Hadith on Jihad: Are your parents alive? Strive in their service

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: A man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, asking permission to wage jihad. The Prophet said, “Are your parents alive?” The man said yes. The Prophet said, “Then strive in their service.”

In another narration, the Prophet said, “Then return to your parents and treat them with good company.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 2842, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2549

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو قَالَ جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَسْتَأْذِنُهُ فِي الْجِهَادِ فَقَالَ أَحَيٌّ وَالِدَاكَ قَالَ نَعَمْ قَالَ فَفِيهِمَا فَجَاهِدْ

وفي رواية أخرى قال فَارْجِعْ إِلَى وَالِدَيْكَ فَأَحْسِنْ صُحْبَتَهُمَا 

2842 صحيح البخاري كتاب الجهاد والسير باب الجهاد بإذن الأبوين

2549 صحيح مسلم كتاب البر والصلة والآداب باب بر الوالدين وأنهما أحق به