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Jihad "Truth and Misunderstandings"

Jihad is the Arabic for what can be variously translated as "struggle" or "effort," or "to strive," "to exert," "to fight," depending on the context. In the West, the word is generally understood to mean "holy war," and the terms are given, inaccurately, exclusively military connotations.
The Quran does call for "jihad" as a military struggle on behalf of Islam. But the Quran also refers to jihad as an internal, individual, spiritual struggle toward self-improvement, moral cleansing and intellectual effort. It is said that Prophet Muhammad considered the armed-struggle version of holy war "the little jihad," but considered the spiritual, individual version of holy war--the war within oneself--as "the great jihad."
Including the "jihad" as one of the five pillars of Islam is another common Western misunderstanding. Jihad is not among the five pillars of Islam (the profession of faith, prayer five times a day, fasting during Ramadan, alms for the poor and performance of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, at least once in each Muslim's lifetime).
Still, "jihad" is considered to be every Muslim's duty--be it the struggle to improve society, preventing the exploitation of the poor or vulnerable, or improving oneself before the Day of Judgment.
Here common thinking about Jihad is fighting,terrorism and sucide attacks which is absolutely incorrect.
There are several types of Jihad.
Jihad by Pen
Jihad by Saying truth
Jihad by sword
According to a Hadis most preferred Jihad is saying truth in front of cruel leader or king.
Jihad involves determination & knowledge for what one is doing.
Killing innocents,sucide bombing and imposing Shariah is no where near Jihad.
In Islam use of Force is discouraged and Islamic History doesn't involves any killing of innocents in the name of Jihad.
Today people fighting for women,land or money and killing innocents are termed as jihadies.This term is common for Muslims which is actually unfair.Media Role should be much more responsible than it was in the past.

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