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Last Modified:  27 Aug 2011 08:03  GMT

I am thinking of joining the military service in my country which is predominantly Muslim, but I hear that I will not be allowed to pray regularly while I am in the army. Will I be allowed to enlist?



Last Modified:  25 Aug 2011 12:57  GMT

Is there any sin on me if I enlist during wartime even though my parents have refused to give me permission?



Last Modified:  25 Aug 2011 12:56  GMT

Is it permissible in jihad to attack civilian targets?



Last Modified:  25 Aug 2011 12:51  GMT

Is it an obligation of an Islamic state to attack the neighboring non-Muslim states and collect ‘jizya’ from them? Do we see this in the example of the rightly guided Caliphs who fought against the Roman and Persian Empires without any aggression initiating from them?



Last Modified:  25 Aug 2011 12:49  GMT

Some people are declaring the prohibition regarding the killing of civilians during war to be inapplicable to democratic countries. They argue that the policies of those countries are enacted by the governments they themselves choose through their votes. It is not like the days when kings were authorities unto themselves and their actions did not reflect the will of the people. Therefore, in today’s democratic world, it is right to assume that the nation’s policies have the sanction of publi ...



Last Modified:  25 Aug 2011 12:48  GMT

I read in history that during one battle, the Prophet (peace be upon him) surrounded the people of al-Tâ’if and employed the catapult to throw stones, fire, and snakes at them. This would have included their women, children, elderly, and disabled people, as he could not see who was was being hit. My question is as follows: Can this be taken as evidence to justify today’s attacks upon women, children and the elderly?




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