Jihad: The Five Pillars Of Islam

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The word jihad is captured from the religious framework, which has a complicated meaning. It originates from the Arabic word ‘Jihada’. The term jihad or jihada mean strive or struggle. In Islamic term, it is struggling against our own affections, to make the community better, but non-Muslim consider this strives or struggle as violence or terrorism.

The jihad is hard effort to prevent the temptations by following the five pillars of Islam. The five pillars of Islam are Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, Siyam, and Hajj (Fieser & Powers 2008, pp.441-443). These pillars are set core beliefs of Islam religion, which are necessary to be followed by every Muslim.

Jihad is known as an Islamic practice; it is a struggle for the major religious
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It is believed that this dimension of jihad is social reform of society to purify, the society from social evils, and to eradicate the corruption from the society. It is an elimination of all kinds of evils from the individual at the initial level of jihad and collectively at the later stage of jihad. The social dimension of the jihad promotes the goods, in exchange for evils.

In intellectual dimension, the jihad has emerged. It helps to connect the past with the future through academic and intellectual efforts. Jihad bilmal explains that the financial dimension of jihad. This is an active charity. In this, the Qur’an has emphases particularly on two areas of jihad. The first jihad is a purification of self, lower self, spiritual self, social, and economic self. The chapter sura of Qur’an explains that charity or zakat is the migration of din. Spending money in society may eliminate the poverty from the society. For example, many Muslim countries, and UNO helps the humanity in financial crisis situations. This is also jihad to eliminate the crisis from the world (MacEoin 2009,
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According to Islamic teaching, it is believed that the Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. It is not a religion of violence. The jihad in Islam is strived to achieve everything, which includes the teachings of Qur’an and follows the five pillars of Islam. It is also believed that Islam is not limited to the outer bonds of an individual but stretches towards the wellbeing of society and humanity (Bashir 2015).

In Qur’an it was referred that jihad is struggles for the betterment of self and community. It is struggled to avoid temptations. It is cleared that the greater jihad and lesser jihad are the practices in the Islam which covers the all the five pillars and Islamic practices, which guides the Muslims about the struggle against the evil acts and who these teaching helps a Muslim to become a good Muslim (Fieser & Powers 2008, pp.443-444,

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