Jihad: The War Within

When we talk about Jihad, what usually comes to mind is the violent method used by the Muslims, to fight against the non-Muslims or “ghair mazhab”. The word “jihad” is so often misunderstood. So here is a small effort from my side to give you a little insight on the dictionary meaning of the word “jihad” and what in my personal opinion I think should be the real meaning of that word.

So, when you search the meaning of Jihad this is what comes up: 

jihad
dʒɪˈhɑːd/
noun
  1. (among Muslims) a war or struggle against unbelievers.
    “he declared a jihad against the infidels”
First of all this is misunderstood  (that’s my belief). Jihad is always looked at as an action word to scare or instigate people. it generally represents hatred and in turn violence and bloodshed.
The mention of jihad in the Holy Quran had a different perception.
The core message of kindness, love and humanity was supported by jihad which meant fighting the evil thoughts within oneself and emerging victorious toward humanity.
 
The real meaning of jihad should be:

“The spiritual struggle within oneself against sin.”

Every religion teaches us to be kind to one another, have compassion, empathy and humane behaviour towards all living beings, be it another human or animal. 
 
The teachings of Islam are no different !!
The real meaning of Jihad is the war within. It is the war between good and bad inside oneself.
We need to fight the wrong within ourselves everyday to be able to do the right.

All the religious scriptures and teachings help us to understand the right and wrong, also I personally feel, we all have to be more spiritually mature to understand and judge. Following any religion blindly might lead us to become superstitious and judgemental. 
To attain spiritual maturity, combating the 7 sins  is what is important. Fighting against the sins within will make us a much better person than fighting with others for the same.

 


Very well quoted by Rumi :
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”

I am in search of that field…….Every day the lower thoughts and actions stray me, I fight………The war within continues, the Jihad continues!!!

 
 

4 thoughts on “Jihad: The War Within

  1. You have appreciated the real meaning of Jihad Shaheen. The prophet in all his teachings only wanted each one to make themselves better human beings ( the true believer ) and through that build a respectful society that can live in peace. Unfortunately, many who want to wield power, have misused the word Jihad and have put forth a different interpretation which incites violence to better their own lust for power. Love you for your maturity to truly understand the prophet’s words.

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  2. A good good piece. Loved it. Your writing being articulate and precise, it lends a firmer voice to your articles. As to the content,I wholly agree. However,I feel a few additions and explanations with reference to the Quran would help others who are being introduced to Islam by biased sources. This is a great post!

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