The prophet's (PBUH) talks (Hadith) proves that there are different meaning and connotations. It was narrated by Anass (May Allah bless him) that the prophet (PBUH) said "Practice Jihad against Heathens by money, hand and tongue ".
It was narrated by Abu Said El Khodari (May Allah bless him) that the prophet "The best kind of Jihad is to say the truth and the righteous word to stop an aggressive ruler ".
It was also narrated by Abdoullah bin Massoad (May Allah bless him that the prophet (PBUH) said that "All prophets who come before me had companies and Followers who follow their steps and do as they ordain them. Then other people some to say which the do not do and go astray. He who struggle them is believer He who struggle them heart is believer and nothing more can be out of Iman (Believing in Allah).
It was said that a man came to ask the prophet (PBUH) to go out for "Jihad" and the prophet (PBUH) asked him if his parents were alive the man said they were alive so the prophet (PBUH) said "Taking care of them is Jihad ".
It was also narrated that prophet (PBUH) said "He who looks after the widow and the poor is like the Mujahed for the Sake of Allah " or I think He (PBUH) said " like the person who fasts and prays too much ".
These prophet's (PBUH) talks make "Jihad" varied in different fields. It can be money by tongue, by looking after parents as well as by hand (fighting) and by exerting souls and wealth, so "Jihad" varied according to the nature of the army.
There is "Jihad" against Heathens and warriors by fighting and by tongue and heart. There is "Jihad" against "Fasq" (i.e. someone who does sins which Allah has forbidden publicly) by hand, tongue and heart. There is "Jihad" against Satan "Devil" by leaving what Satan makes good of trials and misunderstood idea and principles.
There is "Jihad" against oneself to endure it to stick to morals and get the higher rank of faith (Iman) and Knowledge and applying the Quran and the Sunnah as well as purifying it from sins " And prepare for them with whatever force you can, and with cavalry, to terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy with it, and other besides them that you do not know Allah knows them. And whatever you expend in the cause of Allah you shall be repaid in full, and you shall not be wronged in the least" (Surah 8 – 60).
We should conclude that the correct introduction to "Jihad" and practicing it to make the word of Allah superior is to get ready by all means and by all kinds of force in the fields of economy, socialism, politics, technology and faith (Iman).
Any nation which seeks for victory must prepare the army in all fields through "Jihad" and through renewing the way we think and achieving the technological, economical, political social and media progress. we should mention that "Jihad" by exerting souls is " Fard Kefayah " [ i.e. if a group of Muslims do it , others are not requested to do it ] and it should not be applied except in specific circumstances like occupation and when you are fought or by the people whom Iman (leader) ordained them to apply it This means that Omma (nation) will be busy applying "Jihad" with its over all view which enables it to build construct its fortresses from inside to be stronger and able to defend itself against enemies to achieve aims.
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