Sheikh Zakzaky explains concept of Jihad in Islam

Leader of the Islamic Movement in Africa, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) says, Islam has decent rules and regulations concerning Jihad that is exemplary. 

Sheikh Zakzaky who made the statement at the on-going Ramadan Tafsir at the Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah, Zaria, was expounding verses 190-193 of Surah al-Baqrah to buttress the point.

Citing verse 190 of Surah al-Baqrah, he explained that Islam abhors transgression in whatever form, even when fighting a known enemy. “Transgression, which means terrorism, has now assumed a different meaning as a result of American politics, when in the real sense they are the real terrorists of the world”.

He further explained that Muslims are warned against waging war on people who do not wage war on them, and that even when fighting those who wage war on them, they are warned against over stepping limit (transgression).

He said, rules governing conduct of war can best be seen in the war performed and exemplified by Ali Ameerul Mu’mineen (AS), who never went after enemies who ran away during battle.

“In Islam the injured are left alone, and not killed in cold blood. Women and children are not also killed, even when they attend the battlefield. They are only honourably captured. Offensive is discouraged. When the enemy runs away, or the war is over it is forbidden to wage an offensive or lay siege on the enemy. If you do that, you have committed murder, and that is transgression and terrorism. Allah abhors transgression and transgressors. In essence, war is only fought on the battlefield with the enemy sword drawn and ready for fight”.

He lamented on how people now transgress in the name of Jihad, adding that enemies of Islam had been associating Islam with transgression (terrorism), and now went a step further to organize and carry out terrorist acts in the name of Islam.

Sheikh Zakzaky said, all the current wave of terrorist acts being carried out in Muslim countries are the handiwork of enemies of Islam through sponsoring terrorist organizations, which he said, gave enemies of Islam the opportunity to fight Islam and Muslims.

He cited the current wave of bomb blasts and killings in Nigeria, and linking it to Islam as if Islam is originally a terrorist religion when in the actual sense it has decent rules and regulations governing war and any form of dispute.

“Indeed, all these killings are not done by Muslims. The nature of the killings can never be the handiwork of a Muslims no matter how weak in faith they may be. How can a Muslim detonate a bomb in a market place and kill hundreds, then claim to be carrying out a Jihad? This is the handiwork of enemies of Islam, and not Muslims. They are doing it in all Muslim countries, exporting terrorism and blaming it on Muslims”.

Sheikh Zakzaky also said, Islam discourages transgression (terrorism) even on environment, insects and animals. “A Muslim should not be the first offender, the first person to initiate a war. Even when he kills, body mutilation is forbidden, even on a mad dog as stated by Hadith”, he adde