‘Jihad’ ads comes to DC Metro

An ad from the “#MyJihad” campaign sponsored by the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago). Ads will … Continued

An ad from the “#MyJihad” campaign sponsored by the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago). Ads will be appearing in the several Washington Metro stations.

Aiming to “reclaim jihad from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike,” Muslim activists this week announced that their “#My jihad” ad campaign began running Monday in D.C. metro stations. The ads have previously appeared on buses in San Francisco and Chicago.

With a four-week ad buy in the Shaw, Waterfront, Rockville and Dunn Loring Metro stations, organizer Ahmed Rehab, who is also executive director of the Chicago branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says that he is hoping to change the narrative around the word jihad.

“We kind of got tired sitting there watching people tell us what we believe or what we don’t believe.”

The posters feature photos of Muslims sharing their religious struggles, and uses lines like “my jihad is to build bridges through friendship” and “my jihad: modesty is not a weakness.”

Rehab’s Web site, myjihad.org notes, “for Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists (who ironically are on perfect agreement), jihad is synonymous with terrorism, blowing up things, and spilling innocent blood.” The site adds “For many others, including members of the media and academia and even some Western dictionaries, jihad is often mistranslated simply as ‘holy war.’”

Instead, read a statement on the campaign, activists hope to highlight the concept as it is lived by ordinary Muslims: “Jihad is a central tenet of the Islamic creed which means struggling uphill in order to get to a better place.”

Rehab also is inviting Muslims to tweet using the hashtag #myjihad to explain how jihad shapes their lived spirituality. As if to prove his point, the hashtag has been flooded with tweets from anti-Muslim activists pointing to accounts of violence perpetrated by violent Islamic extremists.

The additional three ads being run in dioramas, the back-lit displays in Washington areas Metro stations, are below.

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Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
  • perplexed4

    Any human who tells another human that god has spoken to them uniquely and has laid down a set of laws to them to enlighten other humans is insane and should be avoided at all costs.

  • badthoughts

    My jihad is to get laid this weekend

  • SODDI

    My pet wolf is named Wolf, but that really just means Mr. Fluffy-Wuffkins. I believe that you all should think Fluffy-Wuffkins whenever you see the word “wolf”. You shouldn’t think “vicious hyper-intelligent predatory pack animal” when you see the word “wolf”, you should think of fluffiness and and little fuzzy toesies.

    Maybe I’ll take out mass transit ads too, telling people to think “Mr. Fluffy-Wuffkins” instead of “wolf”. And I’ll put little kitties and bunnies on the ads.

    My Wolf is the best Mr. Fluffy-Wuffkins ever. He’s only eaten 3 children. And about 67 kitties and bunnies.

  • Abey

    Painting Jihad in any other way than getting rid of whoever believes differently is like sprinkling sugar on blood or painting lipstick on a pig’s snout.

  • Kingofkings1

    Wapo did a disservice by removing the “report” tab on comments. “Ignore” tab doesn’t bring the unacceptable comments to the monitors’ attention, who seem to be sleeping most of the time.

    Jihad is a word that describes struggle. If someone struggles in spreading his faith or spreading democracy, it is their personal choice. I have enough headache struggling with nincompoops and tasteless comments

  • WmarkW

    Could you clarify what comments are moronic and tasteless?

    “You’re an idiot,” is a commenting violation.

    “Allah obviously did not write the Koran,” may be offensive to some, but it’s part of the debate.

  • badthoughts

    Oh, well yeah then that makes sense

  • cs9243

    You can try to give a newer softer meaning to the word “jihad” but it is too late.
    For too many non muslims, the word jihad is associated with terrorism.
    Modesty in dressing is fine, but too much of modesty ( head to toe burqas and face covered up) is not going to help and unproductive.

  • dcrswm

    Considering my terrorist acts in America have been carried out by white christian men than Arab Muslims…maybe you should be more worried about the words “my struggle” than their Arabic equivalent.

  • SpecTP

    at least that’s plausible, he/she said..

    now claiming that you dug up 7 golden books that leads you to the promised land.. that’s just plain nuts.

  • leibowde84

    This is not a new meaning of the word, “jihad.” It is the original meaning, accepted by most muslims, which means a personal struggle, journey toward enlightenment. The terrorist’s definition is the new one … but, I see your point.

  • leibowde84

    Yeah, this definition is of “jihad” isn’t new. The terrorists’ definition is the new one. I wouldn’t make fun until you understand the situation. The term “jihad” simply means a struggle. If you think of the more violent meaning as the true definition, that is not the advertisers fault. They are free to try to change your perception thru advertisement.

