13 Facts About Jihad


Jihad is an Arabic word which literally means "striving" or "struggling", especially with a praiseworthy aim.

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Jihad is used quite commonly in Arabic countries, in the neutral sense of "a struggle for a noble cause", as a unisex name given to children.

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Jihad is mentioned in four places in the Qur'an as a noun, while its derived verb is used in twenty-four places.

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Best Jihad is the word of Justice in front of the oppressive sultan.

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Jihad is ranked as one of the highest good deeds; according to one hadith it is the third best deed after prayer and being good to one's parents.

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Jihad never forced non-Muslims to Islam and upheld the truces with non-Muslims so long as they didn't violate them.

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Ibn Taymiyya's views on Jihad are explained in his treatise titled Qa?idah mukhtasarah fi qital al-kuffar wa muhadanatuhum wa tahrim qatlahum li mujarrad kufrihim.

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Jihad identified as heretical and deviant Muslims anyone who propagated innovations contrary to the Quran and Sunna.

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Jihad insisted that Christians and Jews were mushrikeen because gave their priests or rabbis "authority to make laws, obeying laws which were made by them [and] not permitted by God" and "obedience to laws and judgments is a sort of worship".

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Jihad's ideas influenced Egyptian Islamist extremist groups, and Ayman al-Zawahiri, later the No 2 person in al-Qaeda.

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Jihad's fatwa was endorsed by a number of clerics including leading Saudi clerics such as Sheikh Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz.

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Jihad was so important that to "repel" the unbelievers was "the most important obligation after Iman [faith]".

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Jihad inspired young Muslims with stories of miraculous deeds during jihad—mujahideen who defeated vast columns of Soviet troops virtually single-handed, who had been run over by tanks but survived, who were shot but unscathed by bullets.

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