Day 1

Alaska

08/02/2011

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YES, THERE ARE MUSLIMS IN ALASKA
by Aman Ali

David Abuobaid is an active leader in Anchorage’s Muslim community. He said that Alaska is the most accepting state in this country of Muslims.

“People are independent thinkers here,” he said in between some bites of food he took to break his fast. “The same feel for this place is like the pioneering spirit of the 1800s, everybody comes here with a story. There’s no tribal mentality here because everyone can appreciate where you’re coming from.”

No Mosque?

My journey to Anchorage began in early July. I attended the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Chicago, where I met Lamin Jobarteh, another stalwart of the community. I told him about the 30 Mosques roadtrip and stayed in touch with him since then to facilitate the visit. He told me there’s not a single mosque in the entire state and I was eager to learn what life is like without one.

Lamin has lived in Anchorage for about 17 years. He runs a halal meat shop in the city and described what life was like back then as he prepares a gyro sandwich for a customer.

“In the Muslim community, you could count each other,” he said . “There had to be less than 100 people.”

Now the community is rapidly growing. New opportunities in fishing and the oil industries have rapidly grown the Muslim community in recent years from 100 to around 3,000 today.  The community rents out a storefront for prayer space as they try to build a mosque. It’s been a struggle though.Why?  The desire is there but apparently there aren’t many wealthy Muslim doctors/lawyers/engineers (basically the major three stereotypes for most Muslim) to finance the project, Lamin said. I had to do a double take when he told me that, not many Muslim doctors, lawyers and engineers?

Can’t Fight the Moonlight

Lamin hails from the African nation of Gambia. Beneath his mustache is his subtle smile that oozes comfort when you’re in his presence.
I picked his brain with more questions I was dying to find the answers to. Muslims determine their prayer and fasting schedules based on the positions of the sun and moon. Since it seems like the sun is shining constantly during the summertime in Alaska, how on Earth do they figure out how to fast?

The answer isn’t so simple because there are two answers to this that are both right. During Ramadan, there are some Muslims in this community that fast according to Alaska’s local time, meaning a fast from sunrise to sunset could be anywhere from 19-22 hours. But most Muslims here follow Saudi Arabia’s schedule, which has prayer and fast times that are reasonably spaced apart like the rest of the U.S. I was curious to see what it was like to do a 20-21 hour fast so I decided to pray and fast according to local time. So as everyone was breaking their fast at the mosque Monday at around 7 p.m., I sat in the corner staring at the clock knowing I had at least 4-5 hours to go before it was time for me to do the same.

But going without food is no big deal for me. What was tougher was how alone I felt in such a welcoming gathering.  Not only could I not enjoy the food prepared by the people here, I sat in the back of the room as everyone prayed shortly after because technically it wasn’t time locally for me.

I kicked back with a man named Reggie, an African American man who embraced Islam recently while stationed at a military base here.

Last year was his first time fasting and decided to follow local time.”It was brutal,” he said as he shook his head with a chuckle.

I told Reggie going the extra hours without food wasn’t the tough part for me. It was sitting there and not being able to pray alongside my fellow brothers and sisters. I felt like a little kid at a birthday party that was sitting at the table by himself while everyone else was having a blast beating up a pinata.

“Man, I feel you,” he said. “Last year I had to do the same thing. I’d sit back and just wait as I watched everyone eat their food and pray. I ended up just going home each time to do my prayers. It just didn’t feel like I was getting the whole Ramadan experience.”

Lamin said the whole local vs. Saudi time could have potentially been a divisive issue in the community but he and several other leaders were careful not to let that be the case.

“We are not stopping anybody that comes to the mosque to do (prayer),” he said. “The door is always open, no matter what time you want to do the prayer or the fast.”

I don’t want to dwell on this whole prayer/fasting time thing too much, but it is something that I haven’t really seen before in any community. It gets better though. To determine the beginning and end of Ramadan, it is required to spot the moon, whether it be spotted in the local community or on a broader geographical area done by ISNA or Saudi Arabia. What’s interesting to me is the people who pray and fast according to local time, have no problem determining the start/end of Ramadan by having ISNA or Saudi Arabia spot the moon.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Lamin is one of the major leaders in this community and what’s fascinating to me is his sense of level headedness. He’s got so much on his plate but  no matter what kind of challenge is thrown at him, there’s a sense of “It’s ok, I’ve got this.” that even shines in his smile. It’s not cockiness, but rather a sense of preparedness he has that makes him ready to tackle any challenge. He left a cushy finance job at Wells Fargo to open the halal meat shop. It’s a pretty big risk in this economic climate especially since he’s married with children so I asked him what that decision was like for him.

“People would tell me ‘Brother Lamin, you can’t leave banking for this,’” he said. “But I have a professional background and I’ve mentally prepared myself for this. It comes from being raised with family discipline. Obviously in life you face challenges and obstacles, but you always have motivation to succeed.

The Muslim community now is trying to build the first mosque in all of Alaska. That’s hard for me to grasp and I keep repeating it because I live in New York City, where we have over 150 mosques within a 10-15 mile radius.

But what Alaska has that I don’t think any community I’ve met are visionaries like David, Lamin and a countless list of other people I’ve met. You can have all the money you want to build mosques, but it’s visionaries like them that bring will bring that building to life.

