Dr. Pierre Coovert
In this article I want to look at what jihad is. I was recently watching the news and an imam was interviewed on the subject of jihad. He said that jihad is a personal struggle against evil. This is a true statement as far as it goes. There are actually two kinds of jihad: the greater jihad, and the lesser jihad.
This form of jihad is exactly what the imam was talking about. It is called the greater jihad because it concerns every Muslim at all times. It is not called greater because it is more important than the lesser jihad. The lesser jihad is how the religion of Islam is spread, but does not apply to all Muslims at all times.
This kind of jihad is to war against non-Muslims. It is not lesser because of less importance, but because it will end when Islam conquers the world. When there are no more non-Muslims, there will be no war. Remember, the primary goal of Islam is to make Islam the only religion in the world and to exterminate all who will not submit to Allah.
The greater jihad will continue as long as man exists on this earth. It is greater in scope, not in importance.
ROT o9.0 JIHAD
“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.”
“We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad.”
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 4:89);
(3) “Fight the idolators utterly” (Koran 9:36);
and such hadiths as the one related by Bukhari and Muslim 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.)”
From this we learn that jihad is legally defined as a war against non-Muslims. The word comes from Muhahada, which is also the root of Mujahedeen, the terrorists in Afghanistan.
You will notice that this legal definition uses quotes from the Qur’an and their Prophet, Muhammad. The law concerning jihad is to be followed by all faithful Muslims for all time; it has never been abrogated or superseded.
The two hadith sources quoted here are from Bukhari and Muslim. These are the two most authoritative collectors of the sayings and traditions (hadith) of Muhammad. They are often called Sahih, meaning they are authentic and approved.
ROT o9.4 Those called upon to perform jihad when it is a communal obligation are every able bodied man who has reached puberty and is sane.
ROT o9.8 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.
As you can see, Muslims are commanded to make war with Jews and Christians. The Zoroastrians are a pagan group and many still live in Iran today.
These following paragraphs from the ROT explain the law regarding the practice of Jihad. They speak for themselves and do not need my commentary.
ROT o9.10 It is not permissible (A: in jihad) to kill women or children unless they are fighting against the Muslims. Nor is it permissible to kill animals, unless they are being ridden into battle against the Muslims, or if killing them will help defeat the enemy. It is permissible to kill old men and monks.
ROT o9.11 It is unlawful to kill a non-Muslim to whom a Muslim has given his guarantee of protection provided the protecting Muslim has reached puberty, is sane, and does so voluntarily
ROT o9.12 Whoever enters Islam before being captured may not be killed or his property confiscated, or his young children taken captive.
ROT o9.13 When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.
Some Muslims refer to Jihad as the sixth pillar of Islam as it is a compulsory duty. Muhammad showed the importance of Jihad in the following statement:
“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
There is no way Islam can claim that jihad against unbelievers is not an integral part of its character. It is a tyrannical, militant ideology that slaughters all who will not submit to it.
In light of the fact that Muslim countries are on the United Nations commissions for human and women’s rights it is important that we understand what Islam really teaches about the rights of women. Supporters of Islam are telling us that women have more rights under Islam than those who live under Western values. In this article we will look at what Islam really teaches on this subject.
Sharia Law is not kind to women. If you doubt this, just look at the way women are treated in countries like Saudi Arabia. They were not allowed to drive cars until recently, and then only in very limited circumstances. They are not allowed to be out in public unless accompanied by a man who is a relative. In Pakistan girls are not allowed to go to school or learn how to read and write. ROT provides us with all the evidence we need to make this case against Islam.
ROT m10.11 (3) It is obligatory for a wife to obey her husband as is customary in allowing him full lawful sexual enjoyment of her person. It is obligatory for the husband to enable her to remain chaste and free of want for sex
This is consistent with the Qur’an in Surah 2:223
“Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will…”
Tilth means a plowed field. Muslim scholars interpret this verse teaching the wife is a field for the man to plant his seed whenever and however he desires.
ROT m11.9 The husband is only obliged to support his wife when she gives herself to him or offers to, meaning she allows him full enjoyment of her person and does not refuse him sex at any time of the night or day.
ROT w45.0 A WIFE’S MARITAL OBLIGATIONS
ROT W45.1 A woman is not obliged to serve her husband by baking, grinding flour, cooking, washing, or any other kind of service, because the marriage contract entails, for her part, only that she let him enjoy her sexually, and she is not obligated to do other than that. (A: Rather, it is considered sunna in our school for the wife to do the housework, and the husband (who is obliged to support her) to earn the living, since this is how the Prophet divided the work between Fatima and Ali.
The following ruling falls under section P which is for Enormities (Sins). These are grave crimes not just against man, but crimes against Allah.
Beating a disobedient wife is consistent with the Qur’an in Surah 4:34.
ROT p42.0 A WIFE’S REBELLING AGAINST HER HUSBAND (def: m10.12)
ROT p42.1 Allah Most High says: “Men are the guardians of women, since Allah has been more generous to one than the other, and because of what they (men) spend from their wealth. So righteous women will be obedient, and in absence watchful, for Allah is watchful. And if you fear their intractability, warn them, send them from bed, or hit them. But if they obey you, seek no way to blame them” (Koran 4:34).
ROT p42.2 The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
(1) “Allah will not look at a woman who is ungrateful to her husband, while unable to do without him.”
(2) “When a man calls his wife to his bed and she will not come, and he spends the night angry with her, the angels, curse her until morning.”
(3) “It is not lawful for a woman to fast when her husband is present, save by his leave. Nor to permit anyone into his house except with his permission.”
(4) “Whoever leaves her husband’s house (A: without his permission), the angels curse her until she returns or repents.” (Khalil Nahlawi:) It is a condition for the permissibility of her going out (dis: m 10.3-4) that she take no measures to enhance her beauty, and that her figure is concealed or altered to a form unlikely to draw looks from men or attract them. Allah Most High says, “Remain in your homes and do not display your beauty as women did in the pre-Islamic period of ignorance” (Koran 33.33)
This is a growing problem for Muslim girls in Europe. Thousands of British Muslim girls are being taken against their will to Asian countries in order to fulfill contracts of marriage arranged by their parents.
The London Newspaper, The Independent, published a story on how Muslim girls cunningly escaped forced marriages. To prevent being taken against their will, many girls hid a spoon in their underwear hoping it will be picked up by airport security. The girls would then be taken to a private room where they could appeal to the authorities for protection from their parents. According to the newspaper, over 1,500 cases per year are being handled by the Forced Marriage Unit in Britain. Almost half of the incidents involved girls being taken to Pakistan. More than sixty countries were involved. According to the paper, the youngest girl was a two-year old, and the oldest was seventy-one years old.
ROT m3.13 Guardians are of two types, those who may compel their female charges to marry someone, and those who may not.
The only guardians who may compel their charge to marry are a virgin bride’s father or father’s father, compel meaning to marry her to a suitable match (def: m4) without her consent.
This practice is so common in Great Britain that the government has a formed special unit to deal with this crime. The British Government published a pamphlet on FGM which gives the results of a study by the World Health Organization. They estimate three million girls undergo some form of procedure like this in Africa alone. The British Government estimates that more than twenty-thousand girls under the age of fifteen are at risk.
FGM is called female circumcision.
ROT e4.3 Circumcision is obligatory for both men and women. For men it consists of removing the prepuce from the penis, and for women, removing the prepuce of the clitoris.
Sunnahs: Abu Dawud, Adab 167 Abu al- Malih ibn `Usama’s father relates that the Prophet said: “Circumcision is a law for men and a preservation of honour for women.”
The Organization of Islamic States (OIC) has 57 member states. Of these, only two of them give women equal testimony rights in their courts, they are Tunisia and Oman.
What Muhammad taught on the value of women
… The women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?” He said, “Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?” They replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her intelligence.
Sahih Bukhari 1:6:301
ROT L6.7 …. dividing this share so that each male receives twice the amount of each female
ROT m3.3 The second integral is that the marriage have witnesses, it not being valid unless two witnesses are present who are: (a) male (O: since a marriage witnessed by a man and two women would not be valid (A: though it would be valid in the Hanafi school));
ROT o24.7 The testimony of the following is legally acceptable when it concerns cases involving property, or transactions dealing with property, such as sales:
(1) two men;
(2) two women and a man;
(3) or a male witness together with the oath of the plaintiff.
ROT o24.8 If testimony does not concern property, such as a marriage or prescribed legal penalties, then only two male witnesses may testify (A: though the Hanafi school holds that two women and a man may testify for marriage).
ROT o24.10 If testimony concerns things which men do not typically see (O: but women do), such as childbirth, then it is sufficient to have two male witnesses, a man and two women, or four women.
