There is little that Republicans and Democrats in the United States agree on but when it comes to Islam both former president George Bush and president Barack Obama have said that Islam is a "great religion" and a religion of peace. President Bush said this after Muslim hijackers murdered 3000 people on 9/11. Obama said this in a speech he gave at St. Xavier's college in India after Muslim Pakistani terrorists with the help of the Pakistani intelligence services injured over 300 people and murdered 164 people more, some of whom they tortured in a rampage in Mumbai in November 2008 including two very kind and giving people I had the privilege of meeting when I was in India, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka. Obama even removed all reference to Islam from security training manuals and is fast tracking the immigration of Muslims into the United States. If Islam is a "religion of peace" why are Muslims involved in more wars and terrorism than any other religious group? Are they fighting wars of liberation against oppressive occupiers in the Middle East, the Philippines, Kashmir, Nigeria, Kenya, Chechnya ,Western China, Indonesia and elsewhere or are they continuing Muhammad's war of conquest against the infidel? Defenders of Islam argue that Islam is a tolerant religion and point to tolerant statements in the Koran such as "there is no compulsion in religion". Defenders of Islam tell us that the majority of Muslims are peaceful people who are victims of Islamophobia and that terrorism done in the name of Islam is the work of a few extremists who misunderstand Islam. If Islam was hijacked by a few confused extremists why is there so much more terrorism against non-believers carried out by Muslims than members of any other religion? If the majority of Muslims are peaceful people why did a poll conducted in Saudi Arabia in January 2002 revealed that 95 percent of educated Saudis between the ages of 25 and 41 support Osama bin Laden? Why on Sept 11, 2012 were there rallies seething with hatred all over the Muslim world with people chanting "Obama, Obama we are all Osama" as shown in the video below?
If the Muslim world is so moderate why, after we helped liberate the Libyans from Khadafy did a mob of Libyans attack the American embassy and kill the American ambassador? Why do Muslims hold pro-Hezbollah rallies in Michigan and attack Christians there? Why is there so much crime against non-Muslims in areas in the United States and in Europe in areas where there are large populations of Muslims? Why are so many honor killings against women carried out by Muslims?
The best way to understand what a religion is, is to observe the behavior of its followers. The best way to understand why a religion is the way it is, is to understand the motives of the people who founded the religion. If we understand who Muhammad was we understand Islam. Arguments have been made that Muhammad did not exist at all and that one can think of him as the creation of many mini-Muhammads but in the minds of billions of Muslims he did exist so whether he existed or not- if we understand the Muhammad the Muslims believe in we understand Islam.
According to Islamic sources Muhammad grew up in Mecca. The Quraysh tribe of which he was a member believed in the moon God, Al-illah and the three daughters of the moon God, al-Lat, al-Uzza and Manat as well as many other deities. The Ka'ba the holy place for the moon god worshippers was in Mecca and was the house of Al-illah.
When Muhammad was 25 years old he married a wealthy 40 year old woman and started to preach to his fellow tribesmen that there was only one God, Allah and that he was Allah's messenger.
For those who believe in one God, the fact that Muhammad preached that there is only one God may seem to give him an aura of respectability. It's important to note that if you were a charlatan who wanted power there were advantages to preaching that there was one God as opposed to many. You were much more important if you were the messenger of the one all powerful God then if you were the messenger of one of many Gods.
In order to win the members of his tribe over Muhammad conceded that the daughters of the moon God, al-Lat, al-Uzza and Manat were divine beings but that they were subordinate to Allah. Despite this concession he failed to win over most of the Meccans who made great fun of the pretensions of this once ragged lad who owed his fortune to a decrepit widow and who threatened non-believers with painful torment in hell. As a result he withdrew that concession and Muslims today believe that the only reason he made those concessions was that he was tempted by Satan. Salman Rushdie wrote a novel titled The Satanic Verses based on the verses allowing worship of al-Lat, al-Uzza, and Manat and was accused of blasphemy and mocking Islam. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa commanding Muslims to kill Mr. Rushdie and his publishers. As we shall see, Khomeini was following in the footsteps of Muhammad's murderous rage toward those who mocked him.
