Jihad (4:31)

Cover of 2007-06-02: Rock am Ring, Nürburgring, Germany

From 2007-06-02: Rock am Ring, Nürburgring, Germany and 1 other release

“Jihad” is a song by the American thrash metal band Slayer which appears on their 2006 album Christ Illusion. The song portrays the imagined viewpoint of a terrorist who has participated in the September 11, 2001 attacks, concluding with spoken lyrics taken from words left behind by Mohammed Atta; Atta was named by the FBI as the “head suicide terrorist” of the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center. “Jihad” was primarily written by guitarist Jeff Hanneman; the lyrics were co-authored with vocalist Tom Araya.

“Jihad” received a mixed reception in the music press, and reviews generally focused on the lyrics’ controversial subject matter. The song drew comparisons to Slayer’s 1986 track “Angel of Death”—also penned by Hanneman—which similarly caused outrage at the time of its release.

Joseph Dias of the Mumbai Christian group “Catholic Secular Forum” expressed concern over “Jihad“‘s lyrics, and contributed to Christ Illusion’s recall by EMI India, who to date have no plans for a reissue in that country. ABC-TV’s Broadcast Standards and Practices Department censored the song during Slayer’s first US network television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Only the opening minute was broadcast over the show’s credits, thus omitting 40% of the lyrics.

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  • ABHORRANCE666

    There are a million anti-Christian songs, but when Slayer or Exodus make on anti-Islamic song, people get so butthurt and call it racism. Fuck that. Fuck religion equally, "holy war" is just an excuse for greed, like any other war.

    14 Aug 2:54pm Reply
  • TRUERACKIR

    Мастейн говно.

    12 Aug 5:25pm Reply
  • Agnazar

    The best thing on the album! Pure Slayer! \\m/

    18 Jul 10:01am Reply
  • AngeeAngee

    Riff after 1:49 and the whole song <3

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • mauesndkj

    BE OPTIMISTIC, HAPPY AND CALM, SHOW NO FEAR OR ANXIETY

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Soundservant

    RELIGIOUS WARS ARE FOR GAYS! HOMOPHOBIC WARS ARE FOR RELIGIOUS PEOPLE!

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • artichoke_pizza

    love it

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • FrostBiter666

    I don't understand how anyone can hear this song & think they've lost it. It's pure old school Slayer. I can easily see it being on Seasons In The Abyss. I've always seen it as sort of an "Angel Of Death II", only about terrorists instead of Nazis. [2]

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • theDecapitator

    Leave it to a band like Slayer to make a great song about a super-gay subject...... SLAYER RULES! RELIGIOUS WARS ARE FOR GAYS!

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • F-NEMESIS

    i just love this riff after 1:49 :D

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • Athropos

    Everybody loves that riff.

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • Rodrigoezg

    El principio parece AC/DC.

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Danda19

    i just love this riff after 1:49 :D [16]

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
  • coasterdude2006

    I'm curious... what does everybody think of the riff after 1:49?

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Armin_kaka

    i just love this riff after 1:49 :D [15]

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • bazinko

    i just love this riff after 1:49 :D [14] I'm glad I'm not the only one. :D:D:D:D

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
  • malikarcanum

    I don't understand how anyone can hear this song & think they've lost it. It's pure old school Slayer. I can easily see it being on Seasons In The Abyss. I've always seen it as sort of an "Angel Of Death II", only about terrorists instead of Nazis.

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Metallimaster

    i just love this riff after 1:49 :D [13]

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • CleitonMoura

    i just love this riff after 1:49 :D [12]

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Robesko

    crazy song! I just love this riff after 1:49 :D [11]

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
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