Towards understanding Islam Part 7

Ensuring Socio-economic Justice

Muhammad H. al-'Asi

Rabi' al-Awwal 13, 1434 2013-01-25

Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem. Alhumdulillah. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa alihi wa sallam), his Noble Companions and Family. Dear Committed brothers, dear committed sisters,

The word jihad has become a convenient word to throw at Muslims (and) accusing Muslims of terrible things. Much of these accusations come from one block of people in the world and that block of people has to do with the concentration of power and wealth- these are where the accusations against us originate. Much of this bloc is concentrated in what can be abbreviated as Imperialist and Zionist interests. They say “jihad is a religious holy war.” That’s a lie. There’s no such combination of words in the Qur’an and in the Sunnah. Anyone can read in all of the Qur’an and all of the hadiths and he will not come across these three conjoined words- holy, religious war. It doesn’t exist. When these English words are given their Arabic counterparts (it) would be harb deeniyah muqaddasah. The challenge goes to any thinking person to find any ayah or any hadith that has the combination of these three words in them or the combination of any two of these three words in them. Impossible! They don’t exist! Nevertheless people who have money and they have the media can say what they are saying and (what) they have been saying for quite a long time and they will continue to say this for quite a long time- that is to be expected but we can’t be drawn into their definition or characterisation of jihad. One thing about them is they have their peculiar history. They had a holy religious war. They had it a thousand years ago and they have something along those lines today. So they think that if they have it then others who are “religious” also have it. That is not true. They have their own type of history and we have our own type of history. Then they extend this further and say that this jihad is a form of using force and power to have non- Muslims become Muslims. We’ve explained this previously and we said that this is also a fabrication. There’s no such thing. The ayaat in the Qur’an are clear. Ayah 256 in Surah Al Baqarah.

لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ

There is no coercion in matters pertaining to deen… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 256)

There’s no jihad anywhere in the ayaat of the Qur’an that will mean that Muslims are going to have al ikrah in ad deen, meaning enforcing the deen of Islam on others. There’s no such thing.

In (a) short ayah in a short surah that many of you have memorised by heart we give equal recognition to those who have other deens. This short ayah says

لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ

You have your deen and I have my deen. (Surah Al Kafirun verse 6)

Does this mean that there’s some element of force being used here? But notice that no one cites these ayaat when they speak about jihad. Another ayah in the Qur’an says

وَقُلِ الْحَقُّ مِن رَّبِّكُمْ ۖ فَمَن شَاءَ فَلْيُؤْمِن وَمَن شَاءَ فَلْيَكْفُر

Whoever decides to commit themselves may do so and whoever decides to deny this commitment may do so... (Surah Al Kahf verse 29)

Another ayah in Surah Al Maa’idah

مَّا عَلَى الرَّسُولِ إِلَّا الْبَلَاغُ

The only responsibility upon the Messenger is to communicate this message, this scripture (and) this holy book to the public... (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 99)

How does jihad fit in this? Still, another ayah in Surah Al Ghaashiyah

فَذَكِّرْ إِنَّمَا أَنتَ مُذَكِّرٌ

You raise their consciousness or you conscientise them; you- O Prophet of Allah, is a person who places this information of Allah in the conscience of people. (Surah Al Ghaashiyah verse 21)

There’s a lot of mis-understanding of dhakkir. Dhakkir doesn’t mean, strictly, to remember or to recall as much as it means placing information in the conscience of man. So Allah’s saying to His Prophet no sword, no arms, no weapons, no fighting

لَّسْتَ عَلَيْهِم بِمُصَيْطِرٍ

You are not a person who control them. (Surah Al Ghaashiyah verse 22)

Ayah 45 in Surah Qaf Allah is saying

نَّحْنُ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا يَقُولُونَ ۖ وَمَا أَنتَ عَلَيْهِم بِجَبَّارٍ

We know best what they are saying, you don’t stand in a position of reinforcement by force over their heads or over their lives. (Surah Qaf verse 45)

Introducing this alien definition of jihad in the context of these ayaat makes the Qur’an contradictory, (but) there’s no contradictions in the Qur’an. The contradiction arises from the misunderstanding of these types of propagandists who want to give a picture of Muslims being terror prone.

Another ayah in Surah Al An’am

وَمَا أَنتَ عَلَيْهِم بِوَكِيلٍ

… you are not a person who control them. (Surah Al An’am verse 107)

This further reinforces the meaning that we don’t have supervisory power roles in the lives of others. So the question now becomes what is jihad (i.e.) this word that is bounced around and kicked around so many times to poison public opinion? What does this word mean?

