Linda Sarsour has offered up her excuses for calling for “jihad” against President Donald Trump. She says that she was talking about “speaking truth to power” and that her interpretation of the word “Jihad” was to “struggle” or “strive”. But she was speaking to a Muslim audience, and if that audience has had any kind of Islamic education, they will know her meaning from the Hadiths.
Islamic scholars in the Hadiths have interpreted this to mean that Muslims should seek to get close to “tyrannical leaders” (here meaning leaders who do not either convert or bow to Islam), and to “speak quite words to them”. The term “speak quite words” was one used by the Islamic Society of Assassins hundreds of years ago (before they were destroyed by Ghengis Khan and finished off by his Grandson) to mean getting close enough to kill. And other Hadith scholars suggest that if you are Martyred for this, then it is the best form of Martyrdom.
It is possible that Sarsour did not know what she was talking about… If this is the case, then maybe she shouldn’t be using such language without learning the implications first.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour defended her call for jihad against the White House Sunday, blaming the outrage over her use of the word on conservative media in a Washington Post op-ed.
Muslim activist Sarsour called for a jihad against the White House during a speech she made at the Community Service Recognition Luncheon July 1. After drawing outrage for using the term “jihad,” Sarsour defended herself by saying she used the term to mean “struggle” or “to strive for.”
“In my speech — you can watch the unedited version here — I sent not a call to violence, but a call to speak truth to power and to commit to the struggle for racial and economic justice. I was speaking to an all-Muslim audience; as an American, I should be free to share and discuss scripture and teachings of my beloved Prophet,” Sarsour wrote.