By Abdullahi Aborode
Writing this article to enlighten many about Islam is a Jihad on itself.
In recent years there have been several terrorist attacks in various countries and now these atrocious acts have become rampant in our country (Nigeria). Unfortunately, these acts have been convened by Islamists. It is a blow on every right thinking Muslim, it is a disgrace to the religion and its followers, many have converted to other religions because of these shameful acts and it now raises several questions. Are Muslims Bombers? Are Muslims terrorists? Are Muslims ever peaceful? Etc
First; what does the word Islam mean? Islam is an Arabic word coined from Salam which means peace. That is; Islam means religion/ideology of peace. Why did I use ‘ideology’? Because Islam is beyond religion, it is an ideology; it is a way of life. Now who is a Muslim? A Muslim is a person of peace. I know these definitions are contrary to most people’s perception of Islam but in all conscience it is.
Now questions will be raised in our minds that if Islam was a religion/ideology of peace why are all terrorist’s attack attributed to Islam? Why are there suicide bombers in the name of Islam? Why do they want to coerce the ‘whole’ world to Islam? Why do they do Jihad with the lives of innocent people? There are several questions to be asked but I’ll shed a light to them.
It has been noticed that every suicide bomber and terrorist use the word Jihad to perpetrate evil. It brings another question; What is Jihad? Contrary to definitions circulated among people that lack knowledge, Jihad means THRIVING (note that thriving could mean different things including fighting, struggling, working, spending etc) in the cause of God. Jihad is the Arabic word for Crusade (This is a holy ‘war’ undertaken by European Christians to recover the holy land from the Muslims).
Is Jihad bad or good? It is a very good act to please your God, but your God doesn’t want extremism or excessiveness. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said “Beware of excessiveness in religion. (People) before you have perished as a result of (such) excessiveness”. Let’s also look at Quran 4:171 “Do not exceed the limits of your religion” also in Quran 5:77 Allah warns “O People of the Book! Exceed not in your religion the bounds (of what is proper), trespassing beyond the truth, nor follow the vain desires of people who went wrong in the times gone by who misled many, and strayed (themselves) from the even way”.
Writing this article to enlighten many about Islam is a Jihad on itself. Fighting is only permissible in Islam if you are being fought or oppressed. Now you think, why is fighting even permissible? Relax; your question will be answered shortly.
Many converts, critics and terrorists, quote some part of the Quran as justification for their extremism, they quote Quran 2:216; “Fighting is prescribed for you and you dislike it. But it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and that you love a thing which is bad for you. But God knoweth and you know not”.
They also quote: Quran 2:190-193 190: “Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, But do not transgress limits; For God loveth not transgressors.” 191“And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the sacred mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.” 192: “But if they cease, God is oft-forgiving most merciful.” 193: “And fight them on until there is no more tumult and oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God; but if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression.”
Quran 9:29 “Fight those who believe neither in God nor the last day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by God and his apostle, nor acknowledge the religion of truth, (even if they are) of the people of the book, until they pay the Jisya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. These are a few of the misunderstood parts of the Holy Quran.
The Quran was a revelation that came from time to time depending on the situation in the times of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). In the early age of Islam the Muslims where oppressed by the pagans and Jews in Makkah, for 13 years they were killed and slaughtered if they said they were Muslims, they were ostracized and they had to go to Muhammad (SAW) only at night.
Muhammad (SAW) then wrote King Negro of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia, who was a Christian and they were predominantly Christians) to seek asylum for his followers, the asylum was granted and some of the Muslims went there, some also went out of Makkah to Medina for safety, but the Jews and Pagans kept coming for them and kept killing them, and so the first revelation came in Quran 2:190-193 above for them to stand against oppression and to stand for their rights.
It was their first time of fighting and so they were afraid, they knew the Jews and Pagans were powerful but they needed to stand their grounds so another revelation came in Quran 2:216 above. After various wars against the oppressors they conquered. All Pagans, Jews, Christians etc in Makkah were under the Islamic government of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) but they refused to pay tax (Jisya) as we all know every government would prosecute you if you don’t pay tax, the fight as used in that verse means to prosecute them and get them subdued to the rule of law. Even Jesus said in Matthew 22:21 “Give on to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give on to God what belongs to God”
Unfortunately, these verses have been taking out of context and have been used against the will of Allah. When the bible said in Luke 12:49-53 49 “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50: But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! 51: Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52: From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53: They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Is it proper to capitalize on this verse and preach division? NO! Because it was as well taking out of context.
The Quran and Hadith in no way support suicide, unjust killings, nor terrorism. In Quran 4:93 “And whoever kills a believer (of God and the last day) intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein, and the Wrath and the Curse of Allah are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him”.
Also in Quran 4:29-30 29“O ye who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves in vanities, but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual good will and do not kill yourselves, God is merciful with you.” 30“And whosoever does that (kills self) with aggression and inequity, we will make them suffer in Hell fire, and this is easy for God to do. Also in Quran 5:32 “He who kills a person without (the latter) having killed another person, it is as if he has killed all of humanity, and he who makes one person survive, it is as if he has caused all humanity to survive.”
It has also been debunked in several Hadiths by Muhammad (SAW) that I will quote a few “Indeed, whoever (intentionally) kills himself, then certainly he will be punished in the Fire of Hell, wherein he shall dwell forever” In another one “If somebody commits suicide with anything in this world, he will be tortured with that very thing on the Day of Resurrection”. So does Islam justify terrorism? NO!
The Quranic verses have 3 meanings;
•Allegorical i.e Parable, they may be for a group of people at a moment or for future reasons.
•Symbolic i.e Signs and Stories of things that had existed.
•Direct i.e it suits every situation
Unfortunately, most of Islamists and Muslims don’t understand nor have knowledge of their religion, they are brainwashed by evil-doers. They don’t know the history of their religion; they don’t know the fundamentals and have painted the religion bad across the world.
It is not enough to be an Imam’s son, brother, wife, sister or Imam without in-depth knowledge of the religion. Let us therefore ask questions on what we don’t understand from people that are balanced and just. Knowledge is beyond your dressing; it is invisible but can be seen in people that have acquired it. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said “Acquire knowledge, even if it will mean you go to China.”
My dear readers, Muslims don’t hate Christians, in Quran 9:6 “If one amongst the pagans ask thee for asylum (protection, assistance) Grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of God, and then escort him to where he can be secure that is because they don’t understand.”
I have also compiled some verses of the Quran that denounces terrorism and compulsion in religion here. I’ll update them from time to time as I discover more. I hope I’ve been able to shed light on this issue and we can continue to live in harmony. If you have further questions, mail me on; [email protected]
MAY THE PEACE AND BLESSINGS OF ALLAH BE ON US ALL!
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