THE CALL TO JIHAD (FIGHTING FOR ALLAH’S CAUSE) IN THE QUR’ AN
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Praise be to Allah who has ordained Al- Jihad (the fighting for Allah’s Cause):
With the heart (intentions or feelings),
2. With the hand (weapons, etc.),
3. With the tongue (speeches, etc., in the Cause of Allah)
Allah has rewarded the one who performs it with lofty dwellings in the Gardens (of Paradise).
I testify that there is one has the right to be worshipped but Allah Alone and he has no partners (with Him). I (also) testify that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger, the one sent by Allah as a mercy for the ‘Alamin (mankind and jinns); the one commanded by Allah to fight against Al-Mushrikun (and all those who ascribe partners with Allah). He fought for Allah’s Cause with all his power and ability- may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, upon his followers and upon his companions who believed in him, and honored him, helped him and followed the light (the Qur’an) and his As-Sunna (the legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements, etc.) which was revealed to him….those who emigrated and fought in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives, they were the supreme conquerors and the masters.
It is well known how the Messenger was fighting against Al- Mushrikun (and all those who ascribe partners with Allah) since Allah, the Most Respectful, the All-Majestic sent him and honored him with the Messenger ship till Allah caused him to die and selected for him what was with Him (Paradise and all that is good).
The Prophet used to visit the people in their gatherings during season days (Hajj and ‘Umra) and other days (too). He used to go to their market places, recite the Qur’an, invite them to Allah, the Most Respectful, the All-Majestic. He used to say, “ Who will give me a safe shelter, and who will support me till I convey the Message of my Lord (Allah) the he will have Paradise.” But he would not find anymore to support him or to give him a safe shelter.
He (Prophet Muhammad) carried on his mission inviting people to Allah (Islamic Religion) and persisted in (this) invitation for 13 years in spite of the harm and injuries (which he suffered), and he used to forgive the ignorant …in order that Allah’s Proof be established against them (disbelievers) and that His promise be fulfilled to them (disbelievers) which He assured them with His Statement:
And We never punish until We sent a Messenger (to give warning) (V.17: 15).
The people continued in their transgression, they did not take guidance from the manifest proof. The Quraish (people) oppressed and harmed all those who followed him (Muhammad) from his tribe, put them to trials and afflictions in order to keep them away from their religion (Islam), even to the extent that they exiled them from their homeland, some of them fled to Ethiopia, some went to Al-Madina (Al-Munawwara) and some remained patient (at Makkah) in spite of the harm they received; by being imprisoned, made to suffer from hunger and thirst and by being beaten (in a horrible manner)… so much so that some of them were not able to sit straight from the severity ( of the injuries) of the beatings.
They used to tie a rope around the neck of Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him) and give the end of that rope in the hands of boys to play and drag him through the pathways of Makkah….And as to what Yasir’s family suffered from the torment was beyond what a normal human being and endure.
The Quraish (people) harmed Allah’s Messenger (Muhammad) (too), they besieged him in Ash-Shi’b, once ‘Uqbah bin Abi Mu’ait tried to strangle him and he kept on squeezing the Prophet’s clothes round his neck till the eyes of the Prophet bulged out, and Abu Bakr rushed at ‘Uqbah and released the Prophet from him and said, “ Would you kill a man because he says: My Lord is Allah?”