Linda Sarsour’s ‘jihad against Donald Trump’ is what it sounds like

While Sarsour may not be personally calling for violence, she can hardly be unaware of doctrinal connotations her words carry, and these connotations would be unmistakably understood by her ISNA audience or indeed anyone who has an accurate understanding of the legal understanding of jihad within Islamic law. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)

Washington Examiner, by Kyle Shideler | Jul 7, 2017

There’s yet another controversy involving New York-based Islamist and current Democratic cause célèbre Linda Sarsour. The poster child for the Women’s March who wished to “take away the vagina” from female genital mutilation victim, reformer and author Ayaan Hirsi Ali caught the attention of conservative journalists when she issued what appeared to be a call for jihad from the podium of the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention.

“I hope, that when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad. We are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East but here in the United States of America, where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.”

Countless media outlets on the left (and a handful on the right) rushed to Sarsour’s defense, allegedly claiming that conservatives took the comments out of context. In particularly they note Sarsour’s decision to cite a hadith — a documented statement by Islam’s founder Mohammed — which describes speaking truth to a tyrant as the “best form of jihad.”

It’s true that Sarsour did preface her use of the word “jihad” in this way. But it’s Sarsour’s defenders, not her critics, that are taking the speech out of its wider context.

To begin with, consider on whose platform Sarsour was speaking. Sarsour was speaking before the annual convention of a group about which a federal judge ruled, “The government has provided ample evidence to establish” their association with the Muslim Brotherhood and its terrorist organization Hamas. Among that evidence was the fact that ISNA’s subsidiary shared a bank account with the now-convicted Holy Land Foundation, an account that issued checks to Hamas Deputy Chairman Mousa Abu Marzook.

Far from shunning ISNA’s Muslim Brotherhood history, Sarsour overtly endorsed it. Sarsour was speaking as the keynote speaker at a luncheon honoring Dr. Sayyid Syeed, whom Sarsour praised for his role in “the infrastructure you have built for all of us.” That infrastructure can only refer to Syeed’s role in numerous Muslim American organizations, almost all of which have been identified by documents submitted as evidence in federal court as Muslim Brotherhood organizations or fronts.

Thus it cannot be ignored that Sarsour is speaking before a pro-Muslim Brotherhood audience. Given the Brotherhood’s own motto that “Jihad is our way, and dying for the sake of Allah is our highest hope,” it’s hard to believe that among this crowd the invocation of jihad doesn’t carry with it recognition of its violent meaning.

Sarsour added to this context by lauding a man she described as her “mentor,” Sirraj Wahhaj. Wahhaj, for those who do not follow U.S. counterterrorism history, is notable for his role as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Wahhaj also testified as a character witness for “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman, whose leadership of the 1993 WTC bombing cell would earn him a conviction for seditious conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government.

Sarsour has said she is seeking to emulate Wahhaj, whose own views on jihad are perfectly clear. Wahhaj has even raised funds for groups now designated for financing al Qaeda.

Like Wahhaj, Sarsour couches her speech in the language of responding to “oppressors.” Indeed, oppressors and oppression are the common language that binds Sarsour’s speech together. This is highly significant since the topic, combating oppression, carries with it clear connotations within Islamic legal doctrine on jihad.

Consider a fatwa published on IslamOnline, a website established by Muslim Brotherhood chief jurist Yusuf Al Qaradawi. After noting that there are “various kinds” of jihad, including “jihad against oneself” and “jihad against Satan,” the spiritual sorts of struggles that Sarsour’s defenders are attempting to invoke, the text raises the question of “oppression.”

The fatwa notes, “Jihad against the leaders of oppression and innovation is of three kinds: jihad with one’s hand (i.e., physical jihad, fighting) if one is able. If that is not possible, then it should be with one’s tongue (i.e., by speaking out). If that is not possible, then it should be with one’s heart (i.e., by hating the evil and feeling that it is wrong).” [Emphasis mine]

This view is shared in the 14th century manual of Islamic law known as The Reliance of the Traveller by Shafi’i scholar Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri. Reliance is a useful choice since it was certified by the ISNA-affiliated Fiqh Council of North America, alongside many other Islamic scholars from various nations.

Reliance notes, under its index for “Oppressors, Fighting, as part of faith (iman)” [p.75.4(2)]:

“in the hadith related by Muslim concerning oppressors, [meaning Sahih Muslim, understood as the second-most authoritative compilation of hadith]:
(2) ‘Whoever fights them with his hand is a believer, whoever fights them with his tongue is a believer, whoever fights them in his heart, is a believer.”

In other words, Sarsour’s invocation of jihad of the tongue is viewed in traditional Islamic doctrine as not in opposition to violent jihad (i.e. fighting) but rather as explicitly complementary to it.

While Sarsour may not be personally calling for violence, she can hardly be unaware of doctrinal connotations her words carry, and these connotations would be unmistakably understood by her ISNA audience or indeed anyone who has an accurate understanding of the legal understanding of jihad within Islamic law.

People defending Sarsour’s words simply don’t know what she’s talking about.

Kyle Shideler is Director of the Threat Information Office at the Center for Security Policy. 

