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Jihad Report
Aug 12, 2017 -
Aug 18, 2017

Attacks 42
Killed 207
Injured 351
Suicide Blasts 6
Countries 18

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Jihad Report
July, 2017

Attacks 179
Killed 1275
Injured 932
Suicide Blasts 37
Countries 25
List of Attacks

It's far easier to act as if critics of Islam have a problem with Muslims as people than it is to accept the uncomfortable truth that Islam is different.


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Myths of Islam

 Jihad Means
'Inner Struggle'

The Myth:

Jihad simply means 'struggle' and really just refers to a peaceful striving against sin rather than a holy war to spread Islam.

The Truth:

In Arabic "jihad" means struggle.  In Islam it means holy war.

The Quran specifically exempts the disabled and elderly from Jihad (4:95), which would make no sense if the word is being used within the context of spiritual struggle.  It is also unclear why Muhammad and his Quran would use graphic language, such as smiting fingers and heads from the hands and necks of unbelievers if he were speaking of character development.

With this in mind, Muslim apologists generally admit that there are two meanings to the word, but sometimes claim that “inner struggle” is the “greater Jihad,” whereas “holy war” is the “lesser.”  In fact, this misconception is based on a weak single hadith that Islamic scholars generally agree was fabricated.

By contrast, the most reliable of all Hadith collections is that of Bukhari.  Jihad is mentioned over 50 times in reference to the words of Muhammad (in sahih verses).  Each carries a clear connotation to holy war, with only a handful of possible exceptions (dealing with a woman's supporting role during a time of holy war).

Also, neither the Shiite tradition nor any of the four schools of Sunni jurisprudence mention Jihad in any context other than physical warfare.

The association of 'Jihad' with spiritual struggle in the modern discourse is a rhetorical strategy designed to downplay the association of Islam with violence.

Further Reading

The Greater-Lesser Jihad Myth (from a Muslim Source)
Explaining Jihad (Islam Web) - A mainstream Islamic source says that waging holy war against people of other faiths is a way of helping them understand the "mercy and blessing of Islam."

Myths of Islam Index

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