Achieving Victory With Tawheed: Still Doubting Jihad The Highest Good Deed
11 January 2011
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
Rasulullah Shalallahu ‘alaihi
Wassalam (SAW) said to a Sahabah, Mu'adz
ibnu Jabal, "Shall I not tell you the principal of
'amal, the pillar, as well as its peak?" Mu'adz
answered, "Yes, O Messenger of Allah." He
said, "The principal of 'amal is Islam and the
pillar is Solat, and the peak is Jihad." (HR
It cannot be doubted that jihad is the highest good
deed ('amal), the peak of the highness of
Islam. Jihad is one of the principles from the many
principles of aqeedah al-islamiyyah.
Conducting jihad means making religion entirely for
Allah, preventing injustices and establishing the
haq, maintaining the glory of the Muslims and
helping the people of mustadh'afin. Allah
says, "And fight them until there is no fitnah and
[until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah."
(QS Al-Anfaal: 39).
And on the other hand, conducting jihad also means
humiliating the enemies of Allah, stopping their
evilness, guarding the honour of the Muslims and
destroying the people of kafireen. Allah
says, "Fight those who do not believe in Allah or
in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what
Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do
not adopt the religion of truth." (QS At-Tawbah:
Jihad is the way of the salafussolih in order
to confront the hostility of the kuffar,
munafiqeen and mulhideen, as well as the
enemies of religion. Besides that, they also conducted
jihad with the aim of improving the condition of the
Muslims in terms of their aqeedah, akhlaq,
adab and the whole affairs of their religion
and dunya, as well as doing tarbiyah
(education and cultivation) on their 'ilm and
As a Muslim, we certainly have faith in our hearts
that help is a promise for the people of iman.
Allah says, "And incumbent upon Us was support of
the believers." (QS Ar-Ruum: 47). We also have
faith that Allah surely helps His slaves who become
the helpers of His religion. Allah says, "O you
who have believed, if you support Allah , He will
support you and plant firmly your feet." (QS
That is the promise of Allah and Allah will not go
against His promise. Allah says, "And who is truer
to his covenant than Allah?" (QS At-Tawbah: 111).
Thus it becomes an obligation upon every Muslim to
know what must be done in order to attract the causes
which will bring the helps of Allah – with the belief
that victory and the help of Allah can only be won by
the people who are highly competent to receive it -.
Dear readers -rahimakumullah-, the help of
Allah will not descend with us simply yelling on the
mimbar, weighing the strength of the enemies.
The help of Allah will not come by merely accumulating
the number of people with a wide range of aqeedah
and ideological backgrounds. Victory and the help of
Allah will be very distant when we follow the way of
the fools by demonstrating in the streets, especially
demonstrating as an effort to establish the Islamic
Expecting the help of Allah is not by merely
fantasizing and dreaming, nor only with hollow
spirits. Allah says, "Paradise is not [obtained]
by your wishful thinking nor by that of the People of
the Scripture. Whoever does a wrong will be
recompensed for it, and he will not find besides Allah
a protector or a helper." (QS An-Nisaa: 123).
Dear readers – upon whom is the mercy of Allah-, know
that the biggest preparation for the believers in
order to develop the strength over the enemies is that
they must get in touch with Allah through tawheed,
love, hope, fear and always returning to Him, as well
as khushu' and tawakkal. Always be
at His side and be sufficient from others besides Him.
Allah says, "And those who disbelieved said to
their messengers, 'We will surely
drive you out of our land, or you must return to our
religion.' So their Lord
inspired to them, 'We will surely
destroy the wrongdoers. And We will surely cause you
to dwell in the land after them. That is for he who
fears My position and fears My threat.'"
(QS Ibrahim: 13-14).
They are the people of pure tawheed to whom
Allah has promised victory, peace and khilafah.
Allah says, "Allah has promised those who have
believed among you and done righteous deeds that He
will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon
the earth just as He granted it to those before them
and that He will surely establish for them [therein]
their religion which He has preferred for them and
that He will surely substitute for them, after their
fear, security, [for] they worship Me, not associating
anything with Me." (QS An-Nuur: 55).
Have we, Muslims, already paid attention these noble
requirements: "… worship Me, not associating
anything with Me"? This is what must be known and
established by the people who have the two sightings.
