A few years back a prominent moderate Muslim denounced the “fear-mongering of those obsessed with jihad, shariah, and the dhimma.” He said that the dhimma was a thing of the past and should stay that way, and that “the dhimma is now held out by a demagogic element in the West as a terrifying symbol of Islamic domination, and Western advocates of any rational approach to Islam short of a crusader war are regularly insulted as dhimmis, or people who have surrendered to Muslim rule.”
But it is not demagoguery. The jizya, mandated by Qur’an 9:29, is a central part of the dhimma, and it is still very much alive.
“Sikh families leave Orakzai after Taliban demand jizia,” by Abdul Saboor Khan for the Daily Times, April 15 (thanks to Kisan):
HANGU: Sikh families living in Orakzai Agency have left the agency after the Taliban demanded Rs 50 million as jizia (tax) from them, official sources and locals said on Tuesday.
Residents of Ferozekhel area in Lower Orakzai Agency told Daily Times on Tuesday that around 10 Sikh families left the agency after the demand by the Taliban, who said they were a minority and liable to pay the tax for living in the area in accordance with sharia.
Locals said the Taliban had notified the Sikh families about the “˜tax” around a week ago. They said of the 15 Sikh families in Ferozekhel, 10 had shifted while the remaining were preparing to do so.
The locals said the families were impoverished and had left the area to avoid any Taliban action.