Ahmadiyya view on Jihad

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search

In Ahmadiyya Islam, Jihad is a purely religious concept. It is primarily one's personal inner struggle. Armed struggle or military exertion is the last option only to be used in defense, to protect religion and one's own life in extreme situations of religious persecution, whilst not being able to follow one's fundamental religious beliefs; and even then it can only be carried out under the direct instruction of a prophet or Caliph.[1] It is not permissible that jihad be used to spread Islam violently or for political motives, or that it be waged against a government that maintains religious freedom.

Ahmadiyya claims its objective to be the revival and peaceful propagation of Islam with special emphasis on defending and extending Islam 'by the pen' and by argumentation. Ahmadis point out that as per prophecy, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (whom they believe to be the promised messiah) rendered Jihad in its military form as inapplicable in the present age as Islam, as a religion, is not being attacked militarily but through literature and other media, therefore the response should be likewise. They believe that the answer of hate should be given by love. As their khalifas said that 'if anyone attacks us we must not attack him and should treat them with love and kindness' this is called “Jihad-ul-Akbar” (The Greater Jihad).

Spread of faith

Ahmadis denounce the usage of a sword or any other form of coercion as a method of the propagation of the Islamic faith. In contrast to some of the commonly held views that historically Islam was spread by force, Ahmadis maintain that early Muslims did not take up the sword in order to spread their faith, but rather for the preservation of life. In particular, the founder of the movement, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad stated that when Islam began gaining converts upon its birth, there was an ever increasing tension against the new converts by the pagans of Mecca, which resulted in them being severely persecuted for many years. After many years of patience, the Muslim converts migrated to the neighbouring city of Medina. This did not stop persecuting the Muslims. They were pursued by the Pagans and it was only then that the Muslims first took up the sword in order to defend their lives.[2]

Ahmadis denounce the usage of a sword as an Islamic concept with support from the Qur'an which according to them categorically rejects any form of coercion in religion. The Qur'an states:


The fourth Caliph, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Tahir Ahmad states:

See also


  1. "Suspension of Jihad". Retrieved September 3, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Jihad with Sword". alislam.org. Retrieved 2011-01-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Jihad a misunderstood concept". alislam.org. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links