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Holy Terror by Amir Taheri

"It is in the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its laws on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet." -Sheikh Hassan al-Banna, founder and Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood.

pg 10: Theirs (Islamic Jihad Organizations') long term objective is the conversions - "by force if necessary" - of all mankind to the faith of Muhammad.

pg 15: "The world as it is today is how others [i.e. infidels] shaped it," wrote the late Ayatollah Muhammad Baqer al-Sadr. "We have two choices: either to accept it with submission, which means letting Islam die, or to destroy it, so that we can construct the world as Islam requires." Another leading theoretician of fundamentalism, Mustafa Chamran, wrote: "To us the East is like the West. Both are enemies."

pg 16: The second characteristic that distinguishes the Islamic version from other forms of terrorism is that it is clearly conceived and conducted as a form of Holy War which can only end when total victory has been achieved.

pg 16: The third specific characteristic of Islamic terrorism is that it forms the basis of a whole theory both of individual conduct and of state policy. To kill enemies of Allah and to offer the infidels the choice between converting to Islam or being put to death is the duty of every individual believer, as well as the supreme - if not the sole - task of the Islamic state.

pg. 20: The division of the world in two mutually exclusive camps of the City of War and the City of Faith - lies at the heart of Islamic traditional view of existence.

pg 21: In countries where Partisans of allah are still weak and not fully organized, they act as missionaries of the Faith. .. As long as Islam is not strong enough to impose its will on the inhabitants of the City of War by force, it may observe a period of truce. But they can never be peace between the two.

pg. 22: "The very concept of a secular Muslim society is impossible by definition," said Habib Boulares, a leading Arab scholar with impeccable Western credentials and a member of the Tunisian Nations Assembly.

pg 28: The dhimmis (i.e. Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians) and other infidels who may harbor hostile intentions towards Islam must be considered enemies making war on Allah. their punishment is death.

pg. 31: Adding the number of believers and reducing that of the infidels is one of the most important duties of the militant fudamentalist.

Pg 32: A true believer (a Muslim) cannot remain indifferent to the political fate of the society in which he lives. Islam is a thoroughly political religion, and cannot be put in position of weakness simply because some means and tactics may be considered immoral.

pg 34: The unbelievers follow falsehood while Believers follow the truth. When you meet the unbelievers strike off their heads, and when you laid them low, bind them firmly. - Quran, Sura XLII, verse 3-4.

pg 36: Islam's kingdom, unlike that of Christ, does not belong to the hereafter, and must be created here and now.

pg 45: Those who are against killing have no place in Islam. Our Prophet killed with his own blessed hands. Our Ilam Ali killed more than 700 on a single day. If the survival of the faith requires the shedding of blood, we are there to perform our duty. - Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali, Islamic Judge.

pg 59: Throw away your worry beads and buy a gun. for worry beads keep you silent, while guns silence the enemy of Islam. -Muhammad Nawab-Safavi

pg 86: Islam is not Christianity. .. Islam is the religion of agitation, violence, blood, liberation and martyrdom. - Shaikh Morteza Motahari

pg 89: Contrary to what is generally assumed in the West, Islam expressly forbids any form of suicide, and killing in the service of Faith is certainly more meritorious than getting killed for it.

pg 91: Islam recognizes only one important dividing line in life - tam'yeez, or the ability to distinguish right from wrong. Girls cross the line at the age of nine, when they are considered complete women and can marry; boys cross it at sixteen.

pg 118: It is worth recalling that U.S. has been one of the most important breeding ground for the Islamic Revolution outside the Middle East itself.

pg 123: The Party of Allah's theoreticians see the 1980s basically as "an era of sowing the seeds of tomorrow." What is important is to take the message of the Islamic Revolution to as many Muslims as possible. this message, offered on tapes and in books, newspapers, and radio programs in many languages, is backed by financial, political, and military might of Iran , which is emerging as "the new superpower of the Persian gulf ," according to some Western analysts. In an Arabic booklet, the Party of Allah states its objectives as follows:

            (1) To teach Muslims that Islam and impiety can never coexist.

            (2) To mobilize the forces of Islam for Holy War unto victory.

            (3) To teach every Muslim that his duty toward his Creator includes readiness to kill and to die.

            (4) To make sure that all the rules of Islam are obeyed in Muslim countries down to the minutest detail.

            The Party of Allah is not the party of the meek and faint-hearted, nor is it a gathering place of those who look on war as an abomination to be eliminated from human existence. In an address to fundamentalist militants from more than thirty countries gathered at his house in Jamaran on the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, Khomeini himself summed up the message of the party of Allah:

            If one allows the infidels to continue playing their role of corruption on Earth, their eventual moral punishment will be all the stronger. thus, if we kill the infidels in order to put a stop to their [corrupting] activities, we have indeed done them a service. For their eventual punishment will be less. to allow the infidels to stay alive means to let them do more corrupting [activities.] [To kill them] is a surgical operation commanded by Allah the Creator .. .. those who follow the rules of the Quran are aware that we have to kill .. ... War is a blessing for the world and for every nation. It is Allah himself who commands men to wage war and to kill. The Quran commands: "Wage war until all corruption and all disobedience [of divine law] are wiped out!"

