MEMRI: “Islam Without Jihad Is Like Honey Without The Sweetness – NY Cleric”

On the 17th of December, MEMRI published a detailed research showing the New York-based Islamist cleric ‘Ibn Muneer’ promoting the concept of violent Jihad.

The full report is as follows:

During a December 5, 2018 live stream on the Hadith Disciple YouTube channel, New York cleric Muhammad “Mufti” Ibn Muneer said that a martyr killed fighting for Allah holds the highest status of martyrdom, and that Muslims should never apologize for speaking the truth about Jihad, the Jews, and the Christians. Ibn Muneer explained that while there are different types of martyrs in Islam, one should not confuse any of them with the martyr who was killed in battle, who holds the highest status of martyrdom. He warned the audience not to treat lesser forms of Jihad, such as seeking knowledge and giving da’wa, as if they are equal to fighting for the sake of Allah. 

Ibn Muneer said that when a Muslim makes a comment about Christians or Jews, such as saying that the Jews have earned Allah’s wrath, he may face repercussions such as being called an extremist or terrorist. He explained that some people might say that videos on those topics should be taken down or made private, but that there is no need to apologize for the truth, and he asked: “What’s next?… When does it stop, the neutering of the Muslim?” He also said that trying to remove Jihad from the Quran and the Sunnah is like “removing sweetness from honey.” He added: “Your feelings have no value [or] worth in light of the Quran and Sunnah. If you don’t believe and understand that, then maybe Islam is not the religion for you.” 

The class was held at Masjid Ahlis-Sunnah Wal-Jama’ah in Queens, New York. Ibn Muneer, who was born in Philadelphia and whose Hadith Disciple YouTube channel has over 10,000 subscribers, recently went on a speaking tour at several mosques in the United Kingdom. During the tour he appeared on the “Freshly Grounded” podcast, which also has over 10,000 YouTube subscribers. According to Hadith Disciple, Ibn Muneer completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Hadith from the University of Madinah and is currently pursuing his PhD.

To see more from Ibn Muneer, see MEMRI TV clip 6772,  NY Muslim Cleric Ibn Muneer: Muslims Should Not Apologize for Prophet Muhammad Marrying a Minor, the Jews and Christians Will Never Be Pleased with You Anyway. In this September 5, 2018 Q&A session held at Masjid Ahlis-Sunnah Wal-Jama’ah and streamed live on Ibn Muneer’s Hadith Disciple YouTube channel, Ibn Muneer criticized Muslim apologists for trying to “curry favor” from people whose history is “full of shame, disgrace, [and] horror.” Ibn Muneer said that since according to Western values, a man who marries a nine-year-old is a pedophile and a 45-year-old man who marries an 18-year-old is a cradle robber, the Prophet Muhammad would be castigated regardless of Aisha’s age when he married her. Citing the Quran, he said that “the Jews and the Christians will never be pleased with you until you follow their way,” and that they will “slander, lie, invent, propagate, and wage [ideological] war” against Muslims. He added that one should avoid being apologetic because “you can run, but you can’t hide, from the malicious slander… of the envious infidels.”

To view cleric Muhammad “Mufti” Ibn Muneer’s December 5, 2018 lecture, click here  or below. (Video will redirect you to MEMRI)

The following is the transcript from the sermon: 

Even Though They Are Called ‘Martyr’ Or ‘Martyrs’ – They Are Not Of The Same Level As The Martyr Of The Battle – The One Who Died On The Battlefield

Muhammad Ibn Muneer: “Now, the question is what is meant by a ‘martyr’? [Is it] the martyr who dies from defending himself? [Is it] the martyr who dies from being burnt alive? The martyr who dies from being drowned? [Is it] the martyr who, as we mentioned in the sermon, who was killed by his stomach, his belly, or his insides?


“Does this hadith, or the hadith about the martyr, because obviously the book of Islamic jurisprudence is based off of the hadiths… Does it apply to [these types of martyrs]? We say: No! Even though they are called ‘martyr’ or ‘martyrs’ – they are not of the same level as the martyr of the battle – the one who died on the battlefield. [Does] everyone understand this? It is very important to understand and not to mix these things up. The one who dies on the battlefield is of the prime highest level. Even though the others are called ‘martyr,’ they are not on his level of ‘martyr-ism,’ like he is. This goes to show you the virtue of Jihad for the sake of Allah. Not like those who try to make it like everything else, right? ‘This is Jihad, too, and seeking knowledge is Jihad, too, and giving da’wa is Jihad, too, and spending…’ [These things are] a type of Jihad, but do not try to make that [the same as] qital – fighting. There is a difference between the two, and unfortunately there are many of us who do this. May Allah help us and protect us all. Obviously, the consequences and the repercussions, et cetera… Being called an extremist and a terrorist… The list goes on and on… The problems that will come from you saying certain things.”

Read the full report at: The Middle East Media Research Institute.

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