Anonymous asked in Society & CultureHolidaysRamadan · 10 years ago

Jihad (the true meaning) ?

I see many people take jihad in a wrong way, they think jihad is killing, war , fighting etc but they took it fully wrong.

Definition: Jihad is the Arabic for what can be variously translated as "struggle" or "effort," or "to strive," "to exert," "to fight," depending on the context. In the West, the word is generally understood to mean "holy war," and the terms are given, inaccurately, exclusively military connotations.

The Quran does call for "jihad" as a military struggle on behalf of Islam. But the Quran also refers to jihad as an internal, individual, spiritual struggle toward self-improvement, moral cleansing and intellectual effort. It is said that Prophet Muhammad considered the armed-struggle version of holy war "the little jihad," but considered the spiritual, individual version of holy war--the war within oneself--as "the great jihad."

If you open a modern Oxford English dictionary, you would probably find the definition of Jihad as “a holy war undertaken by Muslims against non-believers”. This is a very poor definition. Before trying to define what

Jihad is, we should first define what it is NOT.

Jihad is NOT Holy War

Jihad is NOT blowing up one’s self (Suicide is a sin in Islam)

Hadith : Shahi Bukhari

.Book 23. Funerals (Al-Janaa'iz).

Volumn 002, Book 023, Hadith Number 445.


Narated By Thabit bin Ad-Dahhak : The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, "Whoever intentionally swears falsely by a religion other than Islam, then he is what he has said, (e.g. if he says, 'If such thing is not true then I am a Jew,' he is really a Jew). And whoever commits suicide with piece of iron will be punished with the same piece of iron in the Hell Fire." Narrated Jundab the Prophet said, "A man was inflicted with wounds and he committed suicide, and so Allah said: My slave has caused death on himself hurriedly, so I forbid Paradise for him."

Jihad is NOT killing innocent people

Jihad is NOT flying a plane into a building packed with civilians

Jihad is NOT fighting out of anger and hatred

Jihad is NOT killing others just because they don’t agree with you

Jihad is NOT killing others just because they are not Muslims

The real meaning of Jihad Jihad is an Arabic word from the root Jee Ha Da. It literally means to struggle or strive. Jihad is struggling or striving in the way or sake of Allah. Jihad takes a very important status in the doctrine of Islam and is one of the basic duties for every Muslim. Though, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the term Holy War. Such a term, or its equivalent doesn’t exist in the Islamic doctrine. The Christian Crusaders in the mid-ages invented this ideology of Holy War. There is nothing “Holy” about wars. Wars only involve killings and disasters!

Jihad has many forms,

-Jihad of the heart/soul (jihad bin nafs/qalb)

-Jihad by the tongue (jihad bil lisan)

-Jihad by the pen/knowledge (jihad bil qalam/ilm)

-Jihad by the hand (jihad bil yad)

-Jihad by the sword (jihad bis saif)

Jihad of the Heart/Soul :

Jihad of the heart/soul; in Arabic: jihad bin nafs/qalb. It is referred as “the greater Jihad” (al-jihad al-akbar). It is one’s inner struggle of good against evil; refraining oneself from the whispers of Shaitan (Satan). This process involves allowing Islam to transform one’s soul to achieving internal peace; and forgoing the hatred and anger.

“Jihad is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.”{Quran, Surah 2: Al-Baqarah, Verse 216; Mohsin Translation}

Jihad by the tongue :

Jihad by the tongue; in Arabic: jihad bil lisan. It is defending Islam and spreading Islam by scholarly lectures, speeches and debates. It often overlaps with Da’awah (invitation to Islam, or spreading the message of Islam) In The Last Sermon, Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) asked the listeners whether he has passed on the message to them; and they confirmed affirmatively. Then the Messenger of Allah ordered all those present today to pass on the same message to those who are not here today; and the last person to hear the message should understand it better than the people here.

Jihad by the pen/knowledge :

Jihad by the pen/knowledge; in Arabic: jihad bil qalam/ilm. This form of Jihad involves scholarly research of Islam in aiding the spread and defence of Islam; and publishing written articles in clearing misconceptions and correction lies against Islam. Examples of such Jihad include the research and discovery of scientific evidences, literature miracles and mathematical miracles from the Quran. Messenger of Allah once stated that the ink of a scholar is holier than the blood of a martyr; and one who is reading looks hand


Jihad by the hand :

Jihad by the hand; in Arabic: jihad bil yad. This is a Jihad of action rather than words. At certain areas, it overlaps with Zakat (charity) and Hajj (pilgrimage). Some of its examples include giving charity to the poor and needy, performing Hajj or Ummrah, helping those who need help, saving people’s lives, etc. These are more of physical deeds instead of words.