I got to spend a lot of time driving through Alaska’s breathtaking backdrop of mountains, pristine waters and free-roaming wildlife. Seeing all these sights is second nature for me to drop my mouth wide open and utter words praising God for what he’s created here.

But those words of praise didn’t tremble with meaning in my heart until I was spending my last few moments with the people here.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/faisalmirza Faisal Mirza

    Great start. 
    Yes i am the first on to comment on the new website!

  • Usman

    Wow … Awesome .. Did you guys drive up to Alasaka ??..

  • http://twitter.com/Ovasi Kevin Glynn

    Found your blog. I dig it, and I really like your writing. Looking forward to following it all month. 

  • Kalypsokrystal

    Safe journey…I am delighted to start at the beginning with you this year, instead of day 16, as I did last year. 

    • http://www.amanali.net Aman Ali

      We’re delighted to have you as well!

  • http://twitter.com/amenaskhan Amena Khan

    I have been forever curious about what people do when fasts go that long. It’s impressive to see how close people manage to stay to their faith with such a ‘micro’ community. Thanks for filling in that information gap. Its about time. 

  • guest

    Did you guys do your traveling from state to state during the night?  (I wouldn’t be able to drive long hours without some coffee..  )  and will you guys be doing the same thing this year?

    Godspeed and safe travels.

    • http://www.amanali.net Aman Ali

      Yep, we’re traveling as we speak. We do most of our traveling during the day time because we dont want to

      • guest

        because you don’t want to  what?

  • http://twitter.com/jonneke jonneke

    i love so many things about this website.  most of all, you write with so much love and respect for the people you meet. it’s inspiring. thank you!

    • http://www.amanali.net Aman Ali

      Thanks Jonneke :)

  • http://twitter.com/MuslimahWrites Sarah Farrukh

    A great read. I’ve always wondered what rules apply when it comes to fasting in such areas.  

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  • Desi

    SubhanAllah, Allah has indeed made place like these to test our patience.

    • http://www.amanali.net Aman Ali

      Interesting way to point that out!

    • Rayan

      I am sorry, but as someone who has lived 50KM from the Arctic Ocean I think your comment is extremely judgemental.

      These people would argue that Saudi Arabia in 50C is a place to test patience.  Every place on earth has its positives and negatives.

      There is a peace, beauty, and purity in the Northern part of the world that no place I have been can compare with.

      Naturally, it will be difficult for a Pakistani or African, but an Inuit would have the same difficulty in Pakistan or Africa. 

  • Anonymous

    Great story!!!!:)

  • Canadian Sister

    Keep it up guys!! I can’t tell you how heart warming your stories are
    May Allah bless your efforts and deeds this month and beyond :)  

    P.S. Come to Canada next year!!!

    • http://www.amanali.net Aman Ali

      Thanks! We’ll come to Canada once it stops being so freakin cold over there lol

      • Tahira P

        Hey, hey.. Ramadaan falls in the summer!!!…..So it’s nice n warm and long days for you guys to spend more time in each province!!.. What ya say??

      • Canadian Sister

        Dude…you went to Alaska!

  • Elyas

    Hey guys, a brilliant idea just crossed my mind. Insha,laah next Ramadan, you guys can do 30 Mosques in 30 Canadian cities. Do you know they build a mosque in that coldest inhabited province in Canada called Nanuvet. Seriously Canada should be the next adventure and im willing to come along..How about 30 Mosques in 30 Canadian cities with a Somali Pirate..loooooool…..Give a long thought to it…Btw, dont forget to check out my blog…myhajj.blogspot.com.  Oh I forgot to mention to you that my blog idea came from you guys…

    • Rayan

      It is Inuvik and it is in the Northwest Territories brother, not Nunavut.  I lived in the town beside it for 2 years.

      • Elyas

        Loool @Rayan, who on earth can get that isolated provinces’ name. looooool. Seriously though, dont you agree that next Ramadan these brothers should visit Canadian Mosques. Just too bad that Canada doesnt have 30 provinces, it only got 10 and 3 territories…Btw, what was live like in that coldest of places in the world?

        • Rayan

          Lol completely agree, and we have a lot more places that are different like Yellowknife, Inuvik, St. John’s, Prince George, etc. 

          It was interesting lol, 4 months no sunset, 2 months no sunrise.  Hunting was how I passed my time.

  • Rashed

    Very interesting post. I’m impressed that you followed local time while fasting; pretty much everyone follows local time here in Montreal, and the fast is only about two hours shorter than in Anchorage. The upside is that in winter you get very short days. :)

    • http://www.amanali.net Aman Ali

      Dude I love Montreal! I’ve been there plenty of times but I’m due back for a visit. I’m really craving some poutine :)

      • Rashed

        Let me know when you’re in town next, and we could get together for some poutine then!

        • David Kearns

          Proper Halal Poutine?

          • Rashed

            Yes, Sir.

    • Rayan

      I lived in Aklavik, Northwest Territories, Canada.  At this time of year the sun doesn’t set at all, so local time is not an option.  I too, ended up doing Mecca time as it is the default.  Though some in the nearby community of Inuvik (the northern-most Masjid in North America) would use Edmonton time, as it is the next closest city.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KWCUCJ5S2ZWGC2IDW4G45WR4GE bigoka

    Wonderful. Can’t wait for the next installment.

  • http://twitter.com/AbdulWK AWK

    I hope the same improvement happens at Mexico City. It is sad to find no mosques here.

