Ayn Rand and the New Atheists (Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins)

In this panel discussion with audience participation, philosophers Onkar Ghate and Robert Mayhew discuss the “New Atheists”—including Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins—contrasting their approach to moral values with that of Ayn Rand, describing their cultural significance, and probing their philosophies.

Onkar Ghate is a senior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, and Robert Mayhew is a professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University. This panel was recorded live at Objectivist Summer Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

How Moderate Muslims Should React To The Mohammed Cartoons

From Defying the Islamic Totalitarians:

Although it is true that any form of mysticism, including religion, is philosophically an enemy of freedom, what is at issue here is a political enemy—an enemy who is willing and able to use force against us. The act of drawing figures of Mohammed was directed against the Islamic jihadists. It is they who want to forcibly impose their religious beliefs upon others. It is they who kill infidels and seek to establish a global caliphate. And it is they who must be publicly denounced and resisted.

The so-called moderate Muslim—if that term is to have any real meaning—is someone who renounces force. He practices his religion but acknowledges everyone’s right to reject or ridicule it. Such a person is no threat to our freedom; he can, in fact, be an ally in this conflict. But anyone who believes that the denigration of Islam must not be allowed is in the camp of the jihadists.  That camp consists of not only the people who perform the beheadings and the machine-gunnings of non-believers, but also their tacit supporters. This includes all the Muslim states that have penalties for any type of blasphemy or apostasy—i.e., the practitioners of legalized jihadismalong with all the people who endorse such penalties. The jihadists and the jihadist-sanctioners are the enemy we need to stand up to.

The “Draw Mohammed” event did just that.

Was the peaceful Muslim offended by the Mohammed cartoons? Perhaps. His response, however, should be, first, thankfulness that he lives in a free, secular society, in which one is allowed to praise or to condemn Allah because the government neither inhibits nor promotes religion; second, anger against the jihadists, who are a threat to his rights as well; and third, enthusiastic support for the imperative of confronting that threat.

Three Things About Islam

Three surprising things you probably didn’t know about Islam.  This subject WILL affect you in the near future, so take the chance to inform yourself now – before it does.

Islamic Lexicon


Abaya: Muslim cloak with sleeves, usually black with or without decorations, sometimes with a hood

A’bid: A slave, particularly a black slave

Adhan: Islamic call to prayer; in Turkish, salat

Ahl al-Dhimmi: The “People of the Book” (all non-Muslims)

Al-Hijra: Islamic conquest through immigration

Al-ʾIkḫwān al-Muslimūn: The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928 in Egypt by Hassan al-Banna to further Islamic expansion in Muslim and non-Muslim worlds

Al-Qaeda: Mohammad’s “base” of operations for his jihad, in Medina (c. 622 A.D.)

Allahuh Akhbar”: “God is the greatest”

Akhawat: Muslim “sisters” (in jihad)

Amir: Head of an Islamic state; Muslim or tribal leader (variously, Emir)

Ashura: A 10-day Shiite “festival” of the cleansing of the spirit and scourging of the body (self-flagellation with whips or swords to draw blood) in honor of “St.” Hussein, grandson of the Prophet

Asra: Prisoners of War

Babouches: Arab sandals

Bayat: Loyalty

Burqa (burka): Woman’s garment that covers entire body, except for mesh for eyes

Caliphate: An Islamic state (variously, Khalifah)

Chador: Woman’s garment similar to the burqa, but allowing the face to be visible

Chechia: Arab men’s head covering

Dar al-Ahd: Camp of (temporary) Truce (with infidel nations)

Dar al-Harb: Muslim enemy land; “Land of War,” Camp of War

Dar al-Islam: “Land of Islam”, variously, Dar Al-Islam

Dar al-Kufr: Land of unbelief

Dar al-Tabligh: House of Proselytizing

Darura: the Islamic doctrine of “necessity,” if Sharia-approved judgments are not possible in Sharia courts, but only in “infidel” courts.

Dawa: Proselytizing; recruitment; money weapon

Deeni: Arabic for “faith”

Dhimmi: Non-Muslim subject living in Dar al-Islam; a vanquished or conquered “protected” person; “bonded one.”

