Re: Article: Lack of Spirituality by George S. Ledyard
Yes, Ledyard Sensei. I get your point but actually Jihad is not one of the 5 Pillars. They are:
Belief in God, 5 daily prayers, Fasting (Ramadan), Charity, and Pilgrimage (if you can).
The various concepts of Jihad comes from alleged sayings of the Prophet as recorded by "disciples" (I'm trying to use easy to understand language for everyones benefit).
Personally I take the Jihad to be an internal struggle.
So that's why I try to stay away from the "Hislam" interpretations. You can't go wrong with the basics. That is where you find the essence of Islam not in someone else's interpretation (read: personal agenda). Hmm, sounds a lot like aikido.
And like you said if you look at each of them, what was O'Sensei teaching?