The fifteenth issue of the Islamic State’s English-language magazine, Dabiq, released on 31 July 2016 contained an essay, “By the Sword,” a brief polemic that defends the Islamic State’s brutality on the basis that it is conducted according to the Word of God—laying open claim to genocide and slavery so long as it is undertaken by Muslims and not disbelievers, saying they would have felt no need to have apologized for the atomic bombing of Japan or the use of defoliants in Vietnam and would have been more thorough-going in the extermination of Native Americans and Jews, since these things are vouchsafed by the Creator. The Islamic State contends that the Jewish and Christian religious contain the same prescriptions for the forcible implementation of the Holy Law that the Qur’an does, but these monotheists have lapsed and pay more attention to the edicts of the United Nations.
Images of Islamic State lions engaging their prey on the battlefields of Iraq, the Levant, and other frontlines—as well as in Paris, Brussels, Orlando, and other cities behind enemy lines—deliver a clear message to the Crusaders and their allies: This is a divinely-warranted war between the Muslim nation and the nations of disbelief. Despite this clarity, many people in Crusader countries express shock and even disgust that Islamic State leadership “uses religion to justify violence.” Indeed, waging jihad—spreading the rule of Allah by the sword—is an obligation found in the Qur’an, the word of our Lord, just as it was an obligation sent in the Torah, the Psalms, and the Gospel.
In the remnants of the Torah, it is found that “the Lord is a person of war” (Exodus 15:3), and that—regarding the Children of Israel going into Palestine—”When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations more numerous and mightier than yourselves, and when the Lord your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, then you must devote them to complete destruction. You shall make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them” (Deuteronomy 7:1-2). This command of genocide was further stressed:
“When you draw near to a city to fight against it, offer terms of peace to it. And if it responds to you peaceably and it opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall do forced labour for you and shall serve you. But if it makes no peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it. And when the Lord your God gives it into your hand, you shall put all its males to the sword, but the women and the little ones, the livestock, and everything else in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as plunder for yourselves. And you shall enjoy the spoil of your enemies, which the Lord your God has given you. Thus, you shall do to all the cities that are very far from you, which are not cities of the nations here. But in the cities of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes, but you shall devote them to complete destruction, the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, as the Lord your God has commanded, that they may not teach you to do according to all their abominable practices that they have done for their gods, and so you sin against the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 20:16).
And as David was quoted, saying to his enemy, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head” (1 Samuel 17:46), and after conquering him, he reportedly beheaded him. “Then David ran and stood over the Philistine [Goliath] and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it … And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem … And as soon as David returned from the striking down of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand” (1 Samuel 17:51-57).
Once the rule of the Lord was established, the sword was not to be put away but rather remain ever-unsheathed to implement the Law. The blasphemer was killed by stoning. “Whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him” (Leviticus 24:16). As for the apostate or any who calls to worshiping other gods, then “you shall not yield to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him, nor shall you conceal him. But you shall kill him. Your hand shall be first against him to put him to death” (Deuteronomy 13:8-9). Likewise, the murderer was executed. “Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death” (Leviticus 24:17). And sodomites were slain. “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them” (Leviticus 24:13). Furthermore, there was retribution (known as “qisas” in the shari’a). “If anyone injures his neighbour, as he has done it shall be done to him” (Leviticus 24:19), and “you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe” (Exodus 21:23-25). In Psalms, a wisdom behind divinely-ordained killing is mentioned. “When He killed them, they sought Him; they repented and sought God earnestly” (Psalms 78:34), just as elsewhere in the Old Testament, one finds that “cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed” (Jeremiah 48:10).
Even Jesus, whom the Christians have titled the “Prince of Peace,” is recorded in their scripture as saying, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). There is also Jesus’ order to his followers of being armed, as it is said, “And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one” (Luke 22:36). Also, while telling a parable, it is written that Jesus said, “But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me” (Luke 19:27). As for upholding the Law, then in an apparent move to command virtue and forbid vice, which is chiefly done with physical force, all four “gospels” mention the story of Jesus violently expelling the moneychangers from the temple. “And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, ‘It is written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer,” but you make it a den of robbers'” (Matthew 21:12-13). Furthermore, everything that was mentioned from the Old Testament of war and enforcing laws was kept, unless specifically mentioned otherwise, in the Gospel of Jesus. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17).
However, despite these clear references to violently applying the Law of the Lord, Christians have cast aside such commandments and instead have followed papal decrees and the sermons of priests—showing that their love for men is greater than their love for the Creator of men. Indeed, they have cast aside their love for the Creator and instead devoted themselves to loving the created, paying no heed to Jesus’ recorded word, “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Luke 16:13). This is manifested in the hypocrisy of the Crusader public, who “religiously” call to slogans of peace and love, certainly hating and despising the Law of Moses and the Gospel of Jesus, as they favour the law of democracy and the resolutions of the United Nations.
The clear difference between Muslims and the corrupt and deviant Jews and Christians is that Muslims are not ashamed of abiding by the rules sent down from their Lord regarding war and enforcement of divine law. So, if it were the Muslims, instead of the Crusaders, who had fought the Japanese and Vietnamese or invaded the lands of the Native Americans, there would have been no regrets in killing and enslaving those therein. And since those mujahideen would have done so bound by the Law, they would have been thorough and without some “politically correct” need to apologize years later. The Japanese, for example, would have been forcefully converted to Islam from their pagan ways—and if they stubbornly declined, perhaps another nuke would change their mind. The Vietnamese would likewise be offered Islam or beds of napalm. As for the Native Americans—after the slaughter of their men, those who would favour smallpox to surrendering to the Lord—then the Muslims would have taken their surviving women and children as slaves, raising the children as model Muslims and impregnating their women to produce a new generation of mujahideen. As for the treacherous Jews of Europe and elsewhere—those who would betray their covenant—then their post-pubescent males would face a slaughter that would make the Holocaust sound like a bedtime story, as their women would be made to serve their husbands’ and fathers’ killers.
Furthermore, the lucrative African slave trade would have continued, supporting a strong economy. The Islamic leadership would not have bypassed Allah’s permission to sell captured pagan humans, to teach them, and to convert them, as they worked hard for their masters in building a beautiful country. Notably, of course, those of them who converted, practiced their religion well, and were freed would be treated no differently than any other free Muslim. This is unlike when the Christian slaves were emancipated in America, as they were not afforded supposedly government-recognized equal “rights” for more than a century—and their descendants still live in a nation divided over those days.
All of this would be done, not for racism, nationalism, or political lies, but to make the word of Allah supreme. Jihad is the ultimate show of one’s love for his Creator, facing the clashing of swords and buzzing of bullets on the battlefield, seeking to slaughter His enemies—whom he hates for Allah’s hatred of them. A religion without these fundamentals is one that does not call its adherents to fully manifest and uphold the love of the Lord.