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Holy war, the duty to spread Islam by arms, recently modified to "holy struggle" by persuasion (Ahmadiya) and sometimes extended to include war against other Muslims deemed too Westernized (extremist fundamentalism).
Jihad can also refer to the internal/spiritual struggle within one self.
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The word jihad is a noun meaning "struggle." Jihad appears frequently in the Qur'an and common usage as the idiomatic expression "striving in the way of Allah (al-jihad fi sabil Allah).” A person engaged in jihad is called a mujahid, the plural is mujahideen. A minority among the Sunni scholars sometimes refer to this duty as the sixth pillar of Islam, though it occupies no such official status. In Twelver Shi'a Islam, however, Jihad is one of the 10 Practices of the Religion.
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like a chess club, but without chess and without a club. But with strapping C4 to yourself and blowing up innocent people.
If only those Jihad could learn to use remote controls they could stand far away and make explosions.
Stupid Mother-fuckers.
by Zacharoo March 25, 2003
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Holy war in the defense of Islam or Muslim liberty.
Jihad is to struggle, fight, or strive in the way of God. This does not always mean fighting with violence, but also daily struggles. Trying to be a good Muslim is jihad.
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a word that has been interpreted a million different times and a million different ways.

radical Translation: kill anyone that is not muslim

educated Translation: War within oneself; struggle to find the true meaning of islam
people of little intellect often interpret the meaning of jihad, and a think it means blood shed.
by krupa May 26, 2004
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Jihad is often translated as "Holy War", although a closer translation from its arabic origins is "struggle towards good", whether that means internal strife or fighting against those who attempt to destroy Islam.

Also note, the word Jihad does not mean to kill infidels as is often said by racist fatherless children ie-bastards, but rather defend Islam against those who wish to destroy it. Islam does not say to conquer the world and enslave or kill all infidels.
Ahmad has been trying to avoid drinking alcohol while in college, he is on a personnel jihad against alcohol and peer-pressure.
by rasul July 04, 2004
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One of the famous excuses to kill people.Those who belive it have a notion that god loves humans massacring each other,and they have to act in place of God to punish evil-doers.
Practically,a false concept in Islam fabricated to give an OK sign for Muslim fanatics to go rape and pillaging other countries during the past,and now to commit terrible acts of terrorism and genocide...even if the victims were fellow Muslims too.
Jihad was not even in the Quran you dope!
by horseyrain January 08, 2005
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