Toronto SUN: Muslim leaders in Europe & North America unwilling to renounce doctrine of jihad
- March 31, 2012Muslim leaders in Europe, N. America unwilling to renounce doctrine of jihadTarek FatahThe Toronto SUNThe moment it became known that the man who killed French Muslim paratroopers returning from battle in Afghanistan and later massacred French Jews at a school in Toulouse was a Muslim, I knew what to expect from the Islamic leadership: propaganda and damage control— not the truth.Instead of denouncing the doctrine of jihad that motivated the terrorist to commit the atrocity, France’s top Muslim leader Mohammed Moussaoui told reporters that the French-born Jihadi of Algerian descent had acted against Islam.“These acts are in total contradiction with the foundations of this religion,” Moussaoui said. “France’s Muslims are offended by this claim of belonging to this religion.”This sort of reaction has become standard script for Islamic leaders in the West.No matter how many young Muslim men, born in the west, get motivated to commit jihad against their own citizens and develop hatred for the societies that sustain and nourish them, the mosque establishment of Europe and North America clumsily attempt to distance Islam from the action of the Islamists.Accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Toronto 18, the underwear bomber, the shoe bomber, the Ottawa digi-bomber, the London 7/7 killers, and the list goes on.No matter how many times evidence is presented, these men are motivated by the spirit of jihad to kill the ‘kuffar’ (Jews, Christians and Muslims loyal to the West), the mullahs and imams will react with robotic efficiency: “This is against Islam.”What they don’t admit is that these actions are part and parcel of the doctrine of jihad being promoted in mosques and Islamic bookstores, right in their backyard.Right here in Toronto, one book titled Towards Understanding Islam, written by Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami, exhorts ordinary Muslims to launch jihad, as in armed struggle, against non-muslims.“Jihad is part of this overall defence of Islam,” he writes. In case the reader is left with any doubt about the meaning of the word “jihad,” Maududi clarifies:“In the language of the Divine Law, this word (jihad) is used specifically for the war that is waged solely in the name of God against those who perpetrate oppression as enemies of Islam. This supreme sacrifice is the responsibility of all Muslims.”Maududi goes on to label Muslims who refuse the call to armed jihad as apostates.Syed Qutb, another Egyptian stalwart of the Islamist movement and the Muslim Brotherhood, in his book Milestones writes the following:“Any place where Islamic shariah is not enforced and where Islam is not dominant becomes the Home of Hostility (Dar-ul-harb) ... A muslim will remain prepared to fight against it, whether it be his birthplace or a place where his relatives reside or where his property or any other material interests are located.”Isn’t this exactly what the “martyr” Mohammed Merah did in Toulouse?And here is an extract from a book, Jihad in Islam, that I bought at the ICNA bookstore in Scarborough:“Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of this earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam, regardless of the country of the nation which rules it.”Will the imams of Toulouse and Toronto denounce Maududi and Qutb, and renounce the doctrine of armed jihad? I doubt it.