While viewing a television show recently, I learned of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) waging war during the month of Ramadan. I understand this is not accepted in Islam and I want to know the circumstances that led the prophet to act in such a manner. A certain television show was ridiculing Muslims on this pretense and I want to write to that station but I want my facts to be straight before I do.
I would greatly appreciate your help in this matter.
Thank you in advance.
There are certain months in the Islamic calendar during which war is considered to be prohibited. These months are Dhul Qa`dah (the eleventh month), Dhul Hajj (the twelfth month), Muharram (the first month) and Rajab (the seventh month).
Ramadan was never considered to be a month in which war was prohibited. Thus, it is quite well known that the Battle of Bad’r was fought during the month of Ramadan. According to Ibn Ishaq’s “Al-Seerah”, the battle was fought on the 17th of Ramadan, which happened to be a Friday.
I hope this helps.
October 26, 2001