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Jihad is an Islamic term describing a religious duty of Muslims. In Arabic, the word jihād translates as a noun meaning "struggle". Jihad appears 41 times in the Koran and frequently in the idiomatic expression "striving in the way of God (al-jihad fi sabil Allah)".

In western societies the term jihad is often translated as "holy war". Scholars of Islamic studies often stress that these words are not synonymous. Muslim authors, in particular, tend to reject such an approach, stressing non-militant connotations of the word.

In Modern Standard Arabic, jihad is one of the correct terms for a struggle for any cause, violent or not, religious or secular. For instance, Mahatma Gandhi's satyagraha struggle for Indian independence is called a "jihad" in Modern Standard Arabic (as well as many other dialects of Arabic); the terminology is also applied to the fight for women's liberation.

The term 'jihad' has accrued both violent and non-violent meanings. It can simply mean striving to live a moral and virtuous life, spreading and defending Islam as well as fighting injustice and oppression, among other things.

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:iconmclaranium:
mclaranium Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
who has the right to opress them?
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
The government of Iran.
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:iconpakpolaris:
PakPolaris Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
The words of it are not right, i.e. "your RIGHT to oppress is wrong"
the word RIGHT should be replaced with some other word like desire, plan etc.
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
For, one, it is meant ironically, and two, it's a play on a more common idea: "I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
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:iconpakpolaris:
PakPolaris Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
OK thats fine then :) , I thought it was a loss in translation !!!
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nope, just me playing with words. :lol:
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:iconelimeir27:
elimeir27 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
click on link here:

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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Why are you showing me this?
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almcdermid Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like that flick. :)
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:iconedopargarutanh:
EdoPargarutanH Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Now they are more stronger than before. Alhamdulillah. Thank you Allah to help them.
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:iconedopargarutanh:
EdoPargarutanH Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Now Jihads around the world are
stronger than before. That's
great. Allah always protect those
who
fought to liberate their country
back from the invaders.
Sorry, my English language's skill
isn't good enough.
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Who?
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:iconedopargarutanh:
EdoPargarutanH Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Now Jihads aroun the world are stronger than before. That's great. Allah always protect those who
fought to liberate their country
back from the invaders.
Sorry, my English language's skill isn't good enough.
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
During the time of the Prophet, warfare was necessary to protect the Community. I believe, however, that God no longer favors wars as a means to His ends. And let us remember that Muhammad Himself (PBUH) stressed the importance of the inner jihad. This is where we will find the true struggle.
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:iconelimeir27:
elimeir27 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Like WOW man! scooby doo here just stepped out of a time machine from the future. and old scoob tells us about it, he says: את ”המאבק” מאבד בסופו של דבר
here scoob! You get a scooby snack for that one!
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Who loses the struggle?
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:iconcoronetv8:
CoronetV8 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May I say derkha?
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry, I don't know what that means.
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:iconmist-stavi:
MiSt-Stavi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i send you our support on fighting injustice and oppression!!!
:peace:
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. It is an aggravating world we live in.
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:icontermiculator:
Termiculator Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
I agree on the term that muslims should live in freedom, and be able to express their religion. But I will NEVER accept muslims defending their religion by KILLING others. As far as I know (correct me if I err) muslims are not allowed to kill, no matter what todays muslim leaders say. Back in the 12th century the pope was talking so much SHIT, you won't believe it (you know the crusades). I despite the use of arms in general, no matter if it comes from western countries, dictatorships or other people. I don't know how you stand to the "jihad" that makes people die, but I do despite him.
BTW: I didn't even know jihad stands in general for a struggle, I thought it was aspecific, religous term. There you see that there are much things you'll never know from television. Thx for that information
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EdoPargarutanH Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Jihad just kill who first attack them. Look, Hamas launch rockets to israel just make they fear, didn't want to kill civilian.
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
As far I know, the same 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' applies (we see how well that played out). Now, Muslims are always quick to point out that jihad means struggle; the historical context was that at the time of Muhammad this included armed struggle, but it was armed struggle that meant survival for the Muslim community since the Meccans were determined to wipe out the Muslims. This militant context is why some Muslims respond violently to the West, and why many Westerns easily take it out of context. And of course then there are the Crusades; a very un-Christian episode.

