Islamic Date09 Shawwal
English Date31 May
Ribat Better than the Night of Qadr
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah was engaged in ribat, and the people became alarmed. So they went out to the seashore and it was said: ‘There's nothing to worry about.’ The people dispersed but Abu Hurairah remained there standing. Someone came by him and said: ‘Why are you still standing here, Abu Hurairah?’ He said: ‘I heard the Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) saying: Standing for one hour in the Path of Allah (fee sabeelillah) is better than praying at night on the Night of Qadr at the Black Stone.’" [#1068: Silsilat al-Ahadith as-Sahihah]
Ribat is standing in guard, or guarding a post at the frontiers of the Islamic state. Although there was no immediate danger, Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) chose to remain alert in defense of the Muslims for the sake of obtaining the great reward promised for this act by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).
Unfortunately, some groups use the term “fee sabeelillah” (in the path of Allah) for preaching (tableegh), and use such references to send preachers forth. Others take “fee sabeelillah” to mean any good deed in Islam. But the reality is that whenever this term is used in the Quran it specifically means Jihad/Qitaal. The reward for spending or going forth “fee sabeelillah” is for spending or going forth in Jihad.
These ahadith come as news to us since Jihad has systematically been removed from our education system and we are unaware of its necessity, its blessing or its reward. As a result, we no longer know how to please our Creator in the best possible way.