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Islam Induction in
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11. HM’s Q: “Across the Centuries” describes the word “jihad” meaning to “’struggle’ to do one’s best to resist temptation and overcome evil.” Doesn’t “jihad” in contemporary definitions mean “violence” and “murder”?
HM’s A: This book defines, “jihad,” in full, as a “struggle to do one’s best to resist temptation and overcome evil. Under certain conditions, the struggle to overcome evil may require action. The Qu’ran and Sunna allow for self-defense and participation in military conflict, but restrict it to the right to defend against aggression and persecution” (“Across the Centuries,” Chapter 3, page 64).
BC Comment: Stop right there. The Quran and Sunna REPEATEDLY state DEATH to all infidels, Christians and Jews. Quoting “Across the Centuries” claim to “restricting violence to self defense” is self-authenticating. Yes, there are verses to that effect in the Quran, as Muhammad was trying to claim he was a prophet to the Christians and Jews. But once rejected, DEATH became the overriding principal of the Hadith and Quran.
HM’s A: This definition of an “internal struggle” was agreed upon by scholars from a variety of institutions, including:
Radical Muslims in contemporary society have used the word “jihad” in a manner that associates it with terrorism and murder. Although some contemporary Muslims may use the word differently, the responsibility of “Across the Centuries” was to define the word on which Muslim principles were built. The contemporary use of the word should be covered in a modern history textbook.
BC Comment: Claiming they gave a correct historical term, and today’s definition is a contemporary version, is not true. The QURAN, the root of “where Muslim principles were built, lists “jihad” many times. Does this word “jihad/strive” sound like it means “internal struggle?” “O Prophet! Strive hard against the Unbelievers and the hypocrites, and be harsh with them. Their abode is Hell,- an evil refuge.” (66:9) For such “elite” historians to claim the meaning of “jihad” has changed is an outrage and a cover up.
HM’s A: Regardless of the present-day actions of certain factions of any culture or religion, it is inappropriate to comment in an ancient history book on the present-day actions of these groups.
BC Comment: Islam began with The QURAN and SUNNA, which describe what “jihad” is, and as HM states, they both “make up the authentic sources of Islamic beliefs and practices”! The presentation of “jihad” in the textbook is where the error lies, and HM needs to admit it. It is a whitewashed fairy tale fed to children as historical fact.
HM’s A: Some readers and critics expressed concern that the textbooks do not make mention of present-day Muslim terrorists or of oppressive Muslim governments. However, this would be no more appropriate than citing actions of the Irish Republican Army, or of Nazis in Nazi Germany, or the Japanese military in the Pearl Harbor Bombing.
BC Comment: True. We don’t need to write current topics in a history book. But we do need to convey historical FACTS, not fairy tales, and “jihad” is NOT limited to “internal struggle.” Does this sound like “internal struggle?”(from the Sunna) ”Allah ‘s Apostle said, “ I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah” (4:52:196) The only internal struggle I see are American’s struggling to accept the reality that a religion hates us purely because we do not believe as they do.