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Jihad is an Arabic word meaning to 'strive or make effort'. It is difficult to understand the concept of Jihad in its entirety, however, in its broader meaning Jihad can be explained as a continuous struggle and sacrifice by Muslims with their energy, wealth and power.
Islam is not a passive religion. It requires active participation.
It is the basic responsibility of every Muslim to practice, preach, establish what is good and defend against what is bad.
Moreover, it is the religious duty of every Muslim to defend against all forms of tyranny and injustice, however significant or insignificant they may be.
If Jihad takes the form of a defensive war it is known as the Lesser Jihad; the Greater Jihad is the battle against one's own ego and desires.
Jihad plays a very important role in Islamic ideology, as it encourages a constant struggle in the way of Allah to establish justice and virtue.
Thus, We have made you a people justly balanced so you could be witnesses over nations. (2:143)
It is every Muslim's duty to ensure the establishment of just and representative governments and to wage jihad for it. This is so injustice and tyranny are eradicated and are replaced with justice and security.
The Prophet (peace & blessings upon him) said "The best jihad is that of speaking a word of truth to an unjust ruler".
Join us at our branch meeting to discuss what Jihad means to you:
On Sunday 13th January 2008
At 3 o’clock
The Muath Trust
The Bordesley Centre
(H/T: Dj Konservo)