CAIRO - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has dismissed Western perceptions that link Jihad to terrorism, saying the term is being tainted by American rightists and Israelis.
Jihad is the name of fighting for our honor if required, Davutoglu said at a conference in Istanbul cited by Hurriyet Daily News on Monday, February 18.
But firstly it means fighting against our own self's limits, according to us.
Addressing attendees at the Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association, the top diplomat accused American rightists and Israelis of tainting the image of Jihad.
For us, jihad is a sacred notion, Davutoglu said.
Let us not taint this notion by using it like neo-cons and pro-Israelis in America.
Jihad is often stereotyped by Western media as meaning holy war.
But Muslim scholars have repeatedly affirmed that the word Jihad, which is mentioned in the Noble Qur'an, means "struggle" to do good and to remove injustice, oppression and evil from society.Karen Armstrong, the prominent and prolific British writer on all three monotheistic religions, has criticized stereotyping the Arabic word "jihad" as merely meaning holy war.