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Jihad literally means "struggle" or "resisting". Within an Islamic perspective, it is "striving in the way of God (al-jihad fi sabil Allah)"

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Source of statement that unqualified Jihad means Jihad by the sword?

I was reading an article in a magazine which quoted a rule from Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani, roughly translated it says: In the Kitab and Sunnah whenever the word jihad is used without a restriction ...
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Is it Permissable for Christians to Fight with Muslim Armies?

Salam alaikum brothers and sisters, I was looking at pictures online a few days ago and I saw an image of a fighter for Hizbollah holding up a photo of the Orthodox Christian depiction of Maryam and ...
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Order for Muslim of non-Islamic state… if he has joined the army of that nation [duplicate]

if a Muslim brother belongs to non Islamic nation ....& he has joined armed forces of that non islamic nation.....what did islam preach for him if he is fighting against Muslim nation... 1) to ...
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Source and authentication of “Jihad Will Be Performed Until The Coming of the Hour”

الجهاد ماض إلى قيام الساعة Jihad Will Be Performed Until The Coming of the Hour Where is this hadith from and what is the authenticity of this hadith?
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Is fighting for Allah only allowed when one is stronger than non-believers?

One should only (with hand and tongue) fight for his believe when he is in the stronger position and non-believers are against Islamic religion. But as long as one is in the weaker position one should ...
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Is armed Jihad obligatory or recommended?

I am confused about this: Some teachings of Islam are orders that are obligatory, example Pillars of Islam: Salat, Sawm, Hajj, Zakat. Some teachings of Islam are recommendations on which it is ...
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What is the proof that spiritual struggle is greater jihad?

I have heard this from many places that Jihad means struggle and spiritual struggle is greater Jihad. I was chatting with my cousin yesterday and I said to him that the best jihad is controlling your ...
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Are there classical scholars that maintain that war is haram unless in self-defense?

From my understanding it seems to be a somewhat modern notion that military jihad is only halal when it is in self-defense. I'm wondering if that narrative has any backing in pre-modern fiqh; while it'...
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Why are muslim warriors martyed during jihad referred to as 'shaheed'?

'Shaheed' is someone who has taken 'shahada'. The direct translation of shahada is 'witness'. Traditionally, when someone takes the oath to become a muslim he/she bears witness that there is no god ...
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Is fighting for the freedom of Syria and Palestine Jihad? [closed]

Asalamualaikum, Is fighting for the freedom of Syria and Palestine Jihad? Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "There is no Hijra (i.e. migration) (from Mecca to Medina) after the Conquest (of Mecca), but ...
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What are the criteria to judge if an attack was Istishhadi or a suicide attack?

There are verses in Quran which promote being violent with non-Muslims and indeed were the sources on which terrorist attacks like 09/11 were based. These verses are used to support Istishhadi ...
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What is stronger in Islam: freedom of belief or a call to exterminate the Pagans and jihad?

What is stronger in Islam: freedom of belief (2:256) or a call to exterminate the Pagans (9:5) and jihad? Sorry, if I did somehow misunderstand or asked.
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If one dies fighting terrorists, is he considered a martyr?

If one fights a terrorist group that considers themselves to be Muslim and dies in the process is he considered as a martyr or is he sinning for fighting against Muslims?
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Did Prophet Muhammad call for Jihad to kill non Muslims or force them to convert? [closed]

I'm really doubtful about this question. I always thought Islam was a beautiful and peaceful religion. But what ISIS and al Qaeda are doing these days makes me think otherwise. All the Jihad in the ...
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How does a woman go about fighting in the cause of Allah?

This question relates to fighting in the cause of Allah, mentioned in the Qur'an: So let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. And he who fights in ...
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Mujtahid vs Mujahid

I know that Mujtahid and Mujahid both have as root word ج-ه-د J-H-D. But what is the difference Mujtahid and Mujahid between them both in: The arabic language Islamic framework
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Did ulama actively oppose the caliphate's expansionism?

Wikipedia has a decent overview over early conquests of the Islamic empire. The expansion seems to have been one of the most rapid in history. I'm not aware of any Muslim scholar who opposed the ...
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Does dying one's beard or hair black play a role in jihad?

In Ibn Hajar Haytami's list of "enormities", item 111 is: Dying the beard or hair black for other than jihad or the like. (Also mentioned at Islam Q&A.) Question: Does dying one's beard or ...
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Why is Islam linked to terrorism and violence by global media? [closed]

Islam claims itself as the ideology of peace. (“ …whosoever killeth a human…, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of ...
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Has any scholar/mufti responded to Answering Islam's webpage “The Dilemma of Jihad Doctrine”? [closed]

Jihad in Islam has been widely misinterpreted. I tired of answering my fellow friends and colleagues on what is right and what is wrong. They take out quranic verses out of context and asks me "How ...
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Is Islam really a religion of peace?

I would like to ask, is Islam really a religion of peace? My question arises because, why in some of your Quranic verses does Allah encourage you to kill specially those who do not believe in Islam? ...
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Is Qur'an 22:39-40 permission only for self-defense, or also permission for retribution?

From the Arberry English translation Leave is given to those who fight because they were wronged...who were expelled from their habitations without right... I have always understood this as ...
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Is violence especially discouraged during Ramadan? And what about lesser jihad?

Is violence especially discouraged during Ramadan? I've heard people talk about Ramadan as a month that's meant to be peaceful, but I'm worried that they may be Christians who think that if Christmas ...
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Is jihad an integral part of Islam?

