Sunday, 10 July 2011

In June, the Muslim women’s group Inspire launched a ‘jihad against violence’. The group said: ‘Although jihad means a struggle in the way of God, it has been hijacked by extremists, who have attempted to use it to justify holy war.’

According to the Islamic law book Reliance of the Traveller, one type of jihad, the greater jihad, fits the group’s description exactly—‘spiritual warfare against the lower self’. But the other type, the lesser jihad, involves ‘war against non-Muslims’; the book explains that the verb from which ‘jihad’ is derived means ‘warfare to establish the religion’.

So, by attempting to prevent violence, the group is disregarding Islamic teachings, which are directly inspired by the word of Allah: ‘Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it’ (Qur’an 2:216) and ‘Kill them [the unbelievers] wherever you find them’ (Qur’an 2:191).

Another of the group’s objectives is to end domestic abuse but, again, they find themselves in conflict with Allah. One of the Qur’an’s infamous verses, 4:34, orders men to punish disobedient women by beating them: ‘As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.’

The best of British to Inspire as they take on the Muslim male, Islam and Allah himself.


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