  • DrSuad

    So interesting. But you know I got to ask. Where are the sisters?! I also wonder what if any relationship do the Muslim community have with the First Nation/Native American folk

  • The Canadian Mosque

    The Northern Most Mosque in the World.

    Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2010/09/23/north-mosque-inuvik-arrives.html

  • mahdiyyah

    thanks – great to see this issue being talked about in a blog fairly – i live in scotland, uk and this year our day is 19 or so hours – its totally doable though 

  • Abu Saafir

    If a Muslim has migrated out of the Muslim lands into the West then most likely he/she had a choice as to which country he was to migrate to.  If one wanted to fast shorter days on Ramadan then you could have moved to Guyana, South America or Houston Texas or Doha Qatar etc etc.get the point? 
    The days are longer in the summer in Alaska, fact, well they are also shorter in the winter and Ramadan will be in the winter in Alaska one day….in a couple of decades….. but any hoo,  I say all that to say this:  I strongly believe that the Muslims should stick with observance of the fast and prayer times in accordance of the sun and the moon’s position  in the specific part of the Earth they are in.  The Sahaba used to love longer days to fast in during Ramadan and they felt blessed to have them.  In the same way these Alaskan brothers should feel blessed to be in Alaska during the long days of an Arctic summer Ramadan.  The long day should remind them of the day in which we’re all going to stand and be judged by Allah SWT and the sun will be very close to our heads and we’re going to be sweating….

    • http://parnany.blogspot.com shanaz ashfaq

      very true .and well written by Abu Saafir

    • Abu Jibril

      So then in northern countries during the winter when the sun does not rise for 6 months are Muslims not to fast at all? Please respond logically.

      • Angry User

         The year has 12 months and the day has 24 hours still in those countries you are talking about, and I am talking about time here, OK? Just because it is dark it does not mean they are out of time, darkness lasting a month or 2 does not mean their year is a month or 2 less, so if Ramadan month is on planet earth, they are living that month too, and because they are in Ramadan month as the rest of the world, the fatwa that applies here regarding fasting is this:
        If they have 24 hours darkness, they follow Mecca’s time exactly, if in Mecca the sunrise is at 4am and the sunset at 7pm, they should do the same. If their day has only 2 hours or 3, they still should do the same.
        This Fatwa applies to anywhere where the day is 18 hours or more. Wa Llaho tabaraka wa ta3ala a3lam.

    • Adde A. Munye

      Yes I totally agree mashallah.

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  • Anonymous

    good work …when you think of doing GOOD ,you can do it.Am 67 year old great grand mother…i was worried this Ramadan for my thirst.But today is my  8th fast as it is 8th in Pakistan .Any one can fast when they wish to.My grand children in Canada do fast.Not for the whole month but when there mother lets them.As they are not adult yet….

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  • bintdee

    Um, I’m kinda late but this is an awesome blog! MashaAllah

  • Heruwin

    I was very impressed and interesd in a comer there is still calling syahadad… if there is time Iwill visit………… trims… Cenk.. INA.

  • abu ali

    salam ilykum my name is abu ali  i was thinking about visiting alaska i am a convert and always wanted to just see alska for a visit….im from seattle and this is my first time going up there whats the best hallal food place….is it fairly freezing all year round?????whens the best time to come up …looking forward to hear from any of you guys inshallah allah bring you all the best……ma’sallama

  • Theconservativebuddha

    I am a 3rd generation Alaskan.  I see how the people here are accepting of Muslims, but there are those of us, including me, who know what is going on and we utterly oppose the Mosque.  

    • Rashed Chowdhury

      Wow, I feel sorry for you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1805408047 Lily Darcey

      Good for you. Most people have blinders on.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YKJ7I5IH7Z6H7KQNVI6FTDSJNI Saint

    Hello and God bless to all of you, I’m an Alaskan Native, as well as a practicing Christian. I understand the need for you folks to have a place of worship, it’s very essential for a sense of community, as well as a closer communion with God. What i would like to know is, do any of you support Christian Churches being built in Muslim dominated countries?. Also do you support or condemn statements by the Muslim Brotherhood concerning their desire for Destruction of Israel, and their global Caliphate on western countries?.

     You see, respect is to be earned and not demanded. From what i can deduce, Muslims are crying out for respect and tolerance, yet, none of you in the Muslim community seem to be condemning these radical ideologies. It is obvious that this is causing the rift between Christians and Muslims to ever widen. Your silence only solidifies the long held belief by most in the west (Supported through historical fact) that Islam is a religion of Domination.

     How can you expect others to be tolerant of your faith, when in fact there are multitudes of Muslims world wide that believe that Christians should be eradicated and the west destroyed. All the while a large majority of you do not OPENLY! and BODLY! condemn the actions of those within your own religion. Daily i hear of the brutal attacks on Christians around the world by Muslims. The dismembering of children with Machetes, the burning of Christian Churches, the systematic wholesale slaughter of whole towns and villages of Christians.

     I love you all like brothers and sisters, and would always openly welcome you into my home. But as long as none of you have the inclination, or the courage to speak out against the radical sect within your religion…there will never be peace among us. So it is easy for one to see why there is so much open discrimination of Muslims in this country and worldwide.

