Al-Jihad



Strolling in the streets of Karachi today after a long time, I found this wall chalking which states:


Yahoodian ka sirf ek ilaaj — Al Jihad – Al Jihad


It made me mulled over the significances of “Jihad” – and drove my mind back to good old days of School where in Islamiat class our teacher used to tell that the best type of Jihad is “Jihad-e-Bin’Nafs”. Often we asked our teacher in a state of disarray, why a Jihad carried out through weapon or by force isn’t superior than Jihad-e-Bin’Nafs? And we were always clarified in a very thoughtful way I still remember today: If you beat Satan inside, you can make weak the Satan that is outside.


And today, Islam or rather Muslim is being held on under a threat of this wrong Islamic Ideology by some declarers of Islam – which has made Jihad-e-Bin’Nafs a secondary set of Jihad while other types of Jihad has been implicitly declared as primary.


I’m waiting for a day to arrive when in the streets of West I’ll find such wall chalking: The only treatment of terrorism is – bomb the Muslims.


You know what will happen then? Muslims will start exclaiming over it, will also call it utmost racism. Whereas, we’ll never come across with those wall chalking in the streets of an Asian country – an Islamic republic – our own – that’s also spreading broad hatred against the Jews – all the Jews in general. Nevertheless, generalization isn’t good. I hope we’ll learn this someday.

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One Response to Al-Jihad

  1. What is jihad

    First, we would like to start with stating that Islam does not call for violence; rather it abhors all forms of violence and terrorism, whether against Muslims or non-Muslims. Islam, moreover, calls for peace, cooperation, and maintaining justice, and provides for the happiness and welfare of humanity as a whole. This fact is declared in the Qur’an when Allah says: (Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition.) (An-Nahl 16: 90)

    Jihad is one of the words that have been misused due to misunderstanding its true meaning. The word “Jihad” is derived from the Arabic word “Jahd” which means fatigue or the word “Juhd” which means effort. A Mujahid is he who strives in the Cause of Allah and exerts efforts which makes him feel fatigued. The word “Jihad” means exerting effort to achieve a desired thing or prevent an undesired one. In other words, it is an effort that aims at bringing about benefit or preventing harm.

    Jihad can be observed through any means and in any field whether material or moral. Among the types of Jihad are struggling against one’s desires, the accursed Satan, poverty, illiteracy, disease, and fighting all evil forces in the world.

    There are many religious texts that refer to these types of Jihad. Among the forms of Jihad is defending life, property or honor. Those who die while engaging in Jihad are considered to be martyrs, as confirmed by Hadith. Jihad is also done to avert aggression on home countries and on all that is held sacred, or in order to face those who try to hinder the march of the call of truth.

    In Islamic Shari`ah, Jihad in the Cause of Allah means fighting in order to make the Word of Allah most high, and the means for doing so is taking up arms in addition to preparation, financing and planning strategies. A large number of people are supposed to take part in Jihad including farmers, craftsmen, traders, doctors, engineers, workers, security men, preachers, writers and all those who directly or indirectly participate in the battle.

    This type of Jihad was a major concern of Muslims in the beginning of the formation of the Islamic community, and a lot of verses of the Glorious Qur’an and the Hadith advocated and encouraged it. Almighty Allah says: (March forth, whether you are light (being healthy, young and wealthy) or heavy (being ill, old and poor) and strive with your wealth and your lives in the Cause of Allah.) (At-Tawbah 9: 41) Jihad is considered an individual duty (Fard `Ein), on all Muslims who are capable and fit to fight, in the event of being invaded by the enemy, and is considered a collective duty (Fard Kifayah) in the event of not being invaded. However, if the Imam (leader) calls to Jihad, people must respond to his call. This is evident from Allah’s Saying, (O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that when you are asked to march forth in the Cause of Allah (i.e. Jihad) you cling heavily on the earth?) (At-Tawbah 9: 38), and the Hadith narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim, “When you are called to Jihad, then go forth.”

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