'Redemptive Jihad': New York, Minnesota Terrorists Were Cleansing Their Sins

The Qur’an teaches that Allah will place a Muslim’s good deeds on one scale and bad deeds on the other, and send them to Paradise or hell depending on which scale weighs more (cf. 21:47).

A Muslim who is worried about his eternal destiny can decisively tip the scales in his favor by waging jihad, the deed that is greater than all others.

He can seize the Qur’an’s promise of Paradise for those who “kill and are killed” for Allah (9:111). This will not only make up for his sins or indifference, but will make him a hero to numerous Muslims worldwide.

We have seen this again and again.

After jihad mass murderer Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck into a crowd in Nice, France, last July, murdering 84 people, Walid Hamou, a cousin of his wife, said:

Bouhlel was not religious. He did not go to the mosque, he did not pray, he did not observe Ramadan. He drank alcohol, ate pork and took drugs. This is all forbidden under Islam. He was not a Muslim, he was a s***. He beat his wife, my cousin, he was a nasty piece of work.

Does all that really mean that Bouhlel was not a Muslim? No. If he really did not attend mosque, did not pray, did not observe Ramadan, drank alcohol, ate pork and took drugs, all that means is that he was a bad Muslim.

He could at some point have awakened and thought: I’m headed for hell. What great deed can I perform that will outweigh all my evil deeds? The answer to that question, of course, was jihad, which according to Muhammad himself is the greatest of all deeds.

Further, that he beat his wife was hardly a sign that he was not a Muslim, since the Qur’an commands that women from whom men fear disobedience should be beaten (4:34).

Redemptive jihad. Jihad, says the Qur’an, will “heal the breasts of folk who are believers” (9:14). Commit jihad, and no more worrying about whether one will spend eternity in Paradise or hell.

The previously sinful or indifferent Muslim guarantees for himself a place in Paradise -- and that, not the blood of his infidel victims, is all that matters.