     Additionally, how could one support Sharia Law, which openly supports Heinous and barbaric acts towards not only themselves and women, but to those with opposing religious idealogies. Now i understand perfectly well that there are radical sects within any religion. However, i can think of not one Christian group that is engaging in Genocide and or acts of violence against anyone. Now there are certainly those within the Christian community that speak bold rhetoric, however by and large with all things considered i’d say that speaks volumes in terms of restraint. The burden of proving yourselves to be wholly and completely different in terms of ideology than those among you who are murdering in the name of Allah, rests squarely upon your shoulders…….yet there is silence.

     Which brings me full circle. Until you openly condemn and Rebuke! the radicals among you, you are only fueling the hatred for you and your religion even further. Is it Fear that holds you back from speaking out? then find your strength in Allah and speak out without fear. Or is it deception that rules the hearts and minds of you all, with the intent on someday ruling the world by force? which is BTW what your own religion teaches. All things considered, i think it’s time for you people to stand up and declare yourselves to be on the side of peace, or declare yourselves to be slaves to your masters in Mecca whom want people like me DEAD!.

    • Father_uncle

      Hello Brother, I completely understand your concern but first the blog is for a diffrent cause and your questions are of a sensitive nature and it’s better to be discussed separately to avoid any more hatred among us, second I would suggest you to stop blindly believing on media propaganda, try to be neutral and find it yourself by visiting these places what you have mentioned in your post and where you think Muslims are killing christens or burning the worship places of other religions. I am sure you will be amazed to see another side of the picture.

    • NOT SON OF GOD

      get real bro it is u who kill jew and muslim in spain ……and froced convergence in africa ….salvery in america …india …..kill people in name of jesus in europe in dark age of europe….NOW rapeing childrens in the name of god so call son of god…molesting girls [perist} and now u r blaming us ….lairs are lairs  u r god men r masters in RAPING go read u r so call HISTORY …….CHIRSTAN….OR  TYRANS

    • Bothered by ignorance

      Asalam Alakum my brother Saint, whom is very dillusional about the world and it’s communities.  I  feel very sorry for you brother because of your LACK of intelligence.  The media or US have really brainwashed you.  Firstly US and Israel are running the world whilst holding hands with one another.  Did you forget the NEW WORLD ORDER plan.  What is that?  I urge you to find out.  Then come back to this peaceful and loving blog and apologise for your ignorance.  Do you not have satelite tv?  I urge you to watch other countries news, not the US though.  See for yourself who the aggressors are.  
      You state you are a practising Christian yet, you display so much hatred.  Is that what Christianity is all about.  I doubt it.  Jesus which is also our prophet DID NOT teach that. Jesus, Mohamed, Moses to name a few prophets all taught VALUES, RESPECT, HUMBLENESS and  LOVE.  Which of those are you conducting yourself by?  Sadly, your blog only displays Hatred and none of the teachings of Jesus or any other Prophet.  Maybe you should start reading more to enlighten yourself with knowledge before ranting with ignorance. Peace be upon you brother.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1805408047 Lily Darcey

        Brothered by ignorance, the name IGNORANCE suits you very well. Saint, you are absolutely correct, and not ignorant about Islam, as I studied Islam and attended Mosque in order to better defend the truth about Islam and the Quran.Does the Quran really contain dozens of verses promoting
        violence?
        Summary Answer: The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with
        commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be
        hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.
        Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Quran are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subjective as anything else in the Quran.
        Most of today’s Muslims exercise a personal choice to interpret their holy book’s many calls to violence according to what their own moral preconceptions find justificable. Apologists cater to their preferences with tenuous arguments that gloss over historical fact and generally do not stand up to scrutiny.Still, it is important to note that the problem is not bad people,but bad ideology.
        Unfortunately, there are very few verses of tolerance and peace to abrogate
        or even balance out the many that call for nonbelievers to be fought and subdued
        until they either accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed. Muhammad’s own martial legacy – and that of his companions – along with the remarkable stress on violence found in the Quran have produced a trail of blood and tears across world history.
        Quran (2:191-193) – “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of
        the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]… but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.” The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, since Muhammad and
        his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did). The use of the word “persecution” by some Muslim translators is thus disingenuous (the actual Muslim words for persecution – “idtihad” – and oppression – a variation of “z-l-m” – do not appear in the verse). The actual Arabic comes from “fitna” which can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. Taken as a whole, the context makes clear that violence is being authorized until “religion is for Allah” – ie. unbelievers desist in their unbelief.

        Quran (2:244) – “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth
        and knoweth all things.”
        Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only
        in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time.
        From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad
        was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.

        Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”
        Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”. This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’).

        Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this
        world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he
        victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” The martyrs of Islam are
        unlike the early Christians, led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are
        killed in battle, as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause
        of Allah. Here is the theological basis for today’s suicide bombers.

        Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”
        Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”
        Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,-” This passage criticizes “peaceful” Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah’s eyes. It also demolishes the modern myth that “Jihad” doesn’t mean holy war in the Quran, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is the Arabic word used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man’s protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad and this is reflected in other translations of the verse).
        Quran (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer
        pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…” Is pursuing an injured and retreating enemy really an act of self-defense?
        Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His
        messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should
        be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”
        Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle.

