THE CALL TO JIHAD (FIGHTING FOR ALLAH’S CAUSE) IN THE QUR’ AN
And Allah said:
Do you consider the providing of drinking water to pilgrims and the maintenance of Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) as equal to the worth of those who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah? They are not equal before Allah! And Allah guides not those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doing). (V.9: 19).
Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah)- Islamic Monotheism) and emigrated and strove hard and fought in Allah’s Cause with their wealth and their lives are far higher in degree with Allah. They are the successful. (V.9: 20).
Their Lord gives them glad tidings of a Mercy from Him, and that He is pleased (with them) and of Gardens (Paradise) for them wherein are everlasting delights. (V.9: 21).
They will dwell therein for ever. Verily, with Allah is a great reward. (V.9: 22).
In the above Verses Allah, the Most High, be He glorified above all that they ascribe to Him, informs that those who maintain Al-Masjid-Al- Haram (at Makkah) [and their maintenance of the mosque means to do I ‘tikaf in it, the Tawaf (circumambulation) of the Ka’ba, and the offering of Salat (prayers) in it, etc] mentioned in the above said Verse- and those who provide drinking water to the pilgrims are not equal to those who did Jihad in Allah’s Cause. Allah informed that the believers who fight in Allah’s Cause (Mujahidin) are far superior in grades before Him and it is they who will be successful.
And they are the ones who have received the glad tidings of (1) His Mercy, (2) His being pleased with them, (3) and Gardens (Paradise).
Hence Allah denied the equality between the Mujahidin (those who fight in Allah’s Cause) and those who maintain the Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) along with the various kind of worship, in spite of His praising those who maintain the mosques in His statement:
The Mosques of Allah shall be maintained only by those who believe in Allah and the Last Day, perform Iqamat-as-Salat, and give Zakat and fear none but Allah. It is they who are expected to be on true guidance. (V.9: 18).