Jihad in America
The September 11 attacks have created an intense interest in Islam and its teachings. Invariably, this newfound interest has lead to the analysis of many Islamic terms and concepts. One of the most popular of these is the Islamic concept of jihad. Most commonly translated as "holy war," jihad has traditionally connoted a particularly negative image of wild-eyed fanatics wanting to kill all "infidels." This notion of jihad is a false distortion of the true, broader meaning of jihad and has come about partly because of the disproportionate media coverage of fanatics such as Osama bin Laden, who calls on all Muslims to wage a "jihad" against all "infidels."
Literally, jihad means "struggle," not "holy war." In fact, there is no such term in the Islamic lexicon, and it perplexes me why it continues to be translated as "holy war." It is not, as some would have you believe, the "sixth pillar" of Islam. In the Quran, the Muslim scripture, jihad is almost always distinguished from armed conflict, which is termed qital. Jihad is a very broad concept in Islam, and it is the struggle to obey God's commandments. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), upon returning from a battle, remarked to his companions that they were returning from the "lesser jihad" of fighting to the "greater jihad" of struggling against the evil temptations of the soul. As a last resort, jihad may encompass armed conflict. However, there are strict rules that govern fighting in Islam, and if the enemy even slightly hints toward peace, Muslims are commanded to make peace. Every day in America, Muslims undergo jihad...but this is a good thing that should not be feared.
For instance, we are now in the midst of the holy month of Ramadan. Before Ramadan, I would have a large cup of coffee or cappuccino every morning, not being able to function properly without it. However, because of the fast of Ramadan, I cannot have my cup of joe until after sunset. This has been particularly difficult for me this year. For the past ten days, I pass by freshly brewed pots of coffee every morning, which beckon me to have a cup. I can easily have a cup without anyone knowing that I broke my fast. However, my jihad is to resist this temptation; my jihad is to knowingly abstain from food and drink even though no one is watching me.
Sometimes, I buy this coffee from coffee houses such as Starbucks. If I am ever undercharged for a $4 cup of mocha, my jihad is to alert the employee of their mistake, even though I may believe they deserve to be underpaid. Similarly, when I buy groceries and am undercharged, my jihad is to alert the cashier of this mistake, even if it is 10 cents.
Five times daily, Muslims must pray to God. This ritual prayer helps focus the believer on the purpose of life, and helps remind him or her who the ultimate Ruler in this universe is. Before praying, Muslims must make a ritual ablution, washing themselves in preparation for their "meeting" with God during the prayer. Since the day is short now, the various prayer times are scattered closely together, and praying on time becomes particularly difficult as I see patients in the office or hospital. My jihad is to do my utmost to pray these prayers on time, even if it means quickly praying in an empty examination room in between patients or waking up at 6 am to pray despite being exhausted.
As a father, my jihad is to get up early each morning and go to work, even on days when I really do not want to, so that I can support my family. As a husband, my jihad is to admit to my wife that I am wrong and say I am sorry, even if it is particularly difficult to do so. As a son, my jihad is to obey my mother's commands, even if doing so imposes a burden on me. As a physician, my jihad is to be as excellent a doctor as possible, even if it means staying late at work to spend a little extra time with a patient. As a citizen, my jihad is to do whatever I can to make America a better place to live. This includes removing a nail from the sidewalk, so that others do not step on it and get hurt. Yes, every day I engage in jihad, and I am all the better because of it.
Hesham A. Hassaballa is a syndicated columnist with the Independent Writers Syndicate. He is a physician and resides in Chicago.
Topics: American Muslims, Jihad
the Native Americans suffered and still suffer.We as americans have to many problems and issuie of our own ,and yet we still want to meddle in business of other countries.
I shall fly no flag,
shed no tear,
until we free Mumia
and free Peltier !!!
These two individuals are examples of the cost
of the freedom of the United States.
true meaning jihad in a muslim's day to life.
