The Third Jihad: Overcoming Radical Islam's Plan for the West

The Third Jihad: Overcoming Radical Islam's Plan for the West

by Michael Youssef


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Radical Islam has been waging war against our global civilization throughout history—and now, it’s closer than ever to American soil. Dr. Michael Youssef, a Coptic Christian who was born in Egypt and now leads a megachurch in America, knows from firsthand experience that radical Islamists have goals that many American Christians believe are “unthinkable.” In this book, he warns Western Christians that it doesn’t help to ignore what’s going on. There’s a third jihad underway, and its goal is to take over the West.

The Third Jihad is a call for Christians to defend their families, protect their nation, and boldly share the good news of Jesus with their communities—especially their Muslim neighbors.

Packed with surprising insights from history, compelling and dramatic stories, and a practical agenda that one person—or one church—can immediately put into practice to make a difference in the world. Rich in encouraging biblical principles and prophetic insights, The Third Jihad leads the reader to an empowering conclusion in our troubling (and even frightening) times.

Michael Youssef’s insights will inspire Christians to take their faith seriously, share their faith freely, and to truly be salt and light in a world of increasing darkness and decay.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496431509
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 19,601
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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AN AMERICAN ISLAMIST IMAM in Washington, DC, has called for the creation of an Islamic State of North America by 2050 — that is, imposing a theocratic totalitarian government across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. No one takes his prediction seriously. No one thinks it could ever happen here.

But instead of shaking our heads and laughing off such an "unthinkable" notion, perhaps we should pause and prayerfully ask, "Could it happen here?"

Many big moments in history were unthinkable — until they happened.

Could fifty-two American embassy employees be held hostage for more than fourteen months by a group of college students?


But it happened in Iran in 1979.

Could eight hundred thousand people be slaughtered in the span of one hundred days by soldiers, former friends, and neighbors?


But it happened in Rwanda in 1994.

Could nineteen men hijack four commercial airliners and fly them into three buildings and an open field, killing nearly three thousand people and injuring six thousand more?


But it happened in America in 2001.

Perhaps more to the point, could a Western democracy fall into the hands of a ruthless dictator "in part by using democratic freedoms to undermine and then destroy democracy itself"?


No one likes comparisons to Nazi Germany, but it happened there in 1933, and the seeds are being sown for it to happen again — only this time with an Islamist government — across Europe, Great Britain, and even North America.

As we'll see, an Islamic State of North America is not unthinkable to the Islamists. They are planning for it and patiently working toward it, day by day. The choices we make now, and in the years to come, in America and across Western civilization, will either pave the way for the unthinkable or stop the Islamists in their tracks.

It's time we pause and think about the unthinkable. The Third Jihad has already begun — a holy war conducted not only with terror and violence, but also by stealth and intimidation. Like the two jihads that came before it — the wars of Islamic conquest (622–751) and the wars of Islamic expansion (1302–1922) — the Third Jihad demands a strong response.

What if the imam is right?

Because I was born in 1948, it is statistically unlikely that I will live to see the year 2050. But my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren can reasonably expect to be alive in that year — and the same can probably be said of yours.

But what will America look like in 2050?

If the imam in Washington has his way, every man, woman, and child within the present-day borders of Canada, the United States, and Mexico will live under the authority of the Islamic State of North America. As the founder of an Islamist organization with branches in Washington, Philadelphia, and four California cities, he is actively working toward this goal.

His role model is the late Ayatollah Khomeini, the Shia Muslim cleric who led the 1979 Iranian Revolution that overthrew the 2,500-year-old Persian monarchy and established the Islamic Republic of Iran. Why does this American imam revere the Ayatollah Khomeini? I believe it's because Khomeini achieved in Iran the same goal the imam is pursuing in America: a cultural revolution and the establishment of a theocratic Islamic state.

As the imam told his followers in 2008, "Our quest is to emulate the life of our hero in contemporary times, Imam Khomeini, as we strive to establish the Islamic State of North America. His story is a story of ultimate success against unbelievable odds."

You might think that what this Muslim leader envisions — an Islamic-ruled America — is simply impossible. It could never happen. But just suppose for a moment that the Islamists managed to achieve their goals. Imagine what life in America would be like under Islamic rule.

A preventable future

A famous science-fiction writer once said that he wrote futuristic stories not to predict the future, but to prevent it. The scenario you are about to read is not a prediction — at least I hope not. But it is a wake-up call. I hope what you're about to read will inspire you to help prevent this future from ever coming to pass.

Let's jump forward to the year 2050. The Islamic State of North America (ISNA) is now firmly in control of the US government and all the institutions of American society.

At first glance, the September 11 memorial in lower Manhattan looks much as it has since it was dedicated in 2011. Two square pools of water still mark the footprint of the World Trade Center towers that collapsed during the 2001 terror attacks.