So that is my take, 'jihad' has a context (one that is conveniently ignored by parties on both sides), and as such, explains much, but belongs in the past; as for me, I oppose killing, any killing, even to the point of say most military action everywhere, by all nations, is seldom justified.

And I should mention that Muhammad did refer to the inner struggle we all face as the 'greater jihad'.

I highly recommend Islam: Empire of Faith, produced by PBS.
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:icontermiculator:
Termiculator Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
ok thx man
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Glad to be of service.
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:iconzohebshaikhs:
zohebshaikhs Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
brother i doesnt get u...
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
irony? sarcasm?

Or how about a Chinese example: foot-binding?
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:iconzohebshaikhs:
zohebshaikhs Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
i really not got u...
wht r u trying to say...
i m just xplaining u the meaning of jihad ...which is to strive to struggle..
holy war means harbum muqaddasah

the pic u r showing is military girls...
not jihad..or holy war..its to protect the country not the religion...i hope u got it
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I got it, but did you get me? This depicts military women in defense of a repressive regime. I think 'struggle' fits well. Also, no where did say anything about 'holy war'.
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:iconzohebshaikhs:
zohebshaikhs Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
thnks brother for understanding me..bt if possible from ur end pls write down the meaning of jihad.
jihad means to strive, to struggle.
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I can do that.
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:iconzohebshaikhs:
zohebshaikhs Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
thn be ready for the judgement day..
coz every soul will taste the dead
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Judgment Day is here, has been for over a century.
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:iconzohebshaikhs:
zohebshaikhs Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
jihad means to stirve n struggle....
n harbum muqaddasah means holy war...
pls understand the meaning b4 posting...
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Please understand that 1) meanings change, and 2) my disagreeing with you does not equal a lack of understanding, before criticizing. Since jihad means 'to strive n struggle' it would seem that this piece is appropriately named.
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:iconzohebshaikhs:
zohebshaikhs Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
brother pls b brave first b4 posting female pic..n understand the meaning first
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:iconontwerpje:
ontwerpje Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
These images are never attached to one meaning, it's layered - every uplevel attracts a (higher) meaning. +Different realities...
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry, I don't take your meaning.
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:iconmmostafa:
mmostafa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
commitment does not mean oppression ... those girls are devoted to a cause and consider their devotion as a form freedom .... when you consider your concept of freedom as the only true one ... you are another tyrant mcdermid ... my respect
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
With respect, you are correct, commitment does not mean oppression, but oppression is insidious; quite often the oppressed are not even aware of the oppression they suffer. Furthermore, you are wrong in assuming that I consider 'my form' of freedom to be the only true freedom. Can agree that 'freedom' mean the right to live with dignity, free from coercion, as one chooses? Who would not want this? Is it not what you desire?

Now, let's look at some specifics. These women are Iranian, serving a nation with one of the worst human rights and woman's right records on the planet. The UN acknowledges it, and Iranians I personally know, Iranians who fled to save theirs lives, confirm it (so please don't assume I'm simply repeating Western media propaganda).

Also, do not assume that my opinion is based on some Western bias against Islam, because I hold no such bias. I am well aware of Islam's place in world history, of it's many important achievements, but many Muslims have lost their way (this is true of most Christians as well, so I'll save you the trouble of coming back with that point). Here's my proof:

A tyrant, and this comes straight from the dictionary, is 'any person in a position of authority who exercises power oppressively or despotically'. That is clearly not me; I am instead someone who simply disagrees with your point of view. In some Muslim countries, this would get me killed.

Case in point: Pakistan's Minister for Minority Affairs was assassinated for simply opposing that country's blasphemy law. He didn't actually commit blasphemy; he simply opposed the law. And it cost him his life. That's tyranny.
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:icononure:
onure Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
strong stuff
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. Can surely say the same of most of your gallery. Excellent work.
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:iconbloodsmoothy:
bloodsmoothy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Amazing concept. How sad that this is the truth.
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, historically speaking, women have been quite good at participating in their own persecution.
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saturnword Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
True. Still happens all over the world.
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Sadly, yes.
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bloodsmoothy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
:iconfacepalmplz:
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:iconalmcdermid:
almcdermid Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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Quadraro Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Professional
make something on theme ;)
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