Media is always projecting a ditorted message
of Islam.The very word Islamic fanatics is a
misnomer.One can not blame the deeds of a muslim
or group to religion.Blame goes directly to religion rather than the accused.such blame
was not raised as christian fanatics when it
happened in Bosnia.A few muslim do not represent
Islam.This term Islamic fanatics/fundamentalism
should be avoided
we can start with furniture companies & car dealerships with their own financing available than the others will follow for the fact that it will be available to all credit levels to have non interest purchases. I think it will work but we have to do this together. INSHALLAH.
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please keep writing to me about the challenges faced by the muslim world now a days.i think that muslims have forgotten the teachings of islam and sayings (hadith) of prophet hazrat MOHAMMAD PEACE BE UPON HIM.we are rather paying more attention to what the world is saying today.the basic problem with the muslims is the lack of strength . they can not implement what they think is correct.we are unable to defend our views and solidarity.e.g there is no such muslim power which can stop what is happening in Palestine , Kashmire and other occupied parts of the muslim world .we are living according to the will of christians. the one of muslim world if it has got military power its economic conditions are poor.the non muslims(americans) are defending our holy places in saudia arabia.we are afriad of telling that the jihad in military form against the israel and other brutal armies is correct and based on justice.we need unity to defend our views and solidarity and to help our brothers in palestine , kashmire,bosnia etc.
i hope that your organization will keep engaged with me.
thanks and Allah Hafiz.
no research or even inventions are
claimed by muslims and they have started
murdering people by loosing patience.
COPYING CULTURES OF OTHERS IS NOT WHAT
THE PROPHETS HAVE TAUGHT.4MARRIAGES ARE
NOT FOR ENJOYMENT BUT TO SUPPORT WOMEN
WHO ARE WAR WIDOWS,ORPHANS,ETC
PREACHERS ARE NOT TEACHERS TILL THEY DONT
PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH TO 100%LEVEL.
MUSLIMS OF THE WORLD SHOULD CORRECT THEMSELVES
AND THEN CORRECT AMERICA!BY TALKS ADVISE OR BOYCOTTING.BRINGING DOWN THE TOWER HAS MADE THE
ENEMY MORE STRONGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AND HUMILIATING FOR ISLAMIC WORLD.
please enter some of hadiz in this bulleten
Another point I want to explain here is that one cant take a single word from its text and then judge on it without understanding its real meaning, espacially if the one who tried to explain it is not an expert wether in Islam or in Arabic language. For example, if i want to understand a french word, naturally i would ask a frenchman. I wouldnt definitelly ask an Englishman for explaining it to me. Thus, any forgeiner who wants to understand any islamic concept, it would be better if he/she asks any muslim expert that he/she trusts, or even Islamic sites are now available to everyone who is interested in getting what is Islam.
Finally, I would like to pray for eveyrone who plays a role even if it is a small one in clarifyig the picture of Islam.
think that you may be off a little when you
concieve the thought that the fanaticl warrior is
the American view. Looking at many news cast you
see the warriors referring to the jihad as a
violent struggle against their enemies.
Traditionally the term jihad has been use to
describe a holly war. This is not American.
I'm an American Muslim and proud to be of the faith.It is also a JIHAD for one to hear cruel and racial remarks because one who wears a hajib or covers their body for respect. Living in America, a country of diversity one would think there should be consideration of others. One should not be judge by what others do. I know i am a good Muslim, and I don't need to jihad this for anybody. Remember Allah knows all, even if it is silent to someone else..
As Sallam Alikum wa Rahmatull'ah
These quotes are very clear and are taken directly
from the Koran. No interpretation is really needed. If you belive in the Koran is a perfect document then you must belive in the quotes below. Having these phrases as the core structure in your belief can lead to nothing but conflict with others who dont belive as you. Christians have no excuses for killing non belivers but in Islam -it seems to be an obligation.
Dont try to put PR spins on Islam. Tell the truth!
If the cashier undercharges you and he/she isnt a beliver - Kill them!
O you who believe! Do not take the Jews and Christians for friends; they are but friends of one another; and whoever among you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them....
You will find [those hypocrites] who would like to be safe from you and [also] secure from their own people. As often as they are sent back to the mischief they get thrown into it headlong. Therefore, if they do not withdraw from you, offer you peace, and restrain their hands, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them; against these We have given you a clear authority.
Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve fight in the cause of Satan. Fight therefore against the friends of the Satan; surely the strategy of the Satan is weak.
4.89. They desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be like them; therefore take not from among them friends until they fly [follow] in Allah's way. But if they turn back [to disbelief], then seize them and kill them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper.
And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief and worshiping of other gods along with Allah) is worse than ki
Jihad means to contain and suppress ones evil desires or at times go against it.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), upon returning from a battle, remarked to his companions that they were returning from the "lesser jihad" of fighting to the "greater jihad" of struggling against the evil temptations of the soul.
this hadith is fabricated, the best jihad is to physically fight not to fight your desires.
Think about it islam's message was spread through the sword not through words.
If we muslims are to be successful we must fight not listen to phoney schloars who tell us that there is no reason to fight, because the prophet said that jihad will always be taking place until the day of judgement and that's fighting.
Please do not try to brainwash people into misguiding them on jihad
The Muslim Army at one time was feared. The Khilafah was the world power. The world was a better place. The kufar needed to find away to defeat the Muslims. The began to redefine Islam.
Everyday I fight against my human nafs. If I die doing that I go into the grave and will be questioned by the Angels. I better get the answers right or there is a Hammer waiting for me.
If I, while fighting the enemies of Allah, should be kill, I die Shahid and go straight to the Jennah. Which is the Greater Jihad. The one that I go into the grave or the one that I go to Jennah.
DON'T LET THE ENEMIES OF ALLAH DEFINE ISLAM FOR US.
ALLAH ALREADY DEFINED AND COMPLETED OUR DEEN FOR US.
WHO'S DEFINITION IS BETTER.
Thank you very much for your weekly newsletter.
I have one question:
why you don't use arabic language in your site as you do with other languages.
As Salaam O Alaikum
Thank you very much on the different types of Jihad's that we as Muslims meet each everyday. I was feeling quite down intil i read the your article on Jihad, again All Praises be to Allah and may he continue to bless you in your writing to uplift Muslim's throughout the world.
Abdul Hammid Ahmad
please check your sheighs, as the text of the lesser jihad is a weak hadith, which was discused in your side some weeks ago.
will hve peaceful world where ALLAH has created
This article was very uplifting, as now I am having a diffcult time in the workplace. Reading this has helped me understand the everyday struggles I am encountering. With the mercy and grace of ALLAH(SWT), I knew that I can make it through these trying times. Thank you for this and other articles that have helped to uplift me spiritually. May ALLAH continue to keep you and bless you!!!
Its meaning could have come out of people lesser knowledgeable in the Arabic language, or those who have always tried, and continue to try even this moment, to distort the image of Islam. Cause, these sources are aware that Islam is the real religion, but want to fight for reasons most convenient to them.
Those who read Bible, understand it, will not want to fight anyone in the world. But these people who deliberately want to distort the image of Islam are people/governments who want to serve their personal interests. Otherwise, how could they fight Muslims everywhere, from times unknown to us.
Jihad, as you stated, does of course mean "struggle" in life for that what is good and what we should attempt to. Jihad, what people know today, has nothing to do with any 'holy war". Next, who has the authority of a holy war. A holy war cannot be declared through mouth word of any one. It has to be a source of Islamic authority, approved by the majority.
Jihad, a better meaning, is jihad of the NAFS (self). We have to fight the temptations which pop up every day, every moment, in our lives, specially in present time life.
Jihad, is Ijtihad....
and not a holy war.
Then, I have observed people fighting for their political reasons, for their homeland, for reasons convenient to them .. in the name of "holy war". Have these people consulted those in authority to declare Jihad against a certain people. Then, why not all Muslims together fight their enemy Numero Uno---America. What's Israel, if not America itself. For the sake of political convenience, America is fighting in the Middle East in the name of Israel. It's fighting the Islamic world everywhere in the whole Islamic world in different ways. Why then don't we declare war against America AS A WHOLE, it it's jiha
IS SUICIDE BOMBING ALLOWED IN ISLAMIC STRUGGLE?
(I AM WRITING STRUGGLE FOR JEHAD).