Dhimmitude: A state of subjection under Islam

Din: Religion, faith

Djbellah: Loose garment worn by Arab men

Djinn: Desert demon, evil spirit

Dunya: the material world (existence, reality)

Falafel: Fried balls of ground spiced chickpeas and fava beans

Fard: Islamic duty

Fatwa(h): Islamic edict or ruling on any issue, from diet to assassination of apostates

Fsabeelallah: “The Cause of Allah”

Fitna: Strife within a Muslim society, between Muslims

Five Pillars of Wisdom: shahada, haj, sala, zaka, and saum

Fuqaha: Islamic jurisprudence

Ghanimi: Spoils, booty (of war, e.g., women, camels, land, gold, etc.)

Ghazi: “Martyr” (shaded); variously, “raiders”

Ghazva: Raid (variously, “razzia”)

Gibla: Direction of prayers (Mecca)

Hadd: Islamic punishment

Hadith: Sayings, traditions, anecdotes, teachings, or episodes of Mohammad (or Sunna)

Hajah: Muslims woman’s headscarf

Hajj, Haj, Hadj: Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca during Ramadan

Haji, Hajji, hadji: One who has made the pilgrimage to Mecca

Halal: Islamic dietary and other rules (“permissible,” “allowed,” “lawful”)

Halifa: Islamic trusteeship over earth

Hanif: Islamic term for pre-Quranic figures who rejected idolatry in favor of monotheism

Haram: Forbidden, not permitted (synonym for harem?)

Harbi: Non-Muslim resident of Dar al-Harb (Camp of War)

Hijab: Woman’s hair, chest, and neck covering scarf; variously, hajib

Hijra: Conquest of non-Muslim countries by immigration; also, reference to Mohammad’s flight from Mecca to Medina

Hijrah: Muslim pilgrimage

Hisba: Vice police responsible for enforcing female dress codes

Honor Killing: a Sharia-sanctioned murder of a Muslim who has flouted Islamic customs, usually committed by close family members (of a girl or woman)

Hudna: A temporary truce to buy time, regroup for jihad; aka “peace talks”

Hukm: A perpetual death penalty, which does not expire with the death of imam author

Hurriyya: Islamic “freedom,” or “perfect slavery” to Allah

Ibram: Ritual purity during pilgrimage to Mecca

ICNA: Islamic Circle of North America

ISNA: Islamic Society of North America

Iddat: A 3-month separation of a married couple (only a man has the right to renew marriage)

Iftar: Prayer time; also a dinner marking end of Ramadan

Ijaz al-Koran: “Miraculous nature of the holy text”

Ijma: Consensus of Islamic scholars (concerning Shariah law)

Ijtihad: Independent thinking or counsel; see al-Ikhawān al-Muslimūn)

Ikhwan: Arabic for “brothers” (in war, in jihad)

Imam: Islamic leader of prayers in mosque (“priest”) (Sunni sect of Islam)

ISNA: Islamic Society of North America

Izzat: Islamic “honor”

Jahiliyya: Society or culture of “unbelievers”

Jahiliyyah: Society and government of unbelievers, or, pagan ignorance

Jannat firdaus: the highest level of paradise for a religious martyr or jihadist

Jihad: Islamic war of conquest (internal or personal “struggle,” or belligerence; The Sixth Pillar of Wisdom, so to speak)

Jihadi: Of Jihad, of a belligerent nature in action

Jihadist: Islamic or Muslim warrior

Jibab: Woman’s garment leaving only face and hands exposed

Jilbab: Loose-fitting garment worn by Muslim men (much like a nightgown)

Jizya: Special tax on non-Muslims; variously, al-Jeziya

Kaaba (Qaaba): a cube-shaped building in Mecca, Islam’s most sacred edifice, containing the silver-encased “Black Stone” (probably a meteorite) and purportedly Abraham’s footprint, among other relics. Purportedly dates back to Mohammad’s time

Kabin: Soothsayer

Kafir: (kaffir): Unbeliever; infidel

Kameez: Muslim shirt worn with shalwar (var. qameez)

Keffiyah: a checked scarf worn by Muslims (and pseudo-Muslims, usually left-wing sympathizers of Islamic or Muslim causes; resembles a sweat band); inspired by Yasir Arrafat’s goofy headgear.

