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1. Islam An individual's striving for spiritual self-perfection.
2. Islam A Muslim holy war or spiritual struggle for the propagation or defense of Islam.
3. A campaign against perceived foes, especially such a campaign regarded as fanatical or immoderate: "The war against smoking is turning into a jihad against people who smoke" (Fortune).

[Arabic jihād, from jahada, to strive; see ghd in Semitic roots.]


(dʒɪˈhæd) or


1. (Islam) Islam a holy war against infidels undertaken by Muslims in defence of the Islamic faith
2. (Islam) Islam the personal struggle of the individual believer against evil and persecution
3. rare a crusade in support of a cause
[C19: from Arabic jihād a conflict]


or je•had


1. a holy war undertaken as a sacred duty by Muslims.
2. any vigorous, emotional crusade for an idea or principle.
[1865–70; < Arabic jihād struggle, strife]


An Arabic word meaning conflict, used especially to mean a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jihad - a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
2.jihad - a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal
nisus, pains, striving, strain - an effortful attempt to attain a goal


[dʒɪˈhæd] N (Rel) → jihad f (guerra santa musulmana)


[dʒiˈhæd] ndjihad m, jihad m


n (Rel) → Dschihad m, → Heiliger Krieg
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Mention jihad in any gathering, and you'll draw attention to yourself.
Her book, Partisans of Allah: Meanings of Jihad in South Asia (2008), puts this core concept of Islam in perspective for the subcontinental audience.
PNNIslamic Jihad leader Ahmed al-Modalal told PNN on Sunday that the Gaza-based movement would not participate in any upcoming elections, even if Hamas and Fatah formed a unity government, citing the Oslo Agreements it still refuses to recognize.
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Although his death will be a loss for AQAP, al-'Awlaqi's greatest contribution to the jihadist cause, his six-hour audio lecture titled "Constants on the Path of Jihad," will persist in the years ahead.
He wanted to convince Muslims worldwide they were in a holy war with America and was worried the full name al Qaeda al Jihad, meaning The Base of Holy War, had become shortened.
Israeli authorities arrested on Tuesday 12 activists from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the West bank among them two women, Mona Qaidan (40-years-old), and Saja Shiban (22 years-old), the pan-Arab daily AL HAYAT reported on Monday.
The Afghan Taliban said Saturday that al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden had ''returned to Allah'' and declared his ''martyrdom'' would give impetus to the Afghan jihad.
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The massive rally organized by Islamic Jihad in Gaza in October to commemorate the group's slain founder Fathi al-Shikaki, has angered Islamic ally, Hamas, which viewed the event as a challenge to its popularity in the besieged strip.
The Islamic Jihad Organization released a statement saying it is responsible for attacks on law enforcement officers in the Uzbek town of Khanabad on May 26, reported Uznews.