The sad fate of thee Bani Al-Mustaliq (they were even not demanded to convert before being attacked)
In this article we will analyze the raid that Muhammad, the prophet of peace, launched against a simple tribe; Bani Al Mustaliq. We will try to see what the reasons were for the raid, and what were the lessons to be learned from Muhammad. This article is mostly concentrated on ahadith.
What is the reason for the raid?
Narrated Ibn Aun: I wrote a letter to Nafi and Nafi wrote in reply to my letter that the Prophet had suddenly attacked Bani Mustaliq without warning while they were heedless and their cattle were being watered at the places of water. Their fighting men were killed and their women and children were taken as captives; the Prophet got Juwairiya on that day. Nafi said that Ibn 'Umar had told him the above narration and that Ibn 'Umar was in that army. Sahih Bukhari Volume 3. Book 46. Number 717
Ibn 'Aun reported: I wrote to Nafi' inquiring from him whether it was necessary to extend (to the disbelievers) an invitation to accept (Islam) before meeting them in fight. He wrote (in reply) to me that it was necessary in the early days of Islam. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) made a raid upon Banu Mustaliq while they were unaware and their cattle were having a drink at the water. He killed those who fought and imprisoned others. On that very day, he captured Juwairiya bint al-Harith. Nafi' said that this tradition was related to him by Abdullah b. Umar who (himself) was among the raiding troops. Sahih Muslim: Book 019, Number 4292
It is evident that the attack on this tribe was sudden and unprovoked. The second hadith above shows that this tribe was not invited to embrace Islam first before being attacked. This attack was an evil act done by Muhammad and the early Muslims on this tribe, and for no reason at all. In fact, if this behavior by Muhammad and his followers is not evil, then the word "Evil" has no meaning.
Are there any lessons to be learned from the “holy prophet”?
Yes, in fact there are many lessons for us to learn from the holy prophet and his group of early Muslims. One lesson we can learn is that attacking other people for no reason at all is good. After all it is Sunnah. And, we are following the footsteps of the “greatest man ever lived”! Aren't we?
Another great lesson we can learn from the “holy prophet” is that rape is halal. It is an accepted moral norm. In fact, when a Muslim man rapes a woman captive, there is only one recommendation according to the holy prophet: do not practice coitus interruptus! We are just conveying the message of Allah's prophet. Here are multiple hadiths to prove this point:
Narrated Ibn Muhairiz: I saw Abu Said and asked him about coitus interruptus. Abu Said said, "We went with Allah's Apostle, in the Ghazwa of Barli Al-Mustaliq and we captured some of the 'Arabs as captives, and the long separation from our wives was pressing us hard and we wanted to practice coitus interruptus. We asked Allah's Apostle (whether it was permissible). He said, "It is better for you not to do so. No soul, (that which Allah has) destined to exist, up to the Day of Resurrection, but will definitely come, into existence." Sahih Bukhari Volume 3, Book 46, Number 718 Link
Narrated Ibn Muhairiz: I entered the Mosque and saw Abu Said Al-Khudri and sat beside him and asked him about Al-Azl (i.e. coitus interruptus). Abu Said said, "We went out with Allah's Apostle for the Ghazwa of Banu Al-Mustaliq and we received captives from among the Arab captives and we desired women and celibacy became hard on us and we loved to do coitus interruptus. So when we intended to do coitus interrupt us, we said, 'How can we do coitus interruptus before asking Allah's Apostle who is present among us?" We asked (him) about it and he said, 'It is better for you not to do so, for if any soul (till the Day of Resurrection) is predestined to exist, it will exist." Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, Book 59, Number 459 Link
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: That during the battle with Bani Al-Mustaliq they (Muslims) captured some females and intended to have sexual relation with them without impregnating them. So they asked the Prophet about coitus interrupt us. The Prophet said, "It is better that you should not do it, for Allah has written whom He is going to create till the Day of Resurrection." Qaza'a said, "I heard Abu Sa'id saying that the Prophet said, 'No soul is ordained to be created but Allah will create it." Sahih Bukhari Volume 9, Book 93, Number 506 Link
Yahya related to me from Malik from Rabia ibn Abi Abd ar-Rahman from Muhammad ibn Yahya ibn Habban that Ibn Muhayriz said, "I went into the mosque and saw Abu Said al-Khudri and so I sat by him and asked him about coitus interruptus. Abu Said al-Khudri said, 'We went out with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, on the expedition to the Banu al-Mustaliq. We took some Arabs prisoner, and we desired the women as celibacy was hard for us. We wanted the ransom, so we wanted to practise coitus interruptus. We said, 'Shall we practise coitus interruptus while the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, is among us before we ask him?' We asked him about that and he said, 'You don't have to not do it. There is no self which is to come into existence up to the Day of Rising but that it will come into existence. Malik’s Muwatta, Book 29, Number 29.32.95
( As a side point also, the above ahadith show the great scientific knowledge that the “holy prophet” showed regarding how pregnancies occur)
One last great lesson we can learn from the prophet is this: go for the best looking woman. Muhammad certainly had no control over his carnal desires. Here is the related hadith:
Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin: Juwayriyyah, daughter of al-Harith ibn al-Mustaliq, fell to the lot of Thabit ibn Qays ibn Shammas, or to her cousin. She entered into an agreement to purchase her freedom. She was a very beautiful woman, most attractive to the eye.
Aisha said: She then came to the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) asking him for the purchase of her freedom. When she was standing at the door, I looked at her with disapproval. I realised that the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) would look at her in the same way that I had looked.
She said: Apostle of Allah, I am Juwayriyyah, daughter of al-Harith, and something has happened to me, which is not hidden from you. I have fallen to the lot of Thabit ibn Qays ibn Shammas, and I have entered into an agreement to purchase of my freedom. I have come to you to seek assistance for the purchase of my freedom.
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: Are you inclined to that which is better? She asked: What is that, Apostle of Allah? He replied: I shall pay the price of your freedom on your behalf, and I shall marry you.
She said: I shall do this. She (Aisha) said: The people then heard that the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) had married Juwayriyyah. They released the captives in their possession and set them free, and said: They are the relatives of the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) by marriage. We did not see any woman greater than Juwayriyyah who brought blessings to her people. One hundred families of Banu al-Mustaliq were set free on account of her. Sunan Abu Dawud Book 29, Number 3920: Link
When a good Muslim reads the above hadith, he/she will think that the prophet was such a nice fellow in marrying a woman captive. They forget that Muhammad had just murdered all adult men of her immediate family as well as the extended family.
The Muslims attacked unprovoked a peaceful tribe. The hadiths indicate that the tribe's members were tending to their daily chores when they were attacked and massacred. This was an evil act done by Muhammad and the Muslims.
The ahadith above show clearly that Muhammad sanctioned raping women captives. Early Muslim men were just as guilty too in this regard, but again, they were following the direction of the cult leader; Muhammad
Both of the above points show that Islam seems not to be a very “virtuous religion”, and this by a long shot. One cannot justifiably equate Islam to other religions.
Related Links: http://www.answering-islam.org/Muhammad/Inconsistent/azl.html