What similarity can we draw between the wars against Islam today and the wars that were against the early Muslim community?
After the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) made hijrah to Medina, allies of the Meccans, from Jewish clans, also tried to assassinate him (ﷺ) there, but it failed. And then came the major stage. The last major stage, that of what? Open warfare, Badr, Uhud, Khandaq. They tried and failed. So what was left? Truce, a truce, which they worked out to their advantage, as far as they could see it, they thought it was to their advantage, however that truce failed. During the period of the truce more people came to Islam then they had ever come before. In 13 years in Mecca, only 300 plus people accepted Islam, after the truce; truce of Hudaybiyah, you had 300 peoples; whole clans coming to Islam in one day, coming and giving allegiance to Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) in one day. So the truce did not benefit those who sought to utilize it in their favor and the return Umrah, Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) came to Mecca, the Sahabah made Umrah and finally, the conquest of Mecca.
That stage of open warfare: what happened to Iraq is but open warfare? Afghanistan, Southern Sudan, this is open warfare, to try to stop the spread of Islam. Of course, they may make issues, Bin Laden, weapons of mass destruction, they take up different points to glorify and to beautify what they are engaged in, but their programme is simply to undermine the Muslim Ummah, keep it down, keep it under control, to keep regular and easy access to the wealth of the Ummah. Of course the truces we know, after all that they have said about the Taliban, they are there negotiating truce with the Taliban, after saying they would never speak to the Taliban, these guys are this, that and the other, we will never come to the table with them. They are now at the table working things out.< Back to Questions