Pro-Violence

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, May 19, 2005

“The legitimacy of these [means] has been established even if [their use] results in the killing of a number of Muslims even if it is known that they are likely to be there at the time, for whatever reason… Admittedly, the killing of a number of Muslims whom it is forbidden to kill is undoubtedly a grave evil; however, it is permissible to commit this evil – indeed, it is even required – in order to ward off a greater evil, namely, the evil of suspending jihad.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, May 19, 2005

“The shedding of Muslim blood…is allowed in order to avoid the greater evil of disrupting jihad.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, May 2005

“The killing of infidels by any method including martyrdom [suicide] operations has been sanctified by many Islamic scholars even if it means killing innocent Muslims. This legality has been agreed upon ... so as not to disrupt jihad.”Jeffrey Fleishman, “Zarqawi Reportedly Called for Shift in Strategy,” Los Angeles Times, May 19, 2005, http://articles.latimes.com/2005/may/19/world/fg-zarqawi19.

Omar Bakri Muhammad, May 2005

“The fact that Americans were attacked was no surprise, what was surprising is that they came under such a devastating attack in their own country. The attacks were really a magnificent operation in every way. They were magnificent terrorists.”Mahan Abedin, “Al-Muhajiroun in the UK: Interview with Omar Bakri Muhammad,” Jamestown Foundation, May 25, 2005, http://www.jamestown.org/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=290&no_cache=1#.VTatGvnF8no.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, January 23, 2005

“One may not make a [peace] treaty with an apostate, nor grant him safe passage or protection. According to Allah’s religion, he has only one choice: ‘Repent or be killed.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, September 11, 2004

“The enemies of God are aware that this war is a turning point in the world, that it is a choice between and absolute control of the infidel West, is culture, and way of life and the Islamic renaissance which is coming, God willing.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, April 6, 2004

“I come back and again say that the only solution is for us to strike the religious, military, and other cadres among the Shi’a with blow after blow until they bend to the Sunnis.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, February 12, 2004

“As for the Shi’a, we will hurt them, God willing, through martyrdom operations and car bombs.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, February 2004

“We were involved in all the martyrdom operations – in terms of overseeing, preparing, and planning – that took place in this country except for the operations that took place in the north. Praised be to Allah, I have completed 25 of these operations, some of them against the Shi’a and their leaders, the Americans and their military, the police, the military, and the coalition forces. There will be more in the future, god willing.”David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, January 4, 2004

“”The confrontation and conflict will go on because the conflict between right and falsehood will continue until Judgment Day… There can be no dialogue with the occupiers except with weapons… Islamic countries in the past century were not liberated from the Crusaders’ military occupation except through jihad in the cause of God… Jihad is the path, so seek it… I urge the Muslim youths to carry out jihad, particularly in Palestine and Iraq.”Bruce Lawrence, trans., Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden (London: Verso, 2005), 217-218, 231.