Are ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, Talibans real Muslims? Or they are just Hijacking Islam for their own purpose?
Often we hear from so called “moderate Muslims” that “fanatic Muslims” or “extremists” or “fundamentalists” like ISIS, Boko Haram, Talibans or Al Qaeda are not real Muslims, rather they have “hijacked Islam” and are using Islam for their own evil purpose or to achieve power.
Let us now analyze their acts on the basis of Quran and Sunnah of Mohammad, the prophet of Islam.
Here is what those Muslim groups are doing in the name of Islam:
ISIS have captured parts of Syria and Iraq. They are butchering Christians, Yazidis and even Shia Muslims when they capture any territory. They are capturing Christian or Yazidi women as war booty and distributing them among Jihadists for use as sex slaves. They are destroying Churches and Shia Mosques in the captured area. They are looting Banks and other wealth.
Boko Haram are slaughtering mostly Christians in Northern Nigeria, this year (2014) they have murdered many thousands. They, like ISIS, capture non-Muslim women and girl-children to be sex-slaves. These slaves have been subjected to multiple gang-rapes as known from the fate of the 200 school-girls who’s capture was widely reported in the media. (As a foot-note it is worth noting that this behaviour was also reflected in the actions of the Rotherham U.K. Muslim rape-gangs which gang-raped non-Muslim girls over a sixteen year period with impunity.)
Al-Shabaab also has a record of slaughter and enslavement and other Islamic Jihadist groups are doing or have done the same.
The question then arises “Are these acts supported by the teachings of Islam?”
We can check their acts from Quran and Sunnah of Mohammad.
Quran-9:5: So when the Sacred Months have passed, then fight the Mushrikin wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush. But if they repent and perform the Salah, and give the Zakah, then leave their way free. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
This verse clearly says to kill non-Muslims if they don’t accept Islam – this is what “repent [of unbelief in Islam] and perform the Salah [Muslim prayers], and give the Zakah [the Muslim tax]” means. Not only that, it says to kill non-Muslims wherever Muslims will find them.
Some so called moderate Muslims will come and shout, “You have to see the context of the verse and then this verse will mean that it was only applicable for that time of Mohammad.” But what does the most renowned Islamic Scholar in all the Islamic World, ibn Kathir, say? He writes :
(and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush), do not wait until you find them. Rather, seek and besiege them in their areas and forts, gather intelligence about them in the various roads and fairways so that what is made wide looks ever smaller to them. This way, they will have no choice, but to die or embrace Islam.
So Ibn Kathir says that 9:5 tells Muslims to seek out non-Muslims, then attack and to kill them if they don’t accept Islam.
Thus the “moderate Muslims” are setting themselves up as greater experts on Islam than Islam’s greatest scholars! One has to ask how much credibility should be afforded to such ‘moderate’ “experts”.
We can see some related hadiths too :
Bukhari Vol. 1 Bk. 2 No.25: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was asked, “What is the best deed?” He replied, “To believe in Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad). The questioner then asked, “What is the next (in goodness)? He replied, “To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s Cause.” The questioner again asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” He replied, “To perform Hajj ‘Mubrur, (which is accepted by Allah and is performed with the intention of seeking Allah’s pleasure only and not to show off and without committing a sin and in accordance with the traditions of the Prophet).”
This Hadith says the best deed for a Muslim (after being Muslim that is) is to participate in Jihad. And who is the best Muslim? Hadith says :
Bukhari Vol.4 Bk. 52 No.45: Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri: Somebody asked, “O Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)! Who is the best among the [Muslim] people?” Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) replied “A believer who strives his utmost in Allah’s Cause with his life and property.” They asked, “Who is next?” He replied, “A believer who stays in one of the mountain paths worshipping Allah and leaving the people secure from his mischief.”
The key to understanding this hadith lies in the phrase “with his life”. This means “at risk of his life” – i.e. in fighting. What is the award of Jihadist? Hadith says clearly:
Bukhari Vol.4 Bk.52 No.46: Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) saying, “The example of a Mujahid [Muslim fighter] in Allah’s Cause– and Allah knows better who really strives in His Cause—-is like a person who fasts and prays continuously. Allah guarantees that He will admit the Mujahid in His Cause into Paradise if he is killed, otherwise He will return him to his home safely with rewards and war booty.”
So it says, if a Jihadist is killed he will go to heaven directly, and if he is victorious he will be back with war booty like captive women, money and other wealth.
Who are waiting for a Jihadist in Heaven or Islamic Jannah ?
