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Battles- Jamal and Siffin: Right or wrong

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14. It is a basic principle of rationality that if two parties have a dispute both can be wrong, but both can not be right. Applying this to the battles of Jamal and Sifeen, will both the murderers and the murdered be in heaven, because both were right?


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Battles- Jamal and Siffin: Right or wrong

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Battle of Jamal:

Hadrat Ali (r.a.) was the Ameer ul Mumineen and was on the side of the Truth, as acknowledged unanimously by all the historians and scholars of Islam. The two parties had an agreement and did not intend to fight, but some unscrupulous rebellious people under the chief mischief-maker Marwan bin Haqam, created a mis-understanding and fitnah, and started the ambush which resulted in the fight, each army thinking the other had broken the agreement and truce, and attacked their army.


Battle of Siffin:

There is absolutely no doubt in any muslims mind that in this war, Mauwiya and his supporters were the rebellious party, and Hadrat Ali (r.a.) and his supporters were on the side of the Truth. This decision was in light of the famous hadith and prophecy of the Messenger of Allah (saws) who had said: Ammar (bin Yasser) will be killed by a rebellious people. And Hadrat Ammar bin Yassir (r.a.) was killed by the army of Muawiya in the Battle of Siffin.


And who will make it to heaven, and who will not; is not for us to decide, nor has Allah Subhanah made it our duty to judge! Allah, the All Knowing, All-Wise is watching over everything, and He Alone will decide who goes to heaven and who does not.


The deen of Islam was completed, the Quran revealed, and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) was established at the time of the death of the Prophet (saws). Whatever happened after the death of the Prophet (saws) is the History of the Muslims, and this is in the knowledge of Allah Alone. Allah will not hold us accountable for the deeds of these people, nor ask us about them on the Day of Judgment. We will be asked about our deeds and what did we do for the cause of Islam.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 134: They were a people who passed away. They shall receive the reward of what they earned, and you shall have the reward of what you will earn. And you will not be questioned as to what they did.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.



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