What is Islam? - 1
Lesson # 1055 from Holy Qur’aan
Surah ‘TAWBAH or BARAAA-‘AH (REPENTANCE) – Chapter – 9)
Stage – 2, Verse – 24 of 129, Section – 3 of 16 (Part – 10)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
It is known from the previous verses that after believing in God Almighty and the Day of Resurrection, mostly command of jihaadin- fii SabiiLIllaah (Striving in the Way of God) has been strengthened in Islam. So it is very necessary to understand that “what is jihaadin- fii SabiiLIllaah?, because understanding the Islam correctly depends on understanding this command. Some detail about it has been described in previous lessons, but which command has been given in verse # 23 & 24, from it, all matter is obvious before the eyes.
It was commanded in verse # 23 of this chapter: You should not have special relationship with your fathers and brothers if they prefer the infidelity instead of Belief, because there is no hope from them save it that they prevent you as far as possible from the Way of God Almighty.
In the verse # 24, it is commanded: you should keep God Almighty, His last Messenger Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) and jihaadin- fii SabiiLIllaah (Striving in the Way of God) at first priority from the entire things of the world. Which thing sets you free from above three matters; is that you should give it up and think about yourself, because those people who will not leave the worldly matters, they cannot move carefully in the world being saved. They are mischievous. There is no chance of their coming back to the guidance. Therefore, it is necessary to remain away from such people.
No man can live in the world without striving in the Way of God. If any individual will leave the striving, certainly he will become mischievous, because those who shirk their duty from striving, their life cannot be regular and organized. And whose life is not organized, they deserve to be called something other than a mankind, and that name is “wrongdoer, adulterer, fornicator, refractory or corrupt”, that is to say; those who commit inconsistency. So Jihad is the name of an organization’s effort. If this organization is according to the principles; described by God Almighty and His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him), then it is jihaadin- fii SabiiLIllaah, otherwise it is an attempt in the way of Satan, as it has been explained in Surah Nisaaa’.
Islam is `the name of a human organization, which is organized according to the principles; prescribed by Allah Almighty and His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him). In other words, we can say it as “Belief in God Almighty, Belief in the Last Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) and after that jihaadin- fii SabiiLIllaah (Striving in the Way of God) that is to say; Instructions for all human being to live together.
For this purpose, sometimes one have to fight against own false desires and sometimes against those wrongdoers who want to keep the human beings in different groups separately, so that they may achieve their own purpose. This war of both types is called jihaadin- fii SabiiLIllaah. The idolaters of Arab sowed the seed of dispersion in the human beings during the primary stage of Islam. And at that time, there remained only one form of Jihad for the Muslims. That is to say; strive against the wrongdoers and try to establish a human organization in accord with own strength.