A magnificent refutation of CAIR’s lies by my friend Dajjal.
Perhaps CAIR (the Council of American Islamic Relations) should now simply re-name itself to the:
League of Islamic American Redactions – or Revisions; (LIAR)?
Exposing Islam Through CAIR’s Lies about the Boston Marathon Bombing
Bare Naked Islam posted and commented on a CAIR OPED, from which I extracted a crucial phrase and did a search. The text turned up on CAIR’s Facebook page. I have reproduced it below, highlighting some important words, phrases & clauses which I will dissect below the OPED.
Nihad Awad, like all lying Muslims, assumes that we are stupid, illiterate and gullible. With a smug smirk he plays semantic games, cherry picks scripture and misrepresents the damnable doctrines & practices of Islam.
The bothers who bombed the Boston Marathon were Muslims. The surviving bomber said that they were motivated by religion. What component of Islam would motivate anyone to maim and mutilate as many people as possible? After reading this post, you will be able to answer that question.
[Qur’an & hadith links added. Superscripts are linked to my comments.]
#CAIR ISLAM-OPED: A Word of Truth on Jihad and Islam
By Nihad Awad
There is a growing attempt by some commentators to label the recent bombings in Boston as “jihad” and to blame the deadly blasts on a non-existent concept they call “radical Islam.”1
I call “radical Islam” non-existent because radicalism or extremism is not permissible in Islam. Islam prohibits extremism2 and an essential part of the faith is moderation. A more accurate term might be “Al-Qaeda ideology3.”
The Quran, Islam’s foundational holy text, states clearly: “We made you to be a community of the middle way, so that (with the example of your lives) you might bear witness to the truth before all mankind.” (Quran, 2:143)
The Quran also states: “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for God can best protect both.” (Quran, 4:35)
But there’s a huge difference between the existence of radical individuals and a religion
that permits radical beliefs or actions. These radicals certainly do not represent the teachings of Islam or the behavior or beliefs of mainstream Muslims7.
In one Islamic tradition, called a “hadith,” the Prophet Muhammad said: “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, the nights.” [Bukhari 1.2.38]
In recent years, we have seen the term “jihadist” come to be used as if it means a person who kills people out of a religious motivation8, but this is terribly inaccurate.
“Jihad” does not mean “holy war.” 9 Literally, jihad means to “struggle,” strive and exert effort. It is a central and broad Islamic concept that includes struggle against evil inclinations within oneself, struggle to improve the quality of life in society, struggle
in the battlefield for self-defense 10(e.g., – having a standing army for national
defense11), or fighting against tyranny or oppression.
For the sake of accuracy and to avoid spreading false information about a major world religion, extremist Muslims who commit crimes should be called criminals or, in cases where the definition fits, terrorists.
We should not legitimize their actions by calling them jihadists, even if they attempt to call themselves by that label and seek a false religious connection or justification. These criminals should not be honored with a religious label.
“And fight in the cause of God those who , and do not commit aggression. Indeed God does not love those who are aggressors,” (The Quran, 2:190).
So yes, there are some Muslims who have extreme views, or mental illnesses, or political grievances, or a host of other reasons that lead them to kill people, and this is not only a tragedy and a crime but an egregious violation of the principles of Islam.
The difference between Muslim killers and killers from other backgrounds is often the way they are described by the media and viewed by the public: with Muslim killers, the
crime is almost always attributed to their religion.14
Because the word “terrorism”15 is used almost exclusively to describe crimes whose perpetrators are Muslims, you might think that a majority of mass killings and acts of terrorism in the U.S. were committed by Muslims. But when we look at the facts, that perception does not hold up.
* According to FBI statistics, of all terrorist attacks on U.S. soil from 1980 to 2005, six percent were committed by Muslims. (Source:
* According to a study from the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy, since 2011, politically-motivated attacks by Muslim Americans have killed 33 people, while terrorist attacks by white supremacists and other right-wing extremists killed more than 200 people. (Source:
* According to a report by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, “66 Americans were killed in mass shootings by non-Muslims in 2012 alone, twice as many fatalities as from Muslim-American terrorism in all 11 years since 9/11.” (Source:
In a well-known hadith, a man asked the Prophet Muhammad, “What is the best jihad?” to which Prophet Muhammad replied, “Speaking a word of truth to an oppressive ruler.”
