Hamas-linked CAIR’s misleading, deceptive #MyJihad ads hit San Francisco


The thoroughly mendacious Zahra Billoo of Hamas-linked CAIR says that it’s a “misconception” that jihad means “armed struggle or holy war.” She doesn’t bother to explain why so many Muslims worldwide every day buy into this “misconception.”

Jihad in Arabic does indeed mean “struggle,” and the Arabic word carries as many connotations as the English one. One may struggle to lose weight or to exercise regularly, and the same word is used for great struggles, such as those against Nazism and Communism. The Islamic Republic of Iran has a Department of Agricultural Jihad, which has nothing to do with blowing up farm implements, but merely concerns itself with the struggle to increase crop yields.

However, the principal meaning of jihad throughout Islamic history and in Islamic law is armed struggle against unbelievers to subjugate them as inferiors under the rule of Sharia. The four schools of Sunni Muslim jurisprudence are clear about jihad:

Shafi’i school: A Shafi’i manual of Islamic law that was certified in 1991 by the clerics at Al-Azhar University, one of the leading authorities in the Islamic world, as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy, stipulates about jihad that “the caliph makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians…until they become Muslim or pay the non-Muslim poll tax.” It adds a comment by Sheikh Nuh “˜Ali Salman, a Jordanian expert on Islamic jurisprudence: the caliph wages this war only “provided that he has first invited [Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians] to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya)…while remaining in their ancestral religions.” (‘Umdat al-Salik, o9.8).

Of course, there is no caliph today, and hence the oft-repeated claim that Osama et al are waging jihad illegitimately, as no state authority has authorized their jihad. But they explain their actions in terms of defensive jihad, which needs no state authority to call it, and becomes “obligatory for everyone” (‘Umdat al-Salik, o9.3) if a Muslim land is attacked. The end of the defensive jihad, however, is not peaceful coexistence with non-Muslims as equals: ‘Umdat al-Salik specifies that the warfare against non-Muslims must continue until “the final descent of Jesus.” After that, “nothing but Islam will be accepted from them, for taking the poll tax is only effective until Jesus’ descent” (o9.8).

Hanafi school: A Hanafi manual of Islamic law repeats the same injunctions. It insists that people must be called to embrace Islam before being fought, “because the Prophet so instructed his commanders, directing them to call the infidels to the faith.” It emphasizes that jihad must not be waged for economic gain, but solely for religious reasons: from the call to Islam “the people will hence perceive that they are attacked for the sake of religion, and not for the sake of taking their property, or making slaves of their children, and on this consideration it is possible that they may be induced to agree to the call, in order to save themselves from the troubles of war.”

However, “if the infidels, upon receiving the call, neither consent to it nor agree to pay capitation tax [jizya], it is then incumbent on the Muslims to call upon God for assistance, and to make war upon them, because God is the assistant of those who serve Him, and the destroyer of His enemies, the infidels, and it is necessary to implore His aid upon every occasion; the Prophet, moreover, commands us so to do.” (Al-Hidayah, II.140)

Maliki school: Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406), a pioneering historian and philosopher, was also a Maliki legal theorist. In his renowned Muqaddimah, the first work of historical theory, he notes that “in the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force.” In Islam, the person in charge of religious affairs is concerned with “power politics,” because Islam is “under obligation to gain power over other nations.”

Hanbali school: The great medieval theorist of what is commonly known today as radical or fundamentalist Islam, Ibn Taymiyya (Taqi al-Din Ahmad Ibn Taymiyya, 1263-1328), was a Hanbali jurist. He directed that “since lawful warfare is essentially jihad and since its aim is that the religion is God’s entirely and God’s word is uppermost, therefore according to all Muslims, those who stand in the way of this aim must be fought.”

Majid Khadduri was an Iraqi scholar of Islamic law of international renown. In his book War and Peace in the Law of Islam, which was published in 1955 and remains one of the most lucid and illuminating works on the subject, Khadduri says this about jihad:

The state which is regarded as the instrument for universalizing a certain religion must perforce be an ever expanding state. The Islamic state, whose principal function was to put God’s law into practice, sought to establish Islam as the dominant reigning ideology over the entire world….The jihad was therefore employed as an instrument for both the universalization of religion and the establishment of an imperial world state. (P. 51)

Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee, Assistant Professor on the Faculty of Shari’ah and Law of the International Islamic University in Islamabad. In his 1994 book The Methodology of Ijtihad, he quotes the twelfth century Maliki jurist Ibn Rushd: “Muslim jurists agreed that the purpose of fighting with the People of the Book…is one of two things: it is either their conversion to Islam or the payment of jizyah.” Nyazee concludes: “This leaves no doubt that the primary goal of the Muslim community, in the eyes of its jurists, is to spread the word of Allah through jihad, and the option of poll-tax [jizya] is to be exercised only after subjugation” of non-Muslims.

