Throughout history extremism has been a part of religion in some shape or form or fashion; most often due to the misinterpretation of scriptures to fit a single person’s personal agenda.
According to The Free Dictionary, the definition of fundamentalism it is defined as “a religious movement or point of view characterized by a return to fundamental principals, by rigid adherence to those principles and often intolerant of other views and opposition to secularism.”
To be able to win a war we need to be able to identify our enemy. The current battle being fought around the world is against radical fundamental Islam.
Muslim fundamentalists have taken the definition of Jihad to a different level from it’s original meaning to use it for their political agenda to justify their acts of terror.
According to the website Just Islam, Jihad is an Arabic word from the root Jee Ha Da. It literally means to struggle or strive. Jihad is struggling or striving in the way or sake of Allah. Jihad takes a very important status in the doctrine of Islam and is one of the basic duties for every Muslim.
AnsweringMuslims.com lists three stages of the call to fundamental jihad:
When Muslims are completely out numbered and can’t win a physical encounter with non believers, they are to live in peace with non-Muslims and preach a message of tolerance. I interpret this as trying to make the country’s law fall under sharia law.
When there are enough resources to defend the Islamic community, Muslims are called to engage in defensive Jihad. My own interpretation would be the “lone wolf ” attacks that are currently happening in America.
When Muslims have established a majority and achieved political power in an area, they are commanded to engage in offensive jihad. Example of this is full-fledged, combat Hamas who has achieved political power ordering their militias to send rockets into Israel, as well as the current conflict in Syria.
The United States, with the right tools and education, still has a great chance to defeat radical Islam. There are many Muslims who are good and who do not live by fundamental Jihad. By interacting with these Muslim communities who do believe in peace rather than just being tolerant, we can begin to build a level of trust and understanding that will help to overcome the influences of the radical fundamentalists, and would also put us in a better position to help these same Muslim communities publicly condemn acts of radical Islamic terror. On the other hand, if these levels of fundamental Jihad continue to be ignored because of the fear of being called racist, it will only continue to worsen.
Reprinted with permission TheConservativeUnderground.
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