Hadith: Obligation of Jihad 11

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

Jihad is the best deed. The smallest action in jihad is rewarded more than prayer and fasting.

B4,52,44 A man said to Mohammed, “Tell me what act is rewarded as much as jihad.” Mohammed replied, “I do not know of any.” The prophet added, “Can a Muslim warrior, while in the field of battle, perform his prayers according to ritual or fast without stopping?” The man said, “No one can do that.” Abu-Huraira then added, “The Muslim jihadi is rewarded by Allah merely for the footsteps of his mount while it is tethered and grazing.”

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