The Jihad That Ramadan Brings


In Islam, “Jihad” is a broad term denoting the struggle to do good in one’s life. Ramadan is the month Muslims fast in daylight hours to commemorate the revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad, explains Hesham Hassaballa.

For many years, I have heard and read about the concern among some that — with the coming of the holy month of Ramadan — attacks by Muslim militants may increase. This is because, as is popularly said by many a Muslim, militant or otherwise, that Ramadan is a “month of Jihad.”

This understanding bears some clarification.

July 9 marks the beginning of the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, which is the beginning of Ramadan. During this month, Muslims are required to fast the daylight hours in commemoration of the revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad. Indeed, in Islamic sacred history, many of the greatest battles in which the Prophet engaged his enemies occurred during the month of Ramadan.

And so, the contention is, Ramadan is “the month of Jihad.” Yet, there can be no moral equivalence between a battle fought in self-defense, such as those waged by the Prophet… continue reading at

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