Important Muslim Brotherhood Book: Jihad is the way

The Muslim Brotherhood – in its own words
Palestinian Media Watch translation of Jihad is the way by Mustafa Mashhur
Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, 1996-2002

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

One of the results of the turmoil in Egypt is the rise in influence of the Muslim Brotherhood. In order to understand the implications, Palestinian Media Watch has translated the book Jihad is the way by Mustafa Mashhur, who was the official leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt 1996-2002. The book is the fifth volume of his full work called The Laws of Da’wa (Islamic missionary activity).

In his book, Jihad is the way, Mashhur explains the fundamental concepts of the Muslim Brotherhood ideology. Mashhur’s teachings encompass subjects such as the Muslim Brotherhood’s goal of establishing an Islamic state, world domination under Islam, the public and personal religious duty of military Jihad, and the warning not to rush to Jihad until it is prepared and timed for maximum benefit.

Full translation Jihad_is_the_way_by_Mustafa_Mashhur

PMW has selected the following quotes from Jihad is the way to illustrate central ideas of Muslim Brotherhood ideology. PMW’s translation of the book follows below.

Muslim Brotherhood goal: Islamic world domination
– “…the Islamic Ummah [nation]… can regain its power, be liberated and assume its rightful position which was intended by Allah, as the most exalted nation among men, as the teachers of humanity…”
– “…know your status, so that you firmly believe that you are the masters of the world, even if your enemies desire your degradation…”
– “It should be known that Jihad and preparation for Jihad are not only for the purpose of fending-off assaults and attacks against Muslims by Allah’s enemies, but are also for the purpose of realizing the great task of establishing an Islamic state, strengthening the religion and spreading it around the world…”
– “…Jihad for Allah is not limited to the specific region of the Islamic countries. The Muslim homeland is one and is not divided. The banner of Jihad has already been raised in some of its parts, and it shall continue to be raised, with the help of Allah, until every inch of the land of Islam will be liberated, the State of Islam will be established…”

Means: Jihad – a mandatory religious duty
– “This is followed by the power of arms and weapons… This is the role of Jihad.”
– “Jihad is a religious public duty… incumbent upon the Islamic nation. Jihad is a personal duty to fend off the infidels’ attack on the nation…”
– “The youth should know that the problems of the Islamic world, such as Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea, or the Philippines, are not issues of territories and nations, but of faith and religion. They are problems of Islam and the Muslims, and they can be resolved neither by negotiation nor by recognizing the enemy’s right to the Islamic land he stole. Rather, the only option is Jihad for Allah, and this is why Jihad is the way.”
– “The symbol of the [Muslim] Brotherhood is the book of Allah [the Quran] between two swords. The swords symbolize Jihad and the force that protects the truth represented in Allah’s book.”
– “…that is, go out to battle, oh believers, young and old, by foot or on horseback, under all circumstances and conditions…”

Timing: Don’t rush, prepare carefully for Jihad
– “The [Muslim] Brotherhood will never rush after the youth’s enthusiasm to carry out immature and unplanned actions, which will not alter the corrupt reality and may even harm Islamic activity, and will benefit the people of falsehood…”
– “…it is not necessary for the Muslims to repel every attack or damage caused by the enemies of Allah immediately, rather [this is required] when ability and the circumstances allow for it.”
– “Prepare yourself and train in the art of warfare, and possess the components of power. You must learn the ways, manners and laws of war. You must learn them and embrace them and adhere to them, so that your Jihad will be accepted by Allah.”
– “… every Muslim has an unavoidable personal duty to equip himself and prepare for Jihad…”

Personal goal: Aspire to Shahada – Death for Allah

– “Allah is our goal, the Prophet is our leader, the Quran is our constitution, Jihad is our way, and death for Allah is our most exalted wish.”
– “Jihad is our way and Shahada (Martyrdom – Death for Allah) is our most exalted wish. This is the call that we and the men of Da’awa (Islamic missionary activity) have always called … Many of our beloved ones have already achieved this wish … We ask Allah to accept all of them… May He join us with them…”

Jihad against Israel:
– “Honorable brothers achieved Shahada (Martyrdom) on the soil of beloved Palestine, in 1947 and 1948, in their Jihad against the criminal, thieving gangs of Zion. The Imam and Shahid (Martyr) Hassan Al-Banna is considered a Shahid (Martyr) of Palestine, even though he was not killed on its soil.”

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