Is Jihad a Peaceful Ideological Struggle?


Now a days various Social Medias are loaded with claims like, “Jihad is a peaceful Ideological Struggle, and it has nothing to do with Physical violence at all,” by devout Muslims. They quote their religious scholars to prove their claim, which reads as follows:-

Those who are introduced to the Quran only through the media, generally have the impression that the Quran is a book of Jihad, and Jihad to them is an attempt to achieve one’s goal by means of violence. But this idea is based on misunderstanding. Anyone who reads the Quran for himself will easily appreciate that its message has nothing to do with violence. The Quran is, from beginning to end, a book which promulgates peace and in no way countenance violence. It is true that Jihad is one of the teaching of Quran. But Jihad, taken in correct sense, is the name of peaceful struggle rather than that of any kind of violent action. [1]

So as we see, the author of above words claim that, “The Quran is, from beginning to end, a book which promulgates peace and in no way countenance violence.” But how much true these words are? Although his starting words are true, which says, “Quran is a book of Jihad, and Jihad to them is an attempt to achieve one’s goal by means of violence.” The author also challenges that if a man reads Quran for himself will easily appreciate that its message has nothing to do with violence. Which for sure we know is not true. In fact there are millions of people around the globe who read Quran for themselves, and appreciate the fact that Quran is book preaching violence and Hatred in name of Allah. However the same author quotes a verse from Quran, 25:52, to prove that Jihad is a peaceful Ideological struggle. Let’s read the verse and find whether he is right or not? The verse reads:-

So do not obey the disbelievers, and strive against them with the Qur’an a great striving.

This verse commands Muslims to fight against disbelievers with Quran. If it at all I accept for the sake of argument that this verse commands Muslims to participate in ideological struggle, then what about dozens of verses from Quran which directly and openly commands believers to kill they idolaters and pagans, Quran 9:5? What about those verses which ask believers to make them(non-believers) feel subdued and asks security money, Quran 9:29 . Also there are verses, where Allah himself promises to help the believers to slay the idolaters. Although, the above mentioned verse 25:52, does not commands Muslims for a peaceful Ideological Jihad, instead it commands Muslims to adhere to what Quran commands regarding Jihad, i.e. Violence. [2] 

Ibn Abbas correctly explains this verse and states:-

Quran, 25:52:-(So obey not the disbelievers) Abu Jahl and his host regarding hat which they ask of you, (but strive against them herewith) by means of the Qur’an (with a great endeavour) by the sword.

Apart from all the Canonical scriptural evidences, we also have evidences from Muslims attitude towards Kaffir world. Their action tells a lot about what really Quran preaches? Whether its ideological struggle or Violence towards Non-Muslim world. Here are some examples.

Violence erupts as protesters burn cars and throw rocks at U.S. military base in Afghan capital over anti-Islam video

Hundreds of Afghans torched cars, threw stones at a U.S. military base and shouted ‘Death to America in a violent protest in Kabul today against a film mocking the Prophet Mohammed. The demonstration erupted on Jalalabad Road, home to NATO and U.S. bases in the eastern part of the Afghan capital, with two police cars among those set ablaze. It is the latest in a string of demonstrations around the world that started last Tuesday when the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed as protesters stormed the consulate in Benghazi.  The riot also comes after eight Afghan women and girls were killed by a Nato airstrike yesterday while gathering firewood in a remote part of the country. [Source]

The Danish cartoonist who survived an axe attack

In September 2005, the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard was asked by his newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, to draw the prophet Muhammad “as you see him”. He did, and it changed his life. The resulting cartoon was deemed blasphemous by hardline Muslims around the world and drew death threats. More than four years later, after Westergaard had already been forced to spend a harrowing few months on the run with his wife Gitte, a 28-year-old man of Somali origin forced his way into their home last Friday evening wielding an axe and a knife. [Source]

There are many such incidents, and as per reports there are more than 19643 deadly terror attacks after 9/11. These are the evidences, whether Quran preaches violence or peaceful Ideological struggle.

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References:-

[1] Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Introduction to Quran.

[2] Tafsir Ibn Jalalayan

11 thoughts on “Is Jihad a Peaceful Ideological Struggle?

