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Submitted by Rebecca Partain (United States), Feb 17, 2006 at 16:47

Jihad literally means "to struggle" in the Latin sense. It can also mean "to liberate" as in, to liberate from the oppression of tyrants.

Not only is it ignorant to assume that Jihad only means holy war and violence, it shows we have become so focused on these issues that we forget about the innocent and the good in the world. If Saddam Hussein started wearing red every day to symbolize war or violence, would it then be wrong for Americans to wear red? Would everyone point and say, "that is a color of violence" when before it was only a color? A one-track mind is just flaunting stupidity and it is a big mistake. Terrorists would surely want us to be blinded by the acts of violence or war, so that violence and war is all we see. Then they could slip by with something else while we rage on and on about one stupid word. Defining Jihad and arguing over its content is a waste of time.

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the true [199 words]arassouloulah sy ismailDec 9, 2009 23:33165565
Truth can be slippery [36 words]CatmovesMar 21, 2010 19:36165565
meaning of Jihad [52 words]TudaOct 23, 2007 17:53112208
Who is really ignorant? [159 words]JOSE A GARCIAJan 10, 2009 17:30112208
about jihad [65 words]isySep 21, 2011 11:13112208
2meaning of jihad [173 words]chintoJul 18, 2007 09:43103944
HELP ME PLEASE [102 words]Ricky WranitzApr 3, 2007 09:4188488
disagreement [137 words]Shumaila Javed BhattiNov 19, 2006 00:3066566
My Meaning [169 words]Rebecca PartainFeb 17, 2006 16:4736133

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