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Jihad Debate: Is it Imperialism or Self-Improvement?


Davi Barker, writing at Patheos, concentrates on attempting to discredit Pamela Geller
with adhominem attacks while projecting that tactic onto her.

  • “Anti-Muslim
    demagogue,
    Pam
    Geller

    • “blows
      a wad of cash”

      • “on
        an ad (hominem) campaign against 
        Islam,”
      • “critical
        of the boogeyman Muslims she imagines under her bed”

Preferring to debate the issue rather than
personalities and process, I left the following comment, which was not
published.  Since I am writing on my own blog and a few friendly
blogs where I can use html and won’t be censored, I am adding
hyperlinks to my sources so that readers can verify the quotes and
examine their context.

Adhominem attack is against the debater
not her facts: you labeled Geller “bigot”.

You denounce ‘violent extremists’; do you denounce Muhammad bin
Abdullah,
who dictated & dispatched extortion letters1 demanding Jizya, then
followed up with his army, slaughtering, dispossessing and enslaving2
those who refused to submit ?  Muhammad said that he was “raised
for jihad and not for tillage”3, “sent with a sword to see that
none but
Allah is worshiped4
and “commanded to fight”5 with men.  He
also said that he was “made victorious with terror”6
but you can not
denounce him as a terrorist.

Who is better qualified to define Jihad: you or two who translated the
Qur’an?  “Al-Jihâd
(holy fighting) in Allâh’s Cause
” [Hilali/Khan
2:190]7.
Who is better qualified to define Jihad: you or the
Shafi’i school of Islamic law?

Jihad
means to war against non-Muslims
,

and is etymologically derived from the word

mujahada, signifying warfare to establish the

religion.” ” [The Reliance of the Traveller, Book O9.0,  p. 599]8

Who said this: “(This is also a part of the war booty you earned.
Verily, I have no share in it, except my own share, the fifth
designated to me. Even that fifth will be given to you (indicating the
Prophet’s generosity). Therefore, surrender even the needle and the
thread, and whatever is bigger or smaller than that (from the war
spoils). Do not cheat with any of it, for stealing from the war booty
before its distribution is Fire and a shame on its people in this life
and the Hereafter. Perform
Jihad against the people in Allah’s cause,
whether they are near or far
, and do not fear the blame of the
blamers,
as long as you are in Allah’s cause. Establish Allah’s rules while in
your area and while traveling. Perform Jihad in Allah’s cause, for
Jihad
is a tremendous door leading to Paradise.
Through it, Allah
saves
(one) from sadness and grief.)” 9 ?

Who said this: “(The greatest of all things is Islam, its pillars are
the prayers and its
pinnacle is Jihad for the sake of
Allah
.)”10?
Who knows better what Jihad is, you or the
founder of Islam?

If Jihad means Jihad an Nafs: struggle against ego
& temptation, why are the various books of Jihad in hadith
collections predominantly about raids & conquests?


  1. http://alquraan.net/letters/letters_1.html
  2. Surah Al-Ahzab 33:26-27
  3. Ibn Sa’d’s KITAB AL-TABAQAT AL-KABIR Volume 1,
    Parts 1.25.7
  4. The
    Benefits of Iron, Tafsir Ibn Kathir
      http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir//57.52680.html
  5. http://www.muslimaccess.com/sunnah/hadeeth/abudawud/014.html#014.2635 

    http://www.muslimaccess.com/sunnah/hadeeth/bukhari/052.html#004.052.196

  6. http://www.muslimaccess.com/sunnah/hadeeth/bukhari/052.html#004.052.552

    http://www.muslimaccess.com/sunnah/hadeeth/bukhari/007.html#001.007.331
  7. http://www.qurancomplex.com/Quran/Targama/Targama.asp?nSora=
    2&l=eng&nAya= 190# 2_ 190
  8. http://www.shariahthethreat.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/reliance_of_the_traveller.pdf#page=617
  9. Ruling on the Spoils of War (Ghanimah and
    Fai ), Tafsir Ibn Kathir http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir//8.20194.html
  10. The State of the People of Faith and
    Their Reward Allah states: Tafsir Ibn Kathir http://www.islam-universe.com/tafsir//32.41021.html

 

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