Wednesday, February 20, 2008


(Thanks to Sheik Yer'Mami)

I found this gem at the Sheik's Winds of Jihad, thusly

"* And here is the definition of jihad by the eminent Islamic scholar Sayyeed Abdul A’la Maududi*"

Here's part of it:

"In reality Islam is a revolutionary ideology and programme which seeks to alter the social order of the whole world and rebuild it in conformity with its own tenets and ideals. 'Muslim' is the title of that International Revolutionary Party organized by Islam to carry into effect its revolutionary programme. And 'Jihad' refers to that revolutionary struggle and utmost exertion which the Islamic Party brings into play to achieve this objective."
--Sayeed Abdul A'la Maududi, Jihad in Islam p8

"Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of its own ideology and programme, regardless of which Nation assumes the role of the standard bearer of Islam or the rule of which nation is undermined in the process of the establishment of an ideological Islamic State."
--Sayeed Abdul A'la Maududi, Jihad in Islam p9

"No one has the right to become a self-appointed ruler of men and issue orders and prohibitions on his own volition and authority. To acknowledge the personal authority of a human being as the source of commands and prohibitions is tantamount to admitting him as the sharer in the Powers and Autority of God. And this is the root of all evils in the universe."
--Sayeed Abdul A'la Maududi, Jihad in Islam p14

"Islam is not merely a religious creed or compound name for a few forms of worship, but a comprehensive system which envisages to annihilate all tyrannical and evil systems in the world and enforces its own programme of reform which it deems best for the well-being of mankind."
--Sayeed Abdul A'la Maududi, Jihad in Islam p19

From Jihad in Islam
by Sayyeed Abdul A'la Maududi
in print via: Islamic Publications (Pvt.) Ltd.6-Court Street, Lower Mall
Lahore -- 54000 Pakistan

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