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Jihad is "the most misunderstood concept of Islam," says Indian Muslim historian
Jihad Watch ^ | 1/4/2014 | Robert Spencer

Posted on 01/04/2014 7:17:10 PM PST by markomalley


"Everything is a jihad — pursuit of education, earning a living and fighting your egos. But, now, it is the most misunderstood concept of Islam." This recalls Hamas-linked CAIR's cynical and deceptive ad campaign saying that jihad was taking the kids to school and getting in one's exercise. This was widely taken as evidence of "reform" and "moderation," and Pamela Geller and I were excoriated for criticizing the campaign.

However, the central fallacy is this: the fact that jihad can be "pursuit of education, earning a living and fighting your egos" doesn't mean that it is not also what a manual of Islamic law certified by the foremost authority in Sunni Islam, al-Azhar, as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy said it is: "Jihad means to war against non-Muslims" ('Umdat al-Salik o9.0).

"Jihad most misunderstood concept of Islam: Historian," from TNN, January 4:

CHENNAI: Jihad normally evokes images of bearded men shaking their fists, smoke bellowing from two towers and hooded men wielding grenade launchers. "So ingrained is the fear of the word that my lecture in Chennai almost got cancelled after some people raised concerns over jihad being the topic," historian S Irfan Habib said on Friday.

In the city to deliver a lecture organised by the Islamic Forum for the Promotion of Moderate Thought, Habib, a historian of science and political history who holds the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad chair at Delhi's National University of Educational Planning and Administration, questioned the stereotypes and the propaganda shrouding Islam.

"Believers have started taking religion so seriously that it has become an obsession," said Habib.

Islamic jihadists would certainly be well-advised to stop taking their religion so seriously.

The 60-year-old who has authored several books on the history of science quoted from the Quran, saying the text primarily promoted independent thinking. "Ijtihad — independent thinking and reasoning — was given priority, but over the years radicals have conveniently buried this term and pushed for collective thinking, which continues to be the way of life for many who follow the religion."

Ruing that Islam had moved from being a religion to a ritual of sorts for many, he blamed leaders who interpreted the scriptures based on their convenience. "It is sad that many Muslims in the country don't know Arabic and hence the real meaning of the texts eludes them. The Quran must be translated into local languages, that way the scriptures won't be an enclave of the select few," said Habib.

"The problem is people are too scared to question. That should not be the case. By not questioning negativity shrouds Islam," he said.

Why are people too scared to question? Maybe because it is forbidden in the Qur'an: "O you who have believed, do not ask about things which, if they are shown to you, will distress you. But if you ask about them while the Qur'an is being revealed, they will be shown to you. Allah has pardoned that which is past; and Allah is Forgiving and Forbearing. A people asked such [questions] before you; then they became thereby disbelievers." (5:101-102)

"Everything is a jihad — pursuit of education, earning a living and fighting your egos. But, now, it is the most misunderstood concept of Islam," Habib said.

If everything is a jihad, that would include warfare against unbelievers as taught in the Qur'an and Sunnah, as well as by all the Islamic schools of jurisprudence.


TOPICS: Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: taqiyya

1 posted on 01/04/2014 7:17:10 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley
The problem is that it is quite well understood.
2 posted on 01/04/2014 7:18:50 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: markomalley

No, I think maybe we understand it just fine.


3 posted on 01/04/2014 7:19:23 PM PST by DemforBush (Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream?)
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To: markomalley

This guy says “Everything is jihad.” Fine; since this is war ...


4 posted on 01/04/2014 7:23:42 PM PST by Ken522
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To: markomalley

Why is an Indian a Muslim?

Jihad.

The kind with swords, and lakes of blood, and piled heads, and burned temples and palaces, and raped slave women, girls, and boys, still crying for their slaughtered families.

That kind of jihad.


5 posted on 01/04/2014 7:27:15 PM PST by heartwood
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To: markomalley

That’ll be reassuring to the millions slaughtered tortured and enslaved by the monstrous evil that is Islam.


6 posted on 01/04/2014 7:29:04 PM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: markomalley

The guy is obviously a loon and liar. moozlums are correctly understood to be lusting to cut-off nonmoozlum heads.


7 posted on 01/04/2014 7:33:30 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: markomalley

I don’t care if it is ‘misunderstood’. The way it is acted upon displays all I need to know


8 posted on 01/04/2014 7:34:47 PM PST by Nifster
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To: markomalley

How well understood is takkiya?


9 posted on 01/04/2014 7:36:56 PM PST by posterchild
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To: posterchild
Exactly. You can't believe a single word uttered by any Moose Limb. It's their duty to lie.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

10 posted on 01/04/2014 7:42:51 PM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: markomalley
"Everything is a jihad — pursuit of education, earning a living and fighting your egos.

Far too often I have to wage jihad against my hemorrhoids.

11 posted on 01/04/2014 7:50:16 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: markomalley

12 posted on 01/04/2014 8:00:28 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Obviously a flaw in my character which I full well intend to live with.


13 posted on 01/04/2014 8:05:22 PM PST by healy61
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To: markomalley

What I can’t understand is why the human race has allowed so many muslim sonofabitches to live.


14 posted on 01/04/2014 9:23:00 PM PST by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: TigersEye

If GWB had any smarts he would have stopped the immigration of Muslims right after 9/11/2001 but instead he called Islam a ROP.

The rot in government did not start with Obama but is merely perpetuated and intensified by him.

And I fear that even if the next administration is Republican, nothing will change but it will be business as usual.


15 posted on 01/04/2014 9:26:44 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: markomalley

Everything is jihad according to this Indian Muslim historian?

If that’s the case, the word “jihad” essentially has no meaning.

I call taqiyya.


16 posted on 01/04/2014 9:46:28 PM PST by bluetick (If you're going to err, err on the side of liberty.)
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To: markomalley

“Believers have started taking religion so seriously that it has become an obsession,” said Habib.


Well, if you are a believer, you should take your religion seriously. The problem is that when you take Islam seriously, you become a violent savage. The problem is not zealotry, it’s Islamic zealotry.


17 posted on 01/04/2014 10:15:49 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: markomalley

Don’t care what they call it. Islam is from and of the devil.


18 posted on 01/04/2014 11:09:14 PM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: ogen hal

Perhaps what is misunderstood is that all activity is meant to be ordered towards the lopping off of heads as a means of bringing about “peace.”


19 posted on 01/05/2014 3:59:44 AM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: markomalley

The problem for the muzzies is that we get it loud and clear!

Piss off Sparky. We are wise to your game.


20 posted on 01/05/2014 7:37:03 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: 353FMG

I think you’re right and the rot in gov began well before Reagan was pres. who slowed it down more than anyone could have expected but it was just too rotten to reverse.


21 posted on 01/05/2014 12:48:29 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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