The Language of the Future
Sufi Terminology
by Murshid F.A. Ali ElSenossi

jihad as-asghir
Lesser Holy War

(Jihad as saghir). This is the outer combat against the infidels and unbelievers and tyrants.

See also: Effort and striving
(Ijtihad). Outwardly this takes the form of individual endeavour to learn knowledge of the Sacred Law (shari'a). Inwardly the efforts of the individual are directed towards self-purification in order to gain Knowledge of Allah. Such a striving (ijtihad) for knowledge is contrasted with the bestowal of knowledge. There are many seekers, but opening and unveiling, both of which are gifts of Grace, come only to the one who is receptive and prepared to receive this Knowledge.

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