The Tenth Virtue: Jihad
The ignorant portray jihad as if it means violence, end of discussion. As if Islam were a curse for the human race! But consider this: when the oppressors initiated violence, then offered the false promise of democracy, then slapped the will of the people in the face and subjected their Muslim opponents to prison, torture, and massacre, what does it mean? In these circumstances, staying silent is a disgrace and non-violent resistance is an obligation.
As for the jihad of development, it consists of the peaceful deconstruction of the edifice and institutions of disbelief and falsehood in our midst and building in their place a new generation whose mentality, lifestyles, and livelihoods are rooted in īmān.
“And the life of this world is nothing more than the enjoyment of delusion.”(1) “And the Hereafter is better and more lasting.”(2) “And God is better and more lasting.”(3)