The Leavenworth Way of War

History Discussion at CGSC

Moderate Islam and Terrorism

Great article from the BBC on a moderate Islamic view of terrorism:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8544531.stm

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March 28, 2011 - Posted by | COIN, Current Events, H300, leadership, Professional Military Education | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. It is good to see a presentation of a moderate Muslim viewpoint, because I think that many Americans equate all Islam with extremism and terrorism, not taking into account the moderate population of Muslims who value peace and harmony. That kind of stereotypical thinking causes divisiveness.

    Comment by Rachel Wienke, 17D | April 1, 2011

  2. I agree with Rachel’s comment on the Americans view of comparing Islam to terrorist. This article is one of many that demonstrates there are people of the Islam faith who believe in peace; and the religion of Islam should not be equated to terrorism. Dr. Tahir ul-Qadri stated it best in this article, when he said, “There is no place for any martyrdom and their act is never, ever to be considered jihad.” After I read the last statement, I researched the word jihad. Here is part of Wikipedia’s definition of jihad that will explain Dr. Tahir ul-Qadri meaning of the word. “In western societies the term jihad is often translated by non-muslims as “holy war”.[8][9] These are the references noted as 8 and 9 from Wikipedia.

    Comment by MAJ LaMaudia Bentley | November 1, 2011

  3. The Merriam-Webster definition of jihad is “a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline; and/or a crusade for a principle or belief (1).” Jihad is a duty required of all Muslims that may be fulfilled in any of four ways – the heart, the tongue, the hand, or the sword. As a non-Muslim who has not read the Qur’an, I can only attribute the wide range of actions demonstrated by Muslims as stemming from differing interpretations of what it means to wage holy war. Islamic extremist groups such as al-Qaeda have chosen to focus on the sword, as demonstrated by their violent ideology, in an effort to counter secularism and Western/U.S. influence, and promote Islamic fundamentalist views with the goal of returning Islamic conservatism and Shariah to the Muslim world (2).

    An article written by Kemal Argon, published in February 2012, provides an informative overview of Dr Qadri’s credentials as well as a review of the fatwa he issued. The article quotes Dr. Qadri as offering an alternative, peaceful method in conducting jihad (struggle). Specifically, Dr Qadri proposes it can be done “politically and democratically as a struggle against injustice and oppression (3).”

    (1) Located at http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jihad. Last accessed 19 March 2013.

    (2) Huntington, Samuel P. The Clash of Civilizations, in “Foreign Affairs”, Volume 72, Number 3, Summer 1993, pp. 22-49.

    (3) Argon, Kemal. Who’s Really Behind Tahir Ul-Qadri’s 500-Page Fatwa Against Terrorism and Suicide Bombings? Huffington Post, originally posted on 14 February 2012. Located at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kemal-argon/whos-really-behind-tahir-_b_1266232.html. Last accessed 19 March 2013.

    Comment by LCDR Melinda Schryver | March 20, 2013

  4. The Merriam-Webster definition of jihad is “a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline; and/or a crusade for a principle or belief.”(1) Jihad is a duty required of all Muslims that may be fulfilled in any of four ways – the heart, the tongue, the hand, or the sword. As a non-Muslim who has not read the Qur’an, I can only attribute the wide range of actions demonstrated by Muslims as stemming from differing interpretations of what it means to wage holy war. And, Islamic extremist groups such as al-Qaeda have chosen to focus on the sword as demonstrated by their violent ideology in an effort to counter secularism and Western/U.S. influence, and promote Islamic fundamentalist views, with the goal of returning Islamic conservatism and Shariah to the Muslim world.(2)

    An article written by Kemal Argon, published in February 2012, provides an overview of Dr Qadri’s credentials as well as a review of the fatwa he issued. The article quotes Dr. Qadri as offering an alternative, peaceful method in conducting jihad (struggle). Specifically, Dr Qadri proposes it can be done “politically and democratically as a struggle against injustice and oppression.”(3)

    (1) Located at http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jihad. Last accessed 19 March 2013.
    (2) Huntington, Samuel P. The Clash of Civilizations, in “Foreign Affairs”, Volume 72, Number 3, Summer 1993, pp. 22-49.
    (3) Argon, Kemal. Who’s Really Behind Tahir Ul-Qadri’s 500-Page Fatwa Against Terrorism and Suicide Bombings? Huffington Post, originally posted on 14 February 2012. Located at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kemal-argon/whos-really-behind-tahir-_b_1266232.html. Last accessed 19 March 2013.

    Comment by LCDR Schryver | March 24, 2013


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