From IS’s point of view

Issue 7 of IS’s in-house magazine Dabiq contains the following article claiming that:

1. IS are faithfully following Mohammed’s teachings and example by spreading Islam by the sword until it prevails over the entire Earth.

2. Islam is not a religion of peace (that only ensues after no.1 has been achieved).

Isn’t IS’s justification of the connection between their bloodsoaked actions and the example of Mohammed and his companions more convincing than our leaders’ unsupported claims to the contrary? I bolded the good bits:

—————————–Islam is the Religion of the Sword not Pacifism—————————–

There is a slogan repeated continuously by apologetic “du’āt” when flirting with the West and that is their statement: “Islam is the religion of peace,” and they mean pacifism (1) by the word peace. They have repeated this slogan so much to the extent that some of them alleged that Islam calls to permanent peace with kufr and the kāfirīn. How far is their claim from the truth, for Allah has revealed Islam to be the religion of the sword, and the evidence for this is so profuse that only a zindīq (heretic) would argue otherwise.

‘Alī Ibn Abī Tālib (radiyallāhu ‘anh) said, “Allah’s Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was sent with four swords: a sword for the mushrikīn, {And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the mushrikīn wherever you find them} [At-Tawbah: 5], a sword for Ahlul-Kitāb, {Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Book – [fight them] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled} [At-Tawbah: 29], a sword for the munāfiqīn, {O Prophet, fight against the kuffār and the munāfiqīn} [At-Tawbah: 73], and a sword for the bughāt (rebellious aggressors), {Then fight against the group that commits baghy (aggression) until it returns to the ordinance of Allah} [Al-Hujurāt: 9]” [Tafsīr Ibn Kathīr].

He also revealed the sword against the apostates, {O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion – Allah will bring forth a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, mighty against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic} [Al-Mā’idah: 54]. This verse is a fundamental basis for the obligation to fight against the apostate parties. At-Tabarī reported in his tafsīr that amongst the Salaf, ‘Alī Ibn Abī Tālib, Qatādah, al-Hasan al-Basrī, ad-Dahhāk, and Ibn Jurayj said this verse encompassed Abū Bakr (Allah’s sword against apostasy), his companions (radiyallāhu ‘anhum), and their war against the apostates – the followers of Musaylamah al-Kadhdhāb and those who resisted the obligation of zakāh.

Allah (ta’ālā) also sent down iron alongside the revelation to consolidate His religion by the sword forged with iron. He (ta’ālā) said, {We have sent Our messengers with clear evidences and sent down with them the Scripture and the balance that the people may maintain [their affairs] in justice. And We sent down iron, wherein is great military might and benefits for the people, and so that Allah may make evident those believing in the unseen who support Him and His messengers. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might} [Al-Hadīd: 25].

Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullāh) said:

Allah (ta’ālā) also described what should be struck with the sword, {Remember when your Lord revealed to the angels, “I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip”} [Al-Anfāl: 12]. He (ta’ālā) also said, {So when you meet those who disbelieve, strike their necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens} [Muhammad: 4].

His Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) also described the sword as the salvation from evil and fitnah (2). He (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) also described the sword as being the key to Jannah [Reported by Ibn Abī Shaybahon the authority of Abū Mūsā].

He also declared that his worldly provision was placed for him in the shade of his spear and that the best livelihood for the Muslim in the future is what he takes with his sword from the kāfir enemy (3).

So how can the zanādiqah (heretics) or even those who blindly follow them – Bush (4), Obama, and Kerry – obstinately claim that “Islam is a religion of peace,” meaning pacifism?

One of the biggest shubuhāt propagated by the heretics is the linguistic root for the word Islam.(5) They claim it comes from the word salām (peace), when in actuality it comes from words meaning submission and sincerity sharing the same consonant root.

Shaykhul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullāh) said:

“I mentioned before in previously discussed principles that Islam – the religion of Allah with which He revealed His books and sent His messengers – is that the slave yuslim (submits) to Allah, the Lord of the creation, and thus, he yastaslim (submits) to Allah alone without giving Him partners and that he be sālim (purely) for Him, in that he worships Him while not worshipping other than Him, as is made clear by the best word and the head of Islam lā ilāha illallāh. And it has two opposites: kibr and shirk. For this reason, it was reported that Nūh (‘alayhis-salām) ordered his children with lā ilāha illallāh and subhānallāh and forbade them from kibr and shirk [Reported by Imām Ahmad on the authority of ‘Abdullāh Ibn ‘Amr], as in a hadith I mentioned elsewhere. Indeed, the one who abstains due to arrogance from worshipping Allah does not worship Him, so he is not mustaslim (submitting) to Him, and he who worships Him and worships others with Him is a mushrik towards Him, so he is not sālim for Him, rather he has shirk towards Him. The word Islam includes the two meanings, istislām (submission) and salāmah which is sincerity. And it is known that all the messengers were sent with the general Islam consisting of this” [Al-Īmān al-Awsat]

He (rahimahullāh) also said:

