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The difference between violence and Jihaad Oktoobar 2, 2008

Posted by spiritualphilantropy in Islamic Perspectives.
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Recently, I heard a woman by the name of Rose Hamid, a well-known women’s right activist, at a recent Islaamic Conference here in Charlotte speaking about how there is a growth of Muslims in Charlotte that are supporting the “violence” overseas. When she said that, many brothers looked at me and smiled. I smiled as well. It is a shame that she used such a negative word for her brothers that are defending her religion overseas. It is a shame that she uses a negative word for those whom Allah has preferred over all the other Muslims. And it is a shame that she doesn’t attempt to understand the Mujaahideen or even Jihaad itself. I single out her name because a woman like this needs to be taught a lesson a little more harshly than most women due to her outspoken nature. In the end, I will always respect her but my respect will not stop me from correcting her.

There is a stark difference between Jihaad and violence.

Jihaad is to fight – to kill and be killed – for the pure sake of Allah, in order to make His Word the Supreme. It is an ordained duty in the Qur’aan (see 2:216). Of course, there is the spiritual – more linguistic – lexicon of Jihaad, but we are not dealing with that here.

Jihaad is for lofty goals which are not worldly. Jihaad is not for money, greed, power and so on. Rather, it is to obtain the pleasure of Allah Ta’aalaa by being in constant obedience and worship to Him before, during and after the fighting. Furthermore, through this obedience and worship, many acts of worship are to be achieved such as establishing the Shari’ah on the earth, helping the Muslims who are in need (whether it be financial, physical, mental support etc.), teaching the Muslims their Religion, gaining knowledge of the Religion from the Islaamic Scholars and Preachers, and spreading the Religion to the masses. And this worship goes a step further. It is to wish and struggle to die as a martyr since with the first drop of blood from the martyr, all of his sins are forgiven and the rewards in the afterlife are such that all of the gold in the world would not be able to make up for it (i.e., the pleasure and honor one will get). And yet, this worship goes a step further. It is to have Taqwa of Allah ‘Azza wa Jall by refraining from the evils of the tongue, hand and private parts and to hate for the sake of Allah those things which He hates as stated in the Qur’aan and Sunnah. It is also to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood, and trust and to love for the sake of Allah those things which He loves as stated in the Qur’aan and Sunnah. And it is also to follow the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wassallam, as best as possible by learning and imitating his Sunnah to the best of ones ability with the sincerest of pure intention. And this Taqwa goes deeper and deeper if you are to muse over this.

And on top of all of this is that the believer – the Mujaahid in this case – strives to the best of his ability to reach the highest levels of Taqwa which the Sahaabah’s had reached. The Mujaahid is in a constant state of worry about whether Allah will accept his deeds and at the same time he has hope in Allah. So he strives his best to live and die for the pleasure of Allah.

All of this and more is found within the purpose of Jihaad or fighting for the sake of Allah.

As you can see, Jihaad cannot fall under this category of “violence” simply because Jihaad is a category by itself. It is too pure to be labeled as “violence.”

The negative word violence can be attributed to every struggle that requires warfare except Jihaad. The goal of the disbelievers is nowhere near the lofty goals of the believers; and this even applies to the Crusaders during the time of Salahudeen al-Ayyubi, rahimahullaah. The disbelievers fight over wealth, oil, status, power, money, greed, lust etc. The highest their goals can get is when they are defending their nation from a foreign invasion, but even this is done in the name of nationalism. In Islaam, nationalism is not only forbidden, but it is constituted as disbelief to fight and die for nationalistic reasons as opposed to religious reasons. Allah does not accept the efforts of the nationalistic Muslims because He ordained and permitted only one form of warfare: Jihaad for the sake of Allah, to make His Word the Supreme and the word of the Disbelievers the lowest.

And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (i.e., Shirk) and religion should be only for Allah. (8:39)

Rasool’Allaah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wassallam, said,

“…Whosoever fights under the banner of the blind, becoming angry for partisanship (’asabiyyah), calling towards it, or supporting it and then dies, he dies a death of (one in) the Days of Ignorance (Jaahiliyyah).” [Reported by Muslim in his Saheeh (6/21), from Abu Hurairah]

Therefore, to equate Jihaad with violence is a great injustice and an insult to the greatest act of worship in Islaam. To put down Jihaad in any way is to put down Allah Ta’aalaa.

Finally, you may agree with this but still call the Jihaad today around the world as “violence.” And this is due to what you see in the media as opposed to doing honest research and finding out what the Mujaahideen themselves are saying and doing (from their sources). I advise you to read this article in order to clarify this issue to you.

The media does not only have an agenda against the Muslims here in the West, but they have an even greater agenda against the Mujaahideen who are fighting for the sake of Allah: it is to tarnish their image so that the Muslims don’t support them in any form.

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