What is the ‘jihad’ against Trump?

Linda Sarsour asked people to join a ‘jihad’ against the US President Trump. She started by saying that when the Holy Prophet (s) was asked what is the greatest jihad, he responded by saying “It is to speak the truth in front of an unjust ruler”.

However, the right wing extremists have started a campaign saying that she is asking for a violent uprising against Mr Trump. Sadly, most non-Ahmadi friends do believe that jihad is a violent struggle but in response, much to our delight, have adopted that interpretation of jihad by the Holy Prophet (s) and espoused by Ahmadis.

A Great Jihad is Coming

All able-bodied Muslims throughout the world commence a jihad on 6 June 2016 as Holy Quran Commanded:

O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard against evil. . . And those who find it extremely hard may affect redemption by feeding a poor person. So whoever does good spontaneously, it is better for them; and that you fast is better for you if you know.” (Ch 2, V 183-184)

Our non-Muslim friends will see from this that Islam is not a new religion. Allah sent prophets to all mankind for their guidance. Followers of all religions, including Muslims, are Commanded to keep fast. In Christianity, there is fasting before Lent. In Hinduism, on special days, wives fast and pray for their husbands. Islam, in words of Jesus, came to fulfil the law and so carries on with the tradition of fasting.

The Holy Quran tells Muslims to fast because fasting helps them guard against evil. By resisting normal desires on which our very lives depend; we remind ourselves how important it is to stay away from the forbidden. The jihad of fasting is spiritual training to make the well-fed feel pangs of hunger which are the daily experience of the poor. Fasting is not meant to be torment so the Holy Quran says that if we cannot fast we can make recompense by feeding a poor person. So, if a Muslim cannot experience the pain himself, he is required to relieve the pain of someone who experiences it regularly.

Islam levels all temporal differences whether of position, power or wealth. During salaat (prayers), the king and pauper stand shoulder to shoulder. During the Hajj, or pilgrimage, everyone goes round the holy Kaaba together without distinction, clothed in the same simple white sheet. When fasting, the mighty king is just as helpless in the matter of eating and drinking as a poor person without a square meal. Remove the trappings of this world and we are all the same is the lesson of all Islamic religious devotions.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad explained further the purpose of fasting in these words:

He who does not give up uttering falsehood and acting according to it, Allah has no need of his giving up food and drink.

So, fasting is doing one’s best to become a better person; a more truthful, honest, kind and helpful person and not an exercise in slimming. Let us aspire to the ideal even if we do not achieve it. Even if we make a small but permanent change for the better in our character and habits every year, it will make us better human being. Otherwise we will be like the student who keeps repeating GCSEs without moving to AS level! If we keep trying we may, one day, get close to achieving the ideal.

If our Muslim brothers and sisters conduct the jihad of acting upon the injunctions of the Holy Quran, both in letter and in spirit, people of this country will be in great danger because they will want to embrace Islam!

Please warn your readers to beware that Muslims are about to launch a great jihad which will have a devastating impact upon the people of this country and make them realise that real jihad is not a bloody war against others but one against our own demons.

Who was the agent of the British?

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is accused of being a British agent because he declared that fighting the British rule in India was not Jihad, as defined by Islam. The reason he gave for this was that the British allowed every religion freedom of worship and preaching and Jihad is only allowed where these are prohibited by a ruler.

One further reason he gave was that Jihad can only be declared by a Muslim ruler or government. So let us see what Muslim rulers were doing while the British destroyed the Mughal rule over India. Continue reading

The meaning of Jihad

When people hear the word Jihad these days they still tend to think of men with long beards sitting in caves with rocket launchers resting on their shoulders. Or men strapped with explosives around their chests trying to walk into buildings or busy market places.

So when the historian S Irfan Habib visited Chennai, India to give a speech on the subject of Jihad it was almost cancelled by people worried about the nature of the speech.

He was in the city to delivery a lecture organised by the Islamic Forum for the Promotion of Moderate Thought. Mr Habib is a historian of science and political history at Delhi’s National University of Educational Planning and Administration.

So ingrained is the fear of the word that my lecture in Chennai almost got cancelled after some people raised concerns over jihad being the topic. S Irfan Habib

However people did not need to worry as the 60-year-old who has authored several books on the history of science quoted from the Quran, gave the Lahore-Ahmadiyya interpretation of Jihad and Ijtihad saying;

..the text primarily promoted independent thinking. “Ijtihad — independent thinking and reasoning — was given priority, but over the years radicals have conveniently buried this term and pushed for collective thinking, which continues to be the way of life for many who follow the religion.

Everything is a jihad — pursuit of education, earning a living and fighting your egos. But, now, it is the most misunderstood concept of Islam

Muslims are now realising that they have to adopt the Lahori-Ahmadi interpretation of Islam for it to survive in the modern age as a viable force.

This brings to mind a prophecy of the Promised Messiah where he said that after three generations have passed away people will begin to accept his interpretation of Islam whether they accept his claim to being the Promised Messiah or not.

In the Whirlwind of Jihad

While most of the social science literature about jihad focuses on jihad bil saif — when believers engage in an armed struggle in defence of Islam – the Quran terms this “a lesser jihad,” as it is the product of the circumstances in which a believer finds himself. But every Muslim believer must engage in jihad al-nafs, ‘the greater jihad’, as it is a struggle to rid evil from within oneself.

This is what Martha Brill Olcott writes in a brief but thoughtful “Preface” to her In the Whirlwind of Jihad book, which courageously examines the role of Islamic jihad, and the intertwined nature of religion, the state, and society

Non-Ahmadis and non-Muslims are now turning to what the Lahori-Ahmadis have been preaching from day one.

That the true concept of jihad is one not of violence with the “sword” but to overcome the struggles with ‘the pen’, as is shown by this review of a recent book about Islam.

