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Narrated Abu Hurairah:

Allah’s Messenger sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Once Sulaymaan, alayhis-salaam, said ‘(By Allah) tonight I will have sexual intercourse with one-hundred (or ninety nine) women, of whom will give birth to a knight who will fight in Allah’s cause.’ On that a companion of his said, ‘Say Allah willing’, but he did not say Allah willing. Therefore only one of those women concieved and gave birth to a part of a man. By him in whose hands Muhammad’s life is, if he had said, ‘Allah willing’ (he would have begotten sons) all of whom would have been knights, striving in Allah’s cause.”(Saheeh Bukhari, 1/395)

We learn from this hadeeth that every Muslim should make the intention that they would offer their children to be soldiers to safeguard this religion, as was the intention of Sulaymaan, alayhis-salaam.

Ibn Hajar, rahimahillah, said in Fathul Baari, “If a person holds this intention, while having sexual intercourse with his wife, that if he is given a male child he would make him Mujahid, he would gain the reward for his intention even if it does not occur.” i.e. either he does not have a boy or he is a boy but he could not become a Mujahid.

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