We recently contacted our good friend Wael about a new article we wanted to publish about Jihad.
We wanted to try and define what ‘Jihad’ really means to muslims.
We are by no means experts in Islam as a faith so, we wanted to go directly to a man who had grown up in the faith.
A man who had the eloquence to really define the true meaning of Jihad.
What Wael sent back was unexpected but incredibly beautiful. It explains Jihad in a way that is beyond what we could have hoped for.
We hope you enjoy it.
Listen to Me
Listen, you lost confused monkey of a soul,
Jihad is not to convert anyone to anything.
It’s not about picking up a gun or a flag and shouting “Allah Akbar”. God doesn’t need guns, your voice or your stupid ass flag.
Jihad is not about growing a long untamed beard , wearing a frown on your face and wielding a machete. It’s not about leaving your wife and kids,
who so desperately need your attention,
and leave to go fight for some strangers abroad.
Jihad is not about terrorising, bullying, creating hatred, insulting, dehumanising, hijacking,
stealing, ransoming, plotting, beheading, bombing, tear gassing and mass murder of anyone or
anything outside your own self,
You lost confused monkey of a soul.
Jihad is the internal struggle against anything that
Terrorizes you into staying small.
Or bullies you into thinking you’re just race, religion or nationality.
Forces you to be a slave to anything but the Divine in you
Hates you to change and grow
Insults everyone who has a different opinion to you
Dehumanizes those who brush against your ego
Steals your energy away from yourself and those you love
Hijacks your faith in the goodness of the world and the people in it
Ransoms your children and family
Plots to make sure you never free your mind
From the dark shadows that govern it
Beheads your common sense & courage
Bombs your dreams & hopes
Tear gasses your ambition and aspiration
And destroys your authentic identity as a unique
One in 7 billion
Member of the human race.