Thursday, 16 April 2009

Who was really Muhammad?

An overview and a list of links

There are numerous incidents/episodes from early Islamic sources that seem to cast Muhammad in a negative light:

He was thinking that he may have been demon-possessed [ex Satanic verses], he experienced several suicide attempts that resulted from these concerns, he might have been bewitched by a contemporary Jew, he consummated a marriage to a nine year old baby (‘Aisha) and instigated murders. There are very heavy doubts about the
Qur'an's supposed scientific precision and the common claim that it is inimitable; as there are doubts about the discontinuity of his message with prior revelation (including the well-attested crucifixion of Jesus vs. S. 4:157 of the Qur'an where it is said that Jesus only appeared to be crucified).

We will soon analyze (on separate posts) the murders of
Asma bint Marwan and Abu Afak, and his suicide attempts. The main sources for these stories are to be found in Muhammad’s biography of Ibn Ishaq. For the murder of Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf, we can rely on ahadith . This demonstrates that Muhammad was willing to have individuals killed that insulted him. This in turn auto-corroborates the historicity of such stories found in the Sirah. These are the types of stories unlikely to have been fabricated and propagated by the early Muslims uncritically since they portray Muhammad in a negative light. In this sense they meet the oft-used "criterion of embarrassment" often utilized.

Muslims often make allusions to violent Biblical passages. Interestingly, Muslims are constantly committing this fallacy when debating this issue. The reason it is a fallacy is because such an approach, if successful, would only serve to condemn the Bible ALONG WITH Muhammad. In other words, attacking the Bible for what is perceived to be morally repugnant verses and commands won't do a thing to exonerate Muhammad.

More links to Muhammad’s critical qualities:



Muhammad's Brutality?



Muhammad's Marriage to 'Aisha


Defensive (Note: Some argue against historicity, others against claims of amorality)

More general about Muhammad:

Further Miscellanea:

Comparison studies



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