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Jihad Report
Jun 17, 2017 -
Jun 23, 2017

Attacks 39
Killed 317
Injured 556
Suicide Blasts 12
Countries 15

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Jihad Report
May, 2017

Attacks 216
Killed 1649
Injured 1726
Suicide Blasts 44
Countries 26
List of Attacks

It's far easier to act as if critics of Islam have a problem with Muslims as people than it is to accept the uncomfortable truth that Islam is different.


The Quran

List of Attacks

Last 30 Days
2001 (Post 9/11)

"I’d rather die standing up
than live on my knees."
Stephane Charbonnier

Myths of Islam

 Jihad Means
'Inner Struggle'

The Myth:

Jihad simply means 'struggle' and really just refers to a peaceful striving against sin rather than a holy war to spread Islam.

The Truth:

In Arabic "jihad" means struggle.  In Islam it means holy war.

The Quran specifically exempts the disabled and elderly from Jihad (4:95), which would make no sense if the word is being used merely within the context of spiritual struggle.  It is also unclear why Muhammad and his Quran would use graphic language, such as smiting fingers and heads from the hands and necks of unbelievers if he were speaking merely of character development.

With this in mind, Muslim apologists generally admit that there are two meanings to the word, but sometimes claim that “inner struggle” is the “greater Jihad,” whereas “holy war” is the “lesser.”  In fact, this misconception is based only on an a single hadith that Islamic scholars generally agree was fabricated.

By contrast, the most reliable of all Hadith collections is that of Bukhari.  Jihad is mentioned over 50 times in reference to the words of Muhammad (in the sahih verses).  Each carries a clear connotation to holy war, with only a handful of possible exceptions (dealing with a woman's supporting role during a time of holy war).

Further Reading

The Greater-Lesser Jihad Myth (from a Muslim Source)
Explaining Jihad (Islam Web) - A mainstream Islamic source says that waging holy war against people of other faiths is a way of helping them understand the "mercy and blessing of Islam."

Myths of Islam Index

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