Jihad (3:31)

Cover of Christ Illusion

From Christ Illusion and 2 other releases

“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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  • dasoverkill

    killer slayer tune

    2 Jun 4:13am Reply
  • DreamyGirl-

    I just love this riff after 1:49 :D [19]

    30 Jan 3:57am Reply
  • Damianek666XD

    ps. best song from this album <33

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Damianek666XD

    btw. fuck muslims

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Damianek666XD

    Islam isn't race so fuck them cuz this is not racism.

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Cacnep

    I just love this riff after 1:49 :D [18]

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    Amazing.

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • web-knows

    awesome

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • CannibalAltar

    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. [3]

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • 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 2014 Reply
  • TRUERACKIR

    Мастейн говно.

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Agnazar

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

    18 Jul 2014 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
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