Chapter 2: It is necessary that the believer’s fighting is for elevating the Word of Allah


The Second Hadith

Abu Musa, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that: 
A man came to the Prophet (
) and said, “A man fights for war booty; and a man fights for fame and a man fights for showing off; which of these is fighting in Allah’s Cause?” The Prophet () said, “He who fights so that Allah’s Word (i.e. Islam) becomes superior, then he is the one fighting in Allah’s Cause.” (Agreed upon)

Some lessons from the Hadith

  1. Asking the people of knowledge about the unclear matters in religion.
  1. Eagerness of the Sahaba in knowing the truth and clarification in matters, and seeking to do them based on insight.
  1. The danger of submitting to one’s soul (desires), and being cautious of responding to its temptations, as they may lead him towards destruction while he is striving to get mentioned and praised by people, and then his only gain will that (he will be told) “it has been said” (which Allah will say to him on the Day of Judgment before throwing him into hellfire).
  1. The path of truth is only one, but the paths of falsehood are many and different.
  1. It is necessary for the Mujahid to empty his soul from self-interests, and he must not have any aim other than uplifting the truth and giving victory to it.

  2. If the outer action matches with the Shareeah that does not necessarily mean that the inner intentions are in consistence with it. This has also been pointed out by the previous Hadith. Hijrah and fighting has one apearance, but the intentions for them vary, like what Al Allamah ibn Al Haaj al Maaliki has said: “Hijrah is one and the same in action, yet one may be for the sake of Allah and another for other than Allah’s sake, according to what the inner self holds, which is the intention. Imam Abu Abdullah Malik ibn Anas, may Allah have mercy upon him, said “Do you not see that prostrating to Allah and prostrating to an idol have the same appearance, however one of them is an act of worship and the other is an act of disbelief, depending on the intention?” (Al Madkhal 1/7)
  1. Severe warning against seeking worldly gains using the action of the hereafter.
  1. The nobility of Jihad, which is due to its noble goal, which is to raise the Word of Allah.
  1. Qitaal (fighting) is a way to raise the Word of Allah and to establish His law, as these become dominant through it.
  1. The inclination of the soul towards immaterial gains like fame and seeking praise is not less than its desire for materialistic gains. And all of them are dangerous for it.
  1. The necessity for the Mujahid to take care of his intention for it to be only to make the Word of Allah dominant. Imam at Tahawi, may Allah have mercy upon him, said “The fighter is not entitled to be a martyr due to his fighting, unless his intention is to elevate the word of Allah”
  1. Jihad is an act of worship and needs sincerity and the correct intention.
  1. The meaning here of “Fee Sabeelillah (in the path of Allah)” is only for the one who intends to elevate the word of Allah by his fighting.
  1. The validity of the principle of “Mafhoom al Mukhaalafa” (Understanding based on the opposite meaning) with its conditions, to establish Islamic rulings. When the man asked the Prophet () a direct question he replied to him with a statement whose meaning would mean the opposite of what the man said. He did not say “whoever fights for war booty is not fighting in the path of Allah, and whoever fights for fame is not fighting in the way of Allah, and whoever fights to show off is not fighting in the path of Allah”, even though this is what was meant by his answer.


Firstly: Some of the titles for this chapter by the Imams:

Al Bukhari gave the title for this chapter as “The one who fights for the word of Allah to be the highest”. Also, “Will the reward be decreased for the one who fights for war spoils?”
Imam Muslim named the chapter as “The one who fights so that the word of Allah is the highest, is in the path of Allah.”
Imam Bayhaqi named it as “Clarifying the intention upon which one fights for it to be in the cause of Allah.”
Tirmidhi gave the title as “What has been mentioned regarding the one who fights for showing off and for worldly gains.”
Nasaai put it under the title “The one who fights so that the word of Allah is the highest.”
Ibn Majah under the title “The Intention while fighting”
Ibn Hibban under “Description of the fighting in the path of Allah for which Allah rewards the one who does so”

Secondly: Taqiyudeen al Subki said “The one who fights (to show) his bravery or to show off or out of family pride and is not fighting for Allah, then he is not in the path of Allah. This is a clear cut issue. And what is clear is that he is not called a martyr because the two meanings put down to classify one as a martyr aren’t there in his case and there is no Nass (text from Quran or Sunnah) stating him to be a martyr. However we think of him as a Martyr in relation to his outward appearance as we do not know his corrupted intention”. [Fataawa Al-Subki: 2/344]

Ibn Daqeeq al Eid, may Allah have mercy upon him, said “In this Hadith there is an evidence that it is necessary to have sincerity in Jihad and clarification that the one who fights to (show his) bravery or for tribalism or showing off is not included in that”.

Thirdly: Imam Ibn AbdulBarr, may Allah have mercy upon him, said: “Everyone who fights for the word of Allah to be the highest and for the word of the disbelievers to be the lowest is in paradise, if Allah wills” [Al-Tamheed: 18/345]

“Thaqoothekey thee” by Abu Nuh

“Thaqoothekey thee”
Poem by Abu Nuh (Rahimahullah)

Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (rh) said regarding the Thaqooth ,

“It is everything in which man exceeds his limits, whether it being worshiped, followed, or obeyed. So the Thaqooth of every community is he from whom judgment is sought, instead of what Allah and His Messenger have ruled; or those whom they worship besides Allah; or whom they follow without a proof from Allah; or whom they obey, while not knowing if it is in accordance to the Judgment of Allah. So these are the Thawagheet of the world; if you were to contemplate regarding them and see the conditions of the people with them, you would see that most of them have turned away from worshiping Allah Alone, to worshiping the Thaqooth ; away from seeking judgment from Allah and His Messenger, to seeking judgment from the Thaqooth ; away from obeying Him and following His Messenger, to obeying and following the Thaqooth .”

