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Prophetic War Mongering (Article 2)

Prophetic War Mongering (Article 2)


Date Published: 
Saturday, 1 February, 2020

In the previous article we looked at the importance of Muhammad’s example in shaping Muslim beliefs and practices. The record of his conduct is perhaps nowhere more troubling than when it comes to exhortations to conflict and warfare.

When studying the Qur’an and hadiths, a consistent pattern emerges. Muhammad made it clear on several occasions that engaging in warfare for the sake of Allah is one of the greatest things that a Muslim can do. Here are just some examples of this being made explicit by Muhammad (or supposedly said to Muhammad by Allah in the Qur’an):

  •  “Not equal are those believers remaining [at home] - other than the disabled - and the mujahideen, [who strive and fight] in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred the mujahideen through their wealth and their lives over those who remain [behind], by degrees. And to both Allah has promised the best [reward]. But Allah has preferred the mujahideen over those who remain [behind] with a great reward” (Qur’an 4:95). It was narrated that Amr bin Abasah said: “I came to the Prophet and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, which Jihad is best?’ He said: ‘[That of a man] whose blood is shed and his horse is wounded’” (Sunan Ibn Majah Book 24 Hadith 2794). 

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