What is Jihad?

What is Jihad?

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JIHAD is an Arabic word from the root Jee Ha Da, means “to struggle in the way of Allah”. Jihad appears 41 times in the Quran and frequently in the idiomatic expression “striving in the way of God”. Jihad is an important religious duty for Muslims.

The “lesser jihad” is the physical struggle against the enemies of Islam (those who try to KILL Islam by fighting against Islam because their hatred toward Islam). The beginnings of Jihad are traced back to the words and actions of Muhammad ﷺ and the Quran.


4 kinds of Jihad:
  1. Jihad of the HEART (jihad bil qalb/nafs):is concerned with combatting the devil and in the attempt to escape his persuasion to evil. This type of Jihad was regarded as the greater jihad (al-jihad al-akbar.)
  2. Jihad by the TONGUE (jihad bil lisan):is concerned with speaking…

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Help Me Spread the Message, Please!

Help Me Spread the Message, Please!

Dear Poets and Fellow Bloggers,

 

If you think the facts and ideas expressed in my previous article, “What is my Religion?” interesting and/or important, please watch the video, What is my Religion?, which is the third episode of my Two Pennies series and help me to spread the message! I admit, the animation is very retro and poor but I hope you would kindly pardon the state of my resources. Your time and efforts are sincerely appreciated.

 

Thank you!

What is my Religion?

What is my Religion?

Hello, let’s play a guessing game today called, “What is my Religion?“.

 

I’m going to tell you five facts about my religious belief. At the end I will reveal which religion I follow but till then you can keep on guessing. If you turn out to be wrong, tough luck today but if you are right then congratulations on being a true religious philosopher.

Fact 1: I believe in one God who is known by different names like Allah, Brahma, Jehovah or Nature and worshipped through different rituals in different regions and cultures.

Fact 2: I believe God is above genders. God is neither male nor female despite having many names and existences.

Fact 3: I believe God has sent each and every human being to find, cherish and nurture the godliness embedded in him or her. Any human being who has succeeded in doing so in this life can go to heaven in the next one despite the race, color, religion or culture they were born into.

Fact 4: I believe Dionysus, Krishna, Socrates, Moses, Buddha, Mahavira, Jesus and Mohammed (PBUH) as prophets of God. The age of prophets though has ended with Mohammed (PBUH) and now we are living in the age of reformers.

Fact 5: and finally I believe God has made each and every human being as equal regardless of their gender, race, color, religion, culture or sexual orientation.

 

So, what did you guess? If your guess was Islam then thumbs up, as I have said, you are a true religious philosopher at heart. If you are having doubts and you are not a Muslim then I know after being exposed to the mainstream concepts these are bound to be quite shocking. If you are a fellow Muslim then I have as much confirmation about my beliefs from God as do you about yours.
Thank you!

Mainstream Temptations

Mainstream Temptations

This is the first poem I published on my new blog @ AmitsTwoPennies. Please pay a visit whenever you can. Thank you!

 

No man was an island
in another life, a long time ago.
Now human beings are either Isles,
too far and wide or just mainstream,
like those from fancy Oceania*
that are members of the inner and outer rings,
transceiving subjects of tyrannic laws,
in a nonstop denial of their true place!

I too had once wished to be one of them
and who knows if it was not my failure
that has driven me to this furious rant!
But even utmost desolation must,
like all else, have a silver line, the sole trouble is,
the grass always looks greener on the other side!


*A reference to George Orwell’s ‘1984’. Not to be mixed up with the geographic location known as Oceania.

Terror Attacks In France

Terror Attacks In France

It has been more than 12 years since I last kept such strange hours in front of an IDE or Integrated Development Environment. Back then it used to be C++, Visual Basic or Java that showed commands and syntaxes,

C++

whereas now it is Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, showing frames and audio waves.

Adobe

Despite the apparent differences, the present experience is intoxicating as the previous one. So much so that I have to keep reminding me, I am not 25 anymore and I must not be overindulging but old habits truly die hard.

 

Anyways, I have uploaded the second episode of my Two Bits series last night. Titled, Terror Attacks in France, it is a compilation of three of the deadliest terror attacks in French history, so far. It includes a brief description and my views about January 2015 Île-de-France attacks, November 2015 Paris attacks and 2016 Nice attack.

 

Please watch the video and let me know what you think of it at your convenient times. If you have not already, please subscribe to my channel, Amit Rahman and help it grow! Thank you.