Islam, a religion of mercy, does not permit terrorism. Allah, the Exalted says in the Quran: “Allah does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. Allah loves just dealers. (Quran, 60:8).
"Jihad" means struggling or striving. Jihad primarily refers to the inner struggle of being a person of virtue and submission to God in all aspects of life. Jihad is not holy war as it is popularly propagated in the media. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that the greatest jihad is to struggle with the insidious suggestions of one’s own soul.