TO BE PATIENT IS JEHAD?
What about the other forms of Jehad? Jehad against injustice and Jehad against oppression?What about the final form of Jehad, the armed struggle against the invaders? What about the Qital ( the holy war)? Isn't another form of Jehad? You deliberately keem mum on the loftier dimension of other forms of Jehad? You see to be try to tailor the concept of Jehad to the whims and desires of American policies?
A question I would like to ask about jihad term is that " How do we acknowledge that if it is a jihad or not when we find something against what we believe and willing to change or fight it ?".
We need to place actual and real trust in Almighty Allah rather than paying mere lip service. Just as one would only accept a person as a true friend only after such person has proved his loyalty, trustworthiness and true friendship over a period of time, so does Almighty and Exalted ALLAH sometimes wait for our genuine sincerity before we are allowed to advance nearer towards him. To think of the Supreme and Majestic Creator and Sustainer only in time of our need runs contrary to genuine and true friendship. How then does one expect to receive the promised help fron the Lord Of The Worlds?
We know that Shaitaan(the devil) can never enter Heaven. But Shaitaan, who was a jinn, knew beyond doubt, of the existence of Almighty and Exalted ALLAH. The Noble and most Illustrious Prophet Muhammad(SAW} said that every being with a pin-drop of Imaan will one day enter into Heaven. The beings subject to accountability on the Day Of Judgement are both human beings and Jinns. Does not Shaitaan outwardly fit the profile of having that pin-drop Imaan to enter one day into heaven on account of his knowledge of the existence of the Supreme CREATOR? The answer is "NO". The reason therefor is that the belief of Shaitaan is "to know" but not "to accept and believe"
If you accept and believe, as many of us profess to, then what stops us from acting upon our beliefs;Or is it that it is just that we know but do not actually accept and believe. If this is the case,Almighty ALLAH forbid,we need to ponder deeply !!!
The incident mentioned i.e. The Prophet(saw) stating about going from the lesser Jihad to greater Jihad is fabricated. Their is no definite evidence of this. Jihad was shown to us by the Prophet(saw) as the foreign policy of the Khilafah as a means to spread the Deen. And the Quran mentions this type of Jihad on many occasions. I think it is better to leave out the weak evidences and include the true nature of Jihad which is the method illustrated to us by the Prophet(saw) to spread the Deen. Obviously today this is absent due to the absence of the Khilafah which is a responsibility on our necks today to establish.
I think people in this country know exactly what the term Jihad means; however, they still mistraslate it, why do you think that is?????
We, the Muslims are tired of trying to defend ourself with words, who no body is listening. They will still try to deviate people from Allahs' path. enemies of Islam will never stop fighting Islam even if they know it is the TRUTH, so sometimes there is no need to fight with words.
I garee with this 100% because this is the meaning of jihad. A lot of muslims have misunderstood it and then go on and spread wrong messages among nonmuslims. consequently, nonmuslims feel that we hate them for religious differences which is not true. we muslims do not hate anyone in this world, we only hate people's actions.
I agree with your article that Jihad means a struggle, but I disagree with your using of the hadith that the greater jihad is of the soul. I would like to point out out that this is a fabricated hadith and it's chain of transmitters is not reliable. You can read the details in the book "100 Fabricated Hadith, by Shaikh Abdullah Faisal"
As salaamu Alaikum.
I took Shahada with you on March 21. 2002
Jihad, indedd is a everyday liofe in everyone life, it only means @struggle" and not fight.
What Muslims in America needs to do, is to convince the Americans that Islam is a peaceful religion, you need to keep conference, seminars etc., invite the whtie people and even try to get the President of America to attend and let them know about Islam and moreso, the right concept about Islam.
We need to be very careful in our approaches and have to be very careful.
