Teachings of all religions are often misinterpreted by the media, public and certain groups of people. In light of current news, the word Jihad has been falsely used by the media to represent terrorism. The importance of defining terminology accurately in a religious context plays a vital role in avoiding the simplification mentioned earlier. The word Jihad literally means ‘to struggle’. It can refer to the personal, inner struggle to be a good person and the external struggle, to defend peace and the religion itself. Violence should only be used as a last resort in such a defence, and this is where the confusion can lie. It is not a declaration of war against other religions as so many people think. TrueTube have recently produced the film ‘What is Jihad’ which explores the true meaning of the word. The accompanying Teachers’ Notes also offer a range of activities and discussion questions to help you get started. By interviewing an Imam, a Muslim youth worker and a Muslim journalist on what Jihad means to them, the audience will gain a better understanding of this often misunderstood concept. Approaching this topic from a religious perspective, allows Muslims to personally defend themselves from the generalisation and prejudice they constantly face from the media. The growing shadow of ignorance can be lifted for the next generation if we allow such voices to be heard in your classroom.