|Noble Character of Islam|
Islam teaches the best character even under extreme circumstances. This beauty of Islam is hidden due to Muslims’ ignorance and the false image portrayed in the media.
Muslims suffered 13 years of torture, torment and boycott at the hands of the Quraish in Makkah Mukarramah. They had every reason to take revenge.
Yet, at the conquest of Makkah, a general pardon was extended to the very same torturers and tormentors.
After leaving Makkah for refuge in Madinah, the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) sent a spy mission of 13 towards Makkah. They were spotted by a Quraishi trading caravan. The Muslim leader ordered an attack on the caravan. One person was killed, two taken prisoner and all goods were captured.
Back in Madinah, the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) released the prisoners and returned all goods as he had not ordered an attack.
The Quraishi army came to Badr in 2 AH to finish off the Muslims. After the battle, the Muslims captured 70 Quraish. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) decided that they be released on payment of ransom.
The prisoners were in the care of various Sahaaba who gave them better food than they themselves ate and clothed them.
Bear in mind that these were the same people who had tormented the Muslims for over a decade in Makkah!
Muslims are duty-bound to dispense justice to all, under any circumstance.
Under the most trying situations, the Sahaaba and the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) kept their emotions under check and administered justice.
No matter how difficult it may be, the beautiful teachings of Islam must come to the fore. Killing of innocent civilians, practicing torture and giving in to our emotions and acting contrary to Islam does not behove a Muslim.
Prisoner treatment, politics, war and all its attendant by products must be conducted within the framework of Islam.
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