Muslims leaders and organisations needs to come together and fight against this Jihad Muslims are presently facing, espicially in the Americas.
asslamu alikum, sadly 'jihad' is most misunderstood by us Muslims and others too. good of you to explain this so well. Allah bless you with continutation of this good work, ameen. saleem.
pl see below article on the same subject:Posted at 9:30 p.m. PDT Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001
Expert says Islam prohibits violence against innocents
Muslim scholar: Terrorists are mass murderers, not martyrs
BY RICHARD SCHEININ
Tuesday's terrorist attacks have saddened and maddened millions -- and raised questions for many about Islam. Speculation abounds that the hijackers were inspired by terrorists like Osama bin Laden, who teach that violent acts can pave the way to paradise. But what does Islam really say about such matters? About jihad and martyrdom?
We asked Hamza Yusuf, an Islamic scholar in the East Bay, who said the attackers were ``enemies of Islam.'' Not martyrs, but ``mass murderers, pure and simple.''
Yusuf, whose articles about Islam are published internationally, talked about the attacks, the hysteria that he fears could grip the United States, and the role that Muslims and others must play in opposing violence. ``We've got to get to some deeper core values that are commonly shared,'' he said.
Why would anyone do what the hijackers did?
Religious zealots of any creed are defeated people who lash out in desperation, and they often do horrific things. And if these people indeed are Arabs, Muslims, they're obviously very sick people and I can't even look at it in religious terms. It's politics, tragic politics. There's no Islamic justification for any of it. It's like some misguided Irish using Catholicism as an excuse for blowing up English people.
They're not martyrs, it's as simple as that.
You can't kill innocent people. There's no Islamic declaration of war against the United States. I think every Muslim country except Afghanistan has an embassy in this country. And in Islam, a country where yo
it is true that jihad linguistically means struggle , but since we are muslims we take the shariyah meaning i.e the meaning from the holy quraan .even non-muslims can take the linguitic meaninng and say they are fighting jihad , will Allah ( swt ) accept that ? So dont just distort the meanings of the islamic terms from the Holy Quraan , you are actually distorting the Holy Quraan by this article.
Wassalamu Rahmatullahi Barakatuhu
Moreover, in each and every action a Muslim must ask himself/herself whether this what Allah SWT and His beloved prophet Muhammed SM has instructed us to do. If the instructions forbid us to do an acytion one must refrain from doing so. This is not easy but can be done. The only thing to remember what Allah SWT said in Quran "that muslims will be tested with money, personal loss,loss of produce, fear etc. They are successful who show pateience and say Everything is from Allh and I will go back to him". This is great.
May Allah guide us to the right path and help us to be in the right path. Amen
Jihad in America is not for America itself but its meaning is for all over the globe.
I would like to thank you for your wonderful website, may Allah(SWT) bless you and reward you with paradise for your work. It helps make our jihad seem much more fruitful.
Wa Jazakum Allahu Khairan.
It is a good topic that i got from u.now ,I come to know about Jihad.What you sent that all are good news letters.
I did not fully understand the meaning of jihad before, now that I've read the article I understand and agree that our jihad is our daily routine. Even a smile that we give to someone in the middle of hardworking day is a jihad to us. InshaALLAH, we will make this country a better place to live for all because we as muslims have all the tools we need to make it happen meanwhile we educate others by our acts.
Yes all of the above is indeed true, but we must not forget that JIHAD is not only with the soul and that there are other forms of JIHAD that includes the battle-field and so on as mentioned briefly above...one must not forget that...
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), upon returning from a battle, remarked to his companions that they were returning from the "lesser jihad" of fighting to the "greater jihad" of struggling against the evil temptations of the soul.
Your quote "We have returned from the lesser Jihad to the greater Jihad, that is the struggle against the evil of oneself." This is a fabrication and is known as Mawdu' (spurious). Hafidh al Iraqi and Ibn Hajar al Asqalani, who were muhaditheen, who memorised one hundred thousand hadith by Isnad and were qualified to scrutinise hadith and their authenticity, stated that this was not a saying of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) but was in fact a statement that was made by someone in the later generation named Ibrahim ibn Abi Yabla. Hence, this is not considered evidence in the Islamic Shari'ah.
Further, it is in contradiction with the subject matter of Jihad that has been elaborated in over a hundred ayat of the Qur'an that have come with the meaning of Jihad being Qitaal, which means to slay or to kill or to fight. This was how the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and the Sahabah (ra) understood it.