Quran, sura 56:35-36. We have created (their Companions) of special creation. And made them virgin – pure (and undefiled)…
Quran, sura 56:22 And (there will be) Companions with beautiful, big, and lustrous eyes.
How many virgins are waiting for a Jihadist?
Sahih At Tirmidi Vol. 4, Book 12, Hadith 2562 (Arabic: Book 38, Hadith 2760): Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri narrated that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) said: “The least of the people of Paradise in position is the one with eighty thousand servants and seventy-two wives. He shall have a tent of pearl, peridot, and corundum set up for him,(the size of which is) like that which is between Al-Jabiyyah and Sana’a.”And with this chain, it is narrated from the Prophet (s.a.w) that he said: “Whoever of the people of (destined to enter) Paradise dies, young or old, they shall be brought back in Paradise thirty years old, they will not increase in that ever, and likewise the people of the Fire.” And with this chain, it is narrated from the Prophet (s.a.w) that he said: “There are upon them crowns, the least of its pearls would illuminate what is between the East and the West.”
More about these virgins here: http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Authenticity_of_72_Virgins_Hadith
Now we can understand what is Jihad and who Jihadists are. From the above hadith (Bukhari 4:52:45) we know fighting for the cause of Allah with his life and property is called Jihad and whoever does this fighting is called a Jihadist.
We also know that to Allah’s Jihadists are the the most respected ones and the reward of a Jihadist is either going to Heaven if dead and there to have 72 sexy virgins to have endless sex with an ever-erect penis (this too is in a hadith!), if on the other hand he survives he will get war booty like sexy captive women for frequent sex and other resources.
But when this Jihad take place? Is it for a specific time or is it a continual requirement?
Luckily for Muslims the Quran gives the answer:
Quran 9:29. Fight against those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth among the People of the Scripture, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
This verse has two groups of people who must be fought separated by the “and” emphasized above. The first group are non-Muslims in general “those who believe not in Allah” the second are the “People of the Scripture” (i.e. Jews and Christians). The first group are to be fought against until they are dead or they convert (as per Q.9:5) the second have the option of remaining Jews and Christians provided they pay the Jizya – a “head tax” that permits them to keep their heads on their shoulders. Implicit is that until all non-Muslims convert to Islam or pay Jizya tax “with willing submission and feel themselves subdued” Jihad will continue.
This verse doesn’t say that the Jews or Christians were going to attack or kill Muslims, it just clearly says that if non-Muslims don’t accept Islam Muslims have to fight with them until they do convert to Islam. So Jihad has no time limit, it will continue until the last non-Muslim has embraced Islam and this Jihad is not a defensive fight, rather it is continual offensive warfare just to force others to convert to Islam. This we can find in Sahih Hadith too :
Bukhari Vol.4 Bk.52 No.196 Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah ‘s Apostle said, ” I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,’ and whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,’ his life and property will be saved by me except for Islamic law, and his accounts will be with Allah…”
The above hadith clearly states that Mohamamd has been ordered to fight with the non-Muslims until they convert to Islam, it doesn’t say that Mohammad has been ordered to fight with them as they were going to attack him. So it is very clear that Jihad is not any kind of defensive war, it’s a war to attack the non-Muslims and force them to convert to Islam.
When attacking any non-Muslim community if Muslims capture their women and girls, what will they do with those captive women and girls? The Quran and hadith says clearly about them :
Quran 4: 24: And [also prohibited to you are all] married women except those your right hands possess. [This is] the decree of Allah upon you. And lawful to you are [all others] beyond these, [provided] that you seek them [in marriage] with [gifts from] your property, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse. So for whatever you enjoy [of marriage] from them, give them their due compensation as an obligation. And there is no blame upon you for what you mutually agree to beyond the obligation. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.
SAHIH MUSLIM, VOLUME 2, Hadith-3432: Abu Said al-Khudri reported that at the Battle of Hunain Allah’s messenger sent an army to Autas and encountered the enemy and fought with them. Having overcome them and taken them captives, the Companions of Allah’s messenger seemed to refrain from having intercourse with captive women because of their husbands being polytheists. Then Allah, Most High, sent down regarding that: “And women already married, except those whom your right hands possess (Quran – 4:24),
SUNAN OF ABU DAWUD, VOLUME 2, Hadith- 2155: Abu Said al-Khudri said: “The apostle of Allah sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the apostle of Allah were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Quranic verse, “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess”. That is to say, they are lawful for them when they complete their waiting period. [The Quran verse is 4:24].
