This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Abridged Koran where the verses of Koran are arranged in their chronological order and provided with facts from prophet Muhammad’s life, giving context for them.
CHAPTER 20 MOHAMMED’S FINAL JIHAD (continued)
THE RAID ON MUTA
Mohammed sent an army of 3000 to Muta soon after his return from Mecca. Now Muta was north of Medina, near Syria. When they arrived the Muslims found a large army of the Byzantines. They argued about what to do. One of them said, “Men, you are complaining of what you came here to do. Die as martyrs. Islam does not fight with numbers or strength but with Islam. Come! We have only two prospects. Victory or martyrdom, both are fine. Let us go forward!”
The Muslims were cut to ribbons. The Byzantines were professionals and superior in numbers.
The Muslims who remained behind in Medina scorned the returning fighters. They threw dirt at them and said, “You are runaways. You fled from the way of Allah. You fled from jihad.” Poetry was written to the effect that the men kept their distance from the Byzantine army and were afraid of death. They loved life too much and feared death.