  • leibowde84

    You obviously don’t know the history behind the word “jihad.” The meaning that you know is a new meaning which came up long after the word had been known to mean “a personal struggle toward enlightenment.” So, I would argue that they are merely just reverting back to the original meaning. Maybe it’s been a while, but who cares. It is trying to show the normal side of Islam. What’s wrong with that?

  • ThomasBaum

    guilliam

    You wrote, “Mohamed is more equivlaent to the Bible in Judaism and Christianity than to Moses and Jesus (both of which are also prophets in Islam).

    Jesus is a prophet in islam and is not a prophet, not even close, in Judaism.

    Jesus is a prophet is islam yet is God-Incarnate in Christianity.

    The god of islam gets highly upset, to put it mildly, if anyone considers Jesus to be God-Incarnate or for anyone to call God their Father which Jesus taught and even went so far as to ask us to think of God as Abba, which translates as Dad or Daddy.

    Ever thought that it might seem kind of strange that the god of islam calls Jesus a liar and yet claims Jesus as his prophet?

    Doesn’t it also seem strange that the god of islam calls the choosing and forming of the Jews a lie and yet claims the prophets of the bible as his?

  • WouldaShoulda

    Reporting someone damaged my self esteem. Made me feel like a snitch.

    Flagging makes me feel good, like an explorer!!

  • tianxiang69

    leibow, I think you need to look a little more about the history behind the word jihad. The word means “struggle” and it has meant the struggle to spread Islam, using both violent and non-violent means, since the post-Hijra days of the religion. There is a hadith which talsk about the greater and lesser jihad (the greater being the internal struggle and the lesser being to wage war to spread the faith) but this still indicates that the definition and understanding of jihad had always included spreading Islam through battle.

  • tianxiang69

    guillam,

    Actually God communicated to Mohammed through an angel. So, basically he was hearing voices that ordered him to “recite”. I don’t really care if someone is claiming to have spoken to god or have received god’s message through angels or through some voices in their head. It all seems nuts to me.

  • leibowde84

    the Quran refers to jihad as an internal, individual, spiritual struggle toward self-improvement, moral cleansing and intellectual effort.

    That is a fact jack. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the word “jihad” has two meanings. 1) (what we in the west are accustomed to) “holy war”; or 2) an internal, individual, spiritual struggle toward self-improvement.

    There is no necessity for “jihad” to have anything to do with spreading Islam. Sorry.

  • leibowde84

    Further, obviously you are wrong about the use of the word today, as demonstrated by the new ads. Jihad in the Moderate Islamic community has a personal meaning that refers to “self-improvement.”

  • SODDI

    Those who control the language believe they control the argument.

    But a wolf is still a wolf.

  • Kingofkings1

    Zzim writes:
    Unfortunately, the primary means pf “spreading the faith” appears to be violence and intimidation.
    —————————————————
    The way democracy has been spread to Iraq and Afghanistan has been through bombings and mass killings.
    We need to make democracy a shameful concept

  • ThomasBaum

    Kingofkings1

    You wrote, “We need to make democracy a shameful concept”

    Actually, “pure democracy” is a shameful concept seeing as it is no more than mob rule and you can see now where it is being embraced and by whom.

  • DRJJJ

    Americans are not ashamed of democracy-it’s changed the world for the better-no brainer, by any measure!

  • DRJJJ

    Sounds like you’re making an absolute moral judgement here, as if you’re a god? Why they call ya perplexed?

  • DRJJJ

    Wear a “I support jihad” tee shirt around town and you won’t last long I’m afraid

  • Secular1

    KoK1 & leibowde84 have you ever talked to any semi-literate imams or mullahs, or pirs from Al Azhar? Has anyone from those schools ever articulate the definition you guys are defending?

  • Secular1

    I am always amazed at this attempt by the so called islamic moderates (read enablers of islamic extremists) is really very sinister and very, very deceiving. I challenge these folks who want to con us all here to engage the so called scholars of Al Azhar in Egypt, the chief imam of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the top Ayathollahs of Iran, Moktada al Sadr, or any of the imams of Pakistan or Bangladesh. If they can get these scholars of Islam to concede that CAIR definition of jihad is even remotely teh porper definition of the owrd Jihad, then we can give some credence. I challenge all the apologists here to show anywhere these people had admitted to such a definition. Otherwise you really trying to be decitful.

  • Kingofkings1

    Secular, when did you realize that you have all the answers that humanity has been seeking for more than 10,000 years – as a result of which you have the right to belittle those who “don’t get it”?

