What Is JIhad
December 17, 2006 8:46am CST
In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, and may his peace and blessings be upon Muhammad and upon his household and companions, and all those who follow him. The Muslim world today is faced with tyranny and injustice. Indeed oppression and hardship is not just limited to the Muslim world, rather many non-Muslim states are subject to oppression at the hands of the world’s leading military and economic powers. Anyone who cares can only be saddened and hurt by the pain and suffering that accompanies so many faces. Islam has allowed jihad as a means to prevent oppression, yet the Muslims have forgotten this for too long. Though jihad may be a part of the answer to the problems of the ummah, it is an extremely important part. Jihad is to offer ourselves to Allah for His Cause. Indeed, every person should according to Islam prepare himself/herself for jihad and every person should eagerly and patiently wait for the day when Allah will call them to show their willingness to sacrifice their lives. We should all ask ourselves if there is a quicker way to heaven? It is with this in mind that this booklet is being published. It may be asked of ourselves and others here as to why we remain in this country while there is so much opportunity for reward. It is our understanding that today’s problems does not require the one solution whether this be jihad, working for the khilafah, purifying ourselves etc. but rather our situation today requires action on all fronts. Everybody has a role to play in today’s great jigsaw, those who are attempting to establish the Islamic state have to continue doing so focusing their minds onto such a project, those who are faced with tyranny at the hands of neighbouring armies have to defend themselves with their lives and those that have the opportunity of giving Islam to the world should do so.. This is an important booklet for three reasons: firstly, it deals with an important issue - that of jihad. Secondly, it is important because it has been written by one of the most prominent Mujahideen of this century - Imam Hasan al-Banna, and thirdly it is important because it deals with an issue that the ummah seems to have misunderstood or forgotten. Imam Hasan al-Banna is the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of the pioneers of today’s Islamic revival. It is a shame that so many people are unaware of this man and his contribution towards what we see today. It is the right of the contemporary Muslim generation that they should have access to the writings of this great reformer; especially on this important topic. The Imam, may Allah bless him, shows us that ultimately, and insha’Allah (God-willing) time will be a witness to this, only Islam can save mankind from itself. And jihad on the individual and international scale will be a necessary part of this process of change. The Imam himself was assassinated in 1949, aged 43 years. It is a testimony to his character that Allah answered his duaa’ that he made at the end of this work. May Allah accept our efforts and may Allah similarly accept and answer our duaa’. The Qur’an on Jihad ‘Jihad is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike something which is good for you and that you like something which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.’ (Surat-al-Baqarah (2), ayah 216) ‘O you who believe! Be not like those who disbelieve (hypocrites) and who say to their brethren when they travel through the earth or go out to fight: 'If they had stayed with us, they would not have died or been killed,' so that Allah may make it a cause of regret in their hearts. It is Allah that gives life and causes death. And Allah is All-Seer of what you do. And if you are killed or die in the Way of Allah, forgiveness and mercy from Allah are far better than all that they amass (of worldly wealth etc.). And whether you die, or are killed, verily, unto Allah you shall be gathered.’ (Surat-aal-Imran (3), ayah 156-158) Notice how "forgiveness" and "mercy" are associated with slaying and death in Allah's way in the first verse, and how the second verse is does not refer to this because it is devoid of the idea of jihad. In this verse, there is an indication of the fact that cowardice is one of the characteristics of unbelievers, but not of believers. And notice how today the unbelievers seem to be brave and the believers seem to be the cowards. ‘Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision. They rejoice in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His Bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind (not yet martyred) that on them no fear shall come, nor shall they grieve.’ (Surat-aal-Imran (3), ayah 169-170). Refer up to verse 175 for further information. ‘Let those (believers) who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter fight in the cause of Allah., and whosoever fights in the Cause of Allah, and is killed or is victorious, We shall bestow on him a great reward.’ (Surat-an-Nisaa’ (4), ayah 74) this article is taken from this site, http://www.youngmuslims.ca/online_library/books/jihad/ Please Don't misunderstand JIhad. i want to removes misconceptions about jihad. http://www.youngmuslims.ca/online_library/books/jihad/
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22 Dec 06
We also believe in jesus because he was the messenger of Allah(God), he wan a comman human not was a son of god, do you know that he was a muslim, absolutely he was a muslim and Allah sent him to guide us a right path of worship and teach Islam, but some people did not accept Islam and made a new religion name cristianity, so don't misunderstand us we all worship to only one God and his name is Allah, thanks buddy.
• United States
17 Dec 06
Any article that touts the ideology and contributions of Hassan Al-Banna is obviously whack. He founded the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group. Osama Bin Laden's second in command and leader of ideology Ayman Al-Zawahiri was in the Muslim Brotherhood. THe "religious reformation" that this article talked about is about the current backwards growth of the Islamic faith. Less tolerant, less friendly, more aggressive. The Goals of the Muslim Brotherhood were to spread Islam by all means across the entire world. Although jihad means struggle, today it is aptly used in the context of Islamic terrorists that commit their jihad in attacks.
18 Dec 06
In fact I didn't mean the 1st article (I haven't read it anyhow, too long LoL) I on't know a lot about Hassan Al-Banna or the Muslim Brotherhood but I mostly liked the comments especially those specifying that jihad is not only armed struggle, it even means muslim's struggle against evil in his self ...
