@ Kulsoom Omar:
While I did not have the benefit of knowing the background of the project that Khadijah was working on, or what she meant by it, I only expressed my “correction” of the poster at face value.
Oxford defines violence as “behaviour involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something”. How is that different from “fighting”? Please notice that it does not involve value judgments like right, wrong, fair, unfair etc.
You say: “A Mujahid’s “fighting” … cannot be termed as “violence” because he is not a trigger-happy cowboy involved in random acts of barbarism”. I agree with your description of the Mujahid, but I never offered that description.
I do not want to get into lengthy debate about this, because the original comment was based on incomplete information on my part. Seeing the poster as a stand alone piece, I deemed it necessary to do ‘islah’ for our young sister.
So keep on trucking, Khadijah.
Really nice:) and BTW luved ur video on pakistan;s next top taliban!!!!!!
Assalam alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. @ SaeedM
Hmm.. the “violence” Khadija has depicted and is talking about is the aggression, brutality, carnage, savagery, cruelty, gung-ho vigilantism and mindless bloodshed that has infilterated our daily lives and we seem to passively accept it and in some cases actually try to justify it.
How have you equated that with “Qital fi sabeelillah” (armed struggle in the way of Allah)?
Allah (swt) has not asked us to use “violence” – the one depicted in this poster. Muslims should be Mujahid whenever required, no doubt. However, a Mujahid is not a “violent” person. A Mujahid’s “fighting” (as you quote from Surah Baqarah verse 216) cannot be termed as “violence” because he is not a trigger-happy cowboy involved in random acts of barbarism.Here is not the case of confusing peace and pacifism, rather you seem to have muddled up fighting in the way of Allah wih violence.
Khadija you are spot on girl – Violence in NEVER the answer. Great job, MashaAllah
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww dj dont worry !! its really koool mA ! every1s learning. the next one u make insha Allah will be cooler and for the blog ! hahaha ok
OMG NO! i made this for the video that we did in perceptions and i didnt know it would go on the blog! Aunty Kulsoom said only she was going to see this! but @SaeedM its just a statement and i didnt think into the depth of it and like i said, it was related to the video so yeah. Sorry
MashaAllah, nice poster and witty text.
I disagree with it some of it, but encourage Khadija to keep up the good work.
Saying that “Violence is NEVER the answer” actually goes against what Allah SWT has told us in the Quran on many occasions, and what the Prophet SAW has taught us in his ahadeeth. 2 examples from the beginning of the Quran:
Surah Baqarah Ayat 190: “Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors.”
Surah Baqarah Ayat 216: “Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.”
Muslims should not shy away from violence when it is required. One example of such a situation would be self defence. However, in most cases, violence should be the last resort, which should be preceded by counseling, discussion and negotiations.
Islam preaches peace, not pacifism. But it is easy to confuse the two.
MashaAllah, very graphic.
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