Remember! When a group of Mu'mineen from the
Sahabahs of Rasulullah SAW departed for the
battle of Hunayn where a part of them had newly become
Muslim, when they came to a tree which was called
Dzaatu Anwaath, they saw the mushrikeen
hanging their weapons on that tree for the purpose
asking for blessings. They said, "O Rasulullah,
make for us Dzaatu Anwaath just like theirs."
Rasulullah SAW answered, "Allahu Akbar!", in other
riwaayah, "Subhanallah! By the One on Whose
Hands is my soul, indeed you have said what the people
of Musa had said to him (Musa AS): Make for us a god
(idol) just as they have gods (idols)." (QS Al-A'raaf:
138), (HR Ahmad).
Observe this hadith where their Islam which
was still new did not prevent the Prophet SAW from
repudiating a kalimah that would plunge them
into shirk. Their number which was huge and
organized, ready for battle fighting the kafir,
did not prevent the Prophet SAW from stopping /
straightening out their mistakes which is credo (aqeedah)
in nature. So it is not allowed at all to put aside
the haq of Allah to be worshipped with
tawheed because this is the most sublime
requisite. If it is absent, then the jihad would
Hopefully dear readers still remember how the Muslims
achieved a brilliant victory over the Tartars after
they had improved their aqeedah and proved
their tawheed to Allah AWJ. Shaikhul Islam
Ibnu Taimiyah said, "And when the Muslims started
to improve their affairs, true in istighatsah (seeking
assistance in emergencies) from their Lord, then they
obtained victory over their enemies with an honourable
On the other hand, the Tartars suffered defeat with a
defeat that they had never experienced before.
When the proof of true tawheed to Allah and
the obedience to His Rasul is established, indeed
Allah will assist His Rasul and the believers in the
life of this world and on the day when He brings in
witnesses. This shows that the help and victory on
this earth could not be achieved except after already
having established the true religion in the soul. And
Allah says, "I am with you. If you establish
prayer and give zakah and believe in My messengers and
support them and loan Allah a goodly loan." (QS
And Allah also says, "Indeed, Allah will not
change the condition of a people until they change
what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a
people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not
for them besides Him any patron." (QS Ar-Ra'd:
It would be nice if this author quotes the will of
Umar ibnu Abdil Aziz, as narrated by Al-Imam Abu
Nu'aim in Al-Hilyah (5/303) through Ibnul Mubarok from
Maslamah ibnu Abi Bakroh from a man of the Quraish,
that Umar ibnu Abdil Aziz made a will to some of his
workers, "You should have taqwa to Allah where
ever you are. Indeed, having taqwa to Allah is the
best preparation, The most perfect plot and and the
most powerful force.
And don't let the hatred of your enemies on you
make you and the people with you pay more attention to
it than the transgressions against Allah. Indeed, what
I fear most on the humans are their sins than the
plots of their enemies, because we hate the enemies
and triumph over them because of their transgressions,
if not because of that we would not have the power as
their numbers are unlike our numbers, their power is
unlike our power. If we are not given victory over
them because of our hatred, we would not be able to
defeat them with our strength.
And don't let the enmity of someone from the human
race make you pay more attention to it than your sins.
Know that with you are the angels of Allah who protect
you, they know what you are doing at home and in your
journeys, so be shy from them, improve your
togetherness with them, do not hurt them with your
transgressions against Allah while you assume that you
are fie sabilillah.
Don't you say that the state of our enemies is
worse than ours and that they would never triumph over
us even if we have many sins. How many people had been
humiliated with something worse than their enemies
because of their sins. Ask Allah for help from your
own selves, just like you ask Allah for help from your
enemies. Thus we ask for us and you…"
Thus was part of the will of Umar ibnu Abdil Aziz
which spurs us Muslims to always do muhasabah
on ourselves. And at the end of this writing, the
author would like to remind again that Allah SWT
relies His help on the taqwa, sabr
and improvement of relationships with Him through
tawheed. Allah says, "If you are patient and
fear Allah , their plot will not harm you at all."
(QS Ali Imran: 120).
"Yes, if you remain patient and conscious of Allah
and the enemy come upon you [attacking] in rage, your
Lord will reinforce you with five thousand angels
having marks [of distinction]." (QS Ali Imran:
"If you are patient and fear Allah - indeed, that
is of the matters [worthy] of determination." (QS
Ali Imran: 186).