I'm a terrorist and an extremist. Cha cha cha!
Lol, I'm not drunk. Seriously, I'm a terrorist and extremist. It's as simple as the meaning of the two words.
People use the words interchangeably with 'Muslim'. I'll just say: well yes, I'm a terrorist, I terrorize people. I terrorize the bad guys, cause I'm an active good guy. For the criminals and wrongdoers, I'm a terrorist. Rest of the guys...I'm commanded:
"On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land." Quran, Chapter 5, Verse 32
So yeah, I'm a terrorist.
Then the idea of extremist. Literally, that's following something in extreme. Well, I do that. (Or at least try to!) I'm extremely honest, extremely kind, extremely helpful, extremely virtuous, and that's fair enough? Eh? So there, I'm an extremist too. But I'm not an extremist in the bad side, because:
"Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors." - Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 190
There, I'm an extremist.
Another misconception people have is that Jihad is holy war, or that Islam believes in holy war. Actually, that's not the case. Jihad is an Arabic word which means to 'strive' or to 'struggle'. So literally speaking, a boy who studies real hard for his Chemistry test, is doing Jihad. In Islamic terminology, that would mean 'to strive/struggle in the way of Allah' i.e. Jihad-fi-sabeel-Allah. And that doesn't imply war anywhere, does it? There are FIVE kinds of Jihad in Islam, and they are:
1. Jihad-bin-nafs (Struggle against one's invalid desires)
2. Jihad bil-lisaan (Struggle with one's tongue, to speak out against wrong, especially to speak the truth in front of a tyrant ruler)
3. Jihad-bin-maal (Struggle with one's resources, to help the oppressed and similar)
4. Jihad-bin-kalm (Struggle with one's pen, to spread the truth through one's writing)
5. Jihad-bin-saif (Your favorite, eh? Struggle with one's sword, to fight in the way of Allah)
Moreover, the word 'holy war' doesn't appear in the Quran! You can look it up yourself, here's an online Quran site:
Thereafter, you should do two things:
1. Call the evil guys of our community militants, cause that we're not.
2. Read up on Islam through the Quran (our holy book) and Sunnah [sayings/life of the Prophet (peace be upon him)] before adjusting yourself to a belief.
So dudes and dudettes, I hope that clears up some of the clutter in your head. For a detail (not very long, trust me) on Islamic rules on warfare, take a look here:
Good day, and Salam (Peace).
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