Jordan will soon attack Syria, and other ME countries (Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, etc, and later KSA). People are in for a big surprise. Zionists have been planning big plans.
"You shall prepare for them all the power you can muster, and all the equipment you can mobilise, that you may frighten the enemies of God, your enemies, as well as others who are not known to you; God knows them. Whatever you spend in the cause of God will be repaid to you generously, without the least injustice. **If they resort to peace, so shall you, and put your trust in God***. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient." 8:60-61
”You may fight “in the cause of God” against those who attack you, but do not aggress. God does not love the aggressors.” 2:190
"Those who readily fight in the cause of God are those who forsake this world in favour of the Hereafter. Whoever fights in the cause of God, then gets killed, or attains victory, we will surely grant him a great recompense. Why should you not fight in the cause of God when weak men, women, and children are imploring: "Our Lord, deliver us from this community whose ***people are oppressive***, and be You our Lord and Master 4:74-75
I do not know about command from the Prophet or Imam, but otherwise the Shia concept of Jihad as you put it does reflect the Quranic concept in the matter:
Here is a simplified translation of two of the relevant verses
"Permission (to fight) is granted to **those who are being persecuted**, since injustice has befallen them, and God is certainly able to support them. They were **evicted from their homes unjustly**, for no reason other than saying, "Our Lord is God."** If it were not for God's supporting of some people against others, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and masjids - where the name of God is commemorated frequently - would have been destroyed. Absolutely, God supports those who support Him. God is Powerful, Almighty." 22:39-40
Salam :) Thanks. Could you please link me to an article or piece which discusses where the belief of 12 mahdis can be found in the Quran? Since I already read the Quran by myself but could not find any such references.
I have read the article you gave me. I agree with what the article says. Much depends on the sense of the word "shia" being used. Shia means follower. If somebody says I am a Shia because I am a "follower" of God's commands, then it is alright. Even I am ready to say I am a Shia in that sense. However, if somebody uses the word Shia to differentiate themselves from other muslims, then it is not correct because the word would have a sectarian meaning then.
Personally when i compare shia and sunnis with each other, I find the shia to be relatively in the correct path. This is just my opinion..
For one thing, I cannot fathom how sunnis can glorify the Umayyads who murdered the grandson of Mohammed and started a dynastic rule, a form of governance which is absolutely not supported by Koran.
However there are a few things like the twelver Mahdi belief which I find a bit uneasy to accept.