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in response to reader comment: Jihad means WAR!

Submitted by Vijay (United Kingdom), Oct 20, 2006 at 09:45

>Submitted by Henrik Ræder Clausen, Oct 16, 2006 at 03:28

>Hi

>Rather than go back and forth in endless interpretations of various Arab words, I suggest you read the Sira >(Sirat Rasul Allah, The Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq).

>In this book you will find that by the clear example of Muhammad, 'Jihad' means war. Fully armed, >relentless and endless war against all unbelievers, armed or not, with the intention of taking plunder >(>Quran 8:39) and subduing them (Quran 9:29).

>That's it. Arabian grammar be damned.

Meanibng of any word in any language lies in the way it is used by people. Historically and even now, 'jihad' is used by brigands, army commanders, plane crashers, suicide bombers, and other men (and women) bent on violence , then jihad IS violence. No amount of spin doctoring by Fahad or anyone can change the mountain of Jihad justified violence which has taken place and no peaceful acts have taken place with Jihad as it's justification.

This year's Nobel Peace Prize was won by a Bangladeshi Muslim who started Grameen (Village) Bank which gives loans to poor without any collateral and only with simple interest (and not compund interest as is the usual practice). AT NO POINT, he called his activities Jihad and at no point ANY MUSLIM called his banking activities Jihad.

So much for Jihad. As the Tamil saying goes, you can't hide a full pumpkin in a plate of rice.

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