Jihad was Mohammed's greatest invention. It made him successful. Jihad is a misunderstood word. Most jihad is done with money and persuasion, not violence. It is jihad that fills Washington, DC with money to buy influence. It is jihad that causes our textbooks in our schools to never mention anything negative about Islam.
Jihad is surely one of the more famous Arabic words. Jihad does not mean 'holy war,' although it includes holy war. Jihad actually means 'struggle,' which is a much better way to see it, because jihad includes much more than war with violence. Jihad can be done with the sword, the mouth, the pen and with money. The Koran calls jihad 'fighting in Allah's cause.'
The Koran lays out the vision of jihad. The Sira (Mohammed's biography) lays out the grand strategy of jihad. The hadith (the Traditions) give us the tactics---all the small details about what needs to be done. And of course, all of these things are modeled after Mohammed, because Mohammed is not only the perfect Muslim, but also the perfect jihadist. You can see how important jihad is when you read Mohammed's biography, the Sira. Jihad takes up about three-quarters of the Sira. There was only a nine-year period in which he pursued intense jihad, but the number of pages that are devoted to it gives you an idea of how important it was. The importance is this: Mohammed---the man, the preacher, the religious man---did not succeed until he turned to jihad. It's only natural that Muslims would look to jihad as their most successful strategy, and therefore record the most about it.
Now let's take care of one issue. Muslims frequently say, "Well, the real jihad is inner struggle, the spiritual struggle." That is the Greater Jihad. The jihad of the sword and war is the Lesser Jihad. The hadith tells us about the Greater Jihad---the inner spiritual struggle; however, only 3% of the hadith is devoted to this kind of struggle. The other 97% is about killing the kafir. Is jihad the inner struggle? Yes. Is jihad killing the kafir? Yes. Notice, again, we have a duality.
There are two ways to view jihad. A Muslim may choose whichever he needs for the moment. Let's look at an example that everyone remembers. On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked by Muslims in an act of jihad. It was said by Muslims that that the jihadists had hijacked their religion. But let's look and see, because when you understand jihad the way it is taught in the Koran, the Sira, and the hadith, you will discover that everything about 9/11 was by the book.
This was not the first time the World Trade Center had been attacked by jihadists. In 1993, an attempt was made to bring down the Twin Towers with a massive bomb placed in the basement. That didn't work, but it didn't matter in the end, because the second time it did work. The second time was practiced over and over. When it all came down on September 11, they had been through it many times. This is modeled after the example of Mohammed.
When Mohammed turned to jihad, the first time he sent his men out to kill and rob, they failed. They didn't find anyone to rob. The second try was also a failure, as was the third and several subsequent attempts. But when they went out for the eighth time, they were successful. 9/11 is just like Mohammed's jihad.
Another way it was like jihad was that Muslims, after 9/11, said, "Oh, We're the real victims. Muslims were the ones who were really hurt." Again, this is precisely the way Mohammed did it. When his eighth attack was successful, he was accused by the Arabs of violating all the rules of war, because he attacked during the holy month of Ramadan. The Koran replied to this and said that what the Meccans---the kafirs---had done to Mohammed was far more serious than being killed. It was true that the Meccan Arabs had run Mohammed out of the city, but they didn't harm anyone. When the Muslims killed the kafirs they said, "We're the real victims here, not the dead kafirs."
Another way in which 9/11 was modeled after Mohammed is this: Muslims claimed, "Oh, we are the religion of peace." The veil of the religion of Islam was used to hide the political act of jihad. This has been done before, as well. Mohammed always covered his political actions with a religious necessity.
The World Trade Center was chosen as a target for two reasons. The first reason is, it was a trade center---a business center. It was the hope of Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden that destroying the World Trade Center would paralyze the American economy. Because, you see, jihad, wherever possible, is an economic attack. Mohammed's attacks on the caravans were to gain wealth for himself, and to remove wealth from the kafirs.
