What Is The Biggest Jihad For A Muslim?

One man wrote a letter to the famous Sufi Yusuf Ibn Asbat, in which he asked: "My soul makes me go to war. What can you say about it?"

In response, Yusuf Ibn Asbat (rahimahullah) wrote: "Disobedience to nafs (passions) better than dying on the battlefield".

(Ruhul-Bayan 3/438)


The greater jihad is the struggle against nafs. It is reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), returning from a military campaign, said:

"We came back from the small Jihad to the great Jihad".

Here the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) called the fight against nafs great jihad. As: "The soul of man commands evil". Struggling agains nafs, which constantly commands bad and abstaining from its desires - it is a great thing. Therefore, Allah Almighty promised Paradise to those who oppose the bad desires of the nafs, saying in the Quran:

وأما من خاف مقام ربه ونهى النفس عن الهوىفإن الجنة هي المأوى

"But as for he who feared the position of his Lord and prevented the soul from [unlawful] inclination, Then indeed, Paradise will be [his] refuge". (The Quran, 79:40-41)


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