Well, I think you're right. My characterization of it as "wrong" may be less than nuanced, but then, you know I'm an arrogant American cowboy Republican (TM) . Maybe I should say I think it's incomplete or a bit naive with respect to what the "spiritual struggle" actually entails. As I have been told by "lapsed Muslim" friends, "jihad" is the struggle between dar al-Islam (The House of God or Peace) and dar al-Harb (The House of War). It can be a personal, internal spiritual struggle between belief and doubt for an individual, but in the past 400 years has also come to literally mean (to many "mainstream" Muslims, as well as more fundamentalist strains such a Wahhabism) the violent conflict between the world of believers (which comprise dar al-Islam on Earth) and the infidels and unbelievers that constitute dar al-Harb.BKM said:Just curious: what is your understanding of the term "jihad"? I have read a lot of debate about the term and its meaning. The definition in this quiz is the softest, most "politically correct" answer, but I'm not sure its really "wrong" per se.
Here are my questions for that quizI challenge any Muslim to do better on a quiz about white bread backwoods hicks from Atlantic Canada.
Well, the very history of the religion would suggest that your more hardline definition of the term is somewhat accurate.Therefore, it means both a sort of touchy-feely individual struggle with the bigger questions of God, belief, the meaning of life & death, etc., and...the not-so touchy-feely conflict between Muslims and unbelievers, in which the options are (a) submission and conversion of the infidel, or (b) their death, if they are unwilling to submit.