Very beneficial explanation of the Hadeeth

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "I have been ordered to fight against the people until they testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and until they establish the salah and pay the zakat. And if they do that then they will have gained protection from me for their lives and property, unless [they commit acts that are punishable] in Islam, and their reckoning will be with Allah." [Bukhari & Muslim]

Key summary points

    1. Jihad is a lofty institution in Islam which is built upon Justice, Moderation and Balance, unlike many other religions, civilizations

    2. There are many examples of nations who went about annihilating and destroying other nations not leaving behind anything until even the women, children and animal stocks were not spared

    3. The religion of truth can't be spread by pacifism or by extremism

    4. Institution of Jihad is the perfect Justice and it involves fair preaching, argumentation - If there is hostility, aggression, oppression and violence then Islam does legislate use of Jihad

    5. Ibn Taymiyah Shaykh ul Islam mentioned in the explanation of this Hadeeth, that the intent over here is the fighting of those who indulge in War, those wrt whom Allah has given permission to fight - The intent is not to fight those with whom there is a covenant -

    6. It is from the creed of Ahlus-Sunnah wal jama'ah, the Salafis, that Jihad is fought behind a ruler and that the ruler has various options at his disposal

    7. Example of Prophet Muhammad where he dealt differently with different groups of people:

a. those who showed aggression

b. those with whom he had treaty

c. Those with whom he argued and debated with wisdom

8. Likewise the ruler has option to spread Islam in accordance with justice, uprightness and rule of law

9.It's a fact of history that Civilizations have tried to spread their cultures, value, methods throughout Earth such that it continues until today - so likewise Islam has given option to Muslim ruler to spread the message of tawheed in the lands in order to create justice and remove oppression

10.Jihad has been legislated under Islamic ruler for the spread of Tawheed. It is not to shed blood. It is not to establish state.

The topic starts from 43 minutes onwards until the end. Around 15 mins of simple explanation of this important Hadeeth. Highly recommended

Speaker: Abu Iyyad hafizahullaah