The constant misuse of terms like “jihad” and “radical Islam” is offensive to the truth and is counterproductive to our nation’s efforts to achieve security.
It is time we all speak a word of truth by applying the proper labels to criminals and their acts of violence, no matter their religious background.
[Nihad Awad is national executive director for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties group. He may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org ]
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To be effective, a professional liar will include some truth in his spew of malignant malarkey. It is true that there is no such thing as radical Islam. Islam is what it is; its
standard was set 1400 years ago by Moe’s recitation, which is recorded in the Qur’an and exemplified by Moe’s sunnah & Sira. Imperialism, terrorism, rape & pillage are
intrinsic sacraments of Islam, not bida introduced by “extremists or radicals”
I disrespectfully direct doubters, deniers & dissenters to Craig Winn’s The Prophet of Doom, which combines the most significant parts of the Qur’an, hadith, Sira & Tahrik in 1000 pages supplying the context & chronology lacking in the Qur’an. If you lack the patience for 1000 pages, read the In His Own Words Appendix for the highlights.
Normative Islam is extreme; it encompasses global imperialism, terrorism, genocide, rape and pillage. Those intrinsic sacraments of Islam are not prohibited. Transgressing the limits is prohibited.
The limits are set in Sahih Muslim 19.4294, in which Moe commands his generals to make holy war. What would profane it? Embezzling spoils, killing children, mutilating bodies and fleeing from battle are the limits which must not be transgressed; which would
profane Islam’s holy war.
Al-Qaeda is a subset of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a subset of Islam; what is their ideology? Islamic ideology is most clearly stated in the motto of the Brotherhood, which is copied in the Charter of HAMAS.
Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes
- Only Allah has the right to be worshiped. 3:2
- Only Allah has the right to legislate & rule, which he
delegated to Moe and his successors. 33:36
- Jihad is ordained for Muslims. 2:216
- War must be waged against pagans until only Allah is worshiped on a global scale. 8:39
- War must be waged against Jews & Christians until they are subjugated & extorted. 9:29
- The blood and property of infidels is not sacred to Muslims.
Infidels only acquire human rights when they become Muslims. Bukhari 1.8.387
- The basic penalty for “waging war against Allah and his Messenger” is execution. 5:33
- “waging war against Allah and his Messenger” includes disbelief
- “waging war against Allah and his Messenger” includes disbelief
This entry is redundant: see .Extremism.
The correct expression is: Believers.
Believers are defined in 8:1-5. The meaning will not be clear until you look up the context of “spend” and “go out” at http://www.quranbrowser.com/ . The definition in 9:111 is more explicit: they sold their souls to Allah for admission to his celestial bordello so they fight in his cause, killing and being killed. In 49:15, they are described as only those who fight in Allah’s cause.
extremists of other religions
Tim McVeigh was a lapsed Catholic who acted out of political, not religious motives. Christians who shoot abortionists or bomb abortion mills, like McVeigh, act in contravention of Christ’s teaching and example. Muslims engaged in terrorism act in obedience to Allah and emulation of Moe.
Was Moe, the founder of Islam, a mainstream Muslim? If not, then who is? Moe revealed the Qur’an, which enshrines the doctrines of Islam; are those doctrines not mainstream? If Moe’s sunnah does not define mainstream Muslims, what does?
They said that when the apostle heard about Abu Sufyan coming from Syria, he summoned the Muslims and said, ‘This is the Quraysh caravan containing their property. Go out to attack it, perhaps God will give it as a prey.’
‘Abdullah b. Abu Bakr told me that one of Aslam told him that B. Sahm of Aslam came to the apostle and complained that they had fought and got nothing and found nothing with the apostle which he could give them. He said: ~O God, You know their
condition and that they have no strength, and that I have nothing to give them, so conquer for them the wealthiest of the enemy’s forts with the richest food.’ The following day God conquered the fort of al-Sa’b b. Mu’adh which contained the richest food in Khaybar.
