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Killing of Muslims is also part of Jihad

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Submitted by Amitabh tripathi (India), Nov 17, 2005 at 12:37

This article of Dr Daniel Pipes reflects as writer is optimistic about change of attitude of Muslims towards jihad if they will become target of it. In this regard I want to remind readers one of previous articles of Dr Daniel Pipes (Jihad through history) .This article was basically a critique on the book of David Cook. Elaborating the content of book Dr Pipes wrote that Jihad has evolved in various steps and in one step of Jihad Ibn Temia and Qutab justified the killing of Muslims differentiating them between pure and impure Muslims. Now Jihad of Osama Bin Laden has also entered in a phase where he want to kill non believers and those Muslim states simultaneously who are either ally of Kafirs or not following shariyat in word and spirit.

But it could be a point of discussion whether incidents like Jordan bombing will distance common Muslims from the violent Jihad or not. It is very difficult to believe or in some way impossible to believe that Muslims can leave Jihad but killing of innocent Muslims during Jihad will definitely make some difference. If this trend will go further, we will see a split in Jihad as more radical and less radical .Same difference as they have in Deobandi school of thought and Barelvi school of thought. Former believe in Osama Bin Laden brand of Jihad and later suggest for gradual Jihad.

Finally I want to tell that Jihad is a basic theory of Islam in which non believers have some conditional rights to live but do not have right to live with dignity. Muslims can not leave this basic tenet of their faith ,they can only modify their plan of action as per demand of the hour.
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