meaning striving, struggling, endeavoring. Commonly translated as Holy War.

Good introductory articles on this complex issue:

  • Jihad in Islam: Is Islam Peaceful or Militant?
  • Jihad: The Teachings of Islam from its primary sources - the Qur'an and Hadith
  • The Dilemma of Jihad Doctrine: The Myth of Quranic Warnings vs. Violence Commands
  • 164 Jihad Verses in the Koran
  • Jihad: The truth about the rules of Islamic warfare
  • Further Resource links on "Jihad"
  • Book Review: The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims
  • Jihad in Islam is a short book by the influential Muslim writer Abul A'la Maududi
  • The purpose of jihad influences or should influence even the most intimate aspects of a Muslim's life, e.g. the question whom he should or should not marry. Muhammad put considerable emphasis on marrying women who are able to give birth to many children in order to increase the power of Islam, see BIRTH RATE.

    Jihad is also against Muslims: Qur'an 2:278-279, 9:73, 49:9, and Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 26, Number 3675, Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 92, Number 388; cf. the article The war on Muslims, Jihad and the Prophets.

    Other keywords in the Quran and hadith:

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