Germany, Belgium and France Make Arrests in Reported Islamic Terrorism Plots


(By  for NY TimesBERLIN — Scores of special police officers raided at least nine sites in southern Germany and Belgium on Tuesday after what the German authorities said was a tip about an Islamist plot involving two men of Tunisian origin who were planning to stage terrorist attacks involving explosives and remote-controlled model airplanes.

Separately, the French authorities detained nine people in raids on Monday and Tuesday, security officials said. The nine were suspected of plotting acts of Islamic terrorism in France or of having ties to jihadist networks.

In Germany, the chief federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe said in a statement that the two men of Tunisian origin were the target of raids in the area around Stuttgart in southwestern Germany and at unspecified locations in Belgium.

Other raids around Munich and Stuttgart were aimed at four contacts of the Tunisian-born men who were suspected of financing terrorist activities, and a another person suspected of money laundering, the statement said.

Raids also took place in the eastern state of Saxony, the statement said. None of the suspects or their contacts were identified by name, and no one was detained in the raids in Germany and Belgium, which the prosecutor’s office said were intended to collectevidence of plans and preparations for attacks and knowledge of how “terrorism motivated by radical Islam” is financed.

In France, agents from the domestic intelligence service detained three people in the south on Tuesday morning, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said. The suspects were known for “their affiliations with jihadism” and for posting threats against French institutions and “values” on the Internet, he said.

The French news media, citing anonymous police sources, suggested the suspects may have been involved in efforts to send jihadist fighters or trainees from France to other countries.

In separate raids on Monday in the Paris suburbs, the police detained six men whom Mr. Valls described as “particularly dangerous” and having the “intention” to carry out terrorist attacks in France. The suspects in that case, described in media reports as men between the ages of 22 and 38 who may have converted to Islam during prison stays, were known to the police “for acts linked to organized crime” and were “probably” involved in a recentrobbery, Mr. Valls said.

No charges were announced for any of the nine; under French law, suspects in terrorism cases may be held for up to four days without charge.

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  1. WHICH PART OF THIS DON’T PEOPLE UNDERSTAND?

    TO KILL & TO DIE IN THE NAME OF ALLAH

    October 12, 2000
    “Seventeen Americans are killed and dozens injured after a small boat apparently loaded with explosives and led by Muslim extremists crashes into the Navy destroyer USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen. The explosion blows a 40-foot by 40-foot hole in the ship.”

    August 7, 1998
    “Bombs placed by Muslim extremists explode at U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing at least 224 people, including 12 Americans. Washington responds with cruise missile attacks on sites allegedly linked to Osama bin Laden — a rare public strike on an alleged terrorist.”

    November 17, 1997
    “Muslim militants marched into the Temple of Hatshepsut in southern Egypt and massacred 58 tourists. The incident was one of the deadliest acts of terrorism directed specifically at tourists.”

    June 25, 1996
    “A truck bomb placed by Muslim extremists explodes outside the Khobar Towers housing complex near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 U.S. Air Force personnel and injuring more than 500 Americans and Saudis.”

    October 19, 1994
    ” A powerful bomb, apparently placed by Islamic militants opposed to the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, blew up a crowded bus during the morning rush hour in the heart of Tel Aviv, Israel, killing 22 people and wounding 48.”

    July 18, 1994
    ” A huge bomb placed by Muslim extremists exploded destroying a seven-story downtown building housing two Jewish groups in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At least 26 people were killed and 127 were injured.”

    February 26, 1993
    ” A tremendous underground explosion believed to be caused by a bomb placed by Muslim extremists, shook the 110-story twin towers of Manhattan’s World Trade Center, in New York, killing at least five people, injuring more than 1000, and sending tens of thousands of workers fleeing for their lives down crowded smoke-filled stairs.

    May 4, 1992
    “13 Egyptian Christians were shot dead by Muslim fundamentalists in Mansheit Nasser, Egypt . Ten Christian farmers were ambushed and murdered while working in their fields. A Christian teacher was shot in the local school while teaching a class of ten-year olds. A Christian doctor was shot dead outside his home.”

