MyJihad Is to Not Let Others Dictate What Muslims Are

Huff Post: Monique Parsons.

The Arabic term, often mistranslated as “holy war” or narrowly defined as religiously justified warfare, is at its root actually a synonym for “struggle” or “striving.”

“When confronted with the easy path and the right path, it’s choosing the right path over the easy path,” said campaign founder Ahmed Rehab of Chicago. “It’s a very positive term, one that I want to embrace and not run away from. I believe it means a struggle to get to a better place. It does not mean for me, nor for those whose practice is like mine daily, to pick up a gun and shoot someone.”

Chicago, Illinois – Angie Emara’s son, Adam, was just 4 years old when he died from complications of Hunter’s Syndrome in 2009. Every day since, Emara, 35, of Naperville, Ill., has struggled with a painful and private grief.

In December, she took her heartbreak public — to the side of a city bus, to be exact. Cuddling with her three grinning children, her youngest clutching a photograph of little Adam, the ad reads: “#MyJihad is to march on despite losing my son. What’s yours?”

 

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