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Hamid Al-Ghazali about armed jihad
Author: Hamid Al-Ghazali (1058-1111)
Source: Kitab al-Wagiz fi fiqh madhab al-imam al-Safi’I (Beirut, 1979, pp. 186, 190-191, 199-200, 202-203.)
The following excerpts were translated in English by Michael Schub and quoted by Andrew Bostom in his book The Legacy of Jihad (Amherst NY, Prometheus Books, 2005, p. 199).
[O]ne must go on jihad (i.e., warlike razzias or raids) at least once a year…one may use a catapult against them [non-Muslims] when they are in a fortress, even if among them are women and children. One may set fire to them and/or drown them…If a person of the ahl al-kitab [People of the Book – Jews and Christians, typically] is enslaved, his marriage is [automatically] revoked…One may cut down their trees…One must destroy their useless books. Jihadists may take as booty whatever they decide…they may steal as much food as they need…
[On the dhimmis subjected by jihad]
[T]he dhimmi is obliged not to mention Allah or His Apostle…Jews, Christians, and Majians must pay the jizya [poll tax on non-Muslims]…on offering up the jizya, the dhimmi must hang his head while the official takes hold of his beard and hits [the dhimmi] on the protruberant bone beneath his ear [i.e., the mandible]… They are not permitted to ostentatiously display their wine or church bells…their houses may not be higher than the Muslim’s, no matter how low that is. The dhimmi may not ride an elegant horse or mule; he may ride a donkey only if the saddle [-work] is of wood. He may not walk on the good part of the road. They [the dhimmis] have to wear [an identifying] patch [on their clothing], even women, and even in the [public] baths… [dhimmis] must hold their tongue….