Saturday, November 22, 2008

What is "Jihad?" Is it "Holy War?" "Inner Spiritual 'Struggle?'" or . . .

. . . Islam's Attempt to Subjugate the whole World to its Own god?

Does Jihad Mean "Inner Struggle?"
Islam is primarily a political doctrine, not a religion. Simple statistics reveal the true nature of the political/religious idea of jihad. When the word jihad is used, Muslims say that there are two kinds of jihad. There is the religious jihad, the "greater jihad" — the inner struggle against personal problems. And the war jihad is the "lesser jihad." The Hadith of Bukhari gives all of the tactical details of jihad. A simple counting method shows that 3% of the hadiths are about the inner struggle, whereas, 97% of the hadiths are about jihad as war. So is jihad the inner struggle? Yes, 3%. Is jihad the war against kafirs? Yes, 97%.
----- Bill Warner
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