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By Sherly Isaac
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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2001
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We heard this term so many times in the last week. One of the main hijacker Mohammed Atta said to his family before he went on this rampage, "I will be a martyr and go to heaven." But how sad it is that in his ignorance he headed straight towards eternal hell. No one can go to heaven by killing others.
JIHAD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We heard this term so many times in the last week. One of the main hijacker Mohammed Atta said to his family before he went on this rampage, "I will be a martyr and go to heaven." But how sad it is that in his ignorance he headed straight towards eternal hell. No one can go to heaven by killing others. When Jesus was crucified, on the cross He said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." ( Luke 23:34) Yes, having no knowledge of what they are doing and devoid of true understanding many are heading towards hell fire. They are blinded by the devil and they really do not know what they are doing. Actually what is Jihad? What does it mean? Let me try to answer these questions. "Jihad" is an Arabic word that means "Struggle". Muslims are called to struggle for Allah or to spread Islam no matter what it costs. By this I do not try to imply that all the Muslims are violent people. They are regular human beings and most of the time they live normal life. But Islam religion or Quran teaches about "Jihad" or "Holy War" which makes them violent. "Jihad" is considered to be the most important religious act in Islam. Not only Quran but also Hadith says about this "Holy War" and expounds its benefits like getting directly into heaven etc. Here are a few Quranic verses: ------------------------------ Al-Anfal (Spoils of War) Sura 8:60 Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly. At-Tauba (The Repentance) Sura 9:14 Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of Believers, So we can see that permission is given by Allah to kill those who are unbelievers or those who do not follow Allah while Bible condemns these types of activities and warns people very clearly that by living in sin they cannot enter into heaven. Bible says in Galatians 5:19-21, "Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." Jesus speaking about devil as thief in John 10:10, "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." Yes, destruction, murder, killing, stealing, hate etc. comes from devil, it is not from God. God wants us to live eternally but devil wants us to be killed and destroyed. He wants to steal our blessings. But on the other hand God wants to see us blessed and live forever as the Bible says in Ezekiel 18:23, "Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?" says the Lord GOD, "and not that he should turn from his ways and live?" That was the reason why Moses said in Deuteronomy 30:19, "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live." Yes, Jesus Himself came to give us eternal life. He died on our behalf so that we may come out of our sins and live a holy life. My friend, Jihad is not the answer to go to heaven but if we want to go to heaven there is only one condition i.e. our sins must be forgiven. And only God can forgive our sins. Come to Jesus and accept Him as your Lord and Savior and He will give you eternal life. Bible says in John 3:15-16, "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
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|Reviewed by Birdie Houston
|Nice article.......it was well worth the read great job!|
|Reviewed by Masarat Daud (Reader)
|It's a good article Sherly, very well written. I got frsutrated myself of all those misconceptions going around about Jihad, hence I also wrote an article on Jihad which is on my website. Do comment.|
|Reviewed by ANONYMOUS
|“Jihad” like many others here said it,
means “struggle”/“strive”/“endeavour”/“work hard”.
I'm not exactly a person who is quite expert
in the term of linguistic. But personally
I think that the Arabic word “Jihad” is
around equivalent toward the Japanese word “ganbatte”.
Anyway. In regarding the word “Jihad”,
some people these days have been mistakenly its means,
it's “strive”, NOT “strife”!
You might strive in a strife.
But you don't always strife in a strive.
Anyway. Toward muslims the term
“Jihad fisabillah” is regulary heard.
Note: The term “muslim” is a general term,
and it's also can be applied toward Christians,
who are also muslims.
“Jihad fisabilillah” means “strive in the way of God”.
“fi” = “in”
“sabil” = “way”
“illah” = “God”
What is “the way of God”?
It can be many things.
Like trading for example, many good things
can be gained from trading goods.
Another example would be serving people.
Like a waiter in a restoraunt example,
It can be spreading the words of God.
Telling people what Gods have said
to us through Jesus and Muhammad.
Note: I think that “sabillah” if in Japanese
means “Shinto”, which also means “God way”.
