The best explaination that I have so far been able to make to start someone telling about Jihad with a VERY VERY vast topic is that "Jihad" is NOT the Islamic translation of the Christian word "Crusade". Just to give you a small exaple of how far does this Jihad does, you couldn't possibly be crusading here on the net if you preach christianity or explain it but I am doing Jihad when I tell you the truth about Islam when you believe the oppsosite of what
Islam really is.
I use the Babylon dictionary because its very easily accessible while reading something on the net. As I was typing this post, it came to my mind and I wrote the word "Jihad" and this is what I got: "n. holy war (Islam)"
How untrue but a result from a very respected source. However, the dictionary gives results and links to many other sources as well. Never have I looked into it as there is one meaning to all words and reading that one main result ofcourse sartisfies you. However I had to look to the other sources as this meaning is ABSOLUTELY wrong.
The first source, Britannica.com explains Jihad as: ("fight," or "battle"), a religious duty imposed on Muslims to spread Islam by waging war;jihad has come to denote any conflict waged for principle or belief and is often translated to mean "holy war".
There there is a link of "More results" which when I clicked revealed many sources that I quote here.
First one,"Glossary of religious terms". It says," A striving for perfection, frequently used within Islam. The western media incorrectly interprets the term as a synonym for "holy war".
The second one is "Official Islam Glossary for Intriduction to Religion" It says, "There are two types of Jihad. The lesser Jihad is the expectation that Moslems will defend their homeland and Islam from attack. The greater Jihad is the inner battle which Moslems continually fight within themselves to submit to Allah and to fulfill his expectations of humans.
The third one is "Dune Glossary" which says, "a religious crusade; fanatical crusade.
The fourth one is "English-Bulgarian" which says something I think in Bulgarian but the text is strange and it doesn't have the option to pasted here. But I guess that its just the tranlation s its only a one word and not explaination.
The fifth one is "Babylon Portuguese_English" which says that "jihad, holy war undertaken by Muslims against those that do not believe in Islam.
Clicking further on "More results" gives two more,
1st: "Balifolder,com" which says, "holy war (Islam)
2nd: "Dictionar Roman-Englez" which says that "Jihad(razboi sfant arab) Jihad"
So what do you think??????
Is it the Muslims clerics that are wrong and saying the truth????? I am mad at seeing this bullshit and these many ways to mislead the people while being able to protect their own reputation. It should have been the Babylon itself that should have corrected itself, instead it says what it wants and just provides a little window of opportunity for someone who is desperately looking to search for the truth. Personally I use babylon a lot and NEVER see the "More results" section. But this time I knew that its wrong so I just went ahead. I know rightfully that the media is spreading wrong impression about Islam, this time I have found a very respectable source of knowledge doing the same.