Respected brother, AA
JIHAD = STRIVING IN A NOBLE CAUSE
The aberrant "Jihad" in the sense of fighting by anyone is repugnant. It is random terror.
2:191 Subdue them regardless of their tribal affiliations, and drive them out of where they drove you out. For, persecution, (terror, torture, oppression) is a crime more grievous than killing.....
The Qur'anic Jihad in the sense of fighting is very different and benevolent:
1. Peacefully preaching with the Qur'an
25:52 So, (O Prophet) disregard the likes and dislikes of the rejecters, but strive hard against them by means of this Qur’an with utmost striving. [Jihadan Kabeera = The Great Jihad by means of the Qur’an]
2. To establish freedom of religion
2:193 So, fight them only until there is no more harassment, and Religion may be adopted for the sake of God alone. And if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against those who replace peace with aggression.
[No compulsion or coercion in religion 2:256. Lillah = For the sake of God alone. Zulm = Displace something from its rightful place = Replace good with evil = Oppression = Relegation of the truth = Exploitation = Violation of human rights = Doing wrong to oneself or others = Choosing to do wrong]
60:9 God forbids you from befriending only those who fight you on account of Religion and evict you from your homelands, or help others in evicting you. Those who befriend them, will be wrongdoers.
4. Against oppression
4:75 What has happened to you that you do not fight in the cause of God? Defenseless men, women, and children are being oppressed and crying, "Our Lord! Rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors, and raise for us protectors and helpers." [God does not fight in person, nor does He send His armies or angels in physical form. 22:39]
4:76 Those who believe, fight in the cause of God (against persecution or in self-defense … benign aggression). But the unbelievers fight in the cause of Taaghoot (tyrannical, aggressive forces … malignant aggression). So fight against those friends of the devil. The devil’s strategy is ever weak. [Taaghoot = False gods = Tyrants = Oppressors = Deceptive clergy = Oppressive systems = Those who play god]
5. To protect temples
22:39 Permission to fight is granted to those against whom war is wrongfully waged. God is Able to support them.
22:40 Those who have been evicted from their homes unjustly, for no reason other than saying, "Our Lord is God!" For, if God had not enabled some people to repel others, temples, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and Masjids, where the Name of God is oft mentioned, would have been destroyed. And God will certainly help those who help Him. God is Mighty, Powerful.