الْجِهَادِ الأَكْبَرِ The Greater Jihad

Written on 05/27/2021


إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ لِلَّهِ ، نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُهُ

وَنَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنْ شُرُورِ أَنْفُسِنَا وَمِنْ سَيِّئَاتِ أَعْمَالِنَا

مَنْ يَهْدِهِ ٱللَّهُ فَلا مُضِلَّ لَهُ، وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَا هَادِيَ لَهُ 

وَنَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَآ إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا  ٱللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ

وَنَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ

Indeed all praise is due to Allah; we seek His help, and we seek His forgiveness, and we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of our souls and the evil of our actions. Whomsoever Allah guides, none can misguide, and whomsoever Allah misguides, none can guide. We bear witness there is no diety worthy of worship except for Allah, the One Who has no partner, and we bear witness that Muhammad  is His servant and messenger.

 

قَالَ ٱللَّهُ تَعَالَى؛ (أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ)

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِۦ

وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا  وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ 

O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him]. 

(Quran 3: 102)

 

وَقَالَ تَعَالَى؛

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا النَّاسُاتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ نَفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ

وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالاً كَثِيراً وَنِسَآءً  ۚ 

وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَآءَلُونَ بِهِۦوَالْأَرْحَامَ  ۚ 

إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيباً

O humanity! Be mindful of your Lord Who created you from a single soul, and from it He created its mate, and through both He spread countless men and women. And be mindful of Allah—in Whose Name you appeal to one another—and honour family ties. Surely Allah is ever Watchful over you. 

(Quran 4:1)

 

وَقَالَ تَعَالَى؛

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلاً سَدِيداً

يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ  ۗ

وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزاً عَظِيماً

O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice.​          
He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.
(Quran 33: 70-71)

 

فَإِنَّ أَصْدَقَ الْحَدِيثِ كِتَابُ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى

وَأَحْسَنُ الْهَدْيِ هَدْيُ مُحَمَّدٍ ﷺ  

وَشَرُّالأُمُورِ مُحْدَثَاتُهَا وَكُلُّ مُحْدَثَةٍ بِدْعَةٌ 

وَكُلُّ بِدْعَةٍ ضَلالَةٌ  وَكُلُّ ضَلالَةٍ فِي النَّارِ

The truest of word is the Book of Allah and best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammadﷺ. The worst of things are those that are newly invented; every newly-invented thing is an innovation, and every innovation is going astray, and every going astray is in the Fire.

 

أَمَّا بَعْدُ

May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad , his noble family, his companions and all those who follow their guidance till the Day of Qiamah.

 

Alhamdulillah, we thank Allah SWT for the blessings of Jummah, for allowing us the opportunity to attend today's Jummah prayer.

 

Dear respected brothers and sisters;

 

Every moment of every single day, we make efforts to be better people, for the sake of Allah SWT. We struggle to purify our hearts, to get rid of jealousy and suspicion of others; we struggle to earn a living for our families; to purify our wealth and income; to give advice and lead our families according to that which is pleasing to Allah SWT.


This struggle in a righteous cause for the sake of Allah SWT is called Jihad. Jihad takes many forms, including the inward struggle to achieve a pure heart, the struggle against sinful temptations, the struggle to be patient and maintain a good character, the struggle to smile when we are hurting inside, the struggle to help others in need, and the struggle to educate our families and communities.

 

Fadalah ibn Ubaid RA reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:

The one who strives (mujahid) in the way of Allah the Exalted is he who strives against his soul.

 

In another narration, the Prophet ﷺ said:

Have I not informed you? The believer is the one who is trusted with the lives and wealth of people, and the Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hand people are safe. The mujahid is one who wages jihad against himself in obedience to Allah, and the emigrant is one who emigrates from sin and evil.

 

Let us consider a few examples of Jihad that we face on a daily basis:

 

Firstly, the acts of ibadah, in particular establishing the salah, the giving of zakah, and striving for an accepted Hajj (حَجٌّ مَبْرُورٌ)

 

Allah SWT says:

 

وَجَٰهِدُوا۟ فِى ٱللَّهِ حَقَّ جِهَادِهِۦ ۚ هُوَ ٱجْتَبَىٰكُمْ وَمَا جَعَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِى ٱلدِّينِ مِنْ حَرَجٍ ۚ مِّلَّةَ أَبِيكُمْ إِبْرَٰهِيمَ ۚ هُوَ سَمَّىٰكُمُ ٱلْمُسْلِمِينَ مِن قَبْلُ وَفِى هَٰذَا لِيَكُونَ ٱلرَّسُولُ شَهِيدًا عَلَيْكُمْ وَتَكُونُوا۟ شُهَدَآءَ عَلَى ٱلنَّاسِ ۚ فَأَقِيمُوا۟ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَءَاتُوا۟ ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَٱعْتَصِمُوا۟ بِٱللَّهِ هُوَ مَوْلَىٰكُمْ ۖ فَنِعْمَ ٱلْمَوْلَىٰ وَنِعْمَ ٱلنَّصِيرُ

And strive for Allah with the striving due to Him. He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty. [It is] the religion of your father, Abraham. Allah named you "Muslims" before [in former scriptures] and in this [revelation] that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you may be witnesses over the people. So establish prayer and give zakah and hold fast to Allah. He is your protector; and excellent is the protector, and excellent is the helper.

