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'Kital' is war, not Jihad.

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Submitted by A. Ahmado (United Kingdom), Sep 14, 2002 at 06:46

Again you are attributing violence, terrorism and bad behaviour of a minority of ignorant muslim youths to their faith, rather than their bad nature. I would like to remind everyone that these violent youths do not represent the majority.

There is NO such thing as the 'military action with the object of the expansion of Islam', its a myth.

The Arabic word for 'fighting' is 'Kital' and is used to mean 'military action' in many chapters and verses of the Quran. The ONLY indication for military action in Islam is to repel miltary action from an aggressor.

This context of self-defence is always present for any verse quoting 'Kital'.
Chapter 2, verse 190:
"And fight in the way of Allah those fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allah likes not the transgressors"
was the first verse revealed to the prophet of Islam in connection with military action. All the other verses followed the same rule.

1400 years ago you couldn't travel a mile without a weapon! It was quite common to kill messengers who had no means of self-defence. This explains why countries whom Islam expanded into correctly were governed by their own Muslim natives who happily converted into Islam.


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