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Guidance is Contingent Upon Jihad


Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

Reference: Al-Fawa’id – p97

Category: General

“Allah said:

And those who strive for Us, We will surely guide them to Our ways. (29:69).

[In this ayah] Allah has made guidance contingent upon striving for Him (jihad). Consequently, the greater guidance a person has, the greater he will strive to do what Allah commands.

The most obligatory jihad is the jihad against oneself, the jihad against one’s desires, the jihad against the devil, and the jihad against the vanities, temptations trials etc. of this world. Whoever struggles to overcome these four for the sake of Allah will receive further guidance from Allah, guidance that will ultimately lead him to paradise. Conversely, a person will lack guidance according to the extent to which he leaves of this striving in the way of Allah.

Al-Junaid said [explaining the aforementioned ayah], “Those who, seeking the pleasure of Allah, strive against their desires and repent will be guided to increased sincerity in their statements, actions, and beliefs.”

The significance of this is that one will not be able to successfully fight against his outward enemies unless he can successfully fight against these four internal enemies first. If one can overcome these four things, then he will be the victor. If these four things overcome him, then his enemies have defeated him.”

Translator: Rashid Ahmad Ahmadi, Abu Yusuf

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