First, I want the read to know that I do not write this post to attack or malign, but to help those who wish to know the Truth to understand why there can be no such thing as a ‘moderate’ Muslim. You will encounter many voices that will claim this is not true. They will say that there are more ‘moderate’ Muslims (i.e. peaceful) than ‘radical’ Muslims (i.e. terrorists), and that anyone who says otherwise is being a bigot or hateful. Other voices will claim that these ‘moderate’ Muslims should not be painted with the same brush as the ‘radical’ Muslims. Sadly, all these voices speak from complete ignorance, and in supposedly self-governing nations like the majority of those in the West, this level of ignorance is criminally negligent, and bordering on treasonous. Why can I say this with confidence that I am speaking the Truth? Because I know that Muhammad is the sole and, therefore, only authority on what Islam is, and I know what Muhammad said about who is and is not a Muslim. So I can say with absolute confidence that:
Muhammad said not all Muslims are equal in waging Jihad; but all Muslims are equal in their duty to wage Jihad.
The first thing people need to understand is that Islam was created by one man — Muhammad. He is the sole authority on what Islam is and who is and is not a Muslim. There is no other authority. We know because Muhammad said so:
“He who obeys the Messenger obeys Allah.”
“Believers, obey Allah, and obey the Messenger! Those who disbelieve and hinder men from the Cause of Allah, He will not pardon. Do not falter; become faint-hearted, or weak-kneed, crying for peace. You have the upper hand.”
“Allah said, ‘Do not turn away from Muhammad when he is speaking to you. Do not contradict his orders. And do not be a hypocrite, one who pretends to be obedient to him and then disobeys him. Those who do so will receive My vengeance. You must respond to the Apostle when he summons you to war.”
So, according to the Qur’an, Muhammad is equal to Allah. This means Muslims can no more disobey or disagree than a Christian can disobey or disagree with Christ’s commands. If a Christian does not obey Christ’s commands, Christ said they do not love Him. Jesus also said that those who do not keep His commands, though they call themselves by His name, they are not His disciples and will not be saved. Likewise, Muhammad said that if a Muslim does not obey his commands, they are hypocrites (a person who only pretends to be a Muslim so as to avoid punishment). How do we know that this is what Muhammad intended? Because Muhammad said:
“If anyone contradicts or opposes the Messenger [Muhammad] after guidance has been conveyed to him, and follows a path other than the way, We shall burn him in Hell!”
So, to a Muslim, when Muhammad gives a clear command, that is the last word on the matter. A Muslim has no choice but to obey or become a hypocrite. So what did Muhammad have to say about Jihad?
“Lord, why have You ordained fighting for us, why have You made war compulsory?”
“Those who believe fight in the Cause of Allah (i.e. Jihad — the forced spread of Islam until there is only Islam)”
“Jihad (holy fighting in Allah’s Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims), though you dislike it. But it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and like a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knows, and you know not.” [Another translation reads:] “Warfare is ordained for you.”
“So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world).”
“When you clash with the unbelieving Infidels in battle (fighting Jihad in Allah’s Cause), smite their necks until you overpower them, killing and wounding many of them. At length, when you have thoroughly subdued them, bind them firmly, making (them) captives. Thereafter either generosity or ransom (them based upon what benefits Islam) until the war lays down its burdens. Thus are you commanded by Allah to continue carrying out Jihad against the unbelieving infidels until they submit to Islam.”
“‘Men, do you know what you are pledging yourselves to in swearing allegiance to this man?’ ‘Yes. In swearing allegiance to him we are pledging to wage war against all mankind.'”
There are many more such commands, but this is enough to establish that all Muslims are called to wage war. However, Muhammad did say that it is not proper for everyone to go on Jihad. He said a part of the troop should stay behind to tend to domestic matters. Muhammad also gave permission for the very young and very old, the disabled and the sick to stay behind. He said thei is no fault in them, either. But he admonished all those who did not go forth to fight in the Jihad that they must support the Jihad with everything they have:
“Not equal are those believers who sit at home and receive no injurious hurt, and those who strive hard, fighting Jihad in Allah’s Cause with their wealth and lives. Allah has granted a rank higher to those who strive hard, fighting Jihad with their wealth and bodies to those who sit (at home). Unto each has Allah promised good, but He prefers Jihadists who strive hard and fight above those who sit home. He has distinguished his fighters with a huge reward.”
Noble Qur’an:2:190 Footnote:
“Jihad is holy fighting in Allah’s Cause with full force of numbers and weaponry. It is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars. By Jihad Islam is established, Allah’s Word is made superior (which means only Allah has the right to be worshiped), and Islam is propagated. By abandoning Jihad Islam is destroyed and Muslims fall into an inferior position; their honor is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim. He who tries to escape from this duty, or does not fulfill this duty, dies as a hypocrite.”
So what does this mean? It means:
1 — Those voices complaining about ‘radical’ Islam saying some Muslims are “not Muslim enough” are proving their ignorance. Muhammad said that some Muslims are less than others. For someone else — especially a non-Muslim — to try and correct Muhammad is the height of arrogance. We should reject these voices. They are foolish at best, dangerously ignorant or even treasonous at worse.
2 — Muhammad did command all Muslims to wage or support Jihad, and those who do not are not Muslims, but ‘hypocrites!’ According to Muhammad, a ‘hypocrite‘ is anyone who tries to leave Islam; who disagrees with our objects to Muhammad’s commands; and who refuses to obey Muhammad’s commands. Muhammad said a hypocrite is worse than any other sin and they should be killed before the infidel.
3 — This means that all those voices out there claiming that there are ‘moderate‘ Muslims are also speaking out of ignorance. According to Muhammad, there is no such thing as a ‘moderate‘ Muslim: there are only Muslims (those who obey his commands — especially the command to wage Jihad) and ‘hypocrites‘ (those who only pretend to be Muslim to avoid punishment and death). We should ignore these voices, as well.
To summarize, Muhammad is the sole authority on Islam. He defines Islam, as well as who is and is not a Muslim.
Muhammad said anyone who disobeys him, disobeys Allah and will go to hell.
Muhammad said all — ALL Muslims are obligated to wage Jihad against the entire world until there is only Islam.
Muhammad said that those Muslims who do not go forth to fight in Jihad are not equal to the Muslims who do.
Muhammad said that those Muslims who stay back are still obligated to support the Jihad with their whole being — money included.
Muhammad said that those Muslims who do not obey these commands are not Muslims. He said they are hypocrites, the worst of all sins. Furthermore, Muhammad commanded that hypocrites be killed first, even before the infidels.
Which means anyone who tries to tell you that this is not true is speaking our of a dangerous ignorance or even more dangerous arrogance and that voice should be ignored because there is no Truth in it.