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Ramadan 2018 Death Toll So Far: 355

As of the eighteenth day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan this year, the jihad death toll is 355 infidels murdered in 94 jihad attacks around the world.

Those who are puzzled as to how all this killing could take place during what is supposed to be a holy month should remember: because Ramadan is the month in which Muslims redouble their efforts to obey Allah, Ramadan is also quintessentially the month of jihad.

Fighting and killing infidels is, after all, commanded in the Qur’an (cf. 2:191. 4:89, 9:5, 9:289, 47:4, etc.). Thus killing infidels during Ramadan is, for the killers, a holy and sacred act. A jihad group explained it back in 2012:

The month of Ramadan is a month of holy war and death for Allah. It is a month for fighting the enemies of Allah and God’s messenger, the Jews and their American facilitators.

This is not the prevailing view among non-Muslims in the West. Even President Trump, in his 2018 Ramadan message, stated:

Ramadan is a time of self-reflection intended to deepen one’s spiritual growth and renew a sense of appreciation for the many blessings God provides. In this spirit of thanksgiving and reflection, those observing Ramadan can strengthen our communities, help those in need, and serve as good examples for how to live a holy life.

The paradox here is that both Trump and the jihadis are correct. Ramadan is indeed “a time of self-reflection intended to deepen one’s spiritual growth and renew a sense of appreciation for the many blessings God provides.” Yet for that very reason, given the contents of the Qur’an and Sunnah, Ramadan is also “a month of calamity everywhere for nonbelievers.”

Islam’s core beliefs make it clear that the latter statement is closer to the truth. During Ramadan, Muslims are exhorted to renew and deepen their devotion to Allah. Hence it is a time when they are supposed to grow more generous and kind -- toward their fellow Muslims. However, the Qur’an says: “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves” (48:29). If the Ramadan imperative is to become more devout, the Muslim who applies himself diligently to the Ramadan observance will simultaneously become both more merciful to his fellow Muslims and more severe against the unbelievers.

Throughout the history of Islam, we can see jihad being waged with extra ferocity during Ramadan.

In my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, I recount the harrowing story of the centuries-long and excruciatingly devastating Islamic jihad against India. During Ramadan in 1504, the Delhi sultan Sikandar Lodi, in the words of the contemporary Muslim historian Niamatullah: