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Jihad Report
Sep 07, 2019 -
Sep 13, 2019

Attacks 28
Killed 131
Injured 135
Suicide Blasts 1
Countries 12

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Jihad Report
August, 2019

Attacks 155
Killed 734
Injured 1176
Suicide Blasts 13
Countries 27
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 'Holy War'
Isn't in the Quran

The Game:

In early 2005, a well-known apologist named, Jamal Badawi, offered $1 million to anyone who could prove that the Quran contained the phrase “Holy War.”  Whether he actually had the money to put up is somewhat in question, but his intention was to make people believe that Jihad is not promoted by the Quran and that the terrorists are somehow tragically mistaken when they wage their campaigns of holy war in the cause of Islam.

The Truth:

In fact, not only is the word “Jihad” mentioned in several places within the Quran, such as the infamous Sura 9 (which includes the “Verse of the Sword”), there are dozens of other calls to holy war scattered throughout the entire text. 

So what’s the catch?

Well, when knowledgeable infidels such as Robert Spencer immediately responded to the challenge and went to collect their prize, Mr. Badawi was forced to reveal the fine print on his offer.  You see, he wasn’t talking about the concept of holy war.  He only meant the exact Arabic phrase, “Holy War.”

And what about “Jihad?”  This doesn’t count, according to Mr. Badawi, because it can technically be used in a context that doesn’t mean ‘holy war’ (even if that is not how it was interpreted in Muhammad’s time, or in ours).  "Jihad" is like the word “fight,” which can be used in a benign sense (as in, “I am fighting an urge to call Mr. Badawi a disingenuous hack”).

If “Jihad” is holy without the war, then “Qital” must be war without the holy.  It is an Arabic term that literally means to wage military combat.  But, like Jihad, it is most certainly used within the context of holy war, such as in Sura 2: “Fight against them until idolatry is no more and religion is only for Allah.”  Mr. Badawi is even on record as admitting that Qital can be a form of Jihad… but even this doesn’t qualify, according to the niceties of his offer.

So, although the Quran tells believers to “slay the infidels wherever ye find them,” and “smite their necks and fingertips,” showing “ruthlessness to unbelievers,” and over one-hundred other violent admonitions to fight explicitly in the cause of Allah… the Arabic words “holy” and “war” don’t literally appear side-by-side.  (We also doubt that the German words, “concentration” and “camp,” appear consecutively in Nazi documents).

My, what a hollow victory this is. 

At the very least, people should know that “Jihad” is used within the context of religious warfare time and time again throughout the Quran and Hadith, and that, regardless of the exact terminology, Islam’s most sacred texts clearly advocate the sort of holy war that propels modern-day terrorism.

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