Jihad, Understanding Jihad (The Mujahid's Guide) / Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

In the Holy Quraan the commandments of the Jihad are given to those who  possess the Imaan, because the foundation of the Jihad depends solely on  Imaan and such a great deed can only be accomplished properly by the true believers only. The Jihad itself is a significant mean of enhancement and completion of one’s Imaan and it is an incontrovertible proof of the firm beliefs of the Mu’min. The Imaan means that solid & strong faith which is embedded in the deepest recess of the believer’s heart. This rock solid faith manifests fully in every deed of its beholder, may it be the ‘Ibadaat, the Mu’aamilaat, or the Mu’aashirat, not the weak and feeble Imaan, that appears intermittently and partially in one’s heart. Not the Imaan, that intermingles with doubts. Not the Imaan that does not reform its beholder’s moral, ethical, social and religious behaviour.

Imaan is a precious gift, that manifests itself through every word, every deed and every act of its possessor. Mu’min’s thoughts, perceptions, feelings, behaviour, aims and objectives, acts and deeds springs from the fountain of the Imaan.

The Mu’min does not proclaim the Oneness of Allah Ta`ala, by his words alone, but this belief becomes an inseparable part of his whole being. Thus he does not bow and subjugate to any other physical or psychological entity except his Creator, Allah Ta`ala. This Imaan instils in him the abhorrence of all the practices of the Mushrikeen. His heart and soul becomes the centre of love, devotion, surrender and the glorification for Allah Ta`ala alone. The faithful grasp the truth of the insignificance of this temporary world. With this true faith, his life, his death and his every act and deed becomes subservient to Allah’s commandments only. He believes that only Allah Ta`ala has the power to remove the difficulties and the obstacles in his path.

Belief in the life Hereafter removes all the diseases from the hearts of the Mu’min. It cleans the soul, of greed, selfishness, and other undesirable animalistic diseases. It transforms his life and every moment becomes precious, as the Mu’min realises, that his short span of life in this temporary abode is an opportunity for the preparation of the life Hereafter. If he misses this opportunity then eternal regrets awaits him. Therefore the Mu’min does not engage in the pursuit of the acts of self-gratification such as engaging in pleasures or acquiring worldly possessions.

The Imaan in the Risaalat transfer all his love, affection, and reverence to the holy persona of Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam only. And the persona of Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam act as the centre of gravity for all his existence. Every word and deed of Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam contains within it the guarantee of success and well being of his temporal and eternal life.

Allah’s Last and Final Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam, has granted us, a practical guidance of conduct for our each and every deed and conduct. Thus for the Mu’min, there isn’t any need to look elsewhere for the conduct of his life. The holy person of Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam provides the Mu’min, with practical guidance in every sphere of his life, from family matters to the affairs of the state and the government.

The past provides us the evidence and history is the witness, that the followers of Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam obtained success and greatness by following the Revered Sunnah of RasoolulLah SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam and as a result of these pious deeds, their lives were adorned with great achievements both in this world and the Hereafter.

From the pages of history we also learn how those nomads, whose live’s epicentre was herding the camels only, had conquered the then so called civilised and cultured world, by following the holy persona of Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam and made the then great civilisations to admit the hollowness of their artificial culture and the impoverished state of the fabrics of their society.

The Imaan of the honoured Sahabahs RadhialLahu-`anhum of Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam is a blueprint and an example for us. The Mujahideen ought to make every conceivable effort, to emulate the Imaan of the honoured Sahabahs RadhialLahu-`anhum and when the roots and the influences of their Imaan, resemble the Imaan of the honoured Sahabahs RadhialLahu-`anhum, then their success and achievement would be as great as the honoured Sahabahs RadhialLahu-`anhum and within a brief period, the specific and the general affects of the Jihad would be felt everywhere in the world.