But a closer look reveals big changes. The Cross at Ground Zero, a formation of steel beams resembling the Christian cross that was found in the World Trade Center debris, has been removed from the memorial museum. The names of those who died in the attacks have also been removed, replaced by a marble tablet inscribed with just nineteen names — the nineteen al-Qaeda "martyrs" who hijacked the planes and flew them into the towers, the Pentagon, and the grassy field in Pennsylvania.

The Islamist regime has altered some American monuments and destroyed others. Just as the Taliban dynamited the centuries-old Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan in March 2001, the rulers of the American caliphate have dynamited great symbols of American freedom — the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Lincoln Memorial. The Supreme Islamic Council of America, in a televised ceremony, brought out the original parchments of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, and fed them to a bonfire in front of the National Archives.

As an Islamist imam in Denmark once declared, "No Muslim can accept secularism, freedom, and democracy. It is for Allah alone to legislate how society shall be regulated! Muslims wish and long for Allah's law to replace the law of man." In 2050, the Islamists' dream has come true in America, as Sharia law replaces the Constitution and other founding documents of the United States.

Just as in the days when ISIS controlled much of Iraq and Syria, ISNA has decreed that all property belonging to heretical religious groups — Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, and even "apostate" Islamic sects — shall be subject to confiscation. Cathedrals, churches, and synagogues are being shuttered or converted to mosques.

Your adult children have been ordered to renounce Jesus and convert to Islam or pay the jizya, the tax of submission to Islam. Your granddaughters have been taken out of school and sent home because girls need to learn only one thing: obedient submission. Any female found outside the home unaccompanied by a male relative, and without being covered from head to toe, risks brutal punishment.

Department stores and dress shops that once offered the latest colorful fashions for women now offer only shades of black, brown, and white. Stores sell only niqabs (cloth coverings for a woman's face and hair) and robe-like chadors. ISNA billboards around the city depict fully veiled, robed women, and warn that women who do not properly cover themselves face fines and imprisonment.

Your grandsons, as young as fourteen years old, have been conscripted as fighters in the Muslim army, just as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria once conscripted young boys into its army. Your grandsons must swear allegiance to the Islamic State, and they will be taught to root out secret enclaves of Christians, Jews, and other "infidels" and "idolaters," and to wage jihad against apostates and heretics of rival Muslim sects.

Not that life under the Islamic State is all bad. There are some good things to be said for a theocratic dictatorship. Just as ISIS was once a model of bureaucratic efficiency during its occupation of Iraq and Syria, ISNA has vastly improved government efficiency in 2050. Under the old American government, strong unions and federal regulations made it almost impossible to fire or discipline government workers who didn't do their jobs. In ISNA, government workers no longer slack off or go on strike because the regime will imprison them (or worse) if they fail to achieve their quotas.

The brutally efficient ISNA bureaucracy collects the garbage, sweeps the streets, fixes the potholes, maintains power lines and cell phone towers, keeps the tap water flowing, prevents the sewers from backing up, and collects the taxes. ISNA levies taxes on every conceivable transaction, and their collectors extract payment from the citizenry with a ruthlessness that makes Americans nostalgic for the kindly benevolence of the Internal Revenue Service.

In 2050, your children and grandchildren will need a strong stomach to handle the daily roadside death scenes staged by the ISNA's Diwan Al-Hisbah — the Ministry of Moral Code Enforcement. Most Islamic-ruled nations maintain a paid or volunteer force to enforce Sharia law. Islamist America will be no different. In Saudi Arabia, this force is called the Mutaween. In Iran, it is called the Guidance Patrol (Gasht-e Ershad). In the English-speaking ISNA, this force is known simply as the Morality Police.

Often working undercover, the Morality Police patrol the streets, parks, shopping malls, grocery stores, and schools, making sure that women obey the dress codes, men obey the haircut and beard regulations, children are quiet and reverent during the call to prayer, and no one listens to forbidden music. The Morality Police may admonish, fine, or arrest any violators, and those who are arrested will be tried in a Sharia court. Few will be able to prove their innocence.

The guilty may be imprisoned, flogged, suffer the amputation of a hand or foot, or be subjected to public execution. Are floggings, amputations, stonings, or beheadings cruel? Of course not! These punishments are intended only to promote virtue and prevent vice.

As citizens of the Islamic State of North America, there is no need to live in fear. The laws of the state are clear and perfectly reasonable. If a man is careful never to trim his beard, cut his hair inappropriately, or play cards, dominoes, or music, he has nothing to fear from the Morality Police. If a woman never steps outside without being fully covered, and if she makes sure never to pluck her eyebrows or wear cosmetics, she has no reason to be afraid. If children never steal, never play with forbidden Western-style toys, and never whisper or laugh during prayers, they never have to fear the Morality Police.

