Its well known that the prophet Muhammad PBUH emptied the Ka’bah of its idols and stabbed them,
The Prophet entered Mecca and there were 360 idols around the Kaba. He started stabbing the idols with a stick he had in his hand and reciting: "Truth has come and Falsehood has vanished." [ Sunnah ref: Sahih Bukhari 2478 ]
but we also know that the Meccan Idol worshippers were guilty of persecuting the Muslims and the Islamic Religion for a long time, so I thought its possible this action was a specific retaliation and not a General sunnah to break idols regardless of whether the idol worshippers are enemies of Islam.
however, there is this Hadith where the prophet said he was sent to break the idol
Amr Ibn Abasa said to the Prophet: “Who are you?” He said: I am a Prophet I again said: Who is a Prophet? He said: “I have been sent by Allah”. I said: “What is that which you have been sent with?” Allah’s Apostle said: “I have been sent to join ties of relationship,
to break the Idols, and to proclaim the oneness of Allah nothing is to be associated with Him” [ Sunnah ref: Sahih Muslim 832]
And the context of it indicates this is one of the primary missions of the Prophet and he did not qualify it on the condition the idol worshippers attack Islam first, so the generality of this statement caused me to consider that idol smashing is a praiseworthy sunnah regardless of the idolators’ enmity or neutrality.
Can someone clarify on this Thanks