“The Quranic Concept of War”:



The Quranic Concept of War by Brigadier S. K. Malik is an important contribution to the understanding of Islamic “just war” theory and the preparation and prosecution of war in an Islamic context. Originally published in Lahore Pakistan in 1979, it stands, like other works such as Sayyid Qutb’s Milestones or Mohammed Faraq’s, The Neglected Duty, as a statement about the role and the duty of Islam to fulfil its mandate as revealed by Allah to the Prophet Mohammed. That mandate remains to call all of mankind to Islam, da’wa in the fulfilment of God’s will and importantly to help ensure Islam’s unimpeded triumph throughout the world. The Quranic Concept of War is a required addition to what can be described as the canon of Islamic strategic jihad studies. Published in the period following General Zia ul-Haq’s Islamist coup d’etat in Pakistan and nearly concurrently with the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, it would soon become mandatory reading in the Pakistani Army. Likewise, Pakistan’s neighbouring Indian military forces took note of it where the book was later republished in India in 1992. This work has remained relatively unknown in Western military circles, though it has important themes related to the nature of Islamic warfare in the way of the Prophet Mohammed. Malik’s work contrasts in an important fashion with other jihad scholars and intellectuals in that it was authored by a serving, career military soldier, well-schooled in Western military theory and equipped to translate the role of jihad in a military context. Additionally, the introduction by Allah Burksh K. Brohi, former Pakistani Ambassador to India, lays in the preface a quasi-legal foundation for the initiation of war and conflict by Muslims within the unique Quranic injunctions to combat the “forces of evil.” His formulations form an important part of this study. Critical themes of Malik’s work is that “just war” or jihad in Islam is inherently spiritual warfare, religious warfare, and to the extent that Islamic forces have spiritually prepared themselves, they will “strike terror into the hearts” of Islam’s enemies. This terror as Malik describes in detail, is both physical and metaphysical, because Islamic warfare is intrinsically part of a cosmic struggle for the reign of Allah’s will on the earth between the forces of God, dar al-Islam, and that of dar al-Harb, those who dwell in ignorance and darkness of the true knowledge of God. While the reach and influence of this work is unknown in the world of terrorism and jihad, the themes have been echoed in terrorist organizations such as al-Qaida and those philosophically aligned in recent years. Anyone charged or interested in the defence of reason and freedom of conscience should study the Quranic Concept of War for its intellectual and strategic ramifications.

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph C. Myers United States Army Maxwell, AFB AL 10 October 2006

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