When he attacked towns, he destroyed the farms outside the town. Like 9/11, this was a form of economic warfare, and 9/11 was an economic attack. Now, the second reason that the World Trade Center was attacked, was that Zawaheri, seemingly the key planner, was told that there were a lot of Jews there. This, again, was just like Mohammed, because Mohammed persecuted Jews of Medina, Khaybar and Ladak.
Another way that 9/11 was modeled after Mohammed's actions is this: the men who did it were immigrants to this country. Mohammed did not take up jihad until he was an immigrant. When he moved to Medina, he called that his "immigration." How important is this immigration? Well, "Islamic Time" starts when he entered Medina and became a politician and warrior. That's the reason why all Islamic calendars start with that time and not with the time of Mohammed's first revelation, which might seem to be the 'Time Zero' for Islam. Rather, 'Time Zero' was chosen because of immigration, the beginning of Mohammed's political success.
As a sneak attack, 9/11 also followed Mohammed's method. He used sneak attacks whenever possible. So, on 9/11, when we woke up to terror and fire, it was just as though Mohammed had ordered it. Now this may seem trivial. But those who were attacked were kafirs, and jihad is always against the kafir, according to Mohammed.
The attack on the World Trade Center violated the rules of war, another of Mohammed's tactics. One of the reasons that Mohammed always beat the Arabs was because they kept expecting him to play by the rules. After all, before Mohammed, there were established rules of war. But when Mohammed developed jihad, he threw out all the rules. Brother would kill brother, father would kill son, and tribe member would go to war against tribe member. This violated all the rules of Arabian war, but Mohammed knew how to win, and that was: to violate the rules.
Another way that September 11 was very 'Mohammedan' was, there was no shame or remorse inside of the Islamic community. The most popular book in the Arab world, written after 9/11, was by a man who had shared a jail cell with Zawaheri. And his criticism of Zawaheri was not that what they had done was immoral. No---what was wrong was, it woke the sleeping tiger, America. Many Muslims expressed no remorse over 3000 dead kafirs, because at no time in Mohammed's life did he ever express the slightest remorse over the death of a kafir. Indeed, we have records in which he laughed and cheered when kafirs died.
Here's an interesting thing about the attack on the World Trade Center: two days after it happened, the telephones begin to ring in churches all across America, and when the church member picked up the phone, the other person said "I'm a Muslim, and we would like to come to your church and give a seminar on Islam, the peaceful religion."
Now, this was a great deception, and it was done with amazing speed and power. Think about it. Do you know of any other group---Democrat, Republican, military---anything in the world---that could, with only 48 hours notice, launch a uniform public relations attack across an entire nation?
Islam's political nature, not its religious nature, is all that is important to us. September 11 was a political attack---with religious motivation, yes---but its essence was political.
Another clue that September 11 was modeled after Mohammed is that we were called to Islam before the attack. That was Mohammed's way, as well. Osama bin Laden issued a videotape in which he condemned America, and then called America to Islam. If America had come to Islam---I guess in this case, if George Bush had decided to become a Muslim---there would not have been an attack. But the call to Islam was issued first. This was patterned after Mohammed's perfect jihad.
September 11 was a defensive attack. All jihad is defensive, because the kafir creates the first offense by denying Mohammed. So the kafir has already offended Allah. Therefore, what follows the offense, is a defensive attack. If it were not for the kafir, there would be no jihad.
And this brings us to something else that we need to know: according to Islamic doctrine, jihad is eternal, and is incumbent upon all Muslims. Jihad is not to cease until the last kafir has submitted. As long as there are kafirs, there will be jihad.