“SF buses help teach what ‘jihad’ really means,” by Ama Daetz for ABC7 News, January 3 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Buses in San Francisco are carrying messages of jihad, but it’s not what you might think. It’s a campaign to educate residents about the real meaning of the word. It’s a campaign that began in Chicago and has now reached the Bay Area.

One statement on the side of a Muni bus reads: “My jihad is to stay fit despite my busy schedule. What’s yours?”

It’s part of an educational campaign created by CAIR — the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The group has put 35 ads on buses rolling through the streets of San Francisco.

“The intention of the campaign is to educate our fellow Americans about what the word jihad means,” said Zahra Billoo, the executive director of the Bay Area office for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. She said, “A common misconception of the word jihad is that it means armed struggle or holy war and that is something that has been perpetrated by many who’ve made careers out of pushing anti-Muslim sentiment.”

We asked some Muni riders if they knew the definition of jihad. Most of the answers we got were “a religious war” and “a holy war”.

Miriam Webster also defines it as a holy war, but it lists a second definition — one that Billoo says is much more appropriate.

“The proper meaning of jihad as many of us frequently describe it is to struggle. And that’s it. For many, that is anything from building relationships with their neighbors to making it to work on time or doing better on their diets,” said Billoo.

It’s a meaning many don’t know.

“I didn’t know the definition either. It’s interesting to be educated on it,” said one Muni rider.

But Muni rider Nicholas Thomas doesn’t know how big an impact the ads will make. He said, “I think for so long it’s been ingrained in people’s heads that it has such negative connotation, that I think that’s sort of rooted in people and that for that idea to change, it would probably take a little bit more than just people talking about it.”

Yes, it would take peaceful Muslims taking some real action against their coreligionists who further violent jihad. Meanwhile, the ads we have developed telling the truth about jihad are still awaiting approval in Chicago — doubtless dhimmi officials are trying to figure out a way to block them:






#MyJihad -- Islamic Jihad top dog on Jews: "Islamic Sharia says they deserve to be killed"
Hamas-linked CAIR's Nihad Awad tells whoppers: Islam and U.S. share values of freedom of speech and freedom of religion, Muslims discovered America
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  1. says

    Not many Americans actually know what jihad is, but most of them will be hard pressed to believe it’s lifting weights or running track…
    The average bus rider in SF is illiterate or semi literate, candy bar ads are more appealing…The best thing to do is attach a haha to the ‘what’s yours?’ads, and turn their taqiyya into a joke…Which they are…

  2. says

    Just to give only one example of those who put into practice the militant jhihadism of Islam is the Fort Hood shooter who has his picture in the above article. He yelled out “Allahu Akbar” all the while he was commiting those heinous,viscious acts of mass murder. He was and is a jihadist, his religion inspired him and drove to commit those brutal cold blooded murderous actions.
    Therefore, he is guilty of murder and likewise his religion,Islam, is also guilty of murder.

  3. says

    I like the truthful ads better. The jihad in the U.S. is tagiyya. The jihad in Africa is genocidal. The jihad in the Middle East is blatantly supremacist. Their banner is like Hitler’s hateful Mein Kampf (My struggle) against the Jews, and Hitler tried to keep the concentration camps secret even from the German people.

  4. says

    In Arabic, jihad means inner struggle & militant struggle (i.e. warfare)

    When one read the Quran,
    in Islam, jihad means ONLY militant struggle (i.e. warfare)

  5. says

    Quite helpful in dealing with Islam’s supremacist designs is that Islam produces believers in droves who aren’t very good liars. Trying to disguise what “jihad” means about 97% of the time is dispositive of the mendacity of Muslims aplenty.

  6. says

    This is so weird,since Ibn Khaldun,a brilliant Muslim intellectual,the Father of Sociology,in his masterpiece “Introduction/Prolegomena” states that in Islam,and only in Islam,are Muslims obligated to conquer the world for Islam,read.

    “Ibn Khaldun(1332-1406),Muslim and Founder of Sociology,and in Favor of Imperialism and Colonialism in the Name of Islam”



    “The Claim that Sundiata(circa 1217-died circa 1255),Founder of the Mali Empire in West Africa,was a Muslim,is False”


  7. says

    “Yes, it would take peaceful Muslims taking some real action against their coreligionists who further violent jihad. ”

    I don’t know why Spencer keeps saying this (or variations on this theme).

    It’s going to take a hell of a lot more than what Spencer describes to ever convince me Muslims, in following their Islam, are not inimical to my society in ways that are evil, unjust, and violently deadly.

    What it would take is nothing less than a miracle of mass proportions; and if that is so, why even mention it as though it were viable?

