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Jihad: Not What You’ve Been Told It Means

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 16, 2011

Courtesy of Mohammed ibn Laith of Gorilla’s Guides:

Of all of the concepts and aspects of Islam, Jihad the struggle in the way of The Prophet is perhaps the most deliberately misrepresented and reviled in the west. To engage in Jihad is to make an effort, often a strenuous effort, to achieve a good end. Jihad connotes “struggle“, and to engage in such struggles is a duty laid by Allah upon every Muslim Sunni and Shia alike. Sunni and Shia alike take that duty seriously. Indeed, the Shi’i (Muslims such as myself who are of the Shi’at u Ali), consider the duty to wage jihad as being one of the Furū al-Dīn — one of the ten practices that Shi’a Muslims must perform. The purpose of this posting is to introduce you to Jihad and hopefully clear up some misconceptions.


If you are struggling with something and you are doing so in order to please God then you are engaging in Jihad. There are many types of Jihad. At one point during my dialogues with the American Christian priest Mike Kinman he asked me to talk to him about the practical aspects of love:

Tell me stories of how you see people in your life manifesting love. How has that changed you? How has that made you follow God’s will more closely? How do those stories give you hope?

Source: 25 Muharram 1429 (03 February 2008) Mike and Mohammed | Gorilla’s Guides

Though he did not know it he was asking me about Jihad. I told him of the women who risk their lives to get water and food to the most desperate, of the teenagers who willingly allow themselves to be locked up with a street child who wants to stop taking drugs so that the child will not endure the agonies of drug withdrawal alone. I told him of people risking their lives to collect money for school books in Touz Khormatou, and of the Red Crescent volunteers and the Red Crescent Staff who go about their business despite the many among them who have been attacked, kidnapped, killed. I told him about the people who raise money to build . I see it in the schoolmaster who continues to teach despite many death threats, and of his pupils. I told him about the people who built and who run this new orphanage. I told him about the societies for uplifting women, the societies that teach women to read and write, the societies that teach women what they need to know of law when they begin to trade, the societies that train women journalists, the societies that help the huge number of women and children in desperate need.

The millions of families who struggle to live ordinary decent lives and strive to live their lives as good Muslims against impossible difficulties of not enough food, no water, no money for fuel to cook with or to warm their houses. Those families must battel to live ordinary decent lives that too is Jihad.

While my younger brother Ali was alive that he would force himself to rise early and come and wake me when it was time for the first prayers of the day. He did this so that I could sleep a little longer and still carry out my duties of prayer. It was very difficult for him to do this (he loved to sleep late), but he did it and made sure that when he had woken me that the first thing I would see would be a smiling face – that was Jihad.

There’s much more at this link. Don’t forget to read the comments section — the author talks directly to readers therein.

(Soon to be crossposted at Renaissance Post.)

One Response to “Jihad: Not What You’ve Been Told It Means”

  1. Charles II said

    The fact that it’s in a foreign language is enough to convince most Americans that it’s dangerous.

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