Definition of mujahideen in US English:


(also mujahedin, mujahidin)

plural noun

  • Guerrilla fighters in Islamic countries, especially those who are fighting against non-Muslim forces.

    • ‘The group made up of Afghans trained in Pakistani religious schools and former Islamic fighters drove away the mujahedin that attacked the convoy.’
    • ‘He was one of the key advisors in the State Department when Carter administration decided to support the Afghan mujahideen against the Soviet incursion.’
    • ‘At the height of the Afghan war there are said to have been between 10,000 and 12,000 mujahidin from Arab countries financed from mosques and private contributions in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.’
    • ‘This support grew to include training, equipping, and arming the mujahideen forces in the early 1980s.’
    • ‘He also tried to play down a photograph of him in which he is dressed as a mujahideen, or Muslim freedom fighter, and holding a rifle, saying that in his family, people often dressed up in costume.’
    • ‘Later, Hill converted to Islam and joined the mujahideen in their battle to oust the Soviets from Afghanistan.’
    • ‘The statement urged other Saudi clerics to step forward and support the beleaguered mujahideen.’
    • ‘The idea to become a mujahideen (resistance fighter) appealed to him because he had a romantic idea of the Arab warrior.’
    • ‘Men from two generations of mujahidin fighters who have known nothing but war are gathered in their resting house, a mud cabin with Kalashnikovs hanging from rusty hooks.’
    • ‘One of the first effects of the policy shift took place in Afghanistan, where the US began backing the mujaheddin forces fighting the pro-Soviet government.’
    • ‘The Soviet invasion of 1979 and the US's use of the mujahedin as a proxy force with which to fight the Russians, also remains fertile ground for historical investigation.’
    • ‘He points out another man who still has bullet wounds on his stomach from his time fighting for the mujahidin.’
    • ‘Peshawar was the base for the thousands of Arab militants fighting alongside the Afghan mujahideen against the Soviet forces then occupying Afghanistan.’
    • ‘Last May the Indian security forces found themselves in action with what appeared to be mujahideen fighters in the Batalik sector.’
    • ‘An ‘Islamic legion’ recruited from across the world was sent to back up the Afghan mujahedin in the battle against the communists.’
    • ‘That being said, these guys know the ground, they have a take on what's going on and as guerrilla fighters, their mujahidin have few equals.’
    • ‘In those days, of course, the mujahideen were freedom fighters.’
    • ‘There are no women among the mujahideen (resistance fighters) so all of the above are non-combatants.’
    • ‘As the mujahidin guerrillas fought on, various leaders came and went and, in the background, a new force was born.’


From Persian and Arabic mujāhidīn, colloquial plural of mujāhid, denoting a person who fights a jihad.