“A person whose feet become dust ridden because of [striving] in the way of Allah will never be touched by the flames of Hell”{ Sahih Bukhari 2811}

The most beautiful of all Jihad is a perfect Hajj. It involves testing of one’s patience and piety to the apex. The whole period of Hajj, with just one intention and aim, worshiping Allah

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Jihad by the sword :

Jihad by the sword; in Arabic: jihad bis saif. In contrary to Jihad of the heart/soul; this form of Jihad is referred as “the lesser jihad” (al-jihad alasghar). Sometimes it is necessary to undertake Jihad by the sword. This would include usage of arsenals and engaging in a combat. This could be simply a bunch of freedom fighters or an organised campaign of army. Jihad by the sword is use of arms to engage into a combat. It is not misuse of arms to create violence. There are only two situations were Jihad by the sword is allowed to be undertaken.

1) For self-defence. When someone attacks you or when your nation has been attacked. Engaging into combat due to self defence.

2) Fighting against evil and unjust. It is also a sin if a Muslim sees unjust been done, capable of stopping it, yet not doing anything about it. This can include war on drug, war on child labour as well as war on terror!

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The American administration today seems to be launching a global war on terror, but are they the first to launch the war on terror? The Muslims already announced the war on terror fourteen centuries ago, under the name of Jihad bis saif! There are many rules and limitations when engaging in combat under the title of Jihad. For example, civilians are not to be harmed; trees are not to be cut down; asylum should be granted to surrendering enemy soldiers; etc.

“And if anyone of the Mushrikun seeks your protection then grant him protection, so that he may hear the Word of Allah, and then escort him to where he can be secure, that is because they are men who know not.”{Quran, Surah 9: At-Taubah, Verse 6; Mohsin Translation}

The above verse states that when an enemy soldier surrenders during a battle, the Muslim soldiers must grant asylum and in addition, escort him to safety! The treatment for prisoners of war is also clearly stated in the Quran. Prisoners of war under Muslim prisons are t

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A closer look at the Sword :

Despite the fact that Jihad by the sword is the lesser Jihad, it is the only form of Jihad that most of the people in the world perceive Jihad as.This is unfortunate, especially for the Muslims. Many so-called “teachers of Islam” have been misusing this to assemble their so-called “holy army” to fight their so-called “holy war”. But you can’t blame the religion for what a few of its people do. In every society, there is a black sheep.


Since Jihad by the sword has been overwhelmingly magnified in the wrong angle, let’s take a closer look at it in the right angle. What is wrong with Jihad by the sword if it is fighting for self-defence? In the early years of revelation of Islam in Mecca, Muslims were not granted permission from Allah to fight. So the Muslims suffered both moral and physical humiliations from the non-Muslims in Mecca. The first verses regarding Jihad were then revealed allowing Muslims to undertake self-defence.

“And fight i

Update 5:

“And fight in the Way of Allah those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allah likes not the transgressors {Quran, Surah 2: Al-Baqarah, Verse 190; Mohsin Translation}

Many of the Quranic verses are being quoted out of context to wrongly justify terrorist actions. Yet, most of those verses are only referring to a particular situation; such as Battle of Badr or Battle of Uhud.

Intention and war against Satan:

'Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Satan. So fight against the friends of Satan. Ever feeble indeed is the plot of Satan. {Quran, Surah 4: An-Nisa, Verse 76; Mohsin Translation}

Now the second question is, what is wrong in fighting against evil and liberating people from sufferings?

“Once a person came to the Prophet (sws) and said that some people fight for the spoils of war, some for fame and some to show off their valour; he then asked the Prophet (sws): “Which one of them fights in the way of A

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Re-written hadith :

“Once a person came to the Prophet (sws) and said that some people fight for the spoils of war, some for fame and some to show off their valour; he then asked the Prophet (sws): “Which one of them fights in the way of Allah”. The Prophet (sws) replied: “Only that person fights in the way of Allah who sets foot in the battlefield to raise high the name of Allah”.{ Sahih Bukhari 2810}


Inshallah by compiling this I must have cleared out the mess about jihad and please spread this message around the ummah so they get to know the word "Jihad" and may allah (swt) guide as all! (ameen)

If you would like a fatwa please go ahead in this site :

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@ none

You pasted a good article

@ Lin

Jazakallah, rate this question to increase the spread of the message!

