Definition of jihad
1 : a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; also : a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline
2 : a crusade for a principle or belief
Recent Examples of jihad from the Web
Prosecutors presented evidence at the trial that Pugh traveled from Egypt to Turkey in an attempt to cross into Syria to join ISIS for jihad, the news release says.
But Hamza bin Laden is not advocating his father's style of jihad.
Muammar el-Qaddafi, Libya’s leader at the time, and a personal jihad against that dictatorship, which in turn shook up his children’s world.
But Hamza bin Laden is not advocating his father’s style of jihad.
Some of its is because there are so many other places to wage jihad — like Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Origin and Etymology of jihad
First Known Use: 1837
JIHAD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jihad for English Language Learners
: a war fought by Muslims to defend or spread their beliefs
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