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Someone wanted the definition of JIHAD--here it is.

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    Someone wanted the definition of JIHAD--here it is.


    -Literally, means to strive against something or to exert oneself to the utmost

    -In Islamic parlance, it signifies all forms of moral, spiritual, and physical struggle .e.g an individual striving against the the weaknesses and temptations of one's own soul to better one's character, or a Muslim striving against the difficulties of living in an un-Islamic environment, or a Muslim community collectively striving to build a mosque!

    -Jihad is normally carried out through five avenues:
    1) Inviting to Allah - communicating His Message with wisdom and beauty (da'wah il-Allah),
    2) Witnessing unto humankind - being examples of truth, justice, and mercy to others following the exalted example of the Prophet (shuhada 'alan naas),
    3) Enjoining all that is good and beneficial in all matters ('amr bil ma'ruf),
    4) Forbidding all that is evil and harmful in all matters (nahiya 'anil munkar), and
    5) Armed struggle in the defence of Islam, Muslim lands, Muslims, or oppression and injustice wherever in the world it may be.

    [from "Towards Understanding the Quran" by Sayyid Abul A'la Mawdudi, Glossary of Terms]

    What, did you think that We created you in mere idle play, and that you would not be returned to Us? But, high exalted is God, the King; the True! There is no god but He, the Lord of the Noble Throne. [al-Muminun 23: 115-116]
    22.1 . O mankind! Fear your Lord . Lo! the earthquake of the Hour ( of Doom ) is a tremendous thing .