Strike Terror Into Their Hearts: The Quranic Concept of War

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

UPDATE 14 February 2007: Hometownjihad.Com

This update is to announce the online .pdf version of S.K. Malik’s book, The Quranic Concept of War. The document complete with a Publishers Preface (by Patrick Poole and Mark Hannah), an introduction by LTC Joseph C. Myers, and the late-President of Pakistan M. Zia-Ul-Haq’s foreword from the emerging website known as

The phrase “Hometown Jihad” is what Mustafa Setmariam Nasar was talking about in his massive book, and it’s what Sulejman Talovic engaged in Monday night in Salt Lake City - all of which renders Malik’s book, LTC Myers essay review and this article extremely relevant in perpetuity.

15 January 2007: This past Friday I began reading a review essay written by my friend, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph C. Myers, of a book commissioned by the late-President of Pakistan, General Zia-ul-Haq. The book was written by Pakistani Army Brigadier General S.K. Malik and titled The Quranic Concept of War (Also variously spelled Qur’anic). In performing my due diligence research for this article it occurred to me that LTC Myers review of this book, in all truth, is the first ever done by a senior western military officer. As cited by LTC Myers in his essay, an observation made by Paul Sperry in his article posted December 14, 2005 on the website ( ) was the truth of the matter until LTC Myers review came along.

“Four years into the war on terror, US intelligence officials tell me there are no baseline studies of the Muslim prophet Muhammad or his ideological or military doctrine found at either the CIA or Defense Intelligence Agency, or even the war colleges.”

LTC Myers review is found in this link to Parameters, the US Army’s War College Winter 2006-07 quarterly senior professional journal:

Indeed, there is abundant evidence that too few westerners have read, reviewed or otherwise commented upon this book, and those few commentaries which do exist have in turn likely been read by even fewer western government and military officials. Of those that have reviewed this work and arrived at an incorrect assessment of it, I make the exceptional note that in July 2006 the Australian government Classification Review Board gave Malik’s book a pass in declaring it “Unrestricted” for publication in Australia. In a demonstration of official Aussie government naivety, the review board declared: The book describes battles between standing armies and does not deal with asymmetric war, guerrilla fighting or terrorist acts. Nothing could be further from the truth in my opinion.

From an entirely American perspective, and in being consistent with the reporting of the Northeast Intelligence Network and what our readers have come to expect of us, I will focus on what I came away with in reading LTC Myers review of The Quranic Concept of War. What I learned and immediately applied to the war we are engaged in, and with respect to the opinion of the Australian government cited above, was succinctly stated by LTC Myers in his review essay. That is that the preeminent tenet of Islamist war fighting doctrine is found in his review in the third paragraph of the section titled “Strike Terror into their Hearts”

LTC Myers writes:

“Malik’s most controversial dictum is summarized in the following manner: in war, “the point where the means and the end meet” is in terror. He formulates terror as an objective principal of war; once terror is achieved the enemy reaches his culminating point. “Terror is not a means of imposing decision upon the enemy; it is the decision we wish to impose . . . “Malik’s divine principal of Islamic warfare may be restated as “strike terror; never feel terror.”

This statement struck a resonant chord in me and was the catalyst for thought provocation on something I have long suspected, but have had no viable explanation for regarding our current success in the domestic counter-terrorism front since the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, through to the immensely tragic bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, forward to the events of 9/11 and most significantly to the present moment. It goes back to something many have long forgotten was said by former SECDEF Donald Rumsfeld, and can be paraphrased as follows: ‘In the prosecution of this war we’ll tell you some things. Other things you will never hear about.’

In explanation of this insight, I’ll first make an observation in the form of a leading question. Has the U.S. government counter-terrorism effort and success to date been the result of pure luck coupled with hard and diligent work ethic performed by a number of professionals, or is it based upon an intangible which permeates our society? That intangible being the predominantly Christian Faith of the American population, an intangible the U.S. government never openly counted upon as an asset in this war. I believe the answer is “yes, to all of the above.”

Obviously, the majority of America is NOT at war, nor is it even remotely terrorized. To be sure, the U.S. military is at war, and so are the families and extended families of our hero’s in harms way. The vast majority of America’s population goes about its daily business unscathed by the war, or the threats of “Islamofascist jihadism.”  Americans being mostly oblivious or impervious to the persistent rhetoric of al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, HAMAS, and the little nut-job in Tehran and his bearded religious guru’s.

Getting to the core of the issue, I have known for some time, and my knowledge was particularly reinforced by the “Able Danger” brouhaha of recent memory, that the primary domestic federal counter-terrorism effort is directed by the FBI - which in turn is directed by POTUS via Executive Orders, as well as the NSC and the Department of Justice.

The resonant chord I heard is this: In denying ANY terrorist successes, and by suppressing any knowledge or admission of terrorist success or of active planning in their CONUS operations - the U.S. federal government has effectively mitigated and outrightly denied the primary goal of the Islamists. Thus the U.S. government has prevented the terrorizing of the American population. This has been the goal and agenda of the U.S. government almost from the get go. It has been a resounding success and a significant defeat for our enemies as relates to their ‘Qur’anic Doctrine of War’.

Furthermore, this realization has made crystal clear via hindsight my belief that the April 1995 bombing of the OKC Murrah Federal Building was not, is not and will never be tied to foreign, al-Qaeda-linked terrorists or Iraqi state sponsorship. From the US government’s perspective, there can be no foreign terrorist involvement in this attack - Period. Simply restated, the goal is that there will be no log-term terrorizing of the American population.

Additionally, this also explains why the direct and OBVIOUS al-Qaeda and Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein ties to the 2001 anthrax attacks have never been and never will be acknowledged by the U.S. government. In fact, I personally know that U.S. federal law enforcement knows that Mohammed Atta was as integral to the Anthrax attacks as was the regime of Saddam Hussein.

The bottom line in all of this, as well as in our in moving forward into the unknown future, is that for the Islamists to truly terrorize America as they desperately wish to do according to their Qurâ’nic doctrine - they will of necessity need to employ nuclear, chemical or biological weapons of mass destruction here at home or against our forces overseas. Keep this in mind America - we have a continuing major confrontation in progress, a war in other words, against those who are seeking to destroy our will to fight, to bring America to what they believe is America’s “culminating point”, and thus our defeat and surrender to Islam. Beware also those American politicians of both parties who actively seek to expedite the islamofascist doctrine against us.