Books I recent got on jihad

October 2, 2006 at 1:28 pm (Arabic, Books, Islam, Islamism, Personal, War)

I got a book recently: Landmarks of Jihad by Lt. Col. M. M. Qureshi, published by Sh. Muhammad Ashraf in Lahore, Pakistan. On the cover is a very interesting phrase: (الجنةَ تحت ظلال السيوف, al-jannata taHta Zilāli-s-suyūf, “Heaven is under the shadow of the swords”). Considering that the first word (ألجَنَّةَ, al-jannata) is in the definite accusative case instead of the definite nominative case, it must be part of a quote. It comes from a Hadīth: number 4681 of Sahīh al-Muslim (صحيح المسلم, SaHīH al-muslim), book 20 (The Book on Government), chapter 14 (In proof of the martyr’s attaining paradise) (emphasis added):

The tradition has been narrated on the authority of ‘Abdullah b. Qais. He heard it from his father who, while facing the enemy, reported that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Surely, the gates of Paradise are under the shadows of the swords. A man in a shabby condition got up and said; Abu Musa, did you hear the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say this? He said: Yes. (The narrator said): He returned to his friends and said: I greet you (a farewell greeting). Then he broke the sheath of his sword, threw it away, advanced with his (naked) sword towards the enemy and fought (them) with it until he was slain.

The book was written and published in 1970 and is dedicated to King Fahd bin ‛Abd al-‛Azīz Āl Sa‛ūd (who passed away some time ago and was succeeded by his brother ‛Abdullāh bin ‛Abd al-‛Azīz Āl Sa‛ūd, who was acting ruler during his brother’s ill health of many years). Regarding King Fahd, the author wrote (diacritics in the original):

Dār al-Islām is a territory whose inhabitants observe the law of Islam. As such, Saudi Arabia is the only substantial Dār al-Islām in the Muslim world of today and its Imām (head of State) the only competent authority who can iunvoke Jihād in terms of the Sunnī legal theory of Jihād. The present King is a person of sterling personal and princely virtues. He is exercising quiet, wise and progressive leadership in the World of Islam which is passing through manifold crises. As a token of recognition of these facts, I have ventured to dedicate this study of the landmarks of Jihād to His Majesty King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

Should be an interesting book.

Another book I got was The Wisdom of Jihad by Abuhuraira Abdurrahman, published by Perniagaan Jahabersa in Malaysia. This is a stridently militant and Islamist book, promoting jihad and condemning Muslims who try to compromise the importance of jihad and its efforts. He is a Filipino and involved with Islamist organizations. He writes, on the back of this book, that he is involved with “Islamic missionary work since the year 1974.” This is quite a revealing admission: for a long time I have held that proselytizing efforts go hand in hand with Islamist efforts. Indeed, converting to Islam often also means becoming an active part of Islam’s political jihad against The West and promoting Islamism.

One thing I have noticed is that many foreigners have gone to Saudi Arabia for Islamic studies, people who usually turn out to be Islamist. This is not to say that everyone who attends a university in Saudi Arabia is an Islamist (although I can’t see how one can absorb and accept what’s taught there without becoming an Islamist).

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