If you have read _Milestones_ and devoured everything written by Syed Qutb you will pray al-Fatiha 17 times a day.
You will also consider the Qur’an to have seven layers of meaning.
The Last English Prince has made it past the first layer. It is no small feat.
Islam is signal, symbol and code. Even Muhammad used code, sent couriers, and had a seal made to authenticate important communications. We scarcely grasp these issues. I understand on small scale. I have been mentored by high-level geopolitical Islamists.
But I am always cognizant of the junior analyst (freelance or otherwise) and their own need to familiarize themselves with Islam as: Signal, Symbol and Code.
Another great book on my shelf – invaluable in many regards is the following:
It is the story of Dr. Ali Shari’ati, considered the primary geopolitical Islamist whose writing and activism spawned the Iranian revolution against the Peacock Throne. Important Shi’a Muslims consider him the true “Father of the Revolution” and hold to a firm belief that his death was not of natural causes, but orchestrated by SAVAK. My familiarization with the book came at the suggestion of a Muslim residing in Birmingham, UK.
I will continue to lay out my thoughts in small manner regarding Islam and intellectual electrical currents which are scarcely perceptible to the uninitiated. The language of Jihad is just a small part of the greater available lexicon which functions on binary level for those with a capability to catch nuanced meanings.
Did you know that Jihad is a binding command until four scenarios are complete?
The first one is easy enough: Muhammad stated, “I have been commanded to fight people until they say, ‘No God but Allah.'”
Those four words will never pass my lips.
Bring it on.
Reference: Al-Ahkam As-Sultaniyyah: The Laws of Islamic Governance, by Abu’l-Hasan ‘Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Habib al-Basri al=Baghdadi al-Mawardi (d. 450 AH)
*My copy is autographed by a Palestinian lawyer who laid out the “code” in the Qur’an – for a nuclear event. One particular transliteration of the Qur’an provides the best read. This information was packaged and sent “upstream” many years ago.