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The True Meaning of Jihad

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Kenneth Atkinson, non-Muslim professor of philosophy and religion, addresses conditions of the Arabian Peninsula before Islam, social justice, does jihad equal warfare, the Qur’an commanding Muslims to fight, forced conversion, suicide, anti-semitism, and Islam’s treatment of prisoners of war.
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  • Maybe not all early Muslims were not involved in warfare, but obviously the Muslims most familiar with Quaranic versus were dieing on the battlefield. ie:Abu Bakr As-Siddiq sent for me when the people! of Yamama had been killed (i.e., a number of the Prophet's Companions who fought against Musailama). (I went to him) and found 'Umar bin Al-Khattab sitting with him. Abu Bakr then said (to me), "Umar has come to me and said: "Casualties were heavy among the Qurra' of the! Qur'an (i.e. those who knew the Quran by heart) on the day of the Battle of Yalmama, and I am afraid that more heavy casualties may take place among the Qurra' on other battlefields, whereby a large part of the Qur'an may be lost. 
  • I listen to you describe Islam engages in self defense. This does not sound like self defense.Siege of Kibar. "One Muslim reported:"We met the workers of Khaybar coming out in the morning with their spades and baskets. When they saw the apostle and the army they cried, 'Muhammad with his force,' and turned tail and fled. The apostle said, 'Allah Akbar! Khaybar is destroyed. When we arrive in a people's square it is a bad morning for those who have been warned.'An army has been raised for the purpose of taking possession of Khaybar. That takes time. The Prophet and his followers were coming from Medina. What was going on in Mecca that threatened The Prophet in Medina?