The Most Misunderstood word ‘Jihad’


https://i2.wp.com/media.nowpublic.net/images//97/8/97848c75901087e861f8f6a116cc5ee7.jpgIt is very unfortunate that we have reached a point where we need to clarify that jihad has nothing to do with terrorism.Being a muslim , I must say that the word “Jihad” has been misused and abused by the Dirty politicians. The more important meaning of jihad is the struggle to be good. I am muslim and I believe that jihad means struggle which should be used for the eradification for poverty, jihad should be against illiteracy and against corruption.

In islam, killing one person is considered killing many generations. So its wrong that jihad means killing innocent people. Its crystal clear that islam is a religion of peace. If any organisation, individual or group  killing innocents in the name of jihad is wrong.
There are some Muslims (hypocrites) who exploit and misuse this concept for their own political objectives. There are many non-Muslims who misunderstand it. There are some other non-Muslims who misinterpret it to discredit Islam and Muslims.
The word ‘Jihad’ is derived from the Arabic word jahd which means fatigue or from the word juhd which means effortor struggling or striving. It means show efforts in fighting against evil,bad,illitracy,terriorism.
In Holy book Quran the word Jihad repeadedly used for “jihad with the self (jihad bin nafs),” that is, making the maximum effort to keep control over negative feelings in one’s self,for instance, arrogance, jealousy, greed, revenge, anger, etc.
Jihad is not a violent concept nor a declaration of war against other religions but it is a word which says struggle to make peace and spread humanity in this world.

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  1. What is jihad

    First, we would like to start with stating that Islam does not call for violence; rather it abhors all forms of violence and terrorism, whether against Muslims or non-Muslims. Islam, moreover, calls for peace, cooperation, and maintaining justice, and provides for the happiness and welfare of humanity as a whole. This fact is declared in the Qur’an when Allah says: (Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition.) (An-Nahl 16: 90)

    Jihad is one of the words that have been misused due to misunderstanding its true meaning. The word “Jihad” is derived from the Arabic word “Jahd” which means fatigue or the word “Juhd” which means effort. A Mujahid is he who strives in the Cause of Allah and exerts efforts which makes him feel fatigued. The word “Jihad” means exerting effort to achieve a desired thing or prevent an undesired one. In other words, it is an effort that aims at bringing about benefit or preventing harm.

    Jihad can be observed through any means and in any field whether material or moral. Among the types of Jihad are struggling against one’s desires, the accursed Satan, poverty, illiteracy, disease, and fighting all evil forces in the world.

    There are many religious texts that refer to these types of Jihad. Among the forms of Jihad is defending life, property or honor. Those who die while engaging in Jihad are considered to be martyrs, as confirmed by Hadith. Jihad is also done to avert aggression on home countries and on all that is held sacred, or in order to face those who try to hinder the march of the call of truth.

    In Islamic Shari`ah, Jihad in the Cause of Allah means fighting in order to make the Word of Allah most high, and the means for doing so is taking up arms in addition to preparation, financing and planning strategies. A large number of people are supposed to take part in Jihad including farmers, craftsmen, traders, doctors, engineers, workers, security men, preachers, writers and all those who directly or indirectly participate in the battle.

    This type of Jihad was a major concern of Muslims in the beginning of the formation of the Islamic community, and a lot of verses of the Glorious Qur’an and the Hadith advocated and encouraged it. Almighty Allah says: (March forth, whether you are light (being healthy, young and wealthy) or heavy (being ill, old and poor) and strive with your wealth and your lives in the Cause of Allah.) (At-Tawbah 9: 41) Jihad is considered an individual duty (Fard `Ein), on all Muslims who are capable and fit to fight, in the event of being invaded by the enemy, and is considered a collective duty (Fard Kifayah) in the event of not being invaded. However, if the Imam (leader) calls to Jihad, people must respond to his call. This is evident from Allah’s Saying, (O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that when you are asked to march forth in the Cause of Allah (i.e. Jihad) you cling heavily on the earth?) (At-Tawbah 9: 38), and the Hadith narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim, “When you are called to Jihad, then go forth.”

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