*** The problem is that Muslims today are being forced to hear, Jihadi, Jihad, Jihad. The Prophet (AlayhiSalaam) said "Islam is built on five... (faith, prayer, fasting, charity and Hajj)". Jihad is not - and has never been - a pillar of Islam.
In the first 10 years of Islam - when hostility was highest and Muslims were killed and tortured for their faith in Allah - NO action was taken. I am not saying that pacifism is what I encourage of the Muslim world, but SURELY, it does not have to be Jihad, Jihad, Jihad, yes?
Even the verse that legitimizes Jihad acknowledges it is a thing disliked. Awlaki defines this in his 'Constants on the Path of Jihad' as indicative of the cowardice of the people (that's why they dislike it) but in reality, it is because of their peaceful and non hostile nature over those 10 years in Mecca - an example shown and corroborated by Allah Himself in the Quran in referring to Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) as a 'Mercy to the Worlds'. ANYONE who does a word search of the Quran should compare how many times the word PATIENCE comes as opposed to ANY kind of action verb: jihad, kill and fight. Do it and you shall see what the Quran says much more of than is claimed.
Look at the example of our much-maligned Prophet (AlayhiSalaam). The people of Taif cast him out, the street thugs throwing rocks at him - we all know the story. He PRAYS for them. The guy who comes into the Masjid and takes a leak in the corner - the Prophet (AlayhiSalaam) LET HIM FINISH before he politely told him why he should not do so. We all know these stories - the body of a MUSHRIK woman was seen among the dead and how upset did that make our Nabi (AlayhiSalaam)? He condemned who would do such a thing.
Anwar Al Awlaki: we will ALL have to answer for ourselves. We all know the hadeeth of the three types to be brought before Allah: The one who claimed he died in Jihad for God's sake, the scholar who claims he too did it for God, and the rich man who says he gave in charity honestly. People SAY they do it for Islam and Allah BUT when they go against the Beloved Example of the Prophet (AlayhiSalaam), things are not so open and shut. We know how that hadeeth ends: all three of them are proven (by God alone) to be liars and are eventually cast into hell.
Seek the way of mercy - do not drag in the Blessed Family of the Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) who reside in Yemen also.
Or would you slay them too? MS ***
WASHINGTON - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says the U.S. is actively hunting American-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
The radical cleric is calling for the killing of American civilians, in a new video released Sunday by Yemen-based al-Qaida offshoot, al-Qaida of the Arabian Peninsula.
The White House spokesman says President Barack Obama will continue to take action directly against terrorists like al-Awlaki, and keep the U.S. safe from what Gibbs calls "murderous thugs."
Senior administration officials say al-Awlaki is on a list of terrorists U.S. forces are authorized to capture, or kill. His Internet sermons are believed to have helped inspire attacks on the U.S.
Gibbs appeared Sunday on CBS television's "Face the Nation."