Talk:Sixth Pillar of Islam
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Jihaad is a act of struggle that becomes obligatory to the muslims in specific occassions and becomes voluntary in other occasions. It has nothing to do with ´Pillars of Islam´. Islam has it´s sources in the Holly Kur´an and the Authentic Hadeeth, so anything that has no evidence in these sources cannot be prescribed as Islam.
- I understand why you say that, but the fact is that many Muslims disagree with you. I don't think it should count as a sixth pillar of Islam, but I don't get a vote because I am not a member of the Islamic community. So so many Muslims teach that it is a pillar of Islam, we are obligated to report this teaching. We don't have to agree with it. We can diagree all we want, it just won't change it, though. - User:RK
Pls. note that there are Sunni Muslims and Shia` Muslims and so on. It is also extremely important to note that Sunni Muslims are very careful as to who is categorised as a Muslim. Muhammad was the last prophet. As such other "sects" who follow "prophets" who came after him are not considered Muslims, eg. Ahmedis, who follow some guy called Ahmed. This is against all Islamic teachings. Pls. clarify the matter. This goes for Druze too.
"A few Muslims, mainly some Kharijite groups in ancient times and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad today, have taught that Jihad, or personal struggle, should be considered the sixth pillar of Islam. In this view, Jihad is viewed as external war against those perceived to be enemies of Islam."
I cannot find any evidence to support this allegation, a cursory google search turns up nothing. I'm removing it. mr100percent 17 May 2004 (UTC)
"Most experts on Islamic war suggest the protection of noncombatants, women, children, the elderly, and prisoners of war to be in accordance with Islamic ethics." Yes but what do Islamic holy scriptures say? 188.8.131.52 (talk) 12:28, 22 August 2009 (UTC)
Jihad as personal struggle
I have deleted the words "or personal struggle" from the following sentence
A few Muslims, mainly some Kharijite groups in ancient times and members of Egyptian Islamic Jihad (or personal struggle) recently, have taught that Jihad should be considered the sixth pillar of Islam.
It was misleading. Jihad can mean personal struggle, but not exclusively so. Jihad can also be interpreted to mean war. I have not suggested that it means one or the other. There is a link to the meaning of jihad in the sentence.
To suggest that it only means 'personal stuggle' is editorialising.
According to Khaled Abou el Fadl in his The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists, the sixth pillar was nothing to do with jihad, but rather the obligation upon all Muslims to refrain from evil, and to do good, both in personal terms, and in the larger social context. The puritan version of Islam (Wahhabi/salafi) which is currently dominant teaches that this obligation being enshrined in the law already, there is no need to have it as a separate pillar. El Fadl is not clear on exactly when this sixth pillar was thought up, when it was thought incumbent, or when it fell by the wayside, but the point is clear: the sixth pillar, so-called, has nothing to do with jihad, thus, most of what's on this page is nonsense. The talk section also has a couple of people saying they will delete those comments, yet the comments remain, thus, it looks like we have a case of vandalism. Theonemacduff (talk) 16:34, 5 August 2014 (UTC)