November 6, 2012

Behind the Misunderstanding


بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Dengan menyebut nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah lagi Maha Penyayang

We begin in the name of God, the most merciful, the most kind. Peace and blessings on the Prophet's Muhammad s.a.w , Ahlul bait, the companions, Tabi’ tabien and the next the rectifier to the Prophet's struggle until Judgment. Alhamdulillah. In Al Quran, violence is never taught, whereas Islam is peace and prosperity, and God himself are love the peace, too many bad perceptions leveled against Islam itself, a misunderstanding of the Islamic jihad and religious accuse of terrorism but when they return to Al quran and sunnah, one by one they rejected due to the perception of truth comes.



"Islam" and other various Islamic terms and concepts are grossly misunderstood in the West. Muslims can hardly find anyone to blame but themselves because :

(a) they have failed to live by the Islamic tenants in our times.

(b) they have failed to promote understanding of Islam in the West through outreach projects. This brochure is a humble attempt to briefly explain the terms given in the title.

The Institute of Islamic Information & Education (III&E) has published almost fifty brochures and several articles for promoting understanding of Islam among Muslims and non-Muslims equally. Please write to the III&E or visit their web site for more information.

Some of the Islamic Terms :

Islam, means a commitment to live in peace through submission to the Will of God (Allah).
Muslim, is a person who makes a commitment to live in peace through servitude to Allah.
Jihad, means "struggle" and "strive" against evil thoughts, evil action and aggression against a person, family, society or country. 

Mujahid, is a person who engages in Jihad for the sake of Allah according to the Quran (Muslim's source book for guidance) and Sunnah (the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Mujahidin is the plural of Mujahid.

Islamic terrorism, There is no such phrase or term in the Islamic source books of the Quran or the Sunnah and has no place in Islam.

Sunnah: Sunnah is the preferred way of the Prophet Muhammad that includes his teaching. The sources of the Sunnah are authentic Hadith (reports of the Prophet's sayings, doings and approvals) collections.

The true meaning about Jihad is usually associated with Islam and Muslims, but in fact, the concept of Jihad is found in all religions including Christianity, Judaism and political/economic ideologies, such as, Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, etc. Islam defines Jihad as striving and struggling for improvement as well as fighting back to defend one's self, honor, assets and homeland. Also, Jihad is interpreted as the struggle against evil, internal or external of a person or a society. Malaysia one of the countries where participatory government uses the slogan of jihad in the wrong place, at the same time giving the wrong intent who are not Muslim.

Jihad, in Islam, means doing any or all but not limited to the following:

Learn, teach, and practice Islam in all aspects of one's life at all times to reach the highest and best education in order to benefit oneself, family and society. Be a messenger of Islam everywhere, in every behavior and action. Fight evil, wrongdoing, and injustice with all one's power by one's hand (action), with one's tongue (speech), or at least with one's heart (prayer). Respond to the call for Jihad with money, effort, wisdom and life; yet, never fight a Muslim brother, a Muslim country, or a non-Muslim society that respects its treaties and harbors no aggressive designs against Islam or Muslims.Suicide under any pretext is not condoned as Jihad in Islam.

Converting people to Islam by force or coercion is never Jihad but a crime, punishable by law. The concept of Muslim men rushing out to kill themselves to get "70 dancing virgins" in Paradise, is really quite silly. The fact of the matter is, the "companions of Paradise" are mentioned as being pure and so much above anything we might imagine on earth, so as to indicate to us they are perpetually "virgin" and are not "touched" by men or devils.The words "perpetual virgin" even in English, should give anyone the understanding these are not such as we have known on earth.


There can be no mistaking the meaning in the Arabic language as to the purity and innocence of these companions.

The Levels of Jihad.

A personal struggle within one's self to submit to Allah, fight evil within one's self, achieve higher moral and educational standards - Inner Jihad. Jihad against evil, injustice and oppression within one's self, family and society - Social Jihad.

Jihad against all that prevents Muslims from servitude to God (Allah), people from knowing Islam, defense of a Muslim society (country), retribution against tyranny, and/or when a Muslim is removed from their homeland by force - Physical Jihad or an armed struggle. The Quran defines physical Jihad as being the highest level of Jihad that one can undertake. Its reward is eternal Paradise. Muslims also know that all humans are accountable for what they have done during their life on this earth. Muslims will be asked about what they did with their lives and their level of submission to Allah on the Day of Judgment.

What..does jihad mean holy war? In Islam, there is no such thing as holy war. This terminology was generated in Europe during the Crusades and their war against Muslims. Islam recognizes Jews and Christians as the "People of the Book" because they all follow the Prophet Abraham, believing in Moses' and Jesus' teachings. For many centuries, Muslims have peacefully coexisted with Christians, Jews, and people of other faiths, maintaining social, business, political and economic treaties. Islam respects all humans and faiths as long as there is no religious oppression, forbidding Muslims from serving Allah, preventing others from learning about Islam, and not respecting treaties. For more information on the topic of Jihad see the brochure Jihad Explained or request brochure #18 from the III&E, the publisher of this article.

Who is authorized to call for Jihad as a war?  the point is  jihad must be performed according to Islamic rules and regulations and only for the sake or in the service of Allah. The physical or military Jihad must be called by a Muslim authority, such as, a president or head of a Muslim country after due consultations with the learned leadership.

What Does Islam Say about Terrorism?

The term "terrorism" does not exist in the Quran or the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. If the terms "terrorist or terrorism" are derived from a verb used in the Quran, such as 5:33 describing a "Muslim's" terrorist acts, it is in condemnation and prescribes most severe punishment. Islam is a religion and a way of life that does not separate politics from religion. Islam is a religion of mercy, unity and most importantly peace with one's self and others, to defend not to fight. Allah said in His Book the Quran: 


"Fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not begin aggression, for God loves not aggressors." [Quran 2:190]

"If they seek peace, then seek you peace and trust in God for He is the Hearer, the Knower." 
[Quran 8:61]

The Quran and Sunnah encourage Muslims to respect the life and property of all mankind. In an Islamic State these rights are considered sacred, whether a person is Muslim or not. Islam protects honor, forbids insulting others, and/or making fun of them. Islam rejects certain individuals or nations being favored because of their wealth, power, and/or race. All Muslims believe that Allah created all humans free and equal, only to be distinguished from each other on the basis of God-consciousness or piety and never on the basis of race, color or ethnicity. Islam is a practical religion that respects all human beings and it was revealed for all mankind. Its message is that of peace and submission to Allah. Muslims believe in all the Prophets mentioned in the Bible, and the Quran. The Quran shares many moral teachings of the Old Testament and the New Testament. These three religions (and their books) were founded upon the revelations by One True God, Allah.

Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness. If an individual Muslim were to commit an act of terrorism, this person would be guilty of violating the basic tenets of Islam.

Wallahu'alam.