JIHAD A TERM WITH TWO FACE
I couldnt resist my curiousity when i saw a professionally shot HD picture of a millitant group depicted on a megazine which would bring negative vibe to anyone. That picture depicts stereotypic graphics of a certain religious community because any one with basic observation ability will say ‘yes’ this is an islamic group of Young men with guns and weapons with some religious purpose. My mind had already raised some series of back to back questions which lead me to a confused and deprived state of mind! Were they really islam? Or was a new religion which i am unaware of? Which religion teaches their follower to arm themself with weapons and bombs? Those men were all in black costume and in their eyes you can see emotionless pit of anger, somewhere they dont have any fear to die as a banner of ‘Allah hu akbar’ was being placed in order to show their belief in god. Those men were all hiding their face with typical middleastern dress code and visilibility of fear to expose personal identity gave a suggestive hint on my mind, i realised, maybe this group of men were fearless to die but why were they afraid to expose their identity? Their purpose had something which is unacceptable in this society for sure. And after i read the contents of the article briefly, i found out a new term about which i was unaware of.
As a citizen of this advanced democratic community where from the very begining since i can remember news papers and megazines are consistantly bringing reforms and opinions on peoples mind through articles and news, and after reading this article followed by such a picture which was written by someone who had poor knowledge of the subject for sure, I began to assume, maybe islam had a dark side too. I even began to secretly judge islam as a religion with an orthodox belief and violence. I had never heard of the term jihad from any of my muslim friends and collegues before.
This lead me to a new search of truth. Truth to find the kuran behind the kind of religion where killing people and slaying innocent being in the name of god leads to heaven. Which religion declares a war in middle of nowhere? I approached one of my muslim friend to know about his religion but This friend of mine told me nothing about jihad like i read in that article. Maybe this jihad was a next level chapter of kuran where violance was pious and legitimate.
Anyone who dont have the correct knowledge and the right path to seek the truth will be taken away by article with poor exposure and wrong depiction like this, because half of the story remains untold. And anyone who thinks he knows everything after reading articles like the one i found will obviously lead to another false perception spreading wrong statement and ultimately hatred which had already begun against the islam community will grow like silent roots untill a corrective article burns them all.
My search for the real meaning of jihad didnt ended on google and megazines because nor written scripts could convince me to anything or could make me believe what jihad really was, because as source to jihad there were just game of words and transcripts everywhere which had dual source of interpretation and as a common man i couldnt understand them the way i wanted. Was jihad an excuse to commit murder? In the name of jihad can people murder anyone? If so then even the constitution of india is better than kuran.
Finally the day came when i found myself with an old person whom i accidently met on a train. A silent conversation started as he was an elderly. And when i purposedly took the conversation towards jihad, he started, It all starts with the great Mohammad, who began to teach people how to lead a good life. The life god wanted us to live..mohammad never quoted stamements he thaught was correct but he only preached what was being told by the angel gabrial that god had sent. Even the first word which the angel told mohammad was ‘read’/know it!
Mohammad started to preach those people who didnt know how to lead a decent and civilised life exactly how the angel told him. Many became his followers but many made fun of his preaching hence this created an controversy in that era. Anger among the evil hearted people spreaded and soon some secretly planned to put an end to mohammads preaching. So many tried to kill him. Frustrated by this situation he in feat of anger as mohammad himself was a human being one day asked the angel sent by god if he can kill someone in order to save himself and his family from death because the angel once told him that killing a human being is the biggest sin that possibly can exist. Then the angel told him
‘Yes in gods law, if u are a good man and you havet harmed anyone or commited any crime through your entire life there is no chance of you being attacked by any means, but even if by some unknown reason some thing or someone suddenly appears as a threat to your life and as a defence action all you could do to stop the threat is by killing it or him, you have the right to kill someone in order to save yours and that would be taken as jihad in the eyes of God’.
But in the name of jihad our evil society has started a new way of violence yes i admit, the old man concluded.
I realised how trecherous words can be when it comes to definition of a term. This old man in such a simple and lucid way delivered and cleared all my doubt which might be preached in a different way by evildoers too. In sanskrit there is a saying which goes like ‘ alpa vidya bhayankari’ which says little knowledge is dengerous. And we as a human being after knowing little we start to judge. Our imagination level takes us to places from where we fail to retaliate. We judge a community, we judge a religion and finally we judge our brotherhood. Lets not talk about judging as we dont have the right but let me give a conclusion to what the picture actually was.
Those men were innocent righteous citizens of the islam community but were lead by some evil people connected to some evil system who knows nothing but to brain wash their generations with religious sentiments for their own good. Those politically powered men supplies guns, ammunitions and teaches the men to fight for them but not for god. They creates an army by means of another version of jihad which is never connected to the holy kuran but created by violence. They teaches vengeance is the only tool to achieve heaven as killing is right in front of gods eyes. Only islam is the religion which should rule this world and every other form of religion is a threat to them. But little do they teach those men about the real meaning of holy jihad.
Jihad is a coin with two face one eshtablished by dirty politics and one which you should know before judging it.