#MyJihad Lies Exposed: The Real Meaning of Jihad, from Islamic Sources

via #MyJihad Lies Exposed: The Real Meaning of Jihad, from Islamic Sources – Atlas Shrugs.

The Meaning of JihadThis is a featured page By Kamala
January 11, 2013

CAIR’s Ahmed Rehab describes their #MyJihad ads this way: “The campaign is about reclaiming Islam, and not just ‘jihad,’ from both Muslim and non-Muslim extremists… Whether it’s the bin Ladens and the al-Qaidas of the Muslim world, or the Pam Gellers and Frank Gaffneys of the non-Muslim world, ironically — even though they come from the two opposite ends of the spectrum — they agree exactly on the same definition of ‘jihad’ and on the same worldview of Islam versus the rest of the world.”

CAIR would have you believe that “extremists” like bin Laden and al-Qaeda are the only Muslims that think Jihad means anything other than to “build friendships across the aisle,” to “not judge people by their cover,” or to “stay fit despite [a] busy schedule.

But if that’s the case, then extremists like al-Qaeda must be running the San Francisco Bay Area Muslim Community Association, the Islamic Circle of North America in New Jersey, the Muslim and Islamic Center in Willowbrook, Iillinois, and the Dar Elsalam Islamic Center in Arlington, Texas.

All of these American Muslim organizations teach and/or promote a book on Islam called Minhaj al-Muslim. This book offers a simple definition of Jihad that has little to do with fitness or friendships:


“The specific ruling of Jihad – which is fighting against the disbelievers and those who wage war against Islam – is that it is a collective compulsory duty.” (Vol. 2, p. 165)


This book is sold by the MCA bookstore, among a small number of “authentic” books about Islam. It’s also sold by the bookstore of the New Jersey chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America.

On YouTube, you can find multiple video lectures of this book, taught at the Dar ElSalam Islamic Center in Arlington, Texas. It’s also taught in a weekly college student “Halaqa” (religious gathering for learning) in Willowbrook, Illinois.

If Ahmed Rehab and Zahra Billoo of CAIR are so worried about reclaiming the meaning of Jihad in America, shouldn’t they start by focusing their energy and money on the American Muslim organizations teaching their followers that Jihad does indeed mean fighting against disbelievers? Or by rooting out the Muslim “extremists” leading Islamic organizations and centers across the country?

It’s telling when they’d much rather focus on demonizing the non-Muslims pointing all of this out.

Read it all here.

14 thoughts on “#MyJihad Lies Exposed: The Real Meaning of Jihad, from Islamic Sources

  1. It does not help when the writer of this item also has a desire on what intepretation of the word “jihad” means.

    What remains is that it is all about expressing your own agenda and the reasons behind what you call it, as what the Islamic texts say is clear enough.

    I dislike CAIR as long as they are linked to foreign investors and politics they are tainted and thus should not have value. Having said that, they are not even close to as nasty as those who try and push the other side of the coin – like this blog.

    Even the most basic knowledge of Islamic texts makes it clear that there are two Jihads (jihad means “struggle”), the Greater Jihad and the Lesser Jihad. The former is the personal jihad (that is the struggle to improve oneself and to be closser to God) and Islamic texts make it clear that Mohammed himself made sure that people understood that it was the more important. The second type is the struggle in defence of Islam.

    Make no bones about it, radical Islamists have used and abused the word to no end, and so has islamophobes like in this article. The CAIR reference above can be interpreted in a dozen ways, not only pro-radical but can in less radical terms as well. “Cutting and pasting to prove a point only proves a lack of evidence.” (well quoted lawyers’ saying”). What he more than likely was saying is that the domination by radical Islamists and radical anti-islam campaigners and organisations is that the values of Salafism has dominated the discussion of what is Islam and the meaning of Jihad and that it should be taken back to what it was (or is).

    The subject is not the problem, the reason and motivation behind this item and this blog most certainly is.

    • Jihad Akbar is deprecated in the legal definition of Jihad given in Umdat al-Salik, the Shafi’i school’s handbook of fiqh, authorized and authenticated by the Sheikhs of Al-Azhar U.

      (O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion. And it is the lesser jihad. As for the greater jihad, it is spiritual warfare against the lower self (nafs), which is why the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said as he was returning from jihad.

      “We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad.”

      The scriptural basis for jihad, prior to scholarly consensus (def: b7) is such Koranic verses as:

      -1- “Fighting is prescribed for you” (Koran 2:216);

      -2- “Slay them wherever you find them” (Koran 4:89);

      -3- “Fight the idolators utterly” (Koran 9:36);

      and such hadiths as the one related by Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:

      “I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform the prayer, and pay zakat. If they say it, they have saved their blood and possessions from me, except for the rights of Islam over them. And their final reckoning is with Allah”;

      and the hadith reported by Muslim,

      “To go forth in the morning or evening to fight in the path of Allah is better than the whole world and everything in it.”Details concerning jihad are found in the accounts of the military expeditions of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), including his own martial forays and those on which he dispatched others. The former consist of the ones he personally attended, some twenty-seven (others say twenty-nine) of them. He fought in eight of them, and killed only one person with his noble hand, Ubayy ibn Khalaf, at the battle of Uhud. On the latter expeditions he sent others to fight, himself remaining at Medina, and these were forty-seven in number.)

      O9.1 informs us that if Jihad is possible but not implemented, all who know of the obligation are sinners and that it must be carried out in every year.

