Rules of Warfare in Islam

Rules of Warfare in Islam

Not killing fleeing, not destroying temples, not mocking the dead, not converting to Islam by force. What other rules of warfare in Islam do the current seemingly Muslims in the russian Armed Forces break?

Let us recall what  the Prophet Muhammad ordered his soldiers before the battle:

1) Not to kill civilians. “Do not kill any child, woman, old or sick person.” (Sunan Abu Dawud)

2) Treat prisoners humanely. “Do not put on fetters, do not act treacherously, do not injure.” (Al Muwatta)

3) Do not destroy trees. “Do not uproot or burn palm trees, do not cut down fruit-bearing trees.” (Al Muwatta)

4) Do not kill animals except for food. “Do not slaughter sheep, cows, or camels, except for food.” (Al Muwatta)

5) Do not hit in the face. “If one struggles with his brother, [he must] avoid being struck in the face, for Allah created him in the image of Adam.” (Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim)

6) Do not kill monks and priests. “You will meet people who have secluded themselves for worship in monasteries; do not disturb them or violate what they have committed themselves to.” (Imam Ahmad’s Musnat)

7) Do not destroy civilian infrastructure and food supplies. “Do not destroy villages and towns, do not spoil cultivated fields and orchards, do not slaughter livestock.” (Sahih Bukhari, Sunan Abu Dawud)

8) Do not show your anger. “Don’t look for an encounter with the enemy. Pray to Allah to keep you safe. But if [you have to] fight with him, be steadfast. (Sahih Muslim)

9) Do not burn your enemies. “No one can punish with fire except the Lord of fire.” (Sunan Abu Dawud)

10) Respect justice. “Get used to doing good if people do good. Don’t do wrong, even if they do wrong. (Al-Tirmizi)


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