Most Muslims view the Quran’s call to jihad – meaning to struggle or fight – as a spiritual rather than physical battle. Essentially, they view jihad as an internal struggle that God uses to improve their character and spirit.
Pew research, while not dispositive, indicates that a majority of Muslims have no desire to commit physical jihad.
My experience supports the study. As far as I know, not one of my Muslim family or friends wish people harm. They all wish for and many regularly pray for peace.
For the most part, Muslims want to live in peace.
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