Moe was a predator. Predation is part of mainstream Islam. In Tabari, Vol. VIII, page 122, we find the sad story of the death of Kinanah, chieftain of Khaibar Oasis.
Then he asked him for the rest of it. Kinanah refused to surrender it; so the Messenger of God gave orders concerning him to al-Zubayr b. al-’Awwam, saying, “Torture him until you root out what he has.”
Al-Zubayr kept twirling his fire stick in his breast 510 until Kinanah almost expired; then the Messenger of God gave him to Muhammad b. Maslamah, who beheaded him to avenge his brother Mahmud b. Maslamah.
If your Lord issued divine imperatives commanding you to wage war against pagans and ‘people of the book‘ and if he threatened you with eternal damnation if you refused to wage war and promised you admission to his celestial bordello if you join the jihad, that would be religious motivation to engage in offensive conquest. What if your Lord promised you extra credit towards an upgrade in your seat in his celestial bordello for any step you take to injure or enrage disbelievers; would that be religious motivation?
“Many thanks to God, for his kind gesture, and choosing us to perform the act of Jihad for his cause and to defend Islam and Muslims.
Therefore, killing you and fighting you, destroying you and terrorizing you, responding back to your attacks, are all considered to be great legitimate duty in our religion.
These actions are our offerings to God. In addition, it is the imposed reality on Muslims in Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, in the land of the two holy sites [Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia], and in the rest of the world, where Muslims are suffering from your brutality, terrorism, killing of the innocent, and occupying their lands and their holy sites. Nevertheless, it would have been the greatest religious duty to fight you over your
infidelity. However, today, we fight you over defending Muslims, their land, their holy sites,and their religion as a whole.”
That is neither radicalism nor extremism; that is normative Islam, as Moe preached and practiced it. That is motivated by Allah’s imperatives, threat and promise. Those are religious motivations.
Jihad means extreme exertion and striving. It is not defined in the Qur’an, but it is defined in a footnote by Hilali & Khan in their translation of 2:190.
 (V.2:190) Al-Jihâd (holy fighting) in Allâh’s Cause (with full force of numbers and weaponry) is given the utmost importance in Islâm and is one of its pillar (on which
it stands). By Jihâd Islâm is established, Allâh’s Word is made superior, (His Word being Lâ ilaha illallâh which means none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh), and His Religion (Islâm) is propagated. By abandoning Jihâd (may Allâh protect us from that) Islâm is destroyed and the Muslims fall into an inferior position; their honour is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihâd is an obligatory duty in Islâm on every Muslim, and he who tries to escape from this duty, or does not in his innermost heart wish to fulfil this duty, dies with one of the qualities of a hypocrite.
Narrated ‘Abdullâh bin Mas‘ûd رضي الله عنه: I asked Allâh’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم “O Allâh’s Messenger! What is the best deed?” He replied, “To offer the Salât (prayers)
at their early fixed stated times.” I asked, “What is next in goodness?” He replied, “To be good and dutiful to your parents.” I further asked, “What is next in goodness?” He replied, “To participate in Jihâd in Allâh’s Cause.” I did not ask Allâh’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم anymore and if I had asked him more, he would have told me more. (Sahih Al-Bukhâri, Vol.4, Hadîth No.41).
holy fighting in Allah’s cause
What makes fighting holy? Intentions: intending to please Allah. What profanes it? Embezzling spoils, killing children, mutilating corpses and fleeing from battle.
What is Allah’s cause? To make Islam dominate the world.
The Reliance of the Traveller, the Shafi’i school’s handbook of Shari’ah, certified as accurate and authentic by the Sheikhs of Al-Zzhar University, defines Jihad in Book O9.0.
(O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the
word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion. And it is the lesser jihad. As for the greater jihad, it is spiritual warfare against the lower self (nafs), which is why the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said as he was returning from jihad.
“We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad.”
