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'Abduct women' and 'destroy churches', this is Islam: Iraqi cleric

India TV News Desk 23 Oct 2015, 14:56:26 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: Ahmad al-Baghdadi, Iraqi ayatollah, has said that Islam and the rest of the world can never peacefully coexist.

As reported in frontpagemag.com, during a recent televised interview, Ahmad al-Baghdadi, first debated defensive jihad saying that all capable Muslims are obligated to fight for the liberation of occupied territory i.e. Israel.

Also the author of numerous Islamic books, he said, "If they are people of the book (Jews and Christians) we demand of them the jizya and if they refuse, then we fight them.  That is if he is Christian. He has three choices: either convert to Islam, or, if he refuses and wishes to remain Christian, then pay the jizya."

Jizya is a religiously required per capita tax levied by a Muslim state on non-Muslim subjects permanently residing in Muslim lands under Islamic law.

"But if they still refuse, then we fight them, and we abduct their women, and destroy their churches this is Islam!... Come on, learn what Islam is, are you even a Muslim?" he said.

"As for the polytheists (Hindus, Buddhists, etc.) We allow them to choose between Islam and war! This is not the opinion of Ahmad al-Husseini al-Baghdadi, but the opinion of all five schools of jurisprudence (four Sunni and one Shia)," he was quoted as saying in the report.

When the anchor contended that this cannot be Islam, he said, "Who are you? You're going to tell me what to believe? This is the word of Allah."