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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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They first give an historical overview, covering the societies affected by declared jihads over the past quarter century.
Discussed next is which people and groups support jihads, who participates, from planning to execution, and how the outside world is combating the current violent form of jihad.
The authors further explain how various interpretations of the Koran motivate different types of jihad, which literally means "striving hard in God's cause.
The graduates of these madrassas have also turned up in places like Bosnia, Chechnya, and the Kashmir, and the survivors of those conflicts have taken their battlefield experience back to their home countries where it is being put to use in jihads against their own not-Islamic-enough governments and societies.
T]he jihad is an individual duty if the enemy destroys the Muslim countries.
in "Declaration of the World Islamic Front for Jihad Against the Jews and Crusaders," 23 February 1998
How do we know that Kreeft's talk of Armageddon and ecumenical jihads is not just as fanciful?
Yet neither Our Blessed Saviour nor Saint Paul preached an ecumenical jihad.
The historical background of jihad and the comprehensive analysis of the threats facing the United States based on the author's knowledge of Arabic and his long study of arguments in the Arab press make this book worth reading.
Future Jihad flows through three general topics in the course of 17 chapters: (1) What is jihad, and how did this idea develop to the present day?
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Jihad is a bit like mummy and daddy when it gets to 8pm.