Exposing Islam Through CAIR’s Lies about the Boston Marathon Bombing
Bare Naked Islam posted and commented on a CAIR OPED, from which I extracted
a crucial phrase and did a search. The text turned up on CAIR’s
Facebook page. I have reproduced it below, highlighting some
important words, phrases & clauses which I will dissect below
Nihad Awad, like all lying Muslims, assumes that we
are stupid, illiterate and gullible. With a smug smirk he plays
semantic games, cherry picks scripture and misrepresents the damnable
doctrines & practices of Islam.
The bothers who bombed the Boston Marathon were
Muslims. The surviving bomber said that they were motivated by
religion. What component of Islam would motivate anyone to maim
and mutilate as many people as possible? After reading this
post, you will be able to answer that question.
[Qur’an & hadith links added. Superscripts are linked to my
Jihad and Islam
By Nihad Awad
There is a growing attempt by some commentators to label the recent
bombings in Boston as “jihad” and to blame the deadly blasts on a
concept they call “radical Islam.”1
I call “radical Islam” non-existent because radicalism or extremism
not permissible in Islam. Islam prohibits extremism2 and an
part of the faith is moderation. A more accurate term
The Quran, Islam’s foundational holy text, states clearly: “We made you
to be a community of
the middle way, so that (with the example of your
lives) you might bear witness to the truth before all mankind.” (Quran,
The Quran also states: “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for
justice, as witnesses to God, even against yourselves, or your parents,
or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for God can best
protect both.” (Quran, 4:35)
But there’s a huge difference between the existence of radical
individuals and a religion
that permits radical beliefs or actions.
certainly do not represent the teachings of Islam or the
behavior or beliefs of mainstream Muslims7.
In one Islamic tradition, called a “hadith,” the Prophet Muhammad said:
“Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion
will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be
extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good
tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in
the mornings, the nights.” [Bukhari 1.2.38]
In recent years, we have seen the term “jihadist” come to be used as if
it means a person who kills people out of a religious motivation8,
this is terribly inaccurate.
does not mean “holy war.” 9Literally,
jihad means to “struggle,”
strive and exert effort. It is a central and broad Islamic concept that
includes struggle against evil inclinations within oneself, struggle to
improve the quality of life in society, struggle
in the battlefield for
self-defense 10(e.g., – having a standing army
against tyranny or oppression.
For the sake of accuracy and to avoid spreading false information about
a major world religion, extremist
Muslims who commit crimes should be
called criminals or, in cases where the definition fits, terrorists.
should not legitimize
their actions by calling them jihadists, even if
they attempt to call themselves by that label and seek a false
religious connection or justification. These criminals should not be
honored with a religious label.
“And fight in the cause of God those who
, and do
commit aggression. Indeed God does not love those who are
(The Quran, 2:190).
So yes, there are some Muslims who have extreme views, or mental
illnesses, or political grievances, or a host of other reasons that
lead them to kill people, and this is not only a tragedy and a crime
but an egregious
violation of the principles of Islam.
The difference between Muslim killers and killers from other
backgrounds is often the way they are described by the media and viewed
by the public: with Muslim killers, the
crime is almost always
attributed to their religion.14
Because the word “terrorism”15 is used almost exclusively to
crimes whose perpetrators are Muslims, you might think that a majority
of mass killings and acts of terrorism in the U.S. were committed by
Muslims. But when we look at the facts, that perception does not hold
* According to FBI statistics, of all terrorist attacks on U.S. soil
from 1980 to 2005, six percent were committed by Muslims. (Source:
* According to a study from the Combating Terrorism Center at the US
Military Academy, since 2011, politically-motivated attacks by Muslim
Americans have killed 33 people, while terrorist attacks by white
supremacists and other right-wing extremists killed more than 200
* According to a report by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and
Homeland Security, “66 Americans were killed in mass shootings by
non-Muslims in 2012 alone, twice as many fatalities as from
Muslim-American terrorism in all 11 years since 9/11.” (Source:
In a well-known hadith, a man asked the Prophet Muhammad, “What is the
jihad?” to which Prophet Muhammad replied, “Speaking a word of
truth to an oppressive ruler.”
The constant misuse of terms like “jihad” and “radical Islam” is
offensive to the truth and is counterproductive to our nation’s efforts
to achieve security.
