Friday, December 29, 2006

What’s the difference between Jihad and militancy?

AlJazerra reported The concept of Jihad has been misinterpreted by the Western media

So it is all Western media's fault
as what some refer to as “religious militancy”, in ther words, using weapons to fight for the cause of one’s religion, regardless of whether fighting is against a true enemy or not, and regardless of weather it’s justified and being carried out against the right target or not.
Were the people killed in the twin towers a true enemy? When did they attack al Qaeda?
But “religious militancy”, even if I’m opposed to it,
Are you or are you not opposed to it?
oesn’t arise from vacuum. Human history has many examples of people becoming extremists and carrying weapons to fight dictator rule or bad social circumstances. “Religious militancy” in my view, is the outcome of extremism, which had been attributed to many factors including poverty, suppression, dictator rule, injustice, unemployment… etc.
That sounds like what the Arab dictators, authoritarian or religious leaders are doing to their own people, but blaming the west so their own people do not overthrow them.
.... Another point I need to stress here is that while Jihad is linked to Muslims and Islam-militancy, extremism and terrorism on the other hand are not limited to Muslims, we have Jewish and Christian militant groups, terror organisations and extremists.
Such as?
Theodore Hertzl, a Jew, was the founder of terrorism in occupied Palestine.
He was the founder of Zionism and the desire for a Jewish state, but he was not a terrorist.
And we have the American Christian terrorist Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma bomber.
McVeigh never attempted to justify the OKC bombing according to Christian religious principles, and his actions were never endorsed by any Christian sect.
But those who wish to ruin the image and the world’s respect for Islam focus only on Muslim terrorists, as if the world’s followers of Islam are all terrorists.
There certainly are Muslims that are not terrorists, but today at least, all terrorists are Muslims.

3 comments:

Muslim Arab said...

So, umm,

what about Manachem Begin? wasn't he head of a terrorist cell who blew up Hotel King David in Jerusalem? wasn't he the same one who ended up being the prime minister of Israel and go to Camp David with Sadat?

and what about Ariel Sharon, "the man of peace"? didn't he kill more than 2000 Palestinian children and women (let alone men, since you might say all of them are terrorists) when he was in power? who was the commander of the "slaughtering" of the children and women of Qana in Lebanon 1982? wasn't it Sharon? no Lebanese or Palestinian men where there, they left the city under orders of Israeli army that invaded the city and hundreds of civilians in that city where murdered with cold blood.

What about your hero, George W. Bush? he directly caused the murder of almost 3,000 American Soldiers (I see them as kids who used to be innocent civilians at one point). He murdered more americans than Bin Laden did! are you out of your mind?
he is a hero?

he murdered 700,000 iraqi souls! Saddam didn't reach half of that number!!

don't tell me that judaism or christianity allows the unjustified killing of muslims just like that? then why are you not ashamed that Bush murdered all these souls?!

listen to what the messenger Mohammed says about killing of Jews and Christians:

"He who kills a follower of the Scripture (Jew/Christian), I shall be his opponent on the day of judgement"

not only that, read how Islam sets the basic principles of Human Rights:

"He who kills an accord-ian (a follower of ANY religion who did not break the accord, that is, who has not assulted or attacked islam or muslims) while he's at the accord (that is, killed him while he is innocent) shall not be able to smell paradise. and I swear by He who created my soul, the smell of paradise can be found from a hike of three hundred years (away from paradise)."

Jihad, pal, is very different from militancy. Only westerners connect Jihad to arms. Jihad, in fact, is involved in so many parts of the daily life of any Muslim. it literally mean "taking the effort". and it refers to doing something for your religion that you don't like it.

the best example is the saying of the messenger of mercy, Mohammed, who says "The greatest Jihad to Allah, is a word of justice said before a tyrant."

Jihad teaches Muslims manners, Bashfulness, for example, is a form of Jihad. Lowering your gaze when speaking to ladies, is a form of Jihad...

I just wish if you could free your mind from the prejudice, preassumptions and misconceptions about Islam and listen to what I say.

I do not intend to prove you wrong, I am just telling you a complete picture that you see only part of it.

Have you ever thought that you could be the unjust one?

I, (a muslim), cannot BE a Muslim if I don't believe in Mosses and Jesus before believing in Mohammed.

You, on the other side, don't even believe in Mohammed.

Whose religion, then, promotes for peace and dialogue with the other more?

Islam challenges anyone to do their best, use their minds as openly as possible, think as critically as possible, reflect as deeply as possible, when discussing matters in it.
It challenges anyone of anytime to find one logical fallacy, or one wrong scientific information, or one historical error in it...

does Christianity do that? or does Judaism do that?

How can you believe in something that contradicts with your heaviest, more complicated and most important organ, your brain?

you believe with your heart, not with your mind, and that is very problematic!

Do you feel your heart sealed from the truth? or do you not feel it?

Don Singleton said...

So, umm, what about Manachem Begin? wasn't he head of a terrorist cell who blew up Hotel King David in Jerusalem?

