“Jihad” is “misunderstood” spiritual struggle, Muslim scholar tells Oprah

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Oprah doing a show on jihad could do enormous good. Instead, she did a show with an Islamic scholar who laughably claimed that jihad is merely a spiritual struggle.

Oprah’s single “teachable moment” devastated the cause of truth and freedom. It is breathtaking.

Little in Islamic text and teachings speak to a “spiritual struggle.” It’s all holy war. And that is exactly why hundreds of millions are waging war in the cause of jihad.

Oprah has taken a page from the media, academia and political elites who have all but declared war on the truth and scrubbed motive and ideology from jihad-related terror in accordance with the sharia (Islamic law).

Is there no one with a worldwide platform courageous enough to stand up in defense of freedom? Oprah could have made a real difference.

Oprah has a responsibility not to be a tool, not to be a stooge. Over the past 1,400 years up to today, hundreds of millions  have been slaughtered in jihad wars, cultural annihilation and enslavement in the cause of Allah. Do a show on that, Oprah.

20% of blacks in Mauritania are slaves under Muslim rule. Do a show on that, Oprah. Slavery is sanctioned in Islamic text and teachings. Do a show on that, Oprah.

There have hundreds of jihad plots thwarted in America since 9/11 — do a show on that, Oprah.

Nothing in the Quran speaks to a “spiritual struggle.” It’s all holy war.

Why doesn’t Oprah have Robert Spencer or Ibn Warraq or Bat Ye’or? No, no balance, no elucidation, no truth. Endless Islamic propaganda while the threat increases and millions die.

“Jihad” is “misunderstood” spiritual struggle, Muslim scholar tells Oprah,” by Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch, November 7, 2015

If jihad is simply a spiritual struggle, then why is there an entire chapter of the Qur’an entitled “Booty” or “The Spoils of War” (al-Anfal). What spoils ensue from a spiritual struggle? If jihad is simply a spiritual struggle, how is a Muslim supposed to make Jews and Christians “pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29) spiritually? If jihad is simply a spiritual struggle, why are there thousands upon thousands of Muslims worldwide who have joined violent jihad groups? Why are there any violent jihad groups at all? Why is this misunderstanding of jihad so widespread?

“‘Jihad’ Is Simply ‘Misunderstood’, Claims Muslim Scholar During Segment On Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Belief’ Series,” by Leah Marieann Klett, Gospel Herald, November 6, 2015:

Speaking during a segment on Oprah Winfrey’s controversial “Belief” series, an Islamic scholar claimed that jihad is one of the most misunderstood and misused concepts of the religion.

Varun Soni, the dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, spoke about Islam in the introductory video for the “Belief” segment, which aired on OWN last week, according to the Christian Post.

While “jihad” is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty,” the scholar asserted that such an explanation of the word is actually far from accurate.

“One of the most misunderstood concepts of Islam is ‘jihad’, which many people interpret as ‘a holy war,’” Soni contended.

“But there is nothing holy about war,” he argued. “What ‘jihad’ actually represents is an internal struggle, the battle that is raging in our own heart. And all of our religious traditions talk about that internal struggle. In that respect, jihad is not just a Muslim idea but it’s a reality of the human condition.”

Oprah’s seven-part series explored religious and spiritual belief around the world, and was shot at 33 different locations worldwide, taking over three years to complete. Islam is the world’s second-largest religion, with 1.5 billion followers worldwide. The media giant reportedly reached out to 100 faith leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Sikhism for an advanced screening of the series before it premiered.

“Muslims see themselves as coming to god with great humility,” Soni said in explaining his religion. “For Muslims, submitting to god creates a radical sense of equality. The most sacred text for Muslims is the Quran, which most Muslims believe is the direct word of god, as revealed to the prophet Muhammad….

Courtesy of Pamela Geller.

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