What does jihad mean (and lesser and greater jihad), why is it often tied to terrorism

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Full question is: What does jihad mean (and lesser and greater jihad), why is it often tied to terrorism, and can it have a peaceful connotation?

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Jihad, according to Juergensmeyer (2017) is defined as a struggle or an effort that is
sacred. It is distinctive from the misconception of being a holy war that is full of fanatics or
armed conflict. Due to its description of being holy or sacred, it has evolved into being a holy
war. It is rightfully referred to Muslim personal duties whose purpose is to strive in God’s ways.
The Qur’an describes it as an internalized effort whose aim is to re-establish habits that are bad
in Muslims as a community and as individuals. Jihad has often more or less used as a term of
denoting any war that manifests in the religious service. America has a lot of misconceptions
when it comes to describing or getting the meaning of jihad (Juergensmeyer, 2017). This came
mostly after the terrorist attack in September /2011, and the word has been described as a war in
other words. While according to America’s Islamic supreme council, jihad realistically means
the efforts, both inner and outer once that makes someone a good Muslim and it’s the people’s
Muslim’s purpose is informing others about the Islamic faith in general.
Jihad is waged in two different ways; One, as lesser Jihad which means defending the
Islam religion outwardly. It is being prepared to defend Islam against any attack on the faith if
the Muslim community is under any danger (Islam, 2016). The second way to wage jihad is the
termed as the greater jihad. This is referred to the individual struggles each Muslim goes through
for them to do what is considered right. Humans have traits that make them do the wrong things
like being selfish, proud, and sinful. Therefore, the need to constantly fight with themselves to be
able to do good always is what is considered as greater jihad. In the Islamic sense of the word,
waging jihad is most often confused as doing Christian crusades which is different according to
Islam (2016).


In Islam, it is acceptable to wage war to defend the faith against any form of internal or
external aggression, and it is even considered a duty of every Muslim to do so. This kind of jihad
armed conflict as a conception that is naturally defensive. Whereas, in Christian crusades, armed
conflict is a conception that is naturally offensive. People who defend the faith using armed jihad
are referred to as ‘holy warriors’ or even as mujahedeen making them eligible for receiving
martyrdom. They are given a promise of ‘finding beautiful women wai...

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