ISNA authorities have issued many flyers and pamphlets telling citizens of the Islamic State of North America how to speak, behave, think, dress, and pray just as the Prophet and his companions did fourteen centuries ago. Under the old US Constitution, the American people were oppressed by a wide array of freedoms that caused them to continually transgress the merciful rules and regulations set forth by the Prophet. But now, with the clarity of Sharia law, every man knows right to the centimeter the precise spot on his calf where his trousers should be hemmed — no lower, no higher. The people are blessed and happy because they know exactly what the state expects of them in even the smallest details of their lives.

Of course, only faithful Muslims enjoy these blessings. Christians, Jews, apostates, and idolaters face a much harsher existence. ISNA's Ministry of Collections and Distributions confiscates homes, cars, furnishings, and appliances from the infidels and redistributes them to the faithful. Families of Islamic martyrs never have to pay for housing, utilities, or other necessities of life because ISNA makes sure they are rewarded with worldly goods confiscated from the idolaters. And what better way to prove oneself worthy of receiving such blessings than by informing on one's neighbors to the Morality Police?

The Islamic State of North America uses all the latest technology to turn back the clock of civilization to the seventh century AD. Computers, the Internet, smartphones, security cameras, and flying drones maintain constant surveillance and control of the people. The Islamic State uses high-speed computers to watch every person and listen in on every conversation, whether on the street, in the office, at the market, or in the so-called privacy of the home.

Every phone, every computer, and every TV is a listening device for the watchful eye of the Islamic State. There is no place to hide, no place where the state cannot watch, hear, and apprehend you. The Islamic State of North America will eliminate all sin and vice by making sure every citizen is monitored at all times. Nothing escapes the notice of the state.

Released from the oppression of free will, the people are happy and grateful subjects of the new Islamic utopia. At least, that's what the ISNA leaders say.

But will we prevent it?

It may seem as if the future I've just described is farfetched, impossible, and maybe even alarmist. But so many world-changing events — from even just the past few decades — seemed fanciful and unbelievable ... until they happened.

Few so-called experts in foreign policy believed President Reagan's prediction that the Soviet Union would collapse — until he was proved right less than three years after leaving office. Investors failed to heed warnings about the dangers of deregulation, derivatives, and risky loans until the 2008 global financial crisis nearly plunged the world into another Great Depression. No one predicted the widespread surge of the Arab Spring that swept across North Africa and the Middle East from late 2010 to 2012. Likewise, the "experts" were caught off-guard by the results of the June 2016 Brexit referendum (in which British voters chose to pull out of the European Union). Many American "experts" were equally astonished by the November 2016 election victory of Donald Trump over a seemingly unbeatable Hillary Clinton.

Considering these "impossible" events that have already happened, can we really say with confidence that an Islamic State of North America could never happen?

In March 2018, a Muslim lawyer and scholar named Ahmed Abdou Maher published an Arabic-language article in an Egyptian publication. I discovered it on christian-dogma. com, an Arabic-language Christian website. The article is titled "Why Don't Christians and Jews Accept Our Islam?" If Mr. Maher had been writing to a Western audience, using the politically correct terms of our culture, he might have titled it "Why Are Christians and Jews So Islamophobic?" The article is a remarkably frank and honest examination of how Muslims have treated non-Muslims down through history and of the treatment we might expect under a future Islamic caliphate. Here is an excerpt, which I have translated from Arabic: How unjust our Muslim ancestors were to Allah and Islam when they invaded countries and looted the riches [of those countries] in the name of Islamic conquests — conquests that were not commanded by Islam or the Prophet of Islam [Muhammad]....

Imagine what [Muslim conquerors] offer you if you are a young [non-Muslim] man defending your country. If you were captured, they would either kill you, sell you [into slavery], or you had better accept their Islam, which they impose on you.

And if you are a non-combatant civilian, they would give you two choices: (1) either you change your religion to become a Muslim overnight without even explaining to you what Islam is all about, or (2) you stay as you are but pay an oppressive jizyah [the tax of submission to Islam] while feeling humiliated and crushed.

Your daughters and children will be taken captive. And your wife will be a concubine to a bearded libertine who sleeps with her, saying that this is the ruling that Allah has revealed [in the Koran].

Your children will be their servants or a source of enjoyment for their desires. Or they may sell some of those they don't need in the slave market, convinced all the while that this shameful behavior is the rule of Allah.

Maher goes on to explain in detail the kind of discrimination that non-Muslims must endure under Sharia law. For example, non-Muslims are not allowed to ride horses but are permitted to ride donkeys. They must ride without a saddle (only blankets are permitted), and riders may not straddle the donkey but may only ride with both legs dangling from one side.