It is time we all speak a word of truth by applying the proper labels
to criminals and their acts of violence, no matter their religious
[Nihad Awad is national executive director for the Washington-based
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest
Muslim civil liberties group. He may be contacted at: email@example.com ]
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To be effective, a professional liar will include
some truth in his spew of malignant malarkey. It is true that
there is no such thing as radical Islam. Islam is what it is; its
standard was set 1400 years ago by Moe’s recitation, which is recorded
in the Qur’an and exemplified by Moe’s sunnah
& Sira. Imperialism, terrorism, rape & pillage are
intrinsic sacraments of Islam, not bida introduced by “extremists
I disrespectfully direct doubters, deniers &
dissenters to Craig Winn’s The Prophet of Doom,
which combines the most significant parts of the Qur’an, hadith, Sira
& Tahrik in 1000 pages supplying the context & chronology
lacking in the Qur’an. If you lack the patience for 1000 pages,
read the In
His Own Words Appendix for the highlights.
Normative Islam is extreme; it encompasses global imperialism, terrorism, genocide, rape and
pillage. Those intrinsic sacraments of Islam are not
prohibited. Transgressing the limits is prohibited.
The limits are set in Sahih Muslim 19.4294,
in which Moe commands his generals to make holy war. What would profane
it? Embezzling spoils, killing children, mutilating bodies and fleeing
from battle are the limits which must not be transgressed; which would
profane Islam’s holy war.
Al-Qaeda is a subset of the Muslim Brotherhood,
which is a subset of Islam; what is their ideology? Islamic
ideology is most clearly stated in the motto of the Brotherhood,
which is copied in the Charter of HAMAS.
is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution:
Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of
- Only Allah has the right to be worshiped. 3:2
- Only Allah has the right to legislate & rule, which he
delegated to Moe and his successors. 33:36
- Jihad is ordained for Muslims. 2:216
- War must be waged against pagans until only Allah is worshiped on
a global scale. 8:39
- War must be waged against Jews & Christians until they are
subjugated & extorted. 9:29
- The blood and property of infidels is not sacred to Muslims.
Infidels only acquire human rights when they become Muslims. Bukhari 1.8.387
- The basic penalty for “waging war against Allah and his
Messenger” is execution. 5:33
- “waging war against Allah and his Messenger” includes disbelief
- “waging war against Allah and his Messenger” includes disbelief
This entry is redundant: see .Extremism.
The correct expression is: Believers.
Believers are defined in 8:1-5. The meaning will not be clear until
you look up the context of “spend” and “go out” at http://www.quranbrowser.com/ . The
definition in 9:111 is more explicit: they sold their souls to
Allah for admission to his celestial bordello so they fight in his cause,
killing and being killed. In 49:15, they are described as only those who fight
in Allah’s cause.
Tim McVeigh was a lapsed Catholic who acted out of
political, not religious motives. Christians who shoot
abortionists or bomb abortion mills, like McVeigh, act in contravention
of Christ’s teaching and example. Muslims engaged in terrorism
act in obedience to Allah and emulation of Moe.
Was Moe, the founder of Islam, a mainstream
Muslim? If not, then who is? Moe revealed the Qur’an, which
enshrines the doctrines of Islam; are those doctrines not mainstream?
If Moe’s sunnah does not define mainstream Muslims, what does?
about Abu Sufyan
coming from Syria, he summoned the Muslims and said, ‘This is the
Quraysh caravan containing their property. Go out to attack it, perhaps
God will give it as a prey.’
of Aslam told him that B. Sahm
of Aslam came to the apostle and complained that they had fought and got
nothing and found nothing with the apostle which he could give them. He
said: ~O God, You know their
condition and that they have no strength,
and that I have nothing to give
them, so conquer for them the wealthiest
of the enemy’s forts with the
richest food.’ The following day God conquered
the fort of al-Sa’b b. Mu’adh
which contained the richest food in Khaybar.
Moe was a predator. Predation is part of mainstream
Islam. In Tabari, Vol. VIII, page 122, we find the sad story of
the death of Kinanah, chieftan of Khaibar Oasis.
Kinanah refused to surrender
it; so the Messenger of God
gave orders concerning him to al-Zubayr
b. al-‘Awwam, saying, “Torture
him until you root out what he has.”
Al-Zubayr kept twirling his
fires tick in his breast 510 until
Kinanah almost expired; then the Messenger of God gave him to
Muhammad b. Maslamah, who beheaded him to avenge his brother
Mahmud b. Maslamah.
