Etiquette of War

Don’t take this as criticism,
Constructively reviewing aspects of war,

This is mere review of etiquette,
Told not to question those who fight for the sake of Allah (s.w.t),

I ain’t questioning integrity or motive,

We should hold everyone accountable,
Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) etiquette towards war,


American soldiers don’t follow suit,
California men,
New York enlists,
Follow Obama’s command,

Yes sir,
Killing innocence,
Yes sir,

Muslims different,
We follow Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) etiquette,

Justice comes from being patient,
Not thinking in haste,

Allah (s.w.t) questions motives,
Prohibiting killing out of anger,

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said,
“Do not attack a wounded person”,
Wounded soldiers not fit to fight,
Instructions arrived,
“No prisoner should be put to the sword”,
“The Prophet (pbuh) has prohibited the killing of anyone who is…
Tied or in captivity”,

(Sources taken from…
Allamah Abu al-‘A’la Mawdudi,
Al Tawhid Journal,
Vol. IV,
No. 3,
Rajab-Ramadhan 1407)

Enemies do not follow instructions,
Killing anyone in the way,
Brutal men killing children,
Napalm and chemical warfare,

If we use the same methods,
What does that make us?
Heroes copying Shaitan’s methods?

Understanding it is hard to watch,
Understanding it is hard to hear,

Our sisters rapped in the living room,
Our sisters killed in front of the television set,
Our sisters murdered in the streets,

Must we not become better people?
Must we not become the Ummah Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) wished?

I am not saying Black Flags don’t exist,
I am not saying Afghanistan brothers and sisters ain’t heroes,

Brothers and sisters fighting for the sake of Allah (s.w.t),

Defending Muslim lands…
I wish we do not become like our enemies…

Muslims instructed,
As we enter the enemy’s territory,
We should not indulge in pillage or plunder,
Nor destroy residential areas,
Nor touch the property of anyone except those who are fighting with them,

It has been narrated:
“The Prophet has prohibited the believers from loot and plunder”,
(Bukhari; Abu Dawud)

Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) injunction is:
“The loot is no more lawful than the carrion”,
(Abu Dawud)

Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (ra) used to remind soldiers…

Do not destroy the villages and towns,
Do not destroy the fields and gardens,
Do not slaughter the cattle,

Booty of war which is acquired from the battleground,
Is altogether different from this…


Captured only from camp and military headquarters of the enemy combatant…

Many want proof,
Many don’t believe,

In the Battle of Ahzab,
Very renowned and redoubtable warrior of the enemy was killed,
His body fell down in the trench which the Muslims who had dug for the defense of Medina,

Unbelievers presented ten thousand dinars to the Prophet,
Requested that the dead body of their fallen warrior may be handed over to them,

The Prophet replied, “I do not sell dead bodies,
You can take away the corpse of your fallen comrade.”
(Bukhari Volume 004, Book 052, Hadith Number 258)

American government killed Sheikh Osama Bin Laden,
(May Allah Be Pleased With Him),

Never giving back the body,
Disrespect to comrades,
Should we not follow Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) way,

Worst of the worst,
Western Powers drone bomb innocent civilian camps,
Obliterating wedding caravans,

Narrated by Ibn ‘Umar (ra):
During some of the Ghazawat of Allah’s Apostle (pbuh),
A woman was found killed,
So Allah’s Apostle forbade the killing of women and children,

(Source taken from…
Allamah Abu al-‘A’la Mawdudi,
Al Tawhid Journal,
Vol. IV,
No. 3,
Rajab-Ramadhan 1407)

We must defend lands,
We must defend children,
We must defend wives,
We must defend mothers,
We must defend sisters,

(Islamic Rulings On Warfare)
Youssef H. Aboul-Enein & Sherifa Zuhur

Western Powers don’t care,
Women, children, or innocence,
Don’t care about hermits, the poor, sheikhs, or religious leaders,

Pathology of war,
We have to kill,
Wipe out the whole field,
So nothing grows,

(Islamic Rulings On Warfare)
Youssef H. Aboul-Enein & Sherifa Zuhur

We are not allowed to kill women, children, innocence,
Hermits, monks, or other religious leaders who are deemed non-combatant,

No killing of livestock and animals;
No burning or destruction of trees and orchards;
No destruction of wells.


History proves this way of thinking never used,
Arabs used to bury daughters alive,
How could anyone think of saving a life if they are busy thinking how to kill all life?

Abu Bakr (ra),
First caliph after Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) death,
Formulated a detailed set of rules for Islamic conduct during war,
Gave the following instructions to a Muslim army setting out for Syria,

Stop, O people, that I may give you ten rules for your guidance,
Do not commit treachery or deviate from the right path,
You must not mutilate dead bodies,
Neither kill a child, nor a woman, nor an aged man,

Bring no harm to the trees,
Nor burn them with fire,
Especially those which are fruitful,
Slay not any of the enemy’s flock,
Save for your food,
You are likely to pass by people who have devoted their lives to monastic services;
Leave them alone,

(Islamic Rulings On Warfare)
Youssef H. Aboul-Enein & Sherifa Zuhur

I am not writing to discriminate,
I am not writing to neglect,
I am writing to make aware etiquette of war,
I am writing to remind my brothers and sisters fighting for the sake of Allah (s.w.t),

Enemies of Allah (s.w.t),
I wish for my brothers and sisters to win…
When trees move showing where Jews stand,
Do not confuse my words…
I am writing to remind my dear brothers and sisters,
I am writing to remind them…
In sha’ Allah…


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