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By The Institute of Islamic Information EducationIn the linguistic sense the Arabic word jihad means struggling or strivingand applies to any effort exerted by anyone In this sense a student strugglesand strives to get an education and pass course work an employee strivesto fulfill hisher job and maintain good relations with hisher employera politician strives to maintain or increase his popularity with his constituentsand so on The term strive or struggle may be used forby Muslims as wellnon-Muslims for example Allah One and Only True God says in theQuran We have enjoined on people kindness to parents but if they strive jahadaka to make you ascribe partners with Me that of which you have no knowledge then obey them not 298 also see 3115In the above two verses of the Quran it is non-Muslim parents who strivejahada to convert their Muslim child back to their religionIn the West jihad is generally translated as holy war a usage the mediahas popularized According to Islamic teachings it is unholy to instigateor start war however some wars are inevitable and justifiable If we translatethe words holy war back into Arabic we find harbun muqaddasatunor for the holy war al-harbu al-muqaddasatu We challengeany researcher or scholar to find the meaning of jihad as holy war in theQuran or authentic Hadith collections or in early Islamic literatureUnfortunately some Muslim writers and translators of the Quran the Hadithand other Islamic literature translate the term jihad as holy war dueto the influence of centuries-old Western propaganda This could be a reflectionof the Christian use of the term Holy War to refer to the Crusades of athousand years ago However the Arabic words for war are harbor qital which are found in the Quran and HadithFor Muslims the term jihad is applied to all forms of strivingand has developed some special meanings over time The sources of thisdevelopment are the Quran the Word of God revealed to ProphetMuhammadS and
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