I have always believed that to lie, distort, cast aspersions or avoid full disclosure of questionable sources in order to “win” a debate (or followers) is inherently dishonest, and at least partially, invariably damages the strength of any argument that the ‘less-than-honest‘ pundits put forth.
Any reasonable person can see that when it becomes generally obvious that this kind of dishonest “argument” is acceptable and indispensable to an organization or pundit’s persuasive arsenal the only possible effect on non-committed minds, as well as the ‘opposition‘ is to take away any reason they might have to consider the actual thoughts or ideas lurking behind the libel, hype and spin; the credibility of all of their arguments and positions become suspect.
This piece by Mr. Considine; is he intentionally doing a whitewash or, does he merely accept inaccurate and, or misleading information he has been fed by those who know better but only want to “win“?
Come Virginia, let’s look at it piece by piece; we shall attempt to differentiate the bog, fog and quicksand from what is truly solid ground.
Politicians and anti-Muslim activists frequently take to audiences and websites to criticize the term “jihad” as a form of Islamic supremacism, oppression, and violence. Muslim extremists, on the other hand, argue that “jihad” refers to a “holy war” against non-Muslims. Viewing the term “jihad” though these frameworks alone, however, would be playing into the hands of extremists who forego the other elements encompassed by the term “jihad.”
Take note Virginia of the typical partisan technique: lumping all conceivable “opponents” into one conveniently disposable lump. Note also the author’s bearing of false witness as he conflates everyone against the advance of Islamic Supremacism with a tiny minority against those individuals who are labeled as Muslim!
At the very same time Considine comes off as though he is doing a ‘whitewash‘; it is indisputable that the definition he tells us is promoted for “jihad” by “Muslim extremists” is exactly the same as the declared interpretation of the word accepted and defended by all of the Islamic Schools of Jurisprudence; who set doctrine and dogma for the Ummah; Yes, Virginia, both the Sunni and the Shiite Schools.
Not one thing he says in that paragraph is technically untrue but, when you look at what is unsaid, what is distorted or maligned, and the paragraph becomes more an example of artful lying than of an honest attempt at communication.
“But, Wait! There’s MORE!” said the used car salesman…
In Islam, “jihad” has several different components, which include personal struggles, such as the struggle against an addiction; social struggles, such as the struggle to become tolerant of others; and occasionally a military struggle, if and when necessary in self-defense. When asked, “What is the major jihad?” Muhammad replied: “The jihad of the self (struggle against the personal self).” Contrary to the rhetoric and misinformation about “jihad” in anti-Islam networks, Muhammad did not say that the violent struggle was the most important form of “jihad.“
Contrary to its being one of the most quoted “hadith” by Islamist apologists I can’t find it in any orthodox collection of ahadith! The only place it seems to be found is in a book published posthumously but, only in the completely re-edited 2nd edition:
An Exposition on Forty Ahadith Narrated through the Prophet and His Ahl al-Bayt, may peace be upon them
Second Revised Edition
Mahliqa Qara’i (late) and Ali Quli Qara’i
Ahlul Bayt World Assembly
Table of Contents:
About The Author
Childhood And Early Education
The Years Of Spiritual And Intellectual Formation In Qum, 1923 To 1962
The Years Of Struggle And Exile, 1962-1978
The Islamic Revolution, 1978-79
1979-89: First Decade Of The Islamic Republic, Last Decade Of The Imam’s Life
Purpose Of Writing The Book
First Hadith: Jihad of The Self
Second Hadith: Ostentation (RIYA’)
Third Hadith: Self-Conceit (‘Ujb)
Fourth Hadith: Pride (Kibr)
Fifth Hadith: Envy (Hasad)
Sixth Hadith: Love Of The World
Seventh Hadith: Anger (Ghadhab)
Eighth Hadith: Prejudice (‘ASABIYYAH)
Ninth Hadith: Hypocrisy (Nifaq)
Tenth Hadith: Desire And Hope
Eleventh Hadith: Man’s God-Seeking Nature
