The concept of jihad, which literally means “striving,” is often mistranslated as “holy war.”
The Greater Jihad is the struggle over the lower self to do good. The Lesser, external Jihad, is protection of God’s way over the forces of evil, the safeguarding of the Muslim community.
One who performs jihad is a mujahid [plural mujahideen]. Muhammad is considered the prototype of the true mujahid.Within Islam, there are different views as to what form the lesser jihad may take