Jaabir bin Abdullah may Allah be pleased with him said while holding a sword in one of his hands and a Quran in the other that, the Prophet SAW ordered us to strike with this (the sword), whoever strays from this (the Quran!)
Interpreting the words of Allah “We sent before our Messengers with Clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance (of Right and Wrong), that men may stand forth in justice” [57:25]
So the purpose of sending messengers and books is so that people uphold the rights of Allah and the people with justice (fatawa shaykh al Islam ibn taymiyyah [263/28])
And among the biggest rights of Allah is that he sent all the Messengers for, and sent down all His books, is that people implement Tawheed, which is to sincerely worship Allah alone in every aspect of life.
Either it’s a call to implement this right by fulfilling it, or a command to call to it and have patience during it.
Or to inform about those who implemented it and gave victory and performed jihad in its cause and what Allah prepared for them of great blessings and eternal grace.
Or a call to disown what contradicts it from shirk and a call to perform jihad against them and their people and strive to destroy it and remove it completely in all its shapes from the earth.
Or to inform about the fate of those who object to implement this right and those who fight it and its allies and what their fate became from disgrace and regret, and what Allah prepared for them of eternal punishment.
All the books of Allah and the messages of all his Prophets from beginning until their end all revolve around this right.
And the highest goal that the mankind was created for it’s the greatest purpose, and the messengers and books sent for.
And Allah said in Surat Al Hadid, “And We brought forth iron wherein is mighty power (in matters of war), as well as many benefits for mankind, that Allah may test those who it is that will help Him (aid His religion), and His Messengers in the unseen.”
So he who turns away from this right and doesn’t act according to it and rejects it in the faces of the Messengers and the callers to Allah, is to be corrected by the sword.
And that is the meaning of the Hadith where Rasool Allah SAW says, “I was sent with the sword just before the Hour so that Allah is worshipped alone without partners and my provision was placed under the shadow of my spear, and those who defy my order were disgraced and humiliated, and he who imitates a people is one of them!) [Reported by Imam Ahmad from ibn umar.]
(So he who turns away from the book is corrected by the iron and that’s why the foundation of the Deen was made by the Quran and the sword.) [Al fatawa 264/28]
So the true scholars throughout time is to make this right of Allah the center of their dawah and the point of their speeches and the anchor of their scales and roam in its fields, getting imprisoned and persecuted in its cause under its banner fight and being fought to death.
And its on them to continue striving to establish the light of Quran and Sunnah with the proofs and arguments, and whoever stands against it and refuse it is corrected by the sword!
So everyone that knows the truth of this religion, even its enemies, knows that its foundation is Tawhid and Jihad, Dawah and Qital, Quran and the Sword, and they know clearly that if they refuse to follow it straightly it will come for them and eradicate their evil sooner or later. They know that the Prophet SAW was sent down to slay them and their likes and he faced his own relatives, his tribe and his people with that force when they refused to follow this path, and he informed them about his purpose before he could fulfill it when he said, “Will you listen to me, O Quraysh? By him who holds my life in His hand, I bring you slaughter.” And then he fulfilled that in the best way when Allah honored Islam and its people with the sword.
And we are insha’allah following his way and continuing on his path, acting upon his sunnah and fighting with him. And many a Prophet many from amongst the Prophets fought in Allah’s Cause and along with him fought large bands of religious learned men. But they never lost heart for that which did befall them in Allah’s Way, nor did they weaken nor degrade themselves. And Allah loves As Sabirin (the patient ones)
Shaykul Islam ibn taymiyyah says,
“Seeing that many learned men fought with the Prophet SAW or got killed doesn’t mean that the Prophet was fighting along with them, but that everyone who followed the Prophet and fought for his religion has indeen fought with the Him, and that is what the Sahaba understood as their greatest battles happened even after his death until they opened the lands of Sham (Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, ajam, Rome, morocco, and east) And that’s when many were killed with him, as those who fought and injured were fighting for the religion of the Prophets and that is a lesson to all the believers until the day of judgment as they all fought with the Prophet for his religion even if he passed away. And they come under verse: “Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah and those who are with him” and in the verse: “And those who believed afterwards, and emigrated and strove hard along with you!”
So we tell our enemies loudly about our goal, and we inform them that if we are unable of fulfilling it today that doesn’t mean that we have erased it from our account as that is not allowed for us by any way or even permissible, that’s why we ask Allah night and day and ask Him in the morning and evening to reach their necks and every enemy of his religion, and all our actions and breath is preparation for that cause.
And they know that very well and they also know the misguidance of those scholars who try with no luck to remove the sword from the Quran, and they know his ignorance in this Deen and have become misguided regarding the commands of Allah and have no understanding in this Deen.
Shaykhul Islam ibn taymiyyah said: “The Deen of Islam is that the sword is a follower with the Book, so if the knowledge of Quran and Sunnah is found and the sword is following it then the commands of Islam would be established.” [al fatawa 393/20]
And he also said “So the foundation of this Deen is a guiding Book and a supporting sword, but sufficient is your Lord as a Guide and Helper.