Ramadan is the month of Jihad. Also, math, and They Might Be Giants.
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count this as a positive result of the @park51 debate: non-muslims exploring the Qur’an:
The Koran’s exhortations to jihad in the military sense are sometimes brutal in tone but are so hedged by qualifiers that Muhammad clearly doesn’t espouse perpetual war against unbelievers, and is open to peace with them. (Here, for example, is my exegesis of the “sword verse,” the most famous jihadist passage in the Koran.) The formal doctrine of military jihad — which isn’t found in the Koran, and evolved only after Muhammad’s death — does seem to have initially been about endless conquest, but was then subject to so much amendment and re-interpretation as to render it compatible with world peace. Meanwhile, in the hadith — the non-Koranic sayings of the Prophet — the tradition arose that Muhammad had called holy war the “lesser jihad” and said that the “greater jihad” was the struggle against animal impulses within each Muslim’s soul.
this is a argument made often by muslim voices, but it’s refreshing to see exegesis from an outsider along these lines. Obviously the outsider will say we have to “ignore” the “bad parts” whereas we as believers must go through more sophisticated processes, but we can’t expect an outsider to adhere to our beliefs when approaching the texts.
Shot over a four year period in America, Britain, Lebanon, and Pakistan, Holy Wars follows a danger-seeking Christian missionary and a radical Irish Muslim convert, both of whom believe in an apocalyptic battle, after which their religion will ultimately rule the world. Tracking their lives from the onset of the “War on Terror” through the election of Barack Obama, Holy Wars shows that even the most radical of believers can be transformed by our changing world.
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An interesting account of how the Taliban are likely to treat ‘collateral damage’:
“They believe killing ordinary people is mubah.” The statement came from a Kandahari veteran of the 80s Jihad. I was sitting with him in his house in Kabul, politely trying to drink, without heaving, the Red Bull I was served. He counts leaders of the current insurgency among his friends and former comrades. We were talking about the Taliban.
I wondered how the leaders who take pride in modeling themselves after the jihadi archetype of warrior by day and scholar by night, justified killing innocents. And there it was: killing the people in the course of war was “mubah“—morally neutral. The declaration made collateral damage, shariah-compliant.
Although jihad does seek to terrify those who are engaged in oppression, abuse and violation of the sanctity of Muslims (and those under their protection), ordinary, decent human beings should not have to fear it, even when their own governments have committed crimes in their names. The purpose of jihad is to protect – not oppress. Being just to the enemy might be the hardest jihad of the nafs but it is still incumbent upon Muslims. This notion couldn’t be clearer than in the Quranic verse: O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah as just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allah.
In conclusion, jihad is an inseparable component of Islam which embodies the very highest principles of faith, morality and rules of wartime engagement. It is the belief of Muslims that ‘jihad is an ‘ibaadah (act of worship) that will continue until the Final Day.’ But as it is waged, in all its forms, Muslims must neither allow their oppressors to overcome them nor to become their teachers in the process. In doing so, the concept of jihad in Islam can be reclaimed once again by the Muslims.
و الحمد لله رب العالمين
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Don’t know about the source website (Kashmir Watch), but content/news seems interesting.
A Turkish university is holding next week an important international Islamic scholars get-together to re-visit the seven centuries back Ibne Tamiyyah interpretation (fatwa/edict) of jihad in Islam. The decreed was given by Ibne Tamiyyah in Mardin seven centuries ago. That will be analyzed in the same city by an expert group of Islamic scholars drawn from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan and from Western countries.
It is for the first time in modern history that an expert review of jihad is being carried out by Islamic scholars of international fame. “More than 20 authoritative scholars will discuss why “jihad,” or “holy war” should be understood in a more peaceful perspective”, Daily Hurriyet says.
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Pakistani writer and defence analyst Dr Ayesha Siddiqa writes: “Madrassas nurturing armies of young Islamic militants ready to embrace martyrdom have been on the rise for years in the Punjab. In fact, South Punjab has become the hub of jihadism. Yet, somehow, there are still many people in Pakistan who refuse to acknowledge this threat.”
Religious groups promoting jihad have very organised system of recruiting and training young people to advance the cause of Islam. Poverty stricken areas with economic deprivation are fertile ground to spread extremist views. Young children are recruited from madrassas and are looked after so well that their own living style looks much inferior.
The Jihadi outfits which are still actively recruiting and training people are: Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT).
Pakistan may not be a good place to send your kid for religious education right now.
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A Pakistani court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking asylum in the name of ‘holy war’ for five American Muslim youths recently arrested in the country for allegedly planning terror attacks, saying that it was not the duty of the judiciary to define ‘jihad’.
Generally, I’m skeptical of media sensationalism, but assuming this court action has their assent, these guys are sounding quite radicalized and intent on violence.
Also, I’m adding the ‘tag’ Virginia 5,’ because that’s how the US media is generally referring to them now.