The scriptural basis for jihad, prior to scholarly consensus (def: b7) is such Koranic verses as:
-1- “Fighting is prescribed for you” (Koran 2:216);
-2- “Slay them wherever you find them” (Koran 4:89);
-3- “Fight the idolators utterly” (Koran 9:36);
and such hadiths as the one related by Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
“I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform the prayer, and pay zakat. If they say it, they have saved their blood and possessions from me, except for the rights of Islam over them. And their final reckoning is with Allah”;
and the hadith reported by Muslim,
“To go forth in the morning or evening to fight in the path of Allah is better than the whole world and everything in it.” Details concerning jihad are found in the accounts
of the military expeditions of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), including his own martial forays and those on which he dispatched others. The former consist of the ones he personally attended, some twenty-seven (others say twenty-nine) of them. He fought in eight of them, and killed only one person with his noble hand, Ubayy ibn Khalaf, at the battle of Uhud. On the latter expeditions he sent others to fight, himself remaining at Medina, and these were forty-seven in number.)
“Jihad is ordained for you” in 2:216 Allah says Jihad, not defense. When Moe was weak, with no army, Allah prescribed patience and forbearance. When he moved to Medina and built a small force, Allah prescribed defensive and retaliatory fighting in 22:39.
When his army grew strong enough to raid camel caravans and small settlements, Allah revealed the primary Jihad imperatives in Surahs Al-anfal & At-Taubah.
The Reliance of the Traveller, in Book O9.1, sets forth two types of jihad: offensive and defensive. The former is required in every year, and if not performed when possible, all who know of the obligation are in sin. The obligation is communal, binding on all eligible male Muslims until a su8fficient number has reported to the front.
O9.1: The Obligatory Character of Jihad
Jihad is a communal obligation (def: c3.2). When enough people perform it to successfully accomplish it, it is no longer obligatory upon others (O: the evidence for which is the Prophet’s saying (Allah bless him and give him peace),
“He who provides the equipment for a soldier in jihad has himself performed jihad,”
and Allah Most High having said:
“Those of the believers who are unhurt but sit behind are not equal to those who fight in Allah’s path with their property and lives. Allah has preferred those who fight with their
property and lives a whole degree above those who sit behind. And to each, Allah has promised great good” (Koran 4:95).
If none of those concerned perform jihad, and it does not happen at all, then everyone who is aware that it is obligatory is guilty of sin, if there was a possibility of having performed it. In the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) jihad was a communal obligation after his emigration (hijra) to Medina. As for subsequent
times, there are two possible states in respect to non-Muslims.
The first is when they are in their own countries, in which case jihad (def: o9.8) is a communal obligation, and this is what our author is speaking of when he says, “Jihad is a communal obligation,” meaning upon the Muslims each year.
The second state is when non-Muslims invade a Muslim country or near to one, in which case jihad is personally obligatory (def: c3.2) upon the inhabitants of that country, who must repel the non-Muslims with whatever they can).
Reliance O25.9 outlines the duties of subordinate rulers; one of them holds a clue for
you: to wage war against neighboring infidels and distribute the spoils.
The Hanifi school adds some crucial clarity.
Al-Hedaya Volume II, Book IX, Chapter 1, Page 141
“The destruction of the sword is incurred by infidels, although they be not the first aggressors, as appears from various passages in the sacred writings which are generally received this effect.”
The purpose of Islam’s army is offensive, not defensive: to strike terror into the hearts of intended victims. Note the expressions used in multiple translations of 8:60.
Islam prohibits killing innocent
SnakeShit!!! 5:22 does no such thing! Words have meanings, but Muslims have their own. They play a vicious semantic game which must be exposed.
5:32. Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all
mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, evidences, and signs, even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits (e.g. by doing oppression unjustly and exceeding beyond the limits set by Allâh by committing the major sins) in the land!.
Note the highlighted escape clause. The prohibition is in 4:92.
4:92. It is not for a believer to kill a believer except (that it be) by mistake, and whosoever kills a believer by mistake, (it is ordained that) he must set free a believing slave and a compensation (blood money, i.e Diya) be given to the deceased’s family,
unless they remit it. If the deceased belonged to a people at war with you and he was a believer; the freeing of a believing slave (is prescribed), and if he belonged to a people with whom you have a treaty of mutual alliance, compensation (blood money – Diya) must be paid to his family, and a believing slave must be freed. And whoso finds this
(the penance of freeing a slave) beyond his means, he must fast for two consecutive months in order to seek repentance from Allâh. And Allâh is Ever AllKnowing, AllWise.
