We are witness to an upsurge in Islamic violence. In addition to the horrors of the Islamic State being perpetrated in Iraq and Syria,we also have the barbaric and cowardly attacks being perpetrated, in this unholy month, against innocent unarmed holidaymakers in Tunisia, the beheading at a Chemical Plant in France,the suicide bombing of a Shia Mosque in the capital of Kuwait, as well as an attack by Al-Shabab on an African Union military base in southern Somalia.
The media, the Politicians and Moslems themselves would have us believe that Islam is a [religion] of peace and tolerance , when in actuality the holiest of holies Ramadan is built around the culture of Jihad (fighting) and an unholy war against the Kafir ( the unbeliever)
You see, contrary to the belief that Ramadan is a time when no jihad or fighting should take place, it is the exact opposite. This month is in fact the time where Allah grants military victories to his followers through jihad. It is known in Islamic history as a key period for jihad. It goes back to year one in fact. But don’t take my word for it. Consider the words of one Islamic website on this:
“Jihad is the summit of Islam. Its virtue is countlessly high, as mentioned in many places of the Koran and Sunnah. The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said: “Verily, there are one hundred degrees in Paradise which Allah has reserved for the fighters in His cause.
The distance between every two degrees is like the distance between the sky and the Earth, so if you ask Allah for anything, ask Him for the Firdaus, for it is the last part of Paradise and the highest part of Paradise, and at its top there is the Throne of Beneficent, and from it gush forth the rivers of Paradise”. (al-Bukhari).
The month of Ramadan in the life of the Prophet (pbuh) and the righteous ancestors was a month of forthcoming. The greatest battles during the lifetime of the Prophet (pbuh) occurred in this blessed month, the month of jihad, zeal and enthusiasm. The first battle in the history of Islam was the battle of Badr.
This event became a dividing line between the era of humiliation and weakness, and the beginning of the era of force and revival of the case of the Prophet (pbuh) and the believers. This day became a turning point in the spreading of the call of the Prophet (pbuh).” (fisabililaahi.blogspot.co.uk)
The month of Ramadan which witnessed the establishment of the Islamic nation was chosen by Allah to raise high the banners of Jihad to protect the nation that raises the banner of monotheism “La ilaha illa Allah (there is no deity but Allah).”
This nation of Islam sums up the history of the divine calls since Adam, the father of mankind till Muhammad, the master of mankind, who sealed the messages of prophets and whose religion is the last one.
Therefore, his followers were entrusted with protecting, disseminating, and making the religion of Allah superior by Jihad in the way of Allah which has no parallel among the acts of worship.
The Messenger of Allah answered when a man asked him: “Direct me to an action that equals Jihad?” He said: I do not find any. then said: “If the Mujahid (one who fights in the way of Allah) goes for Jihad, can you enter your Masjid(mosque) to offer Salah frequently and fast without breaking your fast?”
Who is allowed to do that?
Because of the importance of Jihad for the Islamic nation to make the word of Allah superior and the word of those who disbelieve inferior, Jihad was made as a collective duty: if some do it, others will be overlooked except if the enemy conquers a Muslim country, in this case all Muslims, even women, must go for Jihad to ward off the enemy.
Islam has made Jihad a great honor which no other action can match and whoever does not gain that honor should, at least, wish for it, otherwise he will die while have a quality of hypocrisy as the Messenger said: “Whoever dies and he neither participated in Jihad nor wished to participate in will die while having a quality of hypocrisy.”
Linking Jihad in general with Ramadan is a link between two close friend. Fasting of Ramadan contains no hypocrisy exactly as Jihad. The fasting of Ramadan contains forbearance to hardship exactly as Jihad needs patience for hardship. For this reason, fasting was a training for Jihad but it is one of the important factors in a prophet’s choice to the leaders of his army.
It was reported that the Messenger sent a group of his Companions for a battle, but they differed and returned back before going to the battle. When the Prophet saw them, he became angry and said: “You went as a group but came back apart. By Allah, I will send a man who is not the best among you but he is more patient to hunger and more patient to thirsty.” Fasting and Jihad are correlated, so there is no wonder that Ramadan contains all these victories and battles which changed the course of history.
Ramadan, the first year after Hijrah (migration):
The first military detachment in Islam was formed under the leadership of the Prophet and about them the following Ayah was revealed: “And fight in the Way of Allâh those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allâh likes not the transgressors. [This Verse is the first one that was revealed in connection with Jihâd, but it was supplemented by another (9:36)].” [Surat Al Baqarah: 190].
Here are some of the battles that took place in the month of Ramadan:
The first Ramadan in 666 AH:
King Al Zhahir seized Antioch and expelled Tatars.
The tenth Ramadan 1393 AH:
Crossing the Suez Canal, destroying the Bar-Lev Line, and eliminating the myth of the Israeli army which was unbeatable.
11 Ramadan 880 AH:
Muhammad Al Fatih gained victory and subjugated the Tatars in the Crimean peninsula to the rule of the Ottomans.
11 Ramadan 1126 AH:
Ottomans retook Archipelago of the Aegean Sea.
14 Ramadan 1218 AH:
The eruption of a demonstration from inside Al Azhar Mosque against the French occupation.
16 Ramadan 4 years before Hijrah:
`Umar ibn Al Khattab announced the necessity of declaring the Islamic call.
17 Ramadan 2 AH:
The great battle of Badr.
19 Ramadan 939 AH:
The Turkish Sultan, Sulayman Al Qanuny besieged (Vienna) the capital of Austria.
22 Ramadan 2 AH:
The Prophet’s invasion to Banu Sulaym as a response to their conspiracy with his enemy in the time of adversity and war.
22 Ramadan 1251 AH:
The hero `Abdul-Rahman Al Jaza’iry led the war against the French.
25 Ramadan 658 AH:
The Battle of Ain Goliath which stopped the advance of the Mongols in the East.
28 Ramadan 1303 AH:
Al Mahdi army defeated the British occupation army and Al Mahdi settled down in Sudan.
Moreover, in Ramadan there were two great victories from the greatest in the Islam conquests which were the opening of Makkah in which the last idol of the Pre-Islamic Era was destroyed in order that the people would enter in the religion of Allah in groups and there the truth has come and the falsehood was vanished.[according to Islam]
The second opening was (the opening of Andalusia) which conveyed Islam to Europe and caused the light of Islamic civilization to enter into Europe and placed Europe at the age of renaissance.
Today, the conditions were reversed and Muslims are lagging behind, whereas the Europe has advanced, so, when will Muslims make a new opening in the field of civilization in order to be at the level of responsibility toward the Islamic religion which Allah entrusted to them?……. I think they have just begun!!