The Shari’a manual, Reliance of the Traveller, contains a chapter on jihad, Chapter 9 of Book O. The title of Book O is “Justice”. This should give pause for thought. Over recent decades the world has become reacquainted with jihad. I say “reacquainted” because it has forgotten its many past jihad epidemics, the torrents of blood that flowed, and the dark ages that followed. But it is also a reacquaintance that it is trying very hard to derail. The book on Shari’a, the law of Islam, what Muslims call the “Sacred Law” or the “Law of God”, has a special chapter just on jihad.
Yet, the world has invented a special character it calls a “jihadi”. His role is to take the heat for Muslims. Why? Because a “jihadi” is someone who commits mass murder and terrorism, so Muslims have plausible deniability. Their Qur’an commands Muslims to commit jihad. Islamic “Sacred Law” spells out the details of how Muslims are to commit jihad. But the word “jihadi” does not appear once in the entire Qur’an, though “jihad” appears in forty-seven verses (in some more than once). “Jihadi” does not appear in the hadith, though “jihad” appears there 258 times (in many multiple times). Finally, “jihadi” does not appear anywhere in Reliance of the Traveller, though “jihad” appears there forty-four times. In all instances, without exception, the ones commanded to commit (the Islamic texts say “perform”) jihad are Muslims. Only Muslims commit jihad. “Jihadis” do not, because they do not exist. No Muslim talks of “jihadis”; only non-Muslims do. We will soon see why.
Mass murder is, of course, a crime, and a very serious crime at that, as is terrorism of any kind, if the society in question is not governed by Shari’a. Where Shari’a governs or effectively governs a society, jihad is not a crime, on the contrary, it is an imposition of justice. The book in which the “Sacred Law” of jihad is laid out is entitled Justice. Now I ask you to consider, dear non-Muslim reader, whether you think someone who wants Shari'a considers jihad a crime, and sees those who commit it as terrorists. If we cannot be certain as to what justice is to a Muslim, can we have any certainty as to what a Muslim considers a crime?
Shari’a stipulates: “Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, …warfare to establish the religion [Islam].” Warfare against non-Muslims is just, because refusal to convert to Islam is an injustice. It is an act of “aggression against Islam” and such jihad warfare is, by Muslim logic, “defensive”. Those Muslims who do not commit jihad are grateful to those who do, for it is not normally an obligation on all Muslims, but rather a “communal obligation”: if some of them do it, the others don’t have to. Those whom the West calls “jihadis” carry the can for those whom the West calls Muslims. To Muslims, those among them who commit jihad are most decidedly not "jihadis" and not criminals, let alone terrorists.