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Submitted by ali (Ireland), Jul 17, 2007 at 09:45

Jihad is an internal struggle of the soul against evil. It is a battle alright, but not against human beings. JIHAD is purifying oneself of sins and inequities which burden the soul, and slow down the process of the soul's journey to God. It vows to kill evil propensities within the soul, but not kill human persons. GOD GAVE MAN LIFE, AND ONLY GOD CAN TAKE IT AWAY. Man is the acceptor of life, not the taker of life, because in the first place he did not give life. Hence it follows that man cannot take life, no matter who says to him that it is a holy thing. TAKING LIFE IS NEVER A HOLY ACT. One cannot proclaim to love God whom he has not seen if he does not love his brother whom he can see. How does a jihadi justify himself when he ends something (life) that only God has begun. THE JHADI HAS NO RIGHT OVER WHAT IS NOT IN HIS POSSESSION. AND CERTAINLY NO JIHADI HAS CREATED A LIFE. THIS ACT IS (ONLY) GOD'S PREROGATIVE.

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