I read the below post ”Saladin: Who taught Europe the Ethics of War,” featured in the ”Muslim Times,” and could not help but be filled with a sense of deep sadness. The scenes of the late Muammar Qaddafi, Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un, bloodied and dragged through the streets of Sirte and then ultimately shot dead by a Muslim teenager with no understanding of history and justice was a real shock to the system. I have no sympathy for Gaddafi as a leader, he certainly was a tyrant, nevertheless I could not help but feel that the people dragging him down the street, fighting for the so called NTC, were not themselves young tyrants in the making. What shocked me even more was the Fox headline which cited the NTC as saying: Qaddafi to be buried in Islamic tradition. It never amazes me how highly and ceremonially many in the Muslim Ummah treat death and yet how incidental life, liberty and justice are to them. Take, for example, the smoothed over reports of how the rebels have been ethnically cleansing the black Libyans (Tuareg and others) or how the rebels have been shelling civilians. Both of these acts are illegal under the ethics of war set out by the Holy Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) – oh, and by International Law, not that either of these seem important to the people in question or the so called ”protectors” of International Law.
As was rightfully pointed out by a friend, Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi responsible for the murder of millions of Jews, was not dragged down the streets bloodied, but taken to Israel, tried and then executed in 1962. The 24 most dangerous Nazis captured by the Allied Forces were not placed against a wall and shot in the back of the head, but tried in the Nuremberg trials after which eleven were hung.
The kind of scenes we saw today are great (and depressing) indicators of how little both the ‘awaam and khawwaas’ [ordinary people and intellectuals] have absorbed of the legal and ethical guidelines of the Shari’a. It was a sorry sight indeed. I could say little else than la hawla wa la quwwata illa bi(A)llah.Like our Master, Allah bless him and give him peace, said when the funeral of the Jew passed by: “was he not a human being?”
3721 Learn sincerity of action from Ali: know that (that) Lion of
God was (completely) purified from deceit.
In a battle (against the unbelievers) he got the (upper) hand
against a certain champion. He quickly raised his sword and was
hurrying (to kill him).
(But the man) spat in Ali’s face, (who was) the pride of every
prophet and every saint;
He spat upon a face before which the (beautiful) face of the (full)
moon bows low at the place of prostration.
3725 At (that) moment, Ali threw (aside his) sword (and) slowed
(down) in (his) fight against him.
That brave warrior became amazed by this action and by (his)
showing (such) forgiveness and mercy without (it being the) place
He said, “You raised (your) sharp sword against me: for what
(reason) did you throw (it aside and) quit (fighting) me?
“What did you see (that was) better than fighting me, so that you
became unenthusiastic in hunting me?
“What did you see so that (a) rage of yours like this settled down,
(and) so that a lightning like that appeared and (then) jumped back?
3730 “What did you see so that a splendor appeared in my heart
and soul from the reflection of that sight?
“What did you see which was higher than the universe (and
was) better than life, so that you gave me life?
“In being brave, you are the Lion of the Lord. (And) in manly
generosity, who knows who you are?
3733 “In generosity you are (like) the cloud of Moses in the desert,
out of which came incomparable trays (full of food) and bread.”
. . . . . . .
3745 “O Ali, (O) you who are entirely intelligence and vision! Tell
(me) a little bit about what you have seen!
“The sword of your mildness has ripped (through) my soul, (and)
the water of your knowledge has purified my earth.
“Speak openly. I know that these are His secrets, because killing
without (need of) a sword is His (way of) action.
“The Creator (who is) without (need of) tools or limbs, (and) the
Generous Giver of [all] these excellent gifts,
“Causes the understanding to taste a hundred thousand ‘wines’
(of) which the two eyes and ears are unaware.
3750 “Speak openly, O Falcon of the (Divine) Throne (and
capturer of) good prey! What did you see this moment from the
3751 “(Since) your eyes have been taught understanding of the
invisible (realms), (while) the eyes of those who are present
[here] have been sewn up.”