Khalifa: see Amir

Khalifah: Caliphate

Khimar: tent-like robe that covers woman’s head, shoulders and chest, with opening for face

Khumua: Mohammad’s “take” of loot (1/5th)

Khutba(h): Islamic Friday sermon, delivered by an iman

Kilman: Wise man, law-giver (Mohammad)

Kitman: Wisdom

Koran: “Recitation” (of Allah’s words via Gabriel to Mohammad)

Khula: A woman who seeks divorce

Kufr: Infidelity; see kafir

Madhab: Schools of Islamic jurisprudence

Madrassa: School for studying the Koran

Mahram: Male chaperone or guardian for woman in public

MB: Muslim Brotherhood

Milk al-yamin: Sex slaves (captive women)

Minbar: an iman’s elevated, canopied pulpit, similar to the Anglican or Episcopalian pulpit

MAS: Muslim American Society

MSA: Muslim Student Association

Mufti: Muslim lawgiver

Mihrab: In a mosque, a semi-circular niche that points to Mecca

Muezzin (muzim): Muslim pseudo- cleric who broadcasts calls to prayer (adhan)

Mujabud: A person who “struggles” in Allah’s cause

Mujahideen or Mujaheddin: Islamic “freedom” fighter

Mullah: Islamic theologian (Shi’ite branch of Islam)

Munafiq: a hypocrite and a secret infidel

Muqallid: one who follows without question or doubt (a Muslim)

Murtadd: Apostate (a convert to another religion)

Mushrikin: Polytheists or pagans

Mutah: “Temporary marriage” to justify rape of “captured” women and prostitution

Mutaween: Religious police (in Saudi Arabia)

Nagas: human “filth” or “unclean ones” (i.e., infidels, Jews), plural Naji(s): “Unclean ones,” or non-Muslims

Nikah: Islamic ceremony for “temporary” marriage; used to justify rape or prostitution

Niqab: Woman’s shroud-like garment that covers the whole head and all her face except for a slit for the eyes; “mask”; usually worn with a black ankle-length abaya or robe

Purdah: Seclusion of women from the sight of men (involving head or body coverings)

Qadi or Qada: Islamic judge (Al-Qada or Al-Queda, Islamic “judges”)

Qibla(h): The direction Muslims face for prayers, to Mecca

OIC: Organization of Islamic Cooperation (formerly Islamic Conference)

Qitaal: Combat

Rabat: Connection or “bridge”

Ramadan: Islamic month of fasting

Riba: Usary or interest, forbidden by Koran

Ridda: Apostasy

Sabi: Women and children prisoners of war

Sahih: Canonical verse from the Hadith

Sala: Prayer five times a day

Salifi: a sect of Islam that advocates violent jihad and strict adherence to Islamic traditions and mores.

Salafist: a Muslim who espouses Salafism.

Sauma: month-long fasting during Ramadan (from sun-up to sun-down)

Shahada: Declaration that Allah is only god and Mohammad his prophet (or messenger)

Shahid, shahid: : national Muslim hero; “martyr”

Sahih Sita: Original six Sunna of Koran

Shaheel: Islamic martyr

Shalwar: Loose-fitting pants worn by both sexes in Pakistan and Far East

Sharia(h): Islamic law per the Koran; “the path”

Shi’ite: An Islamic sect (the Iranian version of Islam)

Shurtat el-adab: Ethics or moral police (or mutaween)

Sira: Life of Mohammad

Sunna: Separate teachings of Mohammad (or Hadith)

Sunni: An Islamic sect (the Saudi version of Islam)

Surra: Islamic rules of life per Mohammad (singular: sura); also, chapters

Taghut: An idol or false God

Talaq: “I divorce you,” said by a Muslim to his wife. End of marriage.

Talib: Islamic student(s); thus Taliban (student “force” or “army”)

Taqyas: The art of Islamic lying

Taqiyya: Islamic/religious dissimulation, falsehoods, or concealment aimed

against non-Muslims, approved by the Koran if it advances Islam

Tawriya: Unlimited deceit or lying, including to other Muslims

Ulama: Islamic religious authority; variously, Ulema

Umma(h): Global Islamic brotherhood or “community”

Waaqf: Islamic holy dispensation

Wada: To “wash” feet before prayers

Wahhabi: Fundamentalist Islamic doctrine, chiefly Saudi

Wahhabist: Fundamentalist Islamic cleric, principally Saudi

Zakat: An Islamic welfare tax; variation, zaka

Zebibah: Black and blue bump on forehead of Muslim from performing prayers, considered a mark of distinction and piety among Muslims

Zina: Sexual immorality, a punishable crime


Another glossary of Islamic terms:




Islamic Violent and Jihadist Verses


Qur’an 5:3 This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.

Qur’an 54:17 And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?

Qur’an 9:88 The Messenger and those who believe with him, strive hard and fight with their wealth and lives in Allah’s Cause.

Qur’an 9:5 Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.

Qur’an 9:112 The Believers fight in Allah’s Cause, they slay and are slain, kill and are killed.

