The Greater Jihad September 15, 2007Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Islam, Queer Muslims, Responses.
It’s Ramadan again. Last year promoters of a film called “In the Name of Allah” invited people to a cocktail iftar at a San Fran club to raise funds. I only hope they didn’t use hadiths about the Prophet (peace be upon him) being more generous in Ramadan to further their filthy agenda.
Now the film has been released, under a different title: “A Jihad for Love”.
SubhanAllah, I don’t know which title is more crass!
I pointed out previously how the pre-release publicity was keen to promote the notion of a Queer Muslim Reformation [my wording], and the stupidity has only been amplified in the latest publicity available on the official website and the director’s blog:
Looking beyond a hostile and war-torn present, this film seeks to reclaim the Islamic concept of a greater Jihad, which can mean ‘an inner struggle’ or ‘to strive in the path of God’. In doing so the film and its remarkable subjects move beyond the narrow concept of ‘Jihad’ as holy war.
Hold on, hold on. Are you trying to address people’s misconceptions of Jihad as “holy war”, or are you trying to convince us that homosexuality can sit comfortably in Islamic practice? Pick one polemic! This is just a bizarre cocktail, as well as being deeply offensive to the meaning of Jihad.
Yes, Jihad does refer to a person’s inner struggle, as well as all forms of righteous struggle including those types in which physical combat becomes necessitated. Among the defining factors in something being described as “jihad” are that it be for just cause, and that the methods employed are sanctioned by the Islamic sources, i.e. the Qur’an and the Sunnah.
So given that we already affirm how blatantly misguided those who kill innocent people are in describing what they do as “jihad”, what can we say about these fools who use the term for engaging in, and campaigning for, homosexuality! Working for sin can never, never be called “jihad” – we seek refuge in Allah from this calumny.
It’s popular to distinguish between the “Greater Jihad” and “Lesser Jihad”, based on a saying attributed to the Prophet (pbuh). The authenticity of this is disputed, but regardless, it’s true that while some people face certain types of struggle, every individual has to fight against his/her base desires. Mankind must struggle against Satan, who is “a clear enemy”, “the slinking whisperer”.
So what do we say to those affected by same-sex attractions, those who consider themselves “gay”?
Your Jihad is to resist your urges to do things that Allah Most High has prohibited.
Your Jihad is to stay patient through these temptations.
Your Jihad is to overcome these unwanted desires.
Your Jihad is to please Allah every day and draw closer to Him.
Your Jihad is to turn to Him, trust in Him and ask His help in life.
This is the Jihad of every Muslim, and part of our Jihad at this blog is to refute those who try to pervert our religion.