Pro-Violence

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, Date Undetermined

“The defense of Muslims is [ensured] through jihad—not dialogue and coexistence. And know that the standard of jihad shall never fail or diminish, till the Day of Judgment. It is our only option for glory, as has been continuously demonstrated in the [Islamic] texts.”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 33.

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, Date Undetermined

“Offensive Jihad is an established and basic tenet of this religion. It is a religious duty rejected only by the most deluded. So how can they [Saudi intellectuals] call off this religious obligation [Offensive Jihad], while imploring the West to understandings and talks “under the umbrella of justice, morality, and rights”? The essence of all this comes from right inside the halls of the United Nations, instead of the Divine foundations that are built upon hating the infidels, repudiating them with tongue and teeth till they embrace Islam or pay the jizya with willing submission and humility.”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 32.

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, Date Undetermined

“The West is hostile to us on account of Loyalty and Enmity, and [Offensive] Jihad. So how can the writers of the declaration address those infidels who attack our faith by word and deed with such trivial matters that have nothing to do with the heart of the conflict? What the West desires is that we abandon [the doctrine of] Loyalty and Enmity, and abandon [Offensive] Jihad. This is the very essence of their request and desire of us. Do the intellectuals, then, think it’s actually possible for Muslims to abandon these two commandments simply to coexist with the West?”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 30-31.

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, Date Undetermined

“What did the Prophet, the Companions after him, and the righteous forebears do? Did they wage jihad against the infidels, attacking them all over the earth, in order to place them under the suzerainty of Islam in great humility and submission? Or did they send messages to discover “shared understandings” between themselves and the infidels in order that they may reach an understanding whereby universal peace, security, and natural relations would spread—in such a satanic manner as this? The sharia provides a true and just path, securing Muslims, and providing peace to the world. If Muslims wished it thus, all they need do is follow it.”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 31.

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, Date Undetermined

“Battle, animosity, and hatred—directed from the Muslim to the infidel—is the foundation of our religion. And we consider this a justice and kindness to them. The West perceives fighting, enmity, and hatred all for the sake of the religion as unjust, hostile, and evil. But who’s understanding is right—our notions of justice and righteousness, or theirs?”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 43.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Date Undetermined

“[Shi’ites] are a people of treachery and cowardice. They are arrogant only with the weak and can attack only the broken-winged. Most of the Sunnis are aware of the danger of these people, watch their sides, and fear the consequences of empowering them.” 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, Date Undetermined

“They, i.e., the Shi’a, have declared a secret war against the people of Islam. They are the proximate, dangerous enemy of the Sunnis, even if the Americans are also an archenemy. The danger from the Shi’a, however, is greater and their damage is worse and more destructive to the [Islamic] nation than the Americans, on whom you find a quasi-consensus about killing them as an assailing enemy.” 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, Date Undetermined

“We are striving urgently and racing against time to create companies of mujahidin that will repair to secure places and strive to reconnoiter the country, hunting the enemy – Americans, police, and soldiers – on the roads and lanes. We are continuing to train and multiply them. 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.

Noelle Velentzas, Conversations with Under Cover FBI Special Agent and Asia Siddiqui, 2014-2015

Conversations with Under Cover FBI Special Agent and Asia Siddiqui:

“You can fit a lot of things in [the pressure cooker], even if it’s not food.”“Criminal Complaint,” United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, April 1, 2015, https://cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/velentzas-complaint.pdf.

Ubaydullah Hussain, Date unknown

In reference to Lesbian Somali activist Amal Aden: “They should absolutely not beat her. They should have stoned her to death, since practicing homosexuality shall be punished with death.”Nina Berglund, “Radical Islamist defends alleged threats,” News in English.no, January 27, 2014, http://www.newsinenglish.no/2014/01/27/islamist-stands-by-his-threats/.