THE VIRTUES OF JIHAD
"Then fight in the cause of Allah and know that Allah heareth and knoweth all things" Quran 2:244
Anas ibn Malik (ra) narrates: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: One who goes out to search for knowledge is (devoted) to the cause of Allah till he returns. Tirmidhi 220
Al Hasan al Basri (ra) narrates: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: He whom death overtakes while he is engaged in acquiring knowledge with a view to reviving Islam with the help of it, there will be one degree between him and the Prophets in Paradise. Tirmidhi 249
Hadith no.12: To Wish for Children For The Cause of Jihad: Narrated Abu Huraira (r), Allah's Messenger (saw), said, "Once Suleiman, (as), son of Dawud (as), said, "By Allah, tonight I will have sexual intercouse with one hundred (or ninety women), of whom will give birth to a knight who will fight in Allah's cause." On that a companion of his said, "Say Allah willing (Insha'Allah), " but he did not say "Allah willing". Therefore only one of those women conceived and gave birth to a part of man. By Him in whose hands Muhammad's life is, if he had said, "Allah willing", (he would have begotten sons) all of whom would have been knights, striving in Allah's cause". (Sahih Bukhari, p.395, vol.1)
We learn from this hadith that every Muslim should make the intention that they would offer their children to be soldiers to safeguard this deen, as was the intention of the Prophet Suleiman (as). Ibn Hajar (r), says, "If any person holds this intention, while having sexual intercouse with his wife, that if he is given a male child he would make him a Mujahid, he would gain the reward for his intention even if it really does not occur." Either he does not have a boy or he has a boy but he could not become a Mujahid. (Fath ul Bari)
This tradition should be a reminder for those who have the opposite intention, and bring their children up to be the "slaves of the world". They are carefully nurtured in luxury and sheltered from knowing anything about Jihad. When these parents hear about Jihad, they are filled with awe and fear that their child might run to Jihad. If Allah Ta'ala bestows His Mercy upon the child and he stands for the path of Jihad, the parents feel that doomsday has come over them. They try every means possible in preventing these young Muslim boys from the path of Jannah and indulge them in the worldly affairs. It happens that sometimes they, the parents, go to scholars for fatawa, "is it right for our child to go to jihad without permission? can they do this? is it permissable for them?"
The scholars respond according to the Shariah's principles but these parents use these fatawa against jihad. As a Muslim, one should have consideration and feelings for the plight of fellow Muslims and contemplate over the ayaat and ahadith with a view to changing his own behaviour, and encouraging others to join this blessed work. We hold the belief that death has its fixed time, it will not come any earlier. It is better to die in Allah's cause than lead a sinful life. This world is to disintergrate and our everlasting place is the hereafter. The wives of the Sahaba (r) used to encourage and urge their young sons and husbands to join in the Jihad.
Khansa's (ra) sons and near relative had attained the Shahadah in the battle of Uhud, but this brave Muslim lady was more concerned and asked, "What is the state of the Prophet (saw), is the Prophet (saw) safe and well?".
Safiya (r) had seen the mutilated body of her brother, Hamza (r), but this did not stop her sending her son, Zubair (r) in the path of Jihad. She urged him towards this path.
Alas, the Muslims of today bring up their children as a hen brings up her chicks, when they grow big and fat they are roasted and eaten by the people. Muslims in these days bring up their children unprepared and unprotected against their enemy, the kaffir. These children don't have the heart to fight back. The consequence is that the kuffar are free to assault the Muslims, brutally shed their blood and mercilessly rape the Muslim women. They continue to destroy our mosques and madrassahs, determined to wipe out the name of Islam.
The Muslims should hold on to the path of jihad, to save themselves from this humiliation. Make firm intentions before the child is born, that Allah willing, I would make them Mujahideen, and bring them up in the true environemtn of Islam and Jihad. Fill their hearts with the love of Islam and Muslims and the dislike of the Kuffar. Teach them to swim and other exercises. Tell them about the bravery and courage of our ancestors. In their soft and tender hearts fill the zeal of Jihad and the love of Shahadah. If you bring your children up in accordance with the above mentioned advice, Insha'Allah, in the near future, they will become the ghazis of islam. They will be the protectors of their mothers and sisters and the Islamic values. The strongest of the enemy would not gaze at them with evil intentions (with Allah's will).
Khubaib (ra) at the time of his Shahadah
The mushrikeen took Khubaib (ra) captive to Makkah. After staying captive for some time, the mushrikeen moved him out of the sanctuary of Makkah, and asked him for his last wish before planning to hang him. He said, "Allow me to offer two rakah of prayer". He performed two rakah calmly and said, "had I not been afraid that you would think I was afraid of death, I would have prayed for a longer time." So it was Khubaib (ra) who set the first tradition of praying two rakah before being executed. This tradition because a sunnah tradition for every Muslim.
He then made this supplication, "O Allah! There is no person here who will convey my salaams to the Prophet (saw) so You convey my message". Jibreel (as) conveyed his salams to the Prophet (saw) the same day. The Prophet (saw) replied, "And may my salaams be upon you, O Khubaib! (ra)". And he told the gathering that the Quraysh had martyed Khubaib (ra).
The smell of musk could be scented from the blood which was flowing from the wounds as the kuffar kept him on the rope for forty days.
When Khubaib (ra) was hanged on the rope and he still had life, he said, "O Allah! count them one by one, (kill them) and do not leave anyone." When Khubaib (ra) was cursing them, the unbelievers were fearing from his curse as they knew that it would be accepted. A year had not passed and they were all destroyed. Only one of them survived who lay on the floor at the time of the curse.
When Khubaib (ra) was hanged on the rope and his body was full of spear wounds, the unbelievers took an oath asking him, "Do you wish that the Prophet (saw) was in your place today?". Khubaib (Ra) answered, "I swear by Allah! I cannot even bear that I be let free and exchange (a thorn to prick the Prophet's (saw) foot, may my soul be sacrificed for him). (Fath ul Bari)
Khubaib (ra) recited these poems at the time when he was attacked, hanging on the rope ; "When I am being Shaheed as a Muslim I do not care in what way I receive my death for Allah's cause If He wishes, He will bless the cut limbs"
"A lot of groups have gathered without a doubt around me
(narrated in the commentary of Bukhari)