الآية رقم (244) - وَقَاتِلُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ وَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ

(244) - (And fight in the cause of Allah and know that Allah is Hearing and Knowing.)

We have a series of orders and duties related to faith.

( وَقَاتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ..) (And fight in the cause of Allah…): Fighting in the cause of Allah (swt) doesn’t mean to fight for calling for Allah (swt). Fighting in the cause of Allah (swt), or the Conquests of Islam, at the time of the Companions of the Prophet (saws) were mean to protect people’s freedom of choice. As for our time, it means to repel any aggression as stated by (swt):

 {أُذِنَ لِلَّذِينَ يُقَاتَلُونَ بِأَنَّهُمْ ظُلِمُوا ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ نَصْرِهِمْ لَقَدِيرٌ }

(Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory.)  (Al-Hajj: 39)

In this context, Takfiris, terrorists and murderers can’t say that they are fighting in the cause of Allah (swt) under the flag of calling for Allah (swt). On the other hand, Allah (swt) is the only Ruler, so who can claim that fighting is mean for that? How is it lawful? We have clear rules. The verses related to divorce are concluded with: (that you might use reason.) So, do we take swords up and threaten the woman: ‘observe the waiting period or you’ll be killed’? never. This is not Islam. This is defamation of true Islam, Islam is a religion of mercy, affection, and giving; Islam can’t be but a religion for the good to others. Here we have:

( وَقَاتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ..) (And fight in the cause of Allah…): So that people protect their homeland, honor, and fortune as stated by Prophet Muhammad (saws):

“Whoever is killed over his wealth then he is a martyr, and whoever is killed over his religion, then he is a martyr, and whoever is killed over his blood, then he is martyr, and whoever is killed over his family, then he is martyr[1].”

So, you protect all that but never fear death because life and death are in Allah’s hands. That’s why we have this verse from which the issue of spending stems: spend as long as you don’t fear death, keep the afterlife in mind, and realize that death is in Allah’s hands. Moreover, spending is one of the duties under faith and a pillar of Islam. You sacrifice yourself when you fight in the cause of Allah (swt). Likewise, you give money away when you spend in the cause of Allah (swt); and money is as dear us one’s self.

[1] Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Blood Money Vol. Chapter: What Has Been Related About Imprisoning For An Accusation, Hadith no. 1421.