Madinat al-Muslimeen Islamic Message Board
|04/04/01 at 04:37:32|
|by Shaykh Dr. Abdullah Azzam ash-Shaheed |
Indeed the Lord of Honour has obligated preparation (for Jihād) in the Wise Remembrance (i.e. the Qur'ān). He says,
"And make ready against them all you can of Quwwah, including steeds of war to threaten the enemy of Allāh and your enemy." [Qur'ān 8:60]
Ibn 'Abbas said, " 'al-Quwwah' (lit. Power) here is the weapon and the shield, and he sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam said, 'Verily, indeed al-Quwwah is firing.' " [Related by Muslim]
As-Sa'dee said, " 'al-Quwwah' is the weapon you terrorize the enemy of Allāh and your enemy with; Ibn Abbas said, 'You pierce the enemy of Allāh and your enemy with it.' "
So the Lord of Honour has obligated preparation with a weapon and a horse to affront the enemies of Allāh and humiliate them. A man met Imām Mujāhid (the scholar of tafsīr) in Makkah (and Mujāhid was) with saddle-bags; Mujāhid said, "This is from al-Quwwah", and Mujāhid was making ready for battle.
The Companions use to praise al-Quwwah and compete in the field of honour and jihād; Urwah al-Baariqee use to have seventy horses ready for jihād. And the hadeeth, "Verily, indeed al-Quwwah is firing" reflects the evidence and miraculous nature of Prophethood, as the large part of recent wars are established by firing, from bullets to cannons to rockets. All of them are (forms of) firing, whereas the wars of old and his sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam's time, their load relied upon swords, spears and horses, and as for the use of arrows, it was much less than them (i.e the sword, spears and horses).
Therefore we see the horse, sword and spear have many names occurring in the poetry of the pre-Islāmic Arabs and then in their poetry after Islām, and very often they used to boast about the sword, spear and stallion, praising them, (but) as for the occurrence of arrows in their poetry, then it was very seldom and rare compared to the sword and spear.
The fact is that when we used to use this language, it was understood by all races; awe used to be in the hearts of the our enemies from us; victory used to come to use by a month's journey through fear. The enemies' shoulders trembled, their limbs shivered and their joints quaked in the face of the mention of the Muslims, who enemies used to described them as, "Monks by night, Warriors by day."
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