* Â Quran (4:95) -Â “Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,-“
Srinagar, India (CNN) – A makeshift bomb exploded Friday at a mosque in the summer capital of India’s portion of Kashmir, killing a prominent Muslim cleric who had been a moderate voice in the troubled Indian state.
Shah had spoken out against violence and condemned the stone-pelting of security forces in protests last year as un-Islamic. Â He was a close associate of the Yasin Malik, the president of the moderate pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).
Yet another story indicating why we don’t see more Muslims standing up to jihad violence — aside, of course, from the fact that such violence has plenty of sanction in the Qur’an.
“Prominent imam killed in Russia’s Dagestan,” fromÂ AFP, April 9 (thanks to JW):
MOSCOW (AFP) â€“ A prominent imam who discouraged youth from joining Islamic militants has been shot dead in his home in the strife-torn southern Russian republic of Dagestan, news reports said Saturday.
Magomed Saiputdinov was slain by automatic gunfire in a nighttime attack near the Chechen-border town of Kizlyar, agencies quoted a spokesman for the local interior ministry as saying.
“He was widely known for his uncompromising stand against any forms of violence, condemning the murder of innocent people and other atrocities of the Chechen underground,” Interfax quoted a police statement as saying.
Saiputdinov was the sixth Muslim religious leader to be killed in the republic in the past year, with the previous fatal attack occurring on November 1, 2010, RIA Novosti quoted the National Anti-Terror Committee as saying….
* Â This passage criticizes “peaceful” Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah’s eyes.Â It also demolishes the modern myth that “Jihad” doesn’t mean holy war in the Quran, but rather a spiritual struggle.Â Not only is the Arabic word used in this passage, but it is clearlyÂ not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption.Â (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man’s protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad and this is reflected in other translations of the verse).
Here’s one more:
Quran (2:216) -Â “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”
Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time.Â From the Hadith, we know that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people intoÂ raiding caravans with this verse.
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