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What are you talking? did you heard in your news that building mosque in some area is ban? wearing hijab is ban? wearing niqab is ban? what else? and you are telling me that we wirl around the world like freedom fighters. can YOU relate me a verse of the quran which states what you said all. I have myself made my point really clear and if you read it , your mind will be cleared and sorted. Thats the reason I wrote this question

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@ She said

This is dedicated to everyone not only muslims. And you are telling me shouldn't I make the iman of the people strong? some women don't wear hijab and now I dont tell them about it? you are just saying the way like it. I want to clear out this mess of terrorrist and jihad etc and inshallah allah (swt) will guide me through it

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@ h.d.

I have given enough proof to satisfy your needs and if you need more, state me which place specifically needs proof. Its all common sense, not very common tho,

Update 11:

@ #*◄Muslim River►*#


Update 12:

@ Irish Girl (17th account)

Stop trolling around and read what I wrote. And you are totally wrong. May allah (swt) guide you

13 Answers

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
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    and post it in R&S too


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  • filson
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Jihad Translation

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  • 10 years ago

    I don't think Muslims are the ones that need the word Jihad explaining too brother, we are well aware. But thanks for the effort anyway...

    Walikum Salaam.


    Hold on a second there...

    ''This is dedicated to everyone not only muslims. And you are telling me shouldn't I make the iman of the people strong? some women don't wear hijab and now I dont tell them about it? you are just saying the way like it. I want to clear out this mess of terrorrist and jihad etc and inshallah allah (swt) will guide me through it''

    I did not tell you any such thing. Where did I say you '' And you are telling me shouldn't I make the iman of the people strong? ''? No where so please dont go putting words in my mouth. All I meant was perhaps another section with less Muslims would be a better place to post it as it is mostly Muslims here and we already know, I never said ''shouldnt'' anything...

    As for ''some women don't wear hijab and now I dont tell them about it? you are just saying the way like it.'' I have no idea what you are talking about. What am I ''just saying the way like it''? It makes no sense.

    Also I did thank you for your effort and recognized the time you put into it. If my saying that ''I don't think Muslims are the ones that need the word Jihad explaining too brother'' needed more explaining to you and you did not read between the lines I meant go tell it in sections with plenty of non Muslims then I am sorry it was lost on you but that does not give you the right to put your own interpretation of what I said and twist it into something that I never even romotly suggested at all.

    Next time please just ask me to clarify what I mean in my answer if you dont understand it. Walikum Salaam.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Salam aleykum

    I'd like to paste a partof article about jihad:

    We must know who and what is the enemy. It is important to realize that not all things of the Western world and not all people from Western culture are evil. There are many good things offered through Western knowledge, technology and medicine. There are many good people in Western nations trying to live right lives. These things and these people are not our enemy; they also are victims of Western secular materialism. The enemy can be found in many places. The enemy is every idea, every word and every action that is in opposition to the Will of Allah. The enemy is those who hold to the wrong beliefs, those who speak in support of what is wrong, and those who act against the Will of Allah.

    We must know how to fight this battle and what weapons to use. Islam gives us the answer. This is not to be a jihad of the sword, or of guns, bombs and violence. Not only would that be wrong, but also we would have no chance of success against the military might of the Western world. Non-Muslims must know they will never be harmed by this jihad, and must be helped to realize that it is done for their great benefit also. This is to be jihad fought only in the battlefield of the mind with a weapon far more powerful than any sword or bomb. The weapon in this jihad must be knowledge, but do not believe this to be solely an educational jihad. Knowledge can be wielded with the precision of a sharp sword to effect any desired social/political change necessary for the fulfillment of Islam.

