Jihad in the Koran
The Civil War Which Started It All
A civil war was the genesis for the on-going bloody wars to exalt Islam above every other religion. It was a nasty business as civil wars tend to be.
In civil wars kin will kill or injure kin, and the Arab civil war was no different, except that a god, a vengeful pitiless god took a personal interest in the conflict. This was to be expected, after all, the war was about Him.
The Enemy Within
The Arab civil war would expand into an all-out war against all unbelievers wherever they might be. Allah, early on in the conflict established who His enemies were, making sure to single out the enemy within.
The list He established then is as valid today as it was when the Prophet was in charge of day-to-day combat operations. You see its impact in the indiscriminate killing of non-combatants such as women and children by suicide bombers. Your children, your spouses, your parents were not to be spared the homicidal hatred Allah instilled in His servants, as a Bounty and Favour, if they did not agree to worship the One and only God.
You cannot separate the hatred for unbelief from hatred of the unbeliever, and I am sure the All-Wise was aware of that.
49:7 Know that Allah’s Messenger is in your midst. Were he to obey you in much of your affairs (take your advice), you would suffer hardship; but Allah has endeared belief to you and embellished it in your hearts, and He has made you to hate unbelief, sin and disobedience. Such are the rightly guided.
49:8 As a Bounty from Allah and a Favour. Allah is All-Knowing and Wise.
Kinsmen, Parents and Children
What about children? Allah will not spare the innocent in the Hereafter, so don’t spare them in the here-and-now if you don’t want to join your progeny in Hell, revelation 60:3-14:15.
THE WOMAN TESTED
In the Name of Allah,
the Compassionate, the Merciful
60:1 O believers, do not take My enemy and your enemy for supporters, showing them friendship, when they have disbelieved what has come to you for the Truth. They expel the Messenger and expel you because you have believed in Allah, your Lord. If you have gone out to struggle in My Cause and to seek My Good Pleasure secretly showing them friendship, while I know very well what you conceal and what you reveal. He who does that among you has surely strayed from the Right Path.
60:2 If they come upon you, they will be enemies of yours and will stretch out their hands and tongues against you with malice, and they wish that you would disbelieve.
60:3 Your kinsmen or your children will not profit you on the Day of Resurrection. He shall separate you one from the other; and Allah perceives well what you do.
Allah’s poster-child for hating your own flesh and blood, your wives and distant and close relations who disbelieved is Abraham, who disowned his own father.
9:114 Abraham asked forgiveness for his father, only because of a promise he had made to him; but when it became clear to him that he was an enemy of Allah, he disowned him. Indeed Abraham was compassionate, forbearing.
How the likes of Abraham's father will be dealt with on Judgement Day. When it comes to sadistic practices, Allah, indeed, has no equal!
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, "On the Day of Resurrection Abraham will meet his father Azar whose face will be dark and covered with dust. (The Prophet Abraham will say to him): 'Didn't I tell you not to disobey me?'
His father will reply: 'Today I will not disobey you.'
'Abraham will say: 'O Lord! You promised me not to disgrace me on the Day of Resurrection; and what will be more disgraceful to me than cursing and dishonoring my father?'
Then Allah will say (to him):' 'I have forbidden Paradise for the disbelievers."
Then he will be addressed, 'O Abraham! Look! What is underneath your feet?'
He will look and there he will see a Dhabh (an animal,) blood-stained, which will be caught by the legs and thrown in the (Hell) Fire."
60:4 You have had a good example in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people: “We are quit of you and what you worship apart from Allah. We disbelieve in you. Enmity and hatred have arisen between you and us forever, till you believe in Allah alone; except for Abraham’s word to his father: ‘I will ask forgiveness for you, although I have no power from Allah to do anything for you.’ Lord, in You we trust, to you we turn and unto you is the ultimate resort.
60:5 “Lord, do not cause us to be a temptation for those who have disbelieved, and forgive us. Our Lord, You are indeed the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.”
60:6 You have indeed in them a good example; that is for whoever hopes for Allah and the Last Day. Whoever repents, surely Allah is the All-Mighty, All-Praiseworthy.
The enemy within!
64:14 O believers, in the midst of your wives and children, there is an enemy of yours, so beware of them. Yet, if you pardon, overlook and forgive, surely Allah is forgiving, All-Merciful.
[One meaning] relates to those special circumstances which most of the Muslims were facing at the time these verses were sent down, and today also they are faced by every person who embraces Islam in a non-Muslim society. At that time in Makkah and in other parts of Arabia a situation that was commonly being experienced was that a man would embrace Islam, but his wife and children would not only be disinclined to accept it but would try their best to press him to give up Islam … Then, it is said: "Beware of them." That is, "You should not ruin your eternal life for the sake of their worldly life.”
64:15 Your possessions and children are surely a temptation, and with Allah is a great reward.
64:16 So, fear Allah as much as you can, listen, obey and spend freely (in the Cause of Allah). That is best for you. He who is guarded against the avarice of his soul – those are the prosperous.
Women Choose Sides
The wives of Meccan men were not prisoners in their husband’s household. They accompanied their husbands to war; any fighting was also about them – mainly about them in the Arab civil war as it would turn out – therefore they exposed themselves to many of the same risks. They urged their husbands on from the sidelines all the while shouting insults at the enemy.
Not the shy retiring type; at the battle of Uhud, which was one of the few battles the Meccans won, many of them stripped to the waist giving their husbands a clear indication of what and for whom they were fighting.
Many of these women must have left their husband when their partner joined the religion which considered them no more than chattel to be bartered between believing men for Allah to send a revelation that the husbands whose wives deserted them should be compensated.
60:11 If any of your wives desert you to the unbelievers, and you decide to penalize them, then give those [husbands] whose wives have gone away the like of what they have spent (the dowry), and fear Allah in whom you believe.
Why would such women become believers, which of course some did? Allah rightly questioned their loyalty and motives and demanded that their faith be tested. In the same revelation He established that a believing female could never be married to an unbeliever.
60:10 O believers, if believing women come to you as Emigrants, then test them; Allah knows better their faith. If you find them to be believers, do not send them back to the unbelievers. They are neither lawful to the unbelieving men, nor are those men lawful to them. Give them what they [the unbelieving husbands] had paid in dowry; and you are not at fault if you marry them, provided you pay them their dowries. Do not hold fast to unbelieving women; demand what you have spent and let them demand what they have spent. That is Allah’s Judgement. He judges between you, and Allah is All-Knowing and Wise.