4:93. And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein, and the Wrath and the Curse of Allâh are upon him, and a great punishment is
prepared for him.”
Who is innocent? Only Muslims!!! If you ain’t Muslim, you are a rebel against Allah and his Messenger, due to be killed for waging war against them.
The truth is revealed in 5:33 and clarified by Tafsir Ibn Kathir.
5:33. The recompense of those who wage war against Allâh and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on the opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter.”
`Wage war’ mentioned here means: oppose and contradict, and it includes disbelief, blocking roads and spreading fear in the fairways. Mischief in the land refers to various types of evil. http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir//5.13751.html
aggression is never permitted
It is difficult to find a more egregious lie. You have already seen ample proof of the obvious objective factual reality if you have read this far. Whether you read Reliance of the Traveller, Risala or Hedaya, the aggressive and offensive nature of Jihad is clear in Shari’ah.
Sura 4:77: “Those who whined “Hold back your hands (from attacking)” were corrected:
“War is compulsory for us – the good and bad both come from allah!”
Moe dictated and dispatched extortion letters by private courier to his intended victims. Two of those letters are extremely clear, leaving nothing to the imagination; I will link to them. You can find the others on those sites.
The quote to 2:190 is not accurate; the operative expression is transgress the limits, not commit aggression.
religion & crime
What did the terrorists say when they slit the throats of the flight crews? What did Nidal Malik Hassan shout when he shot the soldiers at Fort Hood? What did they say when
they cut off Nick Berg’s head? What did they shout when they blew up children at Beslan?
Mohammad Atta, in his final message to the Magnificent 19, directed them to shout the Takbir while slaughtering because it terrifies disbelievers.
“When the confrontation begins, strike like champions who do not want to go back to this world. Shout, ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.”
What did Allah say he would and did cast? How did Moe say he was made victorious?
As Muhammad himself put it, “I have been made victorious through terror” (Bukhari 4.52.220).
Terrorism is an intrinsic sacrament of Islam!!
Who in Hell associated terrorism with Islam???
How did Allah associate Islam & terrorism? Directly & explicitly in the Qur’an! [Translated by Hilali & Khan unless otherwise noted,]
- 3:151. We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they joined others in worship with Allâh, for which He had sent no authority; their abode will be the Fire and how evil is the abode of the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrongdoers).
- 3:152. And Allâh did indeed fulfil His Promise to you when you were killing them (your enemy) with His Permission; until (the moment) you lost your courage and fell to disputing about the order, and disobeyed after He showed you (of the booty) which you love. Among you are some that desire this world and some that desire the Hereafter. Then He made you flee from them (your enemy), that He might test you. But surely, He forgave you, and Allâh is Most Gracious to the believers.
- Allah next conveys the good news that He will put fear of the Muslims, and feelings of subordination to the Muslims in the hearts of their disbelieving enemies, because of their Kufr and Shirk. And Allah has prepared torment and punishment for them in the Hereafter. http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir//3.9541.html
- 8:12. (Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels, “Verily, I am with you, so keep firm those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes.”
- I will cast fear, disgrace and humiliation over those who defied My command and denied My Messenger http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir//8.19731.html
- 8:57. If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember. [Pickthall]
- This Ayah commands punishing them harshly and inflicting casualties on them. This way, other enemies, Arabs and non-Arabs, will be afraid and take a lesson from their end, http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir//8.20426.html
- 8:60. Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of God and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom God doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of God, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly. [Abdullah Yusuf Ali]
- (to threaten), or to strike fear, http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir//8.20453.html
- 33:26. And those of the people of the Scripture who backed them (the disbelievers) Allâh brought them down from their forts and cast terror into their hearts, (so that) a group (of them) you killed, and a group (of them) you made captives.
- 33:27. And He caused you to inherit their lands, and their houses, and their riches, and a land which you had not trodden (before). And Allâh is Able to do all things.
