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Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A young man from the Aslam tribe said: "O Messenger of
Allah! I would very much like to fight in the way of Allah but I do not have anything with which to equip myself for
fighting.'' The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
Go to so-and-so, for he had equipped himself (for fighting) but he
fell ill.
'' So, he (the young man) went to him and said: "The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) sends you his greetings and
says that you should hand over to me the equipment that you have procured.'' The man said to his wife: "Give him
the equipment which I have collected for myself and do not withhold anything from him. By Allah! Allah won't
bless something you withheld (in this respect).''
This Hadith also stresses the fact that if a person is unable to take part in Jihad due to illness, for
example, he should then provide such material to a Mujahid which is helpful for him in Jihad. If he does so, he will
be eligible to the same reward which is due on Jihad. This would also be a source of increase and growth in his
possessions. On the basis of this argument it has been stated that one should always intend to expend his possession
on something noble. He who does not get the opportunity to expend it on what he had intended should direct that
material towards some other noble purpose.
َنﺎﻴﺤِﻟ ﻲﻨَﺑ ﻰﻟإ َﺚﻌَﺑ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا َلﻮُﺳَر ﱠنأ ، ُﻪﻨﻋ ُﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ، ﱢيِرْﺪُﺨﻟا ٍﺪﻴﻌَﺳ ﻲﺑأ ﻦﻋو
َلﺎَﻘَﻓ ،
ﺎﻤُﻬَﻨﻴﺑ ُﺮْﺟَﻷاو ، ﺎﻤُهَﺪﺣأ ِﻦْﻴَﻠُﺟر ﱢﻞُآ ْﻦِﻣ ْﺚِﻌَﺒْﻨَﻴِﻟ
ٌﻢﻠﺴﻣ ُﻩاور
ُﻪﻟ ٍﺔﻳاور ﻲﻓو
ُآ ْﻦِﻣ ْجُﺮْﺨﻴِﻟ
ٌﻞُﺟر ﻦﻴﻠﺟر ﱢﻞ
ِﺪِﻋﺎﻘﻠِﻟ لﺎﻗ ﱠﻢُﺛ
ٍﺮْﻴَﺨﺑ ِﻪِﻟﺎﻣو ِﻪِﻠْهَأ ﻲﻓ جرﺎﺨﻟا َﻒَﻠَﺧ ْﻢُﻜﱡﻳَأ
ِجِرﺎﺨﻟا ِﺮﺟَأ ِﻒْﺼِﻧ ُﻞْﺜِﻣ ُﻪﻟ نﺎآ
Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) sent an
expedition to Banu Lahyan and said, "
One man from every two should join the fighting force, and the reward will be
shared amongst them equally
Another narration in Muslim is: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "
Let one of every two men go forth
'', and
added: "
Whoever stays behind (and looks well after the family and the property of those who have joined the
expedition) will get half the reward of the warrior
The reward will be shared amongst them equally
'' or "
will get half the reward
'' signifies one and the
same thing. Some people might mistakenly think that these two narrations of Sahih Muslim apparently contradict
each other because they imply that he who takes part in Jihad and he who provides material to a Mujahid or looks
after the family of a Mujahid in his absence from home would get equal reward. For this reason, some people have
taken the word "half'' as superfluous thinking that some narrator has added it in the text on his own. But Al-Hafiz
Ibn Hajar is of the opinion that after the acceptance of the credibility of this Hadith and the proofs furnished in this
regard, it is unfair to ascribe addition of any word to the narrator. Its correct interpretation seems to be that when the
total reward of it will be evenly distributed between the two, each of them will get the same amount of reward.
Hence there is no contradiction in these two Ahadith.
This Hadith also tells us that Jihad is not an express obligation; and if one of the two persons takes part in Jihad, it
will suffice for the other also. What can be inferred from this is that the others should take part in Jihad in such a
manner that those who have wealth, should arrange for the military requirements of the Mujahidun and look after
their families, and in case any Mujahid is martyred, they should provide financial help to his family if it does not
have sufficient means for a respectable living. Similarly, people in other walks of life should also take part in Jihad
in every possible manner.
لﺎﻗ ، ُﻪـْﻨَﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ، ِءاﺮﺒﻟا ِﻦﻋو
لﺎﻘَﻓ ، ِﺪﻳِﺪﺤﻟﺎِﺑ ٌﻊﱠﻨﻘﻣ ٌﻞﺟر ، ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻲﺒﻨﻟا ﻰﺗأ
لﺎَﻘﻓ ؟ ُﻢِﻠْﺳُأ ْوأ ُﻞِﺗﺎَﻗُأ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮُﺳَر ﺎﻳ
ْﻞِﺗﺎﻗ ﱠﻢُﺛ ، ْﻢِﻠْﺳأ
ّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮﺳر لﺎَﻘﻓ ،َﻞِﺘُﻘَﻓ َﻞَﺗﺎَﻗ ﱠﻢُﺛ ، ﻢَﻠْﺳﺄَﻓ
ُﷲا ﻰ
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ
ًاﺮﻴﺜَآ ﺮِﺟُأَو ًﻼﻴِﻠَﻗ ﻞِﻤﻋ
يرﺎﺨﺒﻟا ُﻆﻔﻟ اﺬهو ، ِﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
Al-Bara (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A man equipped with arms came to the Prophet (PBUH)
and asked: "O Messenger of Allah! Should I go and fight or should I embrace Islam first?'' He (PBUH) replied,
"Enter in the fold of Islam and then fight.
'' He embraced Islam and fought until he was killed. Thereupon the
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "
He accepted Islam for a short time but was rewarded much
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Sometimes Almighty Allah awards with His Grace and Mercy abundant reward even on small
virtues. This Hadith also makes it absolutely clear that a person becomes eligible for reward for his good deeds after
embracing the Faith. In the absence of Faith no virtue is acceptable to Allah.