. . . . . . .
3787 (Ali) said, “I strike (with) the sword for the sake of God
(only). I am the servant of God; I am not commanded by the body.
“I am the Lion of God, not the lion of craving, (and) my actions
are evidence of my religion.
“In battle, (the verse) ‘You did not throw when you threw’ (is
the attitude) for me. I am like the sword, but the one who strikes is
(like) the Sun.
3790 “I have removed the baggage of self from [blocking] the way,
(and) I have considered (anything) other than God (to be) nothing.
“I am a shadow (and) the Sun is my lord; I am the doorkeeper, not
a curtain (barring the way) to Him.
“I am like a sword, covered with jewels of Union; in battle, I
make (men) living not killed.
“Blood does not cover the lustre of my sword, (and) the wind
never takes (away) my clouds.
“I’m not straw. I am a mountain of restraint and patience and
justice. The strong wind never steals (away) the mountain!
3795 “Whatever leaves (its) place because of some wind is
(nothing but) twigs. Because there are many unfavorable winds.
“The winds of anger, lust, and greed carry (off) the one who isn’t
among those devoted to the (daily ritual) prayers.
“I am a mountain and my existence is His foundation. And if I
become like straw, the wind (moving) me is remembrance of
“My affection doesn’t move (toward anything) except by His
wind, (and) the captain of my cavalry is nothing except love for the
“Anger (is a) king over kings, but (it is) my slave; I have also
tied anger underneath the bridle.
3800 “The sword of my restraint has struck the neck of my anger,
(and) God’s anger has come upon me like mercy.
“I am drowned in light, even though my roof is destroyed. I
became a garden, even though I am (called) the Father of Dust.
“Since a cause (other than God’s cause) came [into my mind]
during the battle, I found (it) suitable to hide (my) sword,
“So that ‘he loves for (the sake of) God’ may become my name,
(and) so that ‘he hates for (the sake of) God’ may become my desire.
“So that ‘he gives for (the sake of) God’ may become my
generosity, (and) so that ‘he withholds for (the sake of) God’ may
become my existence.
3805 “My avarice (is) for (the sake of) God, (my) generosity (is)
for (the sake of) God and (for) none else. I belong completely to
God, (and) I don’t belong to anyone (else).
“And that which I do for (the sake of) God is not imitation or show
(of piety), nor is it (done from) imagination or opinion; it is
nothing other than (direct) vision.
“I am liberated from striving and careful choosing, (for) I have
attached my sleeve to the (hem of) the robe of God.
“If I keep flying, (it is because) I keep seeing the place (worthy)
to fly to, and if I keep circling (it is because) I keep seeing the
object (worthy) of revolving around.
3809 “And if I am carrying a burden, I know where (to take it) to: I
am the moon and the Sun is the guide in front of me!”
Saladin: Who taught Europe the Ethics of War
This is an hour and a half movie or documentary about Saladin and Richard the Lionheart. If the movie inspires you in some ways, remember that the Latter Days, which is our times, are an era of Jihad with pen and the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him had prophesied this. Come join the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and volunteer your services for the Muslim Times.
According to wikipedia: “Saladin’s chivalrous behavior was noted by Christian chroniclers, especially in the accounts of the Siege of Kerak, and despite being the nemesis of the Crusaders, he won the respect of many of them, including Richard the Lionheart; rather than becoming a hated figure in Europe, he became a celebrated example of the principles of chivalry.”
Saladin did not destroy the True Cross, even though he had it after the Battle of Hattin. In the same spirit we want to preserve everything that is wonderful in the Christian tradition and useful for humanity, as we engage in our ‘Jihad with Pen, Keyboards and Internet!’
When Saladin finally captured Jerusalem, he did not kill the Christian population of Jerusalem, the descendents of the crusaders of the First Crusade, who had killed each and every Muslim inhabitant of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. He was following in the footsteps of his master, the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, and trying to mimic his mercy and forgiveness that he had shown to the polytheist population of Mecca a few centuries before.