In addition to making concessions to the Quraysh, Muhammad also made concessions to the Jews who lived in villages in the Hejaz region which is south of Israel and is now part of Saudi Arabia. According to Syed Maududi:
If this is true Jews lived in Hejaz since 1200 B.C. about 1800 years before Muhammad was born. Otherwise the first Jewish presence in the Hejaz may have been in 587 BC. when Nebuchadnezzer, the king of Babylon, destroyed Jerusalem and Jews fled to the Hejaz. More Jews fled to the Hejaz in 70 AD when the occupying Romans were massacring them in Israel.
Muhammad ordered his followers to turn in the direction of Jerusalem during prayer and to adopt the Jewish day of Atonement as a Muslim holy day. He told the Jews that Allah was the same God as their God.
He had a letter sent to the Jews of Khaybar which stated:
Robert Spencer in his book The Truth About Muhammad wrote:
Muhammad's response to the Jewish rejection of his claims of being a holy prophet was to curse them. Once Muhammad realized that he could not convert the Jews he received a revelation from Allah instructing Muslims to face Mecca instead of Jerusalem for prayers. He had to explain to his followers why Allah told them to face Jerusalem originally. Certainly Allah doesn't change his mind. So Muhammad told them that facing Jerusalem was only a test.
In order to explain why the Jews had no prediction in their scriptures for his coming Muhammad argued that the Jews had deliberately distorted their faith by removing all reference from the scriptures to his coming.
To some extent Jews do distort Judaism by not following the more draconian commands in the Bible such as the command to stone adulterers. When a Jewish couple was accused of adultery Mohammad used that as an opportunity to prove the Jews had distorted their religion. He asked a Jew how they punished adulterers who answered "We announce their crime and lash them." Mohammad exclaimed "Woe to you Jews! What has induced you to abandon the judgment of God?" and ordered the couple stoned to death. A Muslim remembered
An interesting question is why was Muhammad so against adultery? After all he had many wives and told his followers it was lawful for them to enslave the women of the people they conquered. Isn't having many wives and sex slaves the same as adultery? Perhaps he was against his wives cheating on him. One might think that the fact that Muhammad had many wives and sex slaves meant he loved women but Islamic teaching is very hostile and abusive to women. Muhammad expressed his attitude toward woman when he said:
Muhammad told women:
"I have not seen any one more deficient in
intelligence and religion than you." Koran Vol. 2:541
Muhammad's hostility has led to outrageous treatment of women by Muslim men. In one example given by the New York Times (May 17, 2002)
a judge in Pakistan sentenced a young woman to death for "adultery" by stoning because she had been raped by her husband's brother. The judge defended his action by saying that he had merely followed the Kuran based law that mandated this punishment. The fact the woman, Zafran Bibi, was raped was of no consequence. The woman had accused her brother in law of raping her and this was a confession to her crime of "having intercourse outside of marriage." The Times noted that this case fit "a familiar pattern."
Hasan Mahmud a Muslim who is against Sharia wrote:
Why such Islamic ruthless lack of compassion for women? Muhammad was enraged by the non-believer because they were a threat to his power and challenged his authority. This mentality probably extended toward rage toward women he desired who did not obey him prior to his rise to power when it would have been suicidal not to obey him. Fundamentalist Islam can be thought of as revenge against women in which many are imprisoned behind Burkas and not allowed out of their homes without their husband being present and not allowed to choose who they marry. Islam is about power and that includes power over women.
In order to make Islam attractive to his followers Muhammad said they could marry four Muslim
women at a time in addition to having infidel sex slaves, but he didn't want
these limits to apply to himself so he had a
A year after Muhammad told the Quraysh that they could worship their Gods Allat, Manat and al-Uzza Muhammad reported that he was carried to paradise on a steed named Buraq where he met the other prophets. Over the sixth heaven, he meets Moses who wept because there would be more Muslims in heaven than Jews. A painting of Muhammad's journey is shown below.
Muhammad's very very young wife, Aisha pointed out that the prophets body had not gone anywhere the night that he said he had his miraculous trip to heaven but said that his spirit must have traveled there (Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasulullah, p. 183). Miraculous tales such as these served to convince Muhammad's followers that he had a special relationship with God and that what he said was God's word and that they should obey him.
Muhammad used threats of eternal torment for those who disbelieved in him and promises of rewards to those who did, to persuade gullible people to believe he was a holy prophet. He threatened:
Garments of fire have been prepared for the unbelievers. Scalding water shall be poured upon their heads, melting their skins and that which is in their bellies. (Koran 22:19-22:23)
Muslim imams still threaten in order to persuade people. In 1993, the supreme religious authority of Saudi Arabia, Sheik Abdel-Aziz ibn Baaz, issued a edict, or fatwah, declaring that the world is flat and that anyone of the round persuasion does not believe in God and should be punished.'' He also said that the sun moves around the earth. If someone does not believe in God they are doomed to eternal torment according to Muhammad and should be subjugated or killed so one can see how Baaz's Fatwa would scare many Muslims into believing it or pretending to believe it. Sheik Abdel-Aziz ibn Baaz may appear funny to us but his conclusion is inescapable if one believes the Koran.
In Muhammad's time there were people who were too smart to be taken in by his threats. Some Quraysh skeptics asked Muhammad to prove he was a prophet of God by turning the mountains around Mecca into gold for them or to clear them away altogether so their farming would be easier. One of the Quraysh who used to mock Muhammad's threats of painful torment was Amr ibn Hisham also called Abu -l Hakam by his tribesmen which means father of wisdom. He mocked Muhammad by saying: "O Allah! If this (Quran) is indeed the Truth from You, then rain down on us a shower of stones from the sky or bring on us a painful torment." Muslims called him Abu Jahl which means father of folly. Amr and his companions laughed as one of them, Uqba bin Abu Mu’ayt dumped the abdominal contents of a camel on a prostrate Muhammad when Muhammad was praying in front of the Kaaba.
Another Quraysh who mocked Muhammad was al-Nadr who, after Muhammad told stories of divine retribution that had befallen impious nations would tell his listeners the stories of the Persian heroes Rustam and Isfendiar and then ask the audience "Are the stories of Muhammad more beautiful than mine? He is spouting ancient legends that he has gathered from the mouths of men more learned than he."
In order to keep the skeptics from casting doubt in the minds of the believers Muhammad had to keep believers from communicating with their non-believing friends and to convince his followers that non-believers were evil. (These are techniques commonly used by modern day cults). Muhammad commanded them:
Stay away from non-Muslims. They are all liars. [Koran 9:107]
Ignore disbelievers and their poisonous talk. [Koran 33:48]
O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. [Koran, al-Ma'idah 5:51.11]
As time went on Muhammad won over enough followers so that he was no longer funny to the Meccans. He became a dangerous unbeliever who was convincing members of the tribe not to believe in their faith and who was turning them against the tribe. He convinced his followers that:
And Koran (4:76)
disbelievers fight for the devil. So fight the minions of the devil.
And Koran (7:177)
Those who deny Muhammad's revelation are evil.
And Koran (8:55)
The worst beasts in Allah's sight are the disbelievers.
And Koran(8:59 8:60)
They are your enemy and the enemy of Allah.
Mecca became dangerous for Muhammad so he and his followers fled to Yathrib which is now known as Medina. From their he launched raids to loot Quraysh caravans. His first 3 attempts which he led in 623 were unsuccessful. Muhammad's first raid was unsuccessful because he expected to find the Quraysh in a site known as Al-Abwa but didn't. It is surprising that a holy prophet of God did not know whether or not the Quraysh would be at a certain location, one would expect that Allah would have told him. Muhammad was asked whether it was permissible to attack unbelievers if doing so would endanger their women and children and Muhammad replied that it was permissible because "They (i.e. women and children) are from them (the non-believers) (Bukhari vol 4, book 56 no. 3012.
Muhammad's fourth attempt in 624 during the holy and very hot month of Natiq (now called Ramadan) was successful. The holy month of Ramadan was a time of non-violence which may be why the caravan he raided was not prepared to defend itself. The tradition of non-violence during Ramadan did not present a problem to Muhammad who conveniently received a revelation that because the Quraysh did not believe and had expelled him from the holy temple it was OK to fight with them during Ramadan:
The successful attack on a caravan bought much loot back to Medina as well as eighty ounces of silver of ransom for two of the prisoners. Most religions do not engage in violence on their holidays but to this day Muslims engage in violence during Ramadan. The Highest Holy day of the Jews, Yom Kippur, occurs during the month of Ramadan, which is a day during which Jews in Israel were not prepared to fight, which is why, on Yom Kippur of 1973 (October 6), the Muslims countries surrounding Israel attacked. After Muslims murdered Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria, the group claiming responsibility for the attack "Qaedat al-Jihad" released a statement with the sentence:
Muhammad set precedents which believers follow to this day.
The loot which the Muslims brought back with them from the caravan they attacked undoubtedly drew more followers to Muhammad. Two months later Muhammad led over 300 men against a large Meccan caravan which was making its way home from Syria.
Muhammad told his followers
I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, Smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger tips of them. (Koran 8:12)
Notice that he made it's God will to attack and steal and kill. The lure of booty has motivated Muslims throughout history.
The Turkish historian Seaddedin wrote about the lure of booty in the Muslim attack on Constantinople in 1453. He wrote:
Having received permission to loot, the soldiers thronged into the city with joyous hearts and there, seizing the possessors and their families, they made the wretched unbelievers weep.
The Quraysh had large force protecting their caravan led by Amr ibn Hisham. In order to encourage his army to attack Muhammad told them
He also told them that it brings joy to Allah when a Muslim
This caravan was protected by men led by Amr ibn Hisham who decided to not follow the caravan to safety but to turn back and eliminate the Muslim threat once and for all. The battle which took place near Badr on March 15, 624 turned into an unexpected victory for Muhammad. According to Ibn Ishaq (Hisham 451)
The Muslims captured
Uqba bin Abu Mu’ayt
the man who had dumped the camel entrails on Muhammad and he pled for his life:
The man was put to death. (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 458)
and as the victim was slain, he added,
Al-Nadr was another unfortunate captive who when he realized he was going to be killed complained that if the Quraysh had taken the Muslims prisoner they wouldn't have killed them. Muhammad scornfully replied:
Indeed Islam has rent all bounds of decency asunder. Al-Nadr was beheaded. Non-believers became terrified of Muhammad and his followers which is exactly what Muhammad wanted. In fact Muhammad said:
Terror is what keeps many Muslims obedient in Islamic countries and many infidels afraid to speak out against Islam. Today Islam is extending its power through fear even in Europe and the United States. Those who speak out receive death threats to them and their families and the more prominent people who speak out get sued. Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was killed by a Muslim after he made a film denouncing the plight of abused Muslim women. Hotels in the U.S. who fear violence cancel speakers who warn about the Islamic threat. Pamela Geller, spoke about this in a speech below, a speech she could not give in the original hotel where she had booked it because the hotel received threats of violence and cancelled it. The speech can be seen below.
Muhammad told his victorious followers that "the booty has been made Halal (lawful) to me (and not to anyone else). He took the booty kept a cut for himself and then distributed 4/5 of the to his followers telling them:
It must have occurred to Muhammad that it might occur to his followers that they could go on raids without him in the future and not give him a cut. In order to prevent this he convinced them that without him they would lose. Muhammad told his followers that armies of angels had joined with them to smite the Quraysh and that similar help would come only if they remained faithful to Allah. He even told them:
With Allah, Muhammad told his followers they would be victorious against overwhelming odds. He said:
After the victory at Badr Muhammad proceeded to settle scores with his detractors in Medina. He had an elderly poet, Abu Afak murdered who had protested Muslim murders and who mocked Muhammad for his desire to control people's lives. Upon learning of Afak's murder, Asma bint Marwan a poetess courageously wrote verses denigrating the men of Medina for "obeying a stranger who is none of yours". When Muhammad heard this he had her murdered as she was nursing her youngest child. Murder of poets and musicians by Muslims occurs today. A Chechen poet Ruslan Akhtakhanov who had angered Muslim separatists in the North Caucasus was shot dead in Moscow. Ahmad Shah was murdered by the Taliban for playing the flute. Iranian Poet and Activist Hashem Shaabani along with 14 others, was sentenced to death on charges of “waging war on God. He was tortured for 3 years and executed. Mr. Shaabani wrote from prison that:
After Asma bint Marwan was killed Muhammad turned to murdering Jews.
