xxvii JIHAD

So it was as if they (the souls) said (as regards the above verse): This is for us in the Hereafter and there is nothing for us in this world. Then Allah said "And (He will give you) another blessing which you love: Help from Allah (against your enemies) and a near victory And give glad tidings (O Muhammad ) to the believers. (61:13)."

Good - gracious (indeed) how nice are these (Allah's) words and how they get attached to the human hearts. How great is the attraction for them and (how they) lead one towards one's Lord (Allah). How soothing are they for the hearts of every lover (of good). How great is the contentment of the heart and a happy life when one understands their meaning.

So we ask Allah to give us His blessings.

And Allah said: [As to this aspect (of Jihad)]: "Do you consider the giving of water to drink to Pilgrims and the maintenance of the Sacred Mosque (of Mecca) as equal to (the worth of) those who believe in Allah and the last day, and strive hard and fight in the cause of Allah? They are not equal in the sight of Allah and Allah guides not the wrongdoing people (9:19)

Those who believed, emigrated and strove hard and fought in Allah's cause with their properties and their lives are far higher in degree in Allah's sight. They are (the people) who will be successful. (9:20).

Their Lord (Allah) gives them glad tidings of Mercy from Him, and that He is pleased (with them) and of gardens (of Paradise) for them wherein are delights that endure (9:21).

They will dwell therein forever. Verily, with Allah is a great reward.(9:22)

So Allah, the Most High, be He glorified above all that they ascribe to Him, informs that those who maintain the Sacred Mosque (of Mecca) [and their maintenance of the Mosque means to do I'tikaf in it, the Tawaf (circum-ambulation) of the Ka'ba, and the offering of prayers in it, etc.] mentioned in the above said verse and those who give water to drink to the Pilgrims are not equal to those who did Jihad in Allah's cause. Allah informed that the believers who fight in Allah's cause (Mujahidin) are far superior in grades before Him and it is they who will be successful.

And they are the ones who have received the glad tidings of: 1) His Mercy, 2) His being pleased with them, 3) and gardens (of Paradise).

So Allah denied the equality between the Mujahidin (those who fight in Allah's cause) and those who maintain the Sacred Mosque (of Mecca) along with the