Qur’an 9:29 Fight those who do not believe until they all surrender, paying the protective tax in submission.

Ishaq:325 “Muslims, fight in Allah’s Cause. Stand firm and you will prosper. Help the Prophet, obey him, give him your allegiance, and your religion will be victorious.”

Qur’an:8:39 “Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah.”

Qur’an:8:39 “So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world).”

Ishaq:324 “He said, ‘Fight them so that there is no more rebellion, and religion, all of it, is for Allah only. Allah must have no rivals.'”

Qur’an:9:14 “Fight them and Allah will punish them by your hands, lay them low, and cover them with shame. He will help you over them.”

Ishaq:300 “I am fighting in Allah’s service. This is piety and a good deed. In Allah’s war I do not fear as others should. For this fighting is righteous, true, and good.”

Ishaq:587 “Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established. And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace.”

Qur’an:8:65 “O Prophet, urge the faithful to fight. If there are twenty among you with determination they will vanquish two hundred; if there are a hundred then they will slaughter a thousand unbelievers, for the infidels are a people devoid of understanding.”

Ishaq:326 “Prophet exhort the believers to fight. If there are twenty good fighters they will defeat two hundred for they are a senseless people. They do not fight with good intentions nor for truth.”

Hadith, Sahih Bukhari:V4B52N63 “A man whose face was covered with an iron mask came to the Prophet and said, ‘Allah’s Apostle! Shall I fight or embrace Islam first?’ The Prophet said, ‘Embrace Islam first and then fight.’ So he embraced Islam, and was martyred. Allah’s Apostle said, ‘A Little work, but a great reward.'”

Bukhari:V4B53N386 “Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah alone or pay us the Jizyah tribute tax in submission. Our Prophet has informed us that our Lord says: ‘Whoever amongst us is killed as a martyr shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, and whoever survives shall become your master.'”

Hadith, Sahih Muslim:C34B20N4668 “The Messenger said: ‘Anybody who equips a warrior going to fight in the Way of Allah is like one who actually fights. And anybody who looks after his family in his absence is also like one who actually fights.”

Qur’an:9:38 “Believers, what is the matter with you, that when you are asked to go forth and fight in Allah’s Cause you cling to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? Unless you go forth, He will afflict and punish you with a painful doom, and put others in your place.”

Qur’an:9:123 “Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find harshness in you.”

Qur’an:8:72 “Those who accepted Islam and left their homes to fight in Allah’s Cause with their possessions and persons, and those who gave (them) asylum, aid, and shelter, those who harbored them – these are allies of one another. You are not responsible for protecting those who embraced Islam but did not leave their homes [to fight] until they do so.” [Another translation reads:] “You are only called to protect Muslims who fight.”

Muslim:C9B1N31 “I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify to the fact that there is no god but Allah, and believe in me (that) I am the Messenger and in all that I have brought.”

Bukhari:V9B84N59 “Whoever says this will save his property and life from me.'”

Qur’an:8:73 “The unbelieving infidels are allies. Unless you (Muslims) aid each other (fighting as one united block to make Allah’s religion victorious), there will be confusion and mischief. Those who accepted Islam, left their homes to fight in Allah’s Cause (al-Jihad), as well as those who give them asylum, shelter, and aid – these are (all) Believers: for them is pardon and bountiful provision (in Paradise).”

Tabari IX:69 “Arabs are the most noble people in lineage, the most prominent, and the best in deeds. We were the first to respond to the call of the Prophet. We are Allah’s helpers and the viziers of His Messenger. We fight people until they believe in Allah. He who believes in Allah and His Messenger has protected his life and possessions from us. As for one who disbelieves, we will fight him forever in the Cause of Allah. Killing him is a small matter to us.”

Qur’an:48:16 “Say (Muhammad) to the wandering desert Arabs who lagged behind: ‘You shall be invited to fight against a people given to war with mighty prowess. You shall fight them until they surrender and submit. If you obey, Allah will grant you a reward, but if you turn back, as you did before, He will punish you with a grievous torture.”

Qur’an:48:22 “If the unbelieving infidels fight against you, they will retreat. (Such has been) the practice (approved) of Allah in the past: no change will you find in the ways of Allah.”

Qur’an:47:4 “When you clash with the unbelieving Infidels in battle (fighting Jihad in Allah’s Cause), smite their necks until you overpower them, killing and wounding many of them. At length, when you have thoroughly subdued them, bind them firmly, making (them) captives. Thereafter either generosity or ransom (them based upon what benefits Islam) until the war lays down its burdens. Thus are you commanded by Allah to continue carrying out Jihad against the unbelieving infidels until they submit to Islam.”

