“Jihad means ‘personal struggle.’ Mine is with french fries.”

Jihad جهاد in Arabic does not mean “holy war.” The Arabic word for war is actually “al-harb”. Jihad means “to strive, to apply oneself, to struggle, to persevere.” Jihad can be personal, or it can be a community of Muslims struggling against temptation and striving to become closer to God through a principled lifestyle. It is about applying oneself to become a better person in general. Extremist leaders and Islamophobes, each on opposite sides of the spectrum, have changed, edited, or misinterpreted the Qur’an to justify their violence or bigotry. Scholars say this misuse of jihad contradicts Islam. #FaceDiversity #BreakNewGround #Muslim #Stereotype


The Islamic Supreme Council of America

The Huffington Post

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