        Quran (8:15) – “O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle,
        turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.”
        Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah” Some translations interpret “fitna” as “persecution”, but the traditional understanding of this word is not supported by the historical context. The Meccans were simply refusing Muhammad access to their city during Haj. Other Muslims were allowed to travel there – just not as an armed group, since Muhammad had declared war on Mecca prior to his eviction. The Meccans were also acting in defense of their religion, since it was Muhammad’s intention to
        destroy their idols and establish Islam by force (which he later did). Hence the critical part of this verse is to fight until “religion is only for Allah”, meaning that the true justification of violence was the unbelief of the opposition. According to the Sira (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 324) Muhammad further explains that “Allah must have no rivals.”
        Quran (8:57) – “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.”
        Quran (8:59-60) – “And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can outstrip (Allah’s Purpose). Lo! they cannot escape. Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy.”
        Quran (8:65) – “O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight…”
        Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie
        in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay
        the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.” According to this verse, the best way of staying safe from Muslim violence is to convert to Islam (prayer (salat) and the poor tax (zakat) are among the religion’s Five Pillars). This popular claim that the Quran only inspires violence within the context of self-defense is seriously challenged by this passage as well, since the Muslims to whom it was written were obviously not under attack. Had they been, then there would have been no waiting period (earlier verses make it a duty for Muslims to fight in self-defense, even during the sacred months).
        Quran (9:14) – “Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them
        to disgrace…”
        Quran (9:20) – “Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah’s way are of much greater worth in Allah’s sight. These are they who are triumphant.” The Arabic word interpreted as “striving” in this verse is the same root as “Jihad”. The context is obviously holy war.

        Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold
        that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor
        acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book,
        until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
        “People of the Book” refers to Christians and Jews. According to this verse, they are to be violently subjugated, with the sole justification being their religious status. This was one of the final “revelations” from Allah and it set in motion the tenacious military expansion, in which Muhammad’s companions managed to conquer two-thirds of the Christian world in the next 100 years. Islam is intended to dominate all other people and faiths.

        Quran (9:30) – “And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!”
        Quran (9:38-39) – “O ye who believe! what is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place.” This is a warning to those who refuse to fight, that they will be punished with Hell.
        Quran (9:41) – “Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! That is best for you if ye but knew.” See also the verse that follows (9:42) – “If there had been immediate gain (in sight), and the journey easy, they would (all) without doubt have followed thee, but the distance was long, (and weighed) on them” This contradicts the myth that Muslims are to fight only in self-defense, since the wording implies that battle will be waged a long distance from home (in another country and on Christian soil, in this case, according to the historians).
        Quran (9:73) – “O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.” Dehumanizing those who reject Islam, by reminding Muslims that they are merely firewood for Hell, makes it easier to justify slaughter. It also explains why today’s devout Muslims have little regard for those outside the faith.
        Quran (9:88) – “But the Messenger, and those who believe with him, strive and fight with their wealth and their persons: for them are (all) good things: and it is they who will prosper.”
        Quran (9:111) – “Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.”

        Quran (9:123) – “O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.”
        Quran (17:16) – “And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction.” Note that the crime is moral transgression, and the punishment is “utter destruction.” (Before ordering the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden first issued Americans an invitation to Islam).

        Quran (18:65-81) – This parable lays the theological groundwork for honor killings, in which a family member is murdered because they brought shame to the family, either through apostasy or perceived moral indiscretion. The story (which is not found in any Jewish or Christian source) tells of Moses encountering a man with “special knowledge” who does things which don’t seem to make sense on the surface, but are then justified according to later explanation. One such action is to murder a youth for no apparent reason (74). However, the wise man later explains that it was feared that the boy would “grieve” his parents by “disobedience and ingratitude.” He was killed so that Allah could provide them a ‘better’ son. (Note: This is one reason why honor killing is sanctioned by Sharia. Reliance of the Traveler (Umdat al-Saliq) says that punishment for murder is not applicable when a parent or grandparent kills their offspring (o.1.1-2).)
        Quran (21:44) – “We gave the good things of this life to these men and their fathers until the period grew long for them; See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? Is it then they who will win?”

        Quran (25:52) – “Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost strenuousness…” “Strive against” is Jihad – obviously not in the personal context. It’s also significant to point out that this is a Meccan verse.

        Quran (33:60-62) – “If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease,
        and the alarmists in the city do not cease, We verily shall urge thee on against
        them, then they will be your neighbors in it but a little while. Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter.” This passage sanctions the slaughter (rendered “merciless” and “horrible murder” in other translations) against three groups: Hypocrites (Muslims who refuse to “fight in the way of Allah” (3:167) and hence don’t act as Muslims should), those with “diseased hearts” (which include Jews and Christians 5:51-52), and “alarmists” or “agitators who include those who merely speak out against Islam, according to Muhammad’s biographers. It is worth noting that the victims are to be sought out by Muslims, which is what today’s terrorists do. If this passage is meant merely to apply to the city of Medina, then it is unclear why it is included in Allah’s eternal word to Muslim generations.

        Quran (47:3-4) – “Those who reject Allah follow vanities, while those who believe follow the truth from their lord. Thus does Allah set forth form men their lessons by similitude. Therefore when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners,” Those who reject Allah are to be subdued in battle. The verse goes on to say the only reason Allah doesn’t do the dirty work himself is in order to to test the faithfulness of Muslims. Those who kill pass the test. “But if it had been Allah’s Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.”
        Quran (47:35) – “Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost (Shakir: “have the upper hand”) for Allah is with you,”
        Quran (48:17) – “There is no blame for the blind, nor is there blame for the lame, nor is there blame for the sick (that they go not forth to war). And whoso obeyeth Allah and His messenger, He will make him enter Gardens underneath which rivers flow; and whoso turneth back, him will He punish with a painful doom.” Contemporary apologists sometimes claim that Jihad means ‘spiritual struggle.’ Is so, then why are the blind, lame and sick exempted? This verse also says that those who do not fight will suffer torment in hell.
        Quran (48:29) – “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are
        hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves” Islam is not about treating everyone equally. There are two very distinct standards that are applied based on religious status. Also the word used for ‘hard’ or ‘ruthless’ in this verse shares the same root as the word translated as ‘painful’ or severe’ in verse 16.