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  2. I might try to explain- you wont listen but what the hell- here goes anyway…

    1) Jihad comes in many forms- 2 forms are “peaceful” jihad against the nafs (i.e. any impure or evil desires of the heart) and military jihad. Another type of jihad is “jihad of the pen”.

    2) I’m guessing you’re specifically interested in military jihad. Now there are certain conditions that have to be observed before and during jihad.

    3) Many of these conditions you will find in the quraan, genuine hadith, stories of the companions etc.

    4) Many muslims who wage military jihad dont give a fig for these conditions- they prefer to gloss over parts of the quraan that forbid unprovoked aggression and read parts more to their liking. Strangely enough, islamophobes like doing this too- and you thought you had no common ground…

    5) Since you’ve already decided that jihad is a monstrous evil propagated by angry beaded men who secretly serve Darth Vader, the above points were just a reaalllllly massive waste of my time.

    6) Hence I will spend my time more constructively by trying to convince people that the moon is actually made of really good quality cheddar cheese, if only we could get up there and set up a michelin star restaurant.*dribble* *swoon-in-delight-at-incredible-taste-of-moon-rock*

    Ahem.

    • Aslmwlkm, Islam is the most peaceful religion and the only one that makes any sense of divinity and belief in One God! Muslims answer the non believers, why? If they don’t want to believe and such will never do it then part by taking a fair leaving and Quoting SURA KAAFIRUUN 109!

      • Dear Plum,

        I may agree with whatever you have written till yet here, but can’t agree with your statement, that “Islam is the most peaceful religion and the only one that makes any sense of divinity and belief in One God! “ This statement is completely wrong, and a blatant lie. No Muslim, neither the God of Islam himself can prove that Islam is the most peaceful religion. I can prove this beyond the shadow of doubt that Islam is the most violent religion.

        Just Google friend, which is the Most Violent/Intolerant religion of the world, and you will get your answer. For details visit here.

        Your next part is that it is the only religion that makes any sense of divinity and belief in One God! This is again not true because you can find that there are many religions which do make sense of divinity and belief in one God, take for ex, Babism, Judaism, Sikhism, Vedic Religion, etc. I must that each follower of his religion thinks that their religion makes sense of divinity.

        • Hi Raj, thanks 4 ur reply.
          I have gone through most of religious teachings and their adherents’ beliefs and wish to affirm and attest here that those religions do not have a clear concept of One God save for Islam.
          Muslims do recite, in form of Adhan, loud and clear, five times a day, the World over, that there is no other god except Allah and Mohammed(pbuh) is His messenger. Can you mention any other religion and its followers to proclaim clearly that there is only One God at the least?
          Islam IS the only religion that makes any sense of divinity and a clear belief in One God!
          In regards to your alleged ” Most Violent/Intolerant religion of the world”, kindly refer to my earlier answers given to you!

          • Plum,

            Its good to hear that you have gone through most of the religious teachings, and still you believe that any other religion except Islam, does not have a clear concept of one GOD? Just Google about concept of God in all religion, and you will find your answer. For ex:-

            Baha’i believe in One God, and they too recite in the prayer all most same thing, which Muslims do:-

            I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth. There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting. [Source]

            Your own Islamic Scholar Dr. Zakir Naik says in his site, about Sikhism:-

            MULMANTRA: THE FUNDAMENTAL CREED OF SIKHISM

            The best definition that any Sikh can give regarding the concept of God in Sikhism is to quote the Mulmantra – the fundamental creed of Sikhism, which occurs at the beginning of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

            It is mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib, volume 1 Japuji, the first verse:

            “There exists but one God, who is called The True, The Creator, Free from fear and hate, Immortal, Not begotten, Self-Existent, Great and Compassionate.”

            So you see how these religions believe in One God, and are strict Monotheist, and not only these two, but many other too. Visit any Arya Samaji site, who follows only One God. For ex:-

            “He is One only without a second.”
            [Chandogya Upanishad 6:2:1]1

            “There is no image of Him.”
            [Yajurveda 32:3]5

            There are ample proof that beside Islam, there are many religion, who are strict Monotheist.

            Regarding your last comment, I would say that yes you tried very hard to prove through your comments that Islam is a peaceful religion, but you failed miserably, not a single comment was effective. I can have a formal discussion again on my TWO-SIDED forum, about Islam and Peace. What you say??

