"I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.
Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them".
However, the verse reads in full:
'Your Lord inspired the angels: “I am with you, so support those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. So strike above the necks, and strike off every fingertip of theirs.”'
Upon reading Quran 8, the Islamophobe has taken the chapter as proof that the Quran is a book of militancy.
Given that the word Islam means submission to God, the Quran inspires all Muslims to join the greater Jihad of taming the heart so that evil passions including anger, fear, and lust, are defeated by the five daily rituals of cleansing and prayer.
As well, the militants' extremism is evidence of the lesser Jihad which imposes politics upon Islam resulting in the extreme form of Sharia that aggressively imposes their will on men, women and children while claiming it is the will of God.
Yet the Quran exposes these aggressors.
"Fight in the path of God those who fight you, but do not aggress. Surely God does not love the aggressors. And fight them where you come upon them, and send them out from where they have sent you out, for persecution is a worse thing than fighting. And do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque (in Mecca) unless they fight you there, but if they fight you, then fight them back. That is the reward of the rejectors. Then if they cease, so God is All-Forgiving, Gentle. And fight them until there is no more persecution and the religion is for God. But if they cease, so let there be no hostility except against wrongdoers." - Qur’an 2:190-193
Though these Salafi inspired extremists have labelled righteous Muslims who fight them and Westerners alike as wrongdoers the aggressors are blind to their own wrongdoing, which they spin as righteousness.
Truly the extremists follow political Islam, Islamism, not as a religion but as a cultic militancy that is fascist, millennialist and totalitarian. Contrary to the will of God, their ideology reflects the will of men bent on ushering in the Armageddon that they believe will result in the Second Coming of Christ.
We are dealing with extremists whose goal is the millennialism that is the shared hope of Christendom. Few mainstream media outlets will mention this because it would cause panic among the Christian millennialists, which lead to unsubstantiated fear that a no-fly zone over Syria will lead to a world war. Right-wing fear mongers even predicted that nuclear war with Russia was imminent if Hillary Clinton is elected.
Yet nobody in power will ever discuss this aspect of al Qaeda, Islamic State and Taliban ideology due to the moral panic it might cause.
Understanding the Quran and Extremism: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-e-b-lumbard/understanding-the-quran-and-extremism_b_9528766.html