Jihad: The Holy Struggle to Better Oneself?

Published on June 4, 2013

my jihadby Jeff Wright
Guest Contributor Clash Daily

In the wake of jihadists Islamists terrorists random perpetrators of workplace violence sawing off the head of a soldier and hacking his body with a machete in broad daylight, near a primary school in a street in south London, it’s important to remember that “jihad” is merely a holy, personal struggle to better oneself and improve the lives of others.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has a #MyJihad campaign aimed at re-defining the meaning of “jihad.” Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of CAIR, has explained, “[Jihad] is not aggression, and it does not mean to commit harm against other people. If people commit harm against innocent people, it will be in violation of the spirit of Islam and a violation of the concept of jihad.”

Apparently, these two young men were simply engaging in a holy struggle to better themselves by relieving a little stress. They were angry about British troops fighting in the Middle East and it’s just not healthy to allow bad feelings to fester inside. It’s not good to hold your feelings in so they needed to express themselves. Their jihad was stress relief. And, by the way, they just so happened to be shouting “Allahu Akbar!” as they relieved their stress.

In an odd coincidence, police shot and killed a machete-wielding man in a Stockholm suburb recently which has led to several days of rioting. The rioters have burned cars, shops, a nursery, and a school. Sounds like another case of a benign holy struggle to better oneself through stress relief.

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