The four categories of Jihaadu-n-Nafs

مراتب جهاد النفس لابن القيم -رحمه الله-

قال العلامة ابن القيم -رحمه الله -في مراتب جهاد النفس : ” فَجِهَادُ النَّفْسِ أَرْبَعُ مَرَاتِبَ أَيْضًا:
إِحْدَاهَا: أَنْ يُجَاهِدَهَا عَلَى تَعَلُّمِ الْهُدَى وَدِينِ الْحَقِّ الَّذِي لَا فَلَاحَ لَهَا وَلَا سَعَادَةَ فِي مَعَاشِهَا وَمَعَادِهَا إِلَّا بِهِ، وَمَتَى فَاتَهَا عِلْمُهُ شَقِيَتْ فِي الدَّارَيْنِ.

الثَّانِيَةُ: أَنْ يُجَاهِدَهَا عَلَى الْعَمَلِ بِهِ بَعْدَ عِلْمِهِ، وَإِلَّا فَمُجَرَّدُ الْعِلْمِ بِلَا عَمَلٍ إِنْ لَمْ يَضُرَّهَا لَمْ يَنْفَعْهَا.

الثَّالِثَةُ: أَنْ يُجَاهِدَهَا عَلَى الدَّعْوَةِ إِلَيْهِ، وَتَعْلِيمِهِ مَنْ لَا يَعْلَمُهُ، وَإِلَّا كَانَ مِنَ الَّذِينَ يَكْتُمُونَ مَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ مِنَ الْهُدَى وَالْبَيِّنَاتِ، وَلَا يَنْفَعُهُ عِلْمُهُ، وَلَا يُنْجِيهِ مِنْ عَذَابِ اللَّهِ.

الرَّابِعَةُ: أَنْ يُجَاهِدَهَا عَلَى الصَّبْرِ عَلَى مَشَاقِّ الدَّعْوَةِ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَأَذَى الْخَلْقِ، وَيَتَحَمَّلُ ذَلِكَ كُلَّهُ لِلَّهِ. فَإِذَا اسْتَكْمَلَ هَذِهِ الْمَرَاتِبَ الْأَرْبَعَ صَارَ مِنَ الرَّبَّانِيِّينَ، فَإِنَّ السَّلَفَ مُجْمِعُونَ عَلَى أَنَّ الْعَالِمَ لَا يَسْتَحِقُّ أَنْ يُسَمَّى رَبَّانِيًّا حَتَّى يَعْرِفَ الْحَقَّ وَيَعْمَلَ بِهِ وَيُعَلِّمَهُ، فَمَنْ عَلِمَ وَعَمِلَ وَعَلَّمَ فَذَاكَ يُدْعَى عَظِيمًا فِي مَلَكُوتِ السَّمَاوَاتِ.” .

ينظر : زاد المعاد 3 / 9

The four categories of Jihaadu-n-Nafs

Imam Ibn al qayyum said:
“So the Jihâd (striving) against the soul has four stages (categories):

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 Herefater, 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 Allâh has revealed of guidance and clear explanation. Such knowledge will neither benefit, nor save a person from the punishment of Allâh.

Fourthly: Striving to be patient and persevering against those who oppose this da’wah (call) to Allâh and those who seek to cause harm – patiently bearing all these hardships for the sake of Allâh.

When these four stages are completed then such a person is considered to be amongst the Rabbâniyyûn. The Salaf were agreed that a Scholar does not deserve the title of Rabbânî until he recognises 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 Rabbâniyyûn.”

[Zâdu-l-Ma’âd fi Hadî Khayril-’Ibâd (pp.9-11)]

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