To give a further example from the Sunnah, which was narrated by Ibn Majah with a source in Bukhari; a woman came to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and asked "O Messenger of Allah! Is Jihad obliged upon the women?" To which he responded, "Yes, a Jihad without Qitaal (fighting), it is the Hajj and the Umrah!"
This clearly demonstrates that Jihad is Qitaal, i.e. Jihad is undertaking the physical fighting and this is how it was understood by the woman and the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), as explained in the Prophet's (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) answer, i.e. Jihad in Islam means fighting.
I do not like the term Holy War - but Jiahd is the most Noble type of fighting, utterly selfless, not or oil or wealth, and is governed by strict laws of combat.
We should learn the correct understanding and explain it well to others who misunderstand- not try to cover up the truth with inaccurate apologies, back with fabricated evidence.
I would appreciate the same to be mentioned in media to correct all those whoc misusi the word JIHAd.
I would appreciate the same to be mentioned in media to correct all those whoc misusi the word JIHAd.
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The first time I read the above cuts, I just don't like it. A few days later IslamicityBulletin sends the article on Jihad. I am glad that our muslim brothers in Islamicity.com explain the matters.
The saying, "We have returned from the lesser Jihad (battle) to the greater Jihad," which people quote on the basis that it is a hadith, is in fact a false, fabricated hadith which has no basis. It is only a saying of Ibrahim bin Abi Ablah, one of the Successors, and it contradicts textual evidence and reality. Ibn Taymiyyah said in Al-Furqan PP. 44-45: "This hadith has no source and nobody whomsoever in the field of Islamic knowledge has narrated it. Jihad against the disbelievers is the most noble of actions and moreover it is the most important action for the sake of mankind." Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdadi reports it as daeef (weak) due to the narrator Khalaf bin Muhammad bin Ismail Al-Khiyam. Al-Haakim says, "His hadiths are unreliable." Abu Ya'la Al-Khalili says, "He often adulterates, is very weak and narrates unknown hadith," (Mashari-ul-Ashwaq, Ibn Nuhas 1/31). There is also the narrator Yahya bin Al-Ula who is a known liar and forgerer of hadith (Ahmad). Amru bin Ali, An-Nasai and Ad-Daraqutni state, "His hadith are renounced." Ibn Adi states, "His hadith are false," (Tahzeeb-ut-Tahzeeb 11/261-262). Ibn Hajar said, "He was accused of forging hadith," (At-Taghrib). Adh-Dhahabi said, "Abu Hatim said that he is not a strong narrator, Ibn Ma'een classified him as weak and Ad-Daraqutni said that he is to be neglected."
I hope all muslim please help our nation like in Amerika, palestin, and others that suffer with the non muslim qruelly... Allah with us...
Your article does not at all address the issue :the misuse of the term "jihad" by the media, etc very well. Everything you have said is correct, however, you fail to address the primary issue of why a vocal "minority" of Muslims misuses jihad it-self (e.g. Usama bin Laden's fatwa for example). Recently a Muslim Student gave a valedictoian speech to his fellow students at grdauation ceremony at harvard. In replying to that speech a non-Muslim observer wrote a thought provoking article in the current (July) issue of the Muslim Democrat. This article can be found at www.islam-democracy.org
I strongly suggest that you read this article.
Jazak-Allah-khairan for your efforts.
"Our jihad is to do our utmost to pray these prayers on time, even if it means quickly praying in an empty conference room, a quite corner in the park ... "
Religion is a personal & private matter. Muslim must return to his home or a mosque to pray. Praying in a public place (except Juma or Eidain where permitted) is not advisable.
Either Muslim religious leaders will accept this discipline for living in a non-Muslim majority country or they will be forced to do that. Everyone can see which way the wind is blowing. It is a new concept that Jihad includes efforts to make America strong !!!! To do what ?
It would have been sufficient to say, Jihad means struggle & a Muslim should start it conquering his own evil deeds & desires. There is no need to come in conflict with rest of the world to force others to do things as were done 1000 years ago. Neither there is need to side with the aggressors.
We need not oscilate between extremes. Let us find a moderate, middle of the road position.