  • Kingofkings1

    I propose creating a new nation called “Extremistland”. Extremists of all persuasions can be settled in this land (including atheists). This way, a major concern of present day can be less of a problem to society. Quite a few of the people who posted on this board would qualify as instant candidates for this country.

  • Watcher1

    Secular, you nailed it. They’ll never confront those you mentioned because, as you say, their “real” jihad is to flummox us into believing they have any other agenda than world domination of their religion. Kingofkings, when did you realize you were dumber than a box of rocks.

  • Secular1

    KoK1 I had known it all along. Please tell us all how is my post was belittling anyone. You and your ilk have been making all sorts of truth claims, which needless to say I don’t buy it, along with scores of others. So we challenged your silly claims. Does that become belittling? Well, whenever you cannot support your truth claims, you and your ilk resort to acusing the doubters of anti-islamic, islamaphobia, belittling and host of other accusations. KoK1 if you cannot rise up to the challenge, it is evident you never, do yourself a favor resist the temptation to hurl silly accusations. Such fulminations only makes you look even sillier and leaves no doubt that you guys pull stuff out of north end of south bound mule (now that is belittling you).

  • Secular1

    Watcher1, KoK1 is not dumb, he is quite smart but in a deceitful and conniving way.

  • Kingofkings1

    halozcel,
    In case you haven’t noticed, regarding
    “those who lie,deceive,cheat,insult others,kill innocent babies,and engage in state terrorism”. It’s Israel, your ideal nation, and you are its ideal citizen, just like Pam Geller. You willboth be citizens there once you land on the airport

  • AngryProphet

    These type of “ads” are perfect for getting Americans to more readily accept Jihadists, conquering from the inside. “Well, maybe Jihad is not such a bad thing..” but, what if it is exactly what most middle eastern countries make it out to be? Automatic (the only sure way in Islam) entry into “heaven” by dying in the act of a holy war against the enemies of Allah and Islam.
    Some questions to ponder:
    What did Mohammed mean when he referenced “jihad”?
    How do most Muslims interpret “jihad”?
    Who are now responsible for the interpretation of the word “jihad”?
    Who are the enemies in this war considered to be?
    Would America and Israel be considered to be enemies of Allah by the standards given in the Qu’ran?

  • Kingofkings1

    Secular wrote: ” I had known it all along. ” – such as in the kindergarten i.e. answers to the most complex questions humanity has asked, i.e. “how did we get here?” and “what happens to us once we are dead?”

  • Rongoklunk

    My Jihad is to point out that belief in gods began with the ancients, who knew virtually nothing about reality. Now that we know a whole lot more about the laws of nature – we see that gods do not actually exist. We’ve been in space – where the ancients thought the gods lived, and there’s nobody there. Nobody! The ancients would be devastated with that information. Even the Hubble Space telescope hasn’t zeroed in on a god either, or a Heaven, or even an angel. The ancients would have been confused indeed.
    Also, disasters continue without a god ever getting involved or helping out.
    Tsunamis and earthquakes and volcanoes and hurricanes and floods and famines continue to kill innocent people by the thousands – without a god EVER showing up. Prayers are never answered. there’s never anybody on the other end of the line; we just talk to our fingers, and hope he’s listening.
    So it’s time we grew up and acknowledge the facts; Gods are by definition – mythical.

  • Secular1

    Kok1 Question 1 – “how did we get here?”

    Answer: Because one day or night either a man or a woman got real horny and appraoched a person of theopposite gender and with or without theother person’s consent fornicated then with little bit of random chance the woman conceived. And, there we are born.

    Next question ” What happens to us after we are dead?”

    Answer: The same thing that happened before we were born, NOTHING. For most people who are burried their body rots and becomes worm food eventually. For the billion odd others whose funerary ritual includes funeral pyre or gas oven turn into dust with several pieces of bones left. Kapeesh!!

    Gees has this been bugging you? Now you know it. Relax have cigar and sip some Brandy, don’t trouble your pretty little head over it. You can’t change the answers to your questions. (Now this is called belittling KoK1).

  • ThomasBaum

    As far as “What happens to us after we are dead?”, you mentioned what happens to our bodies, how do you “know” that our bodies are all that there is to a person?

  • Secular1

    Thomas are you making a truth claim? If so, spit it out.

  • Kingofkings1

    Athest extremists can be as dangerous as religious fanatics, if not more, like Stalin

  • ThomasBaum

    Secular1

    You replied, “Thomas are you making a truth claim? If so, spit it out.”

    to my post, “As far as “What happens to us after we are dead?”, you mentioned what happens to our bodies, how do you “know” that our bodies are all that there is to a person?”

