Bismillaharrahmanarraheem. The Purpose of this study is to derive strategy and important lessons from the Quran. At a time when virtually all military textbooks taught at various war colleges and virtually most strategy related literature taught in no-military academic institutions in purportedly “Muslim” countries draw nearly exclusively on non-Islamic sources, it is of vital import that we go back to the Quran and Sunnah to find lessons that are applicable to the world of strategy. Islam is a complete way of life and the guidance in the Quran transcends time and speaks to us of everything in our lives. There is no reason why it should not also speak to us about strategy.
We have heard what Machiavelli, Sun Tzu and Clausewitz. Let us now look at what the Quran has to say on the subject. This being said, I want to make clear to the reader that I do not consider myself well qualified to pass interpretations of the Quran related to such topics. I neither have adequate mastery of the Arabic language nor am I qualified in any other way as an Islamic scholar. I also do not have any formal degree in the Military Sciences. Nevertheless, since our scholars are not apparently interested in this subject matter and there seems nobody else to take up the task, I have taken it upon myself to do the best I can, Insh’Allah.If the reader finds any mistakes or errors, please do not hesitate contacting me and it shall insh’Allah be corrected. Further, if you find other verses are of relevance - again, please do not hesitate contacting me or leaving a comment. I consider this writing a work-in-progress and open to positive and negative input from the Muslim community at large.
The structure of the work is that it tends to begin with a topic and is followed by a quote of a Quranic ayat or ayats, as translated in English by Yusuf Ali. Where the quote is not from Yusuf Ali’s translation, it is mentioned so. This is followed by a commentary (where necessary) of how I linked this ayat to the topic at hand. I have tried to keep the structure and content as simple as possible, so as to be easy to thumb through for the common man.
May Allah forgive me if I am wrong and may He bless me that I can do this work effectively, despite my shortcomings. This is but my best attempt, and Allah-o-Alim (Allah knows best).
Meinhaj Hussain13th Rajab, 1432 Hijri