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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.]
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(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]
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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]
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An Arabic word meaning conflict, used especially to mean a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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
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[dʒɪˈhæd] N (Rel) → jihad f (guerra santa musulmana)
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[dʒiˈhæd] ndjihad m, jihad m
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n (Rel) → Dschihad m, → Heiliger Krieg
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ISLAMABAD -- The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday dismissed a petition seeking instructions for the government to declare Jihad for liberation of India held Kashmir saying the court cannot interfere in foreign affairs and defence matters.
Summary: Islamabad [Pakistan], Aug 30 (ANI): Even as Pakistan continues to get snubbed on all fronts for propagating terrorism and internationalising Kashmir issue, Islamabad is still indulging in its nefarious and diabolic propaganda by openly calling for 'jihad' against India.
NNA - Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, delivered a speech on Friday marking the 31st anniversary of the founding of Jihad Al-Binaa Association, saluting its fallen martyrs and hailing its work in the service of people.
Incfact this kind of struggle which is the physical Jihad is only a small part of the all encompassing meaning of Jihad.
It then proceeds to examine the role that the Muslim humanitarian aid organization KOMPAK played during this early period in Ambon from January 1999 to mid-2000, as a gateway to jihad. This is followed by an analysis of how and why the Poso jihad differed from the Ambon jihad, what lessons were learned from the "mistakes" of the Ambon jihad, and whether these lessons explain why the Poso jihad was so much better organized than the Ambon jihad.
Summary: Janna Jihad uploads video reports from the ground in Ramallah to her 300,000 followers
Iran and Sweden have signed an interest document in the fields of agriculture and agricultural research, Trend reports referring to the website of the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad of Iran.
Jamie Glazov's book shows how Jihad Denial is allowing Military Jihad, Stealth Jihad (via mass immigration), and Institutional Jihad (the takeover of institutions by Islamic supremacists) to destroy the West.
AN imam at the Manchester Arena suicide bomber's mosque called for armed "jihad" months before the attack, it has been claimed.
One of these key insights was that the vast majority of the Islamic State's foreign recruits were new to armed jihad. (Islamic State fighters had been asked to report their previous jihadi experience.) An analysis of the Islamic State personnel records by CTC's Brian Dodwell, Daniel Milton, and Don Rassler found that the percentage of fighters who reported prior jihadi experience was "relatively low" at 9.6% and that about a quarter of those who reported previous jihadi experience reported it only in Syria.
Israeli jets pounded dozens of military targets in the impoverished territory after what it said were cross-border rocket and mortar attacks by Gaza's Hamas rulers and the militant group Islamic Jihad.
Summary: The Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ramadan Shallah was in intensive care Tuesday at a Beirut hospital after undergoing open-heart surgery, a Palestinian source told The Daily Star.