If your Lord issued divine imperatives commanding
you to wage war against pagans and ‘people of the book‘ and if he threatened you with eternal damnation if you refused to wage war and promised you admission to his celestial bordello
if you join the jihad, that would be religious motivation to engage in
offensive conquest. What if your Lord promised you extra credit
towards an upgrade in your seat in his celestial bordello for any step you take to injure or enrage disbelievers;
would that be religious motivation?
Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and his co-conspirators filed
with the military tribunal a signed response to the
“nine accusations” against them. In their document, they spill the
Many thanks to God, for his kind gesture, and choosing us to
perform the act of
Jihad for his cause and to defend Islam and Muslims.
Therefore, killing you and
fighting you, destroying you and terrorizing you,
responding back to your
attacks, are all considered to be great legitimate duty in our religion.
actions are our offerings to
God. In addition, it is the imposed reality on Muslims in
Afghanistan, Iraq, in the land of the two holy sites [Mecca and Medina,
Saudi Arabia], and in the rest ofthe
world, where Muslims are suffering from your brutality, terrorism,
killing ofthe innocent, and
occupying their lands and their holy sites. Nevertheless, it would have been the greatest
to fight you over your
infidelity. However, today, we fight you over defending Muslims,
their land, their
holy sites,and their religion as a whole.
That is neither radicalism nor extremism; that is normative Islam, as
Moe preached and practiced it. That is motivated by Allah’s
imperatives, threat and promise. Those are religious motivations.
Jihad means extreme exertion and striving. It
is not defined in the Qur’an, but it is defined in a footnote by Hilali
& Khan in their translation of 2:190.
fighting) in Allâh’s Cause (with full force of numbers and weaponry) is
given the utmost importance in Islâm and is one of its pillar (on which
it stands). By Jihâd Islâm
is established, Allâh’s Word is made superior, (His Word being Lâ
ilaha illallâh which
means none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh), and His Religion
(Islâm) is propagated. By abandoning Jihâd (may
Allâh protect us from that) Islâm is destroyed and the Muslims fall
into an inferior position; their honour is lost, their lands are
stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihâd is
an obligatory duty in Islâm on every Muslim, and he who tries to escape
from this duty, or does not in his innermost heart wish to fulfil this
duty, dies with one of the qualities of a hypocrite.
‘Abdullâh bin Mas‘ûd رضي الله عنه: I asked Allâh’s Messenger صلى الله
عليه وسلم “O Allâh’s Messenger! What is the best deed?” He replied, “To
offer the Salât (prayers)
at their early fixed stated times.” I asked, “What is next in
goodness?” He replied, “To be good and dutiful to your parents.” I
further asked, “What is next in goodness?” He replied, “To participate
in Jihâd in Allâh’s Cause.” I did not ask Allâh’s Messenger صلى الله
عليه وسلم anymore and if I had asked him more, he would have told me
Vol.4, Hadîth No.41).
holy fighting in Allah’s cause
What makes fighting holy? Intentions:
intending to please Allah. What profanes it? Embezzling spoils, killing
children, mutilating corpses and fleeing from battle.
What is Allah’s cause? To make Islam dominate the world.
The Reliance of the Traveller, the Shafi’i school’s
handbook of Shari’ah, certified as accurate and authentic by the
Sheikhs of Al-Zzhar University, defines Jihad in Book O9.0.
(O: 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 (nafs), 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
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
-3- “Fight the idolators utterly” (Koran 9:36);
and such hadiths as the one related by Bukhari
that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
“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”;
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.”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.)
“Jihad is ordained for you” in 2:216 Allah says
Jihad, not defense. When Moe was weak, with no army, Allah
prescribed patience and forbearance. When he moved to Medina and built
a small force, Allah prescribed defensive and retaliatory fighting in 22:39.
When his army grew strong enough to raid camel caravans and small
settlements, Allah revealed the primary Jihad imperatives in Surahs
Al-anfal & At-Taubah.
The Reliance of the Traveller, in Book O9.1,
sets forth two types of jihad: offensive and defensive. The former is
required in every year, and if not performed when possible, all who
know of the obligation are in sin. The obligation is communal,
binding on all eligible male Muslims until a su8fficient number has
reported to the front.
