Myth vs Fact

Myth Fact
Islam: Religion of peace.

Reliance of the Traveller, Book O.9.0

Chapter O9.0: Jihad

(O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion. And it is the lesser jihad. As for the greater jihad, it is spiritual warfare against the lower self (nafs), which is why the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said as he was returning from jihad.

“We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad.”

The scriptural basis for jihad, prior to scholarly consensus (def: b7) is such Koranic verses as:

-1- “Fighting is prescribed for you” (Koran 2:216);

-2- “Slay them wherever you find them” (Koran 4:89);

-3- “Fight the idolators utterly” (Koran 9:36);

and such hadiths as the one related by Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:

I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform the prayer, and pay zakat. If they say it, they have saved their blood and possessions from me, except for the rights of Islam over them. And their final reckoning is with Allah”;

and the hadith reported by Muslim,

“To go forth in the morning or evening to fight in the path of Allah is better than the whole world and everything in it.”Details concerning jihad are found in the accounts of the military expeditions of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), including his own martial forays and those on which he dispatched others. The former consist of the ones he personally attended, some twenty-seven (others say twenty-nine) of them. He fought in eight of them, and killed only one person with his noble hand, Ubayy ibn Khalaf, at the battle of Uhud. On the latter expeditions he sent others to fight, himself remaining at Medina, and these were forty-seven in number.)

Tafsir

Jihad means to make war on us. Damn! We thought it was striving against ego & temptation. We weren’t thinking clearly, were we?

“Warfare to establish the religion”? But Islam wasn’t spread by the sword, was it. Only damn fools believe that.

Take a cold, clear second look at Islamic law defining Jihad:

  • Jihad means to war against non-Muslims
  • signifying warfare to establish the religion.

Islamic law cites the scriptural basis for offensive Jihad, then it cites Moe’s egregious statements about it.

Compare the highlighted clauses above to Hilali & Khan’s footnote to 2:190.

V. 2:190) Al-Jihad (holy fighting) ln AlIah’s Cause (with full force of numbers
and weaponry) is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars
(on
which it stands). By Jihad Islam is established, Allah’s Word is made superior, (His
Word belng La Haha illallah which means none has the right to be worshipped but
Allah), and His Religion (Islam) is propagated. By abandoning Jihad (may Allah
protect us from that) Islam is destroyed and the Muslims fall into an inferior
position; their honour is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish.

Jihad is an obligatory duty In Islam on every Muslim, and he who tries to escape
from this duty, or does not in his innermost heart wish to fulfil this duty, dies with
one of the qualities of a hypocrite.
Narrated Abdullah bin Masud I asked Allah’s Messenger, ‘O Allah’s Messenger!
what is th e best deed?’ He replied, “To offer the Salat (prayers) at their early fixed
stated times.’ I asked, ‘What is next ln goodness?” He replied, ‘To be good and
dutlful to your parents.” I further asked, ‘What is next in goodness?’ He replied,
‘To participate in Jihad in Allaha’s Cause.’ I did not ask AIIAh’s Messenger anymore
and if l had asked him more. he would have told me more. (Sahi Al-Bukhari VoI.4. Hadith N¤.41).

OCR from the pdf. Translation of the meanings of The Nobl Qur’an , in the English Language By Dr. Muhammad Taqiuddeen al-Hilaalee, Ph.D. and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan .
King Fahd Complex for the Printing of The Holy Quran, Madina, K.S.A – 978p[PDF] {scanned image}[Pg. 39 of the Qur’an, Pg. 52 of the pdf.]

The clauses I have emphasized should make the matter crystal clear, beyond any doubt. The translators of the Noble Qur’an are obviously in agreement with Sharia.

  • Jihad means to war against non-Muslims
  • signifying warfare to establish the religion.
  • Al-Jihad (holy fighting) ln AlIah’s Cause
  • By Jihad Islam is established
  • Allah’s Word is made superior
  • and His Religion (Islam) is propagated
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