Jihad is one of the most misunderstood aspects of Islam,
and in most cases is taken as holy war. Unlike crusades, Islam does not
have the concept of holy war.
Islam, fighting in a war can be Jihad if one is fighting
only and only for the cause of God. Fighting for territorial gains, nationalism,
pride, money or the community is not Jihad.
Muslims to fight back against oppression or if they are attacked; but it will
not be Jihad if they retaliate in revenge. Even under such circumstances
God prefers those who forgive.Muslims
are also required to fight for the protection and safety of people of other faith
living under their rule.
(Peace be upon him) had set unprecedented standards of humanity
during wars. He forbade killing of the innocent, women, children, old and the
sick, destruction of crops, cutting of trees and killing of livestock during wars.
The word Jihad is derived from the word Jehd, which means
are required to wage Jihad for the cause of God to make this world
a more livable place.The
foremost Jihad is fighting against one’s own evil desires to stray
from the right path, by obedience of God and His last Messenger Muhammad
(Peace be upon him).
Acquiring knowledge, applying
that in one’s life and passing that to Muslims and non-Muslims alike are some
other forms of Jihad.
Jihad can also be waged by speech and prayers for guidance
and not by spreading hatred.