May Allah show us light.
secondly from following the works of north american moslem i can comment that they need to act and not react in other words you must not wait till an action happens then start to defend islam's vission but you should make the acts.for example see what in your socity that is wrong and bring up the solution of islam not only in words but in actions that are always better than words.
Whatever we do towards that primary goal comes under the broad term of Jihad!Needless to say it is also part and parcel of Islam, and human values of any ideology for that matter, to defend our right to practice our Islam in its entirety, even to die for it if need be! This is freedom in its highest sense.
Take it or leave it, this is Islam.
Jazaka Allah Khayran
Many thanks for sending the clear explanation of the meaning of Jihad. I have been noticing here that some elements of the media and public who have some kind of animosity towards Islam and Muslims have been exploiting the situation since September 11. They are profiling Muslims as terrorists (may God forbid) and Jihadis. Recently, I have come across the Ahmediyya community that is also exploiting the events since September 11. They are claiming that they are the true Muslims as they donot believe in Jihad and that they are having better relations with the Non-Muslims. They are inviting high level politicians in Canada to their gatherings and Mosques and are brain washing them with anti-Muslim propaganda. They have no sympathy with the innocent Muslims of Palestine, Iraq, Chechnia, Kashmir, Gujarat and many other such places. On many fronts such as in India, they are plotting secret policies to crush Muslims. They have no sympathy with Pakistan. They are in our society. They come in our mosques and their policies are stabbing us in the back. They are working like Cancer. May Allah protect us from these enemies. Only through education we can change our lives and the lives of others. Please continue the good work that you are doing.
Thank you for commenting on Jihad in America. However, what you wrote is insuffecient. Through my resaerch in hadith and sunnah I found that there are 21 categories of Jihad in Islam. All these caregories are fully documented. Currently I am embarking on writing a book under the title: "Jihad in Judaism, Christianity and Islam"
I will email it to you as an attachment. Please feel free to post it on your web page.
Many thanks, and may Allah bless us all and guide us to support His cause.
Your brother in Islam,
Assad N. Busool, Ph.D.
Islamic and Arabic Studies
This is , i am sure ,the way ,most muslims feel that to hurt/ harm another human being is not Islam- Islam is a religion of Peace .
May the Noor of the Almighty enlighten the preconceived wrong notions of the World.
May Allah guide us to be his Messengers of Peace in all our actions religious and material, as Citizens of the World.
I personally would like to see more muslims in America sponsor more community service events that incorporates people from all faiths and backgrounds. Too often we see exclusive-type events, which only creates more mystery and apprehension.
the hadith you have referred regarding the major jihad i.e jihad against the heart is a dhaeef hadith.it is an unauthentic one.you can please check it.
Often we hear Jihad in the Friday sermons with respect to war. I have heard leaders of the muslim world use the word "Jihad" in the context of an armed conflict. Never have I heard before 911 other meanings of the word "Jihad". I msut confess that all along I have understood as a form of an 'armed conflict of soem sort" against the non-believers.
Confused by so many interpretations, I have started reading the transaltion of the Holy Quran by Abdullah Ysusf Ali. I believe this is the only english transaltion authorised by the religious scholars from Mecaa & Medina and free copies are distributed by the Saudi Government to those who ask.
I am hoping I can find the context in which the word "jihad is referred" in our holy book.
It was a good article from you. Lets have some more people thinking on those lines, it is time the world began to think of muslims as people that do good instead of allowing the "misguided" among us to taint the name of this great religion we follow.
my point is the prophet `s quotation that you have quoted about the messenger of allah returning from the battle , this is a big lie against our beloved prophet , never never , never the prophet did say such a thing , this hadith is weak , very weak hadith , the great schoolars of islam ( cheirks nars albanee , ibn baz , muqbil ) had discreted that hadith and the student of knowledge in usa ( dawud adib , aboo usama, aboo burbank, siraj wahaj ) know this hadith is weak ,
clearly jihad is to fight but to fight just for the sake of allah , not to attack america for political reason and kill innocent people , it is not because america was attack that we need to use waek hadith to justify things
asalamu alaikum wr wb