Jihad eh?

I had a great time reading this. I first read it on Google News, a report from India, and I tried to search for the source from Malaysia, but this is the nearest I can get, from The Star:

BUTTERWORTH: Wanita Umno has declared its campaign in the Permatang Pauh by-election as jihad or a holy war.

Its deputy chief, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, said the movement would act as a bastion to stop an ambitious individual from achieving his dream and personal glory.

Strength in numbers: Shahrizat (front row, fifth left) cheering alongside Barisan Nasional component party members after the meeting in Seberang Jaya yesterday.

Without naming the person, she said he would do everything possible to become the Prime Minister at the expense of the people’s welfare and the country’s stability.

“The wing views the by-election as a critical election not just for Barisan Nasional but also for the whole country and its people.

“It is a jihad because this individual should not be given the chance to destroy the country’s political stability and prosperity.

“If we allow him to lead the country, he would lead us to destruction,” she said after launching the Barisan Nasional Wanita Permatang Pauh by-election machinery here yesterday.

Shahrizat said the Wanita movement and its Barisan counterparts would observe election regulations and would not resort to violence while campaigning.

“We hope there won’t be elements of fitnah-memfitnah (slander) and empty promises. It would be a campaign of good values (berhemah-tinggi) because our intentions are pure (suci).

“Overall, we will bring truth and facts (to the people). There will not be tricks or empty promises.

“We know we are the underdogs but don’t underestimate us.”

She said Barisan was expecting an aggressive battle, noting that PKR was known for its “violent traits”.

She also said she did not see any reason why a by-election was needed as the people of Permatang Pauh had earlier chosen their candidate.

“Ini satu langkah takbur. (It is an arrogant move) It is troublesome to the voters and an exploitation,” she added.

It seems like everyone is trying to use Arabic terms nowadays. Why? Does that make you look a bit more Islamic, thus sounds more appealing to the crowd?

A jihad against Anwar, for fear of him destroying the nation sounds really strange and weird.

Well, as a hadith (4:269, Bukhari) says: War is deceit.

It certainly is.



  1. Well, then the question will be, what do you call a civil war within Islam and who can call the jihad?

  2. Imakubex,

    I have no problem with anyone who wants to use any word, for words should not be exclusively meant for a certain group only, but as their interpretation of jihad might be different from mine, the headline struck me as strange at the first time I read it.

    But I like the idea and the choice of word (which gives such a strong connotation) as a weapon at times like this. Surely a good choice. An art their opponents are yet to master.

    Read Harakah for a response from their opponents on this. That gives me headache.

    And civil war within Islam, would have been applauded by both parties as jihad itself – according to their own interpretation. I bet at the time when the First Civil War in Islam occurred, both parties regarded themselves as the ‘right’ one – thus claimed what they did was jihad fi sabililah.

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