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Syed Soharwardy says jihad has a war aspect, certain ethics and requirements

Imam Syed Soharwardy of Calgary, the head of the Calgary-based Islamic Supreme Council of Canada and the founder of Muslims Against Terrorism, is often invited by CBC as a guest expert to discuss issues related to terrorism and radicalization. He is introduced as a moderate voice in the Muslim community who “has worked to prevent the radicalization of youth in Canada.”

In an interview with Taher Gora, Soharwardy explained the meaning of jihad in Islam:

That there are certain rules of jihad and people who are causing terrorism and calling it jihad, absolutely it is not jihad, and that cannot be and has never been considered by any Muslim that killing innocent people, children and women and randomly blowing up yourself is jihad. It is not jihad. So Allah Willing next time we will talk. In the Holy Koran jihad is a very holy sacred word, but we should not be mixing terrorism with jihad. jihad is mentioned in the Holy Quran almost in every chapter of the the Holy Quran and it is something that people have to understand. It’s a struggle. It does not necessarily means that you pick up your gun and start shooting people or become a suicide bomber. It does not mean necessarily. Yes, there is a war aspect of it, but it has certain ethics, it has certain rules, it has certain requirements. Everybody cannot just stand up and say: Ok, I am declaring jihad. That is against jihad. The concept of [someone] who said: I can declare jihad is against jihad. The rules of jihad came from Allah and the Prophet, peace be upon him. How can I make my own rules about jihad? So we definitely, I’d love have that discussion.

See also:

  • Syed Soharwardy says Islamic Sharia law is the solution, Jizya is not discriminatory – click HERE
  • Syed Soharwardy: “Muslims themselves damaged Islam more than enemies of Islam” – click HERE
  • Syed Soharwardy warns of ISIS recruitment and radicalization in mosques, universities – click HERE
  • Syed Soharwardy says global terrorism “is supported by European and American governments” – click HERE
  • Syed Soharwardy: ISIS is funded and supported by the US and the West – click HERE
  • Syed Soharwardy claims that Muslims falsely blamed for Salafi (Muslim) attacks on Muslims – click HERE
  • Syed Soharwardy: “Islam is the most feminist religion” – click HERE
  • Syed Soharwardy: homosexuality is a “major sin” and “an abnormal behavior” that “must be cured” – click HERE


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About Jonathan D. Halevi

Jonathan D. Halevi
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi is co-founder and editor of CIJnews and a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is also a co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd.

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