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We are continuing with our series on winning the argument on Islam. Remember, we are not talking about winning the argument with Muslims. We are learning how to convince those non-Muslims who do not see the danger of Islam, how, if it is unchecked, it will destroy our civilization.
Yesterday we saw that some of these people are actually doing the work for Islam. Even though they don’t understand Islam they have become apologists and defend it as a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a few radicals who are giving it a bad name. They believe that those who speak against Islam are bigots and hatemongers. If we want our way of life to continue we must learn to communicate the truth to them.
We also talked about those who have bought into the liberal doctrine that says there are no absolutes in the world. They believe you cannot say that one religion or one culture is better than another. I closed yesterday by showing you how to put that argument to rest.
Today I want to move on to the evidence against Islam. We need to show the facts. I suggest you get a book, it is called “Reliance of the Traveller.” It is a Muslim legal book. It is their handbook on Islamic or Shariah law. It is a great resource and you can get it from Amazon.com here.
We are fighting fire with fire. We are using their words, and especially the words of Muhammad, the things that he taught and did, to expose the truth concerning Islam. The Reliance of he Traveller is one of the best sources you can carry. It is rather difficult to carry all of the Muslim scriptures with you and If I could only take one Muslim book with me I would take this one.
Now I want to show you how to use this book. First you need to know that it was written in the 1400’s and it has the approval of all five schools of Islam. Just like there are many Christian denominations, there are five schools of thought, which we could call denominations, in Islam. These different schools agree more than 75% of the time on doctrine. They would all say that this book gives a very good understanding of their faith.
This book is very careful to quote the best sources. It is a legal book and so it gives the reasons for the principles of Islamic law and gives the best evidence to explain why these principles are valid.
Now I want to go to the section on jihad. It is found on page 599. It is section o-9.0. Section o deals with justice and we are looking at the term “jihad” in this section. Let me quote from this section:
o-9.0 O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada [Warrior] 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) [Soul], 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.”
Muhammad is moving from the lesser jihad (warfare) to the greater jihad (the internal struggle). Let me explain the two:
Jihad Akbar (greater) is the constant “self struggle” that each Muslim goes through on a daily basis. The word “akbar” should be familiar to you, you have heard the cry of “Allah akbar” when the jihadist does his evil work. It means Allah is greater, or Allah is the greatest. This is the greater struggle because it is internal and constant.
Jihad Asghar (lesser) is the struggle against the non-Muslim. It is lesser because it is only occasional and external.
This is something you need to understand, but don’t get into a deep discussion on this subject. What you really need to focus on is the first part of this quote, that jihad means to ware against the non-Muslims.
The word jihad comes from the word mujahada (warrior). You have heard of the Mujahadeen, these are the warriors or terrorists of Islam. Jihad signifies warfare to establish the religion of Islam.
Let me continue reading:
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);
(Remember, I told you that you need to know the sources for their doctrine. Here we have three sources from the Qur’an and next it will give sources from the hadiths [quotes from Muhammad].)
and such hadiths as the one related by Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
(Bukari and Muslim are the two most accepted compilers of the hatiths.)
“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”;
(This is a quote from Muhammad that says he was commanded by Allah to fight people until they submit [the meaning of Islam] to Islam. So, from this hadith we have the proof that Muhammad was to fight a war against all non-Muslims until they submit. This is what Muhammad called his followers to do also.)
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.”
(So, to fight in the path of Allah [jihad] is better than gaining the 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.
Here we have very clear evidence that Muhammad was given to fighting people who did not believe in Allah. That was his goal in life, and the goal he left for his followers.
All who do not believe in Allah and his prophet (Muhammad) are to be killed and face Allah’s judgment. This is their only crime.
Tomorrow we will look at the subject of apostasy.
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