    These are just few samples out of thousands of terrorist attacks, which all have one element in common: Muslim extremists committed them all. While there are extremists in other groups, who are capable of committing acts of violence, it seems that violence committed by Muslim extremists exceeds the violence of other groups.

    Why do Muslim extremists act this way?

    Are Muslims inherently inhumane, savage and evil? – of course not. Muslims are ordinary people, just like anybody else. They are fathers, brothers and sons. They are doctors, engineers and lawyers. They are your co-workers, and your next door neighbours. A minority of Muslim extremists commits violence. So, what goes on in their minds when they act violently? To understand this one must understand an important and dangerous Islamic teaching called “Jihad” . It is important to understand that not every Arab is a Muslim, not every Muslim is an Arab, and not every Muslim is an extremist. We are not trying to attack a group of people here; we are only exposing a teaching in a religion that could have a serious effect on society.
    It is also important to know that in exercising Jihad, Muslim extremists may not think they are trying to maliciously hurt others, but rather they are only obeying God’s commandments. And in doing so, they are assuring themselves a place in Paradise.

    Jihad

    Jihad is one of many sacred duties Muslims perform. The word “Jihad” is an Arabic word, which means, “struggle”. Jihad can mean striving to be a better Muslim, but it can also mean fighting in the name of Allah. In this sense Jihad is the struggle for the cause of spreading Islam, using all means available to Muslims, including force. In resorting to force, Muslims will not have any problem finding passages in the Quran (believed by Muslims to be Allah’s word), and the Hadith (Muhammad’s sayings as recorded by Al Bukhari), that will not only condone violence, but will also demand it.

    Jihad in the Quran

    Allah orders Muslims in the Quran to terrorise non-Muslims on His behalf:

    “Strike terror (into the hearts of) the enemies of Allah and your enemies” Surah 8:60
    “Fight (kill) them (non-Muslims), and Allah will punish (torment) them by your hands, cover them with shame” Surah 9:14

    “I will instil terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them It is not ye who slew them; it was Allah” Surah 8:12, 17

    Jihad in the Hadith

    In the Hadith Muhammad also urges Muslims to practice Jihad. Muhammad once was asked: what is the best deed for the Muslim next to believing in Allah and His Apostle? His answer was:

    “To participate in Jihad in Allah’s cause ” Al Bukhari vol. 1:25

    Muhammad was quoted as saying:

    “I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, none has the right to be worshipped but Allah” Al Bukhari vol. 4:196

    Muhammad also said,

    “The person who participates in (Holy Battles) in Allah’s cause and nothing compels him to do so except belief in Allah and His Apostle, will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward, or booty (if he survives) or will be admitted to paradise (if he is killed). ” Al Bukhari vol. 1:35.

    Muhammad: an Example.

    When the prophet of Islam started preaching his new religion in Mecca, he was conciliatory to Christians and Jews. He told them: “We believe in what has been sent down to us and sent down to you, our God is the same as your God” Surah 29:45. This attitude changed completely after he gained political power in Medina. Allah then tells him to:

    “Fight People of the Book (Christians and Jews), who do not accept the religion of the truth (Islam), until they pay tribute (penalty tax) by hand, being inferior. ” Surah 9:29.

    Regarding Christians and Jews, it seems that Muhammad hated the Jews more. During his life time, Muhammad devoted much of his efforts to getting rid of the Jews:

    “You (Jews) should know that the earth belongs to Allah and his apostle, and I want to expel you from this land (the Arabian Peninsula), so, if anyone owns property, he is permitted to sell it.” Muhammad was quoted.

    At that time there were in Medina three Jewish tribes. Two of them, the Qaynqa and the Bani-al-Nudair tribes, were besieged by Muhammad’s men, blocking their access to food supplies, until they surrendered on his terms, which were that their lives would be spared, that they must emigrate from Medina, and that they must deposit all their belongings at a certain place for distribution among Muslims.

    The third tribe, Bani Qurayza, was not as lucky. After the War of the Trench, in which the Qurayshites besieged Muhammad, led, by Abu Sofyan, it was alleged that Bani Qurayza agreed to provide help from within to Abu Sofyan’s forces. Although the alleged help did not materialise and the siege eventually ended, nevertheless, Muhammad never forgave them for their willingness to help his enemies.
    Muslims turned against Bani Qurayza and blocked their streets for twenty-five days. The Jewish tribe expressed readiness to accept the surrender terms, which had been conceded to the other two Jewish tribes, namely cession of their belongings and departure with safe conduct. Muhammad, however, would not consent to this, and instead appointed as an arbiter Saad iben Moaz, a man who was known to be on bad terms with Bani Qurayza. Saad ruled that all Bani Qurayza’s men should be beheaded, that the women and children should be sold as slaves, and that all their property should be divided among the Muslims. Trenches were dug in the bazaar of Medina for disposal of the nine hundred Jewish bodies whom Muhammad had spent the night slaughtering. (See Ibn Hisham: The Prophet’s biography; vol. 2 pages 40 & 41)

    These are historical facts that happened 14 centuries ago, they represent a dangerous tendency for violence in the Muslim fundamentalist mentality. More serious is that Muslim fundamentalists are trying to repeat these acts of violence in this 21st century. Guard our freedom and democracy. Let Jesus’ message of tolerance and non-violence rule our land:

    “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword”.

    Matthew 26:52

    In the Name of Allah!

    Allah’s Killers

    It’s close to midnight
    Something evil’s lurkin’in the dark
    Under the moonlight
    You see a sight that almost stops your heart
    You try to scream
    But terror takes the sound before you make it
    You start to freeze
    As horror looks you right between the eyes
    You’re paralyzed

    ‘Cause this is killer
    Killer at night
    And no one’s gonna save you
    From the beast about to strike
    You know it’s Allah’s killer
    Killer at night
    You’re fighting for your life
    Beside a killer
    Killer tonight, yeah

    You hear the door slam
    And realize there’s nowhere left to run
    You feel the cold hand
    And wonder if you’ll ever see the sun
    You close your eyes
    And hope that this is just imagination
    But all the while
    You hear a creature creepin’ up behind
    You’re outta time

    ‘Cause this is Allah’s killer
    Killer at night
    There ain’t no second chance
    Against the thing with the beastly eyes,
    Killer
    Killer at night
    You’re fighting for your life
    Beside a killer
    Killer tonight

    Night creatures callin’
    The killers start to walk in their masquerade
    Darkness falls across the land
    The midnight hour is close at hand
    Creatures crawl in search of blood
    To terrorize your neighborhood
    And whosoever shall be found
    Without a gun to protect them
    Must stand and face the hounds of hell
    And rot inside a corpse’s shell

    Allah’s killer shouts:
    I’m gonna kill you tonight
    (Killer, killer)
    I’m gonna kill you tonight
    (Killer night, killer))
    I’m gonna kill you tonight
    I’m gonna kill you tonight
    Killer at night

    The foulest stench is in the air
    The funk of 1400 years
    And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
    Are closing in to seal your doom
    And though you fight to stay alive
    Your body starts to shiver
    For no mere mortal can resist
    The evil of Allah’s killers

    Why terrorists do what they do… in their own words.

    Aside from pursuing mass murder plots against innocent populations in every corner of the planet, Islamic terrorists have one other thing in common:

    They credit their motivation and success to religion.

    Islam isn’t hijacked by extremists – it is what sustains them. This distinguishes Islamic terrorism from mere criminal activity, and it is part of what makes Islam so very, very different from other religions.
    Many people would prefer to bury their heads in the sand or look for ways to recast Islamic terror to fit their own political agenda, but the fact is that violent Muslims are quite explicit about the religious certainty that compels and justifies their actions.
    The teachings and early history of Islam that explain the violence are discussed elsewhere on this site. Here we just want to show that, as far as Islamic terrorists are concerned, their acts are done specifically in the name of Allah and for the cause of Islam and Islamic rule… across the globe.