So as you can see, most of the terms used
in Islam is quite a general term.
As for wars in Islam.
Yes. Muslims are told to go to war.
Whom should they fight?
The ones that fight them!
In Al Baqarah paragraph 190.
It was said that muslims should have war
on those who had a war on them.
And it's also mentioned that muslims
should haven't gone over the limit.
And God doesn't like those who have gone over the limit.
And what one can be consider as gone over the limit?
Fighting those who didn't fight them!
What about peace?
In Al Anfaal paragraph 61.
If the enemy leaned toward peace,
muslims are also told to leaned toward peace.
I suggest that you should readed the Qur'an more.
As for the event in 11th September 2001.
There are so many weird things that happened in that day.
I suggest that you should review on what happened in that day.
If you think that the United States would let
a renegade foreigner flying in their airspace
without being dealt in a strict manner.
|Reviewed by Leroy Solomon
|Jihad is wrong. Killing others for stupid reasons is not the way. Those 19 hijackers as well as those suicide bombers in Isreal (and others in the past) got a rude awakening when they got to that hot place called hell, where they're buring for eternity...|
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|thought provoking article and comments thread
please check out my work: mj hollingshead i am a writer.... don't know why the gremlin only shows me as a visitor!
|Reviewed by Sherly Isaac
|You are wrong when you say that Bible is equally blood. God of Bible never said to kill innocent people. God gave 10 commanments and one of the commandement was in Exo 20:13 "You shall not murder."
There is no stupid claims in the Bible. Bibel uses the comman term which is still in use, like "Sun set" and "sun rise". Yes, there are 4 corners of earth i.e. North, South, East and West.. so where is the stupid claim?
You said that, "Jesus said "Thos who would not let me rule over them, bring them and slay them before me."
When did Jesus say so? Jesus did not come to kill but to give life - eternal life!
Actually there is nothing to read in your book or articles.. they are all based on misconception because you never read the Bible nor know who God is?
Thanks and God bless
|Reviewed by Sherly Isaac
|Thanks for your comments! Well, Quran gives more than 16 references of killing innocent people and Hadith also says that those who will kill or do wrong will be going to heaven. How can a person will go to heaven by killing someone?
|Reviewed by Sherly Isaac
|It is a nice attempt to show what Jihad is but your article does not cover all the aspects of Jihad. Furthermore, you could have put the quotes from the Quran in quotation marks and you could have quoted many more verses from it to establish your argument.
Secondly, like the Koran, the Bible is equally bloody, and also makes stupid claims, such as the sun revolving around the earth, which we know is not true. You also introduce Jesus into the equation, but Jesus said "Thos who would not let me rule over them, bring them and slay them before me." so using Jesus as a role model is simply naive to say the least.
Read some of my articles on both subjects, Christianity and Islam for in-depth lessons.
|Reviewed by Hamza Mahmoodi
I have given you a ten for your article, cause I am glad you wrote it and gave me a chance to explain to you what 'jihad' is. Firstly Jihad means struggle as you said. It is derived from 'JEHD" meaning struggle. The first and 'higher' Jihad is what we call 'jihad - fe - nafs' i.e. struggle against ones desires. It also includes controlling ones anger. I was although disappointed that even though those idiots did such horrific acts in NY on the 11th you still believe them when they say they do it for God. Once more. 'Allah' means 'the God'. To say, that Islam says kill all those who do not obey Allah i.e. Christians and Jews..? Christians and Jews are the 'ehl - e -kithab'. The believers!. I would like to correct you when you say that Jihad is the most important religious act in Islam. It is not even included in the five pillars of Islam, how can you say it is the most important act?? Please. believe me, as a Muslim. ISLAM means peace. HOW in your 'logic' can you justify such inhumane acts with a 'religion'?. Evil has no religion. nor does goodness.
The Verses you have quoted are out of context. I have been hearing them time and time again.
Once again. Jihad is struggle against ones desires. 'Holy war' would translate to 'Harb al Muthaqin' or something!
I hope you understand