Qur’an:47:31 “And We shall try you until We know those among you who are the fighters.”

Tabari VI:138 “Those present at the oath of Aqabah had sworn an allegiance to Muhammad. It was a pledge of war against all men. Allah had permitted fighting.”

Tabari VI:139 “Allah had given his Messenger permission to fight by revealing the verse ‘And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah.'”

Qur’an:9:19 “Do you make the giving of drink to pilgrims, or the maintenance of the Mosque, equal to those who fight in the Cause of Allah? They are not comparable in the sight of Allah. Those who believe, and left their homes, striving with might, fighting in Allah’s Cause with their goods and their lives, have the highest rank in the sight of Allah.”

Ishaq:550 “The Muslims met them with their swords. They cut through many arms and skulls. Only confused cries and groans could be heard over our battle roars and snarling.”

Qur’an:5:94 “Believers, Allah will make a test for you in the form of a little game in which you reach out for your lances. Any who fails this test will have a grievous punishment.”

Ishaq:578 “Crushing the heads of the infidels and splitting their skulls with sharp swords, we continually thrust and cut at the enemy. Blood gushed from their deep wounds as the battle wore them down. We conquered bearing the Prophet’s fluttering war banner. Our cavalry was submerged in rising dust, and our spears quivered, but by us the Prophet gained victory.”

Tabari IX:22 “The Prophet continued to besiege the town, fighting them bitterly.”

Tabari IX:25 “By Allah, I did not come to fight for nothing. I wanted a victory over Ta’if so that I might obtain a slave girl from them and make her pregnant.”

Tabari IX:82 “The Messenger sent Khalid with an army of 400 to Harith [a South Arabian tribe] and ordered him to invite them to Islam for three days before he fought them. If they were to respond and submit, he was to teach them the Book of Allah, the Sunnah of His Prophet, and the requirements of Islam. If they should decline, then he was to fight them.”

Tabari IX:88 “Abdallah Azdi came to the Messenger, embraced Islam, and became a good Muslim. Allah’s Apostle invested Azdi with the authority over those who had surrendered and ordered him to fight the infidels from the tribes of Yemen. Azdi left with an army by the Messenger’s command. The Muslims besieged them for a month. Then they withdrew, setting a trap. When the Yemenites went in pursuit, Azdi was able to inflict a heavy loss on them.”

Ishaq:530 “Get out of his way, you infidel unbelievers. Every good thing goes with the Apostle. Lord, I believe in his word. We will fight you about its interpretations as we have fought you about its revelation with strokes that will remove heads from shoulders and make enemies of friends.”

Muslim:C9B1N29 “Command For Fighting Against People So Long As They Do Not Profess That There Is No Ilah (God) But Allah And Muhammad Is His Messenger: When the Messenger breathed his last and Bakr was appointed Caliph, many Arabs chose to become apostates [rejected Islam]. Abu Bakr said: ‘I will definitely fight against anyone who stops paying the Zakat tax, for it is an obligation. I will fight against them even to secure the cord used for hobbling the feet of a camel which they used to pay if they withhold it now.’ Allah had justified fighting against those who refused to pay Zakat.”

Muslim:C9B1N33 “The Prophet said: ‘I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and they establish prostration prayer, and pay Zakat. If they do it, their blood and property are protected.'”

Muslim:C10B1N176 “Muhammad (may peace be upon him) sent us in a raiding party. We raided Huraqat in the morning. I caught hold of a man and he said: ‘There is no god but Allah,’ but I attacked him with a spear anyway. It once occurred to me that I should ask the Apostle about this. The Messenger said: ‘Did he profess “There is no god but Allah,” and even then you killed him?’ I said: ‘He made a profession out of the fear of the weapon I was threatening him with.’ The Prophet said: ‘Did you tear out his heart in order to find out whether it had professed truly or not?'”

Muslim:C20B1N4597 “The Prophet said at the conquest of Mecca: ‘There is no migration now, but only Jihad, fighting for the Cause of Islam. When you are asked to set out on a Jihad expedition, you should readily do so.'”

Muslim:C28B20N4628 “Allah has undertaken to provide for one who leaves his home to fight for His Cause and to affirm the truth of His word; Allah will either admit him to Paradise or will bring him back home with his reward and booty.”

