This Is An Unauthentic Hadeeth
Fatwa No: 407137

  • Fatwa Date:14-11-2019 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 17, 1441
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Question

As Salamu Aleikum! On a page of Ahmadiyya i found this narration of our Prophet (PHUB): "We are returning from the Jihad Asghar (fighting) to Jihad Akbar (struggle against self)." Is this hadith saheeh?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that none is worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and messenger.

The Hadeeth that you mentioned is not authentic. It was reported by Al-Bayhaqi in Az-Zuhd Al-Kabeer, and narrated by Jaabir  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him who said that some people came back from fighting and the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said to them: “You have come back from the minor Jihaad to the greatest Jihaad.” The people around him asked: “What is the greatest Jihaad? He replied: “The slave struggling against his own desires.” Then Al-Bayhaqi commented on this Hadeeth saying: “This Hadeeth has a weak chain of narrators.

Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy upon, said: “As for the Hadeeth narrated by some people that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said after the Battle of Tabook: 'We have returned from the minor Jihaad to the greatest Jihaad.'; then it has no foundation and none who is knowledgeable about the sayings and actions of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) has narrated it.” [End of quote]

Those who can read Arabic language may refer to As-Silsilah Adh-Dha’eefah by Shaykh Al-Albaani for more details on the different narrations of the Hadeeth (no 2460).

Allah Knows best.

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