at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

“And keep reminding, because reminding benefits the believers.” (51:55)

True Meaning of ‘Jihad’


Maybe some of you are tired of hearing and reading it, but I think this point can’t be stressed enough. Most people and unfortunately too many muslims don’t know the true meaning of ‘Jihad’. And there’s no room in Islam for killing women, children, sick persons or any other innocents.I think in our conversation with non-muslims we should make it crystal clear, that such acts aren’t tolerated by the islamic law & that there are no excuses for such wrong actions.

Let me give you 2 different links, both suprisingly from BBC’s website. The first source contains the literal meaning of the word ‘Jihad’, the different forms of Jihad and the rules & justification of holy war over a total of 4 pages. “The literal meaning of Jihad is struggle or effort, and it means much more than holy war. It can mean a believer’s struggle to live out the faith, the struggle to build a good Muslim society or the struggle to defend Islam, with force if necessary.” I think that erases some of the prejudices about BBC explaining Jihad. Check it out here…

The second link will redirect you to an article, where Pakistani Ulemma (clerics) such as the Grand Mufti of Pakistan Mohammad Rafi Usmani (db) explain ‘Jihad’ and how hard it’s to get the misconception out of even muslims’ heads. Thanks to Allah, Mufti Azam Mohammad Rafi Usmani (db) was at our home as a guest and we got to know him. I have to say he’s a very calm, intelligent and broadminded man. And verily not one of those muftis, that shower fatwas over you as soon as he enters your home. So, you really should read what he has to say on this heated subject…

I hope this helped to clear some misconceptions and wrong imaginations of what Islam actually preaches. Please leave comments and your thoughts on this topic. And may Allah guide us all the right path.

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