Jihad.. Please don’t scream.

This is a super long & a very personal rant, about something that really hurt the depths of my soul & made me feel miserable. 

So, I’ve seen alot of hate spewing venom, being spurred at Muslims & calling them ” Jihadis” & ” Terrorists”. Ergo, I thought.. Why don’t I enlighten the unaware lot?? 

I, saw a certain gentleman on Facebook , hurl expletives at another person, just because the other guy was a Muslim?? 😱😱 Calling him, a ****, blah, blah, & born & bought up as a Jihadi?? 😳😳🙄🙄 And something like all Muslims are terrorists in disguise. 

Ummm… Dude, just because I wear camouflage military prints to sleep, doesn’t make me a commando on call. 😒😒 

🤓🤓 Do I look like it? Do I? Do I? 

Jihad.. That dreaded word!! It’s pretty dreadful innit?? I mean that word & you’re picturing bombings, kidnappings, killings, diasporas, blood curdling screams, fear, disgust, etc.. Just to name a few of those spiralling emotions toiling your brain. 

Jihad.. Why do Muslims do it?? Why are they so heartless?? Why can’t they get a life… Ooh!! Probably in a jihad, they take a life?? Bwahahahahaha?? 😂😂

Funny?? I say ” Absolutely Not”!😒

Do you know, what’s the similarity between Jihad & Karate?

Aaahh… See?? Karate & you’re thinking of the fit  “Chans & Lees” 💪🏻💪🏻🏆 “Heeyyyaaahh!!”

Jihad & Karate follow the same basic principle, “Defend thyself”. That’s it.

Jihad is “The defense of oneself”,  from “Illicit desires, the prompts of the Satan, the barbarism of your enemy, against injustice, etc”. That is jihad. 

Murdering people, butchering innocents, killing anyone in your grasp.. ISN’T JIHAD!!  It’s brutality, it’s murder, it’s execution, it’s homicide, it’s manslaughter…but not JIHAD.

For us Muslims, even a Monk, is a Jihadi. For the humble reason that, he fights desires of this world, to be one with God. For us Muslims, even a woman fasting at the comfort of her home is a jihadi, as she strives to please God & family. A young, handsome man, who retains his modesty & lowers his gaze, while seeing a beautiful lady is a jihadi, because he fights his desire to ogle at the lady. *hoot hoot* 🤐🤐 Nope. No whistles & hoots Sir!!

These struggles, these dilemmas, these continuous self checks, these on the loop appropriate behaviours are the true definitions of jihad.

The past few years, have seen that word JIHAD blow outta proportion. Like seriously people, it’s really getting stale now. How long, just for how long will hatemongers paint Muslims with the same brush? First, I was hurt, then I was angry & at last.. I just became numb. 

No, we aren’t taught the art of slitting a carotid along with making play doh figurines. 

No, we don’t have lying as a part of our religion… The taqqiyah which people keep putting across, every other day. At, the risk of sounding stupid, I hadn’t even heard of it, until someone posted a huge rant on how “Muslims believe lying is a part of Islam”?? Really?? Wow… Why wasn’t I ever taught that? 🤔🤔

And no, the Peekaboo game, didn’t mean that,  we were slim shadies, lurking in the shadows.. Always stalking you😭😭 It wasn’t a precursor to being a conspiracy genius. 😵😵

As Islam, (if hatemongers would ever wanna really do their homework) is a religion of peace & tolerance, the question was raised, whether we could retaliate to injustice or when an enemy attacks. The answer was yes, you could. A military form of war for your SELF DEFENSE was called as jihad too & is known as the “Smaller Jihad”, the “Bigger Jihad” being the control over oneself. 

That Smaller Jihad was never encouraged, but if it had to be done, then under a lot of limitations. A few of them are: 

  • You have tried to peacefully reconciliate, yet the opposition stands dead against, only then can any force be used. 
  • You have politically, diplomatically & legally tried to come to a solution & yet the opposition is against. 
  • No children, women, invalids or old people to be hurt. 
  • War victims to be given immediate care. 
  • If, opposition calls for a truce during war, the truce must be accepted then and there, without further damage. 

Pardon me, but just about every religion, gives its followers the right to defend themselves. Correct me, if I’m wrong. I don’t intend to hurt anyone. Whether, it’s Christianity, Hinduism, Jewism, Sikhism, etc.. They all allow their followers to protect themselves from harm. What they don’t allow is baseless or vengeful MURDER.