        Quran (61:4) – “Surely Allah loves those who fight in His way” Religion of Peace, indeed! This is followed by (61:9): “He it is who has sent His Messenger (Mohammed) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam) to make it victorious over all religions even though the infidels may resist.”

        Quran (61:10-12) – “O ye who believe! Shall I lead you to a bargain that will save you from a grievous Penalty?- That ye believe in Allah and His Messenger, and that ye strive (your utmost) in the Cause of Allah, with your property and your persons: That will be best for you, if ye but knew! He will forgive you your sins, and admit you to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow, and to beautiful mansions in Gardens of eternity.” This verse was given in battle. It uses the Arabic word, Jihad.

        Quran (66:9) – “O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern with them. Hell will be their home, a hapless journey’s end.” The root word of “Jihad” is used again here. The context is clearly holy war, and the scope of violence is broadened to include “hypocrites” – those who call themselves Muslims but do not act as such.
        From the Hadith:
        Bukhari (52:177) – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”
        Bukhari (52:256) – The Prophet… was asked whether it was permissible to attack
        the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, “They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).” In this command, Muhammad establishes that it is permissible to kill non-combatants in the process of killing a perceived enemy. This provides justification for the many Islamic terror bombings.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1805408047 Lily Darcey

          Bukhari (52:220) – Allah’s Apostle said… ‘I have been made victorious with terror’ Abu Dawud (14:2526) – The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Three things are
          the roots of faith: to refrain from (killing) a person who utters, “There is no god but Allah” and not to declare him unbeliever whatever sin he commits, and not to excommunicate him from Islam for his any action; and jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the Dajjal (Antichrist)
          Abu Dawud (14:2527) – The Prophet said: Striving in the path of Allah (jihad) is incumbent on you along with every ruler, whether he is pious or impious Muslim

          (1:33) – the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight
          against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad
          is the messenger of Allah
          Bukhari (8:387) – Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’. And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally.”
          Muslim (1:30) – “The Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight
          against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah.”

          Bukhari (11:626) – [Muhammad said:] “I decided to order a man to lead the
          prayer and then take a flame to burn all those, who had not left their houses
          for the prayer, burning them alive inside their homes.” Muslim (1:149) – “Abu Dharr reported: I said: Messenger of Allah, which of the deeds is the best? He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause…”Muslim (20:4645) – “…He (the Messenger of Allah) did that and said: There is another act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher), and the elevation between one grade and the other is equal to the height of the heaven from the earth. He (Abu Sa’id) said: What is that act? He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!”

          Muslim (20:4696) – “the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: ‘One
          who died but did not fight in the way of Allah nor did he express any desire (or
          determination) for Jihid died the death of a hypocrite.’”

          Muslim (19:4321-4323) – Three separate hadith in which Muhammad shrugs over the news that innocent children were killed in a raid by his men against unbelievers. His response: “They are of them (meaning the enemy).”

          Muslim (19:4294) – “When the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) appointed anyone as leader of an army or detachment he would especially exhort him… He would say: Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against
          those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war… When you meet your enemies
          who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them… If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.

          Tabari 7:97 The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, “Kill any Jew who falls under your power.” Ashraf was a poet, killed by Muhammad’s men because he insulted Islam. Here, Muhammad widens the scope of his orders to kill. An innocent Jewish businessman was then slain by his Muslim partner, merely for being non-Muslim.
          Tabari 9:69 “Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us” The words of Muhammad, prophet of Islam.
          Tabari 17:187 “‘By God, our religion (din) from which we have departed is better and more correct than that which these people follow. Their religion does not stop them from shedding blood, terrifying the roads, and seizing properties.’ And they returned to their former religion.” The words of a group of Christians who had converted to Islam, but realized their error after being shocked by the violence and looting committed in the name of Allah. The price of their decision to return to a religion of peace was that the men were beheaded and the woman and children enslaved by the caliph Ali.

          Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 327: – “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion.’”

          Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 990: – Lest anyone think that cutting off someone’s head while screaming ‘Allah Akbar!’ is a modern creation, here is an account of that very practice under Muhammad, who seems to approve.
          Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 992: – “Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah.” Muhammad’s instructions to his men prior to a military raid.