“The word ‘Islam’ can be used in two ways, transitively, as in His statement, {And who is better in religion than one who aslama (submits) himself to Allah while being a doer of good} [An-Nisā’: 125], and His statement, {I have aslamtu (submitted) myself to Allah, and so have those who follow me. And say to those who were given the Scripture and to the unlearned, “Have you aslamtum (submitted)?” And if they aslamū (submit), they are rightly guided; but if they turn away – then upon you is only the duty of notification. And Allah is Seeing of the servants} [Āl ‘Imrān: 20], and his statement (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in the du’ā’ before sleep, ‘I aslamtu (have submitted) myself to You’ [Reported by al-Bukhārī and Muslim on the authority of al-Barā’ Ibn ‘Āzib]. It is also used intransitively, as in His statement, {When his Lord said to him, aslim (submit), he said “I aslamtu (have submitted) to the Lord of the worlds”} [Al-Baqarah: 131]. And it encompasses two meanings, the first is obedience and submission; the second is dedicating that sincerely to Him alone, as in His statement, {Allah presents an example: a slave owned by quarreling partners and another salam (purely) for one man – are they equal in comparison? Praise be to Allah! But most of them do not know} [Az-Zumar: 29]. Its incarnation is the statement lā ilāha illallāh” [Al-Īmān al-Awsat].

He (rahimahullāh) also said:

“Rather Islam is istislām (submission) to Allah alone. The word Islam entails istislām and dedicating such sincerely to Allah. More than one scholar has mentioned this including the specialists in Arabic such as Abū Bakr Ibn al-Anbārī and others. Some of the commentators have considered these two meanings to be two different interpretations, as a group of them including al-Baghawī said, ‘The Muslim is the mustaslim (submitter) to Allah. It has also been said he is the mukhlis (sincere one).’ The reality is that the Muslim is he who gathers both meanings in himself, for whoever does not yastaslim (submit) to Him, is not a Muslim, and whoever istaslam (submitted) to other than Him as he does for Him, is not a Muslim. Whoever istaslam (submitted) to Him alone is a Muslim, as in the Qur’ān, {Yes, whoever aslama (submits) his face to Allah while being a doer of good will have his reward with his Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve} [Al-Baqarah: 112]” [An-Nubūwāt].(6)

It is clear then that salām (peace) is not the basis of the word Islam, although it shares the same consonant root (s-l-m) and is one of the outcomes of the religion’s sword, as the sword will continue to be drawn, raised, and swung until ‘Īsā (Jesus – ‘alayhis-salām) kills the Dajjāl (the Antichrist) and abolishes the jizyah. Thereafter, kufr and its tyranny will be destroyed; Islam and its justice will prevail on the entire Earth.

“Then, it will be said to the earth, let your fruits grow and yield your blessings. On that day, a group will eat from a single pomegranate and take shade under its bowl-shaped peel. Milk will be blessed so much so that the young female camel will suffice a very large group of people, and a young female cow will suffice a tribe of people, and a young female sheep will suffice a clan of people” [Reported by Muslim on the authority of an-Nawwās Ibn Sam’ān].

“The sky will be permitted to pour its rain and the land to yield its plants, so even if you were to plant a seed on a stone, it would spring. There will be no rivalries, no envy, no hatred, to the point that a man will pass by a lion yet it won’t harm him, and step on a snake yet it won’t harm him” [Reported by ad-Diyā’ and ad-Daylamī on the authority of Abū Hurayrah].

“And the venom of every venomous creature will be removed, to the point that a newborn boy will place his hand in the mouth of a snake and it will not harm him. A newborn girl will make a lion flee and it will not harm her. The wolf will be amongst sheep like their guard dog. The Earth will be filled with peace just as a jar is filled with water. The word will be one – no one will be worshipped but Allah. And war will lay down its burdens” [Reported by Ibn Mājah on the authority of Abū Umāmah].

Thereafter, swords will rest from war only to be used as sickles [Reported by Imām Ahmad on the authority of Abū Hurayrah]. But until then, parties of kāfirīn will continue to be struck down by the unsheathed sword of Islam – except for those who enter into īmān (Islamic faith) or amān (7) – for there will always be a party of Muslims fighting parties of kāfirīn until there is no more fitnah and the religion is completely for Allah alone.
(1) Pacifism was first propagated in the Muslim world by dajjālīn (liars claiming prophethood) who called to a nullification of jihād. The most notorious of these dajjālīn was Ghulām Ahmad Qādiyānī. Their calls were supported by the British crusaders, as the British knew that jihād was a threat to the stability and expansion of their empire. These calls were later followed by modernist “reinterpretations” of jihād. The modernists called to the abandonment of violence and terrorism. They censured jihād against the apostates. They censured defensive jihād by claiming the Ummah was in the Makkī era. They distorted offensive jihād to mean “pre-emptive” defensive jihād… Some of these “reinterpretations” eventually found their way into the language of jihād claimants including Husām ‘Abdur-Ra’ūf (current member of the central al-Qā’idah top leadership and author of the infamous book “If I Were in the Place of Morsi and Sat on the Kursī [Throne]”), as he said, “It is necessary to change the name of the [Egyptian] Department of Defense because Islam does not recognize defensive jihād alone, but rather it is sometimes necessary to attack and wage a pre-emptive war to bury transgression alive while it’s still in the cradle. So let its name be the Department of War and Peace” [Law Kuntu Makāna Mursī]

