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Jubilation after 9/11
September 11 terrorists were not seen as fringe lunatics but were
widely regarded as heroes withing the Arab world. Religious edicts have been used in Arab countries endorsing the attack, and thousands danced in the streets of the West Bank and Gaza. That pathological response isn’t just the result of anger at perceived injustice, but years of hate indoctrination in mosques from state controlled media.
(Yossi Klein Halevi, “Islam Must Challenge Its Dark Doctrines”, LA Times.com Sept. 13, 2001.)

Dr. John Ankerberg, Fast Facts on Islam, p. 93.


Poll on Attitudes after 9/11
At the Islam-org. Web site, here is how American Muslims voted recently on a varitey of issues. (The poll was unscientific and voluntary, hence not authoratative.
Responding to the question, “Do you agree with the tactic of so-called suicide bombing in Palestine?” an incredible 46 percent agreed with suicide bombings. (İslam.org)
Dr. John Ankerberg, Fast Facts on Islam, p. 98.
In response to the query: “In the wake of the terrorist bombings in the U.S. and the subsequent anti-Muslim backlash,... what is the most important thing Muslims should focus on?” 56 percent said, “Provide assistance to the victims”; 27 percent said, “Actively defend Muslim Rights.”
Yoni Fighel:

The attacks in the United States have revealed a connection between the fundamentalist ideologies of a number of terrorist groups, all of which profess to act “in the name of Islam.” The terrorists who committed suicide in carrying out the attacks in New York and Washington gained legitimacy from a religious ruling by the Egyptian Sheikh Yousef Qaradawi, who ruled that martyrdom was a “religious commandment and a duty,” and that every Muslim should be willing to join the Jihad of martyrdom... His praise of suicide operations to kill Jews and “Crusaders” – Westerners, in other words – helped to plant the seeds of suicide terrorism in America and Europe.

This worldview feeds Islamist extremist movements all over the world, and not just in the middle east. Groups such as... bin Ladin’S Al-Qaida, hizballa, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad all see themselves as engaged in an irreconcilable struggle between cultures, only one of which can survive. (ict.org.il)
Dr. John Ankerberg, Fast Facts on Islam, pp. 94-95.


The world needs to be warned. At least 40 million Muslim youth in the Muslim world’s religious schools, called madrasas, are avidly memorizing the Koran plus a generally extreemist body of related traditions – the hadiths. In the hands of extreemists – whether run by Saudi Wahabbists, Osama bin Laden’s followers or Indonesian mullahs – these schools become breeding grounds for poetntial terrorists.
Don Richardson, Secrets of the Koran, p. 69
Goldberg writes that 1 million Muslim students fill 10,000 madrasas in Pakistan alone.
Don Richardson, Secrets of the Koran, p. 71.
Prof. Mochtar Buchori, a member of the Indonesian Parliment, reported on July 1, 2002 that there are more than 200 million Muslims in Indonesia. Buchori counts 37,362 Muslim madrasas in Indonesia alone! Only 8 percent of these have any input from Indonesia’s government. In 92 percent, the teaching agenda is controlled by Muslim clerics. Buchori warns that 4.6 million Indonesian students are enrolled in privately run madrassas.
Don Richardson, Secrets of the Koran, p. 71.
According to USA Today, Pakistan alone (population, 140 million) has an esgtimated 40,000 madrassas (Muslim religious schools). Of these, the government estimates that six to seven thousand are militant. (It is estimated that there are 6 to 20 million radical Muslims in that nation). Militant schools have hundreds of thousands of students – and these estimates may be low. (Jack Kelly, “Trainees eager to join ‘jihad’ against America”, USA Today, Sept. 27, 2001.)
As a USA Today article reports, the schools begin the day with a prayer: Thousands of students say, in unison, “O Allah, defeat the enemies of Muslims and make Islam and the Taliban victorious over the Americans in Afghanistan.” Then they break into a chorus of “Jihad! Jihad!” or “Holy war! Holy war!” “We are all Osama bin Ladens,” says a senior teacher at one madrassa. The chancellor of another school declares, “I, and all my students, will support the Taliban and Osama at all costs. They are the only ones implementing true Islam.”

