About the Book
Battlefields of the Prophet Muhammad-In this book the author has endeavoured to
present a Military history of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) under the title of
his treatise. “The Battlefields of the Prophet Muhammad”.
To make it more comprehensive he has added maps, illustrations and sketches
about the wars in it.
almost a decade, when a new edition is being printed, I have taken the liberty of making several corrections and additions, in the
light of my latest knowledge-God Almighty alone is Omniscient-and I thank both
the editor and the m. of readers for this publication.
It is sad
to note that, more than anything else, science has become the victim of the
material prosperity of human beings, science is getting less and less accessible
to the student owing to costs of printing and posting getting dearer and
dearer; and as ever, the real and most deserving student remains in the poorest
of the social classes.
one of the reasons of the renewal of the publication of this work is, on the
one hand, the ever more virulent attacks on the part of some of the ignorant
sections of humanity against the life of the Prophet of Islam, and, on the
other, the demand of the justice-loving sections who want to know the truth
about the subject.
in the least pretending to have succeeded in replying to the ones and
satisfying the others, I have contributed my mite, seeking nothing but the
truth, in as objective a manner as is possible to me, basing me on the best of
the classical sources.
It may be
permitted to reply by the way to a question which has sometimes been asked and
its very nature is misleading the unthinking minds, viz. Should
a prophet fight? ‘The history of war in human society is a vast subject. Let us
limit ourself here to the barest minimum. The Hindu law does not proscribe it.
The Old Testament is essentially the description of the wars waged by prophets
Moses downwards. It cannot be asserted that Jesus Christ has forbidden war. For
St Luke (19/27) reports a saying of Jesus: “But those mine enemies, which would
not that I shall reign over them, bring hither and slay them before me” That it
is to be taken in its literal sense is the opinion of even such an authority as
St Paul (cf I Corintians 15/25): “For he must reign, till he hath put all
enemies under his feet” Another saying of Jesus (et Matthew 10/34) is: “Think
not that I am come to send peace on earth; I am come not to send peace, but a
sword”. Even the parable reported by Mark 12/1-9 and Luke 20/9-16 clearly allows
war in the last report against the incorrigible oppressors. Further, the
Crusades, which were organized by Popes were the “holy
wars” of the Christians. This on the one hand. On the
other, if war were left to lay commanders, there is less hope of a humane conduct
during a war than is expected from a prophet whose very acts are controlled by
Divine inspiration. A prophet as a commander of the army is more in the
interest of humanity than even the greatest military genius from among lay men.
We shall see the difference in the following pages.
Badr-one of the “IFS” of History
The Battle of the Ditch
The Conquest of Mecca
The Battles of Hunain and Ta’if
Wars with the Jews
Military Intelligence in the time of the Prophet
Military Department of the Muslim State in the time
of the Prophet
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