(Quran 22:78).

 

Secondly, Jihad can include learning beneficial knowledge, as well as giving advice and education, to our family members and others.

 

Abu Huraira RA reported: The Messenger of Allah said:

Whoever enters our mosque in order to teach goodness or to learn it himself, then he is like one who is striving in the cause of Allah. 
 

Dear respected brothers and sisters;

 

No one is perfect; no one is free from error or sin. This should not stop us from teaching or giving advice, but it must be done with wisdom and not cause shame and distress to others, for example by selecting a quiet private space and not in front of other people. Remember also that any advice is directed first and foremost to the person giving the advice.

 

Thirdly, Jihad can take the form of speaking out against injustice, and standing up for the oppressed.

 

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri RA reported: The Prophet ﷺ said:

Verily, among the greatest of struggles is a word of justice in front of a tyrant.

 

This advice does not just refer to a president or prime minister, but includes any person in authority or power, such as an employer, a manager, husband or father. We ask Allah SWT to save us from being tyrants in our own homes.

 

Next, Jihad can take the form of service to others, especially our parents.


Abdullah bin Amr RA reported: A man came to the Prophet  and he said, “I pledge allegiance to you for emigration and striving in the way of Allah, seeking reward.
The Prophet
ﷺ said:

Are one of your parents living?

He said, “Yes, rather both of them.”
The Prophet
ﷺ said:

Do you seek reward from Allah?

He said yes.

The Prophet  said:

Then return to your parents and treat them with good company."

 

In another narration, the Prophet ﷺ said:

"Then strive in their service."

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As a final example of Jihad, Abu Huraira RA reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: One who strives to help a widow or the poor is like one who strives in the cause of Allah.

 

Therefore striving to help others, such as the widow and the poor, is Jihad, in particular if we ourselves are under financial pressures.

 

We ask Allah SWT for forgiveness and guidance unto the straight path. Ameen.

 

أَقُولُ قَوْ لِي هَذَا، وأَسْتِغْفِرُاللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ لِي وَلَكُمْ

وَلِسَائِرِالْمُسْلِمِينِ ، فَاسْتَغْفِرُوهُ ، إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ

 


Second khutbah:

 

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ ، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ، وَالصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ﷺ 

أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ  قَالَ؛ بَلِّغُوا عَنِّي وَلَوْ آيَةً

 

Dear respected brothers and sisters; 

 

Certainly personal Jihad is not easy; it is a struggle; it takes wisdom, courage, sacrifice and trust in Allah SWT; otherwise it is not called Jihad. Each of us have our own personal struggles to face, that no one else would understand. 
 

Remember Allah SWT is with the person who strives sincerely in Allah's cause, and Allah's Help is Near.

 

Allah SWT says:

وَٱلَّذِينَ جَٰهَدُوا۟ فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا ۚ وَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَمَعَ ٱلْمُحْسِنِينَ

Those who strive for Us, We will surely guide them to Our ways. Verily, Allah is with the doers of good.

(Quran 29:69)

 

We ask Allah SWT to give us success with our own personal Jihad. 

 

May Allah SWT give us tawfiq to benefit from what has been shared today. Ameen.

 

Dua: 

اَللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلْمُسْلِمِيْنَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ

وَالْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ اْلأَحْيَاءِ مِنْهُمْ وَاْلأَمْوَاتِ

إِنَّكَ سَمِيْعٌ قَرِيْبٌ مُجِيْبُ الدَّعَوَاتِ

 

رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذْنَآ إِن نَّسِينَآ أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا ۚ
رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَآ إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُۥ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِنَا ۚ 
رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِۦ ۖ وَٱعْفُ عَنَّاوَٱغْفِرْ لَنَا وَٱرْحَمْنَآ ۚأَنْتَ مَوْلَىٰنَا فَٱنْصُرْنَا عَلَى ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلْكَٰفِرِينَ


رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَا أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا 

وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَالْخَاسِرِينَ

 

رَبَّنَا لاَ تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً 

إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ


رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً 

وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

 

عِبَادَ اللَّهِ؛ 

إنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ  وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ  

وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ ۚ

يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.

(Quran 16:90)     
 

فَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ يَذْكُرْكُمْ، وَاشْكُرُوهُ عَلَى نِعَمِهِ يَزِدْكُمْ  

وَلَذِكْرُ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ، وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَ

  

وَأَقِمِ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ


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