17 Dec 06
i want to add with some words for this topic....when we talk abt jihad stereotypely people will look up for the war....but jihad is not only in that border. for an example those who leave in such peace country..in this case my country.no war at all...so ..do they don't have any chance to be in the jihad??? this is my main point--- as a muslim we cld do many things that cld be considered as jihad... for young muslim that still be a student--- study smart n hard to get as much as knowledge and result. we pray that we study for Allah n for the gudness of the ummaah. we need to be brilliant enough in order for us to invent something new (for the gud things) n of course to protect ourselve... for the adult community---- like doing the job, do the job with such sincere heart,work in passion and pray that we work for Allah..so the results are we r performimg such a splendid performance and quality..it makes the country will be even better, more develope n many more(in my case---my country is a muslim country).in the other word the community bring the gudness for the country..so it just make another gud n peaceful muslim country.... wealthy-- Allah never ask us to focus only to akhirat...that's why there's a phrase in Quran..dunia wal akhirat.. and also for fardhu ain n fardhu kifayah..n many more things that been briefed in Quran...so in this case muslims must work hard.work for Allah,to earn much profits...if we r keep in poor hw come we cld be a strong ummah..n if there's some of our brothers who need help especially in materials so hw come we cld help them since we r poor enough???? there r many more things....i really hope the jihad word will be not only in the war border...we must recorrect the mistake n misunderstanding abt jihad.. it's really important in order to create such excellent n more valueble ummah...amin ya rabbal alamin...
17 Dec 06
If you don’t understand seriously about Islam (Jihad and Polygamy, for example) and you will argue with your just opinion, please, don’t make any argumentations here (even you give some advices, - like a cleverest man - no!). Ask to the highly competent person who really knows with Islam. Make your discussions with him/her/them on the other place!!! Don’t make more hatred! Just like a donkey (or monkey). They always follow what the master says. Yes, yes, yes…But don’t know the meaning is.
• United States
30 Dec 06
Jihad in Arabic means "holy war" but in the times now, it is being abused by those whom are not educated in the true meaning of it, u take each Islamic country for ex: are they really practicing the real Islam? no, they are putting the traditions mixed with Islam, most non-muslims are confussed by the term Jihad, most see it as a terroist act, which in fact how it is being used now it. There are certain guildlines in which a Jihad can be used, one is u can not haram any trees, fields, or live stocks, anouther is u must not hurt women and children, merchants and homes, and the jihad must be fought on neautral grounds. one must not take ones life for the sake of a jihad, for our lives shall be taken only by the hands of Allah when one is ready. So if one really reads the Koran and does not follow books that were written after, you shall find the true meaning of Jihad.
17 Dec 06
You don't know what is jihad. jihad does not tell us to kill any human. i have already defined what is jihad, jihad mean struggle for peace. islam teaches us to live with peace and give peace to others. if some one thinks negative about jihad its mean he don't want peace and he don't know what is jihad. jihad is absolutely good thing, you should study about jihad , some peoples are trying to bring jihad means in negative point like you. but they don't know what is jihad. do you know INQALAB( Revolution )? this is also a type of Jihad.
18 Dec 06
you do not like the muslim religion its mean you don't like peace, you don't like human, yoou don't like love, you don't like this world, you don't like God , you don't like any good thing so you should die because you have no good aim in your life. you don't like muslim i don't like you. i think you should leave this forum . if you don't know about any religion so don't abuse it. this is truth that you are not a good person. i don't have any religion. so i hate you . don't abuse here. Islam is ideal religion , no religion is better than islam. islam is for all. islam means peace. wel i don't like to talk to you more. don't arg just get out from this discussion. You are not human you are only evil. so we should jihad against you because you don't respect any religion . you should die die and only die . Muslims are great, Brave, Peaceful, . wel you are really bad person . I hate you. don't more abuse about my religion . huh!
18 Dec 06
I agree, because some muslims hurt other people and say that it's Jihad, well that is absurd. How can it be for Islam when you go out putting bombs on a public place that hurts innocent people? I certainly hope that they will be properly educated by true muslims.
17 Dec 06
Islam has to be the one of the worst tyranies known to mankind. Forcing people to follow a ridiculous man-made false religion through persecution has to be the sickest thing I have ever heard of. The religion of islam is simply indefendable.
17 Dec 06
Islam is a great religion. i know why are you saying that, because there is alot of misconceptions about islam in different countries. but actually islam teaches us to give peace and love to every human . islam is a great religion for every human. This is truth. islam is not a terrorist religion, islam is peaceful religion. if you translate the word islam into english its means peace . so jihad mean struggle for peace and love and ignore bad thinkings. you should visit my discussion http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/449861.aspx thanks. please don't misunderstand islam and jihad.
18 Dec 06
if islam was to give peace and love to every human being whay the arab countries are fighting to exterminate Israelis? Just like Hitler who wanted to exterminate all jews from the earth so also arab states want to wipe out the jews of israel. what is the difference?
17 Dec 06
Ok let me get you guys this thing clear jihad is actually a holy war against the evils and the main thing which you all guys missed is Jihad is only obligatory when there is no other way left except war and the top most priority of Jihad is not even a single innocent person is supposed to be killed yes you got that right not even a single innocent person and what we see in modern world is not Jihad at all.
17 Dec 06
you all are misunderstanding jihad means. jihad means struggle not war. war is not jihad , i don't know how to tell you what is jihad. jihad is a struggle for peace , truth, true, love etc. it does not means to kill or war. jihad teaches us how to struggle for peace. http://www.arrahman-arraheem.com/ you should visit this site i hope you will understand every things