By Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch
This is odd. When non-Muslim analysts of jihad terror quote Qur’an 8:60, “strike fear [or terror] into the hearts of the enemies of Allah,” and other verses of the Qur’an like it, Islamic spokesmen in the West invariably charge that they’re taking it out of context, and that it only applies to a very limited situation in Muhammad’s day, and not to the present. Is Chicago imam Mohamed Elimam learning Islam from the writings of greasy Islamophobes?
“Chicago Imam Encourages Jihad against Israel,” MEMRI, n.d.:
Following are excerpts from Friday sermons delivered by Sheik Mohamed Elimam at the Chicago Islamic Center on July 18-25, 2014, and then posted on the Internet:
July 18, 2014
Mohamed Elimam: Oh, those of you who want to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah, Palestine is calling you and Gaza is crying out for your help. If you are true believers, real mujahideen, hasten to Palestine. However, if you are collaborators with those who give you weapons and money, then keep indulging yourselves with this money of yours.
Where are the Muslim rulers? Where are all those deadbeat regimes? Where are all those stray [Jihadi] groups? Return to the battle of Jihad in Palestine. Jerusalem is calling you. The children of Gaza are crying for your help. I say to all the honorable mujahideen, to any believer who has ever waged Jihad for the sake of Allah, and to every child who was killed for the sake of Islam… Let the whole world know that the Zionist enemy is not fighting a well-armed army. Rather, it is fighting a defenseless people. It is killing children, and destroying homes. This is how they behaved towards the prophets of Allah as well.
July 25, 2014
This enemy was planted in the midst of the Arab nation – and they chose Jerusalem, Palestine, the most important area – in order to be a thorn in the side of the Arab and Islamic nations. May Allah pull this thorn out, and stick it down their [Western] throats. May they be sent back to their countries in shame and disgrace, Allah willing.
Know that “Paradise lies beneath the shade of the swords.” Paradise belongs to you, oh martyrs, oh fighters, oh mujahideen, in our beloved Gaza and wounded Palestine. Stand fast in the face of this enemy.[…]
“Paradise lies beneath the shade of the swords” is a statement attributed to Muhammad in the Hadith (Bukhari 4.52.73).
There is a difference between Jews and Zionist Israelis. Global Zionism is unadulterated evil besetting all people. The [Zionists] hide behind religion, but religion has nothing to do with them. They have no religion, no morals, and no humanity.
[The Koran says:] “Prepare for them what force and steeds of war you can, to strike fear in the hearts of the enemy of Allah and of your own, and others besides them, whom you do not know, but Allah knows.” All the Arabs have abandoned our brothers in Palestine, and the Muslims are oblivious to them, but Allah supports them. They have prepared for battle. Even if the resistance cannot match [Israel] in numbers and equipment, it does in spirit and steadfastness, as mothers sacrifice their sons and wives sacrifice their husbands for the sake of Allah.
The quote is Qur’an 8:60.