Jihad - a Pillar of Islam?

Q. Did not the Messenger of Allah (saw) said " Jihad is the pillar of Islam and its topmost part"


It is not permissible to say "The Messenger of Allah said" in relation
to a weak narration, and the above narration is weak.

The Prophet -- Allah bless and greet him -- said: "Islam is built on
five things." He did not say six.

The Companions were more knowledgeable of the Religion than us,
and `Abd Allah ibn `Umar said: "The pillars (arkan) of Islam are five,
and jihad is a good deed." I.e. it is not one of the pillars, much
less the one and only pillar.

The Prophet -- Allah bless and greet him -- said that the one pillar
(`amud) of Islam is salat. Not jihad.

When the Muslims go back to salat, then Allah -- if He likes -- will
give them back jihad. First things first. The Prophet said -- Allah
bless and greet him:

    "The foundation (asl) of this matter [Religion] is Islam.
    Its pillar (`amud) is prayer (salat). And its absolute
    culmination (dharwatu sinamih) is jihad."

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, al-Nasa'i, Ahmad and others from
Mu`adh ibn Jabal.


GF Haddad
Qasyoun@cyberia.net.lb