          Additional Notes:
          Other than the fact that Muslims haven’t killed every non-Muslim under their domain, there is very little else that they can point to as proof that theirs is a peaceful, tolerant religion. Where Islam is dominant (as in the Middle East and Pakistan) religious minorities suffer brutal persecution with little resistance. Where Islam is in the minority (as in Thailand, the Philippines and Europe) there is the threat of violence if Muslim demands are not met. Either situation seems to provide a justification for religious terrorism, which is persistent and endemic to Islamic
          fundamentalism.
          The reasons are obvious and begin with the Quran. Few verses of Islam’s most sacred text can be construed to fit the contemporary virtues of religious tolerance and universal brotherhood. Those that do are earlier “Meccan” verses which are obviously abrogated by later ones. This is why Muslim apologists speak of the “risks” of trying to interpret the Quran without their “assistance” – even while claiming that it is a perfect book.
          Far from being mere history or theological construct, the violent verses of the Quran have played a key role in very real massacre and genocide. This includes the brutal slaughter of tens of millions of Hindus for five centuries beginning around 1000 AD with Mahmud of Ghazni’s bloody conquest. Both he and the later Tamerlane (Islam’s Genghis Khan) slaughtered an untold number merely for defending their temples from destruction. Buddhism was very nearly wiped off the Indian subcontinent. Judaism and Christianity met the same fate (albeit more slowly) in areas conquered by Muslim armies, including the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe, including today’s Turkey. Zoroastrianism, the ancient religion of a proud Persian people is despised by Muslims and barely survives in modern Iran.

          So ingrained is violence in the religion that Islam has never really stopped being at war, either with other religions or with itself. Muhammad was a military leader, laying siege to towns, massacring the men, raping their women, enslaving their children, and taking the property of others as his own. On several occasions he rejected offers of surrender from the besieged inhabitants and even butchered captives. He actually inspired his followers to battle when they did not feel it was right to fight, promising them slaves and booty if they did and threatening them with Hell if they did not. Muhammad allowed his men to rape traumatized women captured in battle, usually on the very day their husbands and family members were slaughtered.
          It is important to emphasize that, for the most part, Muslim armies waged aggressive campaigns, and the religion’s most dramatic military conquests were made by the actual companions of Muhammad in the decades following his death. The early Islamic principle of warfare was that the civilian population of a town was to be destroyed (ie. men executed, women and children taken as slaves) if they defended themselves. Although modern apologists often claim that Muslims are only supposed to attack in self-defense, this is an oxymoron that is flatly contradicted by the accounts of Islamic historians and others that go back to the time of Muhammad.

          Consider the example of the Qurayza Jews, who were completely obliterated only five years after Muhammad arrived in Medina. Their leader opted to stay neutral when their town was besieged by a Meccan army that was sent to take revenge for Muhammad’s deadly caravan raids. The tribe killed no one from either side and even surrendered peacefully to Muhammad after the Meccans had been turned back. Yet the prophet of Islam had every male member of the Qurayza beheaded, and every woman and child enslaved, even raping one of the captives himself (what Muslim apologists might refer to as “same day marriage”).

          One of Islam’s most revered modern scholars, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, openly sanctions offensive Jihad: “In the Jihad which you are seeking, you look for the enemy and invade him. This type of Jihad takes place only when the Islamic state is invading other [countries] in order to spread the word of Islam and to remove obstacles standing in its way.” Elsewhere, he notes: “Islam has the right to take the initiative…this is God’s religion and it is for the whole world. It has the right to destroy all obstacles in the form of institutions and traditions … it attacks institutions and traditions to release human beings from their poisonous influences, which distort human nature and curtail human freedom. Those who say that Islamic Jihad was merely for the defense of the ‘homeland of Islam’ diminish the greatness of the Islamic way of life.”

          The widely respected Dictionary of Islam defines Jihad as “A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad. It is an incumbent religious duty, established in the Qur’an and in the Traditions as a divine institution, and enjoined specially for the purpose of advancing Islam and of repelling evil from Muslims…[Quoting from the Hanafi school, Hedaya, 2:140, 141.], “The destruction of the sword is incurred by infidels, although they be not the first aggressors, as appears from various passages in the traditions which are generally received to this effect.”
          Muhammad’s failure to leave a clear line of succession resulted in perpetual internal war following his death. Those who knew him best first fought to keep remote tribes from leaving Islam and reverting to their preferred religion (the Ridda or ‘Apostasy wars’). Then, within the closer community, early Meccan converts battled later ones. Hostility developed between those immigrants who had traveled with Muhammad to Mecca and the Ansar at Medina who had helped them settle in. Finally there was a violent struggle within Muhammad’s own family between his favorite wife and favorite daughter – a jagged schism that has left Shias and Sunnis at each others’ throats to this day.
          The strangest and most untrue thing that can be said about Islam is that it is a Religion of Peace. If every standard by which the West is judged and condemned (slavery, imperialism, intolerance, misogyny, sexual repression, warfare…) were applied equally to Islam, the verdict would be devastating. Islam never gives up what it conquers, be it religion, culture, language or life. Neither does it make apologies or any real effort at moral progress. It is the least open to dialogue and the most self-absorbed. It is convinced of its own perfection, yet brutally shuns self-examination and represses criticism.

          This is what makes the Quran’s verses of violence so dangerous. They are given the weight of divine command. While Muslim terrorists take them as literally as anything else in their holy book, and understand that Islam is incomplete without Jihad, moderates offer little to contradict them – outside of opinion. Indeed, what do they have? Speaking of peace and love may win over the ignorant, but when every twelfth verse of Islam’s holiest book either speaks to Allah’s hatred for non-Muslims or calls for their death, forced conversion, or subjugation, it’s little wonder that
          sympathy for terrorism runs as deeply as it does in the broader community – even if most Muslims personally prefer not to interpret their religion in this way.

