Canadian Imam Bilal Philips uploaded a lecture in 2017 explaining that a sword can be used to implement the moral message of Islam. Obtaining land and the spilling of blood is not the primary objective of jihad.
Shaykh Bilal Phillips, BA Islamic studies in Medina; MA theology in UK; lecturer of Islamic studies at American university in UAE; founded info center in Dubai in 2002; founder of Islamic department in Preston; launched open university free courses to 100,000 students; director of Preston college, India.
…and this was the Sunnah. Was the translation of the Quran into living practice. So the Sunnah is a living Sunnah, it represents a way of life, fundamentally a moral way of life. This is what Islam is, essentially, it is a moral message. To implement that message it might require weapons, so there is jihad. Jihad has a place.But ultimately the goal of jihad is not the spilling of blood. The goal of jihad is not primarily to take the lands of other people, though it may come as a part of the jihad. People’s lands and their properties may be taken. But that isn’t the goal. That is just the consequence of military struggle. The losers have to be dealt with and they’re dealt with in accordance with principles which Islam has set down.
French teacher Samuel Paty showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on free speech. Several days later he was beheaded by a Muslim migrant. The French government, in a show of solidarity with the teacher & free speech, displayed cartoons of Prophet Mohammad on Buildings.
Omar Suliman is an American Muslim scholar, civil rights leader, writer. He is the Founder and President of Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. He is currently the Resident Scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center and the Co-Chair Emeritus of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a multi-faith coalition of clergy for peace and justice. Below is an excerpt of that lecture.
Genocides are carried out in the name of assimilation. But this is what we have with this problem. This is what we have at this juncture. It is not Islam that has the problem. It is France that has the problem. …and that subjugation affects all of us. That type of behavior affects all of us. And you see it in France where you have the prophet PBUH portrayed in the worst of ways. Insulted in the worst of ways. …Our brothers and sisters are living these days’ rights now where they are walking in the street and harassed just for being Muslim and targeted. Their institutions are being shut down right and left. They are being taunted and provoked over and over again and told that they are the problem, not the systemic bigotry and racism that’s being leveled towards them. And so our hearts are with our brothers and sisters there and of course with our brothers and sisters all over the world that are subjugated and suffering in this way. Our hearts are with them. And we want them to know that their steadfastness is seen by us all as well as we see their steadfastness. We see the way that they are holding their own. …And may Allah grant us that sincerity and that steadfastness and that firmness. And May Allah MHNBE allow us to remain with our deen [religion], and its fullness, with our Quran, with our Sunnah, in its fullness and not no succumb to these types of forms of oppression.