Mr. Adnan Oktar explains what jihad means in Islam
(Indo Asian News Agency (IANS) - November 14th, 2008)
LALIT K. JHA: Thank you. Can we shift to another topic? Radical Islam, Islamism. Being an Islamic leader, all over the world you see this increasing trend of what the Western media say about Islamic radicalism. In Pakistan, Afghanistan and in other parts of the world... The growth of Taliban, al-Qaida. What is your opinion about all these issues?
ADNAN OKTAR: Islam has a spirit, an essence and purpose. This is compassion, mercy, love, cooperation, forgiveness, happiness, joy, adorning the surroundings, having love towards everything, and to seek Allah's compassion above everything. Every organisation and each endeavor failing to accomplish these do not act in compliance with the spirit of Islam. Consequently, they are erroneous thoughts. Having this condense information, it is possible to discern between what is normal and deviant.
LALIT K. JHA: So, from this what I get in essence is that you don't support al-Qaida, al-Taliban, the way they are progressing towards the concept of jihad.
ADNAN OKTAR: Essentiallly there is jihad in Islam, jihad means "to strive, to make effort". That is to say, one approaches people with love and compassion. One convinces them with scientific and intellectual evidence. One tells them the love of Allah, the beauties of the Qur'an and its righteous aspects. One tells the invalidity of Darwinism, materialism, and the malice of fascism and communism. That is the "jihad", that is to say, beating someone in the head is not jihad.