Jihad, Spencer said, in Islamic texts “as well as in Islamic law, has always borne the primary meaning of warfare against unbelievers in order to affect their subjugation under Sharia.”
Sharia is the far-reaching legal system established by Muslim religious authorities. It governs most aspects of private and public life, and excludes Christianity and its offshoots: law, ethics, democracy and philosophy.
The prevalence of fighting in jihad is found in Qur’an translations provided by the University of Southern California.
Verse 74 of the Qur’an’s fourth book, for example, declares, “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”
That passage establishes the widespread Muslim view that dying in a war for Islam is “martyrdom” that will be rewarded by entrance to Islam’s heaven, or “jannah.”
Rehab’s campaign “is an attempt to … lull Americans into even greater complacency about the Islamic supremacist program,” Spencer said.
It “reminiscent of the ad campaigns of old that suggested that smoking was good for you: ‘More Doctors Smoke Camels than any other Cigarette,’” he added.
Rehab dismissed Spencer’s criticism, saying that Spencer cherry-picks alarming quotes from Islamic texts and advocates. “Most Muslims believe what I’m saying,” he insisted.
“My view of jihad comes entirely from what orthodox, mainstream Islamic authorities say ‘jihad’ means,” Spencer said.