When Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR (Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations), is all over the airwaves, lying through his teeth saying “Jihad’ is NOT about aggression, NOT about committing harm against another person,” how hard would it be to expose his attempt to lull Americans into complacency about the sinister intentions of Islam’s supremacist goals?
Counter Jihad Report The name of the campaign is “MyJihad” and it aims to convince Americans that Jihad only means “to struggle” or, more specifically, an internal, personal struggle. But the true meaning of Jihad is well documented both in historical Islamic doctrine and in contemporary use of the term.
And Jihad definitely does not only mean an internal, personal struggle. A false and misleading statement has been attributed to the San Francisco chapter head of CAIR, Zahra Billoo:
“A common misconception of the word jihad is that it means armed struggle or holy war, and that is something that has been perpetrated by many who’ve made careers out of pushing anti-Muslim sentiment.”
Such a meaning for Jihad has nothing to do with anyone with an “anti-Muslim sentiment.” It has everything to do with Islam itself. The prevalence of fighting in jihad is found in Qur’an translations provided by the University of Southern California.
Verse 74 of the Qur’an’s fourth book, for example, declares,
“Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”
That passage establishes the widespread Muslim view that dying in a war for Islam is “martyrdom” that will be rewarded by entrance to Islam’s heaven, or “jannah.”
Jihad, in Islamic texts as well as in Islamic law, has always borne the primary meaning of warfare against unbelievers in order to affect their subjugation under Sharia.” How hard would it be for one of these gutless reporters to pull out a copy of The Nobel Quran turn to page 818, and ask Awad to explain this definition of “jihad:”
“Jihad: Holy fighting in the Cause of Allah or any other kind of effort to make Allah’s Word superior. Jihad is regarded as one of the fundamentals of Islam.”
“So, when you clash with the unbelieving Infidels in battle, smite their necks until you overpower them, killing and wounding many of them. At length, when you have thoroughly subdued them, bind them firmly, making them captives. Thus are you commanded by Allah to continue carrying out Jihad against the unbelieving infidels until they submit to Islam.”
“Jihad is holy fighting in Allah’s Cause with full force of numbers and weaponry. It is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars. By Jihad Islam is established, Allah’s Word is made superior (which means only Allah has the right to be worshiped), and Islam is propagated. Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim. He who tries to escape from this duty, or does not fulfill this duty, dies as a hypocrite.”
Or Reliance of the Traveller, one of the world’s most widely read manuals of Shariah law. Turn to page 599: JIHAD means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada, signifying warfare to establish the religion. The scriptural basis for jihad 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)