May peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.
Oh Sheikh, what do you say about those people who have appeared amongst us calling themselves Salafis? They criticise those who say there is Jihad and that there are Mujahideen in some Islamic countries like Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan, and they accuse them of fanaticism.
Answer: Wa ‘alaikumussalam Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuhu
My advice is that you denounce them for this ugly dirty statement of theirs, and if they do not respond, then stay away from them. Jihad will remain until the Last hour. Buhkari has classified a chapter in his Sahih entitled, “Chapter: Jihad will continue with the righteous and the corrupt”. That is when he mentioned the Hadith which says- “The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The horses will always have goodness tied to their foreheads until the Day of Resurrection, they are:- reward (from Allah) and (war) booty (from battles).”
Al Hafidh Ibn Hajar – may Allah have mercy on him- said: In this there are glad tidings that Islam and its followers will remain until the Day of Judgment. Because for Jihad to remain, the Mujahideen must necessarily remain and they are Muslims. It is like in the other Hadith which says: There will always remain a group of people from my nation who will remain fighting upon the truth”.
These people who are deluded and cheerers, many of whom are Murjiah, they say that there is no Jihad today, and they put an invalid condition for the defensive Jihad. They say that Jihad is only by the permission of the ruler. They have lied as stated by the prophet Muhammad – may peace and blessings of Allah be upon – when he said in the Hadith of Salamah bin Nufail Al-Kindi – may Allah be pleased with him – that :
“I was sitting with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) when a man said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! The people have humiliated the horses and put down the weapons, and they say there is no Jihad and that war has ended.’ The Messenger of Allah faced towards him and said: ‘They are lying. It is now that the war has arrived. There will always remain a group from my nation who will continue to wage war upon the truth until the Final Hour, and until the promise of Allah arrives. The horses will have goodness tied to their foreheads until the Day of Resurrection. It has been revealed to me that I am going to die and will not stay long, and you will follow me group after group. Do not strike one another’s necks. The abode of the believers is Ash-Sham.'”
The Hadiths in Bukhari and Muslim and others, which mention that Jihad will continue and will remain until we fight Dajjal and until the descent of Easa the son of Maryam – may peace be upon – are all known and not hidden. And they are numerous and can’t be denied.
So will you leave this great obligation for the sake of traitor rulers who replace the law of Allah?!
And Allah knows best.
Shaykh Abu Abdullah al Hashami حفظه الله