            Regards

        • Dear Raj, Baha’i faith is a 19th Century faith and the believe in Imams and Babs, who founded it proclaimed to be the hidden Imam himself and was killed in 1850! They combined the Biblical and Islamic teachings and made that up as a revelation from God! In short it is a ‘copying cat’ religion and hence makes no sense of divinity, which becomes divine through revelations and inspirations combined!
          The Sikhism’s origins of teachings come from Guru Nanak(Sahib) who came after Mohammed(pbuh), and concept of God is quite similar to Allah save for their Gurus(sahibs) become indistinguishable from God. Sikhs are very good people and their religion came into form/developed from 1469-1708, with the Guru Nanak(Sahib) having travelled towards Mecca.
          Infact, Guru Gobind(sahib) sent a singh Mr Bahadur with others to avenge the ills done to a Muslim Pir called Buddhu Shah! I must mention that the Great Guru Gobind(sahib) was killed by a hired muslim assassin hired by the Mughals and so the Sikh/Muslim hatred witnessed till today. For Muslims Sikhs are their fellow brothers believing in One God but part ways when The Gurus become “indistinguishable” from God!
          Regarding the Arya Samaj, it was a mere reform work to follow the Vedas strictly initiated by a priest Dayananda in late 19th Century who held a strong belief in the Authority of the Vedas. But he failed miserably as he had no clear statement of purpose and his Schools collapsed soon!
          Finally, save time bro! For the TWO-SIDED forum, about Islam and Peace I “know” I can’t “beat” you!
          What would YOU say???

          • Dear Plum,

            In your above comment you said, “They combined the Biblical and Islamic teachings and made that up as a revelation from God! In short it is a ‘copying cat’ religion and hence makes no sense of divinity, which becomes divine through revelations and inspirations combined!”

            Its your belief that Bab combined Biblical and Islamic teachings and made his religion, but where is the proof. So, I can claim and even prove that Islam copied all most every thing from Judeo-Christians scriptures, and mixed it with fables and tales of ancient, and Pagan rituals. I do have proof for that. What you say about that. Islam too is a ‘copycat’ religion,and hence makes no sense of divinity, which becomes divine through revelations and inspirations combined. Apart from that you need to prove that Muhammad ever received revelation, because if you ask me, and other critics of Islam, they will say that Muhammad made Quran. I also do have proof for that too.

            You claimed that there is no other religion in face of earth which is completely Monotheist, so I presented before you few examples. Now coming to Sikhism question, you accept that they too are monotheist. You said, ” Guru Nanak(Sahib) having travelled towards Mecca.” This is refuted by Guru Gobind Singhji himself, as SGGS says:-

            I do not make pilgrimages to Mecca, nor do I worship at Hindu sacred shrines.I do not perform Hindu worship services, nor do I offer the Muslim prayers. [48599 ਭੈਰਉ (ਮ: ੫) ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੧੧੩੬ ਪੰ. ੧੦ Raag Bhaira-o ]

            Moving to Arya Samaj now, you said:-

            It was a mere reform work to follow the Vedas strictly initiated by a priest Dayananda in late 19th Century who held a strong belief in the Authority of the Vedas.

            Yes it was a reform work, because he denied accepting anything except Vedas to be authority of Sanatan Dharma, as you deny Hadiths. Vedas was always the authority of Hinduism, but books like Puranas, Epics and others were considered to be second in authority. Even you ask any common Hindu, he will accept Vedas to be authority of his religion. Next you said:

            . But he failed miserably as he had no clear statement of purpose and his Schools collapsed soon!

            This is not obviously true, he didn’t failed, instead there are large no of Arya Samaji schools in India, if you ever visit India, just see how Arya Samaji school exists.

            Regards

          • Hi Raj, regarding the Baha’i faith refer to “Bahai” in the Wikipedia and you will see for yourself.
            On going towards Mecca I referred to Guru Nanak(sahib) and not Guru Gobind(sahib), and cannot become Monotheist religion, in my view, when Gurus become indistinguishable from God.
            So now, the onus is yours to prove from Wikipedia, what you said “So, I can claim and even prove that Islam copied all most every thing from Judeo-Christians scriptures, and mixed it with fables and tales of ancient, and Pagan rituals. I do have proof for that. What you say about that.?”
            Go ahead please!

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