Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the Major Striving
Hadith #1

حدثنا الحسين بن أحمد بن إدريس - رضي الله عنه - قال: حدثنا أبي، قال: حدثنا أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، قال: أخبرني محمد بن يحيى الخزاز، قال: حدثني موسى بن إسماعيل عن أبيه، عن موسى بن جعفر، عن أبيه، عن آبائه، عن أمير المؤمنين عليهم السلام قال: إن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله بعث سرية فلما رجعوا قال: مرحبا بقوم قضوا الجهاد الأصغر وبقي عليهم الجهاد الأكبر قيل: يا رسول الله وما الجهاد الأكبر؟ قال: جهاد النفس، وقال عليه السلام أفضل الجهاد من جاهد نفسه التي بين جنبيه.

1. We were told by Hussain bin Ahmad bin Idrees, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said: We were told by my father, that he said: We were told by Ahmad bin Muhammed bin Isa, that he said: I was informed by Muhammed bin Yahya al-Khazzaz, the Silk Maker, that he said: I was told by Musa bin Isma’eel, from his father, from Musa bin Ja’far, from his father, from his fathers, from the Commander of the Believers, peace be upon him, that he said: Indeed, the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, once sent a brigade, and when they returned, he said: Welcome to a people who have performed the Minor Striving and upon whom remains the Major Striving. It was said: O Messenger of Allah, and what is the Major Striving? He said: Combating one’s self. He, peace be upon him, said: The best of striving is that of the one who combats his self that is between his sides.