License Plates for Terrorists? Missouri Stirs Controversy

Faye Higbee

License Plates for Terrorists? Missouri Stirs Controversy

The State of Missouri has allowed a license plate that contains a word that brings anger to the hearts of many: JIHAD 1. The owners of the Jihad plate say that it’s the name of their son, not a reference to terrorists, and that it has a spiritual meaning for Muslims.

In 2009, Missouri denied a plate request  “J1HAD” but gave no explanation why that one was denied and this one was approved.

Missouri license reads “Jihad 1”

KMOV reported,

News 4 took the question to Faizan Syed, the executive director of the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Syed said “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.”

Still, Syed said he understands how the word can be viewed as offensive.

“It has the ability to confuse people,” he said, “and because the average American thinks of Jihad as a certain thing, it’s probably better for this individual not to use it.”


What Mr. Syed is not telling you is that the Islam has what is called “Abrogation.” In other words, whatever comes after the sweetness and light stuff in the Qur’an is what followers of Mohammed are supposed to do. If one verse says that everyone is to be treated well, and the next part says to “behead the infidels,” the first one is “abrogated” by the second.

“Three times in the Koran (2:106, 16:101, 17:106) Allah says that whatever he reveals chronologically later abrogates (overrules or cancels) what he previously revealed.  Allah commands Mohammad to bring the community of people from their unbelief to full compliance with sharia progressively in stages.” Understanding the Threat

Another license with a controversial theme

As if “Jihad 1” wasn’t bad enough, another Missouri plate was found that said “HAMAS.” Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S.

Interestingly, the people who owned “Jihad 1” thought that “HAMAS” should have been banned by the state. The owners of the HAMAS plate refused to speak with KMOV.


Both license plates will likely be the subject of complaints. And naming their child “Jihad” wasn’t the wisest choice in today’s climate.

In another aspect, the US Supreme Court ruled in June of 2015 that the State of Texas did not have to accept a plate that had the Confederate Flag on it designed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Theoretically that means that if someone wants to take this to court, they would likely win and the state would have to rescind the plates.