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Islamic Jih

Islamic Jih

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INTRODUCTION
Islam in its form or present structure and practice by Muslims worldwide, is that religion which depends or stands on all submission to the will of God or Allah. Islam is a theocentric religion that is knitted together whether socially, politically, economically, environmentally, religiously that involves all aspects of transactions between Muslims to Muslims, and between non-muslims as stipulated in both the Quran and the Hadiths. Any Muslim who knows exactly what Islam is all about, will know his/her limit in the context of the Quran and where there are no limits for a Muslim to operate within the context of the Quran and Hadiths. There are things that God revealed to the Prophet of Islam, Mohammed Ibn Abdallah (PBUH) that gives every Muslim a clear picture of what Islam exactly is. And for a Muslim to live a practical life or an exemplary life of a Prophet and a Muslim, the Hadiths or sayings of the Prophet of Islam are there for a Muslim.
The Abrogated or the Abrogative Verses of the Quran
There is a subject in the Quran that some Muslims understand while others misunderstand. That subject has created controversies and divisions among Muslims, and immediately after the death of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)
 
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and after the compilation of the Quran and the Hadiths. And that subject is the issue of the abrogated and the abrogative verses in the Holy Quran whereby some verses are abrogated by some other verses in the Quran. The Quran itself and the Hadiths testify to this truth where other Islamic scholars vary from numerous verses that are abrogated. Some have more verses abrogated. Some others disagree on the same verses not abrogated.
Is Jihad Abrogated or not in Islam?
Here in this write-up, we are not going to discuss the subject of abrogation in its entirety but we will narrow the discussion and base it on the subject of Jihad, whether it is true that Jihad is abrogated in the Quran or not; and which of the Jihads is abrogated in the Quran. Is it the Jihad by words, or is it the Jihad with wealth? Is it the Jihad of the heart, or is it the weaponry Jihad? We will let the Quran and the Hadiths speak for themselves. And we will allow Muslims and Muslim scholars to tell us which Jihad is sanctioned by God and which one is not sanctioned by Allah through abrogation Should we say what Muslim fundamentalists, extremists, radicals or jihadists are fighting today in the name of Jihad is contextual to Quranic and Islamic teaching on Jihad? To those Muslims who are saying that Jihad has been abolished in Islam, what are their grounds for saying that? Do they have the Quranic or Hadith backups for their claims or
 
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not? And to those who claim that Jihad in Islam is still viable or acceptable today, meaning it has never been abrogated by any verse within the Quran, do they have their Quranic and Hadith backups? And to Christians or non-muslims who vehemently reject the issue of Jihad from the Islamic perspective, especially the Jihad of arms struggles, is it a misconception of the Islamic subject on Jihad or is it the lack of the knowledge
of the Quran and Hadith’s teaching about the subject, or are
they only coming from the Christian perspective of the New Testament? By ignoring the Old Testament aspect of the Holy War which are almost alike with that of the Muslim Jihad of Holy war in the Quran and the Hadith.
The World View Misconception of Jihad
The subject of Jihad in both the Quran and the Hadiths is not a subject of confusion or controversies but an issue of understanding the subject in its context. The interpretation of the subject in its context and the application of the subject in its context by individual Muslims or the entire Muslim community at large. The issue here is this, whether Muslims, Christians or other non-muslims understand or misunderstand the subject of Islamic Jihad in these four perspectives of Jihad or not, the Quran and the Hadiths are all clear about the subject. But whether Muslims or non-muslims, the issue of Jihad should not be narrowed to some

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