January 12, 2016

How Does Sharia Define “Jihad”?

Since 9/11, Presidents, Members of Congress, the media, and many others have publicly stated that individuals who commit acts of violence in the name of Islam are acting as “criminals” or “thugs” but certainly are not doing what Islam teaches because “no religion would teach that.”

In fact, Islam divides the entire world into two parts:  the Dar al Islam (the “house” of Islam where sharia is the law of the land) and the Dar al Harb (the “house of war” – the entire rest of the planet).  According to Islamic sources, the purpose of Islam is to eliminate the dar al harb until the entire world is the dar al Islam under sharia law.  Then you have “peace.”

The vehicle to do this is called “jihad.”

Because sharia is a totalitarian system of law, we must look at how sharia defines “jihad.”


The Umdat al Salik (Reliance of the Traveller) is a 14th century book of Islamic law that is relevant today because the leading Muslim Brotherhood entity in the United States, the Islamic Society of North America, tells Muslims this book should be in every Muslim home in America.  Additionally, Al Azhar University, the oldest and most prestigious school of Islamic jurisprudence on the planet has a certification in the Reliance of the Traveller stating it approves what is contained inside it.

There, jihad is defined as follows:  “to war against non-Muslims…signifying warfare to establish Islam” and is “obligatory for every Muslim.”  There is no other definition for jihad.

The 12th century Distinguished Jurist’s Primer states:  “war…is obligatory on men who are free, have attained puberty, who find the means for going to war, are of sound health, and are neither ill nor suffer from a chronic disease…the jurists agreed, with respect to the people who are to be fought, that they are all of the polytheists, because of the words of the Exalted, ‘And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah.”

The Al-Hidayah: A Classic Manual of Hanafi Law defines jihad as follows:  “Jihad is a communal obligation…Jihad is determined till the Day of Judgment…’Then shall ye fight, or they shall submit (Qur’an 48:16)’ When the Muslims commence battle, and they have surrounded a city or a fort, they are to invite the inhabitants to accept Islam…If they respond positively, they are to refrain from fighting them, due to the attainment of the purpose. If they refuse, they are to invite them to the payment of jizyah, and this is what the Prophet ordered the commanders of the armies to do for it is one of the consequences
upon the conclusion of battle…if they reject the invitation, they are to seek the help of Allah and engage them in combat.”

From the most widely used text in Islamic schools in America, What Islam is All About, we see American Muslim school children are taught this:  “The word jihad is most often associated with the act of physically confronting evil and wrong-doing…if anyone dies in a Jihad they automatically go to Paradise.  A Shaheed or Martyr, is described this way by Allah, ‘Don’t think that those who were killed in Allah’s Cause are dead. No they are alive, finding their bounty in the presence of their Lord…the Law of the Land is the Sharia of
Allah…the duty of the Muslim citizen is to be loyal to the Islamic State.”


It is worth noting that all authoritative Islamic law only defines jihad as warfare against non-Muslims until they either convert to Islam or – in the case of those who had a holy book at the time of Mohammad (Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians) – submit to sharia, pay the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya), and “feel themselves subdued.”

There is no other “version” of Islam which contradicts this.

It is interesting to note that nearly fifteen (15) years after 9/11, Western leaders continue see jihad being committed right in front of their faces, and still continue to say that it does not represent “true Islam.”  Yet, at Islamic schools across the globe, first grade Muslim children are taught that non-Muslims must convert to Islam, submit to sharia, or be killed for the sake of Allah.

Where on the planet does authoritative sharia teach Muslims that jihad is spiritual yoga to better oneself?  It does not teach this anywhere.  However, Muslim “advisors” do tell American officials this definition exists even though it is not taught to the Muslim community.

So the next time you see a Muslim kill or attempt to kill someone and they proclaim it is a command from Allah, you will realize that person is not a “radical” or a “violent extremist” – that person is a Jihadi.

