Jihad Sixth Pillar - Is Jihad The Sixth Pillar Of Islam?

Is Jihad The Sixth Pillar Of Islam?

The short answer is no, jihad is not a “six pillar of Islam” and is not included as one of the pillars of Islam.

The literal meaning of jihad is struggle or effort, especially with a praiseworth aim. It means much more than “holy war” as erroneously translated by some.

Muslims use the word Jihad to describe three different kinds of struggle:

  • A believer’s internal struggle to live out the Muslim faith as well as possible
  • The struggle to build a good Muslim society
  • Defensive: the struggle to defend Islam, with force if necessary

Many modern writers claim that the main meaning of Jihad is the internal spiritual struggle, and this is accepted by many Muslims.