18 October 2017 CE | 27 Muharram 1439 AH

Hadith Explanation

Gold Mine

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “To go forth in the morning or evening to fight in the Path of Allah is better than the whole world and everything in it.” [Sahih Muslim]

Most of us spend our lives spanning for gold in rivers. We might come across a nugget or two after decades of effort. He who is engaged in Jihad is like axing out chunks of gold from a gold mine all the time, while a single strike in a gold mine will definitely get him more gold than decades of effort elsewhere.

“Details concerning Jihad are found in the accounts of the military expeditions of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) including his own martial forays and those on which he dispatched others. The former consist of the ones he personally attended, some twenty-seven (others say twenty-nine) of them. He fought in eight of them, and killed only one person with his noble hand, Ubayy ibn Khalaf, at the battle of Uhud. On the latter expeditions he sent others to fight, himself remaining at Medina, and these were forty-seven in number.” [Reliance of the Traveller by Ahmad ibn Naqib Al-Misri]

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