The young came to prepare themselves for Jihad commanded by the majestic Allah’s order in the holy Koran.” There is a difference between what the Qur’an teaches and what these radical Muslim’s teach. They hijacked the religion and made it into something different to achieve their political goals. They influence a lot of Muslims who are ignorant and illiterate and use scare tactics into making then believe that the only way to be a good Muslim is to follow their ideology. Many Muslims however don’t agree with their ideology or goals and oppose their violence and often they are labeled as kuffar for that and that’s why many chose to not oppose them or try to stop them.
The word once meaning something purely religious and a holy duty to the followers of Islam, is now met with disdain and negative emotions and media world over. When one hears the word Jihad, he or she thinks of terrorism. It is unfortunate that the two have been linked together, but that is the effect that terrorism has on society. It instills a sense of fear and insecurity in people, and this in turn has led to a once pure term becoming a sign of evil.
While holy war may be part of the struggle of Muslims, it is not the entirety of Jihad. In its primary sense, Jihad is an internal struggle to rid oneself of debased actions or inclinations and devote oneself to achieving a higher moral standard through prayer, study, and spreading the Islamic Faith, since it is of universal validity (Peace 2). With the use of the word Jihad by men such as Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden, many people believe that Jihad highlights the violent nature of Muslim people. However, in its pure form, Islam is not at all violent. Muslims are taught to fulfill Jihad through four methods: the heart, the tongue, the hand, and the sword (Jihad 2).
One could debate endlessly over the definition and what exactly Jihad is, I’m certain many have. The very basic definition of the word simply means “struggle,” not to gain money or power but merely to bring people to Islam. The common western idea - or misconception - is that Jihad is a holy war or justification for terrorism. Very rarely are there any two religious groups that will agree on the exact deeper meanings of Jihad. There are also some groups that may believe the same basic definition of Jihad, but interpret it or apply it drastically differently within their own religion.
As described by Etim Okon (2013) , the major jihad includes acts for internal spiritual cleansing, self-denial, mortification, suppression and psychic annihilation of man’s lower nature and sinful instinct. These are personal battles that all Muslims have to go through in order to fully submit themselves to Allah. Meanwhile, the minor jihad calls for acts against those who do not believe in Allah, the infidels and the hypocrites. This facet of jihad calls for Muslim unification to defend the Muslim community against the forces of the enemy (Okon, 2013). Minor jihad can take a violent form or a non-violent form, depending on the branch of Islam being discussed.
The first one is a Muslim’s internal struggle to live out the Islamic faith as close to Allah’s teachings as possible. The secondis the struggle to develop a faithful and strong Muslim society that will thrive in Muhammad’s teachings. And the last struggle is the most controversial and most widelypublicized: the struggle to defend Islam. 1 Though there is some controversy surrounding this claim, the internal struggle is said to be called the greater Jihad. This refers to the effort Muslims put forth to live as closely to their faith as possible.
Muslim apologists also rushed forward to assure the public that Islam was a peaceful religion. They disingenuously declared that the word Islam means "peace." And they tried to portray the terrorists as a fringe group outside the mainstream of Islam. These were lies. The usual meaning of Islam in Arabic is not "peace" but "submission."
From these aspects of faith one can seek justice and morality through God, the one who wills and acts justly. Spiritual morality and justice are filtered from God and should not be questioned. We should take what he gives us and use it responsibly. Doing what is right and just in the eyes of the lord will draw one closer to the almighty. Closeness to the Creator is the ultimate of all Muslims and with understanding and education all will see that this is the goal of all the Abraham faiths.
Suggesting that jihad and violence are in connection with each other has been the case since pre-modern times. In fact, Fisher suggests that the primary associations of the word jihad are religious, specifically with reference the Prophet Mohammad and to the religion of Islam, but also invoke a sense of violence or resistance against an opposing force. While violence and jihad have typically been spoken about together, as of late, the... ... middle of paper ... ...years there has been a lot of nonsense written on the subject of jihad, both by Muslims who have intentionally sought to uphold a specific type of definition of jihad and by academics who are seeking to define Islam and Islamism. The term jihad is said to have derived from the Arabic verbal root jahada, which means to “strive,” to “struggle,” or to “exert oneself,” especially in the path of God. While is it that the the Qur’an makes a distinction between the Greater Jihad, that is a struggle against unbelievers, and the Lesser Jihad, a struggle against ----, many would argue that there are also several distinct categories of jihad that take these definitions a step further.
Jihad is the concept to understand and follow to insure justice, peace and all forms of aggression, corruption and degeneration in the society and not a concept to be condemned. From several Quranic verses it may be implied that jihad is a struggle, a constant struggle to eliminate discrepancies between deficiencies and perfection. It is an immense search for accomplishment, an immense attack on deformities. Islam at the same places great emphasis on the way social, religious and political counications are conducted with the non-believers, especially with the followers of A... ... middle of paper ... ... terrorists’ groups and networks and that have become a challenge for the intelligence agencies of the world. At present in numerous nations terrorists have made a state of lack of determination and repulsive fallings in the personalities of billions of individuals, particularly with the terrorist assaults of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon Building in the United States of America.