By Katie Quirk
Word Count: 2162
Summary: A look at a jihad, particularly non-violent forms
Jihad in Islam. Just looking at those words alone without any context stirs up so many different ideas in people.
For people in the west, jihad in Islam seems scary. The concept creates fear.
People see jihad in Islam as a danger to the west. They view it as a threat to national security, freedom and democracy.
You’ll often hear other words (often incorrectly associated with jihad in Islam) thrown in by the media and politicians as well: Extremist. Islamist. Terrorism. Radicalism. Infidels. Holy war. Jihadist. ISIL.
It gets people asking all sorts of questions.
What is jihad in Islam? What is the difference between radical and non-radical peaceful Muslims? What is the reason for Islamic jihad or holy war?
I’m not a scholar of Islam, but I hope I’m able to shed some light on these questions for you.
Literal Meaning of Jihad in Islam
First of all, let’s put all of the ideas that we might have about jihad in Islam aside.
The word Jihad comes from the root word jahada, which means to struggle. In Islam, this struggle is in the way of Allah.
JIHAD: From the Arabic root meaning “to strive,” “to exert,” “to fight”; exact meaning depends on context. The Oxford Dictionary of Islam
The Best Form of Jihad
It isn’t jihad in war that’s the best form of jihad. It’s jihad by telling the truth. It’s fighting evil through one’s words rather than through violence. It was narrated from Tariq bin Shihab that, “A man asked the Prophet, when he had put his leg in the stirrup: ‘Which kind of Jihad is best?’
He said: ‘a word of truth spoken before an unjust ruler’” (Sunan an-Nasa’i).
Take non-violent action by speaking out against injustice and oppression against people. Write letters to the government. Use your social media platforms and create petitions to make change. Read more about Jihad In Islam: What Is The Meaning Of It? …