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Hardest Aspect of Worship March 20, 2006

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The Hardest Aspect of the Hardest Act of Worship in Islaam
by Sheikh Dr. Abdullah Azzam ash-Shahîd
Extract from Nida’ul-Islâm vol.5 issue 22
Translated by Abu Zayd

From my looking at this Dîn and my long experience with its signs and acts of worship, I find that the most difficult act of worship upon the soul is Jihaad. Therefore (due to its difficulty) it is the topmost part of Islaam, and the bountiful rewards which Allâh has prepared for the Mujahideen are no passing coincidence.

In the Sahîhayn (al-Bukhari and Muslim) on the authority of Abu Dharr: I (Abu Dharr) said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, which is the best of deeds?’ He said, “Imaan in Allaah and Jihaad for His Cause.”

And in the Sahîhayn on the authority of Abu Hurayrah:

It was said: ‘O Messenger of Allaah, what deed is equal to Jihaad for the sake of Allaah (in reward)? He said, “You are not able to do it.” So he repeated it (i.e. the question) two or three times … every time, he – sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam – said: “You are not able to do it.” The he – sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam – said, “The likeness of a Mujaahid in Allaah’s Cause is like the one fasting, praying, being attentive of Allaah’s verses not breaking from his prayer nor his fast until the Mujaahid in Allaah’s Cause returns.”

And in the authentic hadîth with Ahmad and at-Tirmidhi: “Standing a period of time in the row of fighting is better than standing (praying) for sixty years.”

Therefore there is ijmaa, likewise, that there is nothing equal to the reward of Jihaad, and that ribât is better than being by the Ka’bah. In the Sahîhayn, on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet said: “That I make ribât for one night in Allaah’s Cause is better than that I stand (for prayer) in Laylatul-Qadr by the Black Stone.” (This report is also narrated as a statement of Abu Hurayrah)

And (similarly) in the Qur’aan:

“Do you consider the providing of drinking water to the pilgrims and the maintenance of al-Masjid al-Haraam (at Makkah) as equal to the worth of those who believe in Allâh and the Last Day, and strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allâh? They are not equal before Allâh. And Allâh guides not those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers). Those who believed and emigrated and strove hard and fought in Allaah’s Cause with their wealth and their lives are far higher in degree with Allâh. They are the successful.” (Surah at-Tawbah (9):19-20)

It is stated in Sahih Muslim that the reason for revelation of this ayah was the ikhtilâf (differing) between the Sahabah regarding what was the greatest act of worship in terms of reward. Was it to give water to the pilgrims or maintaining the Masjid al-Haraam or Jihaad in Allaah’s Cause?

I found that the hardest thing in Jihâd was its waiting; making ribât for the battle is harder than the actual battle itself. Since the more the period becomes longer in making ribât, the more boredom begins to creep into the sedentary souls. The zeal begins to waste away day by day, if the soul does not find what preserves its ardour, burning flames and the fuel from the acts of worship, as well as what sparks the blaze for zeal and its setting alight the fire of its courage for the battle.

Those who live amongst the Mujahideen know this fact clearly, especially those who come to the Jihaad from afar, leaving the decor of worldly life and its treasures and the glitter and gloss of wishful dreams. Then the Shaytaan comes to tempt them to return to their worldly lives which they left. But he (Shaytaan) does not enter except through the door of “benefit” and “the weighing of benefits” and “balancing of the pros and cons”.

He does not immediately come to them through the door of abandoning the Jihaad, rather through the door that the place you left will cause their children to be neglected, and the Masjid that they left will fall short in its maintenance and the family which their souls tore away from, will (itself) be torn apart.

May Allah (swt) grant him (sh.Azzam) shaheed. Ameen

Wasalaam

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