Hadith About Men
It was said: O Messenger of Allah, Who is the most excellent of men? The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace) said: “The believer who strives hard in the way of Allah with his person and his property.
Fighting in the way of Allah and His religion, according to the principles laid down for such a war with the object of bringing an end to oppression and aggression against Islam, is known as Jihad.
Jihad is one of the worships of Islam and to fight and sacrifice one’s life and property or the lives of those nearest and dearest to us, in the path of Allah is considered to be a great honour. The Quran has laid emphasis on Jihad’s merits in the following words: “Those who believe, and suffer exile and strive with might and main, in Allah’s cause, with their goods and their persons, have the highest rank in the sight of Allah..”(9: 20)
The Quran tells Muslims not to call those who die in the cause of Allah as dead:
“.. Nay they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord.” (3:169).
“And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: “They are dead. Nay, they are living, though ye perceive. (it) not.” (2: 154)
A tradition says:
“Paradise is under the shadow of swords” (Bukhari)
The Quran also says:
“… To him who fight in the cause of Allah SWT whether he is slain or gets victory soon shall We give him a reward of great (value).” (4: 74)
The Holy Prophet PBUH had to wage many wars to defend his people from aggressors who opposed him and his companions from obeying the law of Allah SWT and inviting others to it. He was left with no option but to defend his faith with all the power he could gather.
In view of the excellence and great merits of Jihad, the Holy Prophet PBUH stressed its importance to his companions in the following words:
“The warrior In the path of Allah SWT is equal to the man who observes fasting regularly, stands before Allah SWT in worship and recites the verses of Allah, not resting from tiredness through fasting and worship. ” (Bukhari, Muslim).
This means that a man who leaves home to participate in Jihad is constantly in worship like the one who fast Continuously and stands in worship and recites the Quran.