Why is this a story today? It isn't as if they haven't been doing this already. And note that their concept of jihad is clearly martial, contrary to the whitewashed and distorted view that Hamas-linked CAIR is cynically peddling. They would have us believe that somehow the Saudis, despite their fanatical desire to adhere to Islam, seem to have misunderstood it most drastically.
"Saudi Arabia to Teach Jihad in Schools: Students will be taught 'correct concept of jihad,'" by Vasudevan Sridharan for International Business Times, March 5 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Saudi Arabia has decided to introduce the concept of jihad at the intermediate school level in order to teach Islamic principles and duties to young students in the kingdom.
The ministry of education hopes the proposal will be widely welcomed by parents and educationists in the kingdom.
The ministry says the plan is to instil the "correct concept of jihad" in students.
"Textbooks will include all relevant information on jihad including a definition when it becomes a duty, and the role of women. The information on jihad was developed by the ministry's curriculum development project for intermediate-grade fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) textbooks," spokesperson of the education ministry Abdullah al-Dukhaini told Arab News.
The spokesperson said that the education will facilitate students in understanding Islam and help them play their "role" in society.
The curriculum will be produced by extracting ideas from various sources. Experts from a range of fields will be involved in preparing the course material.
"Saudi curriculum is prepared by experts who have specialised knowledge and is reviewed by a Shariah committee from the board of senior scholars, universities and specialised colleges," added al-Dukhani.
Speaking about the aggression related to jihad, the spokesperson said: "Saudi Arabia is not an aggressive country and will only get involved in conflict to defend itself."
He said that only the ruler has the right to "raise the banner of jihad" and not individuals or Muslim groups....
Actually, this is true only of offensive jihad. But there is also defensive jihad. All the schools of Islamic jurisprudence agree that when a non-Muslim force enters a Muslim land, jihad becomes the individual obligation of every Muslim (fard 'ayn) rather than a collective obligation of the entire umma, from which one is released if others are taking it up (fard kifaya). Bulghah al-Salik li-Aqrab al-Masalik fi madhhab al-Imam Malik ("The Sufficiency of the Traveller on the Best Path in the School of Imam Malik,") says this:
Jihad in the Path of Allah, to raise the word of Allah, is fard kifayah [obligatory on the community] once a year, so that if some perform it, the obligation falls from the rest. It becomes fard `ayn [obligatory on every Muslim individually], like salah and fasting, if the legitimate Muslim Imam declares it so, or if there is an attack by the enemy on an area of people.