    Afghanistan
    [The Taliban are] “a simply band of dedicated youths determined to establish the laws of Allah on earth… The Taliban will fight until there is no blood in Afghanistan left to shed, and Islam becomes a way of life four our people.”
    Mullah Omar, Taliban leader

    “Our animosity is based on religion. We hate Americans for their secular ideology.”
    Tehrik-e-Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan explaining why his group of terrorists are opposed to the American presence in Afghanistan.

    “In the name of Allah the Avenger, I swear on the holy book to perform my sacred duty as a soldier of Islam in this Jihad to restore to this world the light of divine justice… Allah demands no less. For to die in the cause is to be sent immediately to paradise.”

    A Taliban official.

    Algeria
    “But the coming Islamic caliphate country will not rise except at the hands of the fighting sect who raises the flag of Allah and Jihad.”
    Statement from the Salafi terrorist group, one of several fundamentalist cells responsible for the slaughter of 150,000 men women and children in the 1990’s.
    “Our Jihad consists of killing and dispersing all those who fight against Allah and his Prophet.”
    “Throat-slitting and murder until the power is Allah’s!”

    Both quotes from leaders of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA). The first spoken by Sid Ahmed Mourad, the second from Abdelkader Hattab.

    Bulgaria
    “The month of Ramadan is a month of holy war and death for Allah. It is a month for fighting the enemies of Allah.”

    ‘Base of Jihad’ , taking credit for the brutal suicide bombing of a bus full of innocent tourists.

    Canada
    “Islam came for the good of humanity. So if someone doesn’t like good we fight them.”
    Faruq Khalil Muhammad, explaining why he supports terrorism against infidels.

    Chechnya
    “True resistance is helped by Allah the Supreme and the battles are for His just cause”

    Abu Hafs, Mujahideen and one of the region’s most prolific killer

    “I ask you to step up Jihad against enemies of Allah… Destroy Allah’s enemies wherever you have them, wherever your hands reach you may open a front… When there is a total war, there are no more civilian objects or civilian population”

    Doku Umarov, a leader who has taken personal responsibility for dozens of terror attacks in which many civilians were left dead.

    Dagestan (Russia)
    “I ask Allah that the next season he’ll give us the opportunity to kill as many kafirs [non-believers] as we can, just to shred them to pieces. Allah is almighty.”
    William Plotnikov, an Islamic militant fighting in Dagestan
    Terrorism is killing non-believers… for the sake of Allah

    Dagestani ‘rebel’ speaking on camera.

    Egypt
    “Allah is our objective, the Quran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, Jihad is our way, and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.”

    Credo of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has spawned attacks and numerous subsidiary terrorist organizations

    India
    “It’s a religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad… especially for the purpose of advancing Islam and repelling evil from Muslims.”

    Abu Jindal Hamza explaining why he helped slaughter 166 people in Mumbai

    “Democracy is among the menaces we inherited from an alien government. It is part of the system we are fighting against… It is not possible to work within a democracy and establish an Islamic system… If Allah gives us a chance, we will try to bring in the pure concept of an Islamic Caliphate.”
    “The notion of the sovereignty of the people is anti-Islamic. Only Allah is sovereign.”

    Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the leader of the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist organization.

    Yes! We – the terrorists of India – THE INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN, – the militia of Islam whose each and every Mujahid belongs to this very soil of India – have returned, to execute the compulsion of Allah:

    “Fight them (the disbelievers), Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace, and give you victory over them and He will heal the hearts of those who believe.” (Qur’an 9:14).
    Here we begin … raising the illustrious banner of Jihad against the Hindus and all those who fight and resist us…
    All Praise and Glory be to Allah, Who Alone Helps His slaves, Who Alone Fulfils His Promise, and Who Alone Defeats the enemy….
    While hoping for the Help and Victory from Allah we declare that such and more severe attacks shall continue irrespective of what the blamers blame us for.
    The hosts (of the Kafir) will all be routed and will turn and flee. [Qur’an 54: 45].
    We ask Allah to forgive us and Have Mercy on us and Aid us to conquer the unbelievers and Guide us to raise His Word and degrade His enemies with His Will Alone. And peace be upon His Messenger, and all those who follow the Guidance.

    The Indian Mujahideen, claiming credit for a brutal series of bombings that left dozens of civilians dead and hundreds more in agony.

    Iran
    “Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those who say this are witless. Islam says: ‘Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter their armies’….
    “Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to paradise, which can be opened only for holy warriors!
    “There are hundreds of other [Koranic] psalms and hadiths urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.’”

    The Ayatollah Khomeini

    Indonesia
    “We planned to kill for the sake of upholding Islamic Sharia and the establishment of a caliphate.”

    Captured terrorist, Bayu Setiono, who was busted along with five other members of an Islamic school for plotting deadly attacks.

    “Keep on fighting for the application of Islamic law. If this state and nation wants to become great, safe, and at peace then it has to return to Islam one hundred percent without bargaining. If not, then it will be destroyed.”

    Abu Bakar Bashir, spiritual leader of the Indonesian Mujahideen

    Iraq (Sunni)
    “There is no doubt that Allah commanded us to strike the Kuffar (unbelievers), kill them, and fight them by all means necessary to achieve the goal. The servants of Allah who perform Jihad to elevate the word (laws) of Allah, are permitted to use any and all means necessary to strike the active unbeliever combatants for the purpose of killing them, snatch their souls from their body, cleanse the earth from their abomination, and lift their trial and persecution of the servants of Allah. The goal must be pursued even if the means to accomplish it affect both the intended active fighters and unintended passive ones such as women, children and any other passive category specified by our jurisprudence.”

    Statement by the head of Jama’at al-Tawid wal-Jihad (“Group for Monotheism and Jihad”), a Sunni terrorist known for bloody massacres, including 86 Shiites at a mosque.

    Iraq (Shia)
    “My motivation is a sense of duty toward my religious faith to fight against any hostile enemy of Islam.”

    Abu Deraa, Shiite terrorist known for drilling into captive’s heads

    Iraq (al-Qaeda)
    “We are defending Islam and its sanctity”

    A woman training to be a suicide bomber

    “The Prophet, the master of the merciful has ordered to cut off the heads of some of the prisoners of Badr in patience. He is our example and a good role model.”
    Abu Muasa’b al-Zarqawi speaking moments before beheading an abducted American businessman.

    Israel
    “The Islamic Resistance Movement: Islam is its way. It is from Islam that it derives its ideas, concepts, and perceptions concerning the universe, life, and man, and it refers to Islam’s judgment in all its actions. It is from Islam that it seeks direction so as to guide its steps.”

    The covenant of Hamas, a terrorist organization that enjoys widespread popularity in the Islamic world despite brutal massacres of Israeli men, women and children.

    “It was a calculated act, performed with conviction and faith in Allah… I dedicated myself to Jihad for the sake of Allah and Allah granted me success. Do you know how many casualties there were? That was made possible by Allah.”

    Ahlam Tamimi, one of the bombers who slaughtered fifteen innocents, including six children at a Sbarro’s pizza parlor.

    “When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off the fingertip of them”

    Literature from the Jama’at al-Tawhid wa’l-Jihad Salafi group in Gaza quoting from the Quran to justify sending rockets haphazardly into Israeli population centers.

    “I am proud and honored to be a terrorist for the sake of Allah… This is Islamic religious law. I don’t invent anything. I follow Islamic religious law in this.”

    Umm Nidal, a woman who sent her six sons on suicide missions against Jewish civilians

    Jordan
    “Terrorism is a badge of honor on our chests until Judgment Day. In the name of Allah, we’re pursuing the path of jihad until we uproot you, exterminate your state until the rule of the king vanishes. We follow the steps of the Prophet (Muhammad)… Allah is our Lord; you have none.”

