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This is Not the Path
to Paradise!

Response to Daesh (not: ”IS/ ISIS”)

by Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah

Part 5 Jihad is not synonymous with fighting.

3. Jihad is not synonymous with fighting. Hence, not all jihad is fighting, and not all fighting is jihad. A deeper reading of the primary sources of Islam makes clear that jihad includes all devotions. Filial piety is a form of jihad, as the Prophet, God’s peace and blessings upon him, said,

”Make your jihad serving them [your parents].”

Obeying God is also a form of jihad, as the hadith states,

”The real jihad is to strive against the ego in order to obey God.”

For this reason, we call on you to embark on a jihad that will undoubtedly get you into paradise and far away from hell: invoke God often, build mosques, be kind to people, and promote civilization. The great scholar Ibn Taymiyyah said that jihad includes all devotions and righteous acts, even those relating to commerce and manufacturing, as is noted in the Ikhtiyarat of al- Ba’li.

Your community needs your hard work, intellects, and energies to be organized in pursuit of the common good where it intersects with communal development. As for the jihad when it relates to fighting, that is in defense of the freedom to practice one’s faith, as is stated in the verse:

{Those who have been driven unjustly from their homes only for saying, ‘Our Lord is God’} Qur’an, 22:40.

As a rule, the state of relations between Muslims and people of other faiths and persuasions is one of peace. Jihad, in the intent behind its original legislation, is a search for {perpetual peace}. That is why all believers are ordered to enter into peace:

{O you who believe, enter wholeheartedly into peace, and do not follow in Satan’s footsteps, for he is your sworn enemy} Qur’an, 2:208.

Believers are also ordered to accept any attempts at peace:

{But if they incline towards peace, you [Prophet] must also incline towards it, and put your trust in God} Qur’an, 8:61.

It is also very well known that the Prophet, God’s peace and blessings upon him, compromised greatly at the Armistice of Hudaybiyyah for the sake of making peace.

As for military jihad, that was prescribed for times when there were no global treaties or pacts leaving no means to convey the message of Islam other than with military support, and there were no borders that were acknowledged, unless they were maintained by force, or vast distances separated regions.

Also, there were no weapons of mass destruction at this time. All of these premises are no longer the case. How can any Muslim who understands the texts and aims of Islamic law call for war against all other nations? One who does so is foolish, ignorant of the true nature of Islam as well as the realities of today, and seeks to sow corruption in the land.

This is Not the Path to Paradise - Response to ISIS

Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah
President, Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies September 14, 2014
Abu Dhabi

Document written by 250 muslim scholars and thinkers.

other links:

Open Letter To Al-Baghdādī

Suspected Secret Service Links

Go to part 6 Rulings In Islamic Law For The Domain Of The Political Authority

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latest update: 2021-09-27 -- (2016-07-08

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