Wednesday, January 16, 2008
A history textbook used in Sacramento and other schools in California teaches that Jihad is a good thing, it only means doing good works for God. Gee I never thought of putting Jihad and walking an old lady across the street in the same category, unless you blew the old lady up.
The textbook in question is History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond’s lessons titled “Jihad” and “Shari’ah: Islamic Law” The passages below come from the student edition, copyright 2005, pages 101 through 103. At the very least, the passages are incomplete. More precisely, they are dishonest. Neither passage explains the essentially religious nature of the subject and more importantly they don’t show how Jihad and Shari’ah Law are being used as an excuse for world wide terrorism:
Jihad The word jihad means “to strive.” Jihad represents the human struggle
to overcome difficulties and do things that would be pleasing to God. Muslims
strive to respond positively to personal difficulties as well as worldly
challenges. For instance, they might work to become better people, reform
society, or correct injustice. Jihad has always been an important Islamic
concept. One hadith, or account of Muhammad, tells about the prophet’s return
from a battle. He declared that he and his men had carried out the “lesser
jihad,” the external struggle against oppression. The “greater jihad,” he said,
was the fight against evil within oneself. Examples of the greater jihad include
working hard for a goal, giving up a bad habit, getting an education, or obeying
your parents when you may not want to.
Let’s not forget about blowing up the Twin Towers or sending an average of 9 rockets a day into Sedrot. They missed all of that stuff that is done in the name of Jihad.