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How do we reconcile Offensive jihad with the prophetic injunction to not desire an encounter with the enemy?

The Prophet (SAW) said: "Do not desire an encounter with the enemy; but when you encounter them, be firm." This hadith has more around it. See for full narration:
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Are all predatory animals forbidden to eat?

All beasts of prey that have (large) teeth are forbidden. This concerns essentially mammals and reptiles; from the latter only snakes are mentioned explicitly. Birds with talons also fall into the ...
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