Misconceptions

Many concepts has been falsely mixed with the meaning of Jihad just for the purpose of blurring matters or justifying aggression. This is widely used now by terrorist groups to justify their criminal acts and falsely convince the world that Islam is their motive while in fact they are Islam's worst enemy and me personally I believe they were paid to do this just to give the false image that Islam is a violent religion. From these concepts is (Al-Erjaf).

Terrorizing (in Arabic: Al-Erjaf)
"If the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is disease and those who spread rumors in al-Madinah do not cease, We will surely incite you against them; then they will not remain your neighbors therein except for a little." (33:60)

The term murjifun (singular, murjif), as well as the equivalent rendering irjafiyyun (singular, irjafi), is a far better translation of terrorists.

This concept means when someone or a group decides that the whole society is unbelieving and they have the right to kill anyone in it accordingly. They also give themselves the right to steal money and property. At the end they claim that this is jihad..??

Actually the most stupid allegation you can possibly hear, Jihad has to be against people who attacked you, so it is an act of self defense, but to kill because you believe you can judge people because you consider yourself as better has NOTHING to do with Jihad. These allegations were used by terrorist groups like ISIS to kill Christians as well as army soldiers (most of them were Muslims) who stood in their faces. They were earlier used by other terrorist groups in Egypt to kill Muslim writers like Farag Fouda and stabbing the noble prize winner Naguib Mahfoz who was miraculously saved.

The biggest example of this category of terrorists in the history of Islam are called AlKhawarej who appeared during the era of Ali Ibn Abi Talib the fourth of the righteous khalifs. At first Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, tried to negotiate via messengers like Ibn Abbas, later he negotiated with them himself, Some of them admitted they were wrong but others insisted they were right . Ali told them they can believe what they want but if they attacked anyone or stole anything then he would personally wage war against them. Later they slaughtered a Muslim man and killed a woman (does that remind you of ISIS in anything???). Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, prepared an arm and fought them in the famous battle of "NAHRAWAN" at 38 After Hijra. Ali won the battle.

Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, foretold his disciples about them in a famous Hadith narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "There will appear some people among you whose prayer will make you look down upon yours, and whose fasting will make you look down upon yours, but they will recite the Qur'an which will not exceed their throats (they will not act on it) and they will go out of Islam as an arrow goes out through the game whereupon the archer would examine the arrowhead but see nothing, and look at the unfeathered arrow but see nothing, and look at the arrow feathers but see nothing, and finally he suspects to find something in the lower part of the arrow." (sahih Bukhari-vol.6-578). According to Islamic rules such people MUST be fought.

Conclusion
These stories and many others prove that Muslims NEVER imposed their belief on others, they truly believed in the foundation of Islamic philosophy that is "There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing." (2:256)

That No one has the right to judge others as the Holy Quran says:
"Indeed, those who have believed and those who were Jews and the Sabeans and the Christians and the Magians and those who associated with Allah – Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection. Indeed Allah is, over all things, Witness." (22:17)

If today you see a Muslim or an Islamic country doing anything beyond this basic Islamic philosophy then please be aware that it is his OWN mistake not the mistake of Islam. It is not fair to judge a religion or even an idea by the behavior of those who claim to embrace because you cannot know what the real motives are. Maybe he is just claiming to embrace the idea just to achieve benefits like many terrorists now who try to justify their deeds by claiming that Islam ordered these actions. They lie, they take verses out of context, they make unacceptable rulings they would do anything to frame Islam and ruin the real image of Islam, they are actually Islam's worst enemies.

You can read More about Jihad and how it was misused by terrorist groups to justify their evil deeds please read the attached book The Ideological Battle Egypt's Dar al- Iftaa Combats Radicalization By Dr. Shawki Allam The Grand Mufti of Egypt.

Opinions:
Lots of writers and historians made fun of the mere thought that Islam spread by the sword. Their vision nowadays is even more proven right as until today Islam is the most wide spread of all religions.

The noted historian De Lacy O’Leary wrote in his book Islam at the Crossroads, p.8. :"History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated."

The famous historian, Thomas Carlyle, in his book Heroes and Hero worship, refers to this misconception about the spread of Islam: “The sword indeed, but where will you get your sword? Every new opinion, at its starting is precisely in a minority of one; in one man’s head alone. There it dwells as yet. One man alone of the whole world believes it, there is one man against all men. That he takes a sword and tries to propagate with that will do little for him. You must get your sword! On the whole, a thing will propagate itself as it can.” Examples are countless, people who have intellect and are fair understood that spreading a religion by force means that this religion or idea will lose its power and vanish sooner or later once the one holding the sword gets weaker. Today Islamic countries are not in power, lots of other nations having religions other that Islam are much stronger in their military power, however Islam still propagates, why?.

Based on a study by pew research center they say: " Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion. If current trends continue, by 2050 …" . You can read the full study at:

Why is Islam the fastest growing faith today when Muslims are not in power anymore?