When Non-Muslim scholars and researchers bring the topic of Jihad and Violent verses of Quran in front of Muslims, they often accuse us of quoting the verses out of context, they also suggest us to look into historical background of the verse. This suggestion is followed by the other, in which they ask us to understand the Quran from an Islamic scholar or Maulanas, who have knowledge about these topic. So this time I thought of quoting Islamic scholars on what they say about Jihad in Islam. The quote will be followed by a brief commentary in Bold.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
As regards jihad, it is to do one’s best to make the Word of Allah, The Most High, prevail, whether by hand, with money or with the tongue. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: “Fight against the polytheists with your money, hands and tongue.” (Reported by Al-Nasa’i, with anauthentic chain of narrations.)
[As per the Scholars the Sahih (authentic) Hadith says that Prophet commanded his followers to fight against the Non-Believers with Hand, i.e by fighting them and killing them. This is done to make the word of Allah, i.e. Qur'an and Allah's religion Islam most high.]
Jihad with hand is fighting against the polytheists and the people of the book and others, to make the Word of Allah prevail.
Allah says: “ And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah) and (all and every kind of) worship is for Allah (Alone). But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zâlimûn (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.) (Al-Baqarah 2:193)
Allah further says: “ O you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allâh is with those who are the Al-Muttaqûn (the pious).” (At-Tawbah 9:123)
Jihad with money is spending money in the path of Allah. Allah says: “March forth, whether you are light (being healthy, young and wealthy) or heavy (being ill, old and poor), strive hard with your wealth and your lives in the Cause of Allah. This is better for you, if you but knew.” (At-Tawbah 9:41)
[As per the above verses it is clear that Allah commands Muslims to fight Non-Believers because they don't believe in Allah and his Prophet. According to Ibn Abbas the verse 9:123 was revealed to command Muslims to fight all the Non-Believers of Mecca and Medina. He says in his commentary, "(O ye who believe!) in Muhammad (pbuh) and in the Qur'an (Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you) the Banu Qurayzah, Banu'l-Nadir, Fadak and Khaybar, (and let them find harshness in you) toughness from you, (and know) O believers (that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him)) Allah helps the believers: Muhammad (pbuh) and his Companions, by making them victorious over their enemies." [Source]
Allah also wants the believers to help the Jihadi Muslims with their Money as he says in Qur’an 9:41 if they can’t go fight by themselves.]
As regards jihad with the tongue, it is by establishing the evidence against them and eradicating their misconceptions. Allah says: “ So obey not the disbelievers, but strive against them (by preaching) with the utmost endeavor, with it (the Qur’an). (Al-Furqan 25:52)
Allah also says: “O Prophet (Muhammad – SAW)! Strive hard against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be harsh against them, their abode is Hell, – and worst indeed is that destination. (At-Tawbah 9:73)
[About this verse 9:73 Ibn Abbas comments, "(O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers) with the sword (and the hypocrites) with words! (Be harsh) be tough (with them) with both parties with words and actions. (Their ultimate abode is hell) their destiny is hell, (a hapless journey's end) they shall come to."
Repeatedly Allah commands his slaves and Prophet to fight the disbelievers with SWORD, Allah wants his men to kill all those who does not believe in him. There is another very similar command by Allah in Quran 9:29, which reads:-
Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture - [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.
See how much Allah love us, we see the implication of these verses even today. According to some sources over 19534 people are killed since 9/11. [Source] While one other source say, “The number of Christians martyred by Islam is 9 million [David B. Barrett, Todd M. Johnson, World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2200, William Carey Library, 2001, p. 230, table 4-10].” Koenard Elst in Negationism in India gives an estimate of 80 million Hindus killed in the total jihad against India. [Koenard Elst, Negationism in India, Voice of India, New Delhi, 2002, pg. 34.] Jihad killed the Buddhists in Turkey, Afghanistan, along the Silk Route, and in India. The total is roughly 10 million. [David B. Barrett, Todd M. Johnson,World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2200, William Carey Library, 2001, p. 230, table 4-1.] Still we are forced to call this religion, as a RELIGION OF PEACE.]
Qatada said: “Fight the Kuffa with the sword, and be harsh in talking with hypocrites.”
You have to now brother, that jihad in Islam is of great importance. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: “The highest level of Islam is jihad in the part of Allah.” (Reported by Ahmed and Abu Dawud.)
[This we have understood in last 1400 years, that JIHAD and Killing of Infidels is the basic necessity of Muslims all around the globe.]
The Muslim nation became weak and injustice and mischief in the land became widespread when Muslims left their religion and abandoned jihad against their enemy. Allah says: “ Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people, (At-Tawbah 9:14)
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: “ When you enter into the ‘Inah transaction (kind of forbidden transaction), hold the tails of cows (and oxen), become pleased with agriculture (i.e. being engaged with worldly matters), and give up conducting Jihad, Allah will make disgrace prevail over you, and will not withdraw it until you return to your religion faithfully.” Narrated from Ibn Omar and reported by Abu Dawud and others.
Allah knows best.
Now we have understood what Jihad is, and its practical implications are. We also need to re-check the authentic sources of Islam, i.e Quran before calling it a religion of Peace and Love, and calling Muhammad and Noble man and a Mercy to mankind.
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