The Levels of (Self) Jihad by Ibn Qayyim

June 12, 2008

One of my favorite quotes on my own blog is that of, “The Levels of Prayer by Ibn Qayyim”  (https://mustaqeem.wordpress.com/2008/01/01/the-levels-of-prayer-by-ibn-qayyim).  I was fortunate enough to come across a similar quote by Ibn Qayyim in terms of the levels of personal, self-jihad:

Jihad [striving] against the soul has four stages. They are:

  • Firstly, to strive in learning guidance and the religion of truth, without which there will be no success.  Indeed, there can be no true happiness, nor any delight in this world and in the Hereafter, except through it.
  • Secondly, striving to act upon what has been learnt, since knowledge without action will not benefit, rather it will cause harm.
  • Thirdly, striving to invite others towards it and to teach those who do not know, otherwise he may be considered from those who hide what Allah has revealed of guidance and clear explanation.  Such knowledge will neither benefit, nor save a person from the punishment of Allah.
  • Fourthly, striving to be patient and persevering against those who oppose this da’wah to Allah and those who seek to cause harm; patiently bearing all these hardships for the sake of Allah.

When all these four stages are completed, then such a person is considered to be amongst the Rabbaaniyyoon.  Our pious predecessors agreed that a scholar does not deserve the title of Rabbaanee until he recognizes and knows the truth, acts upon it, and teaches it to others. So whosoever has knowledge, acts upon it, and teaches this knowledge to others, is considered from the Rabbaaniyyoon.

(Source: Miscellaneous Points of Benefits by Ibnul Qayyim al-Jawziyyah [rahimahullah], taken from Zaad ul-Ma’aad fi Hadee Khayril-‘Ibaad, pages 9 – 11)

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2 Responses to “The Levels of (Self) Jihad by Ibn Qayyim”

  1. amal Says:

    The fourth one is the hardest !

    ”Fourthly, striving to be patient and persevering against those who oppose this da’wah to Allah and those who seek to cause harm; patiently bearing all these hardships for the sake of Allah. ”

  2. fendrri Says:

    Thanks for sharing. Every single one of them is difficult, and should be done simultaneously. Hope we are all given the strength to strive in our jihad.


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