THE CALL TO JIHAD (FIGHTING FOR ALLAH’S CAUSE) IN THE QUR’ AN
And admit them to Paradise which He has made known to them (i.e. they will know their places in Paradise more than they used to know their houses in this world. (V.47: 4,5,6).
Then after that He made (Jihad) “ fighting” obligatory against all those who fight you (Muslims). So Allah ordered:
And fight in the way of Allah those who fight you…(V.2: 190).
Then Allah revealed in Surah Tauba (Bara'a) (Repentance, IX) the order to discard (all) the obligations (covenants, etc) and commanded the Muslims to fight against all the Mushrikun as well as against the people of the Scriptures (Jews and Christians) if they do not embrace Islam, till they pay the Jizya (a tax levied on the non-Muslims who do not embrace Islam and are under the protection of an Islamic government) with willing submission and feel themselves subdued (as it is revealed in the Verse 9:29). So they (Muslims) were not permitted to abandon “the fighting” against them (Padans,Jews and Christians) and to reconcile with them and to suspend hostilities against them for an unlimited period while they are strong and are able to fight against them (non Muslims).
As it is now obvious, at first “the fighting” was forbidden, then it was permitted and after that it was made obligatory- (1) against them who start “the fighting” against you (Muslims)…(2) and against all those who worship others along with Allah….as mentioned in Surah Al-Baqarah (II ), Al-Imran ( III) and Tauba (IX)….and other Surah (Chapters of the Qur’an).
Allah made “the fighting” (Jihad) obligatory for the Muslims and gave importance to the subject-matter of Jihad in all the Surah (Chapters of the Qur’an) which were revealed (at Al-Madina) as in Allah’s statement:
March forth whether you are light (being health, young and wealthy or heavy (being ill, old and poor), strive hard with your wealth and your lives in the Cause of Allah. This is better for you if you but knew. (V.9: 41).
And he (Allah) said:
Jihad (Islamic holy fighting) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know. (V.2: 216).
“The fighting”, even though by its nature is disliked by the human soul because of the liability, of being killed, or being taken as a captive, or being injured, with the wasting of the wealth, the damaging of the industry, the destruction of the country, the spreading of fear and awe in the souls and the (possibility) of being exiled from one’s homeland, Allah had made ready an immensely good reward that cannot be imagined by a human soul.
‘Ikrima (a religious scholar) said: At first Muslims dislike it (Jihad), but later they loved it and said: “We listen and obey”. And that is because the submission to the order to fight means hardship, but if the reward is made known it because to compare the hardship involved and its reward.
The Verses of the Qur’an and the Sunna (the Prophet’s legal ways, orders etc.) have exhorted greatly for Jihad and have quite clear its reward, and praised greatly those who perform Jihad (the holy Muslim fighting) and explained to them various kinds of honors which they will receive from the Lord (Allah). This is because they- Mujahidin are Allah’s troops. Allah will establish His religion (Islam), with them (Mujahidin). He will repel the might of His enemies, and with them He will protect the light of Islam and guard the religion safely.