Friday, 8 May 2009

Islam, the Qur’an and Mohammad

Muhammad Part III

From Part II

The Sword of Islam Goes Forth

With this kind of ammunition, the followers of Muhammad were ready to fight till death. Muhammad led twenty nine raids. The reason for the raid of Badr in the first place was not to promote Islam, but to attack and loot the caravan of Abu-Sufian which was loaded with precious goods (Prophets of Allah, page 438).

Abu-Sufian knew of Muhammad's planned raid and escaped by taking another route. Muhammad continued his raids against the Meccans. Meanwhile he decided to exterminate the Jewish clans from Al-Madina. He expelled the Jewish clan of Banu Qainuqa, attacked another Jewish clan, Banu Alnadir, and drove them out of Al-Madina.

Banu Quraiza, sympathizers with the Meccans during the battle of Ditch, suffered a worse fate when its women and children were enslaved and its men were slaughtered. In 628 A.D. the Jews of Khaybar were dispossessed of their lands. Al-Madina had no more Jews.

Muhammad decided to use force to subdue the Meccans and all those who opposed him. He led several raids: the raid of Uhud, the greater raid of Badr, the raid of Hunain, then the raid of Tabuk. These raids resulted in several small Jewish and Christians clans submitting to Muhammad.

Finally, Muhammad led his conquest of Mecca. This time the Meccans received him. He was Quraysh and from now on his Quaraysh clan would reign over a united Arabian Peninsula.

Thus, by the sword Muhammad eliminated Judaism and Christianity from the Arabian Peninsula. He declared that the Jews and the Christians were polytheists, and as such they were unclean and should not be allowed to approach the sacred mosque, the Kaaba in Mecca.

Muhammad declares in the Qur’an:

The Jews call "Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the Son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the infidels (literal translation) of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the truth (Surat At-Tawbay 9:30).

Muhammad commanded the Muslims:

O ye who believe! Truly the polytheists (literal translation) are unclean, so let them not, after this year of theirs, approach the sacred mosque (Al-Kaaba in Mecca) (Surat At-Tawbah 9:28).

O ye who believe, take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors. They are but friends protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust (Surat Al-Maidah 5:51).

In view of this last verse, it is of great interest to notice that Arab Muslims in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia pleaded to Christians nations to protect them against the attack of Saddam Hussein, the Muslim president of Iraq, and force him to withdraw from Kuwait during the Gulf War in 1991.

It seems that when it comes to power, politics and money, and when heads of Muslims states feel that they are in danger, the commands of the Qur’an are ignored. For the Arabs of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to ask the Americans and Europeans, which are known as Christian countries, to protect them from Iraqi invasion is a total disobedience of the commands of the Qur’an.

On the other hand, what would anyone expect from the Muslims, after they read all these violent verses in the Qur’an inciting them to fight? It is not surprising to see them fight until death and sacrificing their lives in suicidal attacks against the Jews and Christians, who the Qur’an stigmatizes as infidels.

It is clear that the Qur’an condone racism, violence, terrorism, and killing of Jews and Christians, in the name of Allah. When there is a command in the Qur’an, the Muslims must obey it. In that case, all Muslims are fundamentalists. The question then arises as to why there is such animosity from Islam toward Judaism and Christianity. Why don't we read in the Qur’an verses against Buddhism and Hinduism and other pagan religions which were in existence before Islam? Is it because the Bible, the book of the Jews and Christians. expose the atrocities and brutality of Islam?


Muhammad's Death

The final days of Muhammad arrived. He had gained total control of the Arabian peninsula and made the Kaaba in Mecca the only holy shrine to be acknowledged, although there were many other Kaabas in Arabia.

In the tenth year after the Hijra, Muhammad made his farewell pilgrimage to Mecca. Soon after his return to Al-Madina, he fell ill. Two verses in the Qur’an refer to his death:

Muhammad is no more than a Messenger: many were the messengers that passed away before him  If he died or were slain, will ye then turn back on your heels? (Surat Al-Imran 3:144).

Say: I have no power over any good or harm ot myself except as Allah willeth. If I had knowledge of the unseen, I should have multiplied all good, and no evil should have touched me: I am but a warner.. (Surat Al-Araf 7:188).

