“Ethos” of the Mumbai Jihad on Chabad? “Whenever a Jew is killed it is for the benefit of Islam.”

The Philosemitic and Overall Infidel Infatuated Indian Sufi Ahmad Sirhindi (d. 1624)

Hat tips to Pamela Geller and Bob Spencer regarding this story about an apparently targeted attack on a Chabad House in Mumbai by the jihad terrorists wreaking carnage in that great Indian city.


This tragedy within a much larger tragedy reminded me of the Indian Sufi “inspiration” for The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, Ahmad Sirhindi. Nearing completion of my first book compendium, The Legacy of Jihad, in early 2005, specifically the section about jihad on the Indian subcontinent, I came across a remarkable comment by the Indian Sufi theologian Sirhindi (d. 1624). Typical of the mainstream Muslim clerics of his era, Sirhindi was viscerally opposed to the reforms which characterized the latter ecumenical phase of Akbar’s 16th century reign (when Akbar became almost a Muslim-Hindu syncretist), particularly the abolition of the humiliating jizya (Koranic poll tax, as per Koran 9:29) upon the subjugated infidel Hindus. In the midst of an anti-Hindu tract Sirhindi wrote, motivated by Akbar’s pro-Hindu reforms, he observes, “Whenever a Jew is killed, it is for the benefit of Islam.”


The biographical information I could glean about Sirhindi provided, among other things, no evidence he was ever in direct contact with Jews, so his very hateful remark suggested to me that the attitudes it reflected must have a theological basis in Islam—contra the prevailing, widely accepted “wisdom” that Islam, unlike Christianity was devoid of such theological Antisemitism.  Having originally intended to introduce, edit, and compile a broader compendium on dhimmitude in follow-up to The Legacy of Jihad, this stunning observation inspired me instead to change course and focus on the interplay between Islamic Antisemitism, and the intimately related phenomenon of jihad imposed dhimmitude for Jews, specifically.


Of course Jew-hatred was merely a sidelight to Sirhindi’s hatemongering Islamic “ethos.” He was an intensely anti-Hindu bigot, as revealed by these words:


Cow-sacrifice in India is the noblest of Islamic practices. The kafirs [Hindus] may probably agree to pay jizya but they shall never concede to cow-sacrifice…The real purpose in levying jizya on them [Hindus] is to humiliate then to such an extent that, on account of fear of jizya , they may not be able to dress well and to live in grandeur. They should constantly remain terrified and trembling. It in intended to hold them under contempt and to uphold the honor and might of Islam…


Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad (Prometheus, 2005) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism " (Prometheus, November, 2008) You can contact Dr. Bostom at @andrewbostom.org

2 responses to ““Ethos” of the Mumbai Jihad on Chabad? “Whenever a Jew is killed it is for the benefit of Islam.”

  1. Loved this post.

    It is a common misconception in the West that the sufis are the ‘good’ Islam, the islam Prince Charles loves, all about love and tolerance and intoxicated mystical states. Greater jihad and all that. Rubbish. Some of the most dangerous jihadi masterminds are sufis, such as Sheik Jilani of Pakistan.

    To the extent sufis are loving and tolerant to the kafirs is the extent they have internalized kafir beliefs. But when the day is done, and Islam draws a line in the sand, we know on which side the sufi stands.

    Glad you’re holding those Sufi feet to the fire, Andy, and exposing them for who they are beyond their songs and dances and trance states. For beyond all that, the sufis are the slaves of a 7th century Arabian moon deity who hates those humans (especially the Jews) who won’t be his slaves or accept the warlord Mohammed as their prophet and pattern for life.

    Give thanks on this Thanksgiving that we were born kafirs.

  2. Witness the orgy of … it’s and indian-muslim extremist thing, no — it’s about Kashmir, no – it’s really about certain people being left behind in India’s new economy…and other tortuous machinations so as to avoid the ugly ugly reality.

    and most of all, JEWS

    There is no escape from the dance.
    Not on the Deccan Plain, not in the Punjab, not in the Stans, not in lower Manhattan, not at teh Pentagon, not in Ypsilanti, not in Nebraska, Idaho, Arkansas or Eugene.

    But the farce goes on