In this article, I discuss the killing of Ibn Khatal the day the prophet of peace entered
Did Muhammad Respect the Holiness of the Ka’ba?
What would you think about one of the holiest men of our time if he committed a bloody murder in the holiest of temples? What would you think of mother Teresa if, before she died, killed a poor man right in her main headquarter in
Now, let us go to the prophet of Islam and see what he did when he entered
Who was Ibn Khatal?
He was a Muslim at one time, then apostacised. Please note that Muhammad ordered him killed because of his apostacy, not because he (Ibn Khatal) killed a freed slave working for him. Such slaves were not considered as equals to free people. Also, note that he had two singing girls who sang satire about the prophet (now that would have been really fun to hear!!).
“Another [to be killed] was Abdullah Khatal of B. Taym b. Ghalib. He had become a Muslim and the apostle sent him to collect the poor tax in company with one of the Ansar. He had with him a freed slave who served him. (He was Muslim). When they halted he ordered the latter to kill a goat for him and prepare some food, and went to sleep. When he woke up the man had done nothing, so he attacked and killed him and apostatized. He had two singing-girls Fartana and her friend who used to sing satirical songs about the apostle, so he ordered that they should be killed with him.” (the Sirat, p. 550)
The Prophet ordered Ibn Khatal killed
“The apostle of Allah entered through Adhakhir, [into
How was Ibn Khatal to be killed?
Also on pages 172 and 173 in Ibn Sa’d’s Tabaqat: “The apostle of Allah entered Makkah in the year of victory and on his head there was a helmet. Then he removed it. Ma’n and Musa Ibn Dawud said in their version: A person came to him and said, “O apostle of Allah! Ibn Khatal is holding fast the curtains of al-Kabah. Thereupon the apostle of Allah said: “Kill him.” “….kill him wherever you find him”
Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 29, Number 72:
Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Apostle entered Mecca in the year of its Conquest wearing an Arabian helmet on his head and when the Prophet took it off, a person came and said, “Ibn Khatal is holding the covering of the Ka’ba (taking refuge in the Ka’ba).” The Prophet said, “Kill him.”
Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 582:
Narrated Anas bin Malik: On the day of the Conquest, the Prophet entered
Muslim, Book 007, Number 3145:
Anas b. Malik (Allah be pleased with them) reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) entered Mecca in the Year of Victory with a helmet on his head; and when he took it off, a man came to him and said: Ibn Khatal is hanging on to the curtains of the Ka’ba, whereupon he said: Kill him. Malik (one of the narrators) attested this statement having been made.
Muwatta’ Malik, Book 20, Number 20.76.256:
Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab from Anas ibn Malik that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, entered Makka, in the Year of Victory, wearing a helmet, and when he took it off a man came to him and said, “Messenger of Allah, Ibn Khatal is clinging to the covers of the Kaba,” and the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Kill him.”
So, it seems that the holy prophet of Islam ordered the killing of an apostate. This apostate went to the holiest of places in the holiest place in
How did Ibn Khatal die?
“Verily the apostle of Alah ordered (his followers) on the day of the Victory to kill Ibn Abi Sarh, Fartana Ibn al-Zibr’ra and Ibn Khatal. Abu Barzah came and saw him (Ibn Khatal) holding fast the curtains of al-Kabah. He (Abu Barzah) ripped open his belly.” (Tabaqat Ibn Sa’d, p.174)
What happened to the two slave girls?
“As for Ibn Khatal’s two singing girls, one was killed and the other ran away until the apostle, asked for immunity, gave it to her.” (Sirat, p.551)
Did Muhammad make a wise decision regarding Ibn Khatal and his two slave girls?
No, he did not. He could have easily forgiven him and let the incidents go. The same applies to the killing of one of the girls. Forgiveness is a virtue that Muhammad died thinking it spelled “REVENGE”.
And the answer to the title of this article is: No, Muhammad had no respect for the holy. He demonstrated that in his Nakhla raid when he attacked a Meccan commercial caravan during the sacred month. He demonstrated that by violating, again and again, his own signed treaties before conquering