The Real Meaning of Jihad

Bobby Ghosh discusses the word “Jihad” and how it has been misinterpreted and misappropriated by violent extremists.

“To the vast majority of practicing Muslims, Jihad is an internal struggle for the faith. It is a struggle within — a struggle against vice, sin, temptation, lust, greed. It is a struggle to try and live a life that is set by the moral code written in the Koran,” says Ghosh. “It is a very powerful word, and there’s a certain almost mystic resonance to it.”

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