In the mean time Abu Sufyan who became leader of the Meccans after Muhammad killed off most of their leadership at Badr, assembled 3000 troops to fight Muhammad. His forces met Muhammad's forces at a mountain near Mecca called Uhud. Although Muhammad had told his followers that it brings joy to Allah if Muslims plunge into battle without mail Muhammad put on two coats of mail before the battle of Uhud. He stayed at the rear of his army and surrounded himself with bodyguards. The Muslims were defeated and Muhammad was hit in the face by a thrown rock. Muhammad tried to flee by climbing a rock but:
Why didn't Muhammad fight? Didn't he want to go to paradise? Didn't he want to please Allah? According to Islamic scriptures Muhammad didn't even participate in the raids he organized against caravans.
The defeat probably created a very dangerous situation for Muhammad. It must have occurred to his followers that the promises of victory he had made had not materialized which cast doubt on his claims of being a prophet and some of his followers may have felt it was his fault for getting them into a battle where so many were killed. Muhammad had to come up with excuses especially since he had told his followers after the battle of Badr that Allah would grant them victory against all odds. One excuse he made was that the debacle was necessary to “test” the believers so that “Allah may know those who believe” (3:140). Muhammad’s next excuse was to blame a contingent of “hypocrites” who failed to accompany them into battle (3:167). But this had also been the case at Badr, where the Muslims had been victorious due to Allah’s angels (seen only by Muhammad, of course). Why no angels this time? Finally, Muhammad simply blamed the sin of the people for their own defeat and told them to beg for his forgiveness. They had pushed him into a battle that he did not want, and then fought poorly, even “abandoning the messenger” (3:153) whose presence Allah had been so generous in blessing them with (3:164). Clearly the people had let Muhammad down, but he and Allah promised to be magnanimous if the people acknowledged their error (3:152). For good measure, Muhammad also added that the Devil made them do it (3:155).
One problem with all these excuses is that they did not explain how Muhammad had gotten hit on the head. Surely he hadn't sinned against Allah so why didn't Allah protect the head of his holy prophet?
Although Muhammad was defeated he still had a strong army which he turned against the Jews. Muhammad issued the command to Muslims that they
The Muslims had a truce with the Jewish Banu Qaynuqa tribe but that was not a problem for Muhammad. He had another convenient revelation from Allah.
Notice how deviously clever this revelation is. It is a revelation that justifies treachery against the Jews by accusing the Jews of treachery. Modern Muslims follow in Muhammad's footsteps in leveling false accusations against Jews. Muhammad's forces defeated the Qaynuqa and spared them on the condition that they turn over all their property and leave Medina. Many of the Jews left for Syria and perished. Banishing the infidel set a precedent which was followed by the Turks in modern times who banished the Armenian Christians into the desert where they too perished. Here is a picture of banishment of the Armenians into the desert from the Kerckhoff Art Gallery.
This precedent was followed again in July 2014 the the recently self-proclaimed “Caliph” at the helm of the “Islamic State” of Iraq and Syria gave Christians in Mosul, Iraq, 48 hours to evacuate their homes and leave behind all their possessions.
There was another Jewish tribe left in Medina called the Bani Nadir. Ka'b Ibn Ashraf, the chief of the Bani Nadir worried that his tribe would be banished as well and asked the Meccans for help in case Muhammad would attack his tribe. Muhammad had Ka'b Ibn Ashraf assassinated.
