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Yusuf Khan

Engineer, Eskom Holdinds Limited

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Jihad, is it a holy battle to cause fighting in this world or to bring about peace?

Jihad is a widely discussed subject, since it deals with a major part of the worlds religious population, Islam. People have misconceptions on Jihad and feel like they should make it safe for the rest of the world by softening its meaning. For a Muslim, Jihad is the most difficult, and rewarding of activities during our lifetime.
Peoples view can only be clarified with proper evidence and talking about it. Id appreciate knowing what you guys think and if you are prepared to learn more about the reality of things.


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      Apr 5 2013: Thank you for your feedback and understanding. The fighting that you hear about across the world is being done by Muslims who claim that it is in the name of Allah. Please note that none of these 'wars' that are fought are being done as a conquest or to force somebody to do things. Most of the time the it is as a reaction of defense to people attacking their rights, families and beliefs. If somebody is attacked, then surely they are allowed to defend themselves. What we see on the media are mostly propaganda driven stories I feel.
      There are places such as Nigeria where there are Muslim vigilantes 'Boko haram' who go around killing people in their country who they believe are propagating unislamic practices such as prostitution, drinking alcohol and others. Although they may feel that they are doing something noble, it is infact unislamic. Our prophet Mohammed (may peace be upon him) thought us how to live with people who aren't Muslim as he did so in his lifetime.
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          Apr 5 2013: As a Muslim my job is to practice my faith and be the best I can be. My commitment to my community and family in terms of Islam is of respect,loyalty and support.

          The fighting that you elude to across the world which involves Muslims can be many things, but the people who know best of their pains are those that are in it themselves. In Islam we are taught not to judge people to evil or good since we do not know what is truly in their hearts. I cannot objectionably do anything about the fighting in those countries unless I can appreciate what is truly happening there. If the Muslims are in the wrong,it'll be my duty to try and help them find their way. If they are justified it'll be my duty to support them.

          In essence what I'm saying is,if one wants to judge the conflict that is happening,they'll will need a detailed assessment of what is truly happening there. This can apply to any conflict. With half truths and propaganda driven views, we cannot say who is right and who is wrong except what answers our minds have been moulded to view.

          I hope that this is adequate.

          Thank you,
      • Apr 7 2013: "The fighting that you hear about across the world is being done by Muslims who claim that it is in the name of Allah."

        It is unfortunate that the world seems to believe terrorists who claim that their religion is Muslim. Personally, I believe that the religion of every terrorist is terrorism. Terrorists in a Muslim land would naturally claim to be motivated by Islam. Terrorists in a Christian land would claim to be motivated by the Bible. The words of people who advocate violence should not be believed.
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          Apr 8 2013: Goodmorning!

          No, i am saying that i cannot classify what they are doing into Jihad or anything if i don't understand their problems. Its like someone being judgmental about another person without knowing what they have really been through.

          Just a question then, how would you classify as being violent? Would people carrying out terrorism only be doing the wrong thing or is wars carried out by super powers with military strength the ones that are justified in what they do? Who really knows the truth behind the reasons made to fight against people?

          I certainly don't acknowledge that any sort of physical fighting is good, but at the same time i wouldn't want a person to be helpless in a situation when they are being attacked. We live in a harsh world and i know this as a reality to have to live with everyday living in South Africa. People are sometimes killed just because they drive nice cars or are ladies who cannot walk alone or even just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

          Violence would not stop irrespective of religion, what i am rather trying to get across, is the wrong interpretation of what Jihad is to Muslims and hence media mostly use it as a medium to lever hate towards Muslims.
    • Apr 5 2013: Violence can occur regardless of the culture surrounding it. Violence is the most expedient way a frustrated person will try to end their frustration. When a person gives up on peaceful and respectful means to solve an issue they simply want to eliminate the percieved source of their frustration. No matter who you are, what you believe, or where you are from, this is a failure to find a true solution to a conflict. Though while retaliation is also wrong, self defense should never be considered as anything other than the natural reaction to violence.

      "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."
      Isaac Asimov
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        Apr 5 2013: That's a good explanation on violence Chris. Resolution by peaceful means makes the most sense in this day and age where we also appreciate how valuable yet fragile a human life is.

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