I never heard of him. I think you mean Menachem Begin. Though revered by many Israelis, Begin’s legacy remains highly controversial and divisive. As the leader of Irgun, Begin played a central role in Jewish military resistance to the British Mandate of Palestine, but was strongly deplored and consequently sidelined by mainstream Zionist leadership.

wasn't he the same one who ended up being the prime minister of Israel and go to Camp David with Sadat?

Yes, he learned that violence was not the way, and he became a peace maker. Just the converse of Muhammad, who started off as a peacemaker, and then became a warlord, spreading Islam by the Sword.

and what about Ariel Sharon, "the man of peace"? didn't he kill more than 2000 Palestinian children and women (let alone men, since you might say all of them are terrorists) when he was in power?

As a general in the Israeli army he killed many when Israel was at war. I am not aware of him killing anyone except in war, or in response to Israel being attacked.

who was the commander of the "slaughtering" of the children and women of Qana in Lebanon 1982? wasn't it Sharon? no Lebanese or Palestinian men where there, they left the city under orders of Israeli army that invaded the city and hundreds of civilians in that city where murdered with cold blood.

I have heard a lot of stories about the supposed Qana Massacre, but that was before blogs. The bloggers disproved most of the similar claims about Qana Massacres this time, and I suspect the same may have been true in 82.

What about your hero, George W. Bush? he directly caused the murder of almost 3,000 American Soldiers

3,000 American soldiers may have died in the freeing of many millions of Iraqis and Afgans, but I dont call it murder.

(I see them as kids who used to be innocent civilians at one point). He murdered more americans than Bin Laden did! are you out of your mind?
he is a hero?


Bush did not murder anyone, and two formerly oppressed countries now have democratically elected governments.

he murdered 700,000 iraqi souls!

Americans did not kill anywhere near that number. Most of those were killed by other Iraqis.

Saddam didn't reach half of that number!!

Are you sure?

don't tell me that judaism or christianity allows the unjustified killing of muslims just like that?

The war in Afganistan was a result of our being attacked on 9/11. Whether the war in Iraq was justified is open to debate, and we will have to see how history viewed it. We certainly freed the Kurds and the Shia who were being oppressed and killed in mass numbers.

then why are you not ashamed that Bush murdered all these souls?!

Do you understand the difference between kill and murder?

listen to what the messenger Mohammed says about killing of Jews and Christians:

"He who kills a follower of the Scripture (Jew/Christian), I shall be his opponent on the day of judgement"


But then it says Surah 19:4294 says Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war .... If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. [A special tax that Jews and Christians must pay to live in a Muslim country. Followers of other religions are just killed outright if they refuse to convert to Islam.] If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah's help and fight them. [i.e. they must convert to Islam, pay a special very high tax so they can live as second class citizens, or die.]

not only that, read how Islam sets the basic principles of Human Rights:

"He who kills an accord-ian (a follower of ANY religion who did not break the accord, that is, who has not assulted or attacked islam or muslims) while he's at the accord (that is, killed him while he is innocent) shall not be able to smell paradise. and I swear by He who created my soul, the smell of paradise can be found from a hike of three hundred years (away from paradise)."


So the killer will be punished in the afterlife, just as Surat an-Nisa,093 (Quran 4.93) says "If a man kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to abide therein (For ever): And the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for him." But that does not seem to prevent Sunnis from killing Shia, or Shia from killing Sunnis, or preventing either from setting of car bombs that don't ask what religion the people they kill have.

Jihad, pal, is very different from militancy. Only westerners connect Jihad to arms. Jihad, in fact, is involved in so many parts of the daily life of any Muslim. it literally mean "taking the effort". and it refers to doing something for your religion that you don't like it.

To the peacful Muslim Jihad means the Inner Struggle to follow the Will of Allah. To the Islamoterrorist, it means kill anyone that disagrees with you, whether Jew, Christian, or Muslim.

the best example is the saying of the messenger of mercy, Mohammed, who says "The greatest Jihad to Allah, is a word of justice said before a tyrant."

Jihad teaches Muslims manners, Bashfulness, for example, is a form of Jihad. Lowering your gaze when speaking to ladies, is a form of Jihad...

I just wish if you could free your mind from the prejudice, preassumptions and misconceptions about Islam and listen to what I say.

I do not intend to prove you wrong, I am just telling you a complete picture that you see only part of it.

Have you ever thought that you could be the unjust one?

I, (a muslim), cannot BE a Muslim if I don't believe in Mosses and Jesus before believing in Mohammed.

You, on the other side, don't even believe in Mohammed.


You do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God. You just know Him in the distortians that Mohammad wrote in attempting to convert the Jews and Christians to his new religion.

Whose religion, then, promotes for peace and dialogue with the other more?

Christianity. John 13:34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Islam challenges anyone to do their best, use their minds as openly as possible, think as critically as possible, reflect as deeply as possible, when discussing matters in it. It challenges anyone of anytime to find one logical fallacy, or one wrong scientific information, or one historical error in it...

And twist it to confuse the issue.

does Christianity do that? or does Judaism do that?

How can you believe in something that contradicts with your heaviest, more complicated and most important organ, your brain?

you believe with your heart, not with your mind, and that is very problematic!

Do you feel your heart sealed from the truth? or do you not feel it?

Jack's Shack said...

Muslim,

Your comment is just so inaccurate.