    Hassan al-Smeik, leader of the cell that plotted a chemical weapons attack intended to kill 80,000 Jordanians

    “Our people… are fighting disbelievers amongst their own just like the Prophet, Allah’s peace and prayer be upon him, fought his people. The Prophet, Allah’s peace and prayer be upon him, didn’t start with fighting the Romans or the Persians, but he started by fighting his people and made the criterion in that to be this religion.”

    Hassan al-Smeik, leader of the cell that plotted a chemical weapons attack intended to kill 80,000 Jordanians

    Kenya
    “The Mujahideen punished with their hands those believing and worshipping other than Allah. The [holy warriors] will continued until such practice is eliminated.”

    al-Shabaab loyalist Sheikh Hassan Takar on why two churches were targeted with grenades and gunfire.

    Lebanon
    “We are… linked to the Muslims of the whole world by the solid doctrinal and religious connection of Islam, whose message God wanted to be fulfilled by the Seal of the Prophets, i.e., Muhammad”

    From the charter of the Hezbollah terrorist group, which has kidnapped, tortured and killed numerous non-Muslims.

    Libya
    “We are in a battle with the liberals and the secularists… I swear by Allah that we can tolerate the killing of all people and wiping all countries off the map but we cannot tolerate a single swear word that could hurt our prophet… Our brave youths will continue their struggle until they impose Sharia”

    Mohammad Ali al-Zahawi, the leader of the Libyan arm of Ansar al-Sharia, which has massacred hundreds.

    Mali
    “All we want is the implementation of Sharia.”

    A spokesman from Ansar Dine, a group which has been compared to al-Qaeda for its summary execution of civilians and captured soldiers..

    “We are going to kill you because you don’t want Sharia.”

    Ansar Dine in Northern Mali

    The Netherlands
    “What moved me to do what I did was purely my faith. I was motivated by the law that commands me to cut off the head of anyone who insults Allah and his Prophet.”

    Mohammed Bouyeri, explaining in court why he stabbed Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh to death. (Bouyeri was holding a Qur’an at the time).

    Niger
    “Thanks to Allah, we carried out two operations against the enemies of Islam in Niger.”

    Mujao spokesman Abu Walid Sahraoui, following a terror attack.

    Nigeria
    “For peace to reign in the land, all Christians must convert to Islam. Allah has tasked all Muslims in Quran chapter 9 verse 29 to continue to attack Jews and Christians who refused to believe in him and his messenger, Prophet Mohammed”

    Abu Qaqa, explaining why his band massacred nearly one hundred worshippers, including children, in a series of attacks on churches in a single Sunday morning.

    “Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in his life time flushed out all idol worshipers and their leaders and all these evils. So, our aim and target is to do so here… Allah commanded us to obey His Holy Quran. Whether one likes it or not, we will follow it… we will get people to believe Allah is one, and Muhammad, His Prophet. They will come to the right way. ”

    Ustaz Muhammed Yusuf, founder of the Boko Haram terror group that has been known to kidnap and behead Christian pastors who refuse to embrace Islam

    “Whomever we kill, we kill because Allah says we should kill and we kill for a reason.”
    Abubakar Shekau, a cleric and spiritual leader calling for holy war against Christians.

    “I enjoy killing anyone that Allah commands me to kill the way I enjoy killing chickens and rams”

    A Boko Haram spokesman explaining his group’s declared war on Nigerian Christians.

    Pakistan
    “[Pakistan] will be turned into a citadel of Islam and secularism will be purged… only Islam guarantees human rights and peace.”

    The Tehrik-e-Taliban in a statement claiming responsibility for a brutal series of bomb attacks on Shiite pilgrims and mosques in which children were killed

    “With regard to Osama and Al-Zawahiri, I never met them, but I have the utmost love and respect for them, because of their enmity towards the Jews and the Christians. The Muslims must be harsh towards the infidels and compassionate among themselves. These two men reflect this Koranic verse… We place our trust in Allah. Soon, we will witness the miracles of Jihad.”

    By’atullah Mahsoud, Emir of the Pakistani Taliban

    “Our whole struggle is for the enforcement of Sharia law”

    Muslim Khan, Spokesperson for the Pakistani Taliban, responsible for hundreds of bombings, shootings and abductions.

