Terrorist activities in Kashmir are no Jihad – Islam and the International Law concerning war

ISI and its sponsored terrorist organizations namely Lashkar-e-Toiba, Taliban, Sipah Sahaba, Jaish Muhammad etc are responsible for terrorism in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, China, Iran and the whole region.

This is the ISI version of Jihad in Kashmir. Is it Jihad? No, it is a shame on Islam and a shame on Jihad.

ISLAM and the International Law concerning war

Islam permits war but keeps it within the strict rules and limits. Islam has set down certain rules, the most merciful and considerate to people, and required Muslims to observe them. Such rules go in line with the principles of international law in many ways. The principle of international law lacks divine authority that ensures putting them into practical effect. The Muslim rules, though they aim at justice and mercy, have the faith of Muslims as an authority to ensure them being carried out.

A. International law determines that the citizens who are not regular members of an army are not considered as fighters, and hence should not be inflicted with harm; only regular soldiers (or armed men engaged in a war) are considered as fighters. For the Qur’an says: “Permission to fight in the cause of God against those who attack you, but do not aggress as God does not like aggressors”. (Qur’an: 2:190) It is an act of transgression to when believers fight those who do not fight them, people like their enemy’s children and wives, as well as their sick, old and clergy.

B. International law forbids killing the wounded, torturing the enemy, destroying them by treachery or deception, or using bombs, missiles or weapons which add to their torture. It also prohibits the poisoning of wells, rivers and foods; it recommends that the corpses of the dead be respected, and prohibits any severity or mayhem be inflicted on them, regardless of the nationality of dead people. Islam applies the same principles, for when the Prophet appointed an army or troop leader he instructed him to follow the Qur’anic laws closely, not to be the aggressor or transgress the limits.

C. International law prescribes a number of principles regarding the proper treatment of captives. They should not be killed, injured, ill treated or humiliated if they surrender or if they are deprived of their freedom. Islam also urges the polite treatment of captives in general, and God commends the righteous who treat such people hospitably, saying: “They donate their favourite food to the poor, the orphan, and the captive by saying that we feed you for the sake of God; we expect no reward from you, nor thanks”. (Qur’an: 76:8-9)