Jihad and Terrorism
Shah Anowar Siraj
Often, many people conflict between the terms Jihad and Terrorism. They describe both of Jihad and Terrorism are the same thing. This is not just a claim of Non-Muslims; rather it’s also claimed by our new generation of Muslims. It’s nothing but their misunderstanding. Therefore, we have to know what the reality of Jihad is, and also we have to define the Jihad and describe the difference between Jihad and Terrorism.
In a common sense generally a person can know that the difference between both of them is a big one. Nowadays, the image of Muslims has become like a nation that is imagined with terrorism and violence. At airport’s around the world, even in the Muslim country from Asia to Europe, the Muslims are specially checked. In the countries of the world where they live, they are kept under special scrutiny followed up by the government. People of other nations view Muslims with suspicion, and it is thought that if Muslims live in an area, there must be some conspiracy against the followers of other religions. The social media also has let no stone unturned in insulting Islam. Similarly, we cannot ignore the fact that a section of Muslim is not only misleading Muslim youth by misinterpreting of the Qur’an, Hadith and Islamic rules but it also gives the world a chance to doubt Muslims and Islam. So yes, the holy Qur’an has commanded Jihad definitely, but its purpose is not to spread unrest in the world, but to save human being from it. Its purpose is not violence but to end violence.
However, the verses of Jihad are repeatedly placed in front of the world by the enemies of Islam, and it is tried to show that these verses of the Qur’an are the cause of unrest, anxiety, and disturbance in the world. There has been getting similar enemies of the Islam in their demand for the removal these verses from the holy Qur’an and demand that let the children be deprived of the education of these verses. Re-read and understand those verses where Qur’an has commanded Jihad. Do any of these verses say that Muslims should oppress anyone in the name of Jihad, resort to violence and harm the common people? Actually there is not a single verse in the entire Qur’an which commands oppression and violence. Today, when they hear the name “Islam”, soon they attribute it to terrorism.
A German Muslim scholar answered in live TV show which was seen by millions of people. He was asked about Terrorism and Islam. And then He asked several questions: 1.Who started the 1st and 2nd world war? Was it Muslim? Who killed about 20 millions of Aborigines in Australia and more than 100 millions Indians in North America? Was it Muslim? Who sent the nuclear bombs to Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Was it Muslim? Who killed more than 50 millions of Indians in South America? Was it Muslim? Who took about 180 millions of African people as slaves, of whom 88% died and were thrown in the Atlantic Ocean? Was it Muslim? How strong his answers were! And I shall say that, who has persecuted Muslim in the world as Rohingya and forced to flee their home, country and everything, and raped them repeatedly? Was it Muslim? Who has been persecuting the Muslim of Kashmeer for thousand years? Was it Muslim? Who has attacked the Muslim of New Zealand in the mosque? Was it Muslim? No, doubtless they were not Muslims. First we have to define terrorism properly. If a non-Muslim does something bad, it is a Crime but if a Muslim commits the same act, he is assumed as Terrorist. So, remove this double standard then come to the point. The reality of Jihad is that if the lives, faith, honor and dignity of Muslims as a nation are seriously endangered by any other group or individual, then they should strive for its protection.
Definition of Jihad:
The word Jihad derived from Juhdun ((جهد its literal meaning is to strive or struggle, but it is not necessary to take up the sword or arms in this endeavor. Our Islamic scholars have mentioned that Jihad which can be done with knowledge, it is also considered that Jihad which can be done by spending money for sack of Allah, it is also done by pen, mouth or heart. So, the person who reads the articles so far can undersstand that Jihad that comes after all is the Jihad with the sword or arms as the last step. This procediure is not for a single person; rather it belongs to the Islamic State or a central authentic (with specific criterions) Leader.
When the lives of Muslims living in any Islamic country are in jeopardy, there is no other way to protect their faith, lives, wealth, and their honor and dignity, then that is the only way left to save their rights. The United Nation also authorizes to protect these rights. If America’s existence be in danger won’t they fight against it? If the mass people are killed, will not they come to the battle field? Had not India fought wars in its history? Do not the other religious books of the world allow self-protection? So, then what is the reason to blame specially Islam with Terrorism by the term Jihad?
The difference between Jihad and Terrorism has a vast range. If we think on the aims of Jihad and Terrorism, then that will become clear like the daylight. The aims of Terrorism are earning money as wealth, occupying the government, establishing own power and the kingdom of itself nation, and making other nation as slave and so on. But the purposes of Jihad are giving the freedom to humanity, repelling oppression, and establishing the equality and justice. Therefore, blaming Islam with terrorism is nothing but nonsense!!!