This is another article in the chapter Enormities from the classical manual on Sharia called Reliance of the Traveller. The articles are posted one by one in the order they are given in the book.
p11.0 FLEEING FROM COMBAT IN JIHAD
p11.1 Allah Most High says, “On that day, whoever turns his back to them, unless pretending flight in order to reattack, or separating to join another unit, will bear the wrath of Allah and his refuge will be hell, a terrible end” (Koran 8:16).
If Islam is a religion of peace, why does its holy book sound like an army officer’s commands?
And if Jihad is about inner development, why do the Koran verses on it speak of combats and attacks?