      If none of those concerned perform jihad, and it does not happen at all, then everyone who is aware that it is obligatory is guilty of sin, if there was a possibility of having performed it. In the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) jihad was a communal obligation after his emigration (hijra) to Medina. As for subsequent times, there are two possible states in respect to non-Muslims.

      The first is when they are in their own countries, in which case jihad (def: o9.8) is a communal obligation, and this is what our author is speaking of when he says, “Jihad is a communal obligation,” meaning upon the Muslims each year.


      O9.8 & 9.9 inform us that the caliph makes war on Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians until they submit to extortion fights all other peoples until they become Muslim. Therein is no defensive element, any more than there is in NQ 8:39, 9:29, 9:111 & 9:123. I defy every Muslim and every deracinated Dhimmi on the face of the planet to show me the defensive elements in Sahih Bukhari 1.8.387, 9.92.388 & Sahih Muslim 19.4294. You can not demonstrate the existence of a defensive element in those ayat & ahadith because there is none!









      Waging war against Allah and his messenger is mentioned, along with prescribed hudud therefore, in NQ 5:33. But waging war is not defined there. The definition is given by Tafsir Ibn Kathir and it includes disbelief. If we do not believe in Allah and embrace Islam we are subject to decapitation, mutilation or exile.



      Hedaya, the Hanifi school’s handbook of fiqh, provides added clarity & detail. War must be carried on, at all times, by some party of the Muslims and it is undertaken upon Islam’s initiative, not in defense.

      Let all doubters, dissenters & deniers begin their encounter with objective factual reality on page 140 if Volume 2 and continue with page 141.


      Jizya is a “species of punishment” for infidelity and is imposed in lieu of destruction.


      Jizya (capitation tax) 216
      return for protection
      punishment for infidelity
      and 217
      and, mortifying, humiliating, seize by throat and strike

      Another definition of Jihad is provided by the translators of the Meaning of the Noble Qur’an in their footnote to 2:190.

      http://www.qurancomplex.com/Quran/Targama/Targama.asp?nSora= 2&l=eng&nAya= 190# 2_ 190

      Now prove me wrong. Demonstrate the existence of substantial error and deception in what I have posted by citing relevant & authentic canonical sources and providing links as I have done. I await your forthcoming detailed response, I ain’t holding my breath while I wait.

    • Since you hate this blog (and the facts so much) why don’t you head on over to a leftard blog, say “Puff-Ho” or a pro-islam blog and join your bros at “Islamophobia Today”?

      If not, then take your head out of you ass and smell the coffee. The general interpretation of jihad by the “holy” books of islam and most muslims take jihad to mean warfare, terrorism etc. the majority of the time. If not then why does the koran absolve the handicapped and physically infirm from jihad? Surely they are still able to conduct “inner struggle”.

      You’re wasting your time here. Most of us have done the research and know the facts. It’s you who is deluded and a useful idiot of those who would ” conquer us from within”. I consider people like you traitors.

  2. The correct interpretation is what the common man determines the meaning to be. The non violent is not in use any more. Ask the Wahhabi what it means. These are the least tolerant, and the schools have lobbied to allow them into the USA. No visas are being turned down. — Wait for things to go boom in the night now.

  3. It is not surprising that moslems such as the wahabbis are using their oil wealth and islamic faith to impose their islamic faith and extreme intolerance on us nonbelievers. While the socalled poorer moslems, that is without much political clout pretend to be tolerant for a period of time and then they would show their true extremist ugly intolerant nature and make life difficult for us poor nonbelievers. No visas for all moslems whether they are moslems wahbbi or not.

  4. No visas for moslems whether they are rich or poor. Rich moslems are as nasty and intolerant as those poor moslems, whenever they have the upper hand.

  5. Those moslems don’t have to go to the West to struggle or defend islam. they can stay put in their islamic slums to defend their own predominantly islamic ountries. Those pretentious and nasty moslems don’t have the right to go to the West to wage jihad or whatever. Why do they go to the West to wage jihad ? I have to conclude that those moslems who go to the West for whatever reason, do not have a peaceful lintention.

  6. To all pro-islamists and islamic sympathizers – YOU’RE GOING TO HELL!!!!! Your comments fall on deaf ears on this blog because you’re promoting treason against the one and only system of government which, in fact, assures you the basic right of FREE SPEECH to express your deluded stupidity. YOU’RE BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU!!!!! Duhhhhh!!!!!

    There is no defense WHATSOEVER for the tenets, adherants, defenders, or promulgators of islamic sentiment. THEY, IT AND YOU are all full of the most vile forms of foul excrement that ever proposed to simulate and promote itself as an “enlightened system of worship”. Oh yes, islam is a system of worship alright–WORSHIP OF THE DEVIL!!!!! JIHAD IS THE “MADMAN” INVENTED BY THE DEVIL HIMSELF TO DESTROY EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE WHO LOVES AND PREACHES THE GOSPEL (GOOD NEWS) OF JESUS CHRIST–AND ALL OTHER PEACE-LOVING WORLD CITIZENS AND PHILOSOPHIES!!!!! Oh yes, “HERE COM’ DE JUDGE” AND YOU AIN’T GONN’ LIKE IT NONE WHEN HE SAYS, “DEPART FROM ME, YE WORKERS OF INIQUITY”!!!!! WAKE UP!!!! HELL IS A REAL PLACE FOR REAL SINNERS!!!!! DON’T BE A FOOL! CALL ON GOD TODAY!!!

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