(2) See, for example, the second hadīth on the Hikmah pages of this issue; some of the Salaf interpreted the sword in the hadīth to refer to Abū Bakr’s jihād against the apostates. Also, know that jihād is the salvation from fitnah and evil for two reasons: first, it is the means to destroy the greatest fitnah and evil – shirk – in accordance with the statement of Allah (ta’ālā), {And fight them until there is no fitnah and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah} [Al-Anfāl: 39]; second, through it, the slave is busied with fighting the kāfirīn – including the apostates – instead of baghy (aggression) and khurūj (rebellion) against Jamā’at al-Muslimīn (the Khilāfah)

(3) See pages 10-13 of issue #4 of Dābiq and pages 29-30 of issue #3.

(4) Bush (the son) said, “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.” Obama and Kerry later mimicked Bush and stated that the Islamic State was “un-Islamic” because of its usage of violence. The origin for this isnād (chain of transmission) of falsehood is probably one of the apostate “religious advisors” who visit the White House and claim to represent Islam and the Muslims while clapping in support of the American declarations of war against Islam. May Allah expose the hypocrites and heretics.

(5) Similarly, the zanādiqah distorted the meaning of lā ilāha illallāh to mean “there is no creator but Allah,” and they thereby falsely ascribed themselves to Islam while worshipping the dead, forgetting that the Arab mushrikīn whom the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) fought did not dispute that Allah is the sole creator of the creation. Rather – while acknowledging that Allah is the only creator – they worshipped intermediaries by seeking shirkī intercession from them. As for the shahādah (testimony) of tawhīd, then it means, “There is none worthy of worship and obedience except Allah.” Shaykhul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah said that “the ilāh is what is worshipped and obeyed” and that the shahādah “contains an affirmation of Him alone having ilāhiyyah (the worthiness of worship). And ilāhiyyah entails the completeness of His knowledge, power, mercy, and wisdom. Thus, it entails His goodness to the slaves. So the ilāh is what is ma’lūh, and the ma’lūh is what deserves worship. The fact that He deserves to be worshipped is because of what He is described with of attributes necessitating Him to be loved with the utmost love and submitted to with the utmost submission. Worship entails the utmost love with the utmost submission” [Taysīr al-‘Azīz al-Hamīd – Sulaymān Āl ash-Shaykh].

(6) This discussion also makes it clear why a person who ignorantly practices any major shirk or totally abandons practice of the religion’s other four pillars (prayer, zakāh, siyām, and hajj) can never be considered Muslim, and that is because the very basis of Islam is sincerity and submission. So if someone commits major shirk, he is a mushrik. And if he totally abandons practice of the four pillars, he is a kāfir. And the Salaf did not differ on this, although they differed over the minimum degree of adherence to the four pillars required – whether altogether or each pillar on its own – for one to still be considered a Muslim. Also, they agreed that the absolute abandonment of the four pillars is more severe than the mere commitment of sins (murder, fornication, theft, etc.), because such sins in and of themselves are never major kufr, but the absolute abandonment of the four pillars is different. The famous scholar of the Salaf, Sufyān Ibn ‘Uyaynah (rahimahullāh), was asked about irjā’, so he replied, “The murji’ah say that īmān (faith) is a statement. And we say it is statements and actions. The murji’ah obliged Jannah for one who testifies lā ilāha illallāh while he resolves in his heart to abandon the obligations [the four pillars]. They called abandonment of the obligations a sin just like any other sin, although they are not equal, for committing sins without istihlāl (considering the sin to be halāl)is merely sinful, whereas abandoning the obligations [the four pillars] intentionally without ignorance or excuse is kufr” [As-Sunnah by ‘Abdullāh Ibn Ahmad Ibn Hanbal]. The sincerity and submission defining Islam together are the manifestation of lā ilāha illallāh – there is none worthy of worship and obedience except Allah (see footnote #5).

(7) Amān includes the condition of dhimmah granted to those from Ahlul-Kitāb residing in the Muslim state if they pay jizyah. It can include an impermanent truce (like the Hudaybiyah Treaty) between the Muslim state and some kāfir states. It can also include a grant of safe passage from Muslims to individual kāfirīn so that they may temporarily enter dārul-Islām.


3 thoughts on “From IS’s point of view

  1. smithpd1

    It may help the faithful yet masochistic reader to read all issues of Dabiq (now eight) cover to cover. This is one way to get a true understanding of how Islam pervades everything that ISIS does. The collected issues of Dabiq may be found at the Clarion Project.

  2. Baucent

    Contrast the breathtaking honesty of Islamists like IS and Imams like Choudary with the doublespeak and denials for Obama, Cameron et al. The later don’t want to admit a fact that may upset friendly muslims. But that is a flawed strategy as it lets that silent majority of “peace loving muslims” off the hook, when they should be pressured to acknowledge their religion has a problem.


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