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in response to reader comment: The word jihad as per 3Umdat al-salik means holy war

Submitted by AEB (United Arab Emirates), Sep 11, 2011 at 21:19

I see you've made several comments (and apparently you don't understand what ahludhdhimma are) which makes me curious: do you speak Arabic?

Mujahada is to struggle, and not to establish the religion you liar. Jihad is to struggle whether you like it or not. How about you teach me my own language as well while you're at it? The arrogance of you.

The Greater Jihad is the Jihad within oneself, where you resist evil doing and you resist breaking Islamic commandments. Jihad of the self.

Then there is the Jihad of advice and verbal propagation, Jihad of the tongue and the pen.

Then there is the Jihad of assistance, such as building a mosque, helping others in need, doing a chore for someone, or anything really. Jihad of the hand.

And finally, comes Jihad of the sword, the Lesser Jihad. And there is a Hadith (the likes of which detractors of Islam like to use against us) that certifies this. Everyday life is the Greater Jihad. Military Jihad is the least of your worries as long as you don't have a functioning society.

To further Islam is to both further morality and human rights, as well as to further the religious rituals of Islam. Nothing else is involved. The Qur'anic verses clearly state there is to be no compulsion in religion, and the ones used violently refer to specific people from the Prophets' times (similar to the Israelites of the Bible and their conquests) and not to people in general.

This is all you need to know.

I mean really, you didn't complain when pagan Arabs, Zoroastrian Persians and Christian Byzantines committed untold atrocities. But when Islam is involved, it's automatically Islam's fault. Well I got news for ya: human nature is corrupt. Muslim or non-Muslim, atrocities are bound to happen. Can you compare the atrocities of Rashidun and Ummayyids to others? Can't say you can. Though by the Abbasid era the Caliphate had gotten corrupt and was no longer worth using as a role model for human rights. Even the Ummayyids were not that special but still better than most.

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