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Jihad

A religious obligation for Muslims. The word is Arabic for "struggle," though its technical meaning has been disputed. Historically, many scholars have argued that jihad primarily entails a struggle against one's base instincts. However, it was used both in the Quran and by rulers of some Muslim-majority countries to justify war, whether to end persecution of Muslims or to provide religious grounds for conquest. The meaning of the term remains controversial, though some groups, notably al-Qaida, emphasize its militant element.
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The petitioner said: 'The court may instruct the government to direct the Azad Jammu and Kashmir government to establish Jihadi camps in the area of Jammu and Kashmir and allow all those Muslims of world to enter Pakistan/Azad Kashmir and facilitate them who want to take part in the Jihad.'
"When Muslims anywhere get weakened, jihad becomes obligatory for them.
The Muslim army was returning to Medina after they had defeated the enemy in a battle, when the Messenger of God said to them; We are returning from the lesser jihad to the greater one.
(23) Heated debate took place at this meeting, with Mantiqi 1 members and Afghan alumni arguing that according to JI's General Guidelines for the Struggle of JI (known as PUPJI), "JI was obligated to struggle in Ambon as it was clearly a jihad difai (defensive jihad)." (24) The head of Mantiqi 2, Abu Fatih, "was reportedly lambasted by several of those present...
This reality is no different for 12-year-old Janna Jihad, known as the youngest journalist in the world.
Khavazi said that a research facility is currently operating under the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad of Iran.
"The jihad he's referring to here is actually being on the battlefield."
It finds that veterans of jihad in Libya tend to have gained their experience as a result of localized conflict dynamics while veterans of jihad in Afghanistan represent a more internationalized veteran-jihadi population.
He said Islamic Jihad did not want the violence to escalate and blamed Israel for the flare-up.
Jihad confirmed in a statement Tuesday that Shallah had undergone an operation, adding that secretary-general was "stable and under medical supervision."
The closest Nigerians have been exposed to a jihad are the ravages of Boko Haram and Fulani tribesmen; but a jihad, be it economicJihad or political jihad or social jihad or scorched-earth jihad must necessarily, by Islamic injunctions or brute fatwas, be directed against 'the people of the Book' otherwise known as the Jews and 'the ones who have gone 'astray'' otherwise known as the Christians.
It is estimated that ifA the Islamic Jihad does not succeed in carrying out an attack from the West Bank, it may attack from within the Strip.