Written by AJ Liberphile
Go forth, (whether equipped) lightly or heavily, and strive and struggle, with your goods and your persons, in the Cause of Allah. That is best for you, if ye (but) knew. (Koran 9.41)
Moslems have five basic duties: stating the shahada (declaration of faith), salah (five-times daily prayer), sawm (fasting during Ramadan), zakah (giving charity) and hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). Above all these, as Mohammed instructed, there is no higher duty than jihad.
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. (Koran 2.216)
Ibn Kathir explains the meaning of the verse (ayah):
In this ayah, Allah made it obligatory for the Moslems to fight in jihad against the evil of the enemy who transgresses against Islam. Az-Zuhri said:
Jihad is required from every person, whether he actually joins the fighting or remains behind. Whoever remains behind is required to give support, if support is warranted; to provide aid, if aid is needed; and to march forth, if he is commanded to do so. If he is not needed, then he remains behind.
So, if a Moslem is unable to directly and personally practice jihad, he must support those who do, or give in charity – and by this point, you should be able to guess the good cause. Sharia states that Zakah is levied at between 2.5 – 20% of all capital assets annually, and one eighth of Zakah collections must be donated for the furtherance of jihad, as detailed in the classic manual of Islamic law, Reliance of the Traveller (h8.17, “Those Fighting for Allah”):
The seventh category is those fighting for Allah, meaning people engaged in Islamic military operations for whom no salary has been allotted in the army roster (O: but who are volunteers for jihad without remuneration). They are given enough to suffice them for the operation, even if affluent; of weapons, mounts, clothing, and expenses (O: for the duration of the journey, round trip, and the time they spend there, even if prolonged …).
Rich Arab states like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar (who have had more money than they know what to do with) take these scriptural injunctions very seriously. Just as poor Islamic countries (and western Moslem orthodox youth) provide jihad cannon fodder, Gulf oil states provide the financing – generous funding for Islamic prothletising and/ or terror organisations, i.e. soft/ hard jihad, in between purchasing Western assets such as companies, property, football clubs and governments.
The Qatar sovereign wealth fund for example owns 10% of IAG (British Airways and Iberia), 20% of Heathrow airport, and 100% of Harrods and the Shard skyscraper. It’s a mystery why western governments even recognise regimes like Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, let alone allow them to purchase half their countries. Oh I forgot: they’ve been bought.
Although financing individual terror attacks may be cheap, their support network is not, requiring a web of madrassas, training camps, leadership, communications, bribery, front organisations, logistics and arms smuggling. It is estimated that the global Islamic terror movement is a multi-billion dollar operation.