          Although scholars like Ibn Khaldun, one of Islam’s most respected philosophers, understood that “the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force”, many other Muslims are either unaware or willfully ignorant of the Quran’s near absence of verses that preach universal non-violence. Their understanding of Islam comes from what they are taught by others. In the West, it is typical for believers to think that their religion must be like Christianity – preaching the New Testament virtues of peace, love, and tolerance – because Muslims are taught that Islam is supposed to be superior in every way. They are somewhat surprised and embarrassed to learn that the evidence of the Quran and the bloody history of Islam are very much in contradiction to this.

          Others simply accept the violence. In 1991, a Palestinian couple in America was convicted of stabbing their daughter to death for being too Westernized. A family friend came to their defense, excoriating the jury for not understanding the “culture”, claiming that the father was merely following “the religion” and saying that the couple had to “discipline their daughter or lose respect.” (source). In 2011, unrepentant Palestinian terrorists, responsible for the brutal murders of civilians, women and children explicitly in the name of Allah were treated to a luxurious “holy pilgrimage” to Mecca by the Saudi king – without a single Muslim voice raised in protest.

          For their part, Western liberals would do well not to sacrifice critical thinking to the god of political correctness, or look for reasons to bring other religion down to the level of Islam merely to avoid the existential truth that this it is both different and dangerous.

          There are just too many Muslims who take the Quran literally… and too many others who couldn’t care less about the violence done in the name of Islam.

  • Guest

    I currently live in Anchorage now and reached out to the Muslim community to find a Mosque and inquire about Fasting times. It is daylight here for the majority of the day during summer time so I was kind of puzzled on how to fast. The Muslim community is growing and is fulled with people from different countries and backgrounds. Glad you guys got to see Anchorage!!

  • Submitter

    islam is a great religion that oppose tyranny on earth

  • jm spillane

    muslims do not fit in with western society.Do not mix well but are eager to convert spineless white people.They are not loyal to any western country

  • Rouillie Wilkerson

    I’m a Muslimah in Anchorage, on my way out and heading to Juneau. It is not the most accepting mosque in the country. Shame on you. As if you visited each and every masjid in America. Insha’Allah.

  • AbuAhmed Ibn Abdullah

    Oh You Who Believe In Alaska, As Salaamu Aleikum Wa Rahmattullahi Wa Baarakatuhum!
    Allaahummah, Bestow Glad-Tidings And Salaams Upon Prophet Muhammad (Saaw), And The Salaaf (raa), The Muslims In Alaska Rightly Guide, Protect,Provide and Bless Them, Forgive Us Of Our Sins and Have Mercy Upon Us and Grant Us Jannah and Protection From The Fire, Ameen!
    I Would Like To Visit Anchorage, Alaska (Insha-Allaah), If You Are A Verifiable Brother WIth Amanah And Can Be Of Assistance To Help Me Plan A Trip and Advise Me About Anchorage, I Would Welcome Your Response, And You’ll Find Your Reward With Allaah….Baarakah AllaahuFeek!

  • Adde A. Munye

    Hey great article! I live in alaska and I am a Muslim who fast 19-21hours every ramadan & not just me so as my little 6 year old brother. It just doesn’t feel right breaking fast while the sun is out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1805408047 Lily Darcey

    JC Islam allows the practice of Taquiya to fool those people who refuse to research and study the Quran, to learn what the true contents of the Quran are. People with blinders are handed the untruth that Islam is a religion of peace and none violence.Many, if not most muslim organizations in the US and around the world are nothing more than terrorist harboring organizations to further a one world order of fascist Islam, one leader ‘Caliphate, and Sharia law. Frankly, any muslim can choose to call me ignorant, or say I am telling lies, but one need only study the Quran to learn the truth.
    From the Hadith:
    Bukhari (52:269) – “The Prophet said, ‘War is deceit.’” The context of this is thought to be the murder of Usayr ibn Zarim and his thirty unarmed men by Muhammad’s men after he “guaranteed” them safe passage.

    Bukhari(49:857) – “He who makes peace between the people by inventing good
    information or saying good things, is not a liar.” Lying is permitted when the end justifies the means.
    Bukhari (84:64-65) – Speaking from a position of power at the time, Ali confirms
    that lying is permissible in order to deceive an “enemy.”

    Muslim 32:6303) – “…he did not hear that exemption was granted in anything
    what the people speak as lie but in three cases: in battle, for bringing
    reconciliation amongst persons and the narration of the words of the husband to
    his wife, and the narration of the words of a wife to her husband (in a twisted
    form “Lie” in order to bring reconciliation between them).”

    Bukhari (50:369) – Recounts the murder of a poet, Ka’b bin al-Ashraf, at Muhammad’s
    insistence. The men who volunteered for the assassination used dishonesty to gain Ka’b's trust, pretending that they had turned against Muhammad. This drewthe victim out of his fortress, whereupon he was brutally slaughtered despite putting up a ferocious struggle for his life.
    From Islamic Law:
    Reliance of the Traveler (p. 746 –
    8.2) – “Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible (N:i.e. when the purpose of lying is to circumvent someone who is preventing one from doing something permissible), and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory… it is religiously precautionary in all cases to employ words that give a misleading impression…

    “One should compare the bad consequences entailed by lying to those entailed by telling the truth, and if the consequences of telling the truth are more damaging, one is entitled to lie. In the Quran one can fein being friends with the infidels, or even deny they are muslim, as long as the muslim remains a muslim in his heart, and as long as he hates the infidel in his heart. All done to further the cause.


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