THE CALL TO JIHAD (FIGHTING FOR ALLAH’S CAUSE) IN THE QUR’ AN
Similarly the Islamic armed forces are exhorted to give their Bai’a (Pledge) for; to listen and obey , in hard times and in ease, and in likeness (i.e. to listen and obey while one is active) and in dislikeness (i.e. listen and obey when one is tired). Allah said :
Verily, those who give the Bai’a (Pledge) to you (O Muhammad), they are (in fact) giving the Bai’a (Pledge) to Allah. (V.48:10).
And Allah praised those who are true to (their) covenant and who fulfill their covenant, by His statement:
Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah, [ i.e. they have gone out for Jihad (holy fighting), and showed not their backs to the disbelievers], of them some have fulfilled their obligations,(i.e. have been martyred) and some still waiting, but they have never changed [i.e. they never proved treacherous to their covenant which they concluded with Allah] in the least. (V.33:23).
And He ordered the believers to take a firm stand against the enemy when you ( believers) meet their force, and to remember Allah (much) at the time of horror, as He said :
O you who believe! When you meet (an enemy) force take a firm stand against them and remember the Name of Allah much (both with tongue and mind), so that you may be successful (V.8: 45).
And He Allah encouraged the Mujahidin in His Cause to take a firm stand without any (kind) of fear and to display true bravery (against the enemy) from the start of the battle to the end- as He said:
So when you meet (in fight- Jihad in Allah’s Cause) those who disbelieve, smite at their necks till you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly ( on them i.e. take them as captives). Thereafter (is the time for) either generosity ( i.e. free them without ransom) or ransom ( according to what benefits Islam), until war lays down its burdens…..(V.47:4)
And don’t be weak in the pursuit of the enemy; if you are suffering (hardships) then surely they (too) are suffering (hardships) as you are suffering, but you have a hope from Allah (for the Reward i.e. Paradise) that for which they hope not; and Allah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise. (V.4: 104).
And many a Prophet (i.e. many from amongst the Prophets) fought (in Allah’s Cause) and along with them (fought) large bands of religious learned men. But they never lost heart for that which did befall them in Allah’s Way, nor did they weaken, nor degrade themselves. And Allah loves the patient. (V.3: 146).
Similarly, He ordered (the Mujahidin) to have confidence , to keep their composure and to expel (from their minds) all wrong conceptions, weakness and sadness- as He said :
So do not become weak (against your enemy), nor be sad, and you will be superior (in victory), if you are indeed (true) believers (V.3:139).
And Allah informed that He has given a guarantee of victory to those who will defend Allah’s Religion (true Islam). And there is no consideration for the number of men or for the equipment with weapons but (the most important thing) is : The true faith in Allah and that the victory is (always) from Allah – as Allah said :
If Allah helps you, none can overcome you; and if He for sakes you, who is there after Him that can help you? And in Allah (Alone) let believers put their trust . (V.3:160)
How often a small group overcome a mighty host by Allah’s leave? And Allah is with the patient. (V.2:249).
O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you and make your foothold firm. (V.47:7).
And verily Our Word has gone forth of old for Our slaves,- Messengers, that they verily would be made triumphant. And that Our hosts, they verily would be victors (V.37: 171-173).
….. And ( as for) the believers it was incumbent upon Us to help (them). (V.30:47)