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Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward by Nabeel Qureshi

By Nabeel Qureshi

From ny occasions bestselling writer and previous Muslim Nabeel Qureshi comes this own, difficult, and respectful resolution to the various questions surrounding jihad, the increase of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism.

San Bernardino used to be the main deadly terror assault on American soil due to the fact Sept. 11, and it got here at the heels of a coordinated attack on Paris. there isn't any query that innocents have been slaughtered within the identify of Allah and within the manner of jihad, yet do the terrorists’ activities truly mirror the faith of Islam? the reply to this question is extra urgent than ever, as waves of Muslim refugees arrive within the West looking protect from the violent ideology of ISIS.

Setting apart speculations and competing voices, what fairly is jihad? How are we to appreciate jihad relating to our Muslim pals and acquaintances? Why is there one of these surge of Islamist terrorism on the planet this day, and the way are we to respond?

In Answering Jihad, bestselling writer Nabeel Qureshi (Seeking Allah, discovering Jesus) solutions those questions from the point of view of a former Muslim who's deeply involved for either his Muslim family members and his American place of birth.

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There are many learned and enlightened theologians but they have no access to this knowledge. [I seek] protection [with God]! Attention! We have not read about this discourse in any book; nor have we written it in any book. This discourse has not been revealed to any prophet. You should safeguard it [267] as much as you can. Read it day and night to the believers and the obedient ones. The believers to whom this book reaches in inheritance should safeguard it and read it alone by themselves. The first temple [of God], al-Bayt al-maʿmūr, was revealed to Adam.

Gabriel] said [to him], ‘Wake up. This is not the time of the night [280] for you to sleep. “O thou wrapped up in thy raiment! Rise, the night …’’ [Qurʾān, 73:1–2]. Muḥammad sat on Burāq and went to the Sacred Precinct (al-Bayt al-muqaddas). There he put his foot on the rock, and from there he crossed the seven heavens and reached at ‘two bows’-length’. From there he ascended to the throne, then to the Pedestal, Tablet, and Pen and then he crossed five thousand veils and reached in the presence of the Exalted King where he spoke and listened to ninety thousand words.

The Qurʾān is the Speech (kalām) of God which is uncreated, so whoever says it is created is  an unbeliever in God, the Almighty. That is to say, this Salmān al-Qudrah is [252] the Qurʾān and the chant of God. Whosoever does not testify to it is an unbeliever in God. O Jābir, the significance of this discourse is that the Qurʾān is the speech of God which is the uncreated Salmān. Likewise, the chant (āwāz) of the Exalted Sovereign is uncreated unlike the Dissident Spirits, so ‘whoever says it is created is an unbeliever in God the Sublime’.

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