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In an article published at Accuracy In Media, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser  asserts  Ideological Standards Needed to Confront Militant Islam.  I have details to pick with two items in his list.of ideological standards.

The acceptance that the root cause of terrorism is political Islam. Terror is only a means to the ends of the Islamic state. While many Islamists may say they are against “terror,” moderate, liberty-loving Muslims accept the fact that the root cause of terrorism is the ideology of Islamism and its intoxicating dreams of the Islamic state poised against the ascendancy of Western secular democracies. To blame American foreign policy and other conspiracy theories for terrorism is to live in denial.

  • The acceptance that the root cause of terrorism is political Islam.   Islam is inherently political; it envolves temporal enforcement of Allah’s commands & Muhammad’s rules. As Allah said: 33:36. It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allâh and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allâh and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error. The root cause of terrorism is found in Allah’s word and Muhammad’s example. [Emphasis added.]
    • 3:151 We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they joined others in worship with Allâh, for which He had sent no authority; their abode will be the Fire and how evil is the abode of the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong­doers). 
    • 8:12 (Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels, “Verily, I am with you, so keep firm those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes.” 
    • 33:26 And those of the people of the Scripture who backed them (the disbelievers) Allâh brought them down from their forts and cast terror into their hearts, (so that) a group (of them) you killed, and a group (of them) you made captives. 
    • Bukhari Volume 1, Book 7, Number 331  Allah made me victorious by awe, (by His frightening my enemies) for a distance of one month’s journey.
    • Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220  I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy)

  • Terror is only a means to the ends of the Islamic state.  It is a battle tactic, designed to insure quick victory with minimal Muslim casualties. Warfare is Islam’s principal activity; the means to the  ends of the Islamic state: enriching & empowering Muhammad & his Caliphs.
    • 2:216 Jihâd (holy fighting in Allâh’s Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allâh knows but you do not know.
    • 8:1 They ask you (O Muhammad) about the spoils of war. Say: “The spoils are for Allâh and the Messenger.” So fear Allâh and adjust all matters of difference among you, and obey Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad), if you are believers.
    • 8:39 And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allâh) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allâh Alone [in the whole of the world ]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allâh), then certainly, Allâh is All-Seer of what they do. 
    • 9:29  Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allâh, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allâh and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islâm) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued
    • Muslim Book 019, Number 4327:
      The spoils of war were not made lawful for any people before us, This is because Allah saw our weakness and humility and made them lawful for us.
  • To blame American foreign policy and other conspiracy theories for terrorism is to live in denial. Blaming anything  other than orthodox Islamic doctrine is abject denial!

To acknowledge that much of current Islamic jurisprudence (sharia) is in dire need of ijtihad (reform) and being brought into the 21st century and modernity with a focus on liberty. Just as Chrisitianity and other faiths underwent reformation, so too is much of the current legal doctrine of Islam in need of a similar modernization to be in full synergy with the principles of individual freedom, limited constitutional government, and the separation of religion and state.

What does Sharia say about Jihad?

  • O-9.8: The Objectives of Jihad
    The caliph (o-25) 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: o-11.4) -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 (O: in accordance with the word of Allah Most High,
    “Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day…

Thats from Reliance of the Traveler,  a mainstream handbook of Fiqh.  Do you recognize the conclusion of that last sentence? It is from 9:29, which I quoted above. Sharia is based on the words and actions of Allah & Muhammad.

There is one unsurmountable problem: Allah’s word, the basis of Sharia, can not be changed. It is perfect, permanent, and final. It can only be defiled, not improved.

  • 30:30. So set you (O Muhammad ) your face towards the religion of pure Islâmic Monotheism Hanifa (worship none but Allâh Alone) Allâh’s Fitrah (i.e. Allâh’s Islâmic Monotheism), with which He has created mankind. No change let there be in Khalq­illâh (i.e. the Religion of Allâh Islâmic Monotheism), that is the straight religion, but most of men know not. [Tafsir At­Tabarî, Vol 21, Page 41]
  • 6:115. And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice. None can change His Words. And He is the All­Hearer, the All­Knower.
  • 5:3 …This day, I have perfected your religion for you

How then do Dr. Jasser and other reformers hope to reform what Allah and his Messenger have established?  Reform efforts are Kufr: rebellion against Allah.

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Myth vs Fact


Myth Fact
Islam: Religion of peace. 47:4 So, when you meet (in fight Jihâd in Allâh’s Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives). Thereafter (is the time) either for generosity (i.e. free them without ransom), or ransom (according to what benefits Islâm), until the war lays down its burden. Thus [you are ordered by Allâh to continue in carrying out Jihâd against the disbelievers till they embrace Islâm (i.e. are saved from the punishment in the Hell-fire) or at least come under your protection], but if it had been Allâh’s Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allâh, He will never let their deeds be lost,
Tafsir Inciting the Believers to Fight

Allah commands the Angels to fight and support the Believers

Permission to fight; this is the first Ayah of Jihad

The Support of the Angels

Muslims invoke Allah for Help, Allah sends the Angels to help Them

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Myth vs Fact


Myth Fact
Islam: Religion of peace. 40:51 Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh Islâmic Monotheism) in this world’s life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth, (i.e. Day of Resurrection),
Tafsir The Promise of Victory and the Command to turn away from Idolators

Allah will definitely help His Messenger

The Opponents of Allah and His Messenger are the Losers

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