Jihad is NOT Fighting for Political Reasons
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 (The Truthful) and Al-Amin (The 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.
“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)
“Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loves not transgressors.” (2:190)