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Jihad & Warfare in Islam – A Detailed Account

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Allah says in the Qur’an: “And why should you not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated and oppressed? Men, women, and children, whose cry is: ‘Our Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors, and raise for us from Thee one who will protect; and raise for us from Thee one who will help’.” (Surah An-Nisâ’, verse 75) This is arguably the most talked about topic whenever the subject of Islam is brought up amongst non-Muslims and Muslims. However, its true and comprehensive meaning has sadly been hijacked and abused either by the pacifists, who are more inclined towards bending over backwards and pleasing others, or the warmongering riff-raff of the Ummah, who are unable to channel their frustrations constructively and fail to attribute half-baked justifications for transgression to any legal scholarship. But what about the situation today? How should we understand Jihad in our current time-space context.

This short course aims to cover the following areas, in light of classical and contemporary jurists: Types of Jihad, Reality of Jihad al-Nafs, Issue of Forcefully Converting People to Islam, Jihad as Armed Combat, Dar al-Harb or Dar al-Islam, Defensive and Offensive Jihad, Rules of Engagement and Civilian Inviolability, Role of the Head of State in Political Affairs and Jihad, Peace Treaties and the UN Declaration of Peace, Ethical Considerations in a Nuclear Age, Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) Overall Attitude to War, Shari’ah Definition of Terrorism, Reality of 9-11 & 7-7 according to Foundational Texts and Juristic Rulings, Multiple Muslim States, Islam’s Foreign Policy, Social Contract and Muslims of the UK. A lot of material is to be covered during the course in significant depth, with the teacher commonly referring to related subjects so as to address the subject in a more well-rounded manner. Participants are therefore encouraged to attend with the right frame of mind and the necessary level of alertness. Whilst many may speak passionately about jihad, its inner and outer aspects, its rulings and relevance in today’s context, very few are able to articulate this in a way that is true to both its practical and psycho-spiritual dimensions on an experiential level. Inshallah, this course will go some way towards providing a more honest and balanced representation of the subject, insha’Allah.

Sheikh Abu Aliyah

Sheikh Abu Aliyah is the Director of the Ibn Jawziyyah Institute, and has undertaken his Islamic studies with a number of scholars including Sheikh Abdullah Al-Farsi, Sheikh Abd al-Rahman al-Luwayhiq, and Sheikh Haytham al-Haddad. He has taught and lectured on Islam for two decades, and serves as an imam at a mosque in East London, as well as undertaking pastoral work in the community.

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