April 23, 2001

Explanation of Jihad

 

I have already mentioned, about the Muslim Brotherhood’s
prayer and Zakah, at a previous time, about what they want from themselves and
others with regards to prayer and Zakah, the pillars of Islam. Now, I will talk
to you about the Muslim Brotherhood as mujahideen, as
“strivers in the way of Allah” – about what they want from themselves and others with regards to Jihad,
the pinnacle of Islam.

Jihad, beloved brother, is a powerful, invigorating yearning
for Islam’s might and glory – an intense, overwhelming desire for Islam’s golden
days, its strength and its pride – which makes you cry when looking at the weakness
of Muslims today and the humiliating tragedies crushing them to death painfully
everywhere, something that could never please Allah or His Messenger, nor
any Muslim soul, for that matter. It was once said: “For similar to this
the heart would melt in grief, if the heart is full of Islam –
faith and belief”. Also the Prophet said “He who does not care for
the affairs of Muslims is not of them”, an authentic Hadith.

Jihad, beloved brother, is a constantly painful concern, an
overpowering passion for Islam, that forces you to think seriously about the
way out, to search for the best way to save the Ummah, to spend part of your
time in deep thought, analyzing the options available for action, and looking
for intelligent solutions to the problem. Then maybe you will indeed find a
way out for your Ummah, or a rescuer for the nation. In any event, intentions
are of more importance than actions. Truly, Allah knows the most secret tricks
of the soul, and all that the hearts of men conceal.

Jihad, beloved brother, is to sacrifice some of your time, your
money and your own needs for the good of Islam and Muslims. So, if you are a
leader, devote your sacrifices to the tasks of leadership. If you are of the
rank and file, dedicate your efforts to helping the leaders of Da’wa. There is
goodness in both. “And Allah has promised a good reward for both”.
Allah, most High, also says:

“It was not fitting for the people of Madina
and the Bedouin Arabs of the neighbourhood, to refuse to follow Allah’s Messenger,
nor to prefer their own lives to his, because nothing could they suffer or do,
but was reckoned to their credit as a deed of righteousness – whether they suffer
thirst, or fatigue, or hunger, in the way of Allah, or trod paths to raise the
ire of the Unbelievers, or receive any injury whatever from an enemy.?

For Allah suffers not the reward to be lost of those who do good,
nor could they
spend anything (for the Cause) – small or great – nor cut across a valley, but
the deed is inscribed to their credit; that Allah may requite their deed with
the best (possible reward)”
[At-Tawba: 120-121].

Jihad, beloved brother, is to enjoin what is right, and to forbid
what is wrong, to be loyal to Allah, His Messenger, His Holy Books, the Leaders
of the Muslims, as well as to all Muslims at large, and to reach out, with
wisdom and compassion, to all people. Those who abandoned offering sincere
advice to one another, have always fallen into humiliation. And those who neglected
the enjoining of good and forbidding of evil in all its forms, have always been
let down and defeated. Allah says:

“Curses were pronounced on those among
the Children of Israel who rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus,
the son of Mary, because they disobeyed and persisted in excesses … Nor did
they (usually) forbid one another the iniquities which they committed: evil
indeed were the deeds which they did.”
[Al-Maida: 78-79].

Jihad, beloved brother, is to turn your back on those who turn
their back on their Faith, and to boycott those who openly wage war against
Allah and His Messenger, so you should not have any dealings, or socializing
or relationships of any kind. In the Prophetic Hadith, we read:

“One of the first signs of the decline
of the Children of Israel was that a man would meet another and tell him: ‘Fear
God! Stop what you’re doing. It is forbidden’. But when he sees him the following
day, and he is unchanged, he does not mind eating, drinking and sitting with
him. When they became like that, Allah turned their hearts against one another”.

Jihad, beloved brother, is to be a soldier for Allah,
devoting your very soul and everything you own to Him; and when the might of
Islam is under threat, its pride is blemished, and the bugle calls for Muslims
to rise and restore to Islam its power and glory, you should be the first to
answer the call, the first to join the ranks for Jihad (fighting):

“Allah has purchased of the believers
their persons and their wealth; for theirs (in return) is the Garden (of Paradise)”

[At-Tawba: 111].

The Prophet, peace be on him, said: “He who dies without
ever participating in or yearning for Jihad (fighting), dies with a share of
hypocrisy” [Muslim, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i]. Thus Allah’s
plan works, with Islam spreading to cover the whole globe.

Jihad, beloved brother, is to endeavor to establish justice,
to better the lives of all people, to support victims of injustice, and to stop
the aggressor whoever he may be and whatever his position or power. According
to Abu Saeed al-Khudri, the Prophet (saw) said: “The best
form of Jihad is saying the truth in the court of a tyrannical King or Ruler?”
[Bukhari, Abu Dawud]. Also, according to Jabir, the Prophet
said: “The prince of martyrs is Hamza ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, and he who
stands up to a tyrannical Ruler, to enjoin him to do good and forbid him to
do wrong, so he (the tyrannical Ruler) kills him” [Ibn
Majah].

Jihad, beloved brother, if you could not do any of the above,
is to love the Mujahideen from the depths of your heart and soul, and to advise
them to the best of your knowledge. In return Allah would give you a good-reward
and absolve you from this duty. But be nothing short of this, otherwise He would
turn your heart away from Him and His Faith and be very strict in judging your
actions:

“There is no blame on those who are infirm,
or ill, or who find no resources to spend (in the Cause), if they are sincere
(in duty) to Allah and His Messenger – no ground (of complaint) can there be
against such as do right – and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful …

Nor (is
there blame) on those who came to you (O Muhammad) to be provided with mounts, and when
you said, ‘I can find no mounts for you’, they turned back, their eyes streaming
with tears of grief that they had no resources wherewith to provide the
expenses …

The ground (of complaint) is against such as claim exemption while they are
rich. They prefer to stay with the those who remain behind. Allah has sealed
their hearts; so they know not (what they miss)”
[At-Tawba: 91-93].

We do hope we have voiced the message, and that this voice
has penetrated the depths of the soul, encountering a rich soil whose fruit
would increase the number of those working for Islam and strengthen the ranks
of mujahideen:

“And those who strive (make Jihad) in Our
(Cause), We will certainly guide them to Our Paths. For verily, Allah is with
those who do right”
[Al-Ankabut: 69].

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