Hadith on Jihad: Fighting for the Sake of Allah

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 123
Narrated Abu Musa: A man came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and asked, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! What kind of fighting is in Allah’s cause? (I ask this), for some of us fight because of being enraged and angry and some for the sake of his pride and haughtiness.” The Prophet (ﷺ) raised his head (as the questioner was standing) and said, “He who fights so that Allah’s Word (Islam) should be superior, then he fights in Allah’s cause.”

  • This hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari 123 emphasizes the importance of fighting against injustice and promoting the values of Islam. It teaches that fighting in the cause of Allah is not about personal motivations, but rather about striving for the sake of upholding the word of Islam and making it superior. This does not necessarily mean physical fighting or killing, as “fighting” refers to striving and making effort in the cause of Allah in many forms, such as speaking out against injustice, promoting good deeds, or defending oneself in a just manner. Islam teaches that physical fighting or warfare is only permissible under certain conditions, such as in self-defense or to fight against oppression and injustice. Even in these situations, the use of force should be proportionate and should aim to minimize harm to non-combatants and innocent people. Therefore, this hadith emphasizes the importance of working towards justice and righteousness in a peaceful and just manner, and that fighting in the cause of Allah should not be motivated by personal desires, but rather by the aim to uphold Islamic principles and promote the values of Islam.