He wore a long sleeved cotton shirt to protect his arms from mosquitoes, and a beat up, tall crown cowboy hat in the apparent belief that he could prevent a return of the skin cancer that had shriveled one side of his face. To my knowledge, in various stages of his forty year career, he had killed five men, some inside the prison system, some outside, one in an argument over a woman in a bar.His charges were all black men, each wearing big stripe green and white convict jumpers and baggy pants, some wearing leather cuffed ankle restraints. They were felling trees, chopping off the limbs for burning, stacking the trunks on a flatbed truck, the heat from the fire so intense it gave off no smoke.When he saw me park on the road, he dismounted and broke open the breech of his shotgun, cradling it over his left forearm, exposing the two shells in the chambers, effectively disarming his weapon.
Jihad is explicitly one of the ten practices of Shia and is often considered the sixth unofficial pillar of Islam. Moderates call jihad an inner struggle, but we have several notable dilemmas to explain away if we are to take this interpretation as correct. The Quran and the hadith contain numerous references to military jihad and conquest.
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