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ihad is one of the five pillars of Islam. Four others are namaj (prayer five times a day), roza (fasting a month every year), hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca once in life for the rich) and Zakat (poor-tax [at]2.50)-Ma Areful Quran by Mufti Muhammad Shafi at page number 1080. There are about 277 verses on Jihad in the Quran. The Prophet said, "By Jihad Islam is established, Allah's word is made superior and His religion is propagated. By abandoning Jihad, Islam is destroyed, and the Muslims fall into inferior position, their honour is lost, their land is stolen, and their rule and authority vanish. Jihad is obligatory duty in Islam for every Muslim and whoso tries to escape from this duty, does not in his innermost heart wish to fulfill his duty, dies with one of the qualities of a hypocrite.




There are 277 verses on the holy Quran, directly and directly dealing with Jihad. It refers to striving hard for establishing justice and equality in the society, and ending exploitation of man by another. It does not in any way promote useless bloodshed and tumult in the society nor does it endorse mischief making.




Jihad should be interpreted in terms of the Quran and the life of Hazrat Muhammad (SM), the Seal of the Prophets. As it stands for justice and equality against evils, it needs a sagacious political force, which will guide the people on the right track. It is not possible for an unaware and imprudent leadership to attain that object. To attain that thing, there are number of stairs of which right to defend with arms is the last. Schooling is the first step of Jihad. One who is learned, and understands the Quran well and has studied the life of the Prophet meticulously can guide the people and make them conscious of their responsibilities. Every human being must have interest in learning as the Prophet (SM) said: Learn from the cradle to the grave. He added, "It is incumbent upon every Muslim man and woman to acquire knowledge. Even if it is necessary, go to China." The word 'China' means in the context of those days remotest area.




The first word revealed to the Prophet (SM) is Ikrah. It means 'read'. The Prophet (SM) said: The learned will stand next to the prophets on the Day of Judgment- Mizan.




One having writing capacities can use his pen to write articles and essays on the Quran and the Prophet, and can use his wisdom for enriching the mental faculties of the non-Muslims through different media and format. Mass communications in various formats can be used in preaching the ideals, thoughts and teachings of Islam as detailed in the Quran and as taught by the Prophet (SM).




The Quran says, "Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and argue with them in the best way."




Whoso among them returns to Islam should be given social security. And among the




Muslims, who neglect the religious rituals, should be reminded of the punishment of God. But under no circumstances, a non-Muslim shall be forced to accept Islam nor a Muslim be compelled to perform religious rituals, but force can be applied in refraining one from committing crime publicly.




Al-Quran has repeatedly stressed upon doing good to other people. It spreads the fragrant of Islam and softens the hearts of the non-Muslims. The Quran says," The Mercy of God is nigh to him who does good to others"-7/56. Again, "Allah loves him who does good to others"-5/94.




There are about 100 verses on social obligation. The Prophet said, "He is not true Muslim who eats to his fill, but his neighbour starves.'




He said: Feed the hunger, attend the sick and release the (innocent) prisoners." The Prophet asked the owners to give part of their profits to their workers as they give labour."




Right to defend oneself in the face of aggression is universal right. The Quran says: Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but exceed not the limit."-2/190. By transgression of the limit, the Prophet meant the killing of the unarmed civilians, the women, the children, the crippled, the priests; and destruction of economic and commercial establishments.




As arms are required to repel an armed aggression, arming oneself is universal right. The Quran says, "Take precautions, then advance separately or advance in a body" -4/71. The word 'precaution' refers to equipment with arms of all categories, 'separately' means guerilla warfare while 'in a body' refers to total war. Elsewhere the Quran says, "And whoso defends himself after he hath suffered wrong, there is no blame in it" -42/41. The next verse cautions man against infringement upon rights of others. The text is: The way (to blame) is only against those who oppress people and revolt in the earth unjustly."




Jihad must be waged if a Muslim country is subjugated by a foreign power and in the Muslim country where there is no justice and equality. The israeli aggression against Lebanon justifies building of strong armed forces.




Jihad strives hard to establish justice and equality in a society, and to end evils and exploitation of man by another. The Quran says, "O ye who believe! Be upright for Allah, bearer of witness for justice, and let not hatred of people incite ye to act inequitably. Act equitably, which is nearer to piety,'-5/8. In every state, there are governor and the governed. The duty of the governor is to look after the well being of the governed. The Quran says, "Surely Allah commands you to make over trusts to their owners (people) and that when you judge between people, judge with justice,"-4/58. The word 'trust' bears massive meaning. It means right to live and let live. To attain all these, Jihad is must.


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Let us ponder on: "ihad is obligatory duty in Islam for every Muslim and whoso tries to escape from this duty, does not in his innermost heart wish to fulfill his duty, dies with one of the qualities of a hypocrite."



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