There have been many VIOLENT Jihad (bloodshed,use of weapons etc.) during the time of the Prophet.
This statement is actually not correct, the modern Arab has made us believe that violent Jihad was often-occurring during the life of the Prophet, but is not a correct statement. The occurrences were no larger or smaller than the usual ancient Arab skirmishes among their own.
As a matter of fact the population of the Arab prior to the advent of Prophethood was decimated to a few, and they used to brag about their tribes’ numbers of gravestones (see Tafsir Takathur). The population of the Arab exploded after the advent of the Prophethood indicating that the original common violence between the Arab was greatly reduced due to the proper implementation of Shariah.
So do not believe in the lies you are told.
I was wondering WHO are supposed to participate in VIOLENT Jihad?
Mu’min i.e. the Believer who has a rank in piety and observant of Allah’s nearness (Qurb) and thus minimizes the bloodshed. The orders for the Jihad were not issued to Muslims, they were issued to Mu’min. Order of violent Jihad was not for settling tribal affairs or economic advantages. The individual Mu’min is self-disciplining in regards to his ability to inflict pain and suffering and therefore entrusted with limited exposure to warfare.
For many the Prophet peace be upon him forbade Jihad e.g. Abu Zar in the famous Hadith which you know about quite well. Not every believer can meet the standards of justice and restraint required to brandish a weapon.
And AGAINST WHOM?
And for WHAT PURPOSE/INTENTION?
Jihad in its violent form are due when the populations are not allowed to worship Allah and read Qur’an or practice their religion. For example in the USSR until recently, and in parts of China and these days in Myanmar.
If you are able to conduct your religious affairs, read Qur’an and maintain prayers, even if you are abused and harassed you are not allowed to fight a physical fight. You are to persevere and forgive.
If mosques are burnt and Qur’an distribution forbidden and you are not allowed to exercise your freedom to preach and talk about your religion, then Jihad is mandatory in its violent form until such freedoms are restored.
The violence in Jihad is for institutions and governments not for the ordinary bigot who hates Muslims as do common folk.
To kill others to grab their land, or have upper hand over them or control their economy or subjugate them as inferior race, are away from the Jihad of any form.
Examples are those Muslim murderers you see in USA and EU attacks; where we are welcomed in America/Canada/EU and protected by their institutions, given rights to build houses of worship and publish our spiritual works and religious beliefs, and our women and children safe at home and work and school, yet the ignorant criminal in our midst commits heinous crimes under the false banner of Islam! And cowardly does so in restaurants and sidewalks against the unsuspecting innocent bystanders.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّامِينَ بِالْقِسْطِ شُهَدَاء لِلّهِ وَلَوْ عَلَى أَنفُسِكُمْ أَوِ الْوَالِدَيْنِ وَالأَقْرَبِينَ
4:135 O YOU who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in upholding equity, bearing witness to the truth for the sake of God, even though it be against your own selves or your parents and kinsfolk.
Shakir we worship Allah, we do not worship Muslims nor Middle Easterners nor Sheikhs, we do not worship Jihad, we only answer to Allah for our religion and no one else. If you can practice that exclusivity, then you found the very beginning of the Path. And how hard to find the beginning of the Path…