Muslim:C28B20N4629 “The Messenger said: ‘One who is wounded in the Way of Allah – and Allah knows best who is wounded in His Way – will appear on the Day of Judgment with his wound still bleeding. The color (of its discharge) will be blood, (but) its smell will be musk.'”

Muslim:C34B20N4652-3 “The Merit Of Jihad And Of Keeping Vigilance Over The Enemy: A man came to the Holy Prophet and said: ‘Who is the best of men?’ He replied: ‘A man who fights staking his life and spending his wealth in Allah’s Cause.'”

Muslim:C42B20N4684 “A desert Arab came to the Prophet and said: ‘Messenger, one man fights for the spoils of war; another fights that he may be remembered, and one fights that he may see his (high) position (achieved as a result of his valor in fighting). Which of these is fighting in the Cause of Allah?’ The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Who fights so that the word of Allah is exalted is fighting in the Way of Allah.'”

Muslim:C53B20N4717 “The Prophet said: ‘This religion will continue to exist, and a group of people from the Muslims will continue to fight for its protection until the Hour is established.'”

Bukhari:V5B59N288 “I witnessed a scene that was dearer to me than anything I had ever seen. Aswad came to the Prophet while Muhammad was urging the Muslims to fight the pagans. He said, ‘We shall fight on your right and on your left and in front of you and behind you.’ I saw the face of the Prophet getting bright with happiness, for that saying delighted him.”

Bukhari:V5B59N290 “The believers who did not join the Ghazwa [Islamic raid or invasion] and those who fought are not equal in reward.”

Qur’an:2:193 “Fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief) and religion is only for Allah. But if they cease/desist, let there be no hostility except against infidel disbelievers.”

Qur’an:2:217 “They question you concerning fighting in the sacred month. Say: ‘Fighting therein is a grave (matter); but to prevent access to Allah, to deny Him, to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque, to expel its members, and polytheism are worse than slaughter. Nor will they cease fighting you until they make you renegades from your religion. If any of you turn back and die in unbelief, your works will be lost and you will go to Hell. Surely those who believe and leave their homes to fight in Allah’s Cause have the hope of Allah’s mercy.”

Qur’an:2:244 “Fight in Allah’s Cause, and know that Allah hears and knows all.”

Qur’an:2:246 “He said: ‘Would you refrain from fighting if fighting were prescribed for you?’ They said: ‘How could we refuse to fight in Allah’s Cause?'”

Ishaq:280 “The Apostle prepared for war in pursuance of Allah’s command to fight his enemies and to fight the infidels who Allah commanded him to fight.”

Qur’an:61:2 “O Muslims, why say one thing and do another? Grievously odious and hateful is it in the sight of Allah that you say that which you do not. Truly Allah loves those who fight in His Cause in a battle array, as if they were a solid cemented structure.”

Bukhari:V4B52N61 “Allah’s Apostle! We were absent from the first battle you fought against the pagans. If Allah gives us a chance to do battle, no doubt, He will see how bravely we fight.”

Ishaq:398 “Ask them for their help. Thereby make the religion of Islam agreeable to them. And when you are resolved in the matter of religion concerning fighting your enemy you will have the advantage.”

Qur’an:3:146 “How many prophets fought in Allah’s Cause? With them (fought) myriads of godly men who were slain. They never lost heart if they met with disaster in Allah’s Cause, nor did they weaken nor give in. Allah loves those who are firm and steadfast [warriors].”

Ishaq:393 “How many prophets has death in battle befallen and how many multitudes with him? They did not show weakness toward their enemies and were not humiliated when they suffered in the fight for Allah and their religion. That is steadfastness. Allah loves the steadfast.”

Qur’an:3:153 “Behold! You ran off precipitately, climbing up the high hill without even casting a side glance at anyone, while the Messenger in your rear is calling you from your rear, urging you to fight. Allah gave you one distress after another by way of requital, to teach you not to grieve for the booty that had escaped you and for (the ill) that had befallen you.”

Qur’an:3:154 “Say: ‘Even if you had remained in your houses, those ordained to be slaughtered would have gone forth to the places where they were to slain.”

Ishaq:440 “Helped by the Holy Spirit we smited Muhammad’s foes. The Apostle sent a message to them with a sharp cutting sword.”

Ishaq:470 “We attacked them fully armed, swords in hand, cutting through heads and skulls.”

Qur’an:61:4 “Surely Allah loves those who fight in His Cause.”

