By Maulana Muhammad Masood Azhar حفظه الله
3) The Grade Of The Mujahideen
Narrated Abu Huraira (رضي الله عنه) The Prophet (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said, 'Whoever believes in Allah and His Messenger, performs Salah (prayer) and observes Sawm (fasts) of the month of Ramadhan, then it will be a promise binding upon Allah to admit him to Paradise, no matter whether he fights in Allah's cause or remains in the land where he was born.' The people said, 'O Allah's Messenger! (صلي الله عليه وسلم) shall we acquaint the people with the good news?' He (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said, 'Paradise has one hundred grades which Allah has reserved for the Mujahideen who fight in his cause, and the distance between each of two grades is like the distance between the Heaven and the earth. So when you ask Allah (for something), ask for Al-Firdous which is the middle (best) and the highest part of Paradise. And above it (Al-Firdous Paradise) is the throne of the Benificent (i. e. Allah) and from it gushes forth the rivers of Paradise.' (Sahih Bukhari, vol 1, p391)
When a Mujahid sacrifices his wealth and life in the elevation of Allah's Religion, Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) in exchange will give him high ranks in Jannah, on the Day of Judgment. This hadith states that the distance between two grades in Jannah, is the distance between the earth and the sky. This reference is to illustrate the greatness of Jannah and in a hadith in Tirmizi, the distance between the two grades of Jannah is quoted as 100 years and in a further hadith in Tabrani this distance is quoted as 500 years.
The greatness of these Jannahs can be further established by a hadith in Tirmizi in which it is stated that, if the total universe was to be placed in only one of these grades of Jannah, it would be adequately accommodated. Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) has created these Heavens as a gift in exchange for the sacrifices and the noble deed of Jihad. It is stated in this hadith that the Creator of these grades of Jannah is Allah Himself. One can taste the sweetness of this hadith by the above mentioned words, Without any doubt, the Mujahids are very fortunate for whom Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) has created Jannah Himself. Shah Waliullah (رحمه الله) states in the explanation of the above hadith, that due to Allah's Religion being elevated by Jihad, the reward for the Mujahid is equally great. (Hujjatullahil Baligha, p548)
The Muslims should revive this work of Jihad today so that they may attain these great virtues.
(The Virtues Of Jihad)
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.