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Chris Woo
Kyle Mast
Jihad to Americans
• Islam is an aggressive religion
• Suicide Bombers and IED’s
• Jihad is Terrorism
• 6 in 10 Americans believe Islam is prone to
violent extremism
• 1 in 4 Americans admit to having prejudices
against both Muslims and Arabs
• 45% of Americans believe Islam doesn’t teach
respect for other religions
• 6 in 10 admit to knowing very little about Islam
• 56% of those under 30, 43% of adults, and 29% of
seniors view Islam favorably
• “The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or
property to intimidate or coerce a Government, the civilian
population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political
or social objectives.”
• Not just Muslims, there are terrorist groups all
around the world
• Osama Bin-Laden
& Al-Qaeda
Islamic Law
Expansion and Defense
Holy War
• Jihad means “To strive for moral and religious
perfection” which means living in accordance
with the five pillars of Islam
• Jihad refers to the struggle one must go through
to “Strive in the Path of God”
• The Struggle is defined both externally and
• External struggle is with nonbelievers or enemies
• Internal struggle is with their own self and how
they must reject greed or temptation
Five Pillars of Islam
• Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the
finality of the prophet hood of Muhammad
• Establishment of the daily prayers
• Concern for and almsgiving to the needy
• Self-purification through fasting
• The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are
Internal Jihad
• Always meant to be a nobler and more finer
• It was more of a way of seeing the internal
struggle as a complete way of life that should
pervade and individuals day to day affairs
• The great importance in the internal struggle
led to its being known as the “Greater Jihad”
Holy War
• Muslims or their faith or territory are under
• Islam permits military war to protect them
• Islam law sets very strict laws for the conduct
of such war
• Recent years, the most common meaning of
Jihad has meant Holy War
Permissible reason for military Jihad
• Self- Defense
• Strengthening Islam
• Protecting the freedom of Muslims to practice
their faith
• Protecting Muslims against oppression, which
could include overthrowing a tyrannical ruler
• Punishing an enemy who breaks an oath
• Putting right a wrong
What Jihad is not
Force people to convert to Islam
Conquer other territories to colonize them
Take territory for economic gain
Settle disputes
Demonstrates leader’s power
Battle of Khandagh
• Amr Ibn Abdawad
• Imam Ali
• Jihad of Nafs (Self)