1,001 Sayings and Deeds of the Prophet

Jihad and the Prophet

Sayings and Deeds of the ProphetNarrated Abdullah bin Abi Aufa:

Allah's Apostle said, "Know that Paradise is under the shades of swords."

Bukhari 52.73

Does “superior race” ring a bell?

Narrated Abu Musa

A man came to the Prophet and asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What kind of fighting is in Allah's cause? (I ask this), for some of us fight because of being enraged and angry and some for the sake of his pride and haughtiness."

The Prophet raised his head (as the questioner was standing) and said, "He who fights so that Allah's Word (Islam) should be superior, then he fights in Allah's cause."

Bukhari 3:125

A superior world where the believers who survive the battle with the unbelievers will be their masters.

Narrated Jubair bin Haiya:

Umar sent the Muslims to the great countries to fight the pagans ... Umar sent us (to Khosrau i.e. a king of Persia) appointing An-Numan bin Muqrin as our commander. When we reached the land of the enemy, the representative of Khosrau came out with forty-thousand warriors, and an interpreter got up saying, "Let one of you talk to me!"

Al-Mughira replied, "Ask whatever you wish."

The other asked, "Who are you?"

Al-Mughira replied, "We are some people from the Arabs; we led a hard, miserable, disastrous life: we used to suck the hides and the date stones from hunger; we used to wear clothes made up of fur of camels and hair of goats, and to worship trees and stones.

While we were in this state, the Lord of the Heavens and the Earths, elevated in His Remembrance and Majesty is His Highness, sent to us from among ourselves a Prophet whose father and mother are known to us.

Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, has ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah Alone or give Jizya (i.e. tribute); and our Prophet has informed us that our Lord says: 'Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred), shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, and whoever amongst us remain alive, shall become your master'"

Bukhari 53.386

You have to be at least fifteen years of age before you can volunteer to kill and die in Allah's Cause.

Narrated Ibn 'Umar:

That the Prophet inspected him on the day of Uhud while he was fourteen years old, and the Prophet did not allow him to take part in the battle.

He was inspected again by the Prophet on the day of Al-Khandaq (i.e. battle of the Trench) while he was fifteen years old, and the Prophet allowed him to take Part in the battle.

Bukhari 59.423

The taking of Mecca did not mean peace, as Muhammad makes clear in the following hadith. Universal Jihad is on!

Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:

Allah's Apostle said, "There is no Hijra (i.e. migration) (from Mecca to Medina) after the Conquest (of Mecca), but Jihad and good intention remain; and if you are called (by the Muslim ruler) for fighting, go forth immediately."

Bukhari 52.42

According to a former Mujahideen refugee from the Iraq/Iran war, in the War on Civilization, the example of the Prophet is more important than Allah’s sanctioning of that war. My Iranian friend uses the expression War on Civilization instead of the more common, politically correct War of Civilizations because he does not consider Islam, a product of the Dark Ages, a civilization but its antithesis: an annihilator of critical thinking and progress, the hallmark of any civilization worthy of the name.

Allah, in the Koran, gives the green light to kill those who would think for themselves, but it is the example and sayings of Muhammad, he says, which stokes the passion of his followers to kill and die in this ultimate war between reason and its nemesis.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "By Him in Whose Hands my life is! Were it not for some men amongst the believers who dislike to be left behind me and whom I cannot provide with means of conveyance, I would certainly never remain behind any Sariya' (army-unit) setting out in Allah's Cause.

By Him in Whose Hands my life is! I would love to be martyred in Allah's Cause and then get resurrected and then get martyred, and then get resurrected again and then get martyred and then get resurrected again and then get martyred."

Bukhari 52.54

The example of Muhammad was not lost on boys as young as 12 years old, perhaps even younger, who were used, in a tactic sanctioned by Khomeini, to clear minefields or in suicidal attacks to expose Iraqi positions (experienced soldiers were too valuable to risk in such enterprises) before the tanks rolled forward, running over the bodies of the dead and dying children. The children were given small plastic keys made in China or Japan to hang around their necks, and told that this key would let them into Paradise. Before the actual advance across a minefield, or a swamp to be electrocuted, or a field to be shredded by enemy artillery, a man on a charger brandishing a saber and pointing at the Iraqi positions would appear on the horizon, urging them on. The children were told this was the Prophet Muhammad, and that their hero would welcome them into Paradise should they be martyred.

