So "The fighting"; even though by its nature is disliked by the
human soul because of the liability, of being killed, or being taken as a
captive, or being injured, with the wasting of the wealth, the damaging of the
industry, the destruction of the country, the spreading of fear and awe in the
souls and the (possibility) of being exiled from one's homeland. Allah has made
ready an immensely good reward that can not be imagined by a human soul.
`Ikrama (a religious scholar) said: At first Muslims disliked it (Jihad), but
later they loved it and said: "We listen and obey." And that is
because the submission to the order includes hardship, but if the reward is made
known it becomes easy for ones self in comparison with the estimation of (its)
And the verses of the Book (Qur'an) and Sunna (The Prophet's Tradition) have
exhorted greatly for Jihad and have made quite clear its rewards, and praised
greatly those who perform Jihad (the Muslim Holy War-fare) and explained to them
the news of various kinds of honours which they will receive from their Lord
(Allah). This is because they (Mujahidin) are Allah's troops.
Allah will establish His religion (Islam), with them (Mujahidin). He will
repel the might of His enemies, and with them He will protect the light of Islam
and guard the religion safely.
And it is they (Mujahidin) who fight against the enemies of Allah in order
that the worship should be all for Allah (alone and not for any other deity) and
that the word of Allah (i.e. none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and
His religion Islam) should be upper most. And He has made them (Mujahidin)
partners in reward along with all those who guard Islam with their weapons,
along with their good deeds which they performed even if they sleep in their
And the legislator put the one who brings about a thing to happen equal in
rank to its doer, both in reward (for a good-deed) and in punishment (for a
crime). So the inviter to a good deed and the inviter to an evil deed both will
have a reward (good or bad) equal to the reward of the one who has done that
(good or evil) deed.
And sufficient is Allah's statement in this matter: "O you who believe!
Shall I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful torment"
(61 :10). So the souls became filled with the yearning desire for this
profitable commerce which Allah the Lord of the worlds, the All-knower, the
All-Wise directed the people towards . . . Allah said: "That you believe in
Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad ) and that you strive hard and fight in the
cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives (in this world) . . . So Allah
said: "That will be better for you if you but knew (61 :11) i.e. Jihad
(Fighting in Allah's cause) is better for you than your staying (back at home).
Allah said: "If you do so (i.e. Jihad) He will forgive you, your sins, and
(along with the forgiveness) admit you into gardens of Eternity that is
indeed the great success." (61 :12).