Muslims campaign to reclaim `jihad’ from extremists

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c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The end to Ani Zonneveld’s “jihad” on “jihad” came during an episode of “Desperate Housewives,” when Lynette (Felicity Huffman) discovers she has cancer and throws a stone at a possum. “Look at yourself,” replies her husband, Tom. “You’ve declared jihad on a possum.” “At that point,” said Zonneveld, the […]

  • Great story, Omar. Yet I think American Muslims are too quick to blame “the media” for misuse of these terms. It’s certainly not the media’s fault if the word “Taliban” has come to be associated with brutal religious and political repression. That said, I do find the term “neo-Kharijite” interesting and relatively accurate, though probably far too obscure to ever enter the general lexicon.