Soon after 9/11, Islam started attacking the kafirs by calling them Crusaders. Now the Crusades are portrayed as evil by Islam. But why did the Crusaders go to an Arabian, Muslim Middle East? They went to help the Christians who cried out for help. That's how it all started. It wasn't a band of Europeans who saddled up their horses and went over just to kill Muslims. They went there in response to a plea for help, because the suffering of the Christians in the Middle East was too great to bear. We must remember how Islam spread to the Middle East. Islam came to the Middle East and conquered with a sword---a sword wielded by Umar, the second Caliph. There was great destruction. So indeed, the Crusades are one of the few times that kafirs turned to help other kafirs, who were being attacked through jihad.
Now, let's deal with something else. We have said that jihad is incumbent upon all Muslims. Yet, when you go to work, if there's a Muslim who works there, he doesn't come in with dynamite strapped to his chest and blow everybody up---but he can still participate in jihad. After 9/11, the FBI started following the money. And it was discovered that many Muslims across the United States were giving quite generously to what they called charities, and when the money was given, it was understood that it was to support jihad. So when a Moslem writes a check to support jihad, he is a jihadist. When a Muslim says, "Oh, no, no, no, jihad, holy war, that is not our way. Our way is the religion of peace," that denial is an act of jihad.
The biggest jihad happening in America today is practiced by Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries. And they're not using the sword; they're using the dollar. The Saudis---Saudi Arabia---spend ten times as much money each year as the Soviet Union did to spread Communism. What the Saudis are spreading is Islam and Sharia. They pump enormous amounts of money into this country. Most mosques are built with Saudi money, and then staffed by an Imam chosen by the Saudis.
But what is more problematic is the money being spent to affect our politics. Washington, DC is awash in money from the Middle East, and this money is used to buy votes, influence people and launch political campaigns. If you're a Moslem and want to run for political office in this country, you will not have trouble with financing your campaign. Any Muslim who wants to do anything to advance Islam in this country has a blank check. Jihad can be waged with money, and the Saudis are using money extensively, just like Mohammed. Mohammed's dying words were these: "Neither Jew nor Christian shall be left in Arabia. Keep giving the money to influence the kafir ambassadors." And that's what the Saudis are doing: they are influencing the kafir ambassadors, and doing it very well.
Another place that Muslims use money to advance jihad is in our educational system. No textbook that teaches about Islam in our schools can be used, unless a Muslim committee approves it. As a consequence, the only Islam that is studied in our schools is the glorious religion, and a glorious political system. No mention is ever made of the killing of 270 million kafirs over 1400 years. There is no mention in these textbooks of the dhimmi, or semi-slave. We will spend more time studying the dhimmi later. According to our textbooks, Islam conquered without any suffering at all. No mention is ever made of how Islam has played the key role in slavery for 1400 years. This propaganda that glorifies Islam in our textbooks is jihad. But the educational jihad doesn't stop with textbooks. The Saudis have pumped a large amount of money into our universities' Middle East history departments, Arabic departments, and religion courses. These large amounts of money are to influence how history, religion and politics are taught. Large sums of money are also pumped into professorships supported by the Saudis. Studying Islam in our universities is done with a curriculum that is approved by the Saudis.
So, jihad by the dollar in our education system is far more dangerous than jihad by the sword. Another example of jihad is the fact that anyone in the media who makes a comment will be pressured and threatened with lawsuits. Muslims are using our own civil rights laws with great effect to intimidate, and make sure that no one ever says anything about Islam that Muslims don't like. Because, you see, freedom of speech is not Sunna, the way of Mohammed.
In the end, it is not the jihad of violence that is so important in our culture. What is important is, we do not have any understanding of what is happening. We don't understand that when money is used to influence our politicians, the media and schools, that is jihad. So it is not that Islam is so strong, but that we know so little, and that makes us so very, very weak.
Jihad is Islam's strongest political concept. It can be done with the sword, the pen, the mouth or with money. Mohammed's life furnishes Islam with a perfect example of both tactics and strategy for jihad. The attack on the World Trade Center is a textbook case of jihad, but the most powerful jihad is the Islamification of our civilization.
The above is from the website: Political Islam: Jihad