Wednesday word: Mujâhid

May 5, 2010

Like the definitions I’ve added to Money Jihad’s glossary for riba and nisab, this definition comes from Muslim translators of Islamic texts:

Mujâhid (Plural: Mujâhidûn) A Muslim warrior in Jihâd.”

This concise explanation appears in the appendix of the Summarized Sahih Al-Bukhari.

Remember what Islam and its fundamentalist spokesmen say about the mujahideen and the money jihad?

“Your duty is to support the Mujahideen with money and men. I have experienced Jihad myself and I know how costly it can be. The Zakat of one affluent Muslim merchant is enough to finance all the Jihadi front against our enemies”—Osama Bin Laden.

“Collecting money for the mujahideen was not a donation or a gift but a duty necessitated by the sacrifices they made for the Muslim nation”—Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

“When  you use your money for the sake of Allah…you are a mujahid for the sake of Allah”—Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Palestinian Authority.

Oh, and zakat contributions “are only for the Fuqara’ (poor), and Al-Masakin (the poor) and those employed to collect (the funds), and to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islam), and to free the captives, and for those in debt, and for Allah’s Cause (i.e. for Mujahidun – those fighting in a holy battle), and for the wayfarer (a traveller who is cut off from everything); a duty imposed by Allah.”—Koran (Sura 9, Verse 60).

Some of these quotations deserve a special new place in our blog’s sidebar as a reminder of what “jihad with money” is all about.

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