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Hajj, an alternative for Jihad

Question

Is this narration authentic?

هَلُمَّ إِلَى جِهَاد لَا شَوْكَة فِيهِ: الْحَج

 

Answer

Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration. ‘Allamah Mundhiri and Hafiz Haythami (rahimahumallah) have declared the narrators reliable (thiqat).

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 2910, Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 4299, Targhib, vol. 2 pg. 164, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 3 pg. 206. Also see: Musannaf ‘Abdur Razzaq, Hadith: 8809, 9283)

 

The complete narration is as follows:

A man once came to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said, “I am a coward and I am weak.” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘Go for that jihad which has no weapons/fighting, i.e. Hajj'”

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,

This is one among several Hadiths that cite Hajj as a form of Jihad.

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar