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  • Abu Bakr’s Ridda Wars (Against Zakat Rejecters, Apostates And Musaylimah Kazzab)

    Posted by Ahmad Mohamad on October 9, 2021 at 10:29 am

    After the Prophet’s (sws) death, certain Arab tribes refused to pay Zakat. Caliph Abu Bakr (ra) then fought with and killed these people who refused to pay Zakat. Islamic Historians and scholars regard these wars as apostasy wars and claim that these people were killed not because of their rebellion against the government but because of their apostasy.

    This same argument is made by Maulana Maududi in his book “مرتد کی سزا اسلامی قانون میں” where he reproduces a letter of Abu Bakr (ra) from Ibn Kathir’s “البدایة والنھایة” in which the Caliph commands the Muslim army to fight these people until they accept Islam, and if they do not, they should be fought and their wives and children should be taken as slaves.

    What is Ghamidi sahab’s opinion on this:

    1. Was Caliph Abu Bakr’s (ra) military action against these people due to their refusal to pay Zakat or due to their apostasy?

    2. What is the authenticity of the letter of Abu Bakr found in Ibn Kathir’s book? If it is authentic, then doesn’t it contradict Ghamidi sahab’s stance that prisoners of war cannot be taken as slaves?

    3. One last possibility is that these people were fought because of their apostasy and this was justified due to Itmam-e-Hujjat having been fulfilled on them. Is this the case?

    Thanks.

    Saqib Khan replied 1 year, 9 months ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Abu Bakr’s Ridda Wars (Against Zakat Rejecters, Apostates And Musaylimah Kazzab)

    Saqib Khan updated 1 year, 9 months ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
  • Umer

    Moderator October 9, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Islam has established it a right of the state to collect Zakat from its Muslim citizens, therefore, a state has all the right to use its authority over its citizens to collect Zakat from them, whether through use of force or otherwise. In addition to that, for the direct addressees of Quran, acceptance of Islam, offering of Salah and Paying of Zakat were made necessary conditions for rejectors (munkireen/kuffar) of that time in order to be left alive, after itmam-e-hujjah was done on them and final punishment was imposed (see Quran 9:5).

    Abu Bakr (rta) fought against the rejectors of Zakat under this very principle. For comments of Ghamidi Sahab, please refer to the following Video/link:

    Please refer to the video below from 5:05 to 8:00

  • Umer

    Moderator October 9, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Please also refer to the link below from 30:11 to 32:43

    ilm-o-Hikmat 31-07-2016

  • Umer

    Moderator October 9, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Fight against Musaylimah Kazzab was actually in accordance with the law of Itmam-e-Hujjah. For Ghamidi sahab’s explanation please watch the following video from 44:10 to 48:20:

  • Umer

    Moderator October 9, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    For a detailed explanation regarding Punishment of Apostasy, please refer to the following thread:

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  • Saqib Khan

    Member May 16, 2022 at 8:47 am

    Shukria sir for assistance

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