Myth vs Fact

Myth Fact
Islam: Religion of peace.

Reliance of the Traveller, Book O.9.1

O9.1: The Obligatory Character of Jihad

Jihad is a communal obligation (def: c3.2). When enough people perform it to successfully accomplish it, it is no longer obligatory upon others (O: the evidence for which is the Prophet’s saying (Allah bless him and give him peace),

He who provides the equipment for a soldier in jihad has himself performed jihad,”

and Allah Most High having said:

“Those of the believers who are unhurt but sit behind are not equal to those who fight in Allah’s path with their property and lives. Allah has preferred those who fight with their property and lives a whole degree above those who sit behind. And to each, Allah has promised great good” (Koran 4:95).

If none of those concerned perform jihad, and it does not happen at all, then everyone who is aware that it is obligatory is guilty of sin, if there was a possibility of having performed it. In the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) jihad was a communal obligation after his emigration (hijra) to Medina. As for subsequent times, there are two possible states in respect to non-Muslims.

The first is when they are in their own countries, in which case jihad (def: o9.8) is a communal obligation, and this is what our author is speaking of when he says, “Jihad is a communal obligation,” meaning upon the Muslims each year. …

Tafsir

As the Myth vs Fact series draws to a close, #477 is the first to quote from Islamic Jurisprudence: Sharia. The highlighted portion of the last sentence of the quote confirms the rulings of Al-Ghazali & Al-Shafi’i that the Imam must mount at least one military expedition against Kuffar in every year.

How the Hell can you know this and not curse Islam from the roof tops? Do not conceal your newly discovered knowledge, spread it; share it, make it known through out the world. Copy this post and past it into emails, cross post it on blogs and in forums. The remaining installments will define Jihad and explain the commands to make war on Kuffar. They contain vital facts which your fellow countrymen need to know. Please spread them as widely as possible.

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