Saturday, March 23, 2013

Jihad-an-nafs (Jihad is to struggle against one's own self and... desires)

Jihad-an-nafs (Jihad is to struggle against one's own self and... desires)
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Jihad-an-nafs is the most important and greatest jihad in islam.
The messenger of Allah ( Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam ) said "The best Jihad is for one to perform Jihad against his own self and against his desires".

Struggling against one's self desires means forcing yourself to follow the orders of Allah and to stay away from what Allah has ordered us to stay away from.

This includes performing the obligatory and the voluntary, and to abandon all acts that are Haram (unlawful) or Makrooh (disliked).

This type of jihad also includes forcing oneself to behave with the best manners, the best morals, and to stay away from bad behavior at a time when our desires tell us the opposite.

The Messenger ( Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam ) said: "The best Jihad is for one to perform Jihad against his own self and against his desires" [Abu Nu'aim]

The Prophet ( Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam ) said: "Jihad against one's own self in the Cause of Allah is the best Jihad" [at-Tabaraani]

The Messenger ( Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam ) said (during his farewell Hajj): "Should I inform you of who the Mu'min (true believer) is? It is he who people are secure from him with regards to their wealth and their own selves. The (true) Muslim is he who people are safe from (being harmed by) his tongue and hand. The (true) Mujahid is he who performs Jihad an-Nafs in the obedience of Allah. And the (true) Muhajir (the migrant in the Cause of Allah) is he who abandons error and sin" [Ahmed, al-Haakim and at-Tabaraani]


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Please share it because spreading a Good or Islamic Knowledge is Sadqa (charity) Any good deed that a Muslim starts during his life time, and that is of renewed benefit and ongoing use for the Muslims, will continue to benefit him and augment his record of good deeds, even after his departure - as long as its benefits continue to reach others.

Allah, the Most High, says:

"We record that (deeds) which they have put forward and their traces (that which they have left behind)." [ Al Quran 36:12]

Abu Hurayrah, rahimahullah, reported that Allah's Messenger, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said, "When a human being dies, all of his deeds are terminated except for three types: an ongoing sadaqah, a knowledge (of Islam) from which others benefit, and a righteous child who makes du'a for him." [Muslim and others]
 
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