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Three Mini Glossaries to Fellow Word Warriors (Updated)

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Author: Jim Guirard

Source: Word Warriors Distribution -- February 2, 2007

At the request of several "word warriors" on my lists, here is an update of a late-2006 memo which lists more than a dozen of the Arabic and Islamic words we will need to break out of the habit-of-language box which currently makes us the bad guys and anoints the al Qaeda-style suicide mass murderers as the so-called jihadi "holy guys."

Importantly, the ubiquitous (it's everywhere! it's everywhere!!) word Jihad is entered four times in order to more clearly define its several meanings.

irhab (eer-HAB) -- Arabic for terrorism, thus enabling us to call the al Qaeda-style killers irhabis, irhabists and irhabiyoun rather than the so-called "jihadis" and "jihadists" and "mujahideen" and "shahideen" (martyrs) they badly want to be called. (Here we are, more than five years into a Global War on Terrorism, and most of us do not even know this basic Arabic for terrorism.)

Hirabah (hee-RAH-bah) -- Unholy War and forbidden "war against society" or what we would today call crimes against humanity. Among the many al Qaeda-style crimes and sins which constitute this most "unholy war" are such willful, and unrepented transgressions as those listed in the next section of this memo.

Jihad al Akbar (gee-HAHD ahl AHK-bar) -- this "Greater Jihad" is a personal and spiritual struggle or striving to become closer and more faithful to Allah and his teachings as set forth in the Qur'an.

Jihad al Saghir (gee-HAHD ahl Sahg-HEER) -- "Lesser Jihad" is a physical,-- and even a military -- struggle to protect or to free Muslims and non-Muslims from oppression, but only in strict accordance with reasonable and non-terroristic standards set forth in the Qur'an, which provides that only the Caliph (or head-of-state?) can legally declare such a Jihad.

Jihad al Kabir (gee-HAHD ahl kha-BEER) -- the spiritual and intellectual quest to promote common knowledge of Divine Revelation through all of Allah's Prophets and to carry out ijtihad (consultative efforts throughout the Umma) in applying both Revelation and Natural Law to human affairs.

"Jihad" (gee-HAHD, so called) -- al Qaeda's false label for Hirabah, which is at heart an anti-Islamic, apostate and forbidden "war against society" and a satanic assortment of "crimes against humanity," such as the many ruthless and willful violations of Qur'anic standards listed below.

mufsiduun (moof-see-DOON) -- Islam's word for evildoers, sinners and corrupters whose criminality and sinfulness, unless ended and sincerely repented, will incur Allah's ultimate condemnation on Judgment Day; Islam's optimum antonym for "mujahiddin."

munafiquun (moon-ah-fee-KOON) - hypocrites to Islam who pretend to be faithful to the Qur'an but who willfully violate many of its basic rules, mandates and prohibitions. Once again, please refer to the ten AQ-style transgressions listed below.

hizb (hizb) - a political party, as in Hizballah (Party of God), or as the senior Saudi cleric Sheik Jafar Hawali recently called this radical and arguably apostate Shi'a organization Hizb al-Shaitan (Party of Satan, Party of the Devil).

Jahannam (jyah-HAH-nahm) -- Islam's antonym for Paradise and meaning the Eternal Hellfire to which Allah on Judgment Day condemns unrepentant, unforgiven evildoers and hypocrites of the unholy war variety.

khawarij (kha-WAH-reej) -- outside-the-religion and outside-the-community individuals and activities; derived from the ancient al Qaeda-like militant Khawar or Kharajite sect, eventually suppressed and expelled as apostates and enemies of authentic, Qur'anic Islam.

istihlal (eesh-tee-LAHL) -- Islam's cardinal sin of "playing God," as Osama bin Laden is doing when he attempts to pervert Islam into his own suicide mass murderous image, and turning it into nothing but a perpetual killing machine -- of all Christians, all Jews and all Muslims who happen to disagree.

murtadd (muur-TAHD) -- apostasy, a certifiably correct conviction for which is punishable by death in this life and by Allah's eternal damnation in the next, with al Qaeda's murderous extremism eventually to be labeled "The al Qaeda Apostasy."

takfir (takh-FEER) -- the Wahhabi and al Qaeda-style practice of making wholesale (and largely false and baseless) accusations of apostasy and disbelief toward Allah and the Qur'an. Those who engage in this divisive practice of false witness are called "takfiri."

