Holy War Vs Jihad

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The difference between Holy war and Jihad is little known to the common community. The truth is revealed when you really try to compare the two. With a little open mindedness, you will be able to see that there 's a lot more difference then you would have originally assumed. To the unaware, Jihad may mean “holy war” but this is far from the truth. In all reality, the translation is literally means “struggle” or “striving” in Arabic. It can refer to the inner struggle for a Muslim or believer to better themselves spiritually, physically and as well as spreading the Islamic word among the people. Islamic Jihad can be described in a variety of ways. A vast majority of them being peaceful. There are 3 main ways. first, Jihad is known mainly …show more content…
The struggle to defend Islam. This option is only to be used when peace can not be established or the other side refuses to come to peaceful means. Military jihad (or Holy war) is used specific to protect the Islamic faith. It strictly prohibits the killing of innocents such as women, children, and invalids (people who are not involved in the matter). According to the Quran, 2.190 “Fight against those who fight against you in the way of Allah, but do not transgress, for Allah does not love transgressors.” This simply means, if they will not go peacefully, or if they start the fight, then defensive actions may be taken against them. Another verse declares that if you kill even one innocent person, then it is as if you killed all of mankind. Quran 5:32 “Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were …show more content…
When used out of concept, it can be easily strewn into crazy and outlandish proportions. This can be done so easily that the false accusations can easily and quickly outnumber the truth which then is accepted as the truth. With little to no effort it was easy to find articles, websites and documents stating Jihad is Islamic holy war and related heavily with terrorist attacks. This is incredibly false, but the statements given falsely were so detailed, that a person new to the concept could easily understand and accept it. The connection with Jihad and terrorism is only weakly linked. Often I was was Quran text taken out of context. Only the bad bits displayed and reconstructed to assume they are about only harm. It hurts me to see how people can do this but my opinion is beside the point. Terrorism is more constructed from false interpretations of the Quran and other Islamic scripts. There is proof in the Quran saying specifically that self harm (including suicide) is a sin. Quran 2:95 “and make your own not your own hands contribute to your destruction; but do good; for Allah loves those who do good.” this states specifically that any harm you do to yourself is a sin and is strictly forbidden. Also stated is in Quran 4:28 “ Believers! Do not devour one another possessions wrongfully; rather then that, let there be trading by mutual consent.

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