American Muslim Man Drives a Jihad

Jihad in America

Let’s say your Western, American, country has been attacked several times by the religion of peace, Islam, and its followers, Muslims; oh, and please don’t tell me they aren’t real Muslims, because they are. You’re just walking around and suddenly you see a car with a license plate that says: “JIHAD 1”. Honestly, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

This is what happened to a Missouri man while he was out on the road. He crossed paths with another car and noticed something revolting. After seeing the driver’s license plate, the man immediately know it was a Muslim’s car, and he was left wondering how it got approved by the DMV.

Most of us have seen vanity license plates – they’re pretty much everywhere. However, sometimes creative minds can sneak certain things by DMV officials, at least for a little while. In fact, just that is being said about one such license plate in St. Louis, Missouri, after a Muslim man was issued his plate bearing 5 simple letters and one number.

American Muslim man in car

Jihad against America

As we all know, Muslims across the world have been threatening America with jihad for decades, and it’s well beyond earned the word a negative connotation. However, the terrorist group CAIR has sought out to defend the plate, saying that “Jihad” is actually the name of the man’s son.

According to Faizan Syed, the executive director of the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, “Jihad is very common and it doesn’t mean Holy War. It means someone who is struggling, so when you name your kid Jihad, it means someone who is going to struggle to be better.”

Now, that’s not necessarily true. Jihad does mean “holy war.” Syed’s argument is just another ridiculous attempt to downplay the savage and barbaric reality of Islam. A similar plate, this one bearing “J1HAD,” was rejected back in 2009.


One should be very weary when a Muslim defends cases such as the one mentioned in this article. In Islam, especially Shia Islam, Muslims are allowed to lie when it comes in handy; it’s called ‘taqiyya’. Wikipedia‘s definition of taqiyya is:

Taqiya (تقیة taqiyyah/taqīyah, literally “fear, caution”)[1] is a form of Islamic dissimulation or a legal dispensation whereby a believing individual can deny his faith or commit otherwise illegal or blasphemous acts while they are in fear or at risk of significant persecution.

Obviously, like most things in Islam this practice is open for one’s personal interpretation and is abused whenever possible. Now, according to U.S. law, the license plate situation isn’t exactly “illegal or blasphemous”, but certainly puts you- or your organisation -in a bad light. When your religion is criticized, and rightly so, taqiyya might and can come in handy.

Jason Bergkamp
Jason Bergkamp is a Dutch based journalist writing about European, American and South African events.