Holy War, as conceived by Allah and His spokesman, made killing people for their religious beliefs, or lack thereof, a good thing.

Narrated Abdullah bin Masud:

I asked Allah's Apostle, "O Allah's Apostle! What is the best deed?"

He replied, "To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times."

I asked, "What is next in goodness?"

He replied, "To be good and dutiful to your parents."

I further asked, “What is next in goodness?"

He replied, "To participate in Jihad in Allah's Cause."

I did not ask Allah's Apostle anymore and if I had asked him more, he would have told me more.

Bukhari 52.41

For the killer in Allah’s Cause it’s a win-win situation whether he lives or dies.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The example of a Mujahid (Muslim fighter) in Allah's Cause — and Allah knows better who really strives in His Cause—is like a person who fasts and prays continuously. Allah guarantees that He will admit the Mujahid in His Cause into Paradise if he is killed, otherwise He will return him to his home safely with rewards and war booty."

Bukhari 52.46

The immorality of killing those who refuse to accept your god as their own for a reward plumbed new depths of depravity. Islam is the only mainstream religion that promises unrestrained, limitless fornication opportunities (with sexually-adept spirits made flesh, the infamous houris) for the murder of its detractors.

Narrated Anas:

The Prophet said, "A single endeavor (of fighting) in Allah's Cause in the afternoon or in the forenoon is better than all the world and whatever is in it. A place in Paradise as small as the bow or lash of one of you is better than all the world and whatever is in it. And if a houri from Paradise appeared to the people of the earth, she would fill the space between Heaven and the Earth with light and pleasant scent and her head cover is better than the world and whatever is in it."

Bukhari 52.53

It does not have to be mass-murder to be amply rewarded.

Narrated Al-Bara:

A man whose face was covered with an iron mask (i.e. clad in armor) came to the Prophet and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Shall I fight or embrace Islam first?"

The Prophet said, "Embrace Islam first and then fight."

So he embraced Islam, and was martyred.

Allah's Apostle said, "A little work, but a great reward. (He did very little (after embracing Islam), but he will be rewarded in abundance)."

Bukhari 52.63

If a believer is killed in Allah’s Cause, he goes to Paradise to enjoy an eternity of orgiastic sex as part of what Muhammad refers to as “the dignity he receives (from Allah),” while those he has killed in Allah’s Cause will burn in Hell forever. This is giving dignity a whole new meaning. 

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The Prophet said, "Nobody who enters Paradise likes to go back to the world even if he got everything on the earth, except a Mujahid who wishes to return to the world so that he may be martyred ten times because of the dignity he receives (from Allah)."

Narrated Al-Mughira bin Shu'ba:

Our Prophet told us about the message of our Lord that "Whoever amongst us is killed will go to Paradise."

Umar asked the Prophet, "Is it not true that our men who are killed will go to Paradise and their's (i.e. those of the Pagan's) will go to the (Hell) fire?"

The Prophet said, "Yes."

Bukhari 52.72

An old-fashioned killer who has killed, but not in Allah’s Cause, can still be rewarded with Paradise if, before he dies, he is able to kill in the name of Allah. A hadith to that effect quoted elsewhere.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "Allah welcomes two men with a smile; one of whom kills the other and both of them enter Paradise. One fights in Allah's Cause and gets killed. Later on Allah forgives the killer who also get martyred (in Allah's Cause)."

Bukhari 52.80

All this killing is encouraged for one reason and one reason only!

Narrated Abu Musa:

A man came to the Prophet and asked, "A man fights for war booty; another fights for fame and a third fights for showing off; which of them fights in Allah's Cause?"

The Prophet said, "He who fights that Allah's Word (i.e. Islam) should be superior, fights in Allah's Cause."

