THE CALL TO JIHAD (FIGHTING FOR ALLAH’S CAUSE) IN THE QUR’ AN
Also think deeply how Jihad is connected with Salat (prayers) and Saum (fasting). It is made obvious that Jihad is similar to both of them, and all the three (Jihad,Salat and Saum) are ordained (by Allah) for the believers.
See how Allah has encouraged the cowardly men to plunge themselves into the battles, to face death with an open heart, and to run madly for it (Jihad) with great encouragement , showing clearly to them that death will certainly overtake them, and in case they die as Mujahidin (Martyrs) they will be compensated for their worldly life with a might compensation and they will not be death with unjustly in the very least.
ihad is a great deed indeed and there is no deed whose reward or blessing is as that if it, and for this reason, it is the best thing that one can volunteer for. All the Muslim religious scholars unanimously agree that Jihad is superior to Hajj and ‘Umra (Pilgrimage) and also superior to non-obligatory Salat (prayer) and Saum (fasting) as mentioned in the Qur’an and Prophet’s As-Sunna. It is obvious that the benefits of Jihad for us are extensive and comprehensive , it (Jihad) includes all kinds of worship both hidden and open, it also includes (a great) love for Allah and it shows one’s sincerity to Him and it also shows one trust in Him, and it indicates the handing over of one’s soul and property to Him – it ( Jihad ) shows one’s patience , one’s devotion to Islam, one’s remembrance to Allah and there are other kinds of good deeds which are present in Jihad and are not present in any other act of worship.
For these above mentioned degrees of grades of various kinds of worship one should race for Jihad. It is confirmed in the two authentic books (of Hadith). Narrated Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him: I heard Allah’s Messenger saying, “ By Him in Whose Hands my soul is! Were it not for some men amongst the believers who dislike to be left behind me, and whom I cannot provide with means of conveyance, I would certainly never remain behind any Sariya (army unit) going out for Jihad in Allah’s Cause. By Him in Whose Hands my life is! I would love to be martyred in Allah’s Cause and then come back to life and then martyred and then come back to life again and then be martyred and then come back to life again and then be martyred”. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol 4 , Hadith No 54).
So the Prophet, through his ways of life, hid firmness, his courage, and his patience has deeply encouraged the Mujahidin for Allah’s Cause.