By this time Mohammed had clearly realised the tactical advantage of unflinching bravery amongst his warriors. As a religious leader, he was able to offer his followers threats and inducements in the afterlife which most military commanders cannot. He set down further rules such as this one from The Sira.
I477 When a Muslim met a Kaffir in war, he was not to turn his back except as a tactical manoeuvre. A Muslim fighting in Allah’s cause had to face the enemy. Not doing so brought on the wrath of Allah and the judgment of Hell. Fear was not an option for a Jihadist.
The terms of Jihad were laid down at this time and are also recorded in Ishaq's biography:
I480 If those who practiced the old religions submitted to Islam, all would be forgiven. But if not, they were to take a lesson from Badr. The Jihad would not stop until Kaffirs surrendered to Islam. Only submission to Islam would save the Kaffirs.
The Koran backs this up:
8:38 Tell the Kaffirs that if they change their ways, then they will be forgiven for their past. If, however, they continue to sin, let them remember the fate of those who came before them. Fight against them until they stop persecuting you, and Allah’s religion reigns sovereign over all others. If they cease, Allah knows all they do, but if they turn their backs, know that Allah is your protector—an excellent helper.
Mohammed made it clear that his enemies had two choices, to submit to his will or fight against his suicidal followers forever. Threatening people to submit or be killed was hardly a new concept, even in Mohammed's day. The real genius of Jihad however, lies in its use of deceit. Mohammed used it to confuse his enemies and to make them believe that he could be negotiated with. In fact he was sworn to fight them until they either submitted or died.
Mohammed divided the world into two parts, Dar al Islam and Dar al Harb. Dar al Islam was the land of Islam, which had submitted and was ruled by Sharia law. Dar al Harb on the other hand was the land of war which was all the other parts of the globe.
Nations may not think that they are at war with Islam, but if they are not ruled by Sharia Law, then Islam is in fact at war with them.
All Muslims are part of a nation known as The Ummah, which is at war with all other nations. Whilst hostilities may not be happening at a given moment, they are still technically at war, even though the ordinary Muslims may not know it.
This peace is temporary and is known in Islam as “Hudna.” A Muslim who lives in England is not therefore an Englishman who happens to be a Muslim. He is instead, a Muslim who happens to live in England. All of his loyalties lie first and foremost with the Ummah which is technically at war with the UK.
It is the ability of Islam to hide these facts from non-Muslims which makes Jihad so successful. Muslim leaders understand this and they expend a good deal of their resources in promoting this deception. We have already seen the way in which the Islamic holy books are presented in order to make their interpretation as difficult as possible.
Later on we will see in greater depth, the ways in which political Islam works tirelessly to perpetuate this deception.
This is the next and arguably the most important tactic of Jihad.
Rules of Jihad:
6) Deceive the enemy (the Kaffirs) whenever possible in order to secure victory.
Mohammed not only used deceit frequently but as we will see he was a master of it.
Whilst we are on the subject of deceit, please note the use of the word “persecuted” in the above Koranic quote. It may seem strange to us that Mohammed was in the middle of attacking his enemies, whilst at the same time complaining of persecution.
Mohammed redefined the word “persecuting” to mean those who would not allow Sharia law to rule over them. In other words, Islam is supposed to rule over the whole world, so those who oppose this are “persecuting” Muslims, even when they are being attacked by them.
Words are very powerful things. Words define thoughts so twisting words can alter the way people think. Be aware that if you are opposed to the introduction of Sharia Law to rule over your society; then you are considered to be persecuting Muslims.
Because of this, Islam considers it legitimate to attack you. Islamic doctrine regards this as “self-defence”. Furthermore, Kaffirs killed by Jihad are not considered to be “innocent” victims. We frequently hear Muslim spokespeople insist that killing “innocent” victims is against Islamic teaching except in self-defence. What they do not explain, is the different concept of the terms “innocent” and “self-defence” in Islamic teaching.