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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Jihad Hackers

The Egyptian blogosphere has turned into the new jihad field for Muslim, Coptic, and secular fundamentalists.

Quranic Studies defines jihad as "Jihad is simply the process of "exerting the best efforts," involving some form of "struggle" and "resistance," to achieve a particular goal."

It is no big secret that the number of Egyptians who believe that Egypt should become a secular nation are increasing. Mainly, intellectual bilingual well-educated people have realized that inter-faith strives are holding the country back.

"This group is open to anyone that wants to make Egypt a better place to live in, and that believes in:

1. All Egyptians are born free and equal in dignity and rights
2. All Egyptians have the right of free thought and religion.
3. All Egyptians are equal before the law.
4. Any Egyptian is entitled to all rights and freedoms without distinction such as race, gender, religion or origin.
5. An Egyptian Secular (civil) state is the only way to achieve these objectives." Says the creator of Egypt, A Secular Nation group on facebook.

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4 comments:

Bastawisi said...

how come Copts and Seculars practicing Jihad?? Jihad is by Muslims only.

Marwa Rakha said...

Hello Bastawisi:)

This is why I used the definition of the word

Jihad is simply the process of "exerting the best efforts," involving some form of "struggle" and "resistance," to achieve a particular goal."

In the eyes of each of the seculars and the copts each of them has a cause and they will exert their best effort to defend their cause.

ألِف said...

In its original context "jihad" has almost the same meaning of the modern usage of "crusade" (with a small-case "c")

Both words denote a strife or a campaign or struggle for a [just] cause, as well as a holy war in the name of religion.

However, while the word “crusade” seems to have had its roots in the infamous military campaigns of the middle ages, before it was generalised, the usage of the Arabic word “jihad” evolved in opposite path.

“jihad” started as a general term referring to personal/community strife for betterment, and later gained the specific meaning of "holy war" against the nations’ enemies, which definition - at the time this usage came into existence - were people of other non-muslim nations.

Marwa Rakha said...

Thank you Alef:)