we are so anxious to know about Jihadi terrorists, it is also
very necessary for us to pay heed to the doctrine of Jihad
itself, which is the real motive force behind them. It helps
to find a reasonably good solution. Let us, for a change, do
all over the world, the Jihadi-terrorism and militancy is so
rampant that everyday a good part of our exchequer would vanish in
fixing the ubiquitous Jihadis. Learning about their activities,
through the media, has now become a daily routine for many of us.
When we are so anxious to know about them, it is also very necessary
for us to pay heed to the doctrine of Jihad itself, which is the
real motive force behind them. It helps to find a reasonably good
solution. Let us, for a change, do that.
The bitter truth
is that Jihad is a religious war of Islam with those who are
unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad. For Muslims, it is an
incumbent religious duty, established in the 'Quran' and the 'Hadis'
as a divine institution for the purpose of advancing Islam and its
rule all over the world. There is nothing spiritual in it. What is
remarkable, here, is that the verses of the Quran which call for the
Jihad, occur in the al-Madinah Surahs, being those given after
Muhammad had established himself as a paramount ruler, and was in a
position to dictate terms to his enemies.
In the Quran, when
Allah Himself says: "Slay the infidels", it becomes a
justifiable, even an honourable act for the Jihadis to carry out the
mission. "When you meet the unbelievers (in fight)", says
the Quran, "Smite at their necks." Allah has dealt with
this subject at lengh.Then how can the Prophet stay behind?
Many compilers of the Hadis record how the Messenger of Allah
followed these commands. Long chapters are devoted to the subject of
The Prophet is
more eloquent in treating the subject. His decree is:” War is
permanently established until the Day of Judgement." And,”
this religion will ever be established, even to the Day of
Resurrection, as long as Muslims fight for it." The Jihadi who
kills the infidel shall have the right to retain what he has taken
from the man he killed. "If he (the Jihadi) be not killed, he
shall return to his house with rewards and booty, but if he be
slain, he shall be taken to Paradise."
The Jihadi never
goes to Hell, he says. "An infidel and a Jihadi who killed him
will never be brought together in Hell." The Quran and the
Hadis give glowing accounts of the rewards that accrue from Jihad--
booty in this world and paradise in the next. In Paradise Allah
gives many rewards to the Jihadi martyr, and that is greater than
this entire world and all that is in it, says the Prophet. He says
he likes to be killed on the road of Allah and be brought to life
again and again: "so that I may obtain new rewards every
time." Therefore, he orders to his followers: "fight
against the infidels (especially polytheists) with your properties,
lives and tongues."
Just think, how
much encouragement it gives to the staunch believer.
The 'Hidayah', the
most respected Sunni law book elevates this war-doctrine to the
level of a grand political theory. "It is not lawful to make
war upon any people who have never been called to the faith, without
previously requiring them to embrace it...", it says. Reason
for it? "Because the people will hence perceive that they are
attacked for the sake of religion only, and not for the sake of
taking their property, or making slaves of their children, and on
this consideration it is possible that they may be induced to agree
to the call, in order to save themselves from the troubles of
What if any Jihadi
attacks infidels without any previous call? Nothing happens to him
even then. The Prophet himself had set a precedent when he had
plundered and despoiled the tribe of al-Mustaliq by surprise. So,
for Jihadis,"neither fine, expiation nor atonement is
due." In the road of Allah, everything is okay!
conceal the fact that from which source they get orders and
inspirations. Any number of them can be quoted who have demonstrated
that the verses from the Quran and Hadis fit into a doctrine of
religious intolerant war of Jihad. They are reminding everyone that
the days of medieval theocratic imperialism are still very much
alive. Masquerading as religion, the doctrine of Jihad has put the
terrorists on the rampage. Modern democratic and spiritual societies
have a great challenge coming from this kind of barbaric dogma.
(C) G. Anil Kumar