Just War Part 3

Is all conflict wrong?

In this khutba we look at the circumstances under which conflict can be justified. Islam does not believe in pacifism but it also recognises that to protect humankind there have to be restrictions on when and how the conflict should take place.

‘The General’s Son’ Recounts Very Different Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

For whatever reason, in those six days of 1967 the organized American Jewish community came under the spell of the myth of Israel’s insecurity—the conviction that, despite the obvious evidence of its overwhelming strength, Israel was a tiny “David” constantly menaced by neighboring “Goliaths,” which gave Israel the right to do anything as long as it was declared bishvil bitachon (“for the sake of security”).

An excellent article which looks into the truth behind the political reasons for the 1967 ‘war’ and asks whether the lie from the Israeli military that it is protecting itself, its actually putting Jews at risk in Israel.

Would the Palestinians not settle for the West Bank and Gaza? Would they demand more? The article above gives a clear answer.

Confronting Strangers During Conflict

Sanctity of human life in Islam can be judged from the fact that even at time of war when faced with a stranger who uses the Islamic salutation, assalamu alaikum, one must not harm such a person but accept him as a Muslim and then check the truthfulness of the claim.

The investigation should be honest and not be tempered by the temptations of worldly gain. When the Pakistan government initiated an investigation into the beliefs of the Ahmadis it was not a time of conflict and it was not an honest investigation. It was tempered with the desire of worldly gain.

In case of our jamaat Mr Bhutto initially did not want us to be declared kafirs as well as the Qadianis. However, he relented after he was told that by including us with the Qadiani jamaat he will only lose a few thousand votes.