Al-Qaeda chief to U.S.: “Avoid financial meltdown by converting to Islam”
A man with a plan: Islam can cure your asthma too…
Al-Zawahiri invites us to accept Islam, which Muhammad the prophet of Islam stipulates as the first step when meeting the unbelievers, before going to war with them (cf.Â Sahih MuslimÂ 4294). But of course, he and his ilk are already at war with us; his statement here merely reveals yet again the goal for which he and the jihadists are fighting: to extend Islamic law over the world.
It is noteworthy also that the Telegraph article about which Raymond commentedÂ hereÂ has no mention of this invitation to Islam. Why would the Telegraph not consider that fit to print? Do they think it’s meaningless religious boilerplate? Irrelevant? Or that it would offend Muslims in Britain if they called attention to it?
MuslimÂ scholar Bassam Tibi:
Â “at its core, Islam is a religious mission to all humanity. Muslims are religiously obliged to disseminate the Islamic faith throughout the world. “We have sent you forth to all mankind” (Q. 34:28). If non-Muslims submit to conversion or subjugation, this call (da’wa) can be pursued peacefully. If they do not, Muslims are obliged to wage war against them. In Islam, peace requires that non-Muslims submit to the call of Islam, either by converting or by accepting the status of a religious minority (dhimmi) and paying the imposed poll tax, jizya.”
Â Islamic wars are acts of “opening” the world to Islam and expressing Islamic jihad.Â Â Unbelievers who stand in the way, creating obstacles for the da’wa, are blamed for this state of war, for the da’wa can be pursued peacefully if others submit to it. In other words, those who resist Islam cause wars and are responsible for them.More…
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader appeared in a new video posted Friday calling on Americans to embrace Islam to overcome the financial meltdown, which he said was a consequence of the Sept. 11 attacks and militant strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan.Ayman al-Zawahri, whose 80-minute recording touched on a number of subjects, also lashed out at Afghanistan’s government and said any U.S. gains in Iraq will be temporary.
Zawahri’s new recording came in the form of a question-and-answer session with an off-camera interviewer.
Appearing in a white turban and robe, Zawahri discussed the roots of the U.S. economic crisis. He said it was a repercussion of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, and that the crisis would continue “as long as the foolish American policy of wading in Muslim blood continues.”
Zawahri then called on the American people to “embrace Islam to live a life free of greed, exploitation and forbidden wealth.”…
Yeah, I know I should cut down on doing that. It’s a bad habit.
“The American economy was afflicted by a downturn and loss of investor confidence in the market following the events of Sept. 11,” he said.”The modern economy has been destroyed by the strikes of the mujahedeen (in Iraq and Afghanistan)Â and usury,” he said, using the Arabic term for holy warriors.
Under Islamic Sharia law, usury, like drinking alcohol, is among the grand sins.