Read the article on “Jihad” and underline important info
While you read, ask yourself; “is the Muslim idea of Jihad today justified”
When you are done reading come get the handout.
Islam requires Muslims to strive for peace
► JIHAD - Does NOT mean “holy war” (Crusades)
“Struggle to defend the faith.”
Qur’an preaches AGAINST war
NO attacking civilians…
…respect religious freedom
CRUSADES (Mainz, Jerusalem) (Forced conversion)
CHARLEMAGNE (Forcible conversion)
HERESIES / FRIDAY 13th (Torture & Death)
Are Muslim terrorists justified in their actions??
► Do you think Muslim terrorists defy the teachings of Islam?
“I want to vaporize the Jews”
Despite the Qur’an’s instruction for peace, extremists believe in a Jihad as a “Holy War”
► Worked for Wall St Journal
Captured in Pakistan
Beheaded on TV
ARE THE ACTIONS OF TERRORISTS JUSTIFIED?
DOES THE KORAN JUSTIFY JIHAD
Hezbollah claims “Death to
America” - April 18, 2003
Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, in a speech before 150,000
supporters in a Beirut suburb said the U.S. will be made to suffer greatly as a result of
its presence in Iraq, according to a report in the L.A. Times: "In the past, when the
Marines were in Beirut, we screamed, Death to America! Today, when the region is
being filled with hundreds of thousands of American soldiers, Death to America was, is
and will stay our slogan. Even before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began”, Nasrallah
raged, "The people of the region will receive [America] with rifles, blood, arms,
martyrdom and martyrdom operations.” Hezbollah, the so-called "attack dog" of its
sponsors Iran and Syria, with active terrorist cells on four continents, has made good on
its threats before: In 1983, the group blew up the U.S. Embassy and the Marine
barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing hundreds. The Marines were there to help cover
Israel’s withdrawal from the capital.
Why do Muslim extremists hate Jews, Christians and the
West (Britain and America)????
“PROMISSED LAND” - FOR WHO?????
► WHY MUSLIMS HATE JEWS, WHO OWNS THAT LAND?
► Palestinian refugees
► NO PEACE
► Arab states won’t recognize Israel as an independent state
► Yassar Arafat PLO
► Presidnt Carter
Israel agrees to give up land Temporary peace
► Lebanon - Arafat killing Jews
► Jews and Christians kill Palestinian refugee
Land for Peace Deal - USA “No more terrorism”
OSLO - PLO & ISRAEL
-Israel withdraws from Gaza & West Bank
Jewish PM who want peace
HAMAS,SADAM Netenyawho back as PM
Why do we support the Jews?
► Expulsions & Pogroms
► Dreyfus Affair
WW1 - League of Nations
► Holocaust WW2
► Independent Jewish State
Similar values (Democracy)
► We sell weapons to them
► We both fight Islamic terrorism
TIMELINE OF BUILDING
1096 - Crusades
1908 - 1920 - Britain takes over territory in the Middle East after WW1 (Including
Palestine as a result of the Treaty of Versailles) - Increased Zionism
1920 - Republic of Turkey replaces Ottoman Caliphate
1945 - The U.N. and Britain divide Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state after WW2
- Zionism - Jews from all over migrate to Israel.
1948 - Israel declared independent Jewish state. (U.S.A. acknowledges Israel)
- Millions of Palestinians become refugees
1960’s & 70’s - Constant Jewish & Arab wars (U.S. support of Israel)
1980’s - Lebanon and Beirut (Massacres and Barracks bombing)
1991 - 1st Gulf War (Occupation of Mecca = Usama Bin Ladin)
1990’s - Economic sanctions
2000’s - Iraq War, Afghanistan War & Democracy; Jewish settlements in Eastern
Jerusalem (West Bank); Still NO Palestinian state
Think like a Middle Eastern Muslim for a minute…..
Consider what you read in the “Jihad Article”
► Are they justified in hating Jews and the USA??????
From the Jihad article
► “To those against whom war is made,
permission is given (to fight), because they
are wronged; (They are) those who have
been expelled from their homes in defiance
of right,- (for no cause) except that they
say, "our Lord is Allah".
Zionism, gb, ww2, israel
From the Jihad article
► “And why should ye not fight in the
cause of God and of those who, being
weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)? -
Men, women and children, whose cry is:
"Our Lord! Rescue us from this town,
whose people are oppressors; and raise
for us from thee one who will protect;
and raise for us from thee one who will
How has the Idea of Jihad been violated in a
Jihad - “Defend the faith” Democracy means separation of church and state
Individual Level Submission to God (not to a government, especially a foreign government)
Economic Spend on the poor, not the development of buildings and banks in an effort to
accumulate wealth for yourself
PHYSICAL The idea of using armed self-defense as a means of retribution against tyranny,
exploitation, and oppression in order to defend the freedom of faith…
Tyranny - Crusades, Occupation of Mecca & Medina in 1st Gulf War, restrictions on
Iran’s nuclear programs, implementation of Democracy (ending theocracy)
Exploitation - Turkey, Israel, Afghanistan and Iraq in the 80’s, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan,
(Overall occupation in Middle East)
Oppression - Economic sanctions, Support of Israel (resulting in Palestinians in
WHY WOULD A TERRORIST DIE FOR
► For Muslim extremists, to die as a martyr in the “Jihad” against
the “infidels”, guarantees you a seat at the right hand of Allah.
► 'Whoever amongst us is killed as a martyr shall go to Paradise to
lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen”
► “They shall eat the fruits of Paradise from wherever they like and
then nestle in these chandeliers”
► Itis also suggests that martyr’s will be surrounded by “companions” and
The idea of 72 virgins is not clear
Usama’s response to
*Asked whether he approved of terrorism and attacks on civilians, he replied:
"We believe that the worst thieves in the world today and the worst
terrorists are the Americans. Nothing could stop you except perhaps retaliation
in kind. We do not have to differentiate between military or civilian. As far as
we are concerned, they are all targets."
9/11 Commission “Declaration of war against USA…
…because the USA declared War against God”
“Jihad against Jews and Crusaders”
“The duty of Muslims is to carry out holy war against the enemies
of Islam and to expel the Americans from the Gulf region.”
“Cut off the head of the snake”
“The presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, the home
of Islam's holiest sites, the suffering of the Iraqi people as
a result of sanctions imposed after the Gulf War, and U.S.
support of Israel.”
-Usama Bin Ladin, 1998 fatwa
"we do not differentiate between those dressed in military uniforms and civilians; they are all targets in this fatwa."
What does Usama Bin Ladin
► The U.S.A. out of the Middle East
► An independent Palestinian state and for us
to stop helping Israel
► For Americans to convert to the Islamic faith
Intellectual Jihad - Usama wants to spread Islam to all humankind
IS IT REASONABLE TO CONSIDER THAT THE TERM
JIHAD MAY NOT HAVE BEEN MISINTERPRETED
BASED ON EXTREMIST’S VIEWS AND USAMA’S
Who thinks that the Islamic fundamentalists idea of a
“Jihad” (Holy War / terrorism) is justified?
Please write YES or NO on a piece of paper (with your name on it) and pass it forward
► You need to now write a well-developed essay (At
least 6 paragraphs long) justifying THE OPPOSITE
position of your vote.
► Do your own outside research
► You will be allowed to use the following while writing your essay;
The Jihad Article