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ISLAMABAD: Jihad is not being deleted from the new curriculum because it is an integral part of Islamic teachings and Muslim beliefs, said Education Minister Lt Gen (r) Javed Ashraf Qazi on Monday.
“Jihad has many dimensions which also includes self-negation (Jihad bin nafas). We will teach students the full concept of Jihad,” Qazi said during a briefing on the draft of the new curricula for classes 1 to XII. He said that Sura Al Anfal [Sura 8, The Spoils of War] and other suras over which certain western countries had reservations with regard to their Jihad teachings, were still part of the Islamiat curriculum.
Qazi said that monotheism, prophethood, faith in angels and the revealed books had been included in the topic of Imaniyat aur Ibadaat (faith and worship). He said that the basic pillars of Islam – belief in one God, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and Zakat – are also covered in this topic and added that the chapters also contained
an introduction to Jihad, its importance and forms in the light of the Holy Quran and Sunnah. He said that the topic on the life of Prophet Muhammad would also highlight battles led by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) to show his exemplary leadership and tolerance towards his enemies…