Bukhari 52.65

Horses used in a holy war are special because their rider, not only is entitled to a larger share of the booty in this world, but an additional reward in the Hereafter. This additional reward will include payment for the animal’s upkeep, among other things.

Narrated Urwa Al-Bariqi:

The Prophet said, "Good will remain (as a permanent quality) in the foreheads of horses (for Jihad) till the Day of Resurrection, for they bring about either a reward (in the Hereafter) or booty (in this world)."

Bukhari 52.104

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "If somebody keeps a horse in Allah's Cause motivated by his faith in Allah and his belief in His Promise, then he will be rewarded on the Day of Resurrection for what the horse has eaten or drunk and for its dung and urine."

Bukhari 52.105

The one-day festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast, marks the end of Ramadan. It was during this festival, and that of ul-Adha which commemorates the end of the Hajj, that Muhammad usually gave his army its marching orders.

Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri:

The Prophet used to proceed to the Musalla (open space outside a mosque that is mainly used for praying, Encyclopedia of Islam) on the days of Id-ul-fitr and Id-ul-Adha; the first thing to begin with was the prayer and after that he would stand in front of the people and the people would keep sitting in their rows.

Then he would preach to them, advise them and give them orders, (i.e. Khutba). And after that if he wished to send an army for an expedition, he would do so ...

Bukhari 15.76

The army was to attack without regards for the lives of the women and children of the unbelievers, and no place was to be considered sacred (i.e., Hima), unbelievers could seek refuge in a church, synagogue or temple and still be sought out and killed.

Narrated As-Sab bin Jaththama:

The Prophet passed by me at a place called Al-Abwa or Waddan, and was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger.

The Prophet replied, "They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans)."

I also heard the Prophet saying, "The institution of Hima (inviolate place) is invalid except for Allah and His Apostle."

Bukhari 52.256

Muhammad's predictions about the course of the war to establish Allah's Kingdom on Earth have proven, in many instances, remarkably accurate.

Narrated Jabir bin Samura:

The Prophet said, "When Khosrau perishes (the last great king of the Sasanian Empire, 590 to 628), there will be no more Khosrau after him, and when Caesar perishes, there will be no more Caesar after him,"

The Prophet also said, "You will spend the treasures of both of them in Allah's Cause."

Bukhari 56.816

If you are going to fight the unbelievers during Dhul Hijja, the month of the Hajj pilgrimage, best to make it a suicide mission.

Narrated Ibn Abbas:

The Prophet said, "No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijja)."

Then some companions of the Prophet said, "Not even Jihad?"

He replied, "Not even Jihad, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger (for Allah's sake) and does not return with any of those things."

Bukhari 14.86

Jihad is, of course, only superior to the goods deeds done during the first ten days of Dhul Hijja if you die while killing unbelievers.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

A man came to Allah's Apostle and said, "Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad (in reward)."

He replied, "I do not find such a deed ..."

Bukhari 52.44

At the Battle for Medina, the Medinan expressed what could be a holy warrior's credo: "We are those who have given a pledge…"

Narrated Anas:

Allah's Apostle went towards the Khandaq (i.e. Trench) and saw the Emigrants (from Mecca) and the Ansar (Medinan helpers) digging in a very cold morning as they did not have slaves to do that for them. When he noticed their fatigue and hunger he said, "O Allah! The real life is that of the Hereafter, (so please) forgive the Ansar and the Emigrants."

In its reply the Emigrants and the Ansar said, "We are those who have given a pledge of allegiance to Muhammad that we will carry on Jihad as long as we live."

Bukhari 52.87

Muhammad’s marching orders:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah', and whoever says, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,' his life and property will be saved by me except for Islamic law, and his accounts will be with Allah, (either to punish him or to forgive him.)"

Bukhari 52.196

Terrorism in Allah’s Cause is not a modern invention.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy) ..."

