Jihad in the Qur'an: The Truth from the Source (Third Edition)

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One source of distorting jihad is the use of inauthentic sources of Islamic teaching. Another is the influence that half-educated and manipulative Muslim scholars have had on unsuspecting, ill-informed followers. A third source, which dates to the early days of Islam, is the propaganda of believers of other faiths who saw Islam as a competing religion. Finally, Western double standards have also played a major role in distorting Islam and jihad.This book discusses these sources of misrepresentation and misinterpretation and shows how they have collaborated to develop an image of jihad that is completely alien to its Qur'anic origin. Focusing on the meaning of jihad in the Qur'an, this study explains that jihad is the person's ongoing struggle against all manifestations of evil, starting with the evil drives within one's self. Contrary to its negative association with violence, jihad has always been intended to be a source of peace within the individual and in the world.

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"Jihad" in Arabic

The Arabic word "jihaad" is a noun. Its singular past tense verb is "jaahada" (masculine) or "jaahadat" (feminine). The singular active participle of "jihad" is "mujaahid" (masculine) or "mujaahida" (feminine). The root of the word "jihad" is "juhd" which means "effort." Another related word is "ijtihaad" which means "working hard or diligently."

Jihad is simply the process of "exerting the best efforts," involving some form of "struggle" and "resistance," to achieve a particular goal. In other words, jihad is the struggle against, or resistance to, something for the sake of a goal. The meaning of the word is independent of the nature of the invested efforts or the sought goal.

Contrary to common belief, the word "jihad" does not necessarily imply any violent effort, let alone "war" and such instances of extreme violence. It is a general term that can mean violent as well as peaceful actions, depending on the context in which it is used, as we shall indeed see later. Similarly, "jihad" as a generic word can be used even when the sought goals are not Islamic, i.e. in non-religious contexts.

The Qur'an uses the verb of "jihad" in its generic meaning of "exerting the best efforts against something" in the following two verses:

And We have enjoined on man goodness to parents, but if they jaahadaaka (do jihad against you) to make you associate [a god] with Me, of which you have no knowledge [being a god], do not obey them. To Me is your return [O people!], so I shall inform you of your past deeds (29.8).

And We have enjoined on man to be good to his parents; his mother bears him in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years; and that [you must] be grateful to Me and to both your parents. To Me is the eventual coming (31.14). And if they jaahadaaka (do jihad against you) to make you associate [a god] with Me, of which you have no knowledge [being a god], do not obey them, but keep company with them in this world kindly; and follow the way of he who turns to Me. Then to Me is your [O people!] return, then I shall inform you of your past deeds (31.15).

Jihad in the above verses refers to actions taken by non-Muslim parents against their Muslim offspring to force them to worship other than Allah. This goal goes against the message of Islam which teaches the oneness of God, Allah; obviously this kind of jihad is not Islamic. The above verses also confirm the already mentioned fact that jihad is not necessarily an act of violence.

It is worth noting that the above verses command the Muslims to remain kind and caring toward their parents, but to resist any attempt by the latter to force them to give up the Islamic tenet of monotheism in favor of some polytheistic belief.

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