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3 thoughts on “Linda Sarsour’s ‘jihad against Donald Trump’ is what it sounds like

  1. I have for ever asserted that it is IMPOSSIBLE for any Muslim to be a LOYAL citizen among non Muslims. Linda Sarsour proves my point every time she opens her hate filled sewer mouth.
    Linda Sarsour is the most perfect example of Stealth Jihad. She is a Muslima who PRETENDS to be part and parcel of the American Dream but is actually Sharia Compliant and hence a TRAITOR to both the American Constitution and the American people as I shall prove forthwith
    The word Jihad in the Arabic language has its root in JAHADA which does mean Struggle/ Endeavour/ Strive
    Unfortunately, those who explain it in SPIRITUAL terms (like Linda Sarsoulr in her talk) are deliberately deceiving and misleading the public about its actual meaning based entirely upon the Arabic language of the Quran and the Hadiths.
    In innumerable verses in the Quran and the Hadiths JIHAD means only ONE thing:
    “PHYSICAL WARFARE in the cause of Allah” which in Arabic it is:
    “Jihad fi Sabil^Allah”
    Most human beings, whether followers of Muhammad or not, do not know that Muhammad UNILATERALLY declared TOTAL and ETERNAL war, 1400 years ago, against ALL UNSUSPECTING Human Beings who do not believe as he does.
    Contrary to all the falsified assertions by politically correct westerners and aided and abetted by Muslims (Such as Linda Sarsour) who have every reason to hide the truth, Jihad is not a SPIRITUAL STRUGGLE for excellence but a CONTINUOUS WAR against all so called UNBELIEVERS until all of humanity is either converted to Muhammadan Islam, is subject to it or is SLAUGHTERED.
    In fact, among Muslim scholars, it constitutes the unwritten SIXTH PILLAR OF MUHAMMADAN ISLAM.
    Muhammad’s Quran and the Hadiths are crystal clear in affirming this. The Quran and Ahadith contain hundreds of verses attesting to and asserting this DOGMA.
    Not ONCE in the Quran or Hadiths can anyone find the word JIHAD mentioned by itself meaning SPIRITUAL STRUGGLE.
    All the derivatives of the word JIHAD in the Quran and Hadiths represent ACTS of WAR and AGGRESSION to spread the belief in Allah AND in Muhammad as the messenger of Allah.
    To be able to INDOCTRINATE any human being, to be so prepared as to willingly die for a belief, thus becoming a martyr [shaheed] who would be rewarded with ETERNAL SEXUAL, SENSUAL & CARNAL PLEASURES in the afterlife than in life on earth, in Muhammad’s Whorehouse version of Paradise should be considered among the most DIABOLICAL weapons of war ever conceived.
    In such a war, very little mercy could be shown to the enemy until it is totally subdued, converted or exterminated.
    This IDEOLOGICAL ‘weapon’ has been used throughout ‘Islamic’ history both against the ‘infidels’ as well as against other ‘unbelieving’ sects of Islam.
    In all of the Quranic verses – as well as in the Ahadith – Jihad is invariably associated with physical warfare and fighting and not as a spiritual striving for a higher morality and or discovery of self.
    In reality, there is no SECULAR WAR in Muhammadan Islam because from the very beginning of the Muhammadan Islamic polity, war and aggression were the means by which the Muhammad and his followers built up their empire.
    Jihad became a perpetual HOLY DUTY of warring against ALL infidels; that is a continuous war of aggression against ALL those who do not believe as they do; in
    “Allah and his messenger, Muhammad”
    These wars were not in defense of ‘Islam’ but to gain territory, economic wealth, slavery, booty, rape and plunder. Converting these peoples to ‘Islam’ was last on the agenda of Muhammad’s followers but became a very important by-product of these wars of aggression.
    It is a cruel irony – if not actually divine justice – that among the largest victims of Jihadi terror were, and continue to be OTHER MUSLIMS. Each side of the conflict between two or more of the warring ‘Muslim’ factions or sects, accuse their opponents of Kufr and or Unbelief, turning them into ‘Enemies of Allah’ and hence subject to ‘divinely’ sanctioned destruction.
    In this manner and according to the Quran, their unholy book, since all are Muslims killing other Muslims, none will ever be received in Paradise but will assuredly end up in Allah’s Hell.
    For those who are in doubt, the following very few sample verses and Hadiths should easily and conclusively sober you up:
    Al Tauba 9:5 “But when the forbidden months are past then fight and slay [fa’qtuloo] the pagans wherever ye find them and seize them beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war”
    Al Tauba 9:29 “Fight [qatiloo] those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His apostle nor acknowledge the religion of truth [ISLAM] (even if they are) of the People of the Book [Christians & Jews] until they pay the Jizya (Financial penalty for not being a Muslim) with willing submission and feel themselves humiliated”
    Sahih Al-Bukhari 4.50 Narrated by Anas bin Malik
    “The Prophet said, ‘A single endeavor of fighting in Allah’s Cause {Qital fi Sabil Allah} (JIHAD) is better than the world and whatever is in it.’”
    Sahih Muslim Hadith 4631 & 4626 Abu Huraira
    “I heard Muhammad say: … I love that I should be killed in Allah’s Cause [Jihad]; then I should be brought back to life and be killed again in Allah’s Cause [Jihad].’”
    Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.73 Narrated by Abdullah bin Abi Aufa
    Allah’s Apostle said, “Know that Paradise is under the shades of swords.”
    There are HUNDREDS more of similar verses in the Quran and the Hadiths for those who have the appetite for blood.
    I wish Linda would debate me
    IQ al Rassooli
    Kafir & Proud!

  2. These sounded like words of war to me. I watched this woman speak. She reminds me of a female Adolf Hitler. She is charismatic and a very good speaker. She knows how to mobilize the troops for battle. The woman is on a terrifying power trip and she isn’t stopping until she is the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in America. Notice how she made note of her fund raising abilities? How she increased membership one hundred fold?

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