The Concept of Jihad

61500 The research work on the concept of Jihad proves that it means duty mindedness, groups interpret the same as a tool to exert their influence, individuals consider it as their duty, the U.S authorities interpret it as the influence of fundamentalism on religious belief and the reason behind terrorism, Muslim world considers it as the core aspect of their belief, and the rest of the world considers it as the reason behind religious intolerance or fundamentalism. This section of the research work is divided as jihad, differences in meaning, for groups and individuals, the implication of jihad for the U.S., the implication of jihad for the Muslim world, and implication of jihad for the rest of the world. Shia Muslims interpret this word differently because they consider that it is their duty action against the infidels in general. Gilles Kepel states that “By designating, in the Muslim context, all efforts to propagate Islam as “jihad”, in their eyes the word comes to signify a holy war against all “infidels” who they stigmatize as such” (x). To be specific, this sect of Muslims provides importance to the violent aspect of jihad. When one provides importance to the inner struggle faced by the believers, jihad becomes non-violent. When one provides importance to the exhibition of physical struggle, jihad is misinterpreted and misunderstood as a violent act. Still, some followers consider that spiritual struggle cannot help one to be with the almighty. Then, the violent aspect of jihad gains the upper hand and results in drastic effects. When the term jihad is superimposed into the context of religious belief, one can see that the same is less violent. Then, the struggle against the disbelievers will be transformed into the struggle to transform society.&nbsp.