The March of Islam through Jihad
Earlier, as founder of the new Islamic nation, the prophet had to engage
in risky speculations. He ventured to free his society from dependence
on charity and goodwill of his sympathisers. Through jihad, he launched
successful campaigns within the Arab Peninsula against his enemies and
their trade caravans. He controlled trade routes and dictated his terms
to guarantee the safety of their passage and their merchandise. His
community became loaded with possessions and became abundantly rich.
Spreading the message of Allah and accumulating wealth through jihad,
such campaigns became acceptable and a daily affair. Islam indoctrinated
jihad in its religion and has since become a legitimate requirement and
a religious duty. To acquire wealth through jihad and use it in the
service and promotion of Islam has since grown into a strong Islamic
obligation, acknowledging it informally as the sixth pillar of Islam.