"It wasn’t until working on the final research paper that I began to develop a conviction that Islam was a harmful ideology. I set out to discover if militant jihad was a part of Islamic doctrine. I determined to base my findings on Islamic scripture, not on the acts of terrorists. I discovered that “jihad” could correctly be interpreted as “a personal struggle” in certain places in Islamic scripture; however, “warfare” was much more often the intended meaning of the term.
In contrast to Biblical commands to conquer, which were isolated to a specific region in Israel’s history, Koranic commands to engage in warfare are universal and are to continue until Islam is the only religion. Examples include: “Make war on them until idolatry does not exist any longer and Allah’s religion reigns universally” (8:39). “Kill the unbelievers wherever ye find them, capture and besiege them and prepare for them every kind of ambush” (9:5). “Fight against them! Allah shall punish them, at your hands and give you victory over them...” (9:14). “Wage war on the people of the Book, who ... do not accept the religion of Islam” (9:29). “Fight the unbelievers in your surroundings, and let them find harshness in you” (9:123). “Those who follow Muhammad are merciless for the unbelievers but kind to each other” (48:29). “Truly Allah loves those who fight in His cause in battle array… ” (61:4)."