    The Philippines
    “We may be small in number, but we have plenty fighting with us–the angels and the hand of Allah. We dream of an entire Islamic world, and we will achieve it. Allah is with us.”

    Abu Sayyaf terrorist group leader, Khadaffy Janjalani, responsible for church bombings and beheadings.

    Saudi Arabia
    “One of the greatest virtues in Islam is jihad for the sake of God. Ramadan is the month of jihad and battles, and most Muslim battles took place during the blessed month. This is your season, o people of jihad. Jihad during the fasting month of Ramadan has a great taste — for what better way to break your fast than to kill infidels and relish the sound of the weeping of the despicable tyrants and infidels.”
    Saudi-based terrorist magazine, al-Jihad

    Somalia
    “And your brothers of the Mujahideen Movement are on their way, going forth in Jihad against the occupiers and disbelievers so that the word of Allah is the highest and there is no more fitnah on earth and the religion is solely for Allah.”
    Deadly Somali terrorist group calling itself, Youth Islamic Movement
    “Know that I am doing this martyrdom operation only for the sake of Allah and for his religion.”

    A 21-year-old member of al-Shabaab and former British college student who murdered 20 Africans.

    Spain
    “Allah, may he be praised, said… ‘Kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from where they have driven you out; for internal strife [Fitna] is worse than killing.’”

    The Qur’anic verse quoted by the Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades in explaining the murder of 202 Madrid train commuters

    Sudan
    “To Fight and Conquer. Death in the name of Allah.”
    The unit logo of the Janjaweed militia, responsible for “cleansing” Darfur of African people along with the rape of thousands of women.
    “Long live the Mujahideen”
    Sudanese President, Omar al-Bahir, at a meeting of Janjaweed fighters.
    “Jihad is a duty.”

    The constitution of the Islamic Republic of Sudan

    Syria
    “Our hero [the suicide bomber] believed in Allah and died while fighting for Allah”
    Islamic Jihad leader, Abu Ayman

    “We are fighting to apply what Allah said to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. We are fighting so people don’t look to other people but only to Allah. We don’t believe in complete freedom: it is restricted by Allah’s laws.”

    A member of Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliated group responsible for hundreds of terror attacks

    Tajikistan
    “The Mujahideen, fighting in our ranks, have firm faith, they do not fight for power or positions in the society, they only want to make supreme the world of Allah… we abandoned this world, and, Allah willing, strive for the appeasement of Allah”

    Mujahideen of Tajik, the country’s bloodiest terror group.

    Thailand
    “The Islamic warriors of Pattani announce the purpose that we will never stop killing the Siamese kafir (infidel) and will never stop destroying army weapons, the economy, politics, education and the Siamese kafir society until we regain the land of Pattani and establish the state of Pattani Dar al-lslam”

    Leaflets distributed by separatists to intimidate the local Buddhist population.

    “….Martyrs, how glorious we will be if we fall as warriors of our land. When Martyrs are killed, they are not dead but alive next to Allah. They will watch and listen to every piece of news to see if their children will follow in their footsteps….”
    Berjihad di Pattani, “calls for a holy war to liberate Pattani from ‘colonists’. It is liberal in employing metaphoric references and verses from the Quran. …a significant and clear articulation of the radical religious dimension of the conflict in south Thailand used within the context of Malay-Muslim resentment of the central government. It engages in Takdir (the labeling of fellow Muslims as infidels) and makes direct calls for Martyrs to attack fellow Muslims perceived to be collaborating with the “occupation”, or the Jahili (people of the ignorance). It views the practice of religious obligations of these “hypocrite” Muslims as a disguise hiding hearts filled with fury and hatred against Islam…”

    Turkey
    “The Koran says: ‘Fight them until evil disappears and all religion becomes Allah’s [religion].’ The suicide activists who blow themselves up are carrying out the Koran’s commandment.’”