Original Source: Tribune India

Islamic Jihad: Is Islam the first target?

Radical Islam, which today is growing in numbers all over the world, could ruin traditional Islam. The “Jihad for the purity of faith” proclaimed by the fanatics is trying to destroy not only the non-Muslim population of the planet, but even Muslims themselves. Radicalism has nothing in common with the Prophet Muhammad’s religion and is founded on political ideology of people far from faith, experts are convinced.

“The fact that radical groups purposefully use the terminology of the religious books and the ignorance of people, thus turning them into cannon meat and pushing them to kill their brothers in faith, in no way reflects the high ideals of Islam. They are nothing else but bandits who have overstepped the commandments of the Almighty. Unfortunately, today religious teachings are used for antihuman purposes increasingly often. For example, Jihad is primarily not a war against the unfaithful and defectors, but a fight against oneself, against one’s lowly feelings in order to perfect oneself, to be a decent, cultured and good person”.

Perhaps, if a common interpretation of the Quran appeared in the world of Islam, radical Islamists would have a much more difficult time manipulating the consciousness of the followers of Islam. Russia has already started working on such a canonical interpretation.

Jihad of radical Islam, which is not Islam but a political movement which uses the name of Islam, is killing Muslims as well as non-Muslims in the name of religion. This is not Islam but a disservice to Islam.

Original Source: Voice of Russia

Mujaddids and Armed Jihad – A Translation

Qutb-ud-Din ahmad ibn Abdul Rahim, better known as Shah Waliullah, was an Islamic scholar, reformer and founder of modern Islamic thought who attempted to reassess Islamic theology in the light of modern changes. He was the Mujaddid of the 12th Century AH.

The most important of Shah Waliullah’s works is ‘Hujjat Allah al Baligha’, in which he made an attempt to present the teachings of Islam in a spirit of scientific objectivity.

What follows is an extract from the introduction to its Urdu translation which has been rendered into English by Shahid Aziz and is taken from pages 29-31 of the Urdu book.

A Divinely raised scholar or mujaddid is obedient to the Prophet

Some short-sighted people raise this objection regarding Shah sahib (r): “Why did he not conduct a jihad?” The answer to it is this, that:

1. First, this point is not credible that, for a Divinely raised scholar and mujaddid, it is essential to take the sword in hand and engage disbelief and shirk [Footnote: ‘Associating others with God’] or those who are heretics. A Divinely raised scholar or mujaddid is obedient to the Prophet.

The question is: From among the prophets and great personalities how many, not content with the propagation of the true religion, took up the sword for jihad? Is the life of the Holy Prophet himself at Makkah not an example for us? Is it not jihad to raise the pen to eliminate disbelief and shirk and heresy? And is this glorious deed not included in the meaning of jihad that a Divinely raised scholar, by the power of his pen, cuts through all those veils on account of which the shining face of the true religion is hidden from the eyes of the people and shows its true beauty to the public, unveils its truths and high moral teaching and makes known to every section of the nation of Islam their errors and mistakes that they had been making for centuries.

If the answer to this question is not in the negative, and certainly it is not, then I have no hesitation in saying that Hazrat Shah sahib (r) was a great Divinely-raised scholar, a great mujaddid and a great warrior…If, after this, there is still anxiety in someone’s heart as to why Hazrat Shah sahib (r) did not conduct armed jihad then we have no answer for them except silence.

Now as promised, I briefly sketch the achievements of Hazrat Shah sahib’s (r) jihad with the pen….

Comment: Hazrat Shah Walliullah was not unique in conducting his mission in this manner. Only when Muslims faced persecution, for example at the hands of the Sikh rulers of the Punjab, did the Mujaddid of the age, Syed Ahmad Shaheed, conduct armed Jihad.

Sadly, the Sunnis betrayed his hideout for a bribe and he was martyred. Interestingly, he crossed the territory ruled by the British but did not conduct armed Jihad against them because there was no religious persecution. Almost all other Mujaddids conducted their Jihad with the pen.

Which Jihad leads to Paradise?


The Holy Quran: Chapter 2, Verse 256

There is no compulsion in religion — the right way is indeed clearly distinct from error. So whoever disbelieves in the devil and believes in Allah, he indeed lays hold on the firmest handle which shall never break. And Allah is Hearing, Knowing.

What is the true meaning of Jihad? Mr Nasir Ahmad recites verses from the Holy Quran and from the teachings of the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, to once again show that Jihad is not a fight with the sword but a fight with the pen.

[Q&A] If Jihad always meant struggle

If jihad has always meant to struggle and Muslim scholars have always said this in what way did Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad carry out a reform?

The point to remember is that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad carried out a great number of reforms and the clarification of the concept of jihad was only one of them. For example, when Hazrat Mirza sahib appeared Muslims had lost all hope and blamed Islam for their backwardness. It was Hazrat Mirza sahib great achievement that he infused in their hearts the confidence the Islam shall prevail though it will be by force its arguments and not by force of arms. So much so that Hazrat Khwaja Kamal ud Din came to the UK just after the First World War and set up a mission to propagate Islam in London. Our Sunni friends laughed at him and called him mad for dreaming that he could get the British who ruled most of the earth at the time to embrace Islam. Continue reading

Jihad

Shortly after the replacement of elected leadership (khilafat), open government and decisions by mutual consultation (shura) with monarchy the idea of jihad was distorted by the kings because it provided free or cheap soldiers for the battlefield. The exhortation “kill a non-believer and enter paradise” became a common slogan. The idea of jihad was used by these kings to expand their own empires. Interestingly, in many cases they were fighting other Muslims but it was still jihad, for example when Mughals invaded India large parts of it were ruled by Muslims! Continue reading