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About JG
John Guandolo is a US Naval Academy graduate, served as an Infantry/Reconnaissance officer in the United States Marines and is a combat veteran, served as a Special Agent in the FBI from 1996-2008, and was recruited out of the FBI by the Department of Defense to conduct strategic analysis of the Islamic threat. He is the President and Founder of Understanding the Threat (UTT).
  1. […] all authoritatively published Islamic law mandates muslims wage war against the non-muslim world until “Allah’s divine law”/sharia […]

  2. REMEMBER PEOPLE. THIS GUY IS NOT A LEGITIMATE ISLAMIC SCHOLAR. When one wants an answer regarding science, one refers to scientists. When one wants an answer regarding psychology, one refers to a psychologist. As such, when one wants an answer on place of jihad in Islamic law, one must refer to Islamic jurist who specializes in Islamic law and is able to navigate the intricacies and nuances in Islamic law. I have done my proper research and let me tell you sincerely this guy is fundamentally wrong. If you are SINCERE about learning what jihad proper means check out this lecture by an ACTUAL Islamic jurist named Dr.Tahir ul Qadri: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gMjPPCg9Rk

    • “Abdullah” – please tell me where UTT is incorrect about what we publish about sharia. Please answer these questions:
      1. Is the sources of sharia the Koran and the Sunnah (example of Mohammad)?
      2. Is the Koran the uncreated word of allah and Mohammad a “beautiful pattern of conduct” for all muslims for all time?
      3. Does sharia command warfare against non-muslims until the the entire world is under Islamic rule?

      If you answered “No” to question 3, please produce the name of 1 Islamic law book or one Islamic school on the planet that contradicts it.

      Sincerely, John Guandolo, President, UTT

  3. […] previous posts UTT published “How Does Sharia Define Jihad?” found here, and “What is Sharia?” […]

  4. […] previous posts UTT published “How Does Sharia Define Jihad?” found here, and “What is Sharia?” found […]

  5. […] UTT has documented in articles here, here, here, here and here and in videos here, here, and here, there is only one Islam and one sharia.  All […]

  6. […] In Islamic law (sharia), “jihad” only means “warfare against non-muslims” to “establish Islam.”  There is no other legal definition in Islam for jihad as UTT details HERE and HERE. […]


    support the Constitution, commit treason, is ostensibly to provide members of Congress with the authority to forgive (indeed reward!) each other, et al, for betraying the country.


    With regard to the politically-connected federal & State officials referred to among the aggregation of probable liars and/or willful deniers listed in paragraph 1 (including perforce the 9/11 president who, parenthetically, allowed the Osama bin Laden clan to be spirited out of the country in order to deny the FBI interview access, thus obstructed justice on-stilts as it pertained to the murder by sharia adherent Islamist jihadists of 3000+ innocent people on American soil), the only plausible explanation for the existence therefore of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which allows the Congress by a two-thirds vote of both houses to “remove” the employment “disability” clause applicable to federal & State employees who notwithstanding their oath to support the Constitution, commit treason.

    I.e. which ostensibly provides members of the United States Congress with the authority to forgive (indeed reward!) each other, et al, for betraying the country.

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  10. […] By John Guandolo Originally published in Understanding the Threat (UTT) notice on January 12, 2016 […]

  11. There is no moderation.

  12. Insightful, revealing, dare I say illuminating observations of what ails the West in its struggle to come to grips with an ideology that is 180 degrees out of phase with Western liberal multiculturalism; hence, its allure to the legions of (particularly) young people caught in the clutches of the macabre.

  13. The answer to the question why our leaders continue to say that jihad doesn’t represent “true Islam” is that they are useful idiots, willfully blind or have an agenda. The agenda for the Left is to take down the country and receiving money from the Islamists is not seen as wrong which includes the Clintons and Al Gore who profited handsomely from Al Jazeera. You know that already.

    So, the best tactic is exposure. Fox News has become a disappointment, NewsMax is on it but doesn’t reach enough people….yet. People such as yourself, Tom Trento, Frank Gaffney, Robert Spencer, Pam Geller, Brigitte Gabriel, etc. are doing your best as are Rush, Levin, Savage, etc. Trump and maybe Rubio and Cruz are resonating, but are excoriated by the mainstream media. I guess the best thing to do is to make sure one of them is elected. Otherwise, we’re all just blowing in ear other’s ear.

  14. What we also need is a continual stating of the fact that there are different forms of jihad that is done by the majority of moslems. Their acting the victims after their own that they fund and morally support via other forms of jihad is one example, Jihad by the word/pen – or the different forms of deception (obfuscation, denying, excusing away, deflecting (usually off onto the Bible’s over 2 millennia year old history of violence that no one does today but they use it to try to excuse away violent jihad), etc). Jihad by their wealth – that part of their own zakat, a Pillar of Islam, is required to fund violent jihad, per sharia. Jihad by emigration, or hijrah, to migrate to lands to build up their numbers so they can become a political force and basically ignore violent jihadists and other forms of Islamic violence. And other forms of jihad that I can’t think of off the top of my head.

    BTW, thanks for this article – I am going to use it as reference!!

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