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The word jihad means holy war

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Dec 27, 2008 at 08:48

HI New Student to arabic

>I have lived in Muslim countries for several years now - both Arabic and non-Arabic - and have seen first hand the lengths they go to. I had a student who one day began going on and on about how terrorist bombings had no place in Islam and that "true jihad" is about the struggle "within". I said, "That's called 'Jihad al-Nafs' what about Jihad as-Saif (jihad by the sword) or Jihad al-munufiqun (hypocrites)?'" I He then had nothing more to say.

You know anyone who knows his arabic would know that the word jihad means holy war or harb muqadassa (root JHD) and the "struggle within" or "strive to improve" means ijtihad which is a different word and belongs to a different stem from the root JHD but again if you really check the story behind this funny jihad within and it is as follows and I'm only paraphrasing here: It seems that the Muslim Ulama were asked by the Arabs that were invading the Middle East starting in 633CE "how come you guys sit on your rear ends in Iran and Mesopotamia eating your meats and marrows and eating this horris soup called tarid and enjoying 4 wives and dancing girls and slaves and we are involved in Jihad and we can be kiiled and you are safe" now the Ulamas way out was to tell those terrorists that they are also involved in jihad but it is the jihad of the pen! And you know what? Muslims still buy this nonsense to this day.

If you followed the massacre in Mumbai you would have noticed that there were two thugs aka Mullahs in Pakiland that incite (yuharidu) poor uneducated young muslim men to go out and kill infidles and both of them are stiing in the safety of their madrassas and i'm sure they are telling themsleves that their jihad is the jihad of the pen! What a joke

>When suicide bombers attacked a hotel very near us killing several people, this same kid said openly in class, "You have to admire that kind of bravery. I mean to risk everything like that for Allah, you have to admit that is brave." This little darling openly praised what he before had said had no part in the religion. It truly sickened me.

Oh the religion of peace

>The sad thing is that this kid, who is also very westernized, may find himself begging for his life at the hands of those who think he is not a good enough Muslim.

Do you know anything about Father Zakaria Botros? check out his web site at islamexplained (al-hayat al-fada'iyya) . He is a star in the Middle East (my favorite episode is the one about rida3at al-kabeer of the breast feeding of the old) . I do not know how good is your Arabic. Botros speaks modern classical Arabic as well as Egyptian Arabic and you will enjoy it and it for sure would improve your command of Arabic

What is most amazing here in this blog is that almost all of those muslims that post do not know any Arabic but they have the guts to tell us about islam without knowing any Arabic

Cyprus? What a great island. The Turks in Cyprus? They need to be shipped back to central Asia

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