great scholar of the 20th
century, Syed Abul-Ala
Maududi, quotes Ahadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be on
him)) on the rights of enemies
at war in his book, "Human Rights in Islam."
3. The Prisoner of War Should not be Slain
"No prisoner should be put to the sword"-a very clear and
unequivocal instruction given by the Prophet (S).
4. No one Should be Tied to be Killed
"The Prophet has prohibited the killing of anyone who is tied or
is in captivity."
If Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) has prohibited the killing of
a prisor of war, then taking an innocent person hostage and killing
him is even a bigger sin.
Those people who take hostages and torture or kill them, do so
against the teachings of Islam. This injunction holds regardless of
how evil the enemy is. In the Battle of Uhad, many Muslims' bodies
were mutilated, including the body of Prophet's uncle. Prophet never
Read the entire text of Maududi's book online at