� �‫ رو‬ � ��‫ ا‬ � ‫ اور‬ ‫ �ى‬ ‫ �ت‬ ‫ ا��ت‬ � War Ethics in the light of the conduct of the Prophet (SAW) and Juristic discources

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Islam does not envisage compartmentalizing law and ethics. Rather, from the Islamic perspective, legal norms and ethical codes go hand in hand. According to Islamic law and ethics, war is a necessary evil which can be justified only for the purpose of combating a greater evil. For converting this necessary evil into act worship, the Prophet (peace be on him) not only gave detailed instructions but also provided practical examples of implementing these instructions in actual conduct. These
more » ... onduct. These include, inter alia, confining attacks to those who directly participate in war, prohibiting inhuman and degrading treatment of the adversaries, emphasizing observance of treaty obligations and enforcing strict discipline in the armed forces along with establishing the principle of individual responsibility for implementing these norms. The Muslim jurists built a detailed legal edifice on the basis of thesenorms. This paper elaborates some of the key features of the Islamic war ethics, particularly the prohibition of perfidious acts during war, as exemplified in the Prophetic conduct and elaborated by the Muslim jurists in the manuals of Islamic law.
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