There has been a lot of commotion recently in broadcast and social media about hate ads placed in the NY Subway by islamophobe Pamela Geller that states:
"In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”
What many on both sides of the debate are missing is that at the heart of the problem is the blatant misuse of the word "Jihad" as if it were an acceptable synonym of say "terrorism."
Islamophobes aside, many Americans remain confused about this.
The best response to the hateful ad campaign is to convert it into an opportunity to get to the heart of the problem and to reclaim the word "Jihad," a word many Muslims have shied away from and left to the ravaging of the ignorant in both the Muslim extremist and anti-Muslim extremist circles - both of whom seem to ironically agree on a bloody definition for the word.
I love Jihad! Not Jihad the perverse way Bin Laden & Pam Geller define it. But: the struggle against ignorance, injustice & hate. It is the struggle against the darkness in ones own soul. It is the struggle to be patient in times of adversity etc.
Jihad is not savage, except in the minds of those who are too lazy or too careless to wish to understand a well-documented 1400 year old concept in both Islamic literature and Muslim life.
My Grandma's Jihad was against diabetes and MS while bedridden for seven years. #MyJihad is against bigotry and hatemongering. What's yours?
Tweet #MyJihad and tell us what your Jihad is.
Also this will be more than a twitter campaign. There will be an ad campaign as well in public transportation in various cities. The best tweets will be used as ads, so tweet away.
Non-Muslims welcome, tell us about your Jihad too!
Visit the facebook to find out how you can help this campaign grow and contribute to ads nationwide to reclaim the meaning of Jihad: http://www.facebook.com/events/175909879212185/