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What Is The Motivation For Muslim Jihadists?

HeadInSandToday I want to talk about why Muslims do what they do. We just had the attack in Brussels, Belgium, as well as recent attacks in Nigeria, Turkey, and Iraq. Again and again we see Muslims, in the name of Allah, attacking and killing those they consider to be non-Muslims. This includes those who are Muslims, but who are deemed apostates by the fundamentalists because they are not living out the Islamic ideals as they believe Muhammad gave them.

People are denying that all of this bloodshed is tied to Islam. The motivation for the jihadist is tied to the Scriptures of Islam and its Prophet. It is important that we understand that these Muslims are doing what they are doing because of their faith. They believe that God has commanded them to do what they do. We must understand that the underlying reason for Muslims practicing jihad against all who are not Muslims it their religion.

Before we actually give the evidence for this I want to deal with the moderate Muslims who say Islam is a religion of peace. Reformers like Zuhdi Jasser that we constantly see on TV are telling us that this isn’t true Islam and that the jihadists are radicals and extremists. The say they are not the true face of Islam. Jasser says he is the true face of Islam.

Zuhdi Jasser is a reformer. He is like the liberal Christian who says things like, “my god won’t judge homosexuals.” They are right because their god won’t because it is a god of their own imagination. The God of the Bible does judge homosexuals. The Allah of Zuhdi Jasser is a figment of his imagination. He is reinventing Islam the way he wants it to be. His version is not that Allah nor is it the Islam of Muhammad.

The militant Muslim who is performing jihad is the true face of the Islam according to Muhammad. We must go to the source of Islam if we want to understand what it really is. The source of Islam is the Prophet Muhammad. He is the only one who received the “revelations” from Allah, and how he carried out the precepts tells us how they should be understood. When people like Zuhdi Jasser tell us that we can reform Islam and reject the violent passages, they must reject the Islam of their Prophet and the Prophet himself.

Back to the comparison with liberal Christians. Many of them say that God would not send anyone to Hell. The truth is that those who go to Hell, go their by their own choice. God’s love provided for the salvation of all of mankind. Those who go to Hell, go their because they reject the Saviour that God sent to pay for our sins. The Bible is very clear about Heaven and Hell, but these people are in denial.

Zuhdi Jasser and the reformed Muslims claim that there is, somewhere in the ethereal universe, a peaceful version of Islam. We have always said that there are peaceful Muslims, but there is no peaceful Islam. Many of the Muslims in the world are like Shahram’s parents, who were cultural Muslims. Shahram never once heard his parents talk about wanting to kill someone because they were not a Muslim. They were not fundamental, scriptural Muslims because the only way you can be a scriptural Muslim is to follow the example of the Prophet. He is referred to as the perfect man in Islam, the man whose example is to be followed.

When a Muslims says he is carrying out jihad, he is following the example of Muhammad. This is what Muhammad did. The main source of Islam is the Qur’an which was revealed by an angel to Muhammad. There are other sources that are called the Sunna, which means the practice. They tell us what Muhammad did and said. The Sunna is made up of the Hadith and the Sirah, and these are accepted by Muslims and Muslim scholars as equal to the Qur’an. When there is a question on how to live out Islam, they look to these sources to see how Muhammad practiced Islam. When we ask if Muhammad carried out jihad, we find the answer is emphatically YES!

Here is the definition of jihad from the Sharia law book, the Reliance of the Traveller, which is certified by the premier university and top scholars in the Islamic world.

(O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion.

Muslims call this the lesser jihad because they believe that the war against non-Muslims will eventually end because Islam will take over the whole world and there will be no more non-Muslims.

The Reliance of the Traveller quotes the following from the Qur’an to support this definition of jihad:

Sura 2:216 “Fighting is prescribed for you.”

Sura 4:89 “Slay them wherever you find them.”

Sura 9:36 “Fight the idolaters utterly.”

This is not our opinion, this comes from the Sharia law book.

Here is a passage from one of the Hadith where Muhammad said:

I have been commanded by Allah fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and they perform the prayer and pay the Zakat. If they say it they have saved there blood and property from me (Muhammad) except for the rights of Islam over them.

If they repent, we won’t kill them. Their blood is safe. If they don’t repent and submit to Islam, their blood and possessions will be taken by Muhammad.

The example of Muhammad is to attack non-Muslims, and if they don’t convert to Islam, they are killed. When we see Muslims carrying out jihad, war against non-Muslims, they are practicing Islam as Muhammad did.

Muslims cannot say we are taking these verses out of context, or that we are twisting them, because the Sharia Law Book quotes them to support jihad. This is what the top scholars of Islam say they mean. They use them to teach that jihad against non-Muslims is a command, not an option.

If you are going to be a good and faithful Muslim, you will be involved in jihad in some way. Those who say otherwise are contradicting the top scholars of Islam, as well as the founder of Islam, Muhammad. This is law and it must be followed

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