Jihad vs Crusades

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Whenever you’re dealing with an apologist for Islam, or even a Muslim, and you bring up jihad, almost immediately, they kickback to you: “But what about those terrible crusades? Why they’re the moral justification for jihad and we’re just as bad as they are. So let’s not talk about jihad, okay? Let’s talk about the Crusades.”

Well, what I would like to talk about here, are facts. I created a database of 548 battles that Islam fought: jihad battles against classical civilization. This isn’t even all the battles. It doesn’t include battles Africa, India, Afghanistan and other locations. It’s primarily at data base of the battles against the classical civilization of Rome and Greece.

548 battles are a lot; too many to comprehend. So I created a dynamic battle map with displays of the Mediterranean in 20 year increments. On the display, a white dot designates a battle during the twenty-year period, a new battle. Every time the screen changes to the next 20 year period, the previous white dots turn red and a new set of current battles are shown with white dots so you can see the unfolding history. This may seem a little confusing, but when you see it you’ll know exactly what I mean.

As the dynamic display starts, Islam bursts out of the Arabian Peninsula and immediately starts attacking the Middle East. Notice that it is not long before there are battles across the Mediterranean and attacks in southern France, and Spain.

Notice something else: when most people think of Islam, they think of Arabs; and of desert. Yet here we see that Islam is projecting power throughout the Mediterranean. Notice how the little islands of the Mediterranean are getting hammered. The navy of Islam would attack coastal towns, kill, rob, rape, and then take slaves. As this entire battle map unfolds, slaves are taken. Over a million slaves were taken from of Europe into the Islamic world. It’s something you don’t think about, but it’s absolutely true.

There were over 200 battles fought in Spain alone. We also see, however, on the east coast, in Turkey, that Islamic forces attempt to break into Europe. What happens in Spain during this ongoing fight that lasted for 400 years is that the Christians push back the Moslems. But what happens in the East is that Constantinople falls and now then eastern Europe gets hammered. The jihad comes to Eastern Europe. It’s pushed out of Spain, but northern Africa becomes completely Islamic, and the Middle East is completely Islamic.

This is all jihad, relentless jihad. And why is it so relentless?

Well, Mohammed was relentless in his jihad, and these people are good students of Islam. And so it’s jihad against the Kafir, endlessly.

It was traditional that when a new Sultan came to power, he would immediately attempt to launch new wars because he would be noted in Islamic history as to how well he fought against the Kafir.

So that’s what the jihad looked like over that time period: 548 battles. But remember, when you bring up jihad, people want to bring up the Crusades. So I also prepared a dynamic battle map of all the offensive raids of the crusaders. Let’s watch it and make a comparison.

As it begins, the Crusades enter Turkey and the Middle East; battles ensue. But there are far fewer than you might think. And in short order, the map concludes. The last battles are fought and the Crusades are over.

Now we can talk about some facts! Yes, there were Crusades. But notice that they ended centuries ago, and jihad is still being practiced today. Jihad has been with us for 1400 years. There is no comparison between jihad and the Crusades; certainly not a moral comparison. And when you’re looking at the Crusades, remember, in one sense the Crusades were defensive wars. Why? As we saw in the first jihad map, it was Islam that came out of Arabia and conquered the Middle East, a Christian Middle East. The crusaders were trying to free their Christian brothers and sisters from jihad. So there’s no moral comparison all. The motivation of the crusaders was to free Christians; the purpose of jihad was, and still is, to enslave the Kafir.

So, the next time you hear somebody talk about “those dreadful Crusades”, respond to the facts of the matter. Speak up and tell that person, “You don’t really know the facts!”


Bill Warner, Director, Center for the Study of Political Islam
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11 Responses

  1. democracyistheanswer
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    Ershad Mazumder has no right to invent his own facts about the meaning of jihad. In so doing, he is guilty of taqiyya or of bida’, inventing his own personal, more comfortable version of Islam.

    What does Sharia law say about Jihad?

    Maliki School, jurist Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani (d. 996):

    “Jihad is a precept of Divine institution. Its performance by certain individuals may dispense others from it. We Malikis maintain that it is preferable not to begin hostilities with the enemy before having invited the latter to embrace the religion of Allah except where the enemy attacks first. They have the alternative of either converting to Islam or paying the poll tax (jizya), short of which war will be declared against them.”

    Hanbali School, jurist Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328), popular with modern terrorists:

    “Since lawful warfare is essentially jihad and since its aim is that the religion is God’s entirely and God’s word is uppermost, therefore according to all Muslims, those who stand in the way of this aim must be fought. As for those who cannot offer resistance or cannot fight, such as women, children, monks, old people, the blind, handicapped and their likes, they shall not be killed unless they actually fight with words (e.g. by propaganda) and acts (e.g. by spying or otherwise assisting in the warfare).”