    I suppose that the “truth claim” could be what happens to our bodies but I asked a very simple and straightforward question and that is: “how do you “know” that our bodies are all that there is to a person?”

    Your post seems to imply that what happens to our bodies is the one and only thing that happens when we die physically, am I wrong to assume that this is what you meant?

    If I am not wrong in my assumption than “how do you know?”.

  • Secular1

    “Athest extremists can be as dangerous as religious fanatics, if not more, like Stalin” Hello bloggers, the above is the response from KoK1 to my answers to his two questions ( “how did we get here?” , and ” What happens to us after we are dead?”). Rather than continuing the debate on those two question above is the non-sequitur ad-hominem against me. KoK1 and his ilk engage in such uncerebral invective when we are unwilling to buy into their perverications, rather than show us their claims are not perverications.

    I am writing this to highlight what is moderate islam. It is make very peaceful truth claims about themselves, their religious philosophy, and their deeprooted adherence to accommodation, tolerance and a whole slew of everything gentle and noble. Their expectation or rather their demand is that we accept those truth claims as give, hereon forward. However, when we challenge those truth claims then we get tarred as belittling them, or that we are anti-islamic, islamaphobes, and all sorts of invective. They are not interested in engaging in the dialogue, istead it is the challengers of their truth claims who are the ones to be blamed. That is why I have maintained that KoK1 and his ilk are just enablers of Islamic Extremists. At least the extremists ar honest about their intentions, unlike teh enablers are deceptive. Between the two the choice is clear isn’t it.

  • Kingofkings1

    Who was it that said if you throw a pebble in a collection of watery manure, it is likely to come back and spoil your day? I prefer to leave the pile of watery manure alone

  • Kingofkings1

    Secular,
    Someone said it’s better to keep your mouth shut and let others think you are a fool (an old one in your case), than to open it and relieve all doubt. You should pay attention that

  • WmarkW

    I don’t assume that moderate Muslims are being willfully deceptive. I’ve compared Islam to Communism before. There are sincerely communists who live on autonomonous collectives where everyone shares everything, and think this is a much better system than the comptetitive capitalist rat race.

    They’re not agents or dupes of the KGB. Just hopelessly naive to think that the lifestyle of their small, self-selective group of comrades is scalable to the government of a nation of millions of people with diverse interests. Islamic enablers believe that Islam with power would be just as respective of dissent, as Islam without it. The primary deception is of themselves.

  • Secular1

    “I don’t assume that moderate Muslims are being willfully deceptive. I’ve compared Islam to Communism before. There are sincerely communists who live on autonomonous collectives where everyone shares everything, and think this is a much better system than the comptetitive capitalist rat race.” WmW as a general proposition I concede your assertion. I feel that the so called moderates fall into three categories – 1) Outrightly deceptive without a shadow of doubt. 2) They truly believe and bought into the kool-aid like the knaves you talk of certainly. 3) They are subtly different from the first category in that they wish every body was a muslim but will tolerate the others, because it is an uphill task. But they will be tickled pink if someone miraculously flattens the hill. I personally do not see the little difference between first and third categories is that the first ones are more action oriented and the third are just feel ovewhelmed by the jib they see in front of them.

    Perhaps the third category are as you put it truly believe, “Islamic enablers believe that Islam with power would be just as respective of dissent, as Islam without it. The primary deception is of themselves.” That said these people must be really naive and very, very illiterate about islamic history, or the kind who went for the kool-aid by the jugs. Anyone who has studied Islamic history, will go away with a distinct objective impression that Islam was spread very aggressively (by sword) not by persuading new adherents but by force. If it were by persuasion you could not possibly expanded to its maximum subjugation within 200 – 300 years. It was not expanded as far away lands as India or Indonesia by persuasion. I know from Indian history the incursion of Islam into India was absolutely by sword. There was no knwoledge in India back then that Arabia even existed.

  • Kingofkings1

    ILoveAmerica wrote:
    “Robert Spencer is one of the most courageous defenders of freedom of speech in America. ”

    ——————————————————————————-

    Robert Spencer is actually Islamophobe 1, with Pam Geller being 2 and Daniel Pipes being 3.

    Spencer would have been an appropriate speaker for the catholic church at one time (15th-16th centuy Spain, most notably the inquisition period). The catholic church is distancing itself from hateful ideologies and practices – no better place to start than rid itself of hateful ideologues such as Spencer

  • Secular1

    There he goes again KoK1, casting aspersions against people who are critical of Islam. Come on KoK1, tell us why these three are Islamphobe. Backup your claims man, with a few examples of these folks actions that betray them as Islamphobes. I am not saying there aren’t any Islamphobes in the world, but does not mean you get to accuse people and we merely accept that as axiomatically true.