The Quran and hadith clearly say that captured women, including ones with living husbands, will be used as sex slaves. That means Muslims will rape them as we know captured women who lost their relatives recently won’t willingly go to have sex with the victorious Muslims.
Therefore Allah of Quran and also his Messenger Mohammad are ordering Muslims to rape those captive women – even those whose husbands are still alive.
There are some self defensive Jihad verses in Quran, just as there are peaceful verses, so what about them?
Allah earlier revealed some peaceful verses when Mohammad was powerless and had only few followers, which we can see here :
Quran – 109: 6: Your religion is yours and my religion is mine. (Meccan Surah)
Quran -2: 256: there is no compulsion in religion. ( Early Medinan Surah )
109:6 was revealed when Mohammad was in Mecca and was weak having only few followers and so the Allah of the Quran tells him to be peaceful with non Muslims. When Mohammad had just migrated to Medina and was just busy in capturing absolute power there, he needed a peaceful treaty with the Jews and Christians living around Medina or inside Medina and so he made this verse saying “There is no Compulsion in religion” ( 2: 256). It is worth noting that whilst Sura 2 is classed as a “Medinan” sura, many parts were actually recited in Mecca prior to the migration.
During later Medinan life Mohammad made many other verses that say (in paraphrase): “If non Muslims attack you, then you attack them/defend yourselves” which obviously shows defensive Jihad and that is legal.
But the problem occurred when Mohammad conquered Mecca. After conquering Mecca, Mohammad had no enemy around to attack him, all the tribes had surrendered to him and during this peaceful time and when he was victorious the Quran said the verses on offensive jihad that were explained with related Sahi Hadiths above. As a reminder :
Quran 9:5. So when the Sacred Months have passed, then fight the Mushrikin wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush. But if they repent and perform the Salah, and give the Zakah, then leave their way free. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Quran 9: 29. Fight against those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth among the People of the Scripture, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
The question then arises “Which verses will be valid later on?” Is it the early peaceful verses given in Mecca, or the defensive jihad verses or the offensive jihad verses which were recited last in Medina?
The Quran itself answers this question:
Quran -2: 106. Whatever a verse (revelation) do Nansakh (We abrogate) or Nunsiha (cause to be forgotten), We bring a better one or similar to it. Know you not that Allah is Able to do all things.
Quran-16: 101. And when We change a verse in place of another – and Allah knows best what He reveals – they (the disbelievers) say: “You (O Muhammad) are but a forger.” Rather, most of them know not.
The Quran says that if for a single issue there are many verses recited the last ones recited will be valid since these are the “better” verses. It’s very important to know that the Allah of Quran abrogated many verses of Quran by later verses though the precise number is in dispute.
In law-making in any state this procedure is maintained and this is the authentic procedure to make or amend laws. The latest law will be valid and the past laws will be invalidated or abrogated automatically for the same case.
When the Quran applied this procedure to itself what happened?
All the previous peaceful and self defense verses were nullified or abrogated by the later revealed offensive Jihad verses, of which are 9:5 and 9:29 are prime examples. Whether this or that Muslim accepts this or not is irrelevant – we aren’t interested in the beliefs of individuals, but in what Islam itself teaches. Note that Surah Tawba (Sura 9) was the last (or one-from-last) surah that was recited by Mohammad before his death and after the conquest of Mecca. So the doctrine of this surah will be the last and final valid doctrine of Islam which will last end of this world. To check the chronology of Quran Surahs we can visit: http://www.qran.org/q-chrono.htm
The Muslim “terrorists” like ISIS, Boko Haram, Taliban, Al Shabab, Al Qaeda etc. are just following this final doctrine of Islam which is the real and true Islam. Following this true Islam, they are attacking non-Muslims, beheading them, capturing their women as sex slaves and robbing their wealth which is the correct and true teaching of the Quran and teachings of Mohammad (Sunnah).
They are attacking and killing Shia Muslims considering them as Hypocrites because all these groups are Sunni militant Muslim groups who don’t consider other sects of Islam as real Muslims, rather consider them as hypocrites and as per Quran 4:89 they must be beheaded which is Allah’s command in Quran. So these Militant Sunni Muslim groups are the real and true Muslims who are following the true teachings of Islam and “moderate Muslims” by claiming that these actions are “un-Islamic” or “against Islam” are just hiding the truth about Islam. Whether they do so from ignorance or malevolent motives is another matter.