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Contrary to what many of us in the West have been told by our media, teachers and elected officials, Jihad does not refer to an ‘inner struggle.’ It refers to armed conflict with the entire world until there is no other religion but Islam — period!
In short, Jihad means holy war!
Why do I say this? Well, as I have explained under the page, BASIC PRECEPTS, the person who creates a movement or an ideology is the highest authority on that ideology. In this case, since he created it, Muhammad is the highest authority on Islam, and Muhammad said Jihad is a holy war against all non-Muslims.
“Jihad (holy fighting in Allah’s Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims), though you dislike it. But it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and like a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knows, and you know not.” [Another translation reads:] “Warfare is ordained for you.”
“Allah wished to confirm the truth by His words: ‘Wipe the infidels out to the last.’”
“So, fight them till all opposition ends and the only religion is Islam.”
(You can find a fuller list of Muhammad’s definition of Jihad here)
This understanding of Jihad has been carried down through the years. Here is an excerpt from an 11th grade text book used in Jordan and by the Palestinian Authority:
“Jihad is the Islamic term equivalent to the word ‘war’ among other nations. The difference is that jihad is [war] for the sake of noble and exalted goals, and for the sake of Allah… whereas other nations’ wars are wars of evil for the sake of occupying land and seizing natural resources, and for other materialistic goals and base aspirations.”
However, as I have explained in my posts about the Qur’an, one cannot be entirely sure of exactly what the Qur’an actually means. This is because a great deal of the Qur’an is, simply put, gibberish. Much of it simply does not make sense. Luckily for Muslims (and those of us seeking to understand Islam), the Qur’an is crystal clear in asserting that Muhammad is the perfect example of how a devout Muslim should live. Therefore, we must look to how Muhammad lived to understand what he meant by Jihad, and when we do, we find that Muhammad certainly seemed to believe it meant to wage war against all who oppose Islam.
Jihad in the Modern Age (20th and 21st Centuries)
To hammer home the point, Paul Fregosi has written what he claims to be the first serious attempt to chronicle the history of Jihad by a Western historian. I have his book, and I have read it. Not only does it confirm that Jihad has been the norm for Islam since the time Muhammad lead the first attack, but Fergosi convincingly demonstrates the cycle of Jihad repeats on the average of every fifty years. For those who want to take a serious look at the history of Jihad, I cannot recommend this book strongly enough:
“Jihad,” the Muslim holy war against Christians and others, has raged for 1,300 years with bloody conquests in Europe dating from campaigns to convert the infidels in the 7th century to today’s random acts of terrorism in the name of Allah. Yet this huge unrecorded “hole” in European history has been censored and stifled by political and literary authorities who have feared reprisals from angry Muslims trying to hide a legacy of brutality vastly more bloody and six times longer in duration than the atrocities of the crusades.
This is the engrossing factual account of the immense and little-known Islamic military invasions of Europe, and the major players who led them, beginning around 650 CE. The Islamic Arabs (and later the Moors) occupied a number of the Mediterranean Islands, and invaded Spain and Portugal in 711 CE, and ruled over much of the Iberian peninsula for the next 800 years. France was attacked and invaded, as was Italy, and the European coasts all the way to Ireland and Iceland. The Muslims swept over the Balkans, besieged Vienna, and were intermittent masters of Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary into the 19th century, destroying the Byzantines and conquering Constantinople (turning it into Istanbul). Ambitious and unrelenting, the Muslims also sought to conquer Austria and Russia.