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Ynet News reports –

Hamas hate rally glorifies exploded bus

At demonstration with Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza Strip, thousands cheered the military wing of Hamas; ‘We emphasize with blood, fire and rifle that nobody has the right to stand before the intifada and its people.’


I thought it was against Shaaria to use fire in warfare? Here’s what I dug up on the use of fire in warfare:

Prohibition of Burning the Enemy

‏‏أن رسول الله ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏أمره على ‏ ‏سرية ‏ ‏قال فخرجت فيها وقال إن وجدتم فلانا فأحرقوه بالنار فوليت فناداني فرجعت إليه فقال ‏ ‏إن وجدتم فلانا فاقتلوه ولا تحرقوه فإنه لا يعذب بالنار إلا رب النار

It is prohibited to burn the enemy with fire because the Messenger said, “Kill [the enemy] but do not burn him. For no one punishes with fire except the Lord of the Fire.”

This hadith illustrates the Prophet’s emphasis on mercy and avoidance of harm when he established such laws of conduct on the battlefield. In modern times only were such rules of warfare established, as the Geneva Convention, in which it is impermissible to kill or torture prisoners of war. Similarly, we see that 1400 years ago, the Prophet established details rules of warfare in which even using fire in combat was prohibited, something which modern legislators of warfare have been loathe to adopt.

According to this hadith, weapons of fire are not approved by Allah. Allah prohibited burning, yet the majority of attacks by Islamic groups today involve bombs and explosions, such as the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11, where 3,000 people were incinerated.


About johnmhummasti

Was the victim of Human Rights Abuses (e.g. Hummasti v Bell, 98-3651-JTC) while a patient in the custody of the US Attorney General and hospitalized under 18 USC 4241 through 4244, et seq.! Interests: Biblical Studies, Talmudic Studies, Dead Sea (Yam Melek [Sea of Kings Soferim]) Scrolls, Scribal (Stam Sofer) Traditions, Cantorial (Hazzan) Psalms (Tehillim). Illustrated Calligraphy (e.g. Ketuvim [Jewish Marriage Contracts], Poetry). Self Published Manuscripts and Screen Plays at yhummastiscribd web site:
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