    Hanafi School, Hedaya, classic manual of Hanafi laws, 12th century:

    “It is not lawful to make war upon any people who have never before been called to the faith, without previously requiring them to embrace it, because the Prophet so instructed his commanders, directing them to call the infidels to the faith, and also because the people will hence perceive that they are attacked for the sake of religion, and not for the sake of taking their property, or making slaves of their children, and on this consideration it is possible that they may be induced to agree to the call, in order to save themselves from the troubles of war” If the infidels, upon receiving the call, neither consent to it nor agree to pay capitation tax, it is then incumbent on the Muslims to call upon God for assistance, and to make war upon them, because God is the assistant of those who serve Him, and the destroyer of His enemies, the infidels, and it is necessary to implore His aid upon every occasion; the Prophet, moreover, commands us so to do.”

    Shafi’i School, scholar Abu’l Hasan al-Mawardi (d. 1058):

    “The mushrikun [infidels] of Dar al-Harb (the arena of battle) are of two types: First, those whom the call of Islam has reached, but they have refused it and have taken up arms. The amir of the army has the option of fighting them”in accordance with what he judges to be in the best interest of the Muslims and most harmful to the mushrikun” Second, those whom the invitation to Islam has not reached, although such persons are few nowadays since Allah has made manifest the call of his Messenger”it is forbidden to”begin an attack before explaining the invitation to Islam to them, informing them of the miracles of the Prophet and making plain the proofs so as to encourage acceptance on their part; if they still refuse to accept after this, war is waged against them and they are treated as those whom the call has reached”

    Ershad Mazumder, if your version of jihad differs from the above, you are a heretic and Sharia says heretics should be executed.

    By the way, ‘justice’ in Islam only means ‘following Sharia’. Western justice is built on rational thought and the Golden Rule, unlike Sharia.

  2. democracyistheanswer
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    The Crusades took place over less than 200 years and cost about one million lives, many lost due to illness.

    Jihad has been going over for 1400 years in which time it has claimed over 270 million lives. In other words, the death toll of jihad is 270 times greater than that of the Crusades.

    Jihad continues at the rate of thousands of deaths per year.

  3. Sandra Carson
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    This video is an excellent delineation of disparate mentalities between Islime’s mentalities. along with their shill westerners’ false narratives. Islime is a political force for sadists. Extracting a narrow concept of the Christian Crusades is a paled attempt to market Jihad as an equivalent and deliver that sadism to western culture by removing that recognition and its reality.

  4. Rusty Schalin
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    Mr. Bill Warner, A great history lesson. It may be an over taxing job, but at this point in time there is probably a need to show all battles worldwide in the same time frame. To the informed and uninformed westerners, there is a definite need to see the vision that Islam portrayed then or is happening now. Islame promotes itself in one way as the entire population sleeps only to wake up under a harsh reality.

    Keep up the good work, R. Schalin

  5. JP Sundharam
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    @Ershad Mazumder: You may be right. Let us forget the East/ West lack of understanding and consider what Allah has to say in this matter from the Quran:

    ALLAH ENCOURAGES JIHAD:
    Those who believe say: “Why is not a Surah sent down for us? But when a decisive Surah explaining and ordering things is sent down, AND FIGHTING (JIHAD HOLY FIGHTING IN ALLAH’S CAUSE) IS MENTIONED (I.E. ORDAINED) THEREIN, you will see those in whose hearts is a disease of hypocrisy looking at you with a look of one fainting to death. But it was better for hypocrites, to listen to Allah and to obey Him. Obedience to Allah and good words were better for them. And when the matter preparation for Jihad is resolved on, then if they had been true to Allah, it would have been better for them. [Quran 47:20-21]

    ALLAH CALLS PEACEFUL MUSLIMS TO FIGHT:
    DO YOU CONSIDER THE PROVIDING OF DRINKING WATER TO THE PILGRIMS AND THE MAINTENANCE OF AL-MASJID-AL-HARAM (AT MAKKAH) AS EQUAL TO THE WORTH OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN ALLAH AND THE LAST DAY, AND STRIVE HARD AND FIGHT IN THE CAUSE OF ALLAH? THEY ARE NOT EQUAL BEFORE ALLAH. And Allah guides not those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers). [Quran 9:19]

    ALLAH GUARANTEES PARADISE:
    Verily, ALLAH HAS PURCHASED OF THE BELIEVERS THEIR LIVES AND THEIR PROPERTIES; FOR THE PRICE THAT THEIRS SHALL BE THE PARADISE. THEY FIGHT IN ALLAH’S CAUSE, SO THEY KILL (OTHERS) AND ARE KILLED. It is a promise in truth which is binding on Him in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and the Quran. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? Then rejoice in the bargain which you have concluded. That is the supreme success. [Quran 9:111]

    JIHAD IS NOT SPIRITUAL STRUGGLE
    Not equal are those of the believers who sit at home, EXCEPT THOSE WHO ARE DISABLED (BY INJURY OR ARE BLIND OR LAME, ETC.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit at home. Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but ALLAH HAS PREFERRED THOSE WHO STRIVE HARD AND FIGHT, above those who sit at home by a huge reward; Degrees of higher grades from Him, and Forgiveness and Mercy. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [Quran 4:95-96]

    Still Jihad looks peaceful to you?

