Is the Fighting in Gaza a Justified Jihad in Islam?

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    What is Jihad?

    The word Jihad stems from the Arabic root word J-H-D, which means "strive." Other words derived from this root include "effort," "labor," and "fatigue." Essentially Jihad is an effort to practice religion in the face of oppression and persecution. The effort may come in fighting the evil in your own heart, or in standing up to a dictator. Military effort is included as an option, but as a last resort and not "to spread Islam by the sword" as the stereotype would have one believe.

    Answer: The Qur'an describes Jihad as a system of checks and balances, as a way that Allah set up to "check one people by means of another." When one person or group transgresses their limits and violates the rights of others, Muslims have the right and the duty to "check" them and bring them back into line. There are several verses of the Qur'an that describe jihad in this manner. One example:

    "And did not Allah check one set of people by means of another,
    the earth would indeed be full of mischief;
    but Allah is full of Bounty to all the worlds"
    -Qur'an 2:251

    Islam never tolerates unprovoked aggression from its own side; Muslims are commanded in the Qur'an not to begin hostilities, embark on any act of aggression, violate the rights of others, or harm the innocent. Even hurting or destroying animals or trees is forbidden. War is waged only to defend the religious community against oppression and persecution, because the Qur'an says that "persecution is worse than slaughter" and "let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression" (Qur'an 2:190-193). Therefore, if non-Muslims are peaceful or indifferent to Islam, there is no justified reason to declare war on them.

    The Qur'an describes those people who are permitted to fight:

    "They are those who have been expelled from their homes
    in defiance of right, for no cause except that they say,
    'Our Lord is Allah.'
    Did not Allah check one set of people by means of another,
    there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches,
    synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of God is commemorated
    in abundant measure..."
    -Qur'an 22:40

    Note that the verse specifically commands the protection of all houses of worship. Finally, the Qur'an also says, "Let there be no compulsion in religion" (2:256). Forcing someone at the point of a sword to choose death or Islam is an idea that is foreign to Islam in spirit and in historical practice. There is absolutely no question of waging a "holy war" to "spread the faith" and compel people to embrace Islam; that would be an unholy war and the people's forced conversions would not be sincere.

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    So does Allah commend murderers of children women and civilians? Does Jihad allow the wanton killing of children, women and civilians? If not then HOW do you support Hamas? They specifically target women, children and civilians.

    Does Allah preach that houses of Worship should be used as armories and training grounds for terrorists? Does Allah allow his faithful to cause houses of Worship to become military targets? Does Allah allow Jihad to randomly desecrate and destroy other religions houses of Worship? Are Muslims good if they destroy other religions Houses of Worship?

    Goes Allah believe as Hamas does that ALL JEWS must be driven into the sea?
     
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    Some of your questions can be answered by the article.
     
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    Fighting to get your house or farm back doesn't require ALLAH's blessing, I think.

    Lobbing rockets indescriminately into the towns of people you don't like isn't sanctioned by Allah either, I'm guessing.

    The Palestinians are damned fools in my opinion.

    If they truly wanted to win that war (and I am convinced their leaders do NOT) they'd conduct a serious pacifictic WAR on Isreal much like Ghandi did upon the fucking Brits.

    Instead they kill innocent men women and children, and by doing so, they negate the moral advantage that they once definitely did have.

    Now, thanks to this family squabble between two groups of religious freaks, most of the world frankly doesn't give a rats ass about either group.

    From an outsiders persepctive, neither of them look like good neighbors to us.
     
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