This Saudi cleric knows that the Qur’an and Sunnah teach that jihad involves warfare between Muslims and non-Muslims. The Islamic apologists in the West who would have us believe that jihad is a spiritual struggle should go on Al-Jazeera and refute his position. But they don’t, because they can’t.
“Saudi Cleric Nasser bin Suleiman Al-‘Omar: The Americans Are Dumping their Casualties in the Tigris and Euphrates, and Iraqi Clerics Have Asked Me for a Fatwa about Eating the Fish,” from MEMRI TV, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
Following are excerpts from a speech given by Saudi cleric Dr. Nasser bin Suleiman Al-‘Omar, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on April 19, 2006.
Dr. Nasser bin Suleiman Al-‘Omar: Listen to this report, which was submitted by the American intelligence to the American officials, regarding the religion of Islam, which some think is defeated or weak today. According to the report, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Muslims will soon become one third of the world’s population. Conversion to Islam increased significantly following 9/11.
In addition, U.S. Congressman John Morlan [sic] said: “The 21st century is the century of Islam, which will offer an opportunity for peace in the world.” There is no doubt that it is Islam that will bring peace, and not the U.N., America, Russia, or anyone else.
America is now disappearing from the hearts, within America itself and elsewhere, whereas Islam is growing even within America, my brothers. Islam is making steady progress in America. 25,000 people have converted to Islam every year since 9/11, and an even larger figure was mentioned in The New York Times.
The Islamic nation now faces a great phase of Jihad, unlike anything we knew fifty years ago. Fifty years ago, Jihad was attributed only to a few individuals in Palestine, and in some other Muslims areas. Following the events of Afghanistan, the nation has embraced Jihad. Young and old, men and women – everyone is talking about Jihad.
Whoever is familiar with the Sunna and the Hadith knows that a battle against the enemies of Allah awaits on the horizon, in which the Muslims will be victorious. This is confirmed by the reliable hadiths, as well as by reality.
But some young people wish to expedite this, and because of their love for Jihad, get involved in things that are not Jihad. As I’ve said, all these minor battles, which took place in certain Muslim countries, only delay the victory. This diverts the strife and calamity into the lands of the Muslims, instead of aiming them directly at the enemies.
Yes, there are places where Jihad is proper – in Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Chechnya, Kashmir, and the Philippines. There are many places where Jihad is undoubtedly proper.