  8. says

    Noble Qur’an:2:190 Footnote: “Jihad is holy fighting in Allah’s Cause with full force of numbers and weaponry. It is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars. By Jihad Islam is established, Allah’s Word is made superior (which means only Allah has the right to be worshiped), and Islam is propagated. By abandoning Jihad Islam is destroyed and Muslims fall into an inferior position; their honor is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim. He who tries to escape from this duty, or does not fulfill this duty, dies as a hypocrite.”

    That’s my #jihad…What’s yours?

  9. says

    This “MyJihad” campaign is like “hiding in plain sight”: it’s brazen stealth, which ordinarily would be a paradox or oxymoron — and of course it only works to the extent that Western idiots are duped; and probably a slim majority (over 50% — and I’m being very generous) of Westerners remain dupes in this regard.

    So these Muslims are doing jihad by saying “My jihad is fitting exercise into my busy schedule” — not by actually “fitting exercise into my busy schedule” but rather by saying that they’re doing this. It’s rather ingenious, and very clever PR. The only flaw it has is the blatant and massive degree of deception of the entire campaign — screamingly and laughably transparent. It’s the stupidity of our fellow Westerners that makes this campaign clever. Otherwise, it’s about as clever as an ad campaign put out by the Flat Earth Society claiming that they don’t believe the earth is flat.

    I.e., the yolk is on us.

  10. says

    In spite of all these, (what Islamists think) are clever ads, are really condescendingly offensive propaganda, designed to mask the truth.

    Islamists are not Americans and Americans are not fools.

  11. says

    “My jihad ..What’s Yours?”

    Is not to play your sly little game …

    These ads are designed to numb your mind to the true meaning behind the word, jihad.

  12. says

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

    That’s my #jihad…What’s yours?

    I could go on all night…I have a whole binder full of those gems…

  13. says

    “It is certain that no Muslim, writing in a non-Western language (such as Arabic, Persian, Urdu), would ever make claims that jihad is primarily NONVIOLENT or has been SUPERSEDED by the spiritual jihad…by Muslim apologists who are trying to present Islam in the most INNOCUOUS manner possible.” – Prof. David B. Cook

    (These ads are intentional, misleading BULL****.)

  14. says

    I suppose she is meant to look cute with her bright pink, close-fitting top, her glasses and nice big weight, but I am so utterly jaundiced that I find her simply creepy. She knows what she is doing – trying to fool us – and is no more attractive to me than a white-tailed spider.

  15. says

    oh sure, she works out in a hijab wearing a long sleeve shirt and her glasses no less, ahaha! ..as deceptive as this ad is, the picture of her does make me laugh.

  16. says

    Hamas-linked CAIR’s misleading, deceptive #MyJihad ads hit San Francisco

    “What’s Yours?” Well, we know how Osama bin Laden, Recep Erdogan, Faisal Shazad, Nidal Hassan, and the pious Muslims of Hamas would answer would answer…

    And it’s not just them”I could spend the next several hours listing their pious coreligionists’ Jihads, using just the archives of this site, which all are just as violent as those featured on SIOA’s ads.

    Will the good Muslims of #MyJihad tell them all how they have got things so terribly, terribly wrong?

    Of course not. Because CAIR’s #MyJihad campaign is not aimed at Muslims, but at hopeful Kaffirs who might just be credulous enough to swallow this crap.

    But even in “politically correct” San Francisco, this blatant bs might be a hard sell.


    “The intention of the campaign is to educate our fellow Americans about what the word jihad means,” said Zahra Billoo, the executive director of the Bay Area office for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. She said, “A common misconception of the word jihad is that it means armed struggle or holy war and that is something that has been perpetrated by many who’ve made careers out of pushing anti-Muslim sentiment.”

    Note the meretricious implications that it is *Anti-Jihadists* who have spread the idea that “Jihad” means armed struggle”rather than violent Jihdists themselves.

    Here’s an interesting Tweet from Zahra Billoo:

    “#MyJihad is trying to understand Muslims who are calling this campaign an effort of assimilation. Are you joking (sic) me?”

    Of course, these are no doubt Muslims who take their Jihad seriously, and don’t want it to mean staying in shape or getting your kids to school on time.

    Little chance of that, though’since, as I have noted, the audience for this campaign is *not* Muslims, but the foolish Kuffar.

    I’m sure Billoo is just irked that her coreligionists don’t recognize Taqiyya when they see it…

  17. says

    The content in the picture is a blatant lie. The person who is picking the weight is not the same person who is on the start line to compete with Bolt. I am wondering if the guy in the picture is aware they are using his hardwork and good looks to promote Islamic Jihad in an obvious deceptive manner.

