no man will be slain this day fighting against them with steadfast courage advancing not retreating but God will cause him to enter Paradise

Muhammad strode among his troops and issued a momentous promise —one that has given heart to Muslim warriors throughout the ages: “By God in whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, no man will be slain this day fighting against them with steadfast courage advancing not retreating but God will cause him to enter Paradise.” One of the assembled Muslim warriors, ‘Umayr bin al-Humam, exclaimed: “Fine, Fine! Is there nothing between me and my entering Paradise save to be killed by these men?” He flung away some dates that he had been eating, rushed into the thick of the battle, and fought until he was killed. In a similar vein, another Muslim warrior, ‘Auf bin Harith, asked Muhammad, “O apostle of God, what makes the Lord laugh with joy at His servant?” Muhammad answered: “When he plunges into the midst of the enemy without mail.” ‘Auf threw off his coat of mail and plunged into the thick of the battle, fighting tenaciously until he was killed.

Ibn Ishaq, 300, in Robert Spencer, The Truth about Muhammad, (Regnery 2006) p.105

Ideas have consequences. Islam does have its version of assurance of salvation: to wage ‘Holy’ War (Jihad) in fighting unbelievers.

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