Bukhari 52.220

Ruthless, random terrorism by a determined pitiless foe that sows fear of a haphazard, gruesome death in those who are in no hurry to meet their maker is a tactic that has allowed disadvantaged believers overcome a superior, entrenched opposition to this day; Allah’s assurance notwithstanding.

Narrated Ibn Abbas:

When the Verse: 'If there are twenty steadfast amongst you (Muslims), they will overcome two-hundred (non-Muslims).' was revealed, it became hard on the Muslims when it became compulsory that one Muslim ought not to flee (in war) before ten (non-Muslims).

So (Allah) lightened the order by revealing: '(But) now Allah has lightened your (task) for He knows that there is weakness in you. So if there are of you one-hundred steadfast, they will overcome (two-hundred (non-Muslims)' (8:66)

So when Allah reduced the number of enemies which Muslims should withstand, their patience and perseverance against the enemy decreased as much as their task was lightened for them.

Bukhari 60.176

Just a few more encouragements to kill and die for Allah through an overabundance of appeals to maim and murder:

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

Somebody asked, "O Allah's Apostle! Who is the best among the people?"

Allah's Apostle replied, "A believer who strives his utmost in Allah's Cause with his life and property."

They asked, "Who is next?"

He replied, "A believer who stays in one of the mountain paths worshipping Allah and leaving the people secure from his mischief."

Bukhari 52.45

Narrated Abu Abs:

Allah's Apostle said, "Anyone whose both feet get covered with dust in Allah's Cause will not be touched by the (Hell) fire."

Bukhari 52.66

Narrated Sahl bin Sad As-Sa'di:

Allah's Apostle said, "To guard Muslims from infidels in Allah's Cause for one day is better than the world and whatever is on its surface, and a place in Paradise as small as that occupied by the whip of one of you is better than the world and whatever is on its surface; and a morning's or an evening's journey which a slave (person) travels in Allah's Cause is better than the world and whatever is on its surface."

Bukhari 52.142

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri

The Prophet said, "A time will come when groups of people will go for Jihad and it will be asked, 'Is there anyone amongst you who has enjoyed the company of the Prophet?'

The answer will be, 'Yes.'

Then they will be given victory (by Allah) (because of him).

Then a time will come when it will be asked. 'Is there anyone amongst you who has enjoyed the company of the companions of the Prophet?'

It will be said, 'Yes,' and they will be given victory (by Allah).

Then a time will come when it will be said. 'Is there anyone amongst you who has enjoyed the company of the companions of the companions of the Prophet?'

It will be said, 'Yes,' and they will be given victory (by Allah)."

Bukhari 52.146

Narrated Salim Abu An-Nadr:

The freed slave of Umar bin Ubaidullah who was Umar's clerk: Abdullah bin Abi Aufa wrote him (i.e. Umar) a letter that contained the following: "Once Allah's Apostle (during a holy battle), waited till the sun had declined and then he got up among the people and said, 'O people! Do not wish to face the enemy (in a battle) and ask Allah to save you (from calamities) but if you should face the enemy, then be patient and let it be known to you that Paradise is under the shades of swords.'

He then said, 'O Allah! The Revealer of the (Holy) Book, the Mover of the clouds, and Defeater of Al-Ahzab (i.e. the clans of infidels), defeat them infidels and bestow victory upon us.'"

Bukhari 52.210


Narrated Samura:

The Prophet said, "Last night two men came to me (in a dream) and made me ascend a tree and then admitted me into a better and superior house, better of which I have never seen. One of them said, ‘This house is the house of martyrs.’"

Bukhari 52.49

Unless you have a good reason to stay at home, you should go out and kill and die in Allah’s Cause if you want the best He has to offer.

Narrated Sahl bin Sad As-Sa'idi:

I saw Marwan bin Al-Hakam sitting in the Mosque. So I came forward and sat by his side. He told us that Zaid bin Thabit had told him that Allah's Apostle had dictated to him the Divine Verse: "Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and lives.' (4:95)

Zaid said, "Ibn-Maktum came to the Prophet while he was dictating to me that very Verse."

On that Ibn Um Maktum said, "O Allah's Apostle! If I had power, I would surely take part in Jihad."

