Understanding Jihad

CSPAN carried a forum with Counter Terrorism Center Director Michael Leiter.  Mr. Leiter addressed what he could in the context of security issues and left a fairly positive impression; until he parroted the “Islam is a religion of peace” mantra that permeates the administration and the liberal establishment.  

The President directed NASA to generate an outreach to the Muslim world, to “make them feel good about themselves” and “focus on Muslim historical contributions to science”; an incomprehensible directive, to say the least, and yet indicative of both a mindset and an absence of historical knowledge.  Worth note is that the golden age of Muslim scientific accomplishment ended with Saladin as he made the political choice to unify his empire around a fundamentalist version of Islam.  The Muslim world never recovered.

Both gentlemen personify symptoms, dangerous symptoms representing a comprehensive misunderstanding of Islamist goals. Perhaps it is a willful disregard for the volumes of evidence provided by experts such as Steve Emerson, Bat Yeor, Jane Corbin, Robert Spencer, Bernard Lewis, Raymond Ibraham, Lawrence Wright, Andrew McCarthy and many others.

There are no moderate Islamists!  There may be moderate Muslims, but by definition moderate Muslims are not Islamists and represent a significant minority according to Pew Research opinion studies in the Middle East.  Islamists are committed to the exactitude of a literal interpretation of the Koran and the establishment of global Sharia; they consider the “religion of peace” portions of the Koran to be abrogated and non applicable, occurring earlier in Mohammed’s life and replaced by later, more militant, pronouncements.

Apologists tend to define moderate Islamists in terms of whether or not they actively participate in terrorism.  This is chimera!  There are two paths for Islamists, terror and infiltration, political and cultural infiltration.  They are both considered by Islamists as Jihad.  Terrorism creates the context whereby political Islamists appear moderate although the goals are the same.

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi is generally recognized as the leading intellectual force behind today’s Islamism.  Offered, on multiple occasions, the position of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide; he is on the board of the Oxford Centre for Islamic studies and heads the European Council for Fatwa and Research; he has headed the legal department at Qatar University and hosts a weekly show on al Jezeera.  Qaradawi is the direct philosophical descendant of Hassan al Banna and Sayyid Qutb the fathers of modern Islamism. 

Qaradawi is the strategic nexus for the global Islamist movement as represented by the Muslim Brotherhood. He is also considered by much of the West as a “moderate”, someone we can “deal” with.

In Scmuel Bar’s “Warrant for Terror, the Fatwas of Radical Islam and the Duty to Jihad”, Qaradawi’s fatwas, writings and citations appear eighteen times, more than any other Muslim religious or legal authority.  The citations frequently identify the consistency of intellectual context between Osama bin Laden and Sheikh Qaradawi.  The only difference between the two is the choice of methods and timing.

The “moderate” Sheikh Qaradawi supports suicide bombings, wife beating, punishment for female rape victims, random murder of Jews, female suicide bombers and terrorism.  The Holocaust was “divine punishment for the Jews” according to the Sheikh who hopes the next Holocaust will be at the hands of the “believers”.  Our favorite “moderate” believes anyone who pays taxes in a Dar al-harb nation is a valid target and not a civilian.  Yes, that would be you!  Some moderate, eh?  This posting barely scratches the surface of the Sheikh’s statements and fatwas.   

The point is that Jihad, by definition of “moderates”, such as Qaradawi takes two essential forms, terror and insinuation.  Domestic organizations such as the Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR), the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) to name a few are committed to use American freedoms against America. 

The Muslim Brotherhood’s plan is clear, it’s supporting documents and strategic plan were exposed during the Holy Land Foundation trial.

The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan (Brotherhood) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal.”

The NEFA Foundation produced a comprehensive history of the Brotherhood in North America demonstrating the Brotherhood’s effort is now entering its fourth decade.  Andrew McCarthy reports that the Brotherhood is moving away from terror in America, satisfied with their political and cultural progress.  One need only look to Britain or Northern Europe to see the result of the Brotherhood’s patient planning. Its success in Europe is undeniable.  According to Bruce Bawer in “While Europe Slept” the favorite t-shirt for young Muslim men in Northern Europe reads, “by 2020 we’ll be in charge”!

When Harvard installs footbaths and special times for Muslim access to facilities, beware. When you hear “Religion of Peace, and are subjected to automatic charges of racism and prejudice from CAIR, beware!

When we generate “outreach” to the Muslim world, beware!  Beware because we are, potentially, unwitting accomplices in our own demise!