“Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war…When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them….If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.” — Muhammad (Sahih Muslim 4294)
Gaddafi invited Europe to accept Islam yesterday. Now he has asked it to pay the jizya. Will he follow through with the third option as well?
“Gaddafi: Europe will ‘turn black’ unless EU pays Libya Â£4bn a year,” by Nick Squires in the Telegraph, August 31 (thanks to Lazybuddha):
Col Muammar Gaddafi has warned that Europe runs the risk of turning “black” unless the EU pays Libya at least â‚¬5 billion (Â£4.1 billion) a year to block the arrival of illegal immigrants from Africa.
His remarks, made during a controversial three day visit to Italy, were condemned as “unacceptable blackmail” by Italian MPs, who likened the demand to the protection money that mafia gangs demand from businesses….
Jizya is a much more apt analogy.