Dr. John Ankerberg, Fast Facts on Islam, p. 85.

At yet another madrassa, a student who attended a bin Laden training camp pulled out his training manual, called the “Encyclopedia” (which is used at terrorist camps in Afghanistan).
Now listen, American, and listen well,” he says. He reads from page 12: “‘Bomb their embassies and vital economic centers.’ That’s what I will do to you and your country. I will get your children. I will get their playgrounds. I will get their schools, too. I will get all of you.” Another student promises he will “kill more than (Muhammad) Atta,” the apparent mastermind of the September 11 hijackers who flew into the South Tower in Chicago. “This one is mine,” he promises. (Jack Kelly, “Trainees eager to join ‘jihad’ against America”, USA Today, Sept. 27, 2001.)

Only Muslims Are Islamists
The inescapable and painful fact is that only Muslims are tempted by militant Islam. This creates a moral, legal, and political challenge. While anyone might become a fascist or Communist, only Muslims become Islamists. And if it is true that most Muslims are not Islamists, it is no less true that all Islamists are Muslims... It may be unplesant to focus on militant Islam and Muslims, but there is no longer a choice. Pretending this ferocious ideology does not exist is a form of self-sacrifice... All Muslims aunfortunately, are suspect.
Dr. Daniel Pipes, Militant Islam Reaches America, p. 139-140.

Yaser Arafat on Agressiveness
Yaser Arafat’s message of Feb. 11, 1979, to the Ayatollah Khomeini: “I pray Allah to guide your steps on the road of faith and jihad in Iran, which will continue the struggle until we reach the walls of Jerusalem, where we will raise the flags of our two revolotions.”
Robert Spencer, The Myth of Islamic Tolerance, p. 178.

Arafat Given the Nobel Peace Prize!
Arafat and his PLO held the record for the largest hijacking (four aircraft in a single operation) – which has just been equalled – the greatest number of hostages held at one time (300), the greatest number of people shot at an airport, the largest ransom collected ($5 million paid by Lufthansa), the greatest variety of targets (40 civilian passenger aircraft, five passenger ships, 30 embassies or diplomatic ministires, plus innumerable fuel depots and factories), etc. Instead of being tried at an International tribunal as were the Nazi and Serbian leaderships, Arafat’s bloody exploits gained for him acceptance as a leader for peace!
Dr. John Ankerberg, Fast Facts on Islam, p. 138.

Is Islam the Problem?
Guess What?
Ch. 1: Muhammad: Prophet of War

  • Muhammad did not teach “peace and tolerance”.

  • Muhammad led armies and ordered assassinations of his enemies.

  • Islamic tradtion allows for negotiated settlements only in service of the ultimate goal of Islamic conquest.

Ch. 2: Book of War

  • The Qur’an commands Muslims to make war on Jews and Christians.

  • Oft-quoted tolerant peaceful Qur’anic verses have actually been canceled, according to Islamic theology.

  • There is nothing in the Bible that rivals the Qur’an’s exhortation to violence.

Ch. 3: Islam. Religion of War

  • Muhammd taught his followers that there was nothing better (or holier) than jihad warfare.

  • Muhammad told his men to offer on-Muslims only three choices: conversion, subjugation or death.

  • These teachings are not marginal doctrines or historical relics – they are still taught in mainstream Islam.

Ch. 4: Islam: Religion of Intolerance

  • Islamic law mandates second-class status for Jews, Christians, and other non-Muslims in Islamic societies.

  • These laws have never been abrogated or revised by any Islamic authority.

  • The idea that Jews fared better in Islamic lands than in Christian Europe is false.

Ch. 5: Islam Opresses Women

  • The Qur’an and Islamic law treat women as nothing more than possessions of men.

  • The Qur’an sanctions wife-beating.

  • Islam also allows for child marriage, the virtual imprisonment of women in their homes, “temporary marriage,” (i.e. prostitution – but only for Shi’ites!), and more.

Ch. 6: Islamic Law: Lie, Steal, and Kill

  • Islam’s only overarching moral principles is “if it’s good for Islam, it’s right.”

  • Islam allows for lying, as well as stealing and killing, in certain circumstances.

  • This leads to largescale deception campaigns today.

Ch. 7: How Allah Killed Science

  • The much-ballyhooed “Golden Age” of Islamic culture was largely inspired by non-Muslims.

  • Core elements of Islamic belief militated against scientific and cultural achievement.

  • Only Judaism and Christianity, not Islam, provide a viable basis for scientific inquiry.

Ch. 8: The Lure of Islamic Paradise

  • The Qur’an describes Paradise in terms that make it clear that it is a place merely to indulge one’s physical appetities.

  • September 11 hijacker Muhammad Atta packed a “paradise wedding suit” into his luggage on that fateful day.

  • Paradise is guaranteed only to those who “slay and are slain” for Allah.

Robert Spencer, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades), pp. 3-107.

see STOP A-15

Killing Relatives is Permissible
Loyalty to Islam overides human bonds = Killing relatives included. (9:23-24, 58:22-23)


Jihad a Religious Duty
Ali 19:17, p. 265.....I have been commanded that I should fight these people till they bear witness that there is no God but Allah and keep up prayer and pay zakat (taxes). When they do this, their blood and their property shall be safe with me except as Islam requires...
Dr. John Ankerberg, Fast Facts on Islam, p. 108.
Averroes: “Scholars agree that jihad is collective not a personal obligation... According to the majority of scholars, the compulsory nature of jihad is founded on sura 2:216 ‘Prescribed for you is fighting, though it be hateful to you’... Scholars agree that all polytheists should be fought. This is founded on sura 8:39 ‘Fight them until there is no persecution and the religion is God’s entirely’”.

Dr. John Ankerberg, Fast Facts on Islam, pp. 123-124.

İbn Khaldun: “In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and the obligation to convert everybody either by persuasion or by force.”

Dr. John Ankerberg, Fast Facts on Islam, p. 124.

Sayyid Qutb: dominion should be reverted to Allah alone, namely to Islam, that holistic system He confered upon men. An all-out offensive, a jihad, should be waged against modernity so that this moral rearmament could take place. The ultimate objective is to re-establish the Kingdom of Allah upon earth...

Dr. John Ankerberg, Fast Facts on Islam, p. 125.


The Necessity of “Offensive” Jihad in Islam
Radical Islamic Fundamentalism has a very specific vision for the future. As Iranian Muslim Ayatullah Morteza Mutahhari wrote in The Holy War of Islam and Its legitimacy in the Quran, “Islam came to reform society and to form a natipon and a government. Its mandate is the reform of the whole world. Such a religion cannot be indifferent. It cannot be with a law of jihad.”

Most importantly, in this war to “reform the whole world” jihad van be offensive, not defensive. The “defense” of Islam is interpreted as including offensive measures:

So when we say that the basis of jihad is defense, we do not mean defense in the limited sense of having to defend oneself when one is attacked with the sword, gun or artillery shell. No, we mean that (Islamically speaking) if one’s being, one’s material or spiritual values are aggressed or in fact, if something that mankind values and respects and which is necessary for mankind’s prosğperity and happiness (for example, Islam), is aggessed, then we are to defend it... The meaning of defense is so wide that it includes the defense of spiritual values... However, (the idea of “no compulsion in religion”) does not... mean that, if we se... “No God but Allah” being threatened from some direction, we are not to defend it. No, not at all.
Dr. John Ankerberg, Fast Facts on Islam, pp. 109-110.
Al-Buti: Dr. Muhammad Sa’id Ramadan al-Buti is a scholar of Azhar University of Cairo who is formost as a writer and lecturer on Islamic Law. In his book “Jurisprudence in Mohammad’s Biography” he states:
“The Holy War as it is known in Islamic Jurisprudence, is basically an offensive war. This is a duty of Muslims in every age when the needed military power becomes avilable to them. This is the phrase in which the meaning of Holy War has taken its final form. Thus the apostle of God said: ‘I was commanded to fight the people until they believe in God and his message...’
David Earl Johnson, Princes of Islam, p. 43.

No Tolerance of Other Religions
Muslim theologians are unanimous in declaring that no religious toleration was extended to the idolaters of Arabia at the time of Muhammad. The only choice given them was death or the acceptance of Islam. This total intolerance never seems to be taken into consideration by the apologists of Islam when they lay claims to Islamic tolerance. (“Jihad, the Arab Conquests and the Position of Non-Muslim Subjects” secularism.org/jihad/index.htm)

Dr. John Ankerberg, Fast Facts on Islam, p. 110.


The Objective of Jihad
Sayyid Mujtaba Musavi Lari:

As a world faith for everyone everywhere, Islam knows no geography; but must extend to every last soul in every region of the world... History shows that no established order was ever erplaced by a new superior order without some warfare... Islam (will) run into opposition from people with vested interests in corruption....

Islam does not war against people. It wars against oppression... Islam’s aim is that the knowledge of God should cover the earth as the waters cover the sea... and to this end Muslims are prepared to give their lives in peace or if necessary in war...

In his book entitled “War and Peace in Islam”, Dr. Majid Khadouri writes,.... “(Islam’s) first success was in uniting the nations which accepted it within themselves, so that civil wars ceased. It went on to found a family of Islamic nations at peace with each other. It aims to bring that blessing to the whole world. Thus the aim of the Jehad is peace on earth, abd that will be its final result. (home.swipnet.se
Moderate Muslim governments are subject to subversion and terrorist attacks by Muslim radicals. There is a continuing war bewteen Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India in the Kashmir that has resulted in tens of thousands of dead Hindus and who knows how many dead Muslims. Indeed, some 5 to 7 million people, including many Muslims, have been killed in Islamic-related wars int he last 30 years. On the larger scale, the conflict between Iran and Iraq and the west is ongoing. Consider in brief just a few more instances of conflict:

  • heavy fighting in Algeria between Islamic fundamentalists and the military.

  • war between Christian and Ethopia and Muslim Eritrea.

  • conflict in Kosovo between the Christian Serbs and the Muslim Albanians.

  • the ongoing hostility between Turkey and Greece.

  • the Islamic Party of Kenya’s declaration of Jihad on the government.

  • Nigeria’s cicil war between Muslims and Christians.

  • war in Chechnya and Daghestan, both Muslim areas in the Caucasus.

  • Muslim insurrection against the pro-Russian regimes in Tajikistan and Uzvekistan in Central Asia.

  • the Chinese-Islamic war involving Uighur Muslims in east Turkestan (more usually known as Sinkiang Province) in Western China.

  • the ongoing war in the southern Philippines between Catholics and Muslims.

Dr. John Ankerberg, Fast Facts on Islam, pp. 75-76.


A Dangerous Prospect
In 1998, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Muslim nationalism, Anthony Dennis, pointed out that for years, Muslim radicals and terrorists have been “actively working toward either political unification or some form of Islamic Confederation...” Further, the radicals are winning the battle for the hearts of the moderate Muslim populace. If fundamentalist dictatorships are installed in key “moderate” Muslim nations like Egypt, or in Turkey, then we will face an extremely dangerous situation in which democracy has almost no chance throughout the Muslim world.