O9.1: The Obligatory Character of Jihad
is a communal obligation (def: c3.2). When enough people perform
it to successfully accomplish it, it is no longer obligatory upon
others (O: the evidence for which is the Prophet’s saying
(Allah bless him and give him peace),
“He who provides the equipment for a soldier in
jihad has himself performed jihad,”
and Allah Most High having said:
“Those of the believers who are unhurt but sit
behind are not equal to those who fight in Allah’s path with their
property and lives. Allah has preferred those who fight with their
property and lives a whole degree above those who sit behind. And to
each, Allah has promised great good” (Koran 4:95).
of those concerned perform jihad, and it does not happen at all, then
everyone who is aware that it is obligatory is guilty of sin, if there
was a possibility of having performed it. In the time of the
Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) jihad was a communal
obligation after his emigration (hijra) to Medina. As for subsequent
times, there are two possible states in respect to non-Muslims.
first is when they are in their own countries, in which case jihad
(def: o9.8) is a communal obligation, and this is what our author is
speaking of when he says, “Jihad is a communal obligation,” meaning upon the Muslims each year.
The second state is when non-Muslims invade a
Muslim country or near to one, in which case jihad is personally
obligatory (def: c3.2) upon the inhabitants of that country, who must
repel the non-Muslims with whatever they can).
outlines the duties of subordinate rulers; one of them holds a clue for
you: to wage war against neighboring infidels and distribute the
The Hanifi school adds some crucial clarity.
The destruction of the sword is incurred by infidels, although they be
first aggressors, as appears from various passages in the sacred
writings which are generally received this effect.
The purpose of Islam’s army is offensive, not
defensive: to strike terror into the hearts of intended victims.
Note the expressions used in multiple translations of 8:60.
does no such thing! Words have meanings, but Muslims have their
own. They play a vicious semantic game which must be exposed.
5:32. Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if
anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread
mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if
anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all
mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear
proofs, evidences, and signs, even then after that many of them
continued to exceed the limits (e.g. by doing oppression unjustly
and exceeding beyond the limits set by Allâh by committing the major
sins) in the land!.
Note the highlighted escape clause. The prohibition is in 4:92.
is not for a believer to kill a believer
except (that it be) by mistake, and whosoever kills a believer by
mistake, (it is ordained that) he must set free a believing slave and a
compensation (blood money, i.e Diya) be given to the deceased’s family,
unless they remit it. If the deceased belonged to a people at war with
you and he was a believer; the freeing of a believing slave (is
prescribed), and if he belonged to a people with whom you have a treaty
of mutual alliance, compensation (blood money – Diya) must be paid to
his family, and a believing slave must be freed. And whoso finds this
(the penance of freeing a slave) beyond his means, he must fast for two
consecutive months in order to seek repentance from Allâh. And Allâh is
Ever AllKnowing, AllWise.
4:93. And whoever kills a believer
intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein, and the
Wrath and the Curse of Allâh are upon him, and a great punishment is
prepared for him.
Who is innocent? Only Muslims!!! If you ain’t
Muslim, you are a rebel against Allah and his Messenger, due to be
killed for waging war against them.
The truth is revealed in 5:33 and clarified by Tafsir Ibn Kathir.
war against Allâh and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only
that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be
cut off on the opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is
their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the
`Wage war’ mentioned here means, oppose and contradict, and it includes
disbelief, blocking roads and spreading fear in the fairways. Mischief
in the land refers to various types of evil. http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir//5.13751.html
It is difficult to find a more egregious lie. You
have already seen ample proof of the obvious objective factual reality
if you have read this far. Whether you read Reliance of the Traveller, Risala or Hedaya, the aggressive and offensive nature of
Jihad is clear in Shari’ah.
Moe dictated and dispatched extortion letters by
private courier to his intended victims. Two of those letters are
extremely clear, leaving nothing to the imagination; I will link to
them. You can find the others on those sites.
The quote to 2:190 is not accurate; the operative expression is
transgress the limits, not commit aggression.
What did the terrorists say when they slit the
throats of the flight crews? What did Nidal Malik Hassan shout
when he shot the soldiers at Fort Hood? What did they say when
they cut off Nick Berg’s head? What did they shout when they blew
up children at Beslan?
Mohammad Atta, in his final message to the Magnificent 19, directed them
to shout the Takbir
while slaughtering because
it terrifies disbelievers.
like champions who do not want to go back to this
world. Shout, ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts
of the non-believers.”
What did Allah say he would and did cast? How
did Moe say he was made victorious?