What is Strive (Jihad)?
In the Qur’an God encourage the believers to try their best and making the effort to achieve their goals. “And We charge no soul except [with that within] its capacity,23/62”
Jihad it is highest possible effort the person can do to achieve that. “And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good.29/69”
Wrongly Jihad been associated with fighting. Nevertheless, Jihad has very wide meaning and ways. Start from striving against the self, to make the self able to accept the right path and avoid evil, “And whoever strives only strives for [the benefit of] himself. Indeed, Allah is free from need of the worlds.29/6” to strive against aggressive army that trying to destroy your home or your life by giving everything you can for this cause. “Go forth, whether light or heavy, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the cause of Allah. That is better for you, if you only knew.9/41”
The biggest strive is through (the Qur’an) by fallowing the teaching and spread its mercy and wisdom. “So do not obey the disbelievers, and strive against them with the Qur-an a great striving. 25/52”
Jihad in the Qur’an does not linked only with the believers. In few places might be associated with people who are polytheists. “And We have enjoined on man to be good and dutiful to his parents, but if they strive to make you join with Me (in worship) anything (as a partner) of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not. 29/8”
Jihad used to demonstrate believing in God through all the monotheist religions that fallowed the prophet Ibrahim teachings. “And strive for Allah with the striving due to Him. He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty. [It is] the religion of your father, Ibraheem.22/78”
In general, there are no war such as (the holy war) in Islam. The subject KETAL or fighting need more attentions in different research. Main while (striven in a cause of Allah) is for people who defined themselves and their beliefs from an armed transgressor without breaking any law of Allah laws and those people who do this strive will get the highest reword. “The ones who have believed, emigrated and striven in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives are greater in rank in the sight of Allah. And it is those who are the attainers [of success].9/20”
In Islam, it is mandatory as a nation to protect itself and its people. It is not mandatory for each individual or person to do so. However, those people who do will get great reward because they fulfil their test. “Not equal are those believers remaining [at home] – other than the disabled – and the mujahideen, [who strive and fight] in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred the mujahideen through their wealth and their lives over those who remain [behind], by degrees. And to both Allah has promised the best [reward]. But Allah has preferred the mujahideen over those who remain [behind] with a great reward.4/95”
Moreover, all Muslims have to defend other people who are under transgression. In only one condition which is if they do not have treaty with the other part. “Indeed, those who have believed and emigrated and fought with their wealth and lives in the cause of Allah and those who gave shelter and aided – they are allies of one another. But those who believed and did not emigrate – for you there is no guardianship of them until they emigrate. And if they seek help of you for the religion, then you must help, except against a people between yourselves and whom is a treaty. And Allah is Seeing of what you do.8/72”
What is Strive (Jihad)?