Concept of Jihad
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These facts should be an eye opener not just for non Muslims but also for certain jihadi and terrorist groups and the so-called ulema who have inadequate acquaintance with the Quran and say that Islam requires its followers to fight for the spread of the word of God.
Jihad can be exercised physically, through the use of wealth, speech, the pen, e-mail and even by immigration. It is obvious that its scope is very wide.
[16:125] You shall invite to the path of your Lord with wisdom and kind enlightenment, and debate with them in the best possible manner. Your Lord knows best who has strayed from His path, and He knows best who are the guided ones.
The Quran is a scripture which must be read in text and context.
[73:4] … And read the Quran from cover to cover.
We cannot just take out one verse without considering the others, and extract a certain meaning, disregarding all the other thousands of verses that provide perfect balance in the message.
[3:7] He sent down to you this scripture, containing straightforward verses—which constitute the essence of the scripture—as well as multiple-meaning or allegorical verses. Those who harbor doubts in their hearts will pursue the multiple-meaning verses to create confusion, and to extricate a certain meaning. None knows the true meaning thereof except GOD and those well founded in knowledge. They say, "We believe in this—all of it comes from our Lord." Only those who possess intelligence will take heed.
The simple and obvious message for the Muslims is to unite and strive for their rights and freedom, and not to resort to war unless aggressed against. For those who believe in the Hereafter, no cost is too high to follow the command of God to fight against oppression. History will bear witness that God has favoured the Muslims with success as long as they worshipped God alone and contended against oppression with utmost sincerity of intention.
[29:6] Those who strive, strive for their own good. GOD is in no need of anyone.
GOD BE GLORIFIED!
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July 31— August 2, 2009
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