Originally posted by FlyersFan
Originally posted by Zack241
I understand that we should perform Jihad when someone tells lies about Islam and we should do something about it,
And there in is a big part of the problem ...
- What Muslims call 'lies' about Islam are many times just people telling the truth. Example - When a non-muslim says Muhammad was a murderer and a
thief ... that is just a non-muslim telling the truth. Muhammad being a murderer of political opponents and a thief is well documented. But many
Muslims go nutz when that truth is told and they violently riot and kill people.
- Going on 'Jihad' because people don't buy into what Islam is trying to sell .. that's not a live and let live policy. That's Islam insinuating
itself onto others. That's Islam not respecting the rights of others to believe as they wish.
Jihad have many meanings and it does not have to be violent. It even has a spiritual side that from my point of view point towards the death of your
ego/small mind that is used in all religious and spiritual seeking.
In Modern Standard Arabic, jihad is one of the correct terms for a struggle for any cause, violent or not, religious or secular (though كفاح
kifāḥ is also used). For instance, Mahatma Gandhi's satyagraha struggle for Indian independence is called a "jihad" in Modern
Standard Arabic (as well as many other dialects of Arabic); the terminology is also applied to the fight for women's liberation.
The term 'jihad' has accrued both violent and non-violent meanings. It can simply mean striving to live a moral and virtuous life, spreading and
defending Islam as well as fighting injustice and oppression, among other things. The relative importance of these two forms of jihad is a matter
of controversy. A poll by Gallup showed that a "significant majority" of Muslim Indonesians define the term to mean "sacrificing one's life for
the sake of Islam/God/a just cause" or "fighting against the opponents of Islam". In Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, and Morocco, the majority used the
term to mean "duty toward God", a "divine duty", or a "worship of God", with no militaristic connotations. Other responses referenced, in
descending order of prevalence:
"A commitment to hard work" and "achieving one's goals in life"
"Struggling to achieve a noble cause"
"Promoting peace, harmony or cooperation, and assisting others"
"Living the principles of Islam"
Muslim scholar Mahmoud Ayoub states that "The goal of true jihad is to attain a harmony between islam (submission), iman (faith), and ihsan
In modern times, Pakistani scholar and professor Fazlur Rahman Malik has used the term to describe the struggle to establish "just moral-social
order", while President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia has used it to describe the struggle for economic development in that country.