Sunday, January 01, 2006

Martian Jihad

The Martian Jihad movement is actually quite the opposite of what its militant sounding name would imply. They are a group of Martian Muslims dedicated to Islam and the hadith, "Some troops came back from an expedition and went to see the Messenger of Allah sallallahu `alayhi wa-Sallam. He said: "You have come for the best, from the smaller jihad (al-jihad al-asghar) to the greater jihad (al-jihad al-akbar)." Someone said, "What is the greater jihad?" He said: "The servant's struggle against his desires". They also frequently site that The Prophet said in the Farewell Pilgrimage: "... The mujahid is he who makes jihad against himself (jahada nafsah) for the sake of obeying Allah." They often go out to the martain wilderness alone or in small groups to make dihker and read Quran

The movement started right after Mars gained its independence. There are many places all over Mars that are regular wilderness havens for the members of the Martian Jihad. These places are typically small caves but not always. They are regularly marked with Islamic Flags and banners.

The movement members do get in trouble as they regularly hike out to Viking monument park and plant banners, which are often removed by park rangers.


SEO Blogosphere said...

Salaam ou alaikum Edward,

I like your writing, and I particularly love your comment about making YOUR corner of the world a better place. After all, that's as much as any of us can do, but if we all did it, what a wonderful world this would be!

::LiyanaNaznim:: said...

May Allah bless u, your family and other Muslims in the world.

Nice blog u have. I enjoy it, especially all those fantastic pictures. :)

thanx for coming into my weblog ;)

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Salamu aleikum!
Refreshing! :) Keep going.

Abdul-Halim V. said...


i like how the backstory develops. It would be interesting to see what kind of plots could be created in this world you are "putting together".

Aiman said...

Salaam alaikum Edward,

Your blog is very interesting, and you have a new and creative perspective. I love the pics. Keep up the great work!

Elizabeth said...

Your blog is hilarious!

What does A.H. stand for?

Umm Aisha said...


Great blog, both your writing and the pictures are excellent.

Umm Aisha

Anonymous said...

A.H. stands for after Hijra it is how Muslims keep the date, our years you could say. like christians with A.D>

munshi little said...

Assalamualaikum bro ed.Thanks for dropping by at my blog.Ur blog is way cool,MasyaAllah.It's Great!Bet ur imaginations must be very high.Why don't u publish ur blog in a book.I bet it's gonna be a big hit:)keep on writing this stuff!:)*sorry my english is not vey good:D*

Rym said...

Salam brother Edward, may your creativity continue to flow so we could enjoy more of your imaginative work mashaAllah :)

banzai cat said...

Hey! Thanks for dropping by my blog. Though I must say, I was particularly astounded when I dropped by yours.

Your art and vignettes are fantastic. Do you consider this as alternate-history? Moreover, it's refreshing to read as not too many writers include their religious beliefs in their writings for fear of alienating their readers (while some who do are too ham-handed in doing so).

To wit: your creations are the perfect combination of a sense of wonder in both faith and science. Bravo indeed!