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Massacre at Gaza by Israel, Great Tragedy - An Analysis

Its really sad, sorry state. Innocent people being killed mercilessly and world is silent.... Arabs are silent, Muslims are silent .... BUT let's analyse it briefly... Does the commonsense demand to initiate war while Hamas is not prepared? Is it not suicidal? Do we have such examples in the Sunnah ? Muslims at MAdina only fought defensive battles, they only moved to Makkah when they were strong well prepared.
A believer should not involve himself in matters, which he is unable to deal with effectively:
The Prophet (pbuh) once said: “It is not for a believer to humiliate himself,” “How does one humiliate oneself?” The Prophet (pbuh) was asked and to this he replied, “By falling foul of a situation from which one cannot extricate oneself.”
Gauging one’s own strength before testing it on others:
Abdullah ibn Umar relates how once, when he was listening to a sermon preached by Hajjaj ibn Yusuf, he took objection to something Hajjaj had said, and was just about to air his own views on this, when he recalled what the Prophet (pbuh) had once said that it did not befit a believer to disgrace himself. Abdullah ibn Umar had asked the Prophet (pbuh) what was meant by disgracing oneself, and the Prophet (pbuh) had replied: “It means attempting to deal with a problem which is quite beyond one’s capacities.”
The problem with religious fanatics is that they consider themselves to be as good as the Companions [R.A] [God forbid, we are weak in faith]. Only Faith is not required to win battles, preparations and fighting skills tactics is required. Remember... Hudabia, .. AND Uhad when people got busy in booty collection and Khalid bin Walid [then non Muslim ] attacked and Muslims suffered losses. Allah could have have out rightly helped Muslims, but the the law of Cause and affect works.
Hamas and PLO fight among themselves, there is no unity. All Arabs. Muslims are fighting among themselves. No one has power to unite them by use of force. Its through diplomacy, talks they may get closer.

إِنَّ شَرَّ الدَّوَابِّ عِندَ اللَّـهِ الصُّمُّ الْبُكْمُ الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْقِلُو

نَیقیناً خدا کے نزدیک بدترین قسم کے جانور وہ بہرے گونگے لوگ ہیں جو عقل سے کام نہیں لیتے

Verily, the worst of all creatures in the sight of God are those deaf, those dumb people who do not use their intellect.(Quran;8:22)

لِّيَهْلِكَ مَنْ هَلَكَ عَن بَيِّنَةٍ وَيَحْيَىٰ مَنْ حَيَّ عَن بَيِّنَةٍجو

ہلاک ہو، دلیل پر ہلاک ہو اور جو زنده رہے، وه بھی دلیل پر زنده رہے

Who would perish might perish by clear proof, and he who would live might live by clear proof(Quran;8:42)
Wisdom should go hand in hand with bravery:
Khalid ibn Walid was one of the greatest warriors and leaders of the Muslim army in its early days. Yet, in the year 17 AH, while he was still riding high after his mighty conquests, he was removed from his post by the second Caliph Umar. Khalid was a brave and extremely daring commander. But there were times when his bravery would lead him into hasty decisions. A case in point was siege of Hims, (16 AH) when the Roman Emperor Heraclius, alongwith his North African troops, attacked the forces of Khalid and besieged them within the town. Contrary to orders from the Caliphate, Khalid immediately sallied forth to do battle with the attacking forces, without waiting for the arrival of reinforcements. On this particular occasion, the Muslims, by the sheer grace of God, were victorious. But Umar considered that Khalid had been hasty and imprudent in this action. Shah Waliullah comments: “Courage is not everything in the field of battle. Patience to await the necessary assistance is also a virtue, otherwise courage, on its own, can lead one straight to defeat. (SHAH WALIULLAH, IZALA AL-KHAFA)
Retreat and fight another day:
It was at Mutah, a village situated in present-day Jordan, that” a battle took place in 8 AH between the 3,000-strong Muslim and Byzantine forces, numbering 100,000. Three commanders of the Muslim army were slain one after another, whereupon the standard of the Muslims was handed over to Khalid ibn Walid, who took a command and knit the ranks together. The enemy advance was so firmly checked that they drew back enough for the Muslims to beat an orderly retreat. Considering it unwise to advance again, Khalid then returned to Madinah with the one thousand troops who had survived. As they entered Madinah, crowds of men and women lined the route, jeering and throwing dust in their faces as they passed. “Runaways!” they shouted. “No” said the Prophet (pbuh); “they are not runaways but soldiers who will return to the fight if God wills it so.”

Post by Aftab Khan.

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