The Greater Jihad

 

I hear some brothers talking, saying we should join the fight,

Their talk keeps me thinking, cause I want to do whatís right.

They say that all true believers should help the Taliban,

They say that we should fight a war with them in Afghanistan.

 

Everywhere I look and hear, thereís that word jihad,

The way itís tossed around would make the Prophet sad. 

When are we all going to learn what God really meant,

Itís not about other people, itís destroying your own evil bent.

 

The greater jihad, itís not killing people.

The greater jihad, itís about fighting evil.

The greater jihad, itís a battle thatís inside you.

Now that you know, what are you gonna do?

 

Muhammad said that the struggle in battle-thatís the lesser fight,

So he fought the greater one first, so his words could be a light.

Take the plank out of your own eye, before your brotherís speck,

Maybe you would stop to think-wouldnít be so quick to correct.

 

The war against the Soviet Union, now that was a real jihad,

But the way the ďstudentsĒ treat the Afghans must make God real mad.

Why did we leave the freedom fighters once they won the war,

We got what we wanted, and now weíre coming back for more.

 

The greater jihad, itís not killing people.

The greater jihad, itís about fighting evil.

The greater jihad, itís a battle thatís inside you.

Now that you know, what are you gonna do?

 

I know that Iím fighting my own jihad every single day,

Satanís whispering in my ear for me to come out and play.

But itís my choice, my free will, the gift that God gave me,

Choosing the harder right over the easier wrong, that will surely save me.

 

Manís been asking the question all along, does God create evil,

He didnít have to create it-he just created people.

Everything thatís good in life comes from Godís merciful hand,

And everything thatís evil is done by the hand of man.

 

The greater jihad, itís not killing people.

The greater jihad, itís about fighting evil.

The greater jihad, itís a battle thatís inside you.

Now that you know, what are you gonna do?

  

Itís time to get up, stand up, stand up for your rights,

And sometimes that means that you have to join the fight.

But God taught man by the pen what he knew not,

Itís time to speak up and write down without firing a shot.

 

Weíre living in the times where killing is the easy solution,

But I say killing the evil inside each of us is the real revolution.

So letís all come together and join in our Creatorís perfect plan,

Working hard to love one another and spreading peace throughout the land.

 

The greater jihad, itís not killing people.

The greater jihad, itís about fighting evil.

The greater jihad, itís a battle thatís inside you.

Now that you heard, donít say I didnít warn you.

 

© Yahya 2001