Qur’an:61:11 “Believers, shall I lead you to a bargain or trade that will save you from a painful torment? That you believe in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), and that you strive and fight in Allah’s Cause with your property and your lives: That will be best for you!” Qur’an 61:12 “He will forgive you your sins, and admit you to Gardens under which rivers flow, and to beautiful mansions in Eden: that is indeed the Supreme Achievement. And another (favor) which you love: help from Allah for a speedy victory over your enemies.”

Qur’an:8:5 “Your Lord ordered you out of your homes to fight for the true cause, even though some Muslims disliked it, and were averse (to fighting).”

Qur’an:24:53 “They swear their strongest oaths saying that if only you would command them. They would leave their homes (and go forth fighting in Allah’s Cause). Say: ‘Swear not; Obedience is (more) reasonable.'”

Qur’an:4:74 “Let those who fight in Allah’s Cause sell this world’s life for the hereafter. To him who fights in Allah’s Cause, whether he is slain or victorious, We shall give him a reward.”

Qur’an:4:75 “What reason have you that you should not fight in Allah’s Cause?” [Another translation says:] “What is wrong with you that you do not fight for Allah?”

Qur’an:4:76 “Those who believe fight in the Cause of Allah.”

Qur’an:4:77 “Have you not seen those to whom it was said: Withhold from fighting, perform the prayer and pay the zakat. But when orders for fighting were issued, a party of them feared men as they ought to have feared Allah. They say: ‘Our Lord, why have You ordained fighting for us, why have You made war compulsory?'”

Qur’an:4:78 “Wherever you are, death will find you, even if you are in towers strong and high! So what is wrong with these people, that they fail to understand these simple words?”

Qur’an:4:84 “Then fight (Muhammad) in Allah’s Cause. Incite the believers to fight with you.”

Qur’an:4:94 “Believers, when you go abroad to fight wars in Allah’s Cause, investigate carefully, and say not to anyone who greets you: ‘You are not a believer!’ Coveting the chance profits of this life (so that you may despoil him). With Allah are plenteous spoils and booty.”

Qur’an:4:95 “Not equal are believers who sit home and receive no hurt and those who fight in Allah’s Cause with their wealth and lives. Allah has granted a grade higher to those who fight with their possessions and bodies to those who sit home. Those who fight He has distinguished with a special reward.” (An extra bag of pork rinds?)

Qur’an:4:100 “He who leaves his home in Allah’s Cause finds abundant resources and many a refuge. Should he die as a refugee for Allah and His Messenger His reward becomes due and sure with Allah. When you travel through the earth there is no blame on you if you curtail your worship for fear unbelievers may attack you. In truth the disbelievers are your enemy.”

Qur’an:4:102 “When you (Prophet) lead them in prayer, let some stand with you, taking their arms with them. When they finish their prostrations, let them take positions in the rear. And let others who have not yet prayed come – taking all precaution, and bearing arms. The Infidels wish, if you were negligent of your arms, to assault you in a rush. But there is no blame on you if you put away your arms because of the inconvenience of rain or because you are ill; but take precaution. For the Unbelieving Infidels Allah hath prepared a humiliating punishment.”

Qur’an:4:104 “And do not relent in pursuing the enemy.”


More violent verses from the Koran:

2:191-193: “And slay them wherever you come upon them, and expel them from where they expelled you; persecution is more grievous than slaying. But fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should fight you there; then, if they fight you, slay them — such is the recompense of unbelievers, but if they give over, surely Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s; then if they give over, there shall be no enmity save for evildoers.”

4:34: “Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that Allah has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for Allah’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them. If they then obey you, look not for any way against them; Allah is All-high, All-great.”

4:89: “They wish that you should disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them, until they emigrate in the way of Allah; then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them; take not to yourselves any one of them as friend or helper.”

5:33: “This is the recompense of those who fight against Allah and His Messenger, and hasten about the earth, to do corruption there: they shall be slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off; or they shall be banished from the land. That is a degradation for them in this world; and in the world to come awaits them a mighty chastisement.”

5:38: “And the thief, male and female: cut off the hands of both, as a recompense for what they have earned, and a punishment exemplary from Allah; Allah is All-mighty, All-wise.”

8:12: “When thy Lord was revealing to the angels, ‘I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast into the unbelievers’ hearts terror; so smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them!’”

8:39: “Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s entirely; then if they give over, surely Allah sees the things they do.”

8:60: “Make ready for them whatever force and strings of horses you can, to terrify thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them that you know not; Allah knows them. And whatsoever you expend in the way of Allah shall be repaid you in full; you will not be wronged.”

