Islamophobes See “Jihad” Everywhere - updated 5/13/15

Sheila Musaji

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Islamophobes See “Jihad” Everywhere

by Sheila Musaji

Islamophobes have a problem with Muslims doing anything at all.  Anytime a Muslim steps outside their house, and they find out about it, it is likely to be turned into a sensational story.  Often they simply make up stories.  Here are just a few ridiculous stories that were either outright lies, or seriously distorted versions of the actual facts: — the story of the British schoolboy “denied water” to avoid offending Muslims observing Ramadan — The Muslim “Youth” looting the dead at French Rail Crash. — The Muslim objections to St. George’s Flag in Britain — The pregnant woman arrested for carrying British flag — The UK teen brutally beaten by 15 Muslims — The attack on a British soldier, David Ryding at a taxi stand in Britain — The schoolgirl who was gang-raped by Muslims in a school toilet in Luton — The Jewish Filmmaker Beaten Unconscious by Muslims at French Film Festival —The Muslims harass Christian & Jewish Neighbors, Police Refuse to Help — The Egyptian Cleric Who Warned Christian Women: If You Don’t Wear a Veil You’ll Be Raped — The Muslim cleric who told converts to bury their Christian parents as if they were dead dogs — The Kosovo Muslims who destroyed a Serbian Orthodox monastery.  — The Jihadist bomb threat forcing evacuation of Lyon metro — The CAIR #myjihad Chicago campaign inspiring “bus jihad” — The British soldier attacked by Muslim thugs in Exeter. — The British pub that banned British soldiers so as not to offend local Muslims.  — and a whole series of    fatwa stories that were either fake or misrepresented.

They attempt to paint anything possible as “jihad”, and define the term jihad in a way that would be unrecognizable to most Muslims.  If you type the word jihad into the TAM search engine, 125 articles will come up that make reference to this term.  None of these articles use the term in the way that Islamophobes use it.  What the Islamophobes refer to as jihad, Muslims refer to as Hirabah, and these are two very different concepts.  See How mainstream Muslims understand the term “jihad” for a detailed discussion of this term.

Jeff Siddiqui has written about the need for Muslims not to allow the Islamophobes to mis-define this word.  Although, as the Harvard Jihad Speech Controversy showed us, this will be an uphill battle. 

Here are just a few ridiculous claims about nonsensical Muslim “jihad” plots:

An Eid Celebration for Muslim Special Needs Kids was described as a “stealth jihad”.  A children’s page in a newspaper focusing on Eid was described as a toxic propaganda plot.  Joel Hinrichs (a Christian) had a beard and had walked through the parking lot of a campus mosque thus proving that his crime was an example of sudden jihad syndrome.  Leon Alphans Traille, Jr., the Arlington, Virginia Mall Bomber was accused of possible “sudden jihad syndrome” just because he had a beard, obviously, a case of beard jihad

Tyler Brehm who carried out the Hollywood shooting jihad was accused of “sudden jihad syndrome” because he shouted something that one witness from the Philippines said he might have shouted “Allahu Akbar”.  This report was not backed up by any other witnesses.  The awful April 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech by a Korean student was also called Islamic jihad because Cho’s father had once worked in Saudi Arabia (before he was married and before Cho was born).  A Muslim doctor had a heart attack and died at the wheel of his car which then crashed into a shopping mall and this was described as “vehicular jihad”.  A Muslim cab driver objected to what he considered pornographic ads on the roof of his cab, and that became a stealth-jihad plot to impose Sharia on America.  Any Muslim who has sued an employer for violation of their rights under the EEOC is engaged in employment jihad, or litigation jihad.  Muslim environmentalists are said to be actually engaged in “civilizational jihad”.  A cartoon series “The 99” aimed at young Muslims was described as “cultural jihad”.  The victims of the terrorist attack of 9/11 included Muslims, they were accused of dying as martyrs in an act of jihad. Muslims hoped to open a Muslim hospital in the U.S. and that was called hospital jihad.

The Islamophobes have uncovered countless examples of “shocking” non-existent Muslim jihad plots.  The two key promoters of this nonsense are Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.  They have uncovered:

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