“Islamic Jihad- A Legacy of forced conversions, Imperialism and Slavery” by M A Khan free download
There are some very important books written by ex-Muslims which are a must-read for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. A book written by M A Khan, editor of www.islam-watch.org titled “Islamic Jihad- A Legacy of forced conversions, Imperialism and Slavery” is one such. Unfortunately this website www.islam-watch.org appears to be banned in India.
Like Ali Sina’s “Understanding Muhammad”, this book will make Muslims leave Islam, at least those who are humanitarian, and do not support rapes, massacres, forcible conversions, slavery, sex-slavery etc. This book was published in early 2009, and very generously made available for free download from March 2013 by M A Khan, on islam-watch.org. This website is banned in many countries.
M A Khan liberated himself from Islam after studying some of the canonical Islamic texts. For a few years before writing that book, he had done extensive research on Islamic theology, as well as history: from Prophet Muhammad to modern times. Islamic history has been a harrowing tale of inhuman brutality of innocent people: forced conversion, brutal imperialism and devastating slavery. It’s a saga of great human tragedy and all these were perpetrated by Muslim invaders and rulers over the centuries in the name of Islamic holy war or Jihad, the foundational creed of Islam. This tragic tale is the subject of his book.
From the title, it becomes clear that it is about Jihad and its history, a common topic these days. But readers will find this book interesting and even essential for making a complete grasp of the issue, even if they have already read dozens of books on the subject.
M A Khan has tried to walk step-to-step with Prophet Muhammad. When people read this book, they will able to mirror how Muhammad, step by step, founded his creed. Most importantly, it will become transparent to them why Allah started showering down the commands for Jihad after 12 years of his prophetic mission had passed. It will become crystal-clear why Allah suddenly commanded Jihad at that juncture, what those commands were and what it entails for a Muslim to become a Jihadi.
There is much controversy and disagreements about the true nature of Jihad. This book will make it immediately clear to readers that Jihad is overridingly, if not absolutely, violent and inhuman by nature. This book also makes it thoroughly transparent that Jihad, in its violent form, is the foundation, the heart, of Islam as he asserts: “Violent Jihad is the heart of Islam; without it, Islam would, most likely, have died a natural death in the seventh century itself” (p. 79).
He also demonstrates that Allah’s doctrine for Jihad entails three cardinal commands:
1) Forced conversion of non-Muslims, especially of idolaters (Hindus, Buddhists, Animists etc.)
2) Imperial expansion for the establishment of global Islamic rule, which involves humiliating subjugation of dhimmi subjects and their mindless exploitation, and
Each of these topics has been discussed in separate chapters, beginning with how Allah commanded these as part of Jihad; how Muhammad acted upon those commands to set forth ideal examples of them; and how Muslims perpetuated those ideal Jihadi actions over the centuries.
This book is packed with theological and historical information on all these topics from India to Central Asia, to the Middle East, to Africa, to Europe. It is filled with shocking, harrowing, tales. It also details how even the United States had to struggle with the enslavement of her ship-crews in North Africa, how they had to pay humiliating ransom, and how, as demands continued to rise, they bravely solved the issue with military actions. Therefore, people from all these regions will quickly be able to relate to the content and realize how horribly Islam had impacted the lives of their forefathers.
Muslims have historically failed to live in harmony with everyone irrespective of creed, race or colour; they continue to fail today. This fact will become glaringly clear to all, when they read this book. The treatment of non-Muslims in Islamic countries is less than honorable and getting worse. Once Muslims read this book, the whole reality of Islam upon their lives, upon their ancestors’ life and upon their future generations will become clear to them. And it will not be a pleasant one.
The book will help anyone grasp the nature of the ongoing Jihadi problem. It will rouse a deep sense of remorse amongst Muslims concerning how horribly Islam impacted their ancestors’ life. They suffered shocking, heart-breaking, atrocities. Muslim societies are loaded with misinformation that Islam brought liberation from existing tyranny and oppression to their ancestors. They will find this notion totally groundless; instead, they will be convinced that Islam undoubtedly brought all these horrors to their forefathers.
Muslims also universally believe that their religion and society have always been free from the horrors of forced conversion, imperialism and slavery; there is no place, they claim, for such abominations in Islam. They believe that only Christians perpetrated such horrors around the world, from India to the Americas; they are vociferous in condemning the West over this. But after reading this book, they will realize that it is Muslims, who were the masters of forced conversion, imperialism and slavery in the most shocking forms since Islam’s birth. The European Christians had also become the sustained victims of these Islamic brutalities for many centuries before they themselves embarked upon these practices. Muslims were, indeed, the masters to teach Europeans all these horrible things.
This book will also shatter the most firmly established belief amongst Muslims as well as some non-Muslims that Islam was propagated peacefully by Sufis and that force was never a part of the propagation of Islam particularly in Southeast Asia, and Central and East Africa. M A Khan has made it clear with solid documentation from authentic sources that Sufis were mostly violent Jihadis. Those, who engaged in conversion, did so through the instrument of violence. Some Sufis were peaceful, but they never played a significant role in conversion. Similarly, Islam’s spread in Southeast Asia was anything but peaceful. Legendary Muslim traveler and Sufi devotee Ibn Battutah records of brutal Jihadi excursion against non-Muslims in Samudra (Indonesia) in the 1340s. Southeast Asian Muslims would be shocked to find out how Islam was imposed upon their forefathers. Similar was the case in Central and East Africa.
This book will have significant humanizing impact upon Muslims. Indeed, if they read it carefully, it will become crystal-clear to them that Islam was created by Muhammad as an imperialist movement to conquer the world disguised as a religion, and that, at its core, it is fraudulent, brutal, inhuman and worthy of little respect. After reading this book, a majority of Muslims will feel the urge of leaving Islam and become part of peaceful humanity.
This book is equally important, indeed more important, for non-Muslims. While realizing how horribly Islam had affected the lives of their forefathers (they suffered more), they will also realize that Islam is here not to leave them and their future generations alone.
This book will convinced them that Jihad, created as an eternal command of Allah, will undoubtedly remain that way for a long time to come. Jihad’s ultimate aim is to take over the world by instituting the Quran and prophetic traditions as the sole constitution and sources of law. M A Khan emphasizes that Islam is most comfortably placed than ever to accomplish this ultimate goal. One only has to ponder the fact that just one man, Muhammad, took up Allah’s command of Jihad in 622 CE; and through all kinds of tricks, he convinced his rather unwilling 200 or so disciples (yes, they were unwilling; Khan has made it crystal-clear in the book) to take upon the profession.
And see the result: some 1.4 billion—about a quarter of the world-population—today are Muslims and growing fast. They are increasingly warming up to their sacred duty of Jihad, which Allah has made binding upon them (Quran 2:216). Just think about the outcome of a Jihadi charge, even if taken up by a small fraction of today’s Muslims, against non-Muslim humanity. Muslims are obviously showing increasing willingness to go the Jihadi way to finish off the 14-century-old battle of conquering the world.
Sharia is horrible for non-Muslims as well as Muslim women; its criminal codes are barbaric: stoning, cutting of hands and feet and more.
This book must be read by all, Muslim or non-Muslim. This increasingly solidifying, and potentially devastating, Jihadi scourge is aggressively waged by Muslims; they can end it peacefully. If Muslims read this book, they will find little inspiration to fight for advancing Islam.
Non-Muslims must read this book to secure a peaceful, progressive and just society for their generation and their offsprings’. It will, undoubtedly, be the responsibility of non-Muslims to tackle the conflict and secure the future of their children and grandchildren; they are the ones who have most to lose. Leaders and politicians must read this book to grasp the depth of the precipitating Islamic troubles around the world and devise effective measures to tackle it.
Ordinary citizens must read this book to understand the same and pressurize their leaders to put effective measures in place to secure the liberal, tolerant and progressive future of the secular-democratic world. If not, a lasting dark-age will descend globally in a couple of generations.