In Their Own Words

*This is an off topic post.  I’ll post a gym related piece next time.


I keep hearing that Islam is a religion of peace.  Each time there’s a bombing, beheading or shooting where the perpetrators are screaming their devotion to Allah, that’s what I’m told.  I thought it would be worthwhile to examine that notion using the words of some prominent Islamic leaders.  I’m not an expert in Islam.  They are.  I’m not saying anything about whether Islam is peaceful or not.  They are.  I’m not advancing statements about their beliefs.  They are.

Before we begin, you may wonder why I don’t just shut up about all this Islam stuff. 

I guess it’s because one day I will have to stand before my maker and account for myself.  If I see a tidal wave in the distance moving toward land and my friends, loved ones or even total strangers are standing on the beach, don’t I have an obligation to at least point out to sea and say “Beware?”  

Besides, I have devoted my life to the nurturing and protection of children. They can’t speak for themselves nor keep the wolf from the door without help.  There are times I want to turn away from the subject completely but then I run headlong into a report like this.  It’s an article about an 8 year old girl who set herself on fire in an effort to escape her fate as a rape toy for men of the Islamic State. Read it. 

The Islamic men who engage in this behavior think this is acceptable.  They use religious teachings to support their actions.  It doesn’t matter one iota to that little girl if there are lots of “moderate Muslims” who don’t read their texts this way.  There are millions who do and their ideology is moving just like a tidal wave into western societies that seem utterly unable and unwilling to grasp what this means.  They captured and tortured that particular little girl in Iraq.  I suggest you arm yourself with knowledge and prepare yourself to defend your culture because if you don’t, one day you’ll wake up and that little girl will be from Des Moines, Iowa…Santa Rosa, California…Miami, Florida… or any point in between.  Maybe she’ll be yours.

And knowing that, I cannot stop.

A Religion of Peace?

Abu Bakr al-Bahgdadi, now known as Caliph Ibrahim ibn Awwad (the leader of the Islamic State) said in a 2015 declaration 

And say to them, “We spilled rivers of our blood to water the seeds of the khilāfah, laid its foundation with our skulls, and built its tower over our corpses. We were patient for years in the face of being killed, imprisoned, having our bones broken and our limbs severed. We drank all sorts of bitterness, dreaming of this day. Would we delay it for even a moment after having reached it?” 

And say to them, “We took it forcibly at the point of a blade. We brought it back conquered and compelled. We established it in defiance of many. And the people’s necks were violently struck, With bombings, explosions, and destruction, And soldiers that do not see hardship as being difficult, And lions that are thirsty in battle, Having greedily drunk the blood of kufr. Our khilāfah has indeed returned with certainty And likewise our state, becoming a firm structure. And the breasts of the believers have been healed, While the hearts of kufr have been filled with terror.” 

In video presentation he explained

“Islam was never for a day the religion of peace. Islam is the religion of war.”  He continued on saying “Do not think the war that we are waging is the Islamic State’s war alone. Rather, it is the Muslims’ war altogether. It is the war of every Muslim in every place, and the Islamic State is merely the spearhead in this war. It is but the war of the people of faith against the people of disbelief.”

Anjem Choudary is a well known British Muslim who went to school at the University of Surrey and the University of Southampton.  He is a lawyer and outspoken activist.  He comments

“You can’t say that Islam is a religion of peace because Islam does not mean peace.  Islam means submission.  So the Muslim is one who submits.  There is a place for violence in Islam.  There is a place for Jihad in Islam.”

When asked about this thoughts on the bombings that took place on London’s transport system, he said

“If you look at the will of the 7/7 bombers Mohammed Siddique Khan and Shehzad Tawnier, they would be justified.  And there are many verses from the Koran and many statements to say that’s the Islamic argument.  And that’s a difficult Islamic argument to refute.  And there are many scholars who support that argument as well.”

In speaking about Islam he reported that

“This particular belief is more than just a religion.  It’s not just a spiritual belief.  It is, in fact, an ideology which you believe in and you struggle for and you are willing even to die for, because you believe in that:  That is your whole life”

He also emphasized that

“The Koran is full of, you know, jihad is the most talked about duty in the Koran other than tawhid—belief.  Nothing else is mentioned more than the topic of fighting.”

He also reminded us that

 “As far as Muslims are concerned, you are innocent if you are a Muslim – then you are innocent in the eyes of God. If you are a non-Muslim, then you are guilty of not believing in God.”

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (better known to us as Osama bin Laden) was the head of al-Qaeda and took responsibility for the mass casualty attacks in the US on September ll, 2001.  On one occasion reminded us that

“We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the difference between us two.”

Sayyid Qutib was born in Egypt.  He learned the Koran by heart by the age of ten.  He spent time in the United States as an exchange scholar from 1948 to 1950.  He wrote in his book titled Milestones

 “No political system of earthly power should hinder Islam. If someone does hinder Islam’s spread then it is Islam’s duty to fight that person until he is killed or until he declares his submission.”  

Omar Bakri Mohammed, born in Syria and leader of the Savior Sect was recorded saying

“When you meet [Infidels], slice their own necks. And when you make the blood spill all over, and the enemy becomes so tired, now start to take from them prisoners. Then free them or exchange them until the war is finished.” 

“Verily they remind the sunnah of removing the head of the enemy. They remind the sunnah of slaughtering the enemy. They remind the sunnah of how to strike the neck of the enemy. We saw him in his brother’s house. They removed the head of the enemy. Use the sword and remove the head of the enemy.”

