Halal and Haram, (Alcohol, Drugs and Pork)
Banking and Interest
Responding to Lies, Innuendoes and Slander
The War System In Islam
What is Jihad?
An Arabic word the root of which is Jahada, which means to strive for a better way of life. The nouns are Juhd, Mujahid, Jihad, and Ijtihad. The other meanings are: endeavor, strain, exertion, effort, diligence, fighting to defend one's life, land, and religion.
This word has been in frequent use in the Western press over the past several years, explained directly or subtlely, to mean holy war. As a matter of fact the term "holy war" was coined in Europe during the Crusades, meaning the war against Muslims. It does not have a direct counterpart in Islamic glossary, and Jihad is certainly not its translation.
From Arabic Khalifa, means deputy or successor and is the title of the theoretical leader of Islam. The caliphate is now vacant in Sunni Islam. The Shi'ite sects have complicated beliefs concerning it.
Law and the State
Islam is a comprehensive system influencing all aspects of life, individual as well as communal.