Hadith on Jihad: Best people strive in jihad, worship in seclusion

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported: It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, which people are best?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “A believer who strives in the way of Allah with his life and property.” They said, “Then who?” The Prophet said, “A believer in a narrow valley who fears his Lord and spares people from his evil.”

In another narration, the Prophet said, “A man who withdraws into a narrow valley to worship his Lord.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 2634, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1888

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

عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ قِيلَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أَيُّ النَّاسِ أَفْضَلُ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مُؤْمِنٌ يُجَاهِدُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ قَالُوا ثُمَّ مَنْ قَالَ مُؤْمِنٌ فِي شِعْبٍ مِنْ الشِّعَابِ يَتَّقِي اللَّهَ وَيَدَعُ النَّاسَ مِنْ شَرِّهِ

وفي رواية أخرى قال رَجُلٌ مُعْتَزِلٌ فِي شِعْبٍ مِنَ الشِّعَابِ يَعْبُدُ رَبَّهُ

2634 صحيح البخاري كتاب الجهاد والسير باب أفضل الناس مؤمن مجاهد بنفسه وماله في سبيل الله

1888 صحيح مسلم كتاب الإمارة باب فضل الجهاد والرباط