One definition or explanation for it is istifrar al juhd wa at ta’ah fi kulli qawlin wa amal which means you deplete your potential and your capacity in what you say and in what you do- that’s jihad. If we wanted to put it in the language of today, it would be like saying to give it all you got. How does the word you give it all you got become a religious holy war?! Nonsense! Whatever you’re doing, if you are doing it conscious of Allah, in obedience of Allah and if you are giving it all you have- whether you are writing something or whether you are helping someone or whether you are toiling in the field or whether you are sweating in a factory- wherever you are, if you are giving it all you have on a course to Allah that is jihad. That’s why you have many times in the Qur’an

وَالْمُجَاهِدُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ

… exerting your utmost effort and potential on a course to Allah... (Surah An Nisa’ verse 95)

It’s that simple! Giving it all you got and all you have

وَالْمُجَاهِدُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِأَمْوَالِهِمْ وَأَنفُسِهِمْ

… you give it all you got on a course to Allah of your wealth and of yourself or of your possessions and of yourselves... (Surah An Nisa’ verse 95)

There is only one ayah in the Qur’an that describes a jihad with the word kabeer. In Surah Al Furqan

وَجَاهِدْهُم بِهِ جِهَادًا كَبِيرًا

… you do your utmost with it. (Surah Al Furqan verse 52)

It here is in reference to the Qur’an. So here, the Qur’an is the instrument of a grand jihad- a grand exertion of effort and potential. The Qur’an needs explanation, the Qur’an needs contextualisation, the Qur’an needs realisation- all of that is an arena of exerted combined calculated efforts which becomes jihadan kabeerah. There are many ahadith that tell us what and the avenues and the directions of exerting our utmost. A hadith says a person who takes of a widow and a struggling individual is like a person who is on a course of exerting his lifetime for Allah. On another occasion a person comes to the Prophet and talks about al jihad. The Prophet asks him are your parents alive. Her says yes. Then he says for their course and for their well-being you exert all you have or you do all you can do. Where is that notion that haunts the mind of peoples who are consuming inaccurate information that says “jihad is a religious holy war?” Where did that come from? It comes from the interests that are out there that wants to justify a war against us, the committed Muslims. So we have another word which in due time we will clarify. One of the responsibilities at certain times in life becomes that responsibility or the duty to fight. It has its definition, it has its context (and) it has its dynamics. If that is done properly it is a form of jihad. Every qital fi sabilillah is jihad but not every jihad fi sabilillah is qital. This has to become clear. Once it is clear in our minds, we plant the seed to correct the record on what jihad is and what jihad is not.

Dear committed Muslims...

With our open minds and with our concern for the affairs of Muslims we observe how in certain areas there are people who are instigating conflict. In the past week we’ve been inundated with news items and with those who claim they can explain these news items to us about what has happened in Algeria, what is happening in Mali, what is happening in North Africa and they present along the lines of “look at Muslims and their understanding of jihad and look how and what they are doing with it.” We, with Allah’s privileged information, should know better than walking into a trap that they lay out for us. You tell us- militaries, establishments and power structures in Europe and in American are concerned with the well-being of the tawariq, the shifting population in North Africa in the Sahara? They’re concerned with that? They’ve been fighting a war that’s off the radar in the Congo, in Africa where there are diamonds, natural resources; a war that has grinded on for decades with casualties around five or six million. Anyone hear about that? Anyone concerned? No! Why? Because the war, according to these mouthpieces around, is going their way. Their economies is not doing very good. You see what is happening to the economies in the United States and in Europe. They speak about $170trllion- that’s the national debt here in Washington. For the first time in US history the debt has increased the income- these are alarm bells in governmental departments and quarters, (there’s) demonstrations in Europe because economies are failing. So they look for areas in the world that are solutions to their economic problems. They want geographies that have natural resources. So to justify this who comes in handy? The Saudi minions come in handy because they are brainwashed, they are indoctrinated. There’s no education in Saudi Arabia, there’s indoctrination. They are indoctrinated to view the other as a kafir- this other can be outside of Islamic terminology or inside of Islamic vocabulary, Muslims and non Muslims alike due to the information that in implanted in, (what you call), Salafis or Salafi jihadis. Some of them may be very sincere. This is not an area in which we are going to impinge or indict people’s sincerity- this is not the issue. The issue is the role that they are playing in serving the people they themselves classify as enemies not knowing that they are duped to that role. This is what has been appearing on the surface of that areas- Syria is another area, Iraq is another area, Pakistan is another area. All of these areas have been poisoned by the tubes all of which lead back to the universities and the institutions that are called Islamic in Arabia- that’s where all of this is coming from. These people who have these worldwide interests find that these types of Saudi indoctrinated people are a God sent to their policies and to their economies.

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