Posted by: mjaga | June 14, 2011


Qur’aanic Verse 9.73:



73. Ya ayyuha alnnabiyyu jahidi alkuffara waalmunafiqeena waoghluth AAalayhim wama/wahum jahannamu wabi/sa almaseeru


73. O Prophet! Wage a struggle35 against the suppressors of the Truth and the hypocrites and be severe on them. And their abode is Hell, and it is the worst destination.


Study Note:


35. The Arabic three-letter root word jahada, with all its grammatical variations, is generally misunderstood to mean killing in the interest of religion. An incident of a bomb exploding in a busy place killing many innocent persons has acquired the misnomer of a jihadi act. Nothing is farther from the truth. The literal meaning of the word is to struggle. There is no struggle involved in the cowardly act of killing innocent unsuspecting persons. Struggle is involved when one resists anyone doing anything wrong. Struggle is involved when one resists the temptation of doing anything wrong for one’s own benefit. Here, Allah Almighty is advising the Prophet – and through him the believers – to resist any attempt by non-believers and hypocrites at doing anything wrong. It should be clearly understood that no action was warranted against non-believers just because of their non-belief. This is clear from Verse 2.256 (Manzil I) which categorically states that there is no compulsion in religion. The Prophet here was asked to resist them and the hypocrites only because of their overt and covert acts against the believers.


The above is an extract from Qur’aanic Studies Manzil II, which will soon, inshaAllah, be published on Amazon Kindle. Manzil I of the series is already published.

Mohammad Shafi



  1. It is suggested that you please read the book Milestones by Sayyid Qutb? Thanks. Regards.
    Abdul Wahid Osman Belal

  2. Dear Muhammad Shafi,
    You are just completing cause of enemies of muslims, who do all things bad and paste them to muslims, so that they can defame them and word of Jihad.
    Who are these bombers, from where they are coming, you know, have you confirmed it?
    Or follow;
    وَلا تَقفُ ما لَيسَ لَكَ بِهِ عِلمٌ

    • I am reponsible to my Lord for what I have stated. You need not worry about that, Humayun! Worry about yourself. Check up whether you are following what you know not.

  3. I think that we have taken extreme measures (bombings) to try and deter what we perceive as threats to our faith and ourselves. Indeed, if organizing a bombing can be considered to be a struggle, it is still unjustified because (for example in Pakistan) the bombs end up killing their own people. Where is the jihad in this? Secondly, whose peace are we disrupting? Obviously, our own! Who are we frightening away? Our own people! Whose country is being destroyed through not just the collosal damage to the infrastructure but also to the young lives nipped in the bud? Our own! Whose people do not want to come back home for fear of being killed by the stray bullets or bombs falling like hot potatoes, even in mosques on blessed days like Fridays? Our own, of course!
    Therefore, it is important to redefine the meaning of Jihad, as you have done, Shafi Sahab. One does not condone the efforts of anti-Islamic forces to eliminate Muslims by eroding their culture, way of dressing or lifestyle. But certainly, we are the only losers in this violent game, and not just on a physical level but also and more pertinently, on an ideological level.
    Jihad should mean that we now try to understand our deen better in order to carry the message of Islam forth in the proper way, without resorting to violence. We now have state of the art technology, literature printed in the English and other languages and numerous programs on media networks. We now need to remain less distracted and use these facilities to enrich ourselves on the meaning and purpose of our deen for the better of our duniya and the Hereafter.

    • Jazak Allah khairun

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