Peace, Love and Unity
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arthra said:Thank you Samabudhi for your notes!
Isn't it sad that we've come to accept war as a natural part of life.
The whole idea of chivalry is designed to ease men's conscience.
'Well as long as we don't kill the women and children it's OK'.
True compassion knows no boundaries, but this is just pity.
Think about it. One of the biggest problems with trying to get men to fight is their conscience. Justifying wars is always a big part, and when you can say, 'Well we're only killing the men' and 'It is God's will', then one doesn't feel so bad about it.
There's an interested story or tradition about Imam Ali recounted by Bawa Muhaiyaddeen in "Islam and World Peace" that demonstrates I think the embodiement of what true Chivalry is:
One day when Ali was in battle, his opponent's sword broke and the man fell. Ali stood above him and holding his sword to the man's chest, he said: "If you had a sword in your hand, I would continue this fight, but since your sword is broken, I cannot strike you."
"If I had a sword at this moment, I would cut off your arms and legs." the man shouted back.
"All right then", Ali replied, and he handed the man his sword.
"What are you doing?" the man asked. bewildered. "I am your enemy am I not?"
Ali looked him in the eye and said: "You swore that if you had a sword in your hand you would kill me. Now you have my sword so go ahead and strike me."
But the man could not.
"That was your ignorance and arrogance speaking, Ali explained, "In the realm of Allah there is no fight or enemy between you and me. We are brethren. The real war is between truth and your lack of wisdom. It is between truth and falsehood. You and I are just watching the battle. You are my brother. If I were to harm you at this point, I would have to answer for it on the Day of Questioning. Allah would ask me about it."
The man became a Moslem.
From p. 82 of "Islam and World Peace".
I really like that story, arthra - thanks for that.
Also, welcome to CR, samabudhi - and welcome back Ozz^E.