O My Soul, Death Is Inevitable, So It Is Better for You to Be Martyred
By Maulana Muhammad Masood Azhar حفظه الله
22) The Guarantee Of Jannah
Sayyiduna Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه narrated that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, "Allaah assigns for a person who participates (in the battles) in the cause of Allaah, and nothing causes him to do so except belief in Allaah and His Messengers, that he will be recompensed by Allaah either with a reward, or booty (if he survives): or will be admitted to Paradise (if he is killed in the battle as a Shaheed)." The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم added, "Had I not found it difficult for my followers, then I would not remain behind any Sariya (an army unit) going for Jihaad and I would have loved to be Shaheed in Allaah's path and then made alive, and then Shaheed and then made alive, and then again Shaheed." (Saheeh al-Bukhaaree, vol 1, p10)
He will either return as a Ghazi (Islamic fighter) with his reward or he will enter Jannah on the high status of Shahaadah. The conclusion is that there is always blessing and victory for a Mujaahid. If he stays alive he is a Ghazi (Islamic fighter). If he is killed then he is a Shaheed. It doesn't matter whether he fights in the face of the enemy or stays behind helping the Mujaahideen. It doesn't matter whether he is killed by the enemy's bullets or if a bullet of a Muslim pierces him by mistake, or if he is killed by the bite of an animal, he is always victorious.
There is only one way the effort of the Mujaahid can be ruined: that is if his intention is not correct and he is fighting for personal fame. With the exception of the above, when the intention of the Mujaahid is solely for elevating Allaah's word and gaining the pleasure of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى then his effort can never be a failure, on the contrary Allaah سبحانه و تعالى has guaranteed him victory. Who can be more fortunate than that person for whom Allaah سبحانه و تعالى has guaranteed Jannah.
Imam Bukhari رحمه الله has chosen the title of, 'Jihaad is a part of Eemaan (faith)' for this hadeeth. He is trying to emphasize the great status of Jihaad in a special manner. May Allaah سبحانه و تعالى grant us the ability to fulfil this part of Eemaan!
Say: "Do you wait for us (anything) except one of the two best things (martyrdom or victory); while we await for you either that Allah will afflict you with a punishment from Himself or at our hands. So wait, we too are waiting with you." (Soorah at-Tawbah, 9:52)
The 'two best things' mentioned in the above ayah is referring to martyrdom or victory according to Sayyiduna 'Abdullaah Ibn `Abbas رضي الله عنهما, Mujahid رحمه الله, Qatadah رحمه الله, and others. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer)
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