They are called God’s warriors, young men and women who are driven to rid the world of its evil ways and restore it once again to the divine state it was meant to be. Such warriors are seen in western media taking hostages by the bus load, shooting into crowds of people and becoming walking bombs… all for a complex issue which each religiously minded young Muslim person struggles to fulfill… all for jihad. –Or do they?
The term jihad in the late part of the 20th century and the early part of the 21st century is a term that has been altogether hijacked. It has as many different definitions as there are people. Jihad according to the BBC Team under their religion & Ethics page is defined as:
· A struggle or effort
· A believer’s internal struggle to live out the Muslim faith as well as possible
· The struggle to build a good Muslim society
· Holy war: the struggle to defend Islam, with force if necessary
With so many different definitions out there it is no wonder the word has become associated with the less desirable aspects of a supposed holy war. Continue reading
For those who know little to nothing about one of my favorite holidays you are going to get educated. Ramadan is the 9th of the Muslim calendar. This holy month is earmarked by 30 days of fasting (not even water folks) from sunup until sundown. Those who partake in this month tend to reap all the rewards that go along with fasting. (I’ll explain that a little later). Ok, so here are the basics for those willing to try. The focus this month should be on worship and contemplation. Earthly cares, though relevant to a degree, are put to the side. They are secondary concerns. The most important concern is that we keep Allah in our hearts and minds. This fast reminds us of that. It also reminds us to be good, and to be charitable to those who don’t have what we have. Now to the rules…