  18. says

    Are these fools really so stupid to think that this hijabbed islamo-freakette has any remote appeal to the “mainstream?” She looks like something from “Night of the Living Dead.” And that’s just what she represents!

    Jihad, the unchangeable word. Islam, the unpaintable turd…

  19. says

    Like Stalin, Hitler and Mao, Islamists know the importance of targeting and relating to youth. This type of propaganda is indicative of that agenda.

  20. says

    These clowns are ripping off Tide detergents recent ad campaign “That’s my Tide, what’s yours? I hope Tide is paying attention and sues the ass off of these morons. I think I will call Tide tomorrow and see if they are aware of this.

  21. says

    My Jihad is to stay fit.

    Sure, stay fit enough to carry explosive belt. What is next? The Hamas rockets are full of sweets for Israeli kiddies, that is why the rockets are aimed and schools, school buses and kindergartens.

  22. says

    Speaking as an ex-Muslim living with Islam’s formal and informal death penalty for apostasy, I proclaim that #My Jihad is to expose the fraud that is Islam.

    Fighting the designs of the cruel, über violent cult of Mohammedanism is a jihad that needs to be fought.

    And you can bet that the following and similar words were spoken all across the Muslim world and elsewhere during Friday prayers this week. And every word of it is true (in their minds and according to Islam). And these words spell trouble. >>

    “Islam is not only a religion, it is a complete way of life. Islam guides Muslims from birth to grave. The Qur’an and prophet Muhammad’s words and practical application of Qur’an in life cannot be changed.

    Islam is a guide for humanity, for all times, until the day of judgment. It is forbidden in Islam to convert to any other religion. The penalty is death. There is no disagreement about it.

    Islam is being embraced by people of other faiths all the time. They should know that they can embrace Islam, but cannot get out. This rule is not made by Muslims; it is the supreme law of God.

    Please do not ask us Muslims to pick some rules and disregard other rules. Muslims are supposed to embrace Islam in its totality.”

    -Nazra Quraishi, Kindergarten teacher, in the Lansing State Journal (Michigan), July 5, 2006

    Here is a recent statement from a group of Bangladeshi apostates living in the UK explaining the reasons why they have abandoned Islam:

    “One who claims to be a messenger of God is expected to live a saintly life. He must not be given to lust, he must not be a sexual pervert, and he must not be a rapist, a highway robber, a war criminal, a mass murderer or an assassin. One who claims to be a messenger of God must have a superior character. He must stand above the vices of the people of his time. Yet Muhammad’s life is that of a gangster godfather. He raided merchant caravans, looted innocent people, massacred entire male populations and enslaved the women and children. He raped the women captured in war after killing their husbands and told his followers that it is okay to have sex with their captives (Qur’an 33:50). He assassinated those who criticized him and executed them when he came to power and became de facto despot of Arabia. Muhammad was bereft of human compassion. He was an obsessed man with his dreams of grandiosity and could not forgive those who stood in his way…

    The statement continues,

    Muhammad was a narcissist, like Hitler, Saddam or Stalin. He was astute and knew how to manipulate people, but his emotional intelligence was less evolved than that of a 6-year-old child. He simply could not feel the pain of others. He brutally massacred thousands of innocent people and pillaged their wealth. His ambitions were big and as a narcissist he honestly believed he is entitled to do as he pleased and commit all sorts of crimes and his evil deeds are justified.”

  23. says

    That photo of her is probably been chopped, where the weight’s cover her ak47 and back ground touch up.

    Who does this idiot think she’s kidding.

    The west coast knows LAX has been a target for at least 15 years along with The SF Bridge.Not to long ago wasn’t there something going on with the Catalina Island, It was in the new’s one day, and poof it was gone.

    They have stated that islam is either at war or are preparing for war.

  24. says

    Anyone know the name of the font used in the #my jihad ads?

    Pam and Robert could start a contest among Jihad Watchers to design new #My Jihad counterads.

  25. says

    My Jihad is to fight supremacist religions. What’s yours?

    Seriously, these idiots had better be careful this campaign doesn’t go viral and backfire against them.

  26. says

    Champ said:

    “My jihad ..What’s Yours?”

    ***Is not to play your sly little game …*** (my emphasis: Jan)

    These ads are designed to numb your mind to the true meaning behind the word, jihad.”

    It’s a sly little game, alright.

    And as gravenimage said, it will fool no-one who isn’t determined to be fooled.

  27. says

    John a. Camardo Jr wrote:

    The west coast knows LAX has been a target for at least 15 years along with The SF Bridge.Not to long ago wasn’t there something going on with the Catalina Island, It was in the new’s one day, and poof it was gone.

    I remember that story, John. It sounded like a Jihad plot that was aborted after law enforcement got wind of the case:


    I’m sure this has happened many times.