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Topic initiated on Saturday, November 18, 2006  -  11:59 AM Reply with quote
Is "Jihad" Justified Today?

The relationship of Muslims with the Kafirs (of Islam) is a human relationship based on human brotherhood as mankind has descended from one man and woman. Islam in general asks its followers to be compassionate to all creatures. Muslims are expected to talk and behave in a most decent and exemplary manner to every human being. The Prophet (Pbuh) carried the heavy market sack of an old non-Muslim woman on his head and delivered it to her house. He went to ask for welfare of a non-Muslim old lady when she fell ill though she used to throw garbage over him every day from her rooftop. He used to lodge his non-Muslim visitors in his mosque and personally looked after them. Once a guest relieved himself on the floor of the mosque intentionally to tease him but he washed it with his own hands refusing the help of his Companions, mentioning that he was his guest.

The responsibilities are manifold if the non-Muslim is a neighbour. He is not a Muslim in the eyes of the Prophet (Pbuh) who has the means of eating to his full appetite while his neighbour starves. The Prophet does not recognise him as a Muslim from whose nuisance his neigbour is not safe. There are numerous verses in Qur’an and the Prophet’s Hadiths supporting the above that are not being quoted here for brevity’s sake.

The misunderstanding in non-Muslim minds have been created by the hate mongers by citing out of context, those verses of Qur’an which specifically deal with a state of war, a war which is imposed upon the Muslims by the enemies of Islam. The Qur’an says: Allah does not forbid you to be kind and equitable to those who have neither made war on your religion nor driven you from your homes. Allah loves the equitable.” (60:8)

The most important right of a non-Muslim upon a Muslim is to show him the path of salvation for which the Qur’an was revealed. It ordains them: “Call men to the path of your Lord with wisdom and mild exhortation. Reason with them in the most courteous manner.” (16:125)

In reply to a misbehaviour, a Muslim is advised to exhibit patience and kindness: “And who is better in speech than he who calls others to the service of Allah, does righteous deeds and says: I am one of those who surrendered to Allah. Good and evil deeds are not alike. Requite evil with good, then verily he, between whom and you is enmity, will become your dearest friend. But none will attain this save those who endure with fortitude and are truly fortunate.” (41:33-35). There has to be absolutely no compulsion in Dawah: “There is no compulsion in religion...” (2:256) If they do not accept despite their best efforts then, the Muslims’ attitude towards them should be: “Let your religion be to you and to me mine”. (109:6)

Another major cause of misunderstanding today is the role of political activists and terrorists in the garb of Mujahideen. The renaissance or spread of Islam can be through Dawah. There are true Dawah groups in the world and their efforts are bearing fruits everywhere. These movements are not only justified but they are truly fulfilling the real duty of Islamic Ummah, which was spelt as: “You are the best Ummah that has ever been raised up for mankind (for) you enjoin justice and forbid evil. You believe in Allah.” (3:110)

The Pakistani terrorists and Taliban not only form no part of such movements but through their acts of terrorism and extremism, they have become the biggest hurdle in the way of non-Muslims seeing the real picture and face of Islam. To call these terrorists ‘Mujahideen’ is to desecrate the holy name and spirit of Jihad. Pakistan could never become an Islamic state though it was (in an un-Islamic manner) created in the name of Islam. Pakistan has no right to wage a Jihad unless it is an Islamic state. The first job of true Mujahideen in Pakistan is to wage a Jihad in Pakistan to make it a true Islamic state, which exists nowhere in the world. When it becomes an Islamic state it may wage a Jihad against such aggressing non-Muslim nations who do not permit Muslims to practise their religion and expel them from their homes for calling Allah their only Lord. Those were the conditions when Qur’an gave permission to Muslims to fight: “Permission (to take up arms) is hereby given to those who are attacked, because they have been wronged. Allah has power to grant them victory: those who have been unjustly driven from their homes, only because they said: Our Lord is Allah.” (22:39)

As it is, Muslims in India are safer than they are in Pakistan today. Yes, there are discriminators and fascist elements in India too but the sensible majority prevails over them and it will not be an exaggeration to say that Dawah groups have more liberty to preach their religion in India than in any Muslim majority country in the world. There is another dimension to Pakistan-sponsored Jihad. The children and youth belonging to all top families and leaders of Islamic groups in Pakistan are safely studying in Europe and America while the poor unemployed and frustrated youth are being exploited and misguided for Jihad against India where the Muslims are permitted to act and preach their religion. If it is a Jihad the leaders and at least the leaders of so-called Islamic movements must first send their own children to attain shahadat (martyrdom).

Even where a war is permitted there is a code of conduct for Islamic army. The Prophet (Pbuh) forbade killing children, old, women and labourers. What for the women and labourers are there in a battlefield? Islam does not permit to lift women from the civilian population of the enemy. Naturally if they are in the battleground, they are there to help the enemy army even if not fighting directly. But Islam orders not to kill a woman and a labourer though they are there to help the enemy soldiers. Can it then grant permission to plant a bomb in a public place killing indiscriminately the innocents? It is the duty of every Muslim to at least denounce the acts of terrorism in the name of Jihad.

Taliban are also a group of misguided militant extremists, if the news reaching us is even half the truth. Let us get this straight: Islam has no place for extremism. It always favours a middle path. Taliban are trying to implement their own brand of Islam by force in their country and worse, they are joining and helping other extremist and even terrorist groups claiming to wage Jihad, in other parts of the world. This has painted a very unkind and unreal picture of Islam and has distorted the most balanced and equitable Islamic philosophy of war and peace, in the eyes of others.


Posted - Saturday, November 18, 2006  -  1:28 PM Reply with quote
There is a person who is driven by hatred and revenge. Then there is a person who is driven by compassion and mercy. Both do Jihad in the way of Allah and are firm against the enemies of Allah. Yet one of them is humiliated by his enemies by Allah's will, and the other one is either a martyr or successful by Allah's will. There is no room for hatred and revenge in Islam, our prophet never practiced hatred or revenge, neither is Allah that way - He is compassionate and merciful.

Posted - Saturday, November 18, 2006  -  3:25 PM Reply with quote

pacifists like you are disgusting wimps.

That the article misses verses like

"Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; and those who are with him are strong against
Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other..

thanks for reminding those missed verses.JazakAllah

what do you say brother about the verses used in the article.


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