ROT m11.3 The wife is entitled to what she needs of oil for her hair, shampoo and a comb or the like to stop underarm odor if water and soap will not suffice, and the price of water for her purificatory bath (ghusl) when the reason for it is sexual intercourse or the end of postnatal bleeding, though not if the reason is the end of her monthly period or something else (dis:m11.1).
ROT m11.4 The husband is not obliged (N: but rather is recommended) to pay for his wife’s cosmetics, doctor’s fees, the purchase of medicine for her, and similar expenses (A: though he must pay for expenditures connected with childbirth).
ROT m11.9 The husband is only obliged to support his wife when she gives herself to him or offers to, meaning she allows him full enjoyment of her person and does not refuse him sex at any time of the night or day. She is not entitled to support from her husband when:
(1) she is rebellious even if for a moment;
(2) she travels without his permission, or with his permission but for one of her own needs;
(3) she assumes ihram for hajj of `umra (def: j3);
(4) or when she performs a voluntary fast without her husband’s permission.
ROT m13.4 A woman has no right to custody of her child from a previous marriage when she remarries.
ROT m6.7(5) nor is it lawful or valid for a Muslim woman to be married to anyone besides a Muslim.
ROT p59.0 WOMEN WEARING FALSE HAIR AND THE LIKE
ROT P59.1 The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Allah curse women who wear false hair or arrange it for others, who tattoo or have themselves tattooed, who pluck facial hair or eyebrows or have them plucked, and women who separate their front teeth for beauty, altering what Allah has created.”
ROT f12.4 …It is better for women to pray at home than at the mosque (A; whether they are young or old). It is offensive for an attractive or young woman to come to the mosque to pray though not offensive for women who are not young or attractive when this is unlikely to cause temptation.
ROT f18.14…. It is offensive for women who attend the Friday prayer to wear perfume or fine clothes.
ROT m2.3 It is unlawful for a man to look at a woman who is not his wife or one of his unmarriageable kin, though part excludes her voice, which is not unlawful to listen to as long as temptation is unlikely. Allah Most High says, “Tell believers to lower their gaze” (Koran 24:30).
… “O people! Give alms.” Then he went towards the women and said. “O women! Give alms, for I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-Fire were you (women).” The women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is the reason for it?” He replied, “O women! You curse frequently, and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you…”
Sahih Bukhari 2:24:541
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: The Prophet said: “I was shown the Hell-fire and that the majority of its dwellers were women who were ungrateful.”
Sahih Bukhari 1:2:28
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: Once Allah’s Apostle went out to the Musalla (to offer the prayer) o ‘Id-al- Adha or Al-Fitr prayer. Then he passed by the women and said, “O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hellfire were you (women)…”
Sahih Bukhari 1:6:301
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abbas: The people say, “O Allah’s Apostle! We saw you taking something from your place and then we saw you retreating.” The Prophet replied… “I also saw the Hell-fire and I had never seen such a horrible sight. I saw that most of the inhabitants were women.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Why is it so?” The Prophet replied, “Because of their ungratefulness.”
Sahih Bukhari 2:18:161
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: On ‘Id ul Fitr or ‘Id ul Adha Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) went out to the Musalla. After finishing the prayer, he delivered the sermon and ordered the people to give alms. He said, “O people! Give alms.” Then he went towards the women and said. “O women! Give alms, for I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-Fire were you (women).”
Sahih Bukhari 2:24:541
Narrated Usama: The Prophet said, “I stood at the gate of Paradise and saw that the majority of the people who entered it were the poor, while the wealthy were stopped at the gate (for the accounts). But the companions of the Fire were ordered to be taken to the Fire. Then I stood at the gate of the Fire and saw that the majority of those who entered it were women.”
Sahih Bukhari 7:62:124
Narrated ‘Aisha: It is not good that you people have made us (women) equal to dogs and donkeys.
Sahih Bukhari 1:90:498
Narrated ‘Aisha: The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, “Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and if a woman pass in front of the praying people.” I said, “You have made us dogs.”
Sahih Bukhari 1:9:490
Now that you know what the clerics of Islam teach concerning women, do you believe that they have more rights than Western women? If you do, you have a distorted view of what the rights are. Women are actually treated no better than animals when the true teachings of Islam are followed.
This is a warning to those who blindly accept what the proponents of Islam are telling us. They must lie and mislead on this subject because when we know the truth, we will stand against Islam’s goal to become dominant in our country.
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