18 October 2017 CE | 27 Muharram 1439 AH

Hadith Explanation


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, "Allah has protected two groups of my Ummah from the fire of Hell: a group that will conquer India and a group that will be with Eesa son of Maryam (alaihis salaam)." [Nasai, Kitab-ul-Jihad, Bab: Ghazwat-ul-Hind]

“This hadith illustrates that a time will come when Ahlul-Islam will get tired of Indian oppression and will do Jihad against India, and apparently this has begun. From the creation of Pakistan until now, Hindu oppressors have indeed inflicted significant hardship, death and destruction on the Muslims. Nor is the oppression in Kashmir hidden from any sensible individual. Over 53 Muslim states are shamelessly silent on the issue of Kashmir, afraid to upset their masters. But a time will come when Muslims (those with honour and dignity) will take on India and be successful.” [Shaykhul-Hadith Maulana Muhammad Sarfaraz Khan Safdar]

The fact that this Ghazwa has not yet taken place is proved by the following Hadith: Naim bin Hammad in Al-Fitan reports that Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) said that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) mentioned India and said, "A group of you will conquer India, Allah will open for them (India) until they come with its kings chained - Allah having forgiven their sins - when they return (from India), they will find Ibn Maryam in Shaam." [Kanzul-Ummal]

When the army of Ghazwat-ul-Hind returns victorious, it will witness the arrival of Eesa (alaihis salam) in Shaam (the region that includes Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon). This tells us that this great battle is yet to take place since Eesa (alaihis salam) has not yet descended. The reward for the Mujahideen of Ghazwa Hind is no less than total forgiveness from Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). As mentioned in the Hadith, they will return from the battle with all their sins having been erased.

An expedition in which the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) personally participated was called a “Ghazwa”, while expeditions which he sent forth but did not personally accompany were called “Sarya.” Although the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) knew that he would not be around at the time that Ghazwa Hind would take place, this future Jihad was termed “Ghazwa” due to its importance and significance. It is as though the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) is personally participating in it. The people who participate in this battle thus have the honour of being in a battle along with the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) himself.

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