The Lesser Jihaad to the Greater Jihaad

Shaykh Mashhoor bin Hasan Aal-Salmaan


Question: Is this a hadeeth : “We have returned from The Lesser Jihaad to the Greater Jihaad.”


Answer: This is not a hadeeth.

And they say that the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) returned from a battle, and he then said these words !

And they claim that Jihaad is [only] the Jihaad of the soul.

And that the Jihaad of the battle is only a lesser Jihaad!

This narration was actually the words of a Tabi’ee (Successor) from Shaam, his name was Ibraahim ibn Abee ‘Ablaa.

An-Nasaaee transmitted a chain of narration to him [Ibraahim] ; in his book ‘Al-Kunaa’.

And from what I know is that it [this book of Imaam Nasaaee] is missing [cannot be found].

And Al-Mizzi brought this chain of narration of An-Nasaaee ; in his biography of Ibraahim , in his book ‘Tahdheeb al-Kamaal’

So this is a statement of a Tab’iee and not a Prophetic hadeeth.


Translation by : Abu Waheeda as-Salafee