Hello dear reader. I am – . Well, I don’t know who I am. Incapacitated- that’s what you would think I am. But I am not one. I am glad being nameless because I am taught that with name comes many other labels which are stuck on you since the time you are three months old. Maybe I am Raghu Pandit or Tariq Ahmed or Jonathan Stevenson or none of them. Anonymous-that’s what I love to be called. And I must mention-being anonymous has got its own ascendance. My name doesn’t decide the length of my beard, or the kind of turban I am supposed to wear for that matter. Nor does it prefix the type of fabric I should cover my body with.
Jihad-isn’t that the most trending word these days? Especially after the massacre that happened in France. Some people hate the word, some love it. Basically everyone is having their own definition of Jihad, even though it has got nothing to do with subjectivity. So today, although being an anonymous, I’ll try to make the word unanimous for you.
There has been so much misconception about meaning of practising Jihad that let me start with what it doesn’t mean. “Holy War”-that’s how oxford dictionary defines it. Well, for once in this case, we got to beat oxford because Jihad doesn’t mean holy war. Wars are something that cause carnage. How can something that causes loss of life be holy? Another self-made and self-imposed illusion people have about Jihad is that it is a constant battle against non-believers. Had it been true, there would have been criteria clearly stating non-believers of what, which unfortunately are not specified, making this conception nothing more than a balderdash self-made definition by a dunderhead.
The word ‘Jihad’ is derived from the root Jee Ha Da. It literally means to struggle or strive in the way or sake of Allah. So Jihad is striving against your own negative deeds. It is nothing more and nothing less than doing something which is for amelioration of mankind even though your body, mind and thoughts are refusing to do it. It is something which everyone practises every day, knowingly or unknowingly. A 10 year child who finds school torturous but still goes to school because his dad says it’s for his own good is practising Jihad. A poor vendor who finds a thousand rupee note on the pavement of a building, but instead of sliding it into his own pocket, ensures that it goes inside the right wallet is practising Jihad. Any form of struggle done against you keeping edification of others as the central intention is practising Jihad in true sense.
Hijacking an aircraft and smashing it onto a tower is not something Jihad approves of. Sending ten armed young lads with few bags of grenades with an odious intention of killing innocents is nowhere near to practising Jihad. Jihad is not fighting out of anger and hatred. Instead, it’s the other way round-controlling your fraudulent deeds and channelizing your energy for good ones.
Few years ago on the same 26th day of November, few gunmen entered a city and wiped out a part of its population in the name of Jihad. Many survivors of 26/11 stated that the gunmen where so forlorn that they couldn’t even operate a tap in Hotel Taj. Holding a gun is something which made all the difference. The hostages had the courage to face the roughest situation they had ever come across in their lives and stare death right in its eyes. I wonder, who was more courageous-the men with a gun or the ones without it? The answer is ironical.
There has been a lot of fuss about Hafeez Sayeed and other terrorists who were the real masterminds behind the attacks of 26/11. But to them, there is only one thing we Indians would like to say-stay calm. We won’t send any phantom to whack you and make sure you die a very painful death although you deserve to. Nor would I abuse you although I want to. Ever wondered why? Just a simple reason-we practise true Jihad by curbing our anger.
You do another World Trade Centre, we would practise true Jihad. You do another Mumbai, we would practise true Jihad. You do another Paris, we would still practise true Jihad.
A TRUE JIHADI ANONYMOUS