Jihad is NOT Fighting for Political Reasons
Jihad is NOT Fighting for the domination on other Sects
Jihad is NOT Blowing up one’s self (Suicide is a sin in Islam)
Jihad is NOT Killing innocent people
Jihad is NOT Flying a plane into a building packed with civilians
Jihad is NOT Fighting out of anger and hatred
Jihad is NOT Killing others just because they don’t agree with you
Jihad is NOT Killing others just because they are not Muslims
Jihad is an Arabic word and its literal meaning is of struggle or to strive. This applies to any effort by anyone. The term struggle or strive may be used by anyone, Muslim or non-muslim to achieve his or her target.
Personal jihad (Struggle) is the most important form of jihad. It means that one struggle for purification of his soul and achievement spiritual perfection.
Verbal jihad is described as struggle for justice through verbal and non-violent means.
Physical Jihad means that one fight for his freedom and for protection of Muslim territory physically. Only a Genuine Muslim Ruler/Leader who is Sadiq (Truthful) and Ameen (Trustworthy one) can declare the Jihad. If he sees that Non-Muslim forces wants to throw out Muslims from their legally acquired Property/Territory.
Therefore physical force can be used as a last option in defense of Islam and Muslims against oppression by enemies of God and Muslims.
PERMISSION OF PHYSICAL JIHAD IS GIVEN TO MUSLIMS IN ORDER TO DEFEND THEMSELVES
“To those against whom war is made, permission is given [to defend themselves], because they are wronged – and verily, God is Most Powerful to give them victory.” (22:39)
TRANSGRESSING THE LIMITS IN PHYSICAL JIHAD IS PROHIBITED
“Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loves not transgressors.” (2:190)
“…And let not the hatred of a people make you aggress because they had barred you from the Restricted Mosque (Masjid Al Haram). And help each other in piety and righteousness, and do not help each other in sin and aggression. And be aware of God, for the retribution of God is severe.” (5:2)
“O you who believe, stand for God and be witnesses for justice, and let not the hatred towards a people make you avoid being just. Be just, for it is closer to righteousness, and be aware of God. God is expert over what you do.” (5:8)
“God does not prohibit you from those who have not fought you because of your system (deen), nor drove you out of your homes, that you deal kindly and equitably with them. For God loves the equitable.” But God does prohibit you regarding those who fought you because of your system (Deen), and drove you out of your homes, and helped to drive you out. You shall not ally with them. Those who ally with them, then such are the transgressors. (60:8-9)