the Fatwa Department Research Committee - chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî
There is a weak hadîth related that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad. The lesser jihad refers to armed struggle while the greater jihâd refers to self-struggle.”
Al-Albânî, in his Silsilah al-Ahâdîth al-Da`îfah, volume 5 page 478, says:
This hadîth is false. Al-Hafiz al-Irâqî said in Takhrîj al-Ahyâ’ (2/6): “Related by al-Bayhaqî from the hadîth of Jâbir, and said there is a weak line of transmission for this hadîth. Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajr mentioned what al-Bayhaqî said, in his book Takhrîj al-Kashâf (4/114. No. 33) then said: This hadîth is from the narration of Isa b. Ibrâhîm through Yahyâ b. Ya`lâ through Layth b. Abi Sulaym. These three people are weak. Imam al-Nisâ’î mentioned this hadith in al-Kunâ from the narration of Ibrâhîm b. Abi `Ablah one of the successors of the people of Syria.”
Al-Albânî also says: “Isa b. Ibrâhîm is al-Barakî. Ibn hajar says about him in al-Taqrîb: “He is truthful but falls into doubt”, so calling him weak is a bit unfair.
Ibn Hajr confirms that the statement is actually the statement of this Ibrâhîm.
Al-Sûyûtî said in
Ibn Taymiyah said about this hadîth: “It is baseless.”
Source: Islam Today