Twelfth Hadith: Contemplation (Tafakkur)
Thirteenth Hadith: Trust In God (TAWAKKUL)
Fourteenth Hadith: Fear of God
Fifteenth Hadith: The Believer’s Trials And Tribulations
Sixteenth Hadith: Patience (Sabr)
Seventeenth Hadith: Repentance (TAWBAH)
Eighteenth Hadith: Remembrance Of God
Nineteenth Hadith: Backbiting (Ghibah)
Twentieth Hadith: Pure Intention (Ikhlas)
Twenty-First Hadith: Thankfulness (Shukr)
Twenty-Second Hadith: The Aversion For Death
Twenty-Third Hadith: The Seekers Of Knowledge
Twenty Fourth Hadith: The Classification Of Sciences
Twenty-Fifth Hadith: Satanic Insinuation
Twenty Sixth Hadith: The Pursuit Of Knowledge
Twenty-Seventh Hadith: Prayer And Concentration
Twenty-Eighth Hadith: Meeting God
Twenty-Ninth Hadith: The Prophet’s Counsel To ‘Ali
Thirtieth Hadith: The Indescribability Of God, The Prophet, And The Imams
Thirty-First Hadith: The Kinds Of Hearts
Thirty-Second Hadith: Conviction In Faith
Thirty-Third Hadith: Wilayah And Works
Thirty-Fourth Hadith: The Station of The Faithful Before God
Thirty-Fifth Hadith: God And Man, Good And Evil
Thirty-Sixth Hadith: The Attributes Of God
Thirty-Seventh Hadith: The Knowledge Of God
Thirty-Eighth Hadith: The Meaning Of God’s Creation Of Adam In His Image
Thirty-Ninth Hadith: Good And Evil
Fortieth Hadith: Exegesis Of Surat Al-Tawhid And Some Verses Of Surat Al-Hadid
A Hint Concerning The Exegesis Of Surat Al-Tawhid
A Hint Concerning Bismillah
A Brief Hint Concerning The Exegesis Of The Noble Verses Of Surat Al-Hadid Until The Words ‘Alimun Bi Dhatis-Sudur
Prayer And Epilogue
The Table of Contents of the posthumous 2nd edition (Even the 1st Edition was published after the death of the author) has a curious addition that is found nowhere in the TOC of the original, or anywhere else it seems; it is also of note that the names of the translators is the same in each edition though the publisher and city in Iran in which it was published changes:
An Exposition on 40 ahadith narrated through the Prophet and his Ahl al-Bayt by Imam Ruhullah al-Musawi al-Khumayni
Mahliqa Qara’i (late) and Ali Quli Qara’i
Qum, The Islamic Republic of Iran
Here is the original Table of Contents:
First Hadith: On the Tradition of the Forty Ahadith
The Second Hadith: On Riya’
Third Hadith: On `Ujb
Fourth Hadith: On Kibr
Fifth Hadith: On Hasad
Sixth Hadith: Love of the World
Seventh Hadith: On Anger (Ghadab)
Eighth Hadith: On `Asabiyyah
Ninth Hadith: On Hypocrisy (Nifaq)
Tenth Hadith: On Desire and Hope
Eleventh Hadith: Man’s God-seeking Nature
Twelfth Hadith: on Contemplation (Tafakkur)
Twelfth Hadith (Contd. From the Part 12)
Thirteenth Hadith: On Tawakkul
Fourteenth Hadith: On the Fear of God
Fifteenth Hadith: On the Believer’s Trials and Tribulations
Sixteenth Hadith: On Sabr
Seventeenth Hadith: On Tawbah
Eighteenth Hadith: On Remembrance of God
Nineteenth Hadith: On Ghibah
Twentieth Hadith: On Ikhlas
Twenty First Hadith: On Shukr
Twenty Second Hadith: On the Aversion for Death
Twenty Third Hadith: Of the Seekers of Knowledge
Twenty Fourth Hadith: On the Classification of Sciences
Twenty Fifth Hadith: On Waswas
Twenty Sixth Hadith: On the Pursuit of Knowledge
Twenty Seventh Hadith: Prayer and Concentration
Twenty Eighth Hadith: On Liqa’ Allah
Twenty Ninth Hadith: The Prophet’s Counsel to ‘Ali
Twenty Ninth Hadith: The Prophet’s Counsel to `Ali
Thirtieth Hadith: The Indescribability of God, the Prophet, and the Imams
Thirty First Hadith: The Kinds of Hearts
Thirty Second Hadith: On Conviction in Faith
Thirty Third Hadith Wilayah and Works
Thirty Fourth Hadith: The Station of the Faithful Before God
Thirty Fifth Hadith: Of God and Man, Good and Evil
Thirty Sixth Hadith: On the Attributes of God
Thirty Seventh Hadith: On the Knowledge of God
Thirty Eighth Hadith: The Meaning of God’s Creation of Adam in His Image
Thirty-Ninth Hadith: Of Good and Evil
Fortieth Hadith: On Exegesis of Surat al-Tawhid and Some Verses of Surat al-Hadid
THe first hadith in the 2nd edition is not in Bukhari, it is not in Muslim; it is not in any collection of ahadith that I could find mention of yet appeared in the 2nd edition of a dead man’s book, and is now used constantly to reassure non-Muslims that “holy war” has no part in “mainstream Islam” or was ever a major part of the concept of ‘jihad‘!
