Relations with non-Muslims - Teachings of the Prophet of Mercy(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)
Author: Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,
Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia.
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>> Introduction
>> Islam safeguards human rights
>> The merciful Lord Almighty
>> The extent of Allah’s mercy
>> The Prophet of mercy (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)
>> Directive to treat others with mercy
>> Muslims are mercy personified
>> Muslims living in non-Muslim countries
>> Helping weak and needy non-Muslims
>> Directives to Muslims about non-Muslims
>> Command to be honest and loyal with non-Muslims
>> Treating non-Muslim parents nicely
>> Visiting sick non-Muslims
>> Social and economic rights of non- Muslims
>> Giving a gift to a non-Muslim
>> Hadhrat ‘Umar (May Allah be well pleased with him) gave gifts to non-Muslims
>> Gifting the Holy Quran to a non-Muslim
>> Using the vessels and utensils of non-Muslims
>> Hosting non-Muslims
>> Relations with non-Muslim neighbors
>> Social relations with non-Muslims
>> Exhortation to have pleasing manners
>> Being gentle with non-Muslims
>> The peace-loving nature of Muslims
>> Monetary help to non-Muslims
>> The honesty of Muslims runs the world – A confession by the Jews
>> Fair treatment of non-Muslim prisoners of war
>> The incident of Saffana bint Hatim
>> Muslims benefit the non-Islamic country in which they live
>> Prohibition of oppressing non-Muslims
>> Sanctity of the lives of non-Muslims
>> Protection of life, wealth and honor
>> The universality of Islam’s message
>> Inviting Muslims to Islam
>> Bibliography
>> Introducing Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center

Fair treatment of non-Muslim prisoners of war

 Fair treatment of non-Muslim prisoners of war

Muslims have made history by fairly treating even prisoners of war, although prisoners are considered criminals.  They are treated in a very abominable manner.  The past few decades have provided us various examples of this.  But Islam has set an example about treating them kindly.

The prisoners of the Battle of Badr who had held nothing back in troubling and torturing Muslims, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) distributed them among the Companions and gave instructions that they should be treated with kindness.

قال أبو عزيز فكانوا إذا قدموا غذاءهم وعشاءهم خصوني بالخبز وأكلوا التمر، لوصية رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إياهم بنا، ما تقع في يد رجل منهم كسرة خبز إلا نفحني بها، قال: فأستحيي

Translation: Abu ‘Aziz bin ‘Umair who was the standard-bearer of the Makkan army relates:  I was given to an Ansari (i.e. Madinite) Companion.  He was so meticulous in this that he gave me bread to eat while he himself subsisted on dates.  If his family managed to lay their hands even on one piece of bread, they would not eat it but hand it over to me.  This kindness embarrassed me.[1] 

[1] Subul Ul Huda War Rashad, Jima’u Abwaabil Maghaazi, Al Babus Sabe’ Fi Bayaani Ghazwati Badril Kubra, Vol. 4, Pg. No. 66

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