Jihad in the Qur’an


Jihad in the Qur’an (Third Edition): The Truth from the Source


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A detailed examination of the concept of “jihad” in the Qur’an:

  • The historical context of the jihad of the early Muslims
  • Sources of the distortion of jihad
  • The conditions and rules governing armed jihad
  • The vital and permanent role of peaceful jihad
  • The role of jihad in the world today

This Book

Islam has been the subject of so much misunderstanding and misrepresentation. Muslims and non-Muslims have both contributed to the distortion of almost all aspects of this religion. Jihad is one Islamic concept whose Qur’anic meaning has, at times, been manipulated deliberately and, at others, been misunderstood due to ignorance.One source of distorting jihad is the use of inauthentic sources of Islamic teaching. Another is the influence that half-educated and manipulative Muslim scholars have had on unsuspecting, ill-informed followers. A third source, which dates to the early days of Islam, is the propaganda of believers of other faiths who saw Islam as a competing religion. Finally, Western double standards have also played a major role in distorting Islam and jihad.This book discusses these sources of misrepresentation and misinterpretation and shows how they have collaborated to develop an image of jihad that is completely alien to its Qur’anic origin.

Focusing on the meaning of jihad in the Qur’an, this study explains that jihad is the person’s ongoing struggle against all manifestations of evil, starting with the evil drives within one’s self. Contrary to its negative association with violence, jihad has always been intended to be a source of peace within the individual and in the world.Jihad did not first appear in the Qur’an and Islam. This concept is, rather, the essence of the teachings of every prophet sent by God to guide people to the noble state He created them to attain.

This focused book is for anyone interested in the meaning of “jihad” in the Qur’an and how and why this image was distorted. The general reader and the expert, and the Muslim and non-Muslim, would all find this analytical study informative.

Book Details

Author: Louay Fatoohi

Pages: 112

Size: 229mm x 152mm

Publication Date: July 2009

Publisher: Luna Plena Publishing, UK

ISBN: 978-1-906342-06-7

Table of Contents (The Content of the pervious edition is available online here)



1. The Prophet, the Book, and the Religion

Prophet Muhammad

The Qur’an


2. The Meaning of Jihad

“Jihad” in the Arabic Language

“Jihad” in the Qur’an

3. Armed Jihad

The Pre-Armed Jihad Period

The Divine Permission for Armed Jihad

A Means to Peace

Prohibiting Aggression and Enjoining Forgiveness

Measured and Proportionate Retaliation

Warning Against the Abuse of Armed Jihad

The Prohibition of Forcing People into Islam

Is Christianity More Peaceful Than Islam?

4. Peaceful Jihad

Peaceful Jihad in Meccan Verses

Aspects of Peaceful Jihad

The War Against the Lower Self

Peaceful Jihad in Prophetic Sayings

5. Misreading the Qur’anic Term of “Jihad”

The Erroneous Reduction of Jihad to Armed Jihad

The Distinction Between Jihad and Qitāl (Fighting)

6. Jihad Today

The Essentiality of Jihad

Islamic Retaliation to Aggression

“Islamic” Violence or “Western” Double Standards?

Muslims in Present Day Conflicts

Qur’anic Peace and the World Today

7. The Reality of Jihad

A. The Qur’anic Verses That Contain the Term “Jihad”

B. A Brief Chronology of the Life of Prophet Muhammad


Index of Qur’anic Verses

Index of Names and Subjects


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