Talk:Invitations to Islam Prior to Violence
From the original article when it was titled, "Historical Correspondence with Jihadists"
Letter commanding followers to raid caravans
This is the letter that led to the murder of an Arab merchant and the revelation of Qur'an 2:217.
Tariq ibn Ziyad's address to his soldiers, 711 CE
Tariq ibn Ziyad was a Muslim conqueror of the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain).
"Remember that if you suffer a few moments in patience, you will afterward enjoy supreme delight. Do not imagine that your fate can be separated from mine, and rest assured that if you fall, I shall perish with you, or avenge you. You have heard that in this country there are a large number of ravishingly beautiful Greek maidens, their graceful forms are draped in sumptuous gowns on which gleam pearls, coral, and purest gold, and they live in the palaces of royal kings. The Commander of True Believers, Alwalid, son of Abdalmelik, has chosen you for this attack from among all his Arab warriors; and he promises that you shall become his comrades and shall hold the rank of kings in this country. Such is his confidence in your intrepidity. The one fruit which he desires to obtain from your bravery is that the word of God shall be exalted in this country, and that the true religion shall be established here. The spoils will belong to yourselves."Remember that I place myself in the front of this glorious charge which I exhort you to make. At the moment when the two armies meet hand to hand, you will see me, never doubt it, seeking out this Roderick, tyrant of his people, challenging him to combat, if God is willing. If I perish after this, I will have had at least the satisfaction of delivering you, and you will easily find among you an experienced hero, to whom you can confidently give the task of directing you. But should I fall before I reach to Roderick, redouble your ardor, force yourselves to the attack and achieve the conquest of this country, in depriving him of life. With him dead, his soldiers will no longer defy you."
Governor al-Hajjaj to his general, Muhammad Qasim, in 712, while invading Sindh
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- Medieval Sourcebook: Al Maggari: Tarik's Address to His Soldiers, 711 CE, from The Breath of Perfumes - Fordham University, accessed October 29, 2011
- Charles F. Horne, ed., The Sacred Books and Early Literature of the East, (New York: Parke, Austin, & Lipscomb, 1917), Vol. VI: Medieval Arabia, pp. 241-242.
- Trifkovic, Serge. The Sword of the Prophet: History, Theology, Impact on the World. Regina Orthodox Press, September 11, 2002.