Shaitan and shaitaniyah (shy-TAHN and shy-TAHN-ee-yah) -- Islam's Arabic words for Satan and satanic [example: Osama Abd' al-Shaitan, Osama Slave or Servant of Satan]

So, what is the point of this new and improved lexicon of Arabic and Islamic words and frames of reference? In terms of the vital hearts, minds and souls aspects of the Long War on AQ-style Terrorism, the rewards could be great, indeed.

Just for starters, imagine the al Qaeda-fascis' great difficulty in winning the approval of any truly devout and faithful Muslims whatever once these genocidal irhabis (terrorists) come to be viewed by the Umma (the Muslim World) as mufsiduun (evildoers) engaged in Hirabah (unholy war) and in murtadd (apostasy) against the Qur'an's God of Abraham and surely on their way to Jahannam (Eternal Hellfire), instead.

JIM GUIRARD -- TrueSpeak Institute 703-768-0957 Justcauses@aol.com


FURTHER EXPLANATION: At the heart of the Al Qaeda Apostasy's false labels is a pattern of plainly satanic, cultic violation of many of the fundamental precepts of authentic, Qur'anic Islam -- including such sinful transgressions and such de facto desecrations of the Qur'an as:

  • Wanton killing of innocents and noncombatants, including many peaceful Muslims
  • Decapitating the live and desecrating the dead bodies of perceived enemies
  • Committing and enticing others to commit suicide for reasons of intimidation
  • Fomenting hatred among communities, nations, religions and civilizations
  • Ruthless warring against nations in which Islam is freely practiced
  • Issuing and inspiring unauthorized and un-Islamic fatwas (religious edicts)
  • Using some mosques as weapons depots and battle stations, while destroying others
  • Forcing extremist and absolutist versions (and perversions) of Islam on Muslims, when the Qur'an clearly says that there shall be "no compulsion in religion"
  • Distorting the word "infidels" to include all Christians, all Jews and many Muslims, as well -- when the Qur'an calls them all "Children of the Book" (the Old Testament) and "Sons of Abraham," and calls Jesus one of Islam's five main Prophets
  • Deliberate misreading, ignoring and perverting of passages of the Qur'an, the Hadith and the Islamic Jurisprudence (the Fiqh)

TWO MORE WORK-IN-PROGRESS MINI GLOSSARIES FROM TRUESPEAK.ORG

Islamic/Arabic terms we already "know" and use -- often erroneously and to the advantage of al Qaeda, Hizballah and other "Irhabi Murderdom" types

  • al Qaeda.................................The Base
  • Jihad.......................................Holy War
  • mujahideen ...........................holy warriors
  • Allahu Akbar ........................God is Great(est)
  • fatwa .....................................religious edict
  • fedayeen ...............................willing to die, to "martyr" for
  • Mahdi Army ........................Allah's Judgment Day Army
  • imam .....................................(junior) Muslim cleric
  • mullah ...................................(senior) Muslim cleric
  • Ayatollah ..............................(senior) Shi'a Muslim cleric
  • Hizballah ...............................Party of God (Shi'a)
  • maddrassas ..........................Muslim religious schools
  • Taliban ..................................Students (Afghanistan)
  • shahideen, shuhada .............martyrs
  • intifada ..................................uprising, insurrection
  • takfir .....................................hyped-up charges of "apostasy"
  • salaam ...................................peace

English terms and their Islamic/Arabic equivalents -- most of which we do not know and, therefore, seldom use to advantage in opposing "Irhabi Murderdom"

  • terrorism ..................................irhab
  • terrorists ................................. irhabis, irhabists, irhabiyoun
  • terrorist murder......................irhabi murderdom
  • unholy war ...............................hirabah
  • evildoers, sinners ...................mufsidoon
  • bad guys ..................................mufsidoon
  • hypocrites ...............................munafiquun
  • apostasy ..................................murtadd, takfir, rafida
  • apostates .................................murtadduun
  • sin of "playing God" ...............istihlal
  • outside the religion ................khawarij
  • fascist Terrorism ...................fasci-Irhab or Irhabi-fasci
  • Eternal Hellfire ......................Jahannam
  • death squad ...........................firaq al-maout
  • extremism .............................tataroof
  • extremists .............................mutatarifuun
  • deviants .................................munharefuun
  • infidel(s) .................................kaffir (kuffr)

JIM GUIRARD -- TrueSpeak Institute 703-768-0957 Justcauses@aol.com

A Washington DC-area attorney, writer, lecturer and anti-Terrorism strategist, Jim Guirard was longtime Chief of Staff to US Senators Allen Ellender and Russell Long. His TrueSpeak Institute is devoted to truth-in-language and truth-in-Islam in public discourse.