The best Jihad (striving in the Cause of Allah) is (to speak) a word of truth to an oppressive ruler. What is meant by this Hadith? When should it be applied?
It means that confronting an oppressive ruler with the truth either verbally or in writing or by any other means is the best kind of Jihad. (Part No. 4; Page No. 403) Al-Manawy said in his commentary on Al-Jami‘ Al-Saghir, “This is because the injustice of a ruler affects a multitude of people, which when held back, spreads benefit to a great number of people, unlike killing the Kafir (disbeliever).”Moreover, it is a discharge of the obligation of advising rulers in all times which is demanded of any person who is qualified to do that by having the required knowledge, forbearance and patience.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.