Jihad: The forgotten obligation
10: The Desire for Coming Back to the World
Narrated Anas bin Malik (r), the Prophet (saw) said, "Nobody who enters Paradise likes to go to the world even if he got everything in the earth except a Mujahid who wishes to return to the world so that he may be shaheed ten times, because of the dignity he receives (from Allah)". (Sahih Bukhari, p.395, vol.1)
Ibn Battal (r) states there is no good deed in which one sacrifices his soul except Jihaad, therefore its reward is equally significant. (Fath ul Bari, p.115, vol.6)
In Nasa'i, narrated by Anas (r), the Messenger of Allah (saw) has said, "A person from the people of Paradise will be called in front of Allah. Allah Ta'ala will ask him, "O son of Adam, how did you find your place of stay?". He will reply, "It is the best place". Then Allah will say, "Ask and wish for something." He will say, "I ask that you return me to the world, so that I may be shaheed, in your path, ten more times." (He will ask for this, because he has seen the virtue of Shahadah).
Jabir (r) says the Prophet saw asked me, "Shall I not tell you what Allah Ta'ala had said to your father?" He said to him, "O My servant! Make a wish for something and I will give it to you." He replied, "O my Lord! Give me life again so that I may be slain again in your cause." Allah will say, "The decision has been made that they, (the Shuhadah), will not return to the world again." (Tirmidhi).