This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly," the group said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with the victim and his family. We understand the victim is a serving member of the Armed Forces."
Actually, the basis can be found, among other places, here:
Quran (9:29) - "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."True, it doesn't specify "behead them in broad daylight on a public street with a machete," but the command to fight the infidel is there, and it is duplicitous to pretend that it isn't part and parcel of Islam.
Update: Beware of those--Faisal Kutty, for instance--who wield alternate, earlier verses that have been abrogated:
The vast majority of Muslims condemn terrorism because even classical Islamic law explicitly classifies hirabah (terrorism) as a serious sin. In fact, indiscriminate killing and attacks are prohibited. Indeed, the Qur’an (6:151) proclaims: “Anyone who kills a person (except pursuant to law) it is as if he has killed the whole of humanity.”
Moreover, the Prophet Mohammed’s strict rules of engagement even in times of hostility were blunt: “Do not kill women or children or non-combatants.” Such nuances are lost on those with limited knowledge of their religion. Indeed, a 2010 United States Institute for Peace study [PDF] titled Why Youth Join al-Qaeda of more than 2,000 people who were attracted to terrorism confirms this. Colonel John Matt Venhaus, the author of the report, found that most of these youth “have an inadequate understanding of their own religion, which makes them vulnerable to misinterpretations of the religious doctrine.”I'd say verse 9:29 is pretty clear in what it calls for, wouldn't you?
Update: From Bat Ye-or's Islam and Dhimmitude, p.43:
The Muslim jurists formulated the doctrine of jihad on the basis of the Koran and hadiths. By reason of this origin which binds it to the words of the Prophet and consequently to Allah, this doctrine forms part of an eschatological vision of a war aiming to impose on mankind the will of Allah as expressed by his last messenger. Here, it is important to understand that these two terms are inseparable. The designs of Allah are only revealed by his Prophet Muhammad. Any Revelation other than Islam is false; Allah's religion is Islam (3:17). The doctrine teaches that the Koran is the uncreated, eternal word of Allah. As far as mankind is concerned, Muhammad declared that "the world belongs to Allah and to his messenger." The Islamic community (umma), recipient of this Revelation is perfect. It is chosen by Allah above all other nations...
Its election creates for the Islamic community the duty to take possession of its heritage, the whole world, so that Allah's word, transmitted by Muhammad, will reign supreme. Assumption of this heritage, which belongs to it by divine right, justifies jihad. It is a compulsory command.
Jihad divides the peoples of the world into two irreconcilable groups: the Muslims--inhabitants of the dar-al-Islam, regions subject to Islamic law; and infidels--inhabitants of the dar al-harb (harbis), the territory of war, destined to come under Islamic jurisdiction, either by the convervion of its inhabitants or by armed conflict. Jihad is the Muslim's permanent state of war or hostility by the dar al-Islam against dar al-harb, until the infidels' conclusive submission and the absolute world supremacy of Islam...
"We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day," he said in a video clip that was shown on the ITV website. "This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
"I apologize that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same," the killer continued. "You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don't care about you."Is this a "misinterpreter" with an "inadequate understanding" of jihad? Or someone who "gets it," and knows exactly what he's supposed to do?
Update: As per usual, the media are doing their damndest to try to censor the jihadis' understanding of the jihad imperative out of the story.