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Jihad

Ahmed Naguib
Class of 2014
Education Administration and Leadership - Student Affairs

Jihad is the arabic word for struggle. In Islam, there are 2 forms of Jihad. The first is the struggle to understand oneself and to make choices congruent with one's values. As I strive to grow and progress I remember I am fighting my personal jihad. This word has been used to stereotype my people as terrorists and extremists when in fact it does the exact opposite. It symbolizes my constant struggle to understand myself and role in the world.

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