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Jihad: A Just Struggle or Unjust Violence? (DVD) Zaid Shakir
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Publisher/Manufacturer: Meccacentric Da'Wah Group (2007)
Product specifications: DVD approximate running time 1 Hours and 30 minutes
Item type: Lecture DVD
An excellent lecture for those seeking the Muslim perspective on this very important topic. Zaid Shakir takes a comprehensive look at the concept of "jihad" by analyzing its linguistic meaning, its derivatives, and then the actual Qur'anic meaning. His outline covers the jihad (or struggle) of purifying the soul, the jihad of physically fighting in the way of Islam, the jihad with the non-antagonist non-Muslims, and the jihad with the shaitan (devil). In doing this, he explores many interesting topics such as terrorism, situations that justify the use of violence, the various tools one can utilize in struggling against the self, the concept of love and compassion with non-Muslims, and the struggle with our families, children, and spouses. He concludes with a commentary on the role of a Muslim in a non-Muslim land according to the shari'ah. This talk was given at Northwestern University in Chicago and is ideal for schools, libraries, and Muslim student organizations. It is highly recommended for both Muslims and non-Muslims.
Other topics discussed: the destruction of the Buddha statues in Afghanistan by the Taliban, what should be the Muslim's response to the argument by some, like Ghandi, that pacifism is nobler than violence, undertaking jihad in defense of non-Muslims, and the need to establish institutions that can assist in eliminating the conditions that result in violence.