The Purpose of Jihad

“The Jihad of this Ummah is a struggle that is legislated in the Book and the Sunnah, and it has two great and necessary benefits. The first of them is to repel the aggression of the aggressors against Islam and the Muslims, whom if it was not for them, all religions would have been wiped out:

{“For had it not been that Allah checks one set of people by means of another, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, wherein the Name of Allah is mentioned much would surely have been pulled down.”} [al-Hajj; 40]

{“Permission to fight is given to those who are fighting them because they have been wronged, and surely, Allah is Able to give them victory.”} [al-Hajj; 39]

The second of them is kindness towards all people by spreading the religion that they are obligated to follow, from other than which they will find no happiness or success, and calling those who are to be held accountable to what they were Created for: the worship of Allah without any partners, and the abandonment of anything that contradicts or opposes this.

And this is the purpose of benefiting and being kind to the Creation:

{“And fight them until there is no more fitnah and the Religion will all be for Allah Alone.”} [al-Anfal; 39]

…and this is from the greatest of qualities of Islam, since the goal of the Jihad in this religion is not simply to control people or bring them under the submission of others, nor is the goal death and destruction, nor is it oppression under the guise of justice (as it is the goal of the wars fought by those who have strayed from the correct religion). And because of this, its results have differed from others. So, the results of the Jihad of Islam are the spreading of justice and mercy and goodness and happiness and success and righteousness, and the results of others are death and destruction and enslaving the creation and oppressing them in regards to their blood and wealth and lives.”

[‘Majmu’ al-Fawa’id wa Iqtinas al-‘Awabid’; p. 76]

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