An Islamic scholar, Varun Soni, the dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, recently appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s Belief series, and explained that all the head choppers and rapists and suicide bombers who do their deeds while screaming “Allahu akbar” are all misunderstanding jihad.
“One of the most misunderstood concepts of Islam is ‘jihad’, which many people interpret as ‘a holy war,’” said Soni. “But there is nothing holy about war. What ‘jihad’ actually represents is an internal struggle, the battle that is raging in our own heart. And all of our religious traditions talk about that internal struggle. In that respect, jihad is not just a Muslim idea but it’s a reality of the human condition.”
Soni claimed that “Muslims see themselves as coming to god with great humility. For Muslims, submitting to God creates a radical sense of equality.”
Equality? Equality between the beheader and his victim?