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The Sources of Islamic Doctrine – Part 6

sunnahamustInside The Sunnah

Looking inside the Sunnah will help us understand what Islam is all about. Without looking at them, there is no way to understand why Muslims do what they do.

One of the most familiar Islamic terms among non-Muslims is “jihad.” If you listen to the apologists in the White House, you will think that jihad is just a spiritual struggle, but what do Islamic sources say on the subject? What do the Hadith, the Reliance of the Traveller, and other sources say about jihad.

When we see acts of jihad, the tendency is to say that this is not true Islam. The apologists usually say that Christians have the same problem. They always bring up the Crusades when they talk about this. There are those who burned people at the stake, and there is the Westboro Baptist Church. It is true that these things have been done in the name of Christianity, but the text of Christianity, the New Testament, does not support that kind of behavior. With Islam, when someone performs jihad and kills people, there are texts withing the Islamic scriptures that support it. Jihad is not radical behavior, it is rooted in Islamic scripture. It is actually prescribed in Islamic scripture.

When we look at the teachings of the Qur’an, we must also look at Muhammad so we can understand how he interpreted it. As the “perfect man,” Islam is understood by what he did and said. What Muhammad did, a good Muslim will do.

Muhammad told his followers to kill their enemies, Jesus told His to love their enemies. Christians preach the Gospel, and don’t force people to come to Christianity at the point of a sword.

When Muslim jurists lay down the law, they quote the passages from the Qur’an and Hadith to support their rulings. Here is what they quote concerning jihad:


“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”

Let this sink in a moment. Muhammad is to fight unbelievers until they submit to Islam and Islamic law. This is from the Reliance of the Traveller (ROT), which is the Sharia law book, and is certified by the premier Islamic university in the world. This is not our interpretation, this is how jihad is defined by the highest Islamic scholars. Here is how jihad is defined:


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, which is why the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said as he was returning from jihad.”

The reason that the killing of infidels is called the lesser jihad, is that it will go away when Islam rules the world. The greater jihad, which is the spiritual struggle within each Muslim, will continue, and is therefore called the greater jihad. The ROT gives three references from the Qur’an and sites the Bukhari to support the lesser jihad.

Here is another reference from the Sahih 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.”

Surah 2: 216 says:

“You are commanded to fight, although you dislike it. You may hate something that is good for you, and love something that is bad for you. Allah knows, and you do not.”

He is telling the Muslims that even if they don’t like fighting, it is OK because Allah knows better what is best for them. They need to do what Allah commands even if they don’t like it.

We are often told that Muslims are peaceful and wouldn’t do things like this. The fact is, they are doing it to be faithful to Allah. It is Allah’s command to kill all who will not submit to Islam. Not to do so makes one a disobedient Muslim. Muslim means the submitted one. The choice is simple, either a Muslim will be obedient, or he will be disobedient. If he is obedient, he will fight against the unbelievers.

Here is a quote from a Shi’ite Hadith:

“Standing for an hour in the ranks of battle is better than standing in prayer for sixty years.” – Saheeh related by Ibn Ade and Ibn Asakir from Abu Hurayrah 4/6165.

Hadith: Sahih al Jaami as Sagheer no. 4305

You can’t tell me that jihad is not important to the doctrines of Islam. It is better to spend one hour on that battlefield that 60 years in prayer.

We need to understand why jihad is so important in Islam. Jihad is not the end goal, it is the mechanism by which the goal is to be accomplished. The end goal is worldwide Islamic domination. It is to either kill or subjugate everyone to Allah.

Here is another quote from the ROT:

ROT 09.8

The caliph (o25) makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians (N: provided he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya, def: o11.4)-which is the significance of their paying it, not the money itself-while remaining in their ancestral religions) (O: and the war continues) until they become Muslim or else pay the non-Muslim poll tax.

Note who they make war with: Jews and Christians. The Zoroastrians are a pagan group found in the Old Testament, and many still live today in Persia (Iran).

This will be in force until the decent of Isa, the Muslim Jesus, at which time he will destroy all non-Muslims. This is why this type of jihad is called the lesser jihad. It will no longer be needed when everyone is a Muslim. The Muslim Jesus will rule by Islamic law.

The purpose of jihad is to subjugate the world to Islam. Despite what apologists say, Islam does not mean peace, it means submit.

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