WHY DOES ISLAM FOCUS ON JIHAD
JIHAD: This is the most misunderstood term by the non-Muslims due to a section of mischievous media who grab up every opportunity to malign Islam, and the lethargic Muslim community who are not much active in propagation of Islam. By definition JIHAD means TO STRIVE . In Islamic shariah jihad means to struggle, to strive and put lot of effort to establish the Religion of Allah. Jihad doesn�t always mean Qital i.e. to kill, neither all qital (killing) is consider as jihad. The Quran describes in many places that such Qital which is not done according to the command of Allah is fitna.
And strive in the way of Allah (do jihad) the way it ought to be done. (Surah Hajj: 78)
DIFFERENT WAYS OF JIHAD:
Jihad by Self : This is the jihad when a person works hard spending his time, energy to promote Islam in any form, either to help some one get justice, or speak against a tyrant ruler, or run from pillar to post to help a needy. Even the scholars who give lectures on Islam, to impart proper understanding of Islam , are supposed to be doing jihad.
Jihad by wealth: Jihad can be even done by wealth. The Qur�an rightly guides its followers to do jihad wealth and appreciate them as sincere believers,: Who strives (does jihad) with their wealth. (Surah Hujarat:15)
Jihad in battle field: Fight against those who fight against you and do not commit excess , for indeed Allah does not like those who commit excess. (Surah Nisa: )
Fight for those who are weak, oppressed, men, women and children. (Surah Nisa:75)
If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace and trust Allah.
(Surah Anfal : 61)
If any one of the pagans seek from thee asylum, grant it to him so that he may hear the word of Allah, then escort him to a lace of safety. (Surah Toubah : 9)
Thus Islam�s focus on jihad is not to promote mischief in the land nor impose forcefully Islam upon the non Muslims but to maintain peace and harmony in society
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