            The wars that our Prophet -blessed be his soul- waged against the infidels were divine gifts to humanity. Once we have won the war [ against Iraq ] we shall turn to other wars. For that would not be enough. We have to wage war until all corruption, all disobedience of Islamic laws cease [throughout the world]. The Quran commands: "War, war unto victory! A religion without war is a crippled religion. Had Jesus-Allah bless his soul- been allowed to live a little longer, he too would have acted as Moses did and used the sword ... ... It is war that purifies the Earth. Those courtier mullahs who say [war] is contrary to the rules of the Holy Book are enemies if Islam. But Allah be praised, our young warriors re putting his command into effect and fighting. They know that to kill the infidels is one of the noblest missions Allah has reserved for mankind.

 pg 125: Pilgrims to the "waiting room of Paradise " start their guided tour of the Islamic Republic with a visit to the Behesht Zahra (Paradise of Flowers) graveyard south of Teheran. There they are invited to stand for a minute's silence in front of the Fountain of Blood, a 14-foot high fountain out of which surges a blood-red liquid, symbolizing, in the words of the guide, the essence of Islam's message. At the end of the minute's silence, a choir of child warriors recites a revolutionary song whose refrain is "Khomeini Me Razmad! Amrika Mi Larzad! (Khomeini fights! America trembles!). Many visitors have tears in their eyes, tears of joy and determination. Some end up as Volunteers of Martyrdom, keeping the camps of Holy Terror busy.

 pg 126: Who are these Brides of Blood who have secured a unique place in Shiiate mythology? Not every female could aspire to so distinguished a position: one has to be marked out for it by divine will. The Brides of Blood are pure virgins who have decided to embrace death in order to avenge the blood of Hussein who fell - a martyr - on the battlefield of Karbala on 10 Oct. 680. The Brides of Blood are considered to be daughters of the Prince of the Martyrs and, once in the next world, will have their husbands chosen for them by Hussein from among "the most pious and shapely of young men, free from blemish."

 pg 133: .. the Shiiate tradition of taqiya, by which the faithful can conceal the truth in order to protect the higher interests of the community.

 pg. 146: In July 1986, for example, the Islamic Republic's Embassy in Beirut presented a strange gift to the Lebanese section of the Party of Allah. It was an electrical machine, developed in the Islamic Scientific Institute of Teheran, for cutting off fingers of people found guilty of stealing.

 pg. 152: Thinking (in Shiiate theology) is deemed not only dangerous but also unnecessary, since all the answers to all the imaginable questions can be found in the Quran and the Hadith.

 pg. 202: The Islamic fundamentalist movement of the 1980s spared none of the Muslim countries. It struck roots in societies as widely different as Indonesia and Algeria . And in every instance it had resource to violence as a means of furthering its political objective.

 pg. 219: The Bulgarian government itself showed the way by launching a de-Islamicization campaign aimed at "liberating" the country's estimated 1.2 million from "the tyranny of a decant ideology."

 pg. 224: Early in 1986 a Cairo lawyer, Nur Farwaj, pronounced a sentence no one had the courage to utter in the land of Islam for nearly a decade: "The shariah is a collection of reactionary tribal rules unsuited to contemporary societies." Another lawyer, Faraj Fade, a persuasive speaker as well as a passionate essayist, went even farther and published a pamphlet under the provocative title of No to Shariah. He put his argument directly: Islam has o policy suitable for modern society and should not be mixed with politics. Instead of entering into lengthy discussions all we have to do as thinking people is to cry out together: "No to shariah."

 pg 241:

                   A. Islam Is Not a Religion of Pacifists

             There are two kinds of wars in Islam: one is called Jihad [Holy War], which means the conquest of [other] countries in accordance with certain conditions. The other [type] is war to preserve the independence of the [Muslim] country and the repulsion of foreigners. Jihad or Holy War, which is for the conquest of [other] countries and kingdoms, becomes incumbent after the formation of the Islamic state in the presence of the Imam of in accordance with his command. Then Islam makes it incumbent on all the adult males, provided they are not disabled and incapacitated, to prepare themselves for the conquest of [other] countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world.

             But world public opinion should know that Islam conquest is not the same as conquests made by other rulers of the world. The latter want to conquer the world for their own personal profit, whereas Islam's conquest is aimed at serving the interests of the inhabitants of the globe as a whole. [Non-Islamic] conquerors want to rule the world so that they can spread through it every injustice and sexual indecency, whereas Islam wants to conquer the world in order to promote spiritual values, and to prepare mankind for justice and divine rule. [Non-Islamic] conquers sacrifice the lives and possessions of the people to their leisure and pleasure. But Islam does not allow its leaders and generals to enjoy themselves or to have a moment's leisure; in this way the lives and property of people can be protected and bases of injustice destroyed in the world.

             Islam's Hoy War is a struggle against idolatry, sexual deviation plunder, repression and cruelty. The war waged by [non-Islamic] conquerors, however, aims at promoting lust and animal pleasures. They care not if whole countries are wiped out and many families left homeless. But those who study Islamic holy War will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world. All the countries conquered by Ilam or to be conquered in the future will be marked for everlasting salvation. For they shall live under Light Celestial Law......

             Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. those [who say this] are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by [the unbelievers]? Islam says: Kill them [the non-Muslims], put them to the sword and scatter [their armies]. Does this mean sitting back until [non-Muslims] overcome us? Islam says: Kill in the service of Allah those who may want to kill you! Does this mean that we should surrender [ to the enemy]? Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to Paradise , which can be opened only for Holy Warriors!

             There are hundreds of other [Quranic] psalms and Hadiths [sayings of the Prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.

 - Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Kashf al-Asrar (Key to the Secrets), Qom , 1986. (Originally published in Qom in 1942 and reprinted in Teheran in 1980 and 1983.)

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