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Dynamics of Islamic Jihad


By Dr. Muhammad Sharif Chaudhry



ISBN: 969-8487-01-8

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 The book is dedicated to

all those warriors (Mujahideen) who are waging Jihad around the world to liberate the oppressed and persecuted Muslims living in Non-Muslim countries. May Allah bless them with clear victory (Fath Mubeen) as they, in fact, are responding to the Quranic call: “How should ye not fight for the cause of Allah and of the feeble among men and of the women and of the children who are crying : Our Lord! Bring us forth from out this town of which the people are oppressors! OH, Give us from Thy presence some protecting friend! Oh, Give us from thy presence some defender!” - (4:75)

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1   What is Jihad?

2   Why is Jihad Waged?

3   Status of a Mujahid

4   Principles of War

5   Laws of War

6   Spoils of War

7   Prisoners of War

8   Treatment with the Conquered People

9   Jizyah

10 Slavery

11 Islam’s Concept of International Relations

12 Treaties

13 Question of Help to Oppressed Muslims

14 Did Islam Spread Through Sword?

15 Are the Muslims Terrorists?


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Today’s burning issue of Islamic Jihad has been brought in focus by this book in all its dimensions. What is jihad? Why is jihad waged? What is philosophy of jihad and what are its aims and objectives? Who can declare jihad? Did Islam spread through sword? Should the Muslim countries help the Muslims living in non-Muslim lands? Are the Muslims terrorists? These are some of the questions which have been discussed in this book. Treatment of Islam with prisoners of war, with conquered people and with spoils of ware has also been discussed. Islam’s concept of international relations, its attitude about international treaties, question of Jizyah and of slavery have also found their due place in the book. Size of the book is 5.75”x9” and volume is 184 pages. It is available for Rs. 120/- from Kitab Sarai, Al-Hamd Market, Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Pakistan.

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First Edition :

July, 2000


Rs. 150

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Shir Kat Printing Press, 43-Nisbet Road, Lahore

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Lahore Computer Designing & Composing, 6-Sohni Manzil, Al-Karim Market, Haq Street, Urdu Bazar, Lahore-54000, Pakistan


Lahore Book Centre, 6-Sohni Manzil, Al-Karim Market, Haq Street, Urdu Bazar, Lahore-54000, Pakistan.

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Burhan Education and Welfare Trust, 198-N,  Samanabad, Lahore, Pakistan

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. “O My Lord! Relieve my mind. And ease my task for me; and loose a knot from my tongue. That they may understand what I say, “(Al-Qur’an 20:25-28)


Islamic Jihad, which is a war waged by the followers of Islam in the way of God for a just cause such as self-defence, has been unfortunately subjected to very bitter criticism by the hostile quarters. It is perhaps due to Jihad that Islam in the past was blamed to be a religion of sword and a militant faith which spread through sword and maintained itself through sword. It is perhaps because of Jihad, which the oppressed Muslim minorities in Non-Muslim lands are waging today to liberate themselves from the yoke of the oppressors, that Islam these days is being bracketted with terrorism and its followers are being painted as terrorists, fundamentalists and extremists. Thus the concept of Islamic Jihad has remained throughout its history the most misunderstood concept.


The present book has been written with a view to explain the true nature and concept of Jihad in its religious and historical context covering its various dimensions and aspects. It has been done in the light of the verses of the Qur’an, traditions of the Prophet of Islam, conventions of the right-guided caliphs and the views of jurists and scholars. Distinction between Jihad and terror has been highlighted and attempt has been made to remove the misunderstandings and misgivings which are unfortunately existing in the minds of certain quarters. To what extent I have succeeded in my objective, none is better judge than the reader.


The world must realize that the objective of peace and security would not be achived by dovetailing Islamic Jihad with international terrorism or by painting Muslim freedom-fighters (Mujahideen) as terrorists. Neither the objective can be achieved by placing a few Muslim countries on the list of terrorist countries and slaping economic sanctions on them, nor the problem can be addressed by declaring some Islamic organizations supporting Jihad as terrorist organizations. This would rather aggravate the problem. The real solution lies in understanding the distinction between terrorism and Islamic Jihad and redressing the grievances of persecuted Muslims living in non-Muslim countries which have led to the outbreak of Jihad. Otherwise Jihad would not cease till Doomsday or till the persecution (Fitnah) and corruption (Fisad) in the land is eliminated and religion of Allah (al-Islam) prevails on earth.

Before concluding, it would be most fair if I acknowledge my debt of gratitude to all those writers and jurists-whether living or deceased-from whose valuable works I have been inspired in the present venture. I must also place on record my thanks to my wife and children for giving me time for study and research.


Now I shall bid good bye to you and should pray to Allah: “O my Lord! Increase me in knowledge” (Al-Qur’an 20 : 114)


Muhammad Sharif Chaudhry

Rabiul Awwal 12, 1421 A.H.   (June 15, 2000 A.D.)

169-A/I Township, Lahore, Pakistan.


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