Method of Muhammad
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Mary Habeck, Associate Professor of Yale University and highly
respected military historian presented "Jihadist Ideology" on 8/12/04
covered by C-Span. Habeck explained the military strategies based on
Islam's holy books, the Quran, the Hadith and the
Sira. According to
Habeck, the Sira is not well known in the West but very widely known
in the Islamic world defining the "Method of Muhammad." Habeck says
that in the Sira, Muhammad is the perfect man believed to have the
perfect method for applying Islam. Jihadis believe that his successes
were so miraculous they could only have been supported by Allah and if
they want to experience the same success, they have to follow
Muhammadís footsteps exactly.
Habeck explained how Muhammad began in Mecca which persecuted early
Muslims and was at first hostile to his message. Muhammad began the
Dawa, the call to Islam. There was no violence allowed at this stage
and he created a very small group which was clandestine, meeting in
secret for fear of persecution. Muhammad slowly inculcated them into
Islam as a way of life. It became a small vanguard or spearhead with
an emir (leader).
Habeck explains that the second stage in Muhammadís life is the
Hejira, the immigration away from Mecca, (an unbelieving place), to
Medina, a place that was more accepting, more open to the message of
Islam. Once Muslims have that dedicated "vanguard," they are to
migrate away from the unbelieving society to someplace where there is
already an Islamic society or create one, because thatís what Muhammad
was forced to do. Using that small vanguard, he created the perfect
Islamic society, so the argument is Muslims must do exactly the same
thingómigrate away from an unbelieving society under a guise of peace
with small cells of true believers to someplace thatís even more open
to Muslim ideas to become stronger.
The third stage is Medina, which is the Islamic state Muhammad
created once he arrived. Several people believe you must create an
Islamic state before you can proceed to the next stage in Medina which
is the stage of Jihad [where Muhammad slaughtered 600 to 900 Jews who
rejected him as prophet]. So first of all you have Mecca, the Hejira
and then at Medina the third stage, you are allowed to take part in
violence for the sake of Islam. This is what happened in Muhammadís
life. [That is what is happening in America today.] It was at Medina
that Muhammad was allowed to use violence against the unbelievers,
those who had been oppressing him, and then gradually he was allowed
to carry out this warfare spread to most of the unbelievers in the
After Muhammad overtook Medina, he returned to Mecca and was able
to take the city without a fight. Habeck explained the Jihadists
belief that once they succeed in other countries, [including violence]
Islam will be similarly welcomed.
This explains why the Quran has both "peaceful" verses and verses
recited by terrorists as they commit violence. Together with the Sira,
the duplicitous method of Muhammad, Islamist terrorism is symbiotic.
Habeck acknowledges that Jihadis are a small number, and even the
9/11 Commission has postulated that the percentage of
"fundamentalists" is a fraction of the Muslim population. But these
small spearheads of Islam are exactly the belief of Islam played out,
the method of Muhammad.
The 9/11 Commissionís recognition of Islamic jihad is clear. When
confronted with descriptions of Islam as "faith based upon love, not
hate," the Commission wrote,
"Yet as political, social, and economic problems created
flammable societies, Bin Laden used Islamís most extreme,
fundamentalist traditions as his match. All these elements
Ėincluding religionócombined in an explosive compound." 9/11
Commission Report, pg 54.
Bin Laden did not hijack Islam, heís just taking it seriously.
How many more Daniel Pearls, Nick Bergs and Paul Johnsons, (beheaded
under the words of the Koran), will it take before we wake up? How
many more millions of Christians must die?
Should we persecute Muslims? Never. Islam has been methodically
presented as peaceful in Muhammadís time and today. But teach Islam to
our children as a religion to embrace in public school? Ask them to
"assume you are a Muslim soldier" as instructed in their textbooks? -
-Only if we want our sons and daughters to share a jail cell with John
Walker Lindh. Instead of a jail cell, he should receive an "A" in
today's American classroom. After all, he could turn in his whole
ordeal with the Taliban as an expansive, though late, class project.
He did what his teachers taught him. He lived what they told him to
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