The invaluable Raymond Ibrahim had an illuminating column about a month ago. Ray recounts how a Salafi sheikh has explained that U.S. aid to Egypt is considered jizya. That is the tax the Koran requires non-Muslims to pay for the privilege of living in a sharia state. As Allah directs in sura 9:29, it is not enough for conquered infidels (usually referred to by the dehumanizing term, kuffar) merely to pay this tribute; they must do so “with willing submission” in a manner that makes them “feel themselves subdued” — the humiliating condition of dhimmitude. The same reasoning applies to social welfare payments — they, too, are jizya.
“Wait a second,” you may say, ”I’m not crazy about foreign aid to countries that hate us and welfare for slackers, but paying it hardly means we’ve been conquered.” Well, as I’ve been trying to stress, to understand what we’re up against, you have to see the world through their eyes. As Ray elaborates, the process of conquering is a gradual humiliation: Islamic supremacists make life as dificult as possible for the sugar daddy kuffar while demanding to be paid for the privilege — and the payment itself is symbolic of the conquest. Ray captures the Salafist’s reasoning: