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The main goal of the jihad is to establish Islamic control over self and society. 32 A F G H A N I S TA N ’ S STRUGGLES WORLD IN CONFLICT: THE MIDDLE EAST When Muhammad died in 632, his followers disagreed as to who should succeed him. This disagreement divided the Muslims. The majority of Muslims are Sunnis. They believed that Muhammad’s successor should be one of his companions. They wanted to vote for their future leader. The Shiites believed that Muhammad had selected his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, as the future leader.
Some Sikhs, Hindus, and Jews live in Afghanistan and are typically urban dwellers. The Prophet Muhammad founded the Islamic religion in the early seventh century. Muhammad’s teachings guide the Muslims in the economic, social, political, and personal situations they face daily. His teachings, believed by Muslims to have come from Allah, are recorded in the Koran. The Koran is the Muslim holy book. This book includes the five pillars, or laws, of Islam. The first pillar is called the “Shahadat” and declares Allah as the one and only God.
S. military and political presence in Muslim holy lands is wrong. He fights against America’s influence in the world. Bin Laden believes that American values conflict with Muslim ones. 36 A F G H A N I S TA N ’ S STRUGGLES WORLD IN CONFLICT: THE MIDDLE EAST Bin Laden was accused of planning the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States. He is the leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist group. His actions thrust Afghanistan into the world spotlight. S. President George W. Bush sent military troops into the already-struggling country.
Afghanistan's Struggles (World in Conflict-the Middle East) by Cory Gideon Gunderson