The True Story of Jihad in Islamic History
Author: Yasmin G. Watson
Illustrator: Hana Horack-Elyafi
This is book one of a fascinating three three-part series on Islamic History. Magnificently illustrated in color by artist Hana Horack-Elyafi, this book is in fact a mini 'seerah' (life-story) of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. While delving in detail into the Holy Prophet's ﷺ life, author Yasmin Watson also examines the concept of jihad in Islam.
For too long, the word 'Jihad' has been misunderstood, not only by the West but by Muslims themselves. This book goes back to the very beginning of Islam when the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ successfully transformed and enlightened Arab society and exemplified the true meaning of Jihad - of striving for excellence, not only in his actions but in character as well.
This book shows, through the events of the Prophet's life, the four main types of Jihad: Jihad of social change, Jihad of education, Jihad of character and finally the Jihad of defense, all of which the Prophet ﷺ excelled at. He not only brought peace and justice to Arabia, but he also gave women their rights, established support for the poor and hungry and guided humanity to have faith in Allah. When the Muslims were forced to defend themselves, we see how the Prophet bravely dealt with the enemy while at the same time observing strict rules to protect even the enemy from excessive harm. We look at the humanity the Prophetic Shariah exemplifies in prohibiting the harming of civilians, livestock or even burning of crops.
The narrative includes 'The Battles of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ' - Three stories written from the perspective of a young soldier in the famous early battles of Islam.
The book has been commended by Ahle Sunnah wa Jum'aat (the main body of Islam) scholar, Sheikh Taher as-Siddiqui, Michigan.
Publisher: Halima Publishing
Pages: 104, Full Color.
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