Shaykh Uthaymeen said in 1994 words that are 100% relevant to the Muslimsender today concerning jihad.
The Shaykh said, “It (jihad) is not obligated and it is not permissible without being prepared for it.
Allaah did not obligate on His Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) whilst he was in Makkah to fight the Mushrikeen and permitted His Prophet in the Treaty of Hudaybiyah to make an agreement with the Mushrikeen. This was an agreement which if a person read would think that within it was a setback for the Muslims. Many of you know how the Treaty of Hudaybiyah was to the extent that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (radi Allaahu ‘anhu) said “O Messenger of Allaah! Are we not upon the truth and our enemies upon baatil?” The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) said “Yes.” ‘Umar said “Then why should we accept such difficult terms in the affairs of our deen?” ‘Umar thought that there was a setback for the Muslims within the treaty.
However, there is no doubt that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) has more understanding than ‘Umar and Allaah permitted the Messenger to do that. The Messenger of Allaah said “Indeed, I am the Messenger of Allaah and I would not disobey him and He will help me” so if it was clear that the treaty was a setback for the Muslims then this indicates to us brothers an important issue which is the strength of a believer’s trust in his Lord.
So what is important is that it is obligatory upon Muslims to wage jihaad in order to make the word of Allaah the most high and so that the deen will be entirely for Allaah.
However, currently we do not possess as Muslims that which can enable us to wage jihaad against the kuffaar, even if it is defensive.
As for offensive jihaad then there is no doubt that this is not possible right now until Allaah brings consciousness to the ummah which prepare the ummah in terms of eemaan, personally and militarily.
As for us today in this regard we are not able to wage jihaad.”
Ref: Liqaa’ (open session) Thursday, 33 during the Month of Safar 1414 AH’1/1994 CE via salafimanhaj.com
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