- (and cast terror into their hearts;) means fear, because they had supported the idolators in their war against the Messenger of Allah and the one who knows is not like the one who does not know. http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir//33.41512.html
- 59:2. He it is Who drove out the disbelievers among the people of the Scripture (i.e. the Jews of the tribe of Banî An-Nadîr) from their homes at the first gathering. You did not think that they would get out. And they thought that their fortresses would defend them from Allâh! But Allâh’s (Torment) reached them from a place whereof they expected it not, and He cast terror into their hearts, so that they destroyed their own dwellings with their own hands and the hands of the believers. Then take admonition, O you with eyes (to see).
- Allah cast terror in the hearts of the Jews. http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir//59.53071.html
- 59:13. Verily, you (believers in the Oneness of Allâh – Islâmic Monotheism) are more awful as a fear in their (Jews of Banî An-Nadîr) breasts than Allâh. That is because they are a people who comprehend not (the Majesty and Power of Allâh).
- Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 7, Number 331:
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:
The Prophet said, “I have been given five things which were not given to any one else before me.
- 1. Allah made me victorious by awe, (by His frightening my enemies) for a distance of one month’s journey.
2. The earth has been made for me (and for my followers) a place for praying and a thing to perform Tayammum, therefore anyone of my followers can pray wherever the time of a prayer is due.
3. The booty has been made Halal (lawful) for me yet it was not lawful for anyone else before me.
4. I have been given the right of intercession (on the Day of Resurrection).
5. Every Prophet used to be sent to his nation only but I have been sent to all mankind.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.” Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Apostle has left the world and now you, people, are bringing out those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did not benefit by them).
Allah, in his Qur’an, said that he would and did cast terror into the hearts of disbelievers. Moe said that Allah made him victorious through terror. How did Allah cast terror? Lets look a little deeper below the surface.
‘If you come upon them in war, deal with them so forcibly as to terrify those who follow them, haply they may take warning,’ i.e. make a severe warning of them to those that come after, that haply they may understand.
‘And prepare what you can against them, and cavalry by which you may strike tenor ,”to the enemy of God and your enemy, as far as HIS words. ‘And whatever you spend in the way of God will hc repaid to you: you will not be wronged; 1.e. you will not lose your reward which God in the next life and a rapid recompense in this world.”
Allah told Moe to threaten his victims with the strongest possible army and rough them up enough to terrify prospective victims.
Readers who are aware of current events will recall incidents of Muslims taunting Jews with cries of “Khaybar”, one of Moe’s brutal genocidal conquests,. The practical application of 8:57 is exemplified by Khaybar’s effect on Fadak, which is revealed on page 523 of The Life of Muhammad.
When the apostle had finished with Khaybar. God struck terror to the
hearts of the men of Fadak when they heard what the had done to
the men of Khaybar . They sent to him an offer of peace on condition that
they should keep half of their produce. Their messengers came to him in
Khaybar or an the road or after he came to Medina, and he accepted their
terms. Thus Fadak became his private property because it had not been
attacked by horse or camel.’
Kab Ashraf was the chief of a Jewish settlement and a poet who had mocked Moe, who commissioned his assassination. The story of the assassination and its effect are told on page 368 of The Life of Muhammad.
Our attack upon God’s enemy cast terror among the Jews, and there was no Jew in Medina who did not fear far his rife.”
Asma bint Marwan was a poet who mocked Moe and complained bitterly of his murders upon which he had her killed. The story is told on page 676 of The Life of Muhammad. Her murder, like that of Ashraf, had the intended effect:
The day after Bint Marwan was killed the men of B. Khatma became Muslims because they saw the power of Islam.
Assassination & genocide were not the only methods of casting terror; Moe’s companions also destroyed date trees with the same objective in mind. Turn to the commentary of Muhammad Shafi in the Mariful Qur’an for the details: page 374 of Volume 8. .
The reference in the verse is to the cutting, by the orders of the Holy Prophet , of the
palm trees of Bani Nadir who had shut themselves in their fortresses in defiance of the Holy Prophet’s orders to surrender. So, some of the blessed Companions, in order to anger them or cast terror into their hearts, cut and burned down some of their date trees.