Hadith: Obligation of Jihad 3

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

The following hadith is one of the few references about the greater jihad (spiritual effort). Only about three percent of the hadiths concerning jihad are about the greater jihad, spiritual struggle. The other ninety-seven percent are about jihad as supreme war.

B2,26,595 One of Mohammed’s wives, Aisha, declared to him, “We believe fighting holy war is the most righteous action for Muslims.” He replied, “Women can best wage jihad by taking the holy pilgrimages.” Aisha persisted, “Should not women fight alongside men during jihad?” Mohammed responded, “The best way for women to fight for Islam is by doing what is acceptable to Allah, which is for them to partake in holy pilgrimage.” Aisha assented and said, “After that conversation with Mohammed, I resolved to never forgo [pilgrimage to Mecca].”

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