Ali Sina wrote.:
Bani Nadir had the best-cultivated land in Yathrib. Muhammad had his eyes on their plantations and farms. Bukhari Volume 9, Book 92, Number 447 … So he had to come up with an excuse…. He needed a pretext to act upon his plan and confiscate the properties of these wealthy Jews. There again, the prophet of Allah had a new “inspiration”. It was a brilliant idea. He told his companions that the Jews had plotted to kill him. His followers believed him when he told them of his Miiraj in the company of Gabriele (that the angel Gabriel told him that the Jews planned to kill him). They had no difficulty believing whatever to believe in any absurdity that he concocted…
Muhammad demanded that the Bani Nadir leave their homes. When they refused Muhammad told the Muslims that "The Jews have declared war". (Tabari volume 7 159) and ordered them to lay siege to the Jews. After two weeks of siege the Banu Nadir surrendered and agreed to go into exile. Some fled to Syria and others to Khaibar.
Muhammad lied in order to incite his followers to attack Jews. He broke treaties with his victims when he was strong enough to conquer them.
Muhammad said that (Bukhari (52:269) )
and the propaganda jihad of modern day Muslims is as full of deceit as Muhammad ever was in order to create hate toward the non-believer.
Ahmadinejad explained at a conference in Tehran in 2005 that:
Likewise in his book “Heaven on Earth” (Oxford University Press, 2011), author Richard Landes quotes an Islamic intellectual who explains why it’s important to keep the hatred toward Israel alive.
Here is a video of Islamic propaganda against Jews.
It is likely that a courageous Jew challenged Muhammad's commands to violence with a verse from the Mishna which teaches that:
whoever destroys one life is regarded by the Torah as if he has destroyed a whole world; and whoever saves one life, is regarded as if he has saved a whole world.
According to the Koran, Muhammad did not deny that Allah had said this but explained that it did not apply to killing infidels. Muhammad said that Allah said: (Koran 5.32-5.33)
32. That is why We decreed for the children of Israel that whosoever kills a human being, except (as punishment) for murder or for spreading corruption in the land, it shall be like killing all humanity; and whosoever saves a life, saves the entire human race. Our apostles brought clear proofs to them; but even after that most of them committed excesses in the land.
33. The punishment for those who wage war against God and His Prophet, and perpetrate disorders in the land, is to kill or hang them, or have a hand on one side and a foot on the other cut off, or banish them from the land. Such is their disgrace in the world, and in the Hereafter their doom shall be dreadful.
Muslims often quote 5.32 out of context to show that Islam is a benevolent religion. After the failed car bombing attempts in London by Muslim doctors, Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in an editorial in the New York Post 7/4/2007 wrote that:
I wonder what Dr. Asma Modin-Uddin would say if she realized that the Koranic verse inspiring her to professional excellence came from the Jews! Muslim apologists love to say that those who oppose Islam quote it out of context but the context of this verse in the Koran shows that in Islam this does not apply to infidels, cutting hands and feet do instead. Lets hope Dr. Asma Modin-Uddin does not realize that!
After banishing the Bani Nadir, the Muslims resumed attacking Quraysh caravans and were strangling Meccan trade. The Quraysh decided to finish off the Muslims once and for all. According to Ibn Ishaq some of the Bani Qurayza Jews asked the Quraysh to attack but the Quraysh had plenty of reason to attack Muhammad without Jewish encouragement. One of the Jews Ibn Ishaq says was involved Sallam b. Abu’l-Huqayq al-Nadir had already been assassinated so this accusation may be false and simply an attempt to justify what Muhammad did the the Bani Qurayza after the Quraysh attack. The Quraysh along with the Ghatafan (northern Arab tribes to the east of Medina and Mecca) laid siege to Medina. Muhammad had his men dig trenches around Medina to prevent a cavalry charge. There wasn't enough food for the animals of the Quraysh to support a long siege so they withdrew.
When the siege was over Muhammad received a convenient revelation.
He accused the Jewish tribe of the Bani Quraysa of wanting to betray him and the angel Gabriel ordered him to attack them. He went to them, put them under siege for 14 days. Finally they surrendered. So Mohammed killed all their men, enslaved their women and children [Saheeh Muslim