In an article on the BBC News Website, leading Pakistani clerics and leaders of several top madrassas attempt to explain the true meaning behind
Jihad, or Holy War. It is rather enlightening to hear how it is meant to be not how it is being interpretted by extremists.
Pakistan's top Muslim clerics have said it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to preach the real concept of jihad, or holy war, to young
Muslims. "The situation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine is radicalising young people," says Mufti Rafi Usmani, one of Pakistan's highest-ranking
clerics. "And an angry young man is in no-one's control," he said.
According to three top scholars interviewed by the BBC News website, jihad can only be called in the following circumstances:
If a Muslim community comes under attack, then jihad becomes an obligation for all Muslims, male and female, in that community
If that particular community feels it cannot fight off attackers on its own, then jihad becomes incumbent on Muslims living in nearby communities
If a Muslim ruler of a country calls for jihad, then it is incumbent upon the Muslims living under that ruler to join the jihad.
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It goes on into some detail about the conduct of jihadis and how they should behave in battle. It strictly forbids the killing or targetting of
innocents, much like modern day rules of engagement.
It also illustrates how Muslims should behave when in another country, saying that they are "obliged" to live by the laws of the land and even if they
are so outraged by the behaviour of their host country, in no way do they have the "holy" right to strike innocents there.
For example, they say, if an Iraqi living in London is so dismayed at the War, then he should immediately leave the host country and if he so wishes,
he may only fight the enemy in his own land.
This is refreshing to hear, as I always knew the concept of Jihad was being contorted to fit extremist views and now it seems that is true. It makes
sense, when laid out as they have done and is something that, I think, we could all relate too, regardless of nationality or religion.