All praise to Allâh the Lord of the worlds; I bear witness that Allâh Alone is worthy of worship, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
Writing about Jihâd at this period of time home and abroad poses a serious challenge. Hardly will a day pass without the news of an attack somewhere in the world all in the name of Jihâd genuinely claimed or not. Islam has become the most widely read about faith in the world with negative intent or otherwise. Many have passed a brutal verdict against the faith which has over a billion people adhering to it. Islam has been condemned upon the tongues of the judges of the world.
Islam is a large family; there is no mistaking about that. Therefore, it should not be strange to you if you find within its tentacles those who somehow misunderstand or misapply it.
The scholars of the Deen have always cried out that the first people to have misunderstood Islam, especially in this era, are the Muslims themselves. Had the Muslims understood Islam as it ought to be, the President of the United States would have been a Muslim because he would not have done otherwise. This is never a bogus claim the King of Abyssinia in the time of the Prophet of Islam, salaLlaahu alaihy wa sallam, actually embraced Islam so also was the Emperor of Byzantine who first embraced it but retracted fearing a revolt from his people. The Persian Emperor refused Islam and he met an ugly end. It is a trite statement that it was Islam that saw the end of the Roman and Persian influence in the world. Everything was not due to wars but the powerful message Islam was sailing with, that there is none worthy of worship but Allâh the Mighty Lord.
The simple message this writer is dishing out is that Islam is a beautiful religion full of beautiful teachings. No wonder it remains the fastest growing religion in the world even after the ignoble 9-11 saga.
Jihâd therefore, is one of the concepts of Islam. If simple matters of the Deen such as how to perform the common ablution before prayers is not properly understood by many Muslims, it should not be far to say Jihâd, as a big concept, a big concept indeed, is improperly applied.
It is the scholars that teach the Muslims their religion because they are the inheritors of our Prophet SallaLlâhu alahy wa sallam; our Prophet SallaLlâhu alahy wa sallam did not leave anything to be inherited in terms of material wealth except knowledge. He SallaLlâhu alahy wa sallam had instructed before he died that Muslims should learn their religion from their scholars, not from the emotional youths nor the rebellious adults. And the scholars the Messenger of Allâh SallaLlâhu alahy wa sallam was referring to are those who hold to the book of Allâh the Qur'ân and the Sunnah of His Messenger SallaLlâhu alahy wa sallam according to the understanding of early generations of Muslims. That indeed is the bedrock of Salafiyyah, the call to the era of the Prophet SallaLlâhu alahy wa sallam and his Companions may Allâh be pleased with them all.
The past of Islam was indeed unlike its later part, except in some instances. Therefore, it is that glorious past Islam encourages the Muslims to seek, to be glorious in the later part.
Jihâd, like other concepts of Islam, must be learnt in the light of the glorious past and with the aid of the rabbaanee scholars of the Deen dead and alive. After that, nobody should sue Islam again.
Thus that is the direction this write-up has taken. Its compiler is a Tâlib hence he has only gone through the works of the scholars and put them down. That is why he has severally quoted from some of their books.
Our hope is that the maqâlah will serve as an eye-opener for the emotional Muslim youths who have not really sat down to learn the Deen of Islam from the reputable scholars, and it will in the long run serve as a means of correcting the non-Muslims' notion about Islam and its teachings most especially the concept of Jihâd.
Many thanks to those who have seen to the final preparation of the work though it was a bit tasking since it was planned to serve as the leading maqâlah for the maiden site simplysalafiyyah.com
We ask Allâh the Mighty Lord to put blessings in the work, and may He make it solely for His Generous Face.