October 20, 2010

The Myths of Islam - Jihad Means 'Inner Struggle'


"Taqiyyah" (also spelled 'taquiyya' or 'taqiyya' and also known as 'Holy Hypocrisy') is the art of deception and disinformation. It is a tactic to deceive the enemy; to lull an enemy into a false sense of security that ultimately weakens its resolve.

When a Muslim tells you something positive about Islam, never accept his or her word. They may be sincere, yet ignorant. Or they may be employing "taqiyyah". Either way, non-Muslims should always be on guard against this Islamic tactic to confuse and deceive.

The Myth:

Islam’s Western apologists sometimes claim that since the Arabic word, Jihad, literally means “fight” or “struggle,” it refers to an “inner struggle” rather than holy war.

The Truth:

In Arabic, "jihad" means struggle. In Islam, it means holy war.

The Qur’an specifically exempts the disabled and elderly from Jihad (4:95), which would make no sense if the word is being used merely within the context of spiritual struggle. It is also unclear why Muhammad would use graphic language, such as smiting fingers and heads from the hands and necks of unbelievers if he were speaking merely of character development.

With this in mind, Muslim apologists generally admit that there are two meanings to the word, but insist that “inner struggle” is the “greater Jihad,” whereas “holy war” is the “lesser.” In fact, this misconception is based only on an a single hadith that is extremely weak and unreliable.

By contrast, the most reliable of all Hadith collections is that of Bukhari. Jihad is mentioned over 200 times in reference to the words of Muhammad and each one carries a clear connotation to holy war, with only a handful of possible exceptions (dealing with a woman's supporting role during a time of holy war).

Further Reading:

The Greater-Lesser Jihad Myth (from a Muslim Source)

The Myths of Islam - reproduced in full with permission from TheReligionOfPeace.com.

By DMartyr at 11:02 AM | Comments |