Concept of Jihad: Some Reflection

PROF. DR. ANIS AHMAD
Meritorious professor and Vice Chancellor, Riphah International University, PAKISTAN
THE TERM “JIHAD” (STRUGGLE) IS USED AROUND
40, times in the Qur’an while “qital” or war is used around 167 times, with a connotation of a dynamic process leading to a systematic change in the attitude and behavior of individual and society.
A movement from chaos to order, from “zulm” or tyranny to “adl” or justice, from “taghut” or oppression to freedom and peace. The Objective of Jihad in the Qur’an: Not to convert but to communicate and Invite (da’wah)
“There is no compulsion in din” Al-Baqarah 2:256 – “To you is your religion and to me my is way of life” al-Kafirun 109: 6.
Conclusion:
1. Jihad is primarily a strategy and movement for “Islah” (correction), “Salam” (peace) and social, economic, political, religious, cultural and legal justice or “adl” in society.
2. It calls for a proactive approach; To take initiative for removal of Injustice, Inequity, exploitation, oppression and persecution from society; and
3. It stands for restoration of human rights of people, realization of security, dignity, order and peace in society.
4. It stands for restoration of human rights of people, realization of security, dignity, order and peace in society.

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