- With the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, San Bernardino, Orlando, and Nice, many are asking, “What could motivate these ‘Islamic radicals’ to carry out such atrocities?”
- The motivation for this violence rests squarely upon the Islamic concept of jihad, long considered a sixth pillar of the Islamic faith. Jihad is the belief that fighting for the cause of Allah (holy war) is the greatest act of devotion a Muslim could undertake.
- Surah 9 of the Koran, Mohammed’s final and definitive teaching on jihad before his death, encourages Muslims to fight and kill infidels (non-Muslims) for the cause of Allah. In this Surah Mohammed promises rewards in this life and paradise in the next for those who kill or are killed in jihad.
- Mohammed not only encouraged his followers to fight for the cause of Allah (there are 109 “war verses” in the Koran), but Mohammed himself set a powerful example for all jihadists having ordered or led 74 military attacks during his lifetime.
- It is absolutely correct and important to acknowledge that not all Muslims are terrorists and jihadists. It is not correct, however, to say that terrorism and jihad have no place in the religion of Islam.
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