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Response to Western View of Jihad

Reader comment on item: Islamists, Get Out
in response to reader comment: "Islamic charity's copy of Quran calls for ‘race to jihad'

Submitted by Ali Ibrahim (United States), Feb 16, 2006 at 09:33

Truly, the answer to every westerner's question of jihad (an order to kill every non-muslim) is misinterpretation through media. The media exposes what terrorists do and categorizes it as Islam's true meaning. How can one define a religion by what media exposes? The media should be a source of exposing, but in this case, It's one dimensional in reasoning. Meaning, people find 1 answer, and stop the research. I believe the resource of the media should study the Qur'an's view rather than what terrorists do because the difference is rather peaked just as if you were to study the bible for the true meaning of jesus's birthday.

My comment's sole purpose is to expose qur'an's view on jihad. Jihad means struggle, worldly struggle. By this, it means the strive to deliver the message of allah (islam) to those who don't believe so they will stop misinterpreting what we truely believe. Islam's view on jihad was first spread to the sahaba( companions) of the prophet then they were ordered to travel to many countries to spread the word. Jihad, (struggle) is basically a belief that 1 should strive to thoroughly explain and express right and wrong in Islam.

Not to lower my standards to the reporters or anything, but the media exposes catholicism as what the catholic priests do. But as Americans they don't care because it's the dominant religion. How come catholicism isn't restrained to this one-dimensional view? Infact, I think America is trying to westernize Islam because the Media simply explains Islam = War. And the president is furious, and afraid another attack will come. Attack's are terrorist bound, not islamically bound. I blame the lazy Americans who take the 1 dimensional media and categorize Islam with it's views. America to me, is a freedom country, I see why people are doing this, and it's because they have the right to, but to discriminate against a religion who promotes peace ( islam means peace) is something so laveshly done. Horrific in my eyes to see True Americans look at us as terrorists.

My response to the decharacterization of the holy prophet, is that people have no hearts and no respect.It's good to express what you believe, but comments and actions like those, will only fued argument and chaos. To me, it's a shame to see a very muslim populated country ( Denmark) act in the way they act. Although the resource to this problem has been restrained to one or two people, I believe the hierarchy in Denmark are not doing a good job of capturing them.

People see us as militant for acting and responding the way we respond, but Islam is not Westernized. Our views and belief hold fast and strong unlike Christianity. We are supposed to protect religion, and all of it's sources. In Islam, war is not the answer, I cannot answer anyone's question as to why Iraqi's or any other muslims who demand war. Honestly, I would fight someone if I seen them torture the Qur'an or if I seen someone decharacterize the holy prophet not because it says to fight, because it tells us to explain to them first. To me, it hurts to see freely expressed people demonstrate rude and ignorant behavior. 9/11 has the same view. The reasoning for this attack was the attack bush senior made on iraq in 93. Don't you think presidents cross the border line when the constitution prohibits involvement in foriegn affairs? Maybe they reformed the constitution again but to me I see that America was already in a financial hole, so they tried to dereign Saddam of his power and control all oil ports in hopes to close the gaps.This is why elections are important, different presidents, different views.

In conclusion, if you want to express your view on a religion, do not take sources that only expose negatives, study the religion, and notice the difference and media and books have. In this world, this so proclaimed modern world, no one should be lazy.

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