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  • 10 years ago

    A good analysis. In the face of the uncalled for whole sale bashing of the Muslims by certain elements in the West, I still think the problem has always been not so much the West but the ''sect centric Mullahs'' employed by the ruler/leaders/emperors. These court jesters invoke the totally un Islamic notion of ''abrogation'' and try to justify their worldly objective through the Quranic verses. The trick is to convince unsuspecting Muslims that the peaceful verses of the Quran have been canceled (mansuk) by a single verse taken out of context, the so called ''verse of the sword''. These are the same people who have managed to wage proxy wars against Muslims and non Muslims alike. The enemies of Islam have been given this totally distorted notion of Jihad on a plater by lost Muslims themselves. I think we need serious Jihad against this enemy from within before pointing fingers at others.

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  • Alsalamu Alaikum.

    Dear Brother. May Allah Bless You For Inlighten/Refreshing Us.

    I Would Ask Every One To Concentrate On The Biggest/Hardest Jihad, Which Is Jihad Alnafs, If Any Muslim Can Control His Nafs By Not Following HAWA ALNAFS He Will Be Granted Jannah Insha'allah.

    May Allah Bless & Yahdeena All.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    Jihad (the true meaning) ?

    I see many people take jihad in a wrong way, they think jihad is killing, war , fighting etc but they took it fully wrong.

    Definition: Jihad is the Arabic for what can be variously translated as "struggle" or "effort," or "to strive," "to exert," "to...

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    A very useful information for non-believers & to muslims as well


    Owen: Dr. Joseph Adam Pearson rightly says, "People who worry that nuclear weaponry will one day fall in the hands of the Arabs, fail to realize that the Islamic bomb has been dropped already, it fell the day MUHAMMED (pbuh) was born".

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    jihad means fight only for Allah and this is the true meaning of jihad if u say other meaning give proof

    from Quran and true hadith

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  • 3 years ago

    Reciprocation in international relations makes sense. Tax theirs the same as they tax ours. Level the playing field.

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  • 10 years ago

    The problem is that the Koran does say that Jihad is mandatory to all Muslims. And, the Jihad that is specified there is not the "internal struggle", but the Holy War to establish Islam as the Only Religion of the World and to exterminate all the kaffirs.

    Now, whether all of us like it or not, that is the Truth and it is clearly stated in the Koran that anyone among the Muslims that makes friends with or lives under the patronage of the kaffirs is automatically to be counted among them for extermination.

    Any Muslim who tells us different is lying in his or her teeth.

    So, can we afford to allow the Muslims to grow among us till they can carry out their insane Agenda for World Domination?

    Would you Muslims allow us to grow and, ultimately, exterminate all of you without putting up a fight?

    No, you wouldn't.

    In fact, when it comes to your rules in your Islamic Countries, you do everything that you want, unfair as it is. No kaffir may even enter the cities of Mecca and Medina. But, the Muslims want the Freedom to go everywhere in the non-Islamic Countries. No Church or Synagogue or Temple may be built in the Islamic Countries. But the Muslims must be given the Freedom to build their Mosques everywhere. Muslims can give women 100 lashes for wearing pants and force all women to wear the scarf over their heads in Islamic Countries, but, the kaffirs should not restrict the Muslim women from wearing their burkhas and hijab anywhere. Muslims can rape kaffir women anywhere in the World and blame that on the non-hijabi dress of the kaffirs;but, the kaffirs must not even tell them to leave their lands. No Islamic Country gives anyone, including their own Muslims the right to migrate there; but the kaffirs must not only give them this right, but also support them with Welfare doles and give them benefits. Kaffirs may not utter the name Allah; Muslims can say that the kaffirs in whose land they are unwelcome guests should not say Merry Christmas or God Bless Americ, because it "offends" them!?

    Heck, it's like we are already dhimmi!

    And, the Muslims want us all to take all the crap that they are loading on to us all the time?

    Why should we?

    Why should we not start fighting back and send all the Muslims back to their desert ?

    How many more planes do we need them fly into our buildings and then blame our own governments for that? Why are crappy Liberals taking such crap from the Muslims who even blame them for what the Muslims did and not learning the fact that the Muslims don't care for them or their PC Brigades and care only for the Muslims?

    How many more Fort Hoods do we need? How many more crazy Muslim converts shooting soldiers ? How many more Jihad Jane?

    Whether or not the Liberals ever grow brains, the rest of us are not going to sit back and let the Liberals and the Muslims screw us any more. Like it or not, the Movement against Islam has already begun and it will only escalate till we put an end to this madness, once and for all.


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