Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Institute is rattling people's cages again.
She's started another campaign of bus ads, this time in San Francisco where a number of anti-Israel ads have run on the city's Muni buses without complaint, just like in New York City and elsewhere.
“The purpose of our campaign is to show the reality of Jihad, the root causes of terrorism. Using the exact quotes and text that they use,” said Geller.
She got the idea as a response to a number of CAIR ads that were put on San Francisco's buses that were designed to try to disassociate the word “jihad” with violence.
Yes, the City of San Francisco saw nothing wrong with carrying ads for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim Brotherhood front group and an unindicted co-conspirator in supplying material support for terrorism whose chief executives aren't sitting in jail only because the Obama Administration filed a 'decline to prosecute' motions in what amounted to an open and shut case.
But as you can imagine, the sort of politicians that run San Francisco had a number of issues with Geller's ads:
District Attorney George Gascon, condemned the campaign as "Islamophobic bigotry', while Board of Supervisors President David Chiu called the members of the American Freedom Defense Initiative “well-known hate extremists” and said he is introducing a resolution to denounce the ads.
Ah well...just like Pavlov's famous dogs, these sort of people salivate on command when they get the appropriate stimuli, whether it makes sense of not.
The truth about jihad? Here's my view, as one who has spent some time studying the matter. It is true that the Muslim concept of jihad does correspond loosely with our term 'struggle'. Thus Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf", originally translated into Arabic by Palestinian leader and Nazi ally Haj Amin al-Husseini and still a best seller in the Arab world translates as 'My Jihad.'
Technically speaking, it can refer to an inner struggle. That is its spiritual meaning when one is speaking of oneself as an individual.
However, when it concerns the Ummah, the Muslim nation, Muslims as a group, and whenever it is used politically, it always refers to Holy War,jihad bis saif, and all four major fiqhs (schools of Islamic jurisprudence) have clearly defined that.
That's why jihad manifested in that way almost always involves violence towards kuffars, non-believers.
As Mohammed told his followers in the Hadiths, which recount the life, times and saying of Mohammed as recorded by his followers, "In the shade of swords shall ye find Paradise."
And there are numerous other references to jihad and Muslim's duty to wage Holy War in the Qu'ran and hadiths...Qur'an:9:5, Qur'an:9:29, Qur'an:8:39, Ishaq:326, Bukhari:V4B53N386, and Qur'an:47:4 are just a few of many examples.
It is what it is.
It's very revealing that far too many Muslims who claim to be peace loving devote a great deal of time and effort to condemning people like Geller for their 'Islamophobia' and almost no time at all condemning the likes of Hamas, Hezbollah, Lashkar e Tiaba and other terrorist groups that claim Islam and yes, jihad, as their inspiration and their rationale.
One can only wonder at their motivations.