Even Google is in on the game…
If you put the Arabic/Persian word جِهَادُ into the Google Translator you will find that in a large number of languages Google simply spits back the transliteration of جِهَادُ for that language… in other words in English, German, Japanese, Latvian, Russian, Spanish and most of the others ‘jihad’ means ‘jihad’!
Ah, Virginia, that is not the end of the tale; it seems that Google missed a few. Here are the ones I found with translation instead of transliteration:
جِهَادُ = heilige oorlog
Heilige = Sanctified (St.)
Oorlog = War
جِهَادُ = (in Dutch) Holy War but, Google is still determined to keep most other peoples in ignorance; if I translate the Dutch phrase ‘heilige oorlog’ directly to English it declares that it means ‘jihad’!
جِهَادُ = இஸ்லாமியர்களின் புனித போர்
இஸ்லாமியர்களின் = of Muslims
புனித = Sanctified (St.)
போர் = war
புனித போர் = Holy War
If you put the whole phrase in then Google says that a translation of the Tamil phrase is… You guessed it…
இஸ்லாமியர்களின் புனித போர் = Jihad
جِهَادُ = chiến tranh Hồi giáo and that chiến tranh Hồi giáo = jihad (in English)!
Word by word translation shows this however…
chiến = wizard
tranh = competition
Hồi giáo translates as Mohamadenism but Hồi translates as steam and giáo as lance; I may be lacking a Phd. in language but, I get something like “supernatural or divine competition of the ‘explosively expanding and dangerous’ ‘spear-people’”, um… Virginia does that sound like it means ‘Holy War’ to you? Certainly I think that a long and historically peaceful relationship between the two groups, Vietnamese and Muslims, is contraindicated when the Vietnamese phrase for Islam translates as ‘steam lance’!
Of course here in politically correct Google-Land if you translate the whole Vietnamese phrase into English, well Google again gives the transliteration of the Arabic/Persian word جِهَادُ ‘jihad’ instead of any attempt at translation.
chiến tranh Hồi giáo = jihad
The hype in America and abroad over ”jihad” has brought me to consider the term through a Christian perspective. In this piece I seek to do two things — explore how forms of ”jihad” are present in Christianity and pinpoint different ways of looking at ”jihad” in Christian and Islamic texts. Doing so can help find common characteristics of “jihad” so that Christians and Muslims can build bridges of mutual understanding and tolerance.
The kicker Virginia is that the hadith has been declared unreliable pretty much by all Islamic authorities world-wide!
The entire article is in a similar, “who me, honest?” vein; including the following paragraph containing another hadith confirmed to be not only unreliable, but fabricated (emphasis added):
In the Quran (58:11), God raises in rank “… those who have been given knowledge.” Muhammad also emphasized knowledge in a hadith, or saying of the Prophet, in which he said that “Seeking knowledge is a must for every Muslim, male or female, from cradle to grave in any part of the world.” Muhammad also stated in another hadith that “the ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.” Christians and Muslims, therefore, share a similar “jihad” in terms of their obligation to seek out knowledge and apply that knowledge in good faith for the betterment of humanity.
Sorry Arianna, your “pundit” pranked you; how much did you pay Craig for a politically correct fantasy pretending it is an informative article?
Virginia, it goes to show that it is best to ferret out the original information first, especially when that information is spread by a partisan in support of a partisan position.