Is Islam a Militant Religion? | Welcome to Islam

In Islam, the use of force is allowed only in special situations, particularly when the Muslim community is threatened by hostile forces. This is indeed natural and logical for any nation. Then again, the use of force in a campaign of Jihad is determined by the Khalifah (Caliph) of Islamic States in a very ordered and ethical way. Islam considers all life forms as sacred, but particularly emphasizes the sanctity of human life. Allah Almighty عَزَّوَجَلَّ says in the Majestic Quran:

وَ  لَا  تَقۡتُلُوا   النَّفۡسَ   الَّتِیۡ    حَرَّمَ

(اللّٰہُ     اِ لَّا  بِا لۡحَقِّ  ؕ     ذٰ لِکُمۡ     وَ  صّٰکُمۡ    بِہٖ    لَعَلَّکُمۡ    تَعۡقِلُوۡنَ     ﴿۱۵۱

… and do not unjustly kill any life which Allah has made sacred; this is the command to you that you may understand [Ana`am 6:151]

Further, Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ says:

مَنۡ  قَتَلَ  نَفۡسًۢا بِغَیۡرِ  نَفۡسٍ  اَوۡ  فَسَادٍ   فِی  الۡاَرۡضِ  فَکَاَ نَّمَا  قَتَلَ  النَّاسَ  جَمِیۡعًا ؕ

…whoever kills a human being except in lieu of killing or causing turmoil in the earth, so it shall be as if he had killed all mankind… [Maidah 5:32]

Such is the value of a single human life, that Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, the Most Merciful equates the taking of even one human life unjustly as the killing of all of humanity.

It is important to understand that in Islam, war is only permitted in specific and dire circumstances. It is disliked and only permitted as a last resort when all other attempts for peace are unsuccessful. It keeps warfare at a level of mercy and respect for the enemy such as none other has been able to reach. The Beloved Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, sometimes had to fight for the mere survival of his mission, but once security was ensured, he immediately reverted to peace and diplomacy.. Read More
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