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By Nabeel Qureshi

From New York Times bestselling writer and previous Muslim Nabeel Qureshi comes this own, tough, and respectful resolution to the various questions surrounding jihad, the increase of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism.

San Bernardino used to be the main deadly terror assault on American soil considering that September 11, and it got here at the heels of a coordinated attack on Paris. there is not any query that innocents have been slaughtered within the identify of Allah and within the manner of jihad, yet do the terrorists’ activities truly replicate the faith of Islam? the reply to this query is extra urgent than ever, as waves of Muslim refugees arrive within the West looking shield from the violent ideology of ISIS.

Setting apart speculations and competing voices, what rather is jihad? How are we to appreciate jihad on the subject of our Muslim friends and neighbors? Why is there this kind of surge of Islamist terrorism on this planet this day, and the way are we to respond?

In Answering Jihad, bestselling author Nabeel Qureshi (Seeking Allah, discovering Jesus) answers those questions from the point of view of a former Muslim who's deeply involved for either his Muslim kinfolk and his American homeland.

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On Muhammad’s orders, raiders have been despatched to intercept a Meccan caravan particularly far from the Muslim base of Medina. no matter if by way of Muhammad’s purpose or no longer, the interception happened in the course of a holy month, a time of truce among all Arabs. The Muslim raiders shaved their heads, making it look that they have been on a pilgrimage. Upon considering that the Muslims have been gazing the holy month, the Meccans allow down their shield and started constructing camp. that's whilst the Muslims attacked, killing and shooting undefended Meccans in the course of a sacred time of truce, an excellent sin within the eyes of so much Arabs. while information of this treacherous act reached Medina, even many Muslims have been understandably angry. yet then got here a revelation from the Quran, protecting Muhammad’s raiders opposed to the inquiries of the dismayed: “They ask you approximately struggling with within the holy months. inform them, ‘Fighting within the holy months is a smart sin, yet a better sin is to avoid mankind from following the way in which of Allah, to disbelieve in him’. . . . [O]ppression is worse than slaughter” (2:217). in accordance with the Quran, the Meccan oppression of retaining humans from Islam used to be worse than slaughtering them in the course of a time of truce. This assault by way of the Muslims through the holy month, in no way protecting yet totally offensive, used to be vindicated through the Quran. till this time, Muslims had in simple terms been sufferers, yet now Allah used to be blessing their efforts with spoils. Understandably, Muhammad commissioned many extra raids, and one in every of them inadvertently introduced the 1st significant conflict in Islamic heritage. As Muhammad ordered a raid opposed to a passing Meccan caravan, the caravan commander perceived his probability and despatched to Mecca for reinforcements. The conflict of Badr used to be the end result, and the percentages have been opposed to the Muslims. regardless of the percentages, the Muslims received the conflict, and this victory has been endlessly etched within the spirit of Muslims since it is memorialized within the Quran. As pointed out formerly, the Quran discusses the conflict in its 8th surah, the bankruptcy of the “spoils of battle. ” 8:42–43 describes the scene of the conflict and that Muhammad had introduced the Muslims to assault a caravan in line with a dream that it'd be frivolously defended. Upon arriving, they discovered a wide Meccan military protecting the caravan, and so they fought an unforeseen conflict. 8:7 describes the Muslims, upon seeing the Meccan military guarding the caravan, aspiring to struggle the lesser of the 2 forces, yet Allah meant them to struggle the more desirable for the sake of “the fact. ” This fact, in fact, is that Allah is with the Muslims who fight for him. The Muslims received the higher hand and killed the Meccans, even though it was once no longer the Muslims who killed, however it was once Allah who killed (8:17). The bankruptcy ends through extolling those that emigrated from Mecca and conducted jihad opposed to the Meccans (8:72–75). because of this victory, the Muslims have been emboldened to struggle much more, and the Quran explicitly informed them to be so emboldened: “O Prophet, rouse the believers to struggle. If there are twenty sufferer males between you, they are going to triumph over 2 hundred.

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