Nigeria is in the news because of the kidnapping of nigerian school children by a muslim group that professed “jihad” in the name of allah as the reason for the act.
But what really is “jihad” all about? Jihad is a religious duty for muslims whether we like it or not. In arabic, the word jihād translates as a noun meaning “struggle”, particularly in the shiahs beliefs it refers to struggle against those who do not believe in the abrahamic god or allah.
However, the word has even wider implications. 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. There are two commonly accepted meanings of jihad: an inner spiritual struggle and an outer physical struggle.
The greater jihad is the inner struggle by…
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