We submit to the Mujahideen in the following paragraphs the sketch of the honoured Sahabahs RadhialLahu-`anhum complete Imaan as drawn in the most appealing and heartwarming words by the great thinker of Islam, Hazrat Maulana Al Sayyad Abul Hasan Ali Al Nadwi RahimahulLahu-Ta`ala.

Please read again and again each and every word and try to absorb the flow of Imaan from these words into your heart and soul.

“Here under the guidance of Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam , the honoured Sahabahs RadhialLahu-`anhum spiritual and Imaan enhancing training continued. The Holy Quraan was continuously warming and strengthening their hearts and by the Companionship of Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam, they were gaining strength in Imaan. The power of curbing their animalistic desires was getting stronger. The genuine eagerness for their Creator’s blessings, the will to sacrifice themselves in the path of Allah Ta`ala, the undying Love of the Jannat, the eagerness for learning and the understanding of the Deen, and the control and accountability of themselves was reaching its peak.

They obeyed Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam in alertness and in fatigue. In whatever situation they were, they stood up in the Path of Allah.

In ten years they participated in twenty seven Jihad’s with Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam. On the commandments of Allah’s Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam they went to the battlefields more than one hundred times.

Abandonment of worldly considerations became easy for them. They became well versed in enduring family problems.

The Verses of the Holy Quraan, brought to them countless new commandments of which they were previously unfamiliar with. Many commandments were revealed concerning themselves, their possessions and their families and their offspring.

Abiding to these commandments was not an easy matter. But obedience to every Word of Allah Ta`ala and His Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam became part of their nature. Once the riddle of paganism and idolatry is solved, then all the riddles became solvable with ease. Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam endeavoured once only for their Imaan, since then any need for further continuous effort for Al Amr wa al Nahyi and with every new commandment any need for further effort became unnecessary. Once in the first battle between Islam and the Jahiliyyah was won, then the need for all other battles evaporated.

They entered into the fold of Islam with their limbs, their bodies and their souls. Once the truth dawned upon them, there was no place for any further struggle with Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam. There was no mental or spiritual perplexity ever raised in their minds against Allah’s Last Rasool’s SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam judgments and decisions. They were the people who admitted in front of Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam, their hidden short comings and they offered their bodies without the slightest hesitation for the appropriate punishment, if any inadvertent sinful act was committed by them.

When the commandments of the prohibition of Alcohol and toxicant drinks were relayed to them, their hands were holding the alcohol-filled glasses. What happened then? Those hands became paralyzed and could not move those glasses towards their mouths, the yearning of the mouth dried up, the utensils of the intoxicating beverages were smashed and the sewage of Madinat ul Munawwarah was flowing with alcohol.

Once the satanic influences or rather their own self-made influences were wiped out, then the demon of self importance was buried forever. They would treat themselves exactly as they would treat others. They were the inhabitants of this world, yet at the same time they were the people of the Hereafter. Their preference was directed towards eternal achievements rather than any temporal considerations. They were not troubled by any calamity, nor were they showing off any Graciousness Allah Ta`ala had bestowed upon them. Nothing could divert them from their beliefs. In poverty they persevered. In richness they were content and grateful for their RUBB’s blessings. Business and commerce would not make them negligent. The transformation from temporal values to spiritual and eternal values was permanent. Whatever the world could throw at them, may it be the temptation of wealth or may it be the yearning for power, their devotion to their Creator and the teachings of Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam remained rock solid. They were the bearers of Justice. They were not afraid of anyone except Allah Ta`ala. Thus Allah Ta`ala had given the reign of his Earth to them, the whole world was laid before them subjugated. Allah Ta`ala had entrusted them the responsibility and the honour of protecting the world from evil and injustice and the preaching of the Deen, to the rest of the world. Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam made them his deputies and the torch bearers of Islam. And with peace and harmony and with total satisfaction and containment the completion of the Risaalat passed away to meet the Creator.”

(The Effects of the Muslim’s Rise and Fall upon the World, pp. 99-100).

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