[Refer to “I’lām Al-Muwaqqi’īn” (1/50)]

Wa Islamah

wa islaamah copyWa Islamah!

(A Call to the Ummah from the Land of Sham)

Walls collapsed, bones crushed, blood splashed. Babies out of the mother’s womb, arms raised from the debris, sound of the siren filling the air, men shouting in dismay. Torn bodies pulled, barely breathing lives rushed to hospitals. A face full of dust mixed with crimson red, tears falling, wailing of children and cries of women.

Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah!

Bomb! Bashar’s barrel bomb hits in the middle of the civilian homes. Blast! A cluster bomb hits the schools, shops and busy market before one can take a breath. And then there goes the Russians Jets. La hawlawala quwatta illah billahi!  Boom! Hit the Shariah Courts! And the second missile hits the same target while people are running to help the injured.

Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah!

IED explosions are not enough but the suicide bombers are too send in to blast the mosques, kill the scholars and areas filled with civilians, and the gang of Bagdadi goes calling “baqiya!” and killing the same Muslims who are being targeted by all of the enemies alike. Muslim blood more scarce than the K’abah shed like the water, and Muslim wealth made halal.

Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah!

The Arab Coalition Jets, Russians and French together with Germany and America in disguise. Every ruthless power hungry country joining this battle supporting the blood hungry beast Bashar. And as if this is not enough now the new so called Muslim Army threatening to come under the Command of the devil America against a broken people who are being choked by the evil dog Bashar.

Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah!

The Thagouth leaders spreading their venom in the Muslim land together with every devilish Kuffar making the life of Muslims a mere chess game. While the empty suites with their bow ties claiming to be representatives of Sham, making empty deals of cease fire with Russia that brings no avail to the suffering. Every money hungry wolf with their own agenda entering this war while the betrayers cling heavily onto their lives. Froth of the sea is what the Ummah has become.

Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah!

When the Muslim blood is threatening to turn the sea red yet the media scholars sit debating about what type of Jihad this could be. Their hairs turning gray with Palestine under occupation for more than seventy years.

Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah!

Muslim men who sit with their women, away from the battle fronts in their cozy palaces. The Muslim youth laid back without an ounce of heed towards the Ummah. Loafing around like zombies. Zooming on their bikes with their new gadgets, while the shout of Fardh Ainiyya of Jihad is ignored.

Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah!

Explosions! The deafening sound of gun fire. The Takbeers of Muslims against the advancing Kuffar around the villages. A hundred airstrike covering the Kuffar while the Muslims exposed to the thousands of shrapnel piercing their body. Yet the few Mujahideen running with their armors on foot after the fleeing filthy Army of Bashar. Killing and capturing them. When faces of the tyrants are turned it’s not only to find the faces Syrian Nusayreen but the faces belong to thousands of Shias from different parts of the world deceived by their Imams to kill the Ahlul Sunnah.

Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah!

When will the Ummah wake up from its deep slumber? What will take it to break from its monotonous vicious cycle? Mother’s honor taken, father’s imprisoned, Ulama slaughtered. The blessed Ghouta biseged, honorable people of Madaya starving to death. The hands of oppressed raised to Allah making du’a.

Oh Muslim! When will you come to aid your brethren?

You wanted the fatwa of a Shaykh and more than forty Scholars of Bilad Al Sham has issued the fatwa of Jihad being Fardh Ayniyya. You say you are confused with matter of Jama’t Bagdadi while countless clarification are issued by the Ulama making clear the falsehood of it. And yet you sit there thinking of some other excuse not to fight for the sake of Allah, when thousands of Shias are pouri ng from all corners of the world to aid the rafidha regime.

How similar is this ranging battle here with the Battle of Ayn Jalut. A battle that Sayfuddin Qutuz waged in this very land. The Mongols avoiding hand to hand combat and shooting repeatedly at the few band of Muslims.

Subhana Allah! And right now the Mujahideen of this era are facing the crusaders, communists, rafidha, nusayreen, and the thagooth coalitions. Mujahideen wear their shrouds standing against the rain of missiles.

That day when Sayfuddin Qutuz called out the famous battle cry “Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah! (Meaning Oh Muslims! Islam is in danger) the Muslims stood and went in battle after the Mongols, the super power of that time, breaking them and killing them. And drove them out of Syria.

And yet today the difference is when the Jihad leaders, the Scholars and the weak keep calling out to Ummah Wa Islama, Wa Islam, Wa Islama! Islam is in danger, it is falling upon the deaf ears of Muslims.

Know that Allah subhanahu wata aala has promised Victory for the Muslims.

“Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allah?” Yes certainly the Help of Allah is near!”

-Quran 2:214-

Certainly victory is near. Even if the victory is not witness by the few Murabiteen, know that they are sowing the seeds that will one day sprout the promised Victory in sha Allah!

So it is up to you Oh Muslim! to respond to the call of “Wa Islamah!”

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