There seems to be a common understanding in America about the Muslim faith. We think all Muslims believe in Jihad, and that means that Muslim believers are to engage in holy war to subjugate all people to their religion.
These believers are materialists. They think Islam is a material religion. A religion which succeeds by subjugation of others and the enforcement of the Islamic faith and belief on others. A religion which seeks its material dominance by doing away with all non-believers. A religion which holds that the end of Muslim dominance justifies bloodshed, terror, rape and murder.
This is the way certain Muslim groups portray themselves — recently these beliefs are expressed by the Islamic State.
The Islamic State is wrong about Islam. Islam does not hold what IS believers believe. Islam is a religion of peace.
Islam is equality, peacefulness, and unity. Islam is inner patience, contentment, trust in God and praise of God.
must wage a holy war against every one of the 400 trillion, 10,000 evil qualities that come to destroy our good qualities. This is holy war, this jihad, is not something that can be fought on the outside; our real enemies have been within us from birth. If we are true human beings, we will realize that. Our own evil qualities are killing us. They are the enemies that must be conquered. We must control and subdue them and keep them in their place. We must show these animal qualities there true master, Almighty God, and we must win them over and teach them faith in him that is the way of Islam.
Man must find peace, tranquility, happiness, unity, love, and every good quality within his own life, within his own innermost heart. Only a person who does that can understand the difficulties, the pain, and the misery of others. A man of wisdom will know this, understand this, and rectify his own mistakes then he can help others.
M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, Islam and World Peace: Explanations of a Sufi, 1 – 2, 9 (1987).