    As regards what Mohammad said, I’d rather you check out what Allah said about Kafirs:
    O you who believe! TAKE NOT FOR AULIYA (PROTECTORS/ HELPERS/ FRIENDS) DISBELIEVERS INSTEAD OF BELIEVERS. Do you wish to offer Allah a manifest proof against yourselves? [Quran 4:41 also see 3:28, 60:1]

    Does it appear that Allah wants peace and love between Kafir and Muslims?

  6. S C
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    Would it fare to say that these Mohammedans are kaferphobic …

  7. S. Schröder
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    Dear Mr. Warner, thank you for your excellent work.

    I currently learning the ropes of the history and ideology of Islam, because of the trouble reports from the Middle East and the demonstrations and attacks in Europe against jewish people.

    And as I’ve seen a few of your videos, this has worried me even more.

    If our German media is reporting about Islam they all tell us the same: “The Islam a religion of peace”.

    Christians or enlightement philosophers or Atheists who critizize Islam they call them “racist” or “islamophop” or “fascist”. That is the situation here in Europe.

    so:
    Is there a chronological list of all this slaughter of jihad’s from 600 BC until now as a pdf- document? Is there a book where all these battles are described with the exact number of victims?

    That would be interesting for me to educate people here in Germany about jihad.

    Regards,
    S. Schröder

    • Lily Becker
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      American media is the same. But many Americans refuse to trust the media’s stories and opinions.

      There has been such a huge amount of wars,genocides and ethnic cleansings by muslims throughout history it’s almost impossible to create a comprehensive guide.

      In India over 80 million people have been killed and tens of millions enslaved.This is recorded by the very muslim warlords who committed the atrocities – Like Timur (the lame) aka Tamerlane.
      In Africa the muslims ran the slave trade. They massacred upwards of 100 million Africans.
      For 400 years muslims raided Greece ,Italy and the Balkans for little boys to turn into slave soldiers and women for harems.
      They kidnapped entire towns in Ireland and Iceland and turned them into slaves.
      When muslims invaded Egypt it was 98% Christian. They have forced conversions and executed people who refused to convert for 1300 years there. There are currently 9,000 Coptic Christians left.

      Islam has over 1 billion followers because they’d enslaved people and forced them to convert for 1400 years. If you leave the religion they will kill you.

      M.A. Khan has a book on Jihad in India
      Andrew Bostom has several good books on jihad.

      And there are many websites that you can read with info from these books.
      http://www.islam-watch.org/
      http://www.danielpipes.org/
      http://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/the-arab-slave-trade-and-200-million-non-muslim-slaves-of-all-skin-colors/
      http://www.aish.com/jw/me/68495827.html
      http://www.answering-islam.org/Books/Tisdall/Sources/
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janissaries

      I have compiled a history of Israel / Jerusalem / Gaza/ Palestine that includes history ,archeological finds,DNA and maps. But it’s for my use only because i didn’t collect all the sourcing. I will gladly give you info from it. And i will tell you one thing ; the people calling themselves Palestinians today have very little connection to that land or name.The furthest mosque story is a fraud and muslims have repeatedly admitted it throughout history.

  8. Ershad Mazumder
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    Jihad is always wrongly interpreted or misinterpred by West and some western educated muslim.
    As I understand ,Jihad means protest against unjust. One can do it by writing, by speech. some do it by wepons( war ,just or unjust.
    Mao Ze Dong,a great leader of China said, power comes out of barrel of gun. Force is the roots power.
    Prophet Mohammad(s) said, war is inevitable between just and unjust. Only peace loving and tolerant people can stay as neighbour.

    • Jenny
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      Mao and Mohammad were mass murderers committing rape, kidnapping, and genocide. They were on the “unjust” and evil side of the spectrum. They are not the good, loving, peaceful neighbors Jesus demonstrated how to be during his life. Mohammad was a failed fake Messiah he thought the Jewish people were looking for . When the Jews didn’t buy his act or accept him, he made war against them and write terrible things about them in his writings. They live on today – this hatred he had for them because they rejected him.

      Westerners know the truth and are very aware of this situation – and are ready for it.

    • SS Mahesh
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      So the war is inevitable between just (i.e. Muslims) and unjust (i.e. all others; as per Islam – animals)? And tolerant people can stay as neighbour? We have Pakistan and Bangladesh. What should we do about them? They, at least, are not tolerant? Or do we have to consume that sentence through Muslim angle? So much for your definition of Jihad!

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