Writing about Muhammad's death, Al-Baidawi, the great expositor of the Qur’an, said:

"If he should die or be slain, will you then turn back on your heels?"  (refers to the incident in which) Abdallah Ibn Qami'a al-Harithi threw a rock at Allah's Messenger that broke four of his front teeth and gashed his face.  Mus'ab Ibn Umair, who was the standard-bearer defended (Muhammad). So Ibn Qami'a killed (Mus'ab), assuming that he killed the Prophet.  Then, as it is reported, he said "I killed Muhammad." Someone cried out, "Behold, Muhammad has been killed," and the people turned on their heels. Then the Messenger cried out, "Come to me, servants of Allah," Thirty of his followers joined him and protected him until they scattered the unbelievers. Some hypocrites said, "Had he been a prophet, he would not have been killed." Anas Ibn Nadr, the uncle of Anas Ibn Malak, said, "O, people, if Muhammad is slain, Muhammad's Lord is alive, and dies not; what shall you do if you live after him? So fight for what he fought for," and added "O Allah, I acquit myself of what they say and exonerate myself from it." He then clasped his sword firmly and fought till he was killed, and the verse was revealed.

When Khaybar was conquered, and the people felt secure, Zainab Bint al-Harith, Salam Ibn Mishkam's wife, went about asking which part of the lamb was Muhammad's favorite to eat People told her, "It is the front leg, for it is the best part and the farthest from harm." So she took a lamb, slaughtered it, and cut it up. Then she took a deadly poison that kills instantly and poisoned the lamb, putting more poison in the leg and shoulder. When the sun set, Muhammad led the people in the evening prayer. When he finished he wanted to go, but she was sitting at his feet. He asked her, and she said, "O Abu al-Qasim, here is a gift I have for you." Muhammad ordered some of his friends to take it from her, and it was put before him in the presence of his friends, among whom was Bishr Ibn al-Bara' Ibn Ma'rur. Muhammad said, "Come near and be seated." Muhammad took the leg and ate, too. When Muhammad had swallowed his bite, Bishr swallowed his, and the rest of the people ate of it. Muhammad said, "Raise your hands; this leg and this shoulder tell me they are poisoned." Bishr said, "By the One who honored you, I found the same in my morsel, but nothing kept me from spitting it out except that I would spoil the pleasure of your food. When you ate that which was in your mouth, I did not desire my own soul more than yours, and wished that you had not swallowed it." (One opinion has it that) Bishr died then and there. A part of the lamb was thrown to a dog, and the dog died. Another opinion says that (Bishr's) color turned black and his pain lasted two years, after which he died. It was also said that Muhammad took a bite of the lamb, chewed it, and spit it out, whereas Bihr swallowed his morsel. Then Muhammad sent for this Jewess and asked her, "Have you poisoned this lamb?" She said, "You have acquired certain powers with which you judge those who are not loyal to you. You killed my father, my uncle and my brother. . . So I said, "If he is a king, then I would be relieving us of him, and if he is a prophet, he will be able to perceive.'" It was said that he pardoned her, while others say he commanded her to be put to death and crucified. When Muhammad fell ill just before his death, he said to Aisha, "Aisha, I still feel the effect of the poisoned food I ate; this is the time of my demise by that poison." When Bishr's sister entered his room during the time of his last sickness, he said to her, "This is the time of my demise by the meal I ate with your brother in Khaybar." (The above quotation is from the book Is The Qur’an Infallible by Abdallah Abd al-Fadi, pages 378- 381).

Finally on June 632 A.D., death came to Muhammad in the room of his wife Aisha as he rested on her lap. He was sixty-three years old. Aisha was only sixteen years old.

Muhammad's Death Compared to That of Moses

It is said that a grave was dug in that very place, and in it the prophet of Islam was buried. Later a mosque was built and Muhammad's grave became a place of pilgrimage in Al-Madina.

Now, we realize a great difference between Muhammad's death and burial and Moses' death and burial. Moses died when he was one hundred and twenty years old. The Bible says:

Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone (Deuteronomy 34:7 NIV).

Muhammad died when he was sixty-three years old with four of his front teeth broken.

Moses died according to the word of the Lord. His funeral was and angelic funeral (Jude 9). The Lord himself buried him in Moab and no one knows where his grave is.

He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is (Deuteronomy 34:5, 6 NIV).

Muhammad, poisoned by a woman whose father, uncle and brother had been killed by him, died on the lap of a woman. His grave is for pilgrims to visit in Al-Madina.

Concerning the Tomb of Jesus Christ, we read the words of the angel to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary who came with her to see the tomb:

He is not here; for He is risen as He said. Come see the place where the Lord lay (Matthew 28:6).

Here is the great difference between Jesus Christ, who died to save those who believe in Him and rose again, victorious over death, and Muhammad who was poisoned and defeated by death.

The Qur’an records the death of Muhammad and his followers:

Lo! thou wilt die, and lo! they will die (Surat Al-Zumar 39:30 MPT).

Jesus Christ says to His followers:

Because I live, you will live also (John 14:19 NKJ).

Christians believe in a living Savior.


Continues on Part IV


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