Egypt's leading Muslim cleric and sheikh, Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb recently asserted a demonstrable falsehood. On April 30, 2020, during his televised program that appears every year around Ramadan and is watched by millions in Egypt and the Arab world, the grand imam of the Islamic world's most prestigious university, Al Azhar, declared that "Islam doesn't seek war or bloodshed, and Muslims only fight back to defend themselves."
Needless to say, such claims fly in the face of more than a millennium of well documented Islamic teachings and Islamic history. Beginning with Muhammad — whose later wars were hardly defensive, but rather raids meant to empower and aggrandize himself and his followers over non-Muslims — and under the first "righteous" caliphs and virtually all subsequent sultans and rulers, jihad consisted of raiding, slaughtering, enslaving, and ideally conquering non-Muslims who refused the invitation to embrace Islam. One need only look at a map of the Muslim world today and realize that the vast majority of it—all of the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Central Asia, as far east as Pakistan, and farther — was taken by violent conquest in the name of jihad.
Mocking such Muslim logic, Dr. Ahmed 'Abdu Maher, an Egyptian researcher and political activist, once made a video where he asked a hypothetical. What if Donald Trump — instead of banning immigration from a few terrorist nations (mostly Muslim) and being denounced as a "racist" for it — followed Islam's "altruistic" outlook and offered American Muslims three choices: either convert to Christianity, pay jizya and live as second-class citizens, or die?
Would he be a racist or not? Would he be a terrorist or not? How then that we have in our Islamic jurisprudence, which you teach us, and tell us that all the imams have agreed that the Islamic openings are the way to disseminate Islam? This word "openings" — we must be sensitive to it! The Islamic openings mean swords and killing.
The Islamic openings, through which homes, fortresses, and territories were devastated, ... an Islam which you try to make us follow. So I wonder O sheikh, O leader of this or that Islamic center in New York, would you like to see this done to your wife and daughter? ... That your daughter goes to this fighter , your son to this fighter, a fifth goes to the caliph, and so forth? I mean, isn't this what you refer to as the Sharia of Allah?