Jihad is NOT Terrorism

Jihad, by western standards, is a word used to describe 'holy war', but in actual Arabic the word means 'striving or struggling and applies to any effort exerted by anyone.' In the book of the Qur’an, an example of JIHAD as defined above would be the striving of someone to do their very best at what ever they do, such as a wife for her husband, a student with school studies, or a businessman with his business. To really work hard and do the best you can. In no way does it mean to make war!

If you were to read the Qur'an, you would be hard pressed to find where it says that war is praised by Allah, Allah being the Muslim god. The Qur'an is the equivalent to the Bible for Christian and in the Qur'an, the god Allah talks to the prophet Muhammad, who spreads the word of Allah.

Like any religion, Islam has its fundamentalists, people who twist the words of their gods to suit their purposes. True believers of the Qur’an will never initiate aggression. Nor can you blame all Muslims for the acts of some crazy people. Any more than all Christians should be blamed for what a few have done, or all Americans for what their government has done or wants to do.

If jihad is not terrorism then what is terrorism? Terrorism is by definition, "The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons." Nowhere will you be able to find anything that says jihad is terrorism.

Allah does allow for fighting only for self-defense and to defend the religion of Islam and the Muslims.

"Fight in the cause of Allah against those who fight against you, but do not transgress limits. Lo! Allah loves not aggressors. …And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah. But if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against transgressors.”

True followers of the Qur'an also do not spread the word by force of Islam. They do not try to convert others to their religion. The Islamic peoples are not the enemies of the United States. Only some idiotic people who have taken the word of their god and bastardized them for their unlawful work.

To put this simply, jihad has nothing to do with terrorism. It does not mean to strive for national power. So, this would mean that the people, who are responsible for the deaths of all those innocents on September 11, 2002, were not fighting a jihad but in actuality are only terrorists and murderers. As such they should be treated as terrorists and murderers by any and all peoples, including the Muslim countries.

Terrorism is a crime against us all. Christians, Muslims, and other non-Christians. All the peoples of the world! Everyone suffers when terrorism comes to call.


The Institute of Islamic
Information & Education
Brochure No. 18


Islamic City

© January 2003 All rights reserved.

Loretta A. Stradley is a freelance writer and an editor for Issue Magazine. She writes articles, essays, and short stories. She is currently working on a fantasy novel.

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