jihad

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noun ji·had \ji-ˈhäd, chiefly British -ˈhad\
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Definition of jihad

  1. 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. 2 :  a crusade for a principle or belief

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Origin and Etymology of jihad

Arabic jihād

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JIHAD Defined for English Language Learners

jihad

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Definition of jihad for English Language Learners

  • : a war fought by Muslims to defend or spread their beliefs



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