A non-Muslim man cannot have a normal haircut; he must shave his head. In any gathering, non-Muslims cannot sit in the front rows but must sit in back. Non-Muslims may not lead meetings or councils.

Muslims may not greet non-Muslims with pleasantries, such as, "How are you?" or "How is your day?" Muslims are forbidden to give consolation to non-Muslims who are sick. Non-Muslims may not walk in the middle of the road, but must walk close to the walls.


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Table of Contents

1. The Islamic States of America, 1,
2. A Centuries-Old War, 15,
3. At War — and Unaware, 25,
4. The First Jihad, 35,
5. A Disastrous Response, 49,
6. The Second Jihad, 65,
7. The Third Jihad Has Begun, 89,
8. The Third Jihad in "Eurabia", 109,
9. Could It Happen Here?, 127,
10. The Secular-Islamist Alliance, 155,
11. The Key to Survival, 181,
12. Don't Be Afraid, 205,
Discussion Questions, 219,
About the Author, 225,
Notes, 227,

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connywithay 9 months ago
“The Third Jihad has already begun–a holy war conducted not only with terror and violence, but also by stealth and intimidation,” Michael Youssef writes at the beginning of his book, The Third Jihad: Overcoming Radical Islam’s Plan for the West. ~ What ~ This two-hundred-and-fifty-six-page paperback targets those who want to better understand Islam’s intentions and plans to conquer and rule the world. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, its ending includes discussion questions, author’s biography, and notes. Due to topics of torture, mutilation, murder, and death, it may not be appropriate for immature readers. Divided into twelve chapters, the book explains how our country could feasibly become the Islamic States of America. By dissecting how our forefathers dealt with extortion of Barbary pirates, the first jihad in the seventh century when Muhammad had his vision in an Arabian cave, and the lengthy Ottoman Empire that conquered Constantinople, the chapters contain riveting information how the next jihad has already begun around the world and is being established to absorb America. The ending offers ways Islam is interjected into our society and how we Christians can survive, revive, and be not afraid. ~ Why ~ As Ecclesiastes states, there is nothing new under the sun, and writer Youssef reminds us how history repeats itself with Satan being the ultimate terrorist. Well written, the book goes into detail on how Islam means surrender, jizya is the tax of submission, and dawa is a stealth form of jihad. I appreciated learning about the three types of Muslims (moderate, militant and political) and how each plays a part in jihads with the forced implementation of Sharia law, especially through current day indoctrination of the next generation, the exploited welfare state, liberal immigration policies, multiculturalism, and political correctness in our country. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may have no interest in this book nor want to consider thinking about how Islam is on a quest to have the world surrender to its global caliphate. Many Muslims will not approve of the book and consider the writer and readers as Islamophobic. Some Christians will not feel the call of action to stand up for Christ when they are persecuted for promoting the Gospel. ~ Wish ~ I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence. ~ Want ~ If you do not know the background or history of Islam and how a planned jihad manipulates society and religious beliefs throughout the centuries, this is an excellent, well-documented source that will make you question the daily news when it comes to America’s freedom in regard to the growing Islamic civilization. Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for this book that I am under no obligation to review.
PAE123 9 months ago
The Third Jihad by Dr. Michael Youssef is an illuminating book that moves beyond the headlines of the day and political narratives to the history of jihad and its progression to the present day. The historical, geographical, philosophical, political, and religious history is clearly outlined from Dr. Youseef whose background as a Coptic Christian offers valuable insights. The Third Jihad asserts the antidote will come when Christian believers show more evidence of being salt and light. Dr. Youssef’s book calls the church to prayer for revival and an awakening similar to what occurred through Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield and John Wesley. This book will be released March 5. It is an important and significant book for our time. I believe it is an important call to awaken the body of Christ in these times to what the Lord entrusted to us as our calling before He returns.
MzKCKitty 10 months ago
This book provides a very thorough and thoughtful history of Islam and its various groups. It is very much a warning of what is happening in the world through the zeal of radical Islamists. The author goes over significant happenings in the past and in news of recent years and builds a case for an ongoing plan of Islamic Extremists to take over the world and make it over in the image of Islam. This book is a must read for Christians, especially American Christians who have become complacent over the years. We need to understand the background and the thought processes of our Muslim neighbors so we know how to pray for them and how to interact with them. We need to understand what is happening in the world and the motivations of the extremists and be actively involved in opposing it. We do need to keep in mind, however, that, as Christians, our reason for being here is to tell the world about Jesus (the Great Commission). We must remember that every person is loved by God and it is His desire that they hear the Gospel. We need to be constant in prayer. In fact, the final chapter is entitled “Don’t Be Afraid,” and encourages us to pray specifically and intentionally about these things. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for a review.