He was a blind man.

So Allah sent down revelation to His Apostle while his thigh was on mine and it became so heavy for me that I feared that my thigh would be broken. Then that state of the Prophet was over after Allah revealed "...except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame etc.)" (4:95)

Bukhari 52.85


Most scholars are in agreement that Allah abrogated, i.e., retracted, annulled, cancelled or replaced at least two hundred revealed truths (immutable facts revealed to a mortal by a god). Allah’s lack of foresight in another recollection of how revealed truth 4:95 was received—in this account the blind man is sitting behind Muhammad—is astounding, with His spokesperson having to literally change the verse on the fly.

Narrated Al-Bara:

There was revealed: 'Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and those who strive and fight in the Cause of Allah.' (4.95)

The Prophet said, "Call Zaid for me and let him bring the board, the inkpot and the scapula bone (or the scapula bone and the ink pot)."'

Then he said, "Write: 'Not equal are those Believers who sit...", and at that time 'Amr bin Um Maktum, the blind man was sitting behind the Prophet.

He said, "O Allah's Apostle! What is your order for me (as regards the above Verse) as I am a blind man?"

So, instead of the above Verse, the following Verse was revealed: 'Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame etc.) and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah.' (4.95)

Bukhari 61.512


The best Allah has to offer is the Firdaus. Upon reaching Paradise, a holy warrior who has died slaughtering unbelievers should take Muhammad's advice and insist on staying there; he has earned it.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "Whoever believes in Allah and His Apostle, offers prayer perfectly and fasts the month of Ramadan, will rightfully be granted Paradise by Allah, no matter whether he fights in Allah's Cause or remains in the land where he is born."

The people said, "O Allah's Apostle! Shall we acquaint the people with the good news?"

He said, "Paradise has one-hundred grades which Allah has reserved for the Mujahidin who fight in His Cause, and the distance between each of two grades is like the distance between the Heaven and the Earth. So, when you ask Allah (for something), ask for Al-firdaus which is the best and highest part of Paradise."

Bukhari 52.48

Are you mad?

Narrated Anas:

Um (the mother of) Haritha came to Allah's Apostle after Haritha had been martyred on the Day (of the battle) of Badr by an arrow thrown by an unknown person.

She said, "O Allah's Apostle! You know the position of Haritha in my heart (i.e. how dear to me he was), so if he is in Paradise, I will not weep for him, or otherwise, you will see what I will do."

The Prophet said, "Are you mad? Is there only one Paradise? There are many Paradises, and he is in the highest Paradise of Firdaus."

The Prophet added, "A forenoon journey or an afternoon journey in Allah's Cause is better than the whole world and whatever is in it; and a place equal to an arrow bow of anyone of you, or a place equal to a foot in Paradise is better than the whole world and whatever is in it; and if one of the women of Paradise looked at the earth, she would fill the whole space between them (the earth and the heaven) with light, and would fill whatever is in between them, with perfume, and the veil of her face is better than the whole world and whatever is in it."

Bukhari 76.572

Muhammad said any group who went into battle with at least one combatant who had enjoyed his company, would be victorious.

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri

The Prophet said, "A time will come when groups of people will go for Jihad and it will be asked, 'Is there anyone amongst you who has enjoyed the company of the Prophet?'

The answer will be, 'Yes.'

Then they will be given victory (by Allah) (because of him).

Then a time will come when it will be asked, 'Is there anyone amongst you who has enjoyed the company of the companions of the Prophet?'

It will be said, 'Yes,' and they will be given victory (by Allah).

Then a time will come when it will be said, 'Is there anyone amongst you who has enjoyed the company of the companions of the companions of the Prophet?'

It will be said, 'Yes,' and they will be given victory (by Allah)."

Bukhari 52.146

Except for a temporary halt at the gates of Vienna in 1683, a small setback in Spain during the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand and a temporary reversal during the Mongol invasions, Islam has never looked back. Obviously, it is not only those who have known God’s spokesman who bring victory, but those who emulate his tactics, and yearn for Firdaus.