The Merits of Jihad

Ibn Mas’ud (RA) reported: I asked the Messenger of Allah (PBUH): “Which action is dearest to Allah?” He (PBUH) replied, “Performing As-Salat (the prayer) at its earliest fixed time.” I asked, “What is next (in goodness)?” He (PBUH) said, “Kindness towards parents.” I asked, “What is next (in goodness)?” He (PBUH) said, “To participate in Jihad in the Cause of Allah.”

Different acts are regarded more meritorious than others in different ahadith keeping in view the time, place or person. In the ahadith above Prophet Muhammad mentioned three acts in particular that are dearest to Allah and done in His obedience and submission: performing salat at earliest fixed time, kindness to parents and lastly Jihad in cause of Allah. Jihad is recommended by Islam against infidels, tyrant oppressors and its enemies who try to bring it down by their evil and menacing ways. Another hadith points out the superiority in fighting in the way of Allah.

Anas (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Verily! Setting out in the early morning or in the evening in order to fight in Allah’s way is better than the world and what it contains.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The moment one fights for Allah’s sake, be it in the early morning or the evening, is better than the world and all that is in it. The world is transitory while the hereafter is eternal. A sensible person while comparing worldly life with hereafter would definitely choose the latter.   Because he knows that worldly life is materialistic and fleeting. Fighting in the way of Allah and with wealth and life for the sake of Allah is not just a good deed but also makes a person stand out and best among his fellows.

 Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (RA) reported: A man came to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and said, “Who is the best among men?” He (PBUH) replied, “A believer who strives in the way of Allah with his wealth and life.” The man asked again, “Who is next to him (in excellence)?” He (PBUH) said, “Next to him is a man who is engaged in worshipping his Rubb in a mountain valley, leaving the people secure from his mischief.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Salman (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) as saying, “Observing Ribat in the way of Allah for a day and a night is far better than observing Saum (fasting) for a whole month and standing in Salat (prayer) in all its nights. If a person dies (while performing this duty), he will go on receiving his reward for his meritorious deeds perpetually, and he will be saved from Al-Fattan.” [Muslim]

Good deeds of a Muslim who dies or is martyred on the frontier will perpetuate and will be credited to his account till the Day of Resurrection; and like all other martyrs, sustenance will be provided to him even after his death. “Al-Fattan” here means the interrogation in the grave which the two angels Munkir and Nakir will conduct


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