Jihad for Allah

In today’s world the term jihad for Allah has become a slogan for many young Muslims. These young Muslims are usually naive and frustrated with their current situation of life. Often they have lost their true sense of direction. The purpose of their lives is not known to them anymore. The harder they try to comprehend the meaning of life the more flummoxed they get. These youths have more internet friends or followers than they meet someone in real life and get to know them. These youths believe jihad for Allah is their gateway from all their problems. How naive they are?

Social Media Role

Social Media has brought the world at our door-step. Where it provides a platform for us to find answers to our wildest imagination but at the same time, it also allows the message of ‘evil’, the likes of ISIS, ISIL, Boko Haram and Taliban to creep into our living rooms, bedroom and offices. We live in a society where individuals especially ‘youths’ spend more time in seclusion with their Computers, tablet and iPhones.

It has never been so easy to connect to another person remotely and discuss your lives, issues and personal circumstances without even knowing who you are giving away the most sensitive information about your life. Youths are prone to fall into the sensation projected by cult groups like ISIS, ISIL, Boko Haram and Taliban. According to a local newspaper, “There were certain things these groups look for.

Youths who didn’t know the religion as much. Youth who were converts, because converts would probably have problems with their parents at home, so they were more likely to stay in their company. Most Western recruits are teenagers and almost all going to Syria to fight are men. The vast majority of Westerners joining up with ISIS are extraordinarily ignorant when it comes to religion.

Women have now been allowed in by these terrorists groups for their self-declared Islamic State. ISIS also uses sex appeal to its advantage, promising wives to these young militants. Recruiters approach girls on social media and ask them to: Come to Syria, and you’ll feel like a princess to a war hero partner. These benefits combine to create “a very powerful package,”

Message of The Prophet of Islam for these youths

Following are some ‘Ahadith’ of the prophet of Islam and there is a beautiful message for our youths.
Ibn Mas`ûd said: “I asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) what deed is dearer to Allah?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Praying on time.” I said: “Then which?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Being kind to parents.” I asked: “Then which?” He said: “Jihad for the sake of Allah.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) told me up to this and if I asked more he would have told me more.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]
`Abd Allah b. `Umar related that a man came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and asked his permission to join in the military effort. The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked him: “Are your parents alive?” The man replied: “Yes.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “By serving them you perform jihad.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî, Sunan al-Nasâ’î, Sunan, Abî Dâwûd and Sunan al-Tirmidhî]

In another narration, a man came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said: “O, Messenger of Allah I want to join you in the military effort, and I have come to you while my parents are crying.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Go back to them and let them laugh just like you made them cry.” [Musnad Ahmad, Sunan, Abî Dâwûd and Sunan Ibn Mâjah]