9:5: “Then, when the sacred months are drawn away, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayer, and pay the alms, then let them go their way; Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.”

9:29: “Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.”

9:111: “Allah has bought from the believers their selves and their possessions against the gift of Paradise; they fight in the way of Allah; they kill, and are killed; that is a promise binding upon Allah in the Torah, and the Gospel, and the Koran; and who fulfils his covenant truer than Allah? So rejoice in the bargain you have made with Him; that is the mighty triumph.”

9:123: “O believers, fight the unbelievers who are near to you; and let them find in you a harshness; and know that Allah is with the godfearing.”

47:4: “When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; then set them free, either by grace or ransom, till the war lays down its loads. So it shall be; and if Allah had willed, He would have avenged Himself upon them; but that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of Allah, He will not send their works astray.”

— compiled by Ed Cline




Taqiyya in America

From Texas Attack: It’s Not (Just) About the Cartoons:

A misleading and dangerous narrative has formed in the wake of the shooting in Garland, Texas that is music to the ears of Islamists.

“The Islamic Community Center of Phoenix says Simpson was a consistent attendee and Soofi sometimes also came. Simpson was popular among the other young attendees.

“As pointed out by former CIA officer Clare Lopez, the mosque’s Facebook page says it is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity whose links to Hamas earned it being called an unindicted co-conspirator designation in a terrorism-financing trial.

“Lopez also notes that the mosque’s imam, Sheikh Mahmoud Abdul-Aziz Ahmad Sulaiman, is a member of a the North American Imams Federation, a group so radical that it is interconnected with the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, an anti-American Islamist organization that supports Hamas and forbids Muslims from serving food to the U.S. military.

“The Federation had (or has) an official linked to the Jamaat-e-Islami group in Bangladesh; Sulaiman was even convicted as a war criminal there. Daniel Greenfeld discovered that the mosque held an event with Lauren Booth from PressTV, a propaganda outlet for the Iranian regime. Lopez also noticed that Simpson converted to Islam around the same time as he began attending the mosque, strongly indicating that his original interpretations of Islam were shaped by what was being preached at the mosque.”

New York Times Condones Terrorist Acts of Violence When It Says “We Are For Free Speech, But…”

From Free Speech vs. Hate Speech –

There is no question that images ridiculing religion, however offensive they may be to believers, qualify as protected free speech in the United States and most Western democracies. There is also no question that however offensive the images, they do not justify murder, and that it is incumbent on leaders of all religious faiths to make this clear to their followers.

But it is equally clear that the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Tex., was not really about free speech. It was an exercise in bigotry and hatred posing as a blow for freedom.

Here is the cartoon that the NY Times has written such hateful and disparaging things about — you decide.


Comments Steve Simpson at Voices for Reason – Attacks on Free Speech Come to the U.S. | The Ayn Rand Institute:

As I wrote last week, many intellectuals in America and elsewhere have taken an attitude of appeasement toward the terrorists and their sympathizers, thus ensuring that their attacks will continue. Of course, violence is not justified, they say, but should we really go out of our way to celebrate those who offend others or humiliate “marginalized” groups? (In this case, the answer is “yes.”)

Already, we are seeing that attitude toward the organizers of the event in Garland, who are being called “Islamophobes” and purveyors of “hate speech,” always with the caveat that of course violence is not justified.

But this attitude is a form of justifying violence, in the same way that criticizing a rape victim for dressing provocatively is a justification of rape. It says, you brought this on yourself, or you provoked your assailant, or you are the type of person who deserved this. In all events, the message is that your actions, not the actions of your assailants, are the relevant cause of the attack.

There are many circumstances in which it’s appropriate not to take sides in a debate or to criticize one side or the other or both. But that applies only when there actually is a debate to take sides in or to ignore. It seems too obvious to point out, but a debate does not exist when one side is trying to kill the other.

The moment someone resorts to violence in response to speech is the moment that the issue is no longer about the merits of any side’s position or the character of the speakers but about whether we are going to have the freedom to take positions — that is, to think for ourselves — at all. If we fail to support those who are trying to speak, we necessarily end up condoning, and therefore supporting, those who are willing to resort to violence. There’s no middle ground in a dispute like this, because there’s no middle ground between speech and force. Free speech cannot exist when some people are willing to resort to force.

Whatever one thinks about Charlie Hebdo and the organizers of the Garland event or of any of the arguments or positions they take or support, there is no question that Islamists who threaten and use violence want to shut down all debate, all discussion, all thought, and all criticism of their religion. That is why they resort to violence.