Qatari professor Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari appeared on Saudi Arabia’s Rotana Khalijiya TV on 3 June 2016 as an advocate for the more modern form of jihad that many Muslims today are embracing. I found it particularly interesting as he is saying the same thing I have been regarding the way some Muslims respond to adversity – that is with a violence that they justify by turning to the Qur’an. Professor Al-Ansari says children must be brought up not to hate the West as many are, and that these days personal jihad can and should be directed to other areas in support of Islam. He himself says his own life is an educational jihad and others need to choose their own path. He points out that there are mow many Muslim countries with their own standing armies and military jihad should be left to them – that it is no longer a requirement for everyone to engage in military jihad.

Professor Al-Ansari is referring to the Qur’an verse 4:95 (Sahih International):

Not equal are those believers remaining [at home] – other than the disabled – and the mujahideen, [who strive and fight] in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred the mujahideen through their wealth and their lives over those who remain [behind], by degrees. And to both Allah has promised the best [reward]. But Allah has preferred the mujahideen over those who remain [behind] with a great reward –

Added to this is the hadith from the most respected collection in Sunni Islam – that of Sahih Bukhari (who the leader of DAESH has renamed himself for) – verse 52:73:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abi Aufa:

Allah’s Apostle said, “Know that Paradise is under the shades of swords.”

This is usually interpreted as meaning that paradise is guaranteed for those who physically fight for Islam.

Two Arabic words that the professor used in the video below are not given English translations. They are:

takfir: an accusation by a Sunni Muslim that another Muslim’s belief is impure. It is the accusation DAESH and other Islamists makes of those Muslims that they murder in terrorist attacks. It is also commonly leveled against those Muslims who are trying to reform Islam from within.

da’wa: proselytizing or preaching of Islam. A person who practices da’wa is the Muslim equivalent of a Christian missionary.