True meaning of jihad

2015-12-16 06:00

I AM responding to Imraan Khan’s letter dated, 26 November in the Fever.
Yes, according to what you have just explained – jihad has a wide meaning in Islam. You indicated that the Western media has portrayed the Middle East crisis as the enemy.

You indicated that jihad means to struggle and strive against one’s passion and you further say that jihad is a Muslim’s purest sacrifice – to live a perfect life and submit oneself to God as stated in the Quraan. If that is true then what about the mayhem that is taking place in the Middle East and various parts of Africa. The Middle East crisis and the rest of Africa is in turmoil and the world is waiting for a war.

Just recently I was in Brussels – my wife and I were entertained while on a trip to Germany, Switzerland and Austria. I was detained by the authorities at Brussels Airport because the authorities thought I was a Pakistani.

You further stated that Islam prohibits the killing of non- combatants. Could you please tell me why the Middle East and parts of Africa is in such disarray and mayhem. I am desperate and want to know what is happening. The outside world wants to know if there is a tangible solution to the Middle East crisis and other parts of Africa.

JJ Pillay Via email

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