What is the status of those who died during the Battle of the Camel?


Huzooraa was asked:

1. about the status of those who died during the Battle of the Camel…

Huzooraa, in a letter dated 14 January 2020, gave the following reply: 

1. “The truth of the Battle of the Camel is that the culprits behind this entire episode were the same seditious insurrectionists who had occupied Medina after killing Hazrat Uthmanra. This war was also provoked by those miscreants by creating a misunderstanding between the two Muslim groups and by instigating many mischievous acts themselves. There are shrouds of centuries obscuring the historical events of that era from our modern-day view. Numerous ambiguous aspects and narrations also pose a barrier. Moreover, many confusions have also been created deliberately.

“However, the eternal truth is that which the Holy Quran has proclaimed. That is that Allah the Exalted used the enviable words of رَّضِيَ‭ ‬اللّٰهُ‭ ‬عَنۡهُمۡ‭ ‬وَرَضُوۡا‭ ‬عَنۡهُ [Allah is well pleased with them and they are well pleased with Him] for the Companionsra of the Holy Prophetsa and for ‘those who followed them in the best possible manner’. Those who came after them are described as invoking the following prayer for them: 

رَبَّنَا اغۡفِرۡ لَنَا وَلِاِخۡوٰنِنَا الَّذِيۡنَ سَبَقُوۡنَا بِالۡاِيۡمٰنِ وَلَا تَجۡعَلۡ فِيۡ قُلُوۡبِنَا غِلًّا لِّلَّذِيۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا

‘Our Lord, forgive us and our brothers who preceded us in the faith, and leave not in our hearts any rancour against those who believe.’

“Thus, considering the evidence at hand, we can say with certainty that the victims of the evil and deception of the hypocrites, who were martyred on both sides during this war, were certainly innocent people over whom we have no authority to be the judge or to issue a fatwa on their status.”

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