The greatest Jihad
But we should struggle and we will get more favor in return for this jihad. The greatest jihad is not jihad in acts of worship nor in following the prophet, (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him), in his habitual Sunna like having long beard or wearing a turban as these are easy things anyone can easily do, but the greatest jihad is in following him in his ethics and his dealings. Master Abu-Yazeed Al-Bustamy said: "Charisma is not to fly in the air or walk on water but to change a bad ethics in you by a good one."
This is the greatest jihad.
Awrad (Daily types of remembrance) of beginners in the way of righteous people are some kinds of remembrances by which the soul gets chastened and the heart becomes alive, then man can live in the light of the book of God and in the love of God's beloved and chosen prophet, like asking God's forgiveness one hundred times, blessing upon the prophet one hundred times, saying La Ilaha Illa Allah (there is no God but Allah) one hundred times, reciting one part or half a part of Qur'an daily and to perform some optional prostrations every night, but what are Awrad of those who seek perfections?
We tell them to change a bad ethics in him, exactly as the prophet did with his great companions, for example, he told one of them when he asked him:
"O messenger of God, recommend me." He said to him: "Don’t get angry." He asked him again: "O messenger of God, recommend me." He said: "Don’t get angry." He asked him for the third time: "O messenger of God, recommend me." He said: "Don’t get angry." It was narrated in Saheeh Al-Bukhary after Abu-Hurayrah.
If you can get rid of anger, you will see marvelous favors of God because you follow ethics of prophets about which God says:
9-114: "for Abraham was most tender-hearted, forbearing."
You become tender hearted praised by God in His noble book. Another one asked the prophet for recommendation, he said to him: "Don’t tell lies." These are Awrad of great righteous people; he looks inside himself for what he can follow the messenger of God, what he has to leave and what he should reform among his ethics.
Imam Abul-Aza'em said:
"Ethics are secrets of high degrees; they are gifted to the people of strong determination."
Ethics are the bases by which honored people became special to God, when God praised His true servants, He said:
25-63: "Those who walk on the earth in humility,"
This means they are modest.
25-63: "When ignorant people address them, they say: Peace."
This means pardoning and forgiving. After that:
25-64: "Those who spend the night in adoration of their Lord prostrate and standing."
Then the beginnings are the secret of gifts at the ends. This is what the book of God concentrated on in its verses. When God praised Ansar (people of Medina), He says:
59-9: "Those who before them, had homes (in Medina) and had adopted the Faith,"
How much do they perform prayers or fast? Nothing, but He says:
"They show their affection to such as came to them for refuge,"
He is our master, the messenger of God, what was the result of this love? He says:
"They entertain no desire in their hearts for things given to the (latter),"
Whenever he orders them something, they soon fulfill it without any anger, lagging, wait, but they hurry to perform his orders at once because they want to be among righteous people, there is still another thing, God says about it:
"They give them preference over themselves, even though poverty was their (own lot),"
Where are acts of worship? There is none, because all acts of worship are supposed to help man to reform himself and chasten his ethics according to the perfections God granted the prophet, (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him). For instance, God says about prayers:
29-45: "For Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds,"
He says about fasting:
2-183: "Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint."
He says about charity:
9-103: "Of their goods, take alms, that so you might purify them,"
This is the main purpose, inner purification, then He says:
9-103: "And you might sanctify them;"
Chastening the soul by charity, after that he didn’t say they perform prayers but he tells him to pray upon them, He says:
9-103: "And you pray on their behalf, verily your prayers are a source of security for them, and Allah is One Who hears and knows."
We need someone to pray upon us not just to perform prayers. If we pray one thousand years, it will never be equal to him praying upon us for a single moment. When they perform prayers, only God knows if this prayer is accepted or not as their prayers have obstacles. He says about Hajj:
2-197: "If any one undertakes Hajj therein, Let there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling in Hajj,"
Then it is all about perfections, the prophet said about them:
"I was sent to complete good ethics." It was narrated in As'sunan Al-Kobra by Al-Bayhaky after Abu-Hurayrah.
Where does he perfect them? In his companions, he perfect good manners in them so they all follow this great way of good ethics, this is the secret by which all horizons were opened to them, why? By good ethics of the beloved and chosen prophet, (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him), which they followed, so God enabled them to open hearts easily.