Berikut pula petikan dari sebuah artikel lain yang ditulis untuk menjawab tuduhan Robert Spencer, seorang penulis yang sering menyerang dan memburukkan Islam. Artikel ini ditulis oleh Dr Robert Dickson Crane dan boleh dibaca di theamericanmuslim;
Shortly before the first major war between the Quraysh from Mecca and the Muslims in Medina, known as the Battle of Badr in the Year 624, The Prophet sent out eight reconnaissance patrols to monitor the enemy’s movements. Four of them, known as sarayah (sing. sariyah), were not accompanied by the Prophet himself, and four, known as ghazawat (sing. ghazwah), were. Of the eight, with one exception, no-one on either side was either attacked or killed. During some of them peace treaties were made with local tribes. The single exception was the sariyah with twelve men led by Abdullah ibn Jahsh. He was carefully instructed to lead twelve men on a reconnaisance mission, not a military action. Instead, he attacked a Quraish caravan passing between Makkah and Ta’if and killed one man, Amr ibn al Hadrami, and captured two others.
When he returned, the Prophet Muhammad condemned him and his actions, because he had been told strictly to avoid all hostile actions, especially since it was during one of the sacred months. Jahsh tried to explain that he thought it was the last day of Rajab. The Prophet then told him that, regardless, he had been ordered not to engage in fighting. Therefore, the Prophet refused to take any of the stolen goods, released the two prisoners, and paid blood money to the relatives of the deceased. Since this history of the Nakhla as recorded in the Sirah conforms with all the principles of the just war doctrine embodied in the Qur’an, one must question how one can call this the first Muslim raid of a caravan on Muhammad’s order and why one would term this the origin of war as the essence of Islam.
Ruang wuduk – Masjid Ammar, Hong Kong
Nota – Bio ringkas Dr Robert Crane;
Dr. Crane is a former Franciscan monk of the Third Order who embraced Islam as a spiritual path while living in the Gulf emirate of Bahrain in 1976-77 writing the book, Planning the Future of Saudi Arabia, Praeger/CBS, 1977. He earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1959 with a specialization on comparative legal systems. He is Director for Global Strategy at the Abraham Federation: A Global Center for Peace through Compassionate Justice, and author or co-author of a dozen books, including Compassionate Justice.
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