In another pronouncement he said

“We don’t make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians, innocents and non-innocents. Only between Muslims and unbelievers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value. It has no sanctity.”

He also declared

 “Yes I condemn killing any innocent people, but not any kuffar.”

Recep Tayyip Erdogan the Prime Minister of Turkey quoted a Turkish poet in a fiery speech saying

The minarets are our bayonets, the domes our helmets, the mosques our barracks and the faithful our army.”

Abdul Malik Mujahid and former ICNA President was born in Pakistan and educated at the University of Chicago. Imam Mujahid has been selected four times since 2011 as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. The list is developed in cooperation with the Georgetown University in the United States.  He stated that

“Qital [killing] is an essential element of Islam. And sometimes you don’t like it. Qital is ordained upon you, though it is hateful to you, but it may happen that you hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that you love a thing which is bad for you…. And one example is, now we have 60 or so Muslim countries, and not a single one of them wants to go for Qital and Jihad for Bosnia. Qital is ordained upon you though it is hateful to you.

Ayatollah Khomeini the Iranian religious and politcal leader, stated plainly

“Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not disabled or incapacitated, to prepare themselves for the conquest of [other] countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world. . . . But those who study Islamic Holy War will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world. . . . Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by [the unbelievers]? Islam says: Kill them [the non-Muslims], put them to the sword and scatter [their armies]. Does this mean sitting back until [non-Muslims] overcome us? Islam says: Kill in the service of Allah those who may want to kill you! Does this mean that we should surrender [to the enemy]? Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! There are hundreds of other [Qur’anic] psalms and Hadiths [sayings of the Prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.”

Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau (the group’s official name is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which in Arabic means “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”) said in a recent video  

“In every Nation, in every region, now have a decision to make.  Either you’re with us, I mean, we’re Muslims who are following solid footsteps or you’re with Obama, Francois Hollande, George Bush.  Bush!  Clinton!  I forgot not Abraham Lincoln.  Ban Ki-Moon and his people generally and any unbeliever…Kill!  Kill!  Kill!  Kill!  Kill! Kill!  This war is against Christians, I mean Christianity generally.”

Another time he stated

“I enjoy killing anyone that God commands me to kill the way I enjoy killing chickens and rams.”

In another video posted after slitting the throats of local villagers and the subsequent shooting deaths of 44 people (with many others injured) he said

“We have killed countless soldiers and we’re going to kill more.  Our strength and firepower is bigger than the army of Nigeria.  Nigeria is no longer a big deal to us.  As far as we are concerned we will now comfortably confront the United States of America.”

These are just a smattering of quotes from Islamic religious and political leaders.  There are plenty more that you can unearth yourself if you want more confirmation that these attitudes and beliefs hold significant power in the Islamic world.  The video below is worth watching.  I wonder…of what account is it that the majority of muslims are “moderate” when millions of others have joined hands in not only preaching the death of those who don’t share their ideology but in acting on their murderous impulses?    It makes no difference to the irreparably damaged, like the little girl who set herself on fire. It makes no difference to the dead.

Pay attention.  Many of your political, educational and religious leaders are betraying you.

 There’s a tidal wave coming.



Anjem Choudary appeared on the BBC program HARDtalk where his final quote in this piece is taken from.  It appeared (at 4:20 minutes) during an exchange with the host, Stephen Sackur,8599,189648,00.html

Taheri, Amir.  Holy Terror: Inside the World of Islamic Terrorism. Adler & Adler, 1987, pp. 241-3.

Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau: ‘Kill, Kill, Kill!’ The New York Times

Boko Haram Threatens U.S. In Video.  CNN.


6 responses

  1. Boxing is fun until an opponent hits me back. I hate it when that happens. It would be so peaceful (for me) if there was a rule that only I do the punching.

  2. Lynn, I still remember working at a Correctional facility on the day of 9/11. After the towers were hit our team was called in do to fears of inmate rioting. When we entered the facility it was like entering your home town stadium for the big game, only they weren’t cheering because we had shown up. These were US inmates cheering for what had just happened. Peace??? Hardly.
    It’s just like you wrote, one day we will stand before our Maker…….and then what will they say ???
    Keep sharing the truth. I’m very proud of you and thank you


    1. I’m so happy that you took time to offer your experience on that day. It adds a certain welcome depth to the conversation. Thank you. Thank you also for the compliment. It means a great deal to me. You know, I’m very proud of you also…for many reasons. The light you shine helps me tremendously and I appreciate it.

  3. Thanks, Dr. Lynn, for your scholarship and for teaching us about Islam by quoting Muslim leaders who clearly say that Islam is not a religion of peace. I applaud your courage.

    1. Peace in Islam is an interesting topic to delve into. We’re often talking at cross-purposes (I think by design from the Muslim participants in the conversation). Peace IS an important concept in Islam but you have to understand that peace is for Muslims only. They divide the world into Dar al-islam and Dar al-harb. Dar al-islam is land that is ruled by Islamic law…that’s the peaceful place. Dar al-harb is the house of war or chaos. That’s non-Islamic land and the goal is to bring it under Islam…at which point there will be “peace.” We live in the house of war and there will be no peace (as far as the devout are concerned) until we are brought (by any means necessary) to live under Islamic law. There is to be no peace for the unbeliever. When they talk about peace, they are only referencing themselves (although as we know, they fight in a bloody, violent way amongst themselves over the “purity” of the details of Islam they practice/preach ie Sunni vs Shia vs all the other sects).

      Thank you for your very kind note…much appreciated!

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