  • Kingofkings1

    Being a prolific writer instructing how to hate islam and being the first doing so, creating a new niche legitimizing hate, whose work was cited profusely by Breivik of Norway in shooting dozens of individuals earns Spencer the award of islamophobe 1

    Pam Geller is the godmother of Islamophobia and survives on anything having to do with legitimizing hating muslims – thus her crusade in bringing the tasteless ads promoting israel and denigrating muslims, whom she perceives as its enemies. She maintains a blog that she claims serves as a lookout for warning the world of advances by muslims to encroach on their territory. If she sees a group of 3 or more muslims 6,000 miles away utilizing the special equipment provided by IDF adn CIA, she is the first to shout “the muslims are coming”

    Daniel Pipes utilizes his education in history to misinform people on islam, and has been awarded by capitol hill by being given responsibility to create policies justifying islamophobia. He maintains a blog that instructs people on practicing islamophobia and getting away with it. His dream soulmate is Pam Geller, but she has sold her soul to the devil and unfortunately is not avaiulable for Pipes

  • Secular1

    KoK1 congratulations for at least attempting to bolster your assertions with some additional general assertions. KoK1 you need to bring up their Islamophobic actions.

  • Kingofkings1

    As if writing one hate-filled book is not enough? Spencer is on a hate-filled roll.

    Secular, it’s as if the judge saw a man committing a crime, and he wants more evidence to convince him. Some people are just hopeless

  • ThomasBaum

    Kingofkings1

    Doesn’t the god of islam get upset, according to the koran, if anyone says that Jesus Is God-Incarnate?

    Doesn’t the god of islam get upset, according to the koran, if anyone calls God their Father?

    Doesn’t the god of islam get upset, according to the koran, if anyone says that God Is a Trinity?

    In Christianity, Jesus is God-Incarnate, Jesus tells us to address God as Our Father and the Trinity is mentioned concerning Jesus even if not by the name, Trinity.

    Do you consider it “hateful” for someone to point out these rather glaring discrepancies between the Jesus of the Bible and the Jesus of the koran and to come to the logical conclusion that the god of islam and the God of the bible are NOT the same?

  • Secular1

    “Secular, it’s as if the judge saw a man committing a crime, and he wants more evidence to convince him. Some people are just hopeless” KoK1, that sentence above from you sums it all up. in your mind all it is needed is you are convinced so it has to be true, so lets string him or her up. You are convinced Mo is great man, Islam is great religion, You the judge has seen the evidence, and that is all that is needed by you. You wonder why the world does not, end of the story. If the world cannot see what you see then world is Islamophobic.

  • Kingofkings1

    Thomas Baum and Secular,
    Mixing apples and stones in your 2 postings above means we can’t come up with a correct answer .
    Secular, seeing a murder taking place and coming to a conclusion that Individual X committed the murder, is different from holding a belief that Individual Y walked on water and was given special powers by the Creator of all that exists – that is called faith.

  • ThomasBaum

    Kingofkings1

    You wrote, “Thomas Baum and Secular,
    Mixing apples and stones in your 2 postings above means we can’t come up with a correct answer ”

    I don’t consider asking four simple questions as mixing “apples and stones”.

    I did not ask “us” the questions, I asked you the questions and if you noticed, I have already answered the questions from the Christian perspective and I asked you if the islamic perspective is as I have heard it to be.

    I did not even ask you to come up with the “correct” answers only the truthful answers.

    Have these simple questions scared you from answering them because you know the answers?

  • Kingofkings1

    Thomas Baum,
    If the moderator was doing his/her job, I wouldn’t need to engage in this unnecessary conversation. Responding to hateful comments/questions is not my idea of time well spent. Any more hateful/condescending comments from you, and you are going in the “ignore” group.

  • FactFinder

    “I had intentions to commit a violent jihadist act,” Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a Bangladesh native accused of trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York with a 1,000-pound car bomb, said while pleading guilty Thursday to terrorism charges.

  • leibowde84

    Absolutely many Imams have used this meaning. It seems like you guys are missing the point though. Obviously there are 2 meanings for the word. I am not saying that the one refering to the spread of Islam isn’t used just as much, or even more. But, the original meaning of the term, and the meaning that most moderate Muslims use refers to self-improvement.

  • leibowde84

    I’m not arguing in any way that the word can and is used to describe terrorist activities. I am merely saying that it is ignorant to deny the second meaning, as millions of Muslims (a lot of them in our country) use the term in a much more personal way.

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