After the Brussels attack, ISIS released a video that said this,"Every Muslim who is well aware of the history of Islam, knows that the holy war against infidels is an integral part of Islam, and ...
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Islam and the enslavement of children: Punishing the sons for the sins of the fathers

This questions is not a duplicate of this one or this one. For those who don't know the story of Banu Qurayza, I can point to the wikipedia article which, while not being my primary source, is ...
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What were the rules of engagement in military conflicts in the first centuries after Muhammad?

Did Islam have some rules of engagement in military conflicts, concerning women, children and old men? Were there any rules for not touching them after conquering a city or territory? Did Muhammad ...
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Is dawah a type of jihad?do both have equal reward?

Jihad means struggle( correct me if i am wrong).can dawah be considered a type of jihad?
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Is being non-Muslim-controlled sufficient for a country to be a target of lesser jihad?

Is being non-Muslim-controlled sufficient reason for a country to be the target of lesser jihad? For example, as far as I know Cambodia hasn't attacked any Muslim countries, and currently allows ...
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Would fighting for one's country be termed as “jihad”?

If I want to serve my country by serving in the armed forces will it be called jihad? Case 1 : If country is a Muslim country and fight is against a non-Muslim country. Case 2: If country is a ...
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Why such hatred toward Jews? [closed]

I know that this is a sensitive question, especially in the current times we are facing, but I honestly asking and have no intention of arousing anger, only discussion. My question is: Why is there ...
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Confusion in regards the spread of Islam!

I have been doing some research in regards to how Islam was spread, which has left me confused on one point. In summary, some sources suggest that Islam has only been spread in scenarios of self ...
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What is the etymology of the word “jihad?” [duplicate]

Specifically, was this word in use in the Arabic language before Islam? If so, how was it used? Did it have a holy connotation or was the word a generic term for all kinds of struggles? Can this word ...
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Is the word “jihad” specific to holy struggles or is it a generic word? [duplicate]

For example, if I was talking about struggling with math homework, or I was at war with another country for purely economic reasons, would the word 'jihad" be appropriate? By definition, does the word ...
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if women are not to be harmed in wars, how were there females taken as war booty?

I have heard that its prohibited to hurt women, children and those who are not fighting you, during wars. But we still hear that women were taken as slaves during war, and they were distributed as ...
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Did Muslims behead males of Banu Qurayza?

I read somewhere that Muslims beheaded 400-900 males of Banu Qurayza after they were defeated in war. Is there any reliable reference supporting this claim? Update: This incident is allegedly ...
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Does Sura 61:4 refer to defense or offense?

Indeed, Allah loves those who fight in His cause in a row as though they are a [single] structure joined firmly. Surah 61:4 This ayah refers to 'those who fight', and they are contrasted with those ...
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Jihad al nafs: Why did Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) called it the greatest jihad?

Why did Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) called Jihad-al-Nafs the greatest jihad. Is it because its the most difficult struggle?
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Is beheading non Muslim prisoners-of-war allowed in Islam?

Is it allowable for an Islamic nation to behead prisoners it captures in a war (like how ISIS has captured and beheaded an American)? Is there any Quranic or hadith justification for this?
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Is Jihad Al-Nikah (جهاد النكاح) an Islamic rule?

I heard about Jihad Al-Nikah in television and radio, especially in the Syrian war which Saudi cleric gave a fatwa about it. Does it exist in Islam?
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Is struggling from a disease to remain committed on the path of God “greater jihad”?

I am suffering from ADHD and I am also autistic. I can be called intelligent but I struggle a lot on personal and mental level due to these problems. My mind is like a fire cracker, new and sometimes ...
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Can prisoners of War be killed?

The following verse rebukes the prophet pbuh of ransoming the prisoners of war, so does it mean that prisoners of war should be executed "It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of ...
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Ibn Taymiyyah and Apostasy Law

I've often heard it said that in Ibn Taymiyyah's opinion, apostasy (without involving seditious acts) is a crime for which there is no earthly punishment. I haven't seen a reference for this though. ...
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Freedom of belief: How do you reconcile these two?

The issue of freedom of belief has been a recurrent topic of debate in Islam. For example, Qur'an 10:99 states: And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed - all of them entirely. ...
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How can Muslims be “forceful” and “merciful” at the same time?

Allah, the exalted, says in the Quran: مُّحَمَّدٌ رَّسُولُ اللَّـهِ ۚ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ أَشِدَّاءُ عَلَى الْكُفَّارِ رُحَمَاءُ بَيْنَهُمْ ۖ [الفتح-48] Sahih International Translation: ...
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How the conflict between these two verse of Quran can be solved?

First verse says: And whoever turns his back to them on such a day, unless swerving [as a strategy] for war or joining [another] company, has certainly returned with anger [upon him] from Allah,...
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Is Jihad obligatory for all Muslims?

As the question states is Jihad an obligation for all Muslims? And if so, are there different forms of Jihad which Muslims can perform?
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What is the real meaning and connotation of 'Jihad?'

From my days in a Christian seminary, I was taken to understand that there is a "lesser jihad" (the term most Americans assume is meant) and a "greater jihad" (which is the struggle against one's own ...
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How many wars did the Prophet (SAW) lead?

During the time of the Prophet (SAW) government in Medina, how many wars did he lead? I have heard that the Prophet (SAW) was involved in more than 100 wars. Are these statistics correct? What is ...
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How can I identify and fight the Baqiyah Muslims according to this verse?

this verse of Quran says if two group of Muslims fought each other, Muslims should fight against the Baqiyah group. but problem is usually both group claim the other side is Baqiyah group. according ...