches of other Islamic and jihadi groups around the world—from the African groups such as Boko Haram (Nigeria) and al-Shabaab (Somalia), to Asian groups such as Abu Sayyaf (Philippines) and the Islamic Movement (Uzbekistan)—it’s the same thing, same themes, same scriptures, same quotations, same exhortations, same condemnations.   Only their temporal circumstances and vicissitudes of victory or defeat differ.

While the Western mentality, so used to seeing and hearing about the ‘latest’ or ‘newest’ fad, may deem the Islamist approach as static or insipid, it is, quite the contrary, immensely effective for its purposes, and thus dangerous.

Consider: It’s the same exact message — of supremacism, hate, and violence, capped off with divine sanctioning — repeated over and over again, from a myriad of sources and organizations, all of which claim authority.

One can think of few better ways to brainwash and indoctrinate young and impressionable minds—to the point that they eagerly embrace death, including through suicide (AKA “martyrdom operations”).

Nor is this message of jihad, conquest, and death-to-the-infidel, limited to the verbiage that transpires among terrorist organizations; instead, this sort of rhetoric has spread far and wide, thanks to modern technology — including the Internet and social media — and the rich Gulf States, chief among them Saudi Arabia, which have seen to it that the jihadi books and passages being quoted are available to all and sundry.

Indeed, and has been demonstrated repeatedly, such jihadi rhetoric is regularly used in mosques all throughout Europe and America — explaining why an inordinate amount of jihadis in Syria and Iraq, such as Abu Muthana,  the aforementioned ‘Brit,’ are in fact from the West.

If the West, in the name of ‘religious freedom,’ is still too fretful to monitor and ban such sermons, in Egypt — a Muslim nation in the heart of the Islamic world—the post Muslim Brotherhood government has come to understand the necessity of outlawing ‘certain’ kinds of rhetoric  from the mosques, specifically, those about jihad against infidels and apostates.

Of course, such a move sounds extremely ‘anti-freedom’ to the liberal mentality; the New York Times bemoaned it, without considering that such a clampdown on sermon topics actually combats terrorism and saves human lives.  For example, the overwhelming majority of attacks on Egypt’s Christian Copts occur on Friday — the one day of the week Muslims congregate in mosques to hear sermons.

Ultimately, however, such a move from Egypt — an Islamic nation — is an indicator of just how problematic unregulated (i.e., jihadi) sermons can be: if ‘moderate’ Muslims are fearful from the repercussions of ‘radicalized’ sermons, shouldn’t we ‘infidels’ be even more wary of them?

In the end, there’s good news and bad news in all this: the good news is that one need not be familiar with the constant communiques, videos, and messages emanating from this or that jihadi group — for they are all recycled, all the same.  To hear one, is to  hear them all.

The bad news is that, due to the severe lack of common sense and censorship in the form of political correctness that plagues the West, the rhetoric of jihad and its unvarying message of hate remains wholly unintelligible.

If the jihadis, like parrots, are forever repeating each other — and luring other parrots to join them — Western leaders and politicians, like ostriches, are forever sticking their heads in the sand, lest they acknowledge the cacophony of hate surrounding them, and us.” Source – Raymond Ibrahim, Islam Translated.

  1. 07/10/2014 at 7:27 AM

    Didn’t GW Bush say that, “we all served the same GOD?” Well, considering that he made sure that OPEC could keep the price of oil high, and considering all of his photo opts with him holding hands with the Saudi royals, and his hosting of Ramadan dinners at the White House, what he obviously meant to say is that he and those who practice Islam worshiped the same god, as do the Obama’s.

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    • 07/10/2014 at 11:50 AM

      Hello Denise,

      I know you think GW is, to a greater or lesser degree, responsible for the islamic mess that we now have here in the States, but never forget that his first priority as president was to ensure the peace of this country. Yes, he made mistakes by not calling out the muslim leaders for their diabolical belief system, but the alternative would have been to outwardly confront them THE WAY THAT I DO here on this website.

      He would have surely gotten himself killed, and the country would have been no better off for it….

      I don’t agree with a lot of the things he did–primarily with his decision to declare war on Iraq (because you never want to open a can of worms), but he had the whole-hearted support of Congress and the rest of the free world when he did so. Obama was handed Iraq on a silver platter! All he had to do was maintain the peace, but he threw it all away and now our soldiers’ sacrifices were all in vain. There’s a fine line between “being a friend to sinners” and “taking part with their evil deeds”. I believe GW falls in the former category–Obama clearly falls into the latter!

      P.S. dapreach1compromised. RG

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  2. Nooh
    08/15/2014 at 8:35 PM

    Yes. anything said in the Quran must be obeyed. This ISIS bloodthirsty carnivorous have sofisticated weapons and they are expanding their territory day by day. Where do they get this weapons if not supplied with America and Israel? where are their casualties treated if not in Israel? You look ignorant talking ill of Prophet Muhammad may peace of Allah be upon Him. ISIS is a product of CIA. why did America release the so cslked Khalifa if he wasn’t their agent

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  3. ICA
    08/15/2014 at 9:24 PM

    Nooh, “Yes. anything said in the Quran must be obeyed. This ISIS bloodthirsty carnivorous have sofisticated weapons and they are expanding their territory day by day.”

    The Bible prophesied that a time would come when the image of this “worship-Allah-or-be-killed” monster would be given the breath to speak and be obeyed:

    Revelation 13:15, 18, “The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed… This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate [‘psēphizō’ – reckon] the number [‘arithmos’ – multitude of people] of the beast, for it is the number [‘arithmos’ – multitude of people] of a man [Mohammed]. That number [‘arithmos’ – multitude, people] is ‘χξς‘ [In the Name of Allah in Arabic]”

    And they speak the Qur’an, and obey it:

    Qur’an Sura 8:12b, “… terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.”

    Nooh, “Where do they get this weapons if not supplied with America and Israel? where are their casualties treated if not in Israel? You look ignorant talking ill of Prophet Muhammad may peace of Allah be upon Him. ISIS is a product of CIA. why did America release the so cslked Khalifa if he wasn’t their agent”

    I saw photographs of ISIS terrorists driving and riding in vehicles produced by Toyota and Nissan. Is ISIS now also a product of the Japanese government? And al-Bagdhadi was in US custody at one time and released. Many suspected combatants are often detained and eventually released. How does al-Bagdhadi’s example make ISIS a CIA creation? The fact of the matter is that it does not, no more than Anwar al-Awlaki visiting the Pentagon made al Qaida a Pentagon creation. What creates Islamic terrorists are the teachings of Islam, and Islam alone. I realize that conspiracy theories are popular in the Islamic world, but any and all conclusions must be based upon common sense and logic, Nooh, not upon wild flights of fancy.

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    • 08/16/2014 at 10:56 AM

      With Obama’s help the expansion throughout the West seems not only possible, but likely.

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