Islam a Religion of Peace or War?

Islam & the Future of Tolerance – In 2015 at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics Maajid Nawaz, Chairman of Quilliam, and Sam Harris, talk about their latest book. The books centers on the question is Islam a religion of Peace or War.

We could ask if ISIS, Al-Qaida, Boko-Haram, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Muslim Brotherhood are representatives of the TRUE Islam. The following will shed some clarity.

ICNA Canada is a charitable organization that has posted the following on their official Facebook page:

“It is incumbent on all Muslims to wage Jihad against them to wipe out Kufr (disbelief) and shirk (polytheism) and raise the banner of oneness of God everywhere… This Hadith strongly refutes the people who distort that Islam preaches defensive war only…”

Canadian Imam Abu Ameenha Bilal Philips said in a lecture:

“Islam is essentially a moral message. To implement that message it might require weapons. Primary goal of jihad is not to spill blood or acquire people’s land & property. But…”

Toronto Imam Shamir Ally said during an interview:

“ISIS published its manifesto. It cites verses of the Quran, the Hadith, rulings of Muslim scholars, and citations from tasveer, [commentary on the Quran], to justify their position. They are recruiting young people by giving them this ideology, peppered with all of these citations.”

Imam Yasir Qadhi in an interview speaking on the beheading crisis in France said:

In most Muslim countries of the world the armies of Islam came and then Islam spread after that.”

The following is from a highly influential web site Islam Q&A:

“The Muslims invaded India in 44 AH. They killed, took prisoners, captured booty. They entered Somnath and broke the greatest idol, captured its swords and necklaces. Then they returned safe and victorious.”

NCCM National Council of Muslims CEO Mustafa Farooq did say in a interview:

“How are we Muslims going to recreate Cordoba in Edmonton/Toronto/Montreal/ any Canadian city? We have a massive task ahead of us, but I really believe that it is one at which we can succeed, one in which we erase these artificial ‘nation-state‘ identities, and move together to pursue Jannah [paradise]”

Imam Abdool Hamid Of the Toronto Masjid and member of CCI Canadian Council of Imams said in a lecture

“Islam does not want to take over for the sake of taking over. Islam came to save the people. So, yes, changes have to be made. So it may seem from one perspective that Islam took over, so to speak.”

American Imam says “Islam was Many Times Spread by the Sword”

American Imam says “Islam was Many Times Spread by the Sword”

American Maryland Imam, Suleiman Anwar Bengharasa gave a lecture in 2010. This lecture was given to a small group of advanced students at the Abu Huraira Center in 2010. Below in an excerpt.

There are some Muslims amongst us these days who want to go around and say: “Oh! Islam was never spread by the sword.” That’s a blatant lie. It was spread many times by the sword. The implementation of the Sharia was spread by the sword.

Islam Q&A is an academic, educational, da‘wah website which aims to offer advice and academic answers based on evidence from religious texts in an adequate and easy-to-understand manner. These answers are supervised by Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid (may Allah preserve him).

Was Islam spread by the sword?

Undoubtedly taking the initiative in fighting has a great effect in spreading Islam and bringing people into the religion of Allaah in crowds. Hence the hearts of the enemies of Islam are  filled with fear of jihad. 

“And We brought forth iron wherein is mighty power (in matters of war), as well as many benefits for mankind, that Allaah may test who it is that will help Him (His religion) and His Messengers in the unseen”

[al-Hadeed 27:25]

So whoever deviates from the Book is to be brought back with iron, i.e. by force. Hence the soundness of the religion is based on the Qur’aan and the Sword. It was narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded us to strike with this, meaning the sword, whoever turns away from this, meaning the Qur’aan. 

Jihadist Helped the Christian Population of Constantinople Transition to Muslim Istanbul

Jihadist Helped the Christian Population of Constantinople Transition to Muslim Istanbul

American Maryland Imam, Suleiman Anwar Bengharasa gave a lecture in 2010. This lecture was given to a small group of advanced students at the Abu Huraira Center in 2010. Below in an excerpt.

There was a time when this area that we call Turkey there was no Muslims. Then people came, and in Turkey in particular, it was not a result of merchants coming with da’wa, it was a result of jihad. People became Muslims as a result of the fact that Muslims came with the sword established Sharia. As a result of the establishment of sharia many people found that there’s a need to become Muslims in order to avoid strife. But the generations to come? Now you, as a Muslim, are happy that your forefathers, what happened? They accepted Islam even though it may have been under the sword. Right? You are happy with that. No? You are happy with being what ?Allahu Akbar. Are you worried now about your forefathers having been, you know, – told to accept Islam. They were not  to accept Islam. There were conditions that existed according to Sharia that forced certain people– to avoid difficulty – For example jiziya is one of them, right? Paying this little taxation out of the people that are not from Islam. Why? Because it’s the price they pay for being protected by the Muslim authority.

Texas Imam “killing civilians and whatnot” “But we cannot ignore provocation”

Texas Imam “killing civilians and whatnot” “But we cannot ignore provocation”

Premiered Nov 2, 2020 Imam Yasir Qadhi is responding on, Thinking Muslim’ Podcast: Difficult Questions About the Situation in France, the increasing tensions in France, that has, in the last several days, been stricken with two jihadist attacks. French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded & 3 people in church in Niece were killed an elderly woman was decapitated.

The following description is from Imam Yasir Qadhi’s you tube channel: Shaykh, Dr. Yasir Qadhi speaks about the French Policy towards Muslims, the potential for the ‘French model’ to be exported to other countries where Muslims are a minority. He also touches on the Islamic justifications for violence, how we (Muslims) should defend the honour of the Messenger of Allah. (SAW) Below is an excerpt of this interview.

If you listen to my lectures throughout Al Qaeda and ISIS era I was always without exception bringing up American foreign policy as a primary cause of those jihadist movements. I gave a number of lectures that went viral. That once again, yes I criticize the beheading of journalists. I criticize a lot of the errant views that Al Qaeda and ISIS had and the killing civilians and whatnot. But I never stop speaking of the broad picture which is, these movements are, a reaction to your invasion

The same applies over here now. What we’re seeing now is wrong. What these people are doing is wrong. But we cannot ignore provocation. We cannot ignore…

This is what I call it asymmetric warfare. You have the state on one side, you have the media, you have the president, on one side that is prodding and poking and provoking and wanting to incite, continuously demonizing the entire faith. And on the other side you have a bunch of citizens like us expected to monitor each and every individual. That’s impossible… It is the government that should think about its future course of action. Not as a threat to for a future attack but as a sensible policy. In this case secularism has become an excuse to be anti-Muslim. Therefore even when this one attack happened, or three attacks or two attacks, we criticize those attacks. But we always jump to the broader narrative. And Allah knows best this is what has been my philosophy pretty much from the beginning.

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi is a Pakistani-American Islamic scholar, theologian and preacher. Since 2001, he has served as Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, an international Islamic educational institution with a center in Houston, Texas. He also taught in the Religious Studies department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is currently the resident scholar of the East Plano Islamic Center in Plano, Texas.

Qadhi has written numerous books and lectured widely on Islam and contemporary Muslim issues. A 2011 The New York Times Magazine essay by Andea Elliott described Qadhi as “one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam.

Qadhi was previously affiliated with the Salafi movement but has since left the movement and now identifies as a Sunni.