The Quran states that,   “If, any of you kills an innocent then it will be as, you have killed the whole of humanity. And, if you saves any, it will be as if you saved the whole humanity”.  

I see a lot of the educated & broad minded coterie of people, actually see & voice their opinions very strongly against this discrimination. It makes me feel nice, that there is awareness about this particular aspect. The intellectual lot know better than to just blindly label, everyone in the same category. I’ve personally seen, so many good hearts, chide at their mates for being biased & labelling Islam as wrong. My deepest respects for those people, that just goes onto show how refined they are.

All religions have extremists, people who have their own interpretations of the religion. Much like, that pesky rebel brother/ sister. Who is the black sheep of the family. Someone who upsets & brings a bad name to the family. 

Does that mean, that the family is wrong or does that mean, that the individual is wrong? It’s the latter of course!! 

We as a community, do feel disturbed, hurt, ashamed & humiliated by the acts that are done in ” God’s name”. It upsets us that, a fraction of Muslims.. Have represented us all?? How?? Even the fingers of your hand aren’t the same.

 We don’t throw gala events or host piñata parties, when some part of the world mourns. We mourn along with you. We pray for you. We pray with you. 

Terrorism, has no religion. Let’s stop giving terrorists, the luxury of possessing a religion. Feel free to call a terrorist as a terrorist & not as anything else.

We, can’t do this alone. We need each one of you beautiful people, to stand with & by us & tell the hatemongers, that you’re with us in this fight against TERRORISM!!


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52 thoughts on “Jihad.. Please don’t scream.

  1. I don’t know much about the meaning of jihad, so it was interesting to read your comments on it. What I do know, though, is that it is idiotic to blame all Muslims for the actions of a group of terrorists who represent nobody but themselves.

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      1. You’re very welcome. I feel it’s a shame that it’s even necessary to say stuff like that. It should really be obvious to anyone with any sense, but it doesn’t always seem to be for some reason.

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  2. This is such a beautiful post. You said it so beautiful –terrorism has no religion 🙂

    I was not familiar with the higher meaning of Jihad so you have enlightened me. Thank you so much 🙂

    I wish you all the best 🙂

    May peace be upon all of us 🙂

    Love and light ❤

    Anand 🙂

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    1. That was so sweet of you Anand.. Thank you for stopping by..

      Jihad.. Really is all about self control and not giving into your desires. But, the fanatics have presented, some other story to the whole world.. 😢😢

      Sending best wishes!!

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  3. What a wonderful post. .loved the details and Islam is peace. .totally unfortunate for ones who are deprived if sanity to think and rambling negativitism. .Allah he pochay ga

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  4. Lovely post Noorain. Just because of some people we can’t blame all religion. No religion teach us to do war or to kill the people…World want peace not war…Noorain thanks for writing such a nice post…

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  5. All time hit post, my views are same hate terrorism not religion. Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib ( AS ) said 1400 years ago that our enemies are not Jews or Christians, but our enemy is our own ignorance.

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  6. The few who don’t respect life. Want to create chaos. Every life had value. Terror in any form is to cause separation. Stop the funding of people who think murder is the way to peace. Any person who support terror with gun. Should be punished. It seem the governments who control our world need a enermy to make the common folks blind to the sickness, hunger and homeless. I truly believe only one race or culture can stop the terrorist in the Middle East. The Arab countries must. Old wise saying. Too many hands in the soups. Messes up the soup.

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  7. As always, a very enlightening post my dear! Thank you for sharing the true meaning of Jihad and for what your religion truly stands for. We have so many muslim friends and they are of the exact same opinion as you, my dear. No one has the right to categorize one religion as bad just because of the horrendous wrong doings of some people. Much love to you my dearie!

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  8. assalam dear sobiya….
    really very nice of post….
    u described it very well…..obviously jihad is self defense ….but jihad is also striving against INJUSTICE…..whether it is on yourselves or any other,irrespective of their religion.struggling for Justice is also ‘Jihad’.
    I think I making sense……
    thank you!

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    1. Waalaikum assalam wrwb!! Thank you so much for your esteemed feedback.

      I, completely understand & agree with what you think. Yes, jihad is striving against injustice too!!

      Please do keep coming back.. Subscribing to you!!

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  9. This is an incredible post. I have Muslim friends who I work with and often wonder how they deal with the vitriol they must hear on a regular basis whether in the streets or online. People need to grow up, read, educate themselves, and broaden that crucial thing called perspective. Stay strong lady!

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