"Robert Spencer says: "The Sufi order offers a mystical perspective on Islam. There are Sufis found all over the Islamic world. The widespread assumption that Sufis are peaceful and eschew jihad violence and Islamic supremacism, however, is false. Sufis from al-Ghazali to the present day have taught the necessity of jihad warfare, and have participated in that warfare -- notably in Chechnya since the 18th century. Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, the parent organization of Hamas and Al-Qaeda, was strongly influenced by Sufism and prescribed Sufi spiritual exercises for the Brotherhood members. In January 2009, Iraqi representatives of the Naqshabandi Sufi order met with Khaled Mashaal of Hamas, praised his jihad, donated jewelry to him, and boasted of their own jihad attacks against Americans in Iraq." Giving Thanks - Atlas Shrugs "The formation of the 'The Sufi Jihadi Squadrons of Shaykh 'Abd alQadir alGilani' in Iraq was recently announced at the jihadist website, 'Jihad Unspun'. The AlGilani (d.1166) after whom they are named was in fact a Hanbali Sufi." "AlGhazali, Medieval Sufism, Jihad and Dhimmitude Let us begin with a towering figure in Muslim intellectual history, AlGhazali (10581111), who was born at Tus in Khurasan, near modern Meshed, Iran, and became a renowned theologian, jurist, and mystic. AlGhazali's early training was as a jurist, and he continued to have an interest in jurisprudence throughout his career, writing a work the Wadjiz, dated 1101, i.e., in the last decade of his life. The eminent Islamic scholar W.M. Watt stresses AlGhazali's Muslim orthodoxy. Watt maintains that AlGhazali was  ...acclaimed in both the East and West as the greatest Muslim after Muhammad, and he is by no means unworthy of that dignity...He brought orthodoxy and mysticism into closer contact...the theologians became more ready to accept the mystics as respectable, while the mystics were more careful to remain within the bounds of orthodoxy. AlGhazali, a Sufi orthodox Muslim, and follower of the Shafi'i school of Islamic jurisprudence, wrote this about jihad war and the treatment of the vanquished nonMuslim dhimmi peoples, in the Wadjiz:  [O]ne must go on jihad (i.e., warlike razzias or raids) at least once a year...one may use a catapult against them [nonMuslims] when they are in a fortress, even if among them are women and children. One may set fire to them and/or drown them...If a person of the Ahl? alKitab [People of The Book primarily Jews and Christians] is enslaved, his marriage is [automatically] revoked...One may cut down their trees...One must destroy their useless books. Jihadists may take as booty whatever they decide...they may steal as much food as they need... " "T]he dhimmi is obliged not to mention Allah or His Apostle...Jews, Christians, and Majians must pay the jizya [poll tax on nonMuslims]...on offering up the jizya, the dhimmi must hang his head while the official takes hold of his beard and hits [the dhimmi] on the protruberant bone beneath his ear [i.e., the mandible]... They are not permitted to ostentatiously display their wine or church bells...their houses may not be higher than the Muslim's, no matter how low that is. The dhimmi may not ride an elegant horse or mule; he may ride a donkey only if the saddle [work] is of wood. He may not walk on the good part of the road. They [the dhimmis] have to wear [an identifying] patch [on their clothing], even women, and even in the [public] baths...[dhimmis] must hold their tongue....??" (Remember what Rauf said about Malaysia and how they caused violence to be rained upon them by incorrectly using the term "Allah"). "Compare AlGhazali's writings, above, to the statements below by two later, prominent Hanbali jurists, Ibn Qudama (d. 1223), and the much demonized Ibn Taymiyya (d.1328). First Ibn Qudama:  Legal war (jihad) is an obligatory social duty (fardkifaya);? when one group of Moslems guarantees that it is being carried out in a satisfactory manner, the others are exempted." American Thinker: Sufi Jihad?