Hadith: Obligation of Jihad

The Hadith series is based on Bill Warner’s book The Political Traditions of Mohammed – The Hadith for Unbelievers. It is a compilation of all the Hadith (Traditions) related to non-Muslims. The Political Traditions of Mohammed contains both sets of Islamic ethics – one for the Muslim and one for the unbelievers.

Chapter 2 Jihad

OBLIGATION

All Muslims have an obligation to perform jihad. Jihad is second only to prayer and respect for one’s parents.

B1,10,505 Abdullah asked Mohammed, “What act is most beloved by Allah?” Mohammed answered, “To pray at the specified times.” Abdullah then asked, “What is the next highest good?” He said, “Honor and obey your parents.” I asked a third time, “What is the next highest good?” Mohammed replied, “To wage holy war in the name of Allah.” Abdullah concluded, “I did not ask the next highest good, but if I had, Mohammed would have told me.”

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