What comes to mind when you see the word jihad? A so-called holy war? The Crusades? ISIS? These are the sorts of things I’ve always related to jihad. But as it turns out, I had no idea what jihad really means.
In The Jihad of Jesus: The Sacred Nonviolent Struggle for Justice, Dave Andrews reclaims the true meaning of jihad, which is good news for Christians and Muslims alike.
He introduces the book with a clarification of the term, taken from Diane Morgan’s Essential Islam:
In Arabic, the word jihad translates as a noun meaning “struggle.”
A person engaged in jihad is called a mujahid, the plural (of which) is mujahideen.
There are two commonly accepted meanings of jihad: an inner spiritual struggle and an outer physical struggle.