person who engaged in jihad

Mujahideen (Arabic: مجاهدينmujāhidīn) is the plural form of mujahid (Arabic: مجاهد‎), the Arabic term for one engaged in jihad (literally, "struggle"). This is an English term to describe guerrilla-type militant groups led by the Islamist Afghan fighters in the Soviet–Afghan War. It now extends to other jihadist groups in other countries.

The English term jihadists is also related to the mujahideen.[1][2]


  1. Drugs, United States Congress Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and (2011). Evaluating the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, S. 2930: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, July 14, 2010. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 297.
  2. Infantry. U.S. Army Infantry School. 2007. p. 45.