I believe that the dundamentalist movement will eventually pose a hemispheric and ultimately a global military threat for several reasons. First, their avowed hostility and hatred of all things Western makes the U.S. and indeed Western culture and civilization a natural enemy of theirs. Second, they are on their way to becoming a global threat because as they rise to power in additional countries their military capabilities and strength will accordingly increase... (With weapons of mass destruction,) they may finally have found a way to strike back at “the Great Satan”, as they call us, with more than just simple acts of terrorism. (Anthony J. Dennis, The Conservative Monitor, May 1998.)

As Dennis points out, the problem currently is not Islam, but Islamic radicalism. Nevertheless, Islam as a religion will have to decide what it sill do with the specific causes of highly dangerous fundamentalism within its ranks – causes supported by the Quran, by precedents of religiously justified jihad in Islamic history, by Islamic las (sharia) and traditon, and by other features of Islam.

Dr. John Ankerberg, Fast Facts on Islam, pp. 112-113.


“The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies – civilian and military – is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country which it is possible to do it.”
Osama bin Laden and other Muslim extremists from Bangladesh, Egypt and Pakistan signed this fatwa (Command for Muslims to follow) “Urging Jihad Against Americans” in Feb. 1998 with the overall title “Declaration of War by the World” Islamic Front.
Majid Khadduri: of John Hopkins Univeristy writing in 1955, jihad is “an instrument of both the universalization of (Islamic) religion and the establishment of an imperial world state.”
Dr. Daniel Pipes, Militiant Islam Reaches America, p. 262.

Fear us
The message of radical Islam is Fear us. Muslim radicals have indeed perfected fear as a powerful tool that produces instant compliance. The beheading of Daniel Pearl was a clear message to the world: We are Muslims. We hate you. You are infidels and you will be slaughtered in the name of Allah.
Nonie Darwish, Now They Call Me Infidel, p. 205.


The War Verses in the Qur’an

as Compared to what the Bible Says

About these Subjects
A. Allah’s Perspective

B. Commanded & Obligatory

C. Moral Issues

D. Non-Combatants

E. Help

F. Strategy

G. Target & Objectives

H. Promises & Rewards

Allah’s Perspective

Fighting is the “Way of Allah”
Ma’ida 5:35.....O you who believe! Be mindful of your duty to Allah, and seek the way of approach to Him, and strive in His way in order that you may succeed.
Enfal 8:75.....And those who afterwards believed and left their homes and strove along with you, they are of you; and those who are akin are nearer to one another in the ordinance of Allah. Surely, Allah is Knower of all things.
Ankebut 29:69*.....As for those who strive in Us, We surely guide them to Our paths; and verily Allah is with the good.


Mark 10:19.....Thou knowest the commandments: Do not commit adultery; do not kill...
Hebrews 12:14.....Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

Fighting for Allah is More Important

Than Family Relationships & Home Life
Tevbe 9:24.....Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your tribe, the wealth you have gained, the commerce you fear may slacken and the homes you love are dearer to you than Allah and His messenger and the struggle in His way, then wait until Allah brings about His command. Allah does not guide the evildoing people.
Mujadila 58:22.....You will find no believers in Allah and the Last Day on friendly terms with those who oppose Allah and His messengers, even though they be their fathers, their sons, their brothers, or their kindred... Allah’s party will surely triumph.
Taghabun 64:14.....O believers, among your wives and your children there are enemies for you, therefore beware of them. And if you overlook their offenses and forgive and pardon them, then know that Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.


Ephesians 5:25.....Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it,

Ephesians 5:26.....That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word;

Ephesians 5:27.....That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Ephesians 5:28.....So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Ephesians 5:29.....For no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherish it, even as the Lord the church.


Fighting for Allah is More Important

Than Life Itself

Tevbe 9:38.....O you who believe! What is the matter with you that when you are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah you cling heavily to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the Hearafter? But little is the comfort of this life as compared with the Hearafter.

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