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Salaf on Shaytan: Do not fight the devil, rather turn to Allah

Al-Qurtubi reported: One of the righteous predecessors said to his student, “What will you do if Satan entices you to sin?” The student said, “I will fight him!” The elder […]

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Hasan on Jihad: Fighting in jihad for Allah without weapons

Abu Bashir reported: Al-Hasan al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Verily, the servant may wage jihad for the sake of Allah, jihad as is due to Him, without

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Dawud Ta’i on Self-talk: Talking to yourself as a means of discipline

Hammad ibn Abi Hanifah reported: I came to Dawud al-Ta’i, may Allah have mercy on him, and his door was fastened shut. I could hear him saying: You lusted after

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Hasan on Jihad: Your greatest enemy is your own ego

Al-Tabari reported: Hasan al-Basri, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Your enemy is not the one you are relieved from if you killed him. Rather, your true enemy is

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Umar II on Jihad: Best jihad is against one’s lowly desires

Ibn Muflih reported: Umar ibn Abdul Aziz, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The best jihad is the jihad against whims.” Source: al-Ādāb al-Shar’īyah 3/131  عن ابن مفلح قَالَ

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Ibrahim on Jihad: Most difficult jihad is against desires

Abu Nu’aym reported: Ibrahim ibn Adham, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The most difficult jihad is the jihad against desire. Whoever can restrain his soul from its desires

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Abdullah on Jihad: Start with the jihad against your soul

Hannan ibn Kharija reported: I said to Abdullah ibn ‘Amr, may Allah be pleased with him, “What do you say about jihad and military campaigns?” Abdullah said, “Begin with your

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Yunus on Jihad: I strive to love for people as myself

Ibn al-Mubarak reported: Maymun ibn Mihran wrote to Yunus ibn Ubaid, may Allah have mercy on him, saying, “I would love for you to write to me about what you

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Hasan on Jihad: Best jihad is against your soul, desires

Ibn al-Qayyim reported: It was said to Hasan al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, “O Abu Sa’id, which jihad is best?” Hasan said, “Your jihad against your desires.” Source:

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Umar II on Jihad: Our sins more harmful than plots of enemies

Maslamah ibn Abi Bakr reported: Umar ibn Abdul Aziz, may Allah have mercy on him, took a pledge from some of his military deputies, saying, “You must fear Allah in

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Hadith on Jihad: Believers wage Jihad against their souls

Fadalah ibn ‘Ubayd reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said during the final pilgrimage, “Have I not informed you? The believer is the one who

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Tusi on Jihad: True jihad is against one’s lowly desires

Al-Dhahabi reported: Abu Hamid al-Tusi, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Know that the religion has two conditions. The first is to abandon what has been forbidden. The other

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Ibrahim on Jihad: Greater Jihad is struggle to purify the heart

Ibn Rajab reported: Ibrahim ibn Abi ‘Alqamah, may Allah have mercy on him, said to his people when they returned from a military expedition, “You have come from the lesser

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Hadith on Jihad: True Mujahid fights jihad against his own soul

Fadalah ibn ‘Ubayd reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The one who strives in jihad is the one who strives against himself.” Source: Sunan

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