    Ali Osman Zor, Great East Islamic Raiders Front terrorist organization

    United Kingdom
    “Our religion is Islam – obedience to the one true God, Allah, and following the footsteps of the final prophet and messenger Muhammad… This is how our ethical stances are dictated. “

    Mohammad Sidique Khan, London subway bomber, explaining his motives on a pre-recorded video tape.

    “Know that, I did what I did for the pleasure of Allah alone.”
    From the will of Bilal Abdulla, a Glasgow suicide bomber.
    “We are doing this in order to gain the pleasure of our Lord and Allah loves us to die and kill in his path. Anyone who tries to deny this, then read the Koran and you will not be able to deny this because this is the words in the Koran and the words of our the messenger of Allah, prayers and peace upon him.”
    “We love to die in the path of Allah… On top of this is to punish and to humiliate the Kuffar [non-believer]”
    “Thank God Allah accepted my duas [prayers] yeah, and provided me a means to do this.”
    From the farewell videos of those convicted in the plot to kill thousands of airline passengers over the Atlantic in 2006.
    “O enemies of Allah, we have heard and seen you openly insulting the final Messenger of Allah. You should know that for every action there is a reaction. Today is a day of retaliation (especially) for your blasphemy of Allah and his messenger Muhammad. We love death more than you love life.”

    Letter of explanation from six Muslim devotees who admitted to plotting a bomb attack on critics of Islam at an EDL rally.

    “We are forced by the Quran, in Sura at-Tawba, through many ayah in the Quran athat that say we must fight them… Allah’s peace and blessings be upon you.”

    Convert Michael Adebolajo, explaining himself on video right after hacking an off-duty soldier to death on a London street while shouting praises to Allah.

    United States
    “I did not act out of hatred for Americans, but love for Allah instead. I live only to serve Allah by obeying all of Allah’s commandments, of which I am aware by reading and learning the contents of the Koran.”

    Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar, explaining (in his words) “reasons for premeditating and attempting to murder citizens and residents of the United States of America.” He also quoted 141 verses from the Qur’an.

    “I wasn’t insane or post traumatic nor was I forced to do this Act… [it was] justified according to Islamic Laws and the Islamic Religion. Jihad to fight those who wage war on Islam and Muslims.”

    Abdulhakim Muhammad (formerly Carlos Bledsoe), explaining why he gunned down an unarmed soldier outside a recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    “The Muslim war will continue until Islam is spread throughout the whole world.”

    Faisel Shahzad, in his farewell tape, made shortly before the attempt to mass murder hundreds of New Yorkers at Times Square.

    “In late 2009, in fulfillment of a religious obligation, I decided to participate in jihad against the United States. The Koran obliges every able Muslim to participate in jihad and fight in the way of Allah, those who fight you, and kill them wherever you find them.”

    Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “Underwear Bomber”, proudly telling a court why he attempted to detonate a plane full of innocents over Detroit.

    Uzbekistan
    “We have declared a jihad to create a religious government in Uzbekistan”

    Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader, Tahir Yuldeshev

    Yemen
    “We will implement the rule of Allah on earth by the tip of the sword.”
    “We need men who are willing to go all the way and not hold back anything from Allah. The religion of Allah cannot be given victory by part-time service. This is not a weekend religion. The contract is to sell our souls to Allah. The compensation is paradise.”

    American-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who has inspired multiple bombing and shooting plots in the U.S. and Europe from his base in Yemen.

    “Our project is to institute the Sharia of Allah on Earth and reject the man-made laws and constitutions. Nothing will rule the country other than the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger
    We will fight the enemy without leniency and not surrender until only Islam rules”

    Nasir al Wuhayshi, the leader of Yemen’s most feared terrorists

    “In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious the Most Merciful… Praise is to Allah, the glory granter to Islam with His victory and the disgracer of the unbelief with his Might… and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger who said:
    ‘I have been inspired between the hands of the hour until Allah alone is worshiped and my sustenance has been made under the shade of my spear, and disgrace and humiliation has been prescribed for the one who disobeys my command.'”

    al-Qaeda al-Jihad in Yemen taking credit for a brutal suicide attack and quoting the words of Muhammad to explain why.

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