Jihad

The word jihad (Arabic: جهاد‎, jihād) or “struggle”, has carried two mutually inclusive meanings over the centuries. By one meaning, jihad is the rejection of worldly ways to achieve spiritual depth, an individual struggle to attain righteousness in the eyes of Allah. This rejection inevitably reflects and encourages the alternative meaning of jihad that is the duty of all Muslims to aid their faith through armed conflict. It is carried out by Muslims in an effort to expand territory at the expense of territories not ruled by Muslims in which they see as unjust regimes. This is not counter to Islamic teaching, it is a mirror of Muhammad, living just as he had done during his lifetime. Within this facet of Islam anyone who is not a Muslim is called kuffar, or “foreigner.”

Muslim clerics (imams), tribal chiefs (sheiks), and political leaders have portrayed jihad as a natural progression of a Muslim’s life for the sake of the global Ummah (community or nation). The ummat al-mu’minin (community of believers) under a type of theological-political (Wahhabi Islam-Shari’a law) structure is used to bring the world under one Islamic banner transforming it into truly Ummah Wahida (One Community).

Shari’a

Islam has mandatory highly specific legal and political principles for political governance of an Islamic society, called Shari’a (Arabic: شريعة, Sharīʿa) which means “way” or “path.” The specifics of Shari’a law are understood by way of the Qu’ran, the Sunnah and Sira of the Prophet Muhammad as well as the major schools of jurisprudence over the centuries that have developed law precedent. There is no separation between the religious and political within Islam; Shari’a law effectively becomes the legal code ordained by Allah for all mankind. To deviate from, to not of ever had, or to be in support for government reform against Shari’a law is to blatantly dismiss Allah, which causes adherents to attain this change not only through politics but combat.

Abrogation

Abrogation is followed by the majority of Muslims through four schools of thought of Islamic jurisprudence called the Hanafi, the Maliki, the Shafi’i and the Hanbali. The jurisprudence of Shari’a law reaches a conclusion based upon Muhammad’s life and interaction with Allah as all Islamic teachings should. Essentially laying out a principle that allows harmony through chronology among contradictory verses within the Qur’an.

106. None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things?

Imran Ahsam Khan Nyazee explains abrogation as follows;

The Law was laid down in the period of the Prophet (peace be unto him) gradually and in stages. The aim was to bring a society steeped in immorality to observe the highest standards of morality. This could not be done abruptly. It was done in stages, and doing so necessitated repeal and abrogation of certain laws.

The first jihad

The first major jihad was by the Arabs in 622-750 AD. The culmination, after many years of ghazi infiltration into France the Muslims mounted a large force and headed toward the French city of Tours. The Battle of Tours in October of 732 AD in modern north-central France follows a history of the Umayyad Dynasty’s expansive victories in Europe beginning with the Visigoth Christian Kingdoms of the Iberian peninsula, modern day Spain and Portugal, in 711 AD. Charles Martel (of the Franks) ultimately defeated the Muslim army that had invaded France.

Counter-Jihad: the Crusades

The Crusades for the Holy Land by Christian kings, knights, and soldiers was to reverse Muslim empire expansion and lasted 200 years (1095-1291 AD).

The second wave

The second major wave of jihad was by the Turks from 1071-1683 AD. It ended at the Battle of Vienna (September 1683) against the Ottoman Empire when once again a Christian army stopped Muslim expansion.

A third wave?

Multiple Western commentators allege that a third wave of jihad is now under way. If so, it does not involve mass armies. Instead, individuals or groups are perpetrating acts of sabotage and/or murder. Roots can be seen even in this “third wave” as far back as Muhammad’s time in Medina. A modern understanding of the United States being targeted for the support of Israel can be attributed to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, United States Senator and candidate for the Presidency of the United States. This event took place on June 5, 1968, one year to the day following the Six-day War between Israel and various members of the Arab League. The perpetrator of this act, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, is now serving a sentence of life imprisonment in the State Prison at San Quentin, California.

Violent Jihad

The next three decades saw more acts of this kind. The targets of these acts have been either citizens or soldiers of the Republic of Israel, or citizens and lawful residents of other Western countries, especially the United States.

At present, Islam has no speaker-for-all who is universally respected and acknowledged as the most authoritative interpreter of the Qu’ran, or commander-in-chief of any “army of Allah.” Yet at least two men now pretend to be that speaker-for-all. One, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is, to be sure, a head of state. Some military analysts have alleged that he is conducting jihad by proxy, against forces of the United States and its allies within Iraq and providing technical support for Al-Qa’ida in Afghanistan.

The other, Osama bin Laden, is the founder and presumably still the head of a secret network of irregular combatants, or “terrorists,” known by its Arabic name of Al-Qa’ida (literally, “The Base”). He was trained specifically during his involvement with the combatants Mujahideen of Afghanistan that managed to repel a Soviet military lacking guerrilla training for 10 years (1979-1989). Through tribal lines Tajiks (from Tajikistan), Uzbek’s (from Uzbekistan) and Pashtun’s (from Eastern Iran) formed the Northern Alliance with a capital being Mazar-i Sharif (north-west) while the Taliban, a mostly Pashtun Sunni Islamist political movement based on Shari’a Law concentrated power in Kabul with its capture in 1996. Later recruiting and more financing by Bin Laden developed Al-Qa’ida, in which found safe haven in Afghanistan, enabling it to perpetrate a number of acts of sabotage and mass-murder in the last decade of the twentieth century. It then opened the twenty-first century with a spectacular and shocking incident of hijacking multiple American airplanes, four in total and crashing them into specific targets killing mostly civilians. This happened on September 11, 2001 in New York at the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and in a field near Shanksville rural Pennsylvania where passengers fought back crashing the plane in the aftermath.

What shocked the world was that it occurred in American territory. Western forces, mostly American, have sought to hunt Bin Laden and frustrate his operations throughout the world ever since. Rumors have Bin Laden ill or dead of end-stage kidney disease.

Cultural Jihad

A cultural jihad is the act of disseminating propaganda and Qur’anic support for a specific, violent type of Islamic theological and legal or political domination. It has created a need for a type of reformation within the global Muslim community.

They ensure jihad by molding the education of young Muslims with Wahhabism, originating and propagating from the funds of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through primarily oil. The Tawhid, a major tenet of Wahhabi defines all that a man should believe such that Allah is a unique and singular God. Secondly there is Shari’a, which is a legal framework to dictate all he or she should do in their public and/or private life. Also chief among radical modern Wahhabists is the encouraging of infiltration and destruction of the Jews, specifically of the present Republic of Israel, or “Palestine” as they insist on calling it today. The other objective is the destruction of the United States and other countries that embrace freedom and a representative republic rather then a totalitarian Islamic rule. Those for which Islam is a religious and political system superior to that of, and should replace already established, legal systems in non-Muslim majority countries have been termed Islamists.

Brave reformers of Islam try to make themselves heard to denounce the acts and objectives of specific terrorist organizations and the extreme version of Islam they propagate. The Western civilization rights of human freedom, specifically religious freedom and woman’s rights within Muslim majority countries are routinely violated in which reformers often speak out against as well.

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