"Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not
disabled and incapacitated, to prepare themselves for the conquest of
[other] countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country
in the world. But those who study Islamic Holy War will understand
why Islam wants to conquer the whole world…. Those who know
nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those
[who say this] are witless. Islam says Kill all the unbelievers
just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that Muslims
should sit back until they are devoured by [the unbelievers] Islam says
Kill them [the non-Muslims], put them to the sword and scatter [their
armies]. Does this mean sitting back until [non-Muslims] overcome
us Islam says Kill in the service of Allah those who may want to kill
you! Does this mean that we should surrender to the enemy Islam says
Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of
the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword!
The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for Holy
Warriors! There are hundreds of other [Koranic] verses and Hadiths
[sayings of the Prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight.
Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from
waging war I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim."
Ayatollah Khomeini -- Leader of
1979 Iranian Revolution (1902-1989)