On Friday a young “Briton” named Sahayb Abu was convicted of planning a terrorist attack in the UK. Michael Copeland has provided the context to show that Mr. Abu’s intended actions were mandated by Islamic law.
“Islam is for War…”
by Michael Copeland
“Islam is for war, hostage-taking, killing infidels, fighting tyranny, taking war booty, taking women of the enemy as concubines.”
So wrote 27-year-old Sahayb Abu online. “After being released from prison in March of last year, he frequently accessed IS propaganda and used various social media platforms to boast about his violent beliefs. Evidence gathered by police showed family members justifying crime against “kuffar” (unbelievers), for the purpose of jihad,” wrote Breitbart.
Sahayb has now been found guilty of planning a terrorist attack in Britain. His statement, quoted above, and the matter of “justifying crime against ‘kuffar’ (unbelievers) for the purpose of jihad”, deserve to be examined.
There is an unstated assumption, stemming from the standard dogma, that lies behind press reports such as this. This is that Islam is a religion of peace which has been “twisted” and “perverted” by people who have misunderstood it. The defendant’s statement is held out as a sort of proof of how wrong he is with his “violent beliefs”. It is this assumption, however, which is gravely in error. Each element of Sahayb’s statement is very much part of Islamic teaching, as can easily be shown.
Islam divides the world into two parts, Dar al Islam, the Realm of Islam under Islamic rule, and the rest of the world, not under Islamic rule, Dar al Harb, the Realm of War. “Britain has always been Dar al Harb”, Anjem Choudary told BBC Newsnight. In Dar al Harb every Muslim has the duty to perform jihad, “warfare to establish the religion”, which is a “communal obligation” (Manual of Islamic Law, Reliance of the Traveller, o9.0, o9.1). So, indeed, “Islam is for war” in Britain. Jihad is taught at Al Azhar in Cairo as “a permanent war institution”.
The Koran (9:5) authorises hostage-taking of kafirs because they are kafirs: “Seize them, confine them,” it commands. The Koran — all of it — forms part of Islamic law. Denying any verse makes a person instantly no longer a Muslim, but an apostate who has to be killed (Manual o8.1). Hostages can be ransomed: Koran 47:4 specifies “either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them].”
“Kill them wherever you find them”, commands Koran 2:191, and 9:5. Islam’s instructions are ruthless. There is no penalty in Islam for killing an infidel in jihad. Far from it: it earns good points towards Paradise. “The life of an unbeliever has no value,” says Omar Bakri.
Muslims are commanded over and over again to “fight” kafirs, fight to kill. The word “tyranny” requires a special translation. Tyranny in Islam is any political system that stands in the way of Sharia, Islamic law. Western democracy, to Islam, is “tyranny”.
Taking war booty
A whole chapter of the Koran is entitled “Spoils of War”. Mohammed’s followers were not paid. Their motivation was a share of the booty from the raids that he made. The Islamic State explained, after the Brussels bombings of 2016,
“Allah also has made the blood of every kafir legal to spill, and …their wealth halal to take”.
Taking women of the enemy as concubines
Dabiq magazine (ISIS), confirmed in October 2014:
“Enslaving the families of the kuffar [non-Muslims] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Sharia.”
“And take their wives as war booty” was the shout of a dutiful participant outside the Danish Embassy in London in the contrived “Day of Rage” four months after the publication of Mohammed cartoons in a Danish newspaper. On Iraq television Grand Ayatollah Ahmad Al Baghdadi rebuked his interviewer:
“…then we fight them, and we abduct their women, and destroy their churches — This is Islam!… Come on! Learn what Islam is!”
Justifying crime against “kuffar” (unbelievers)
As is self-evident from the above, many stipulations of Sharia law violate criminal law, that is to say, are crimes. That is not a consideration to an ardent Muslim:
“If we are practicing Muslims we are above the law of the land”,
explained Mustafa Carroll of CAIR Texas. Anjem Choudary made clear that Islam instructs contempt for “man-made” law. Abu Bakr in Australia insists,
“The only one law which needs to spread… is Islam.”
The mainstream media in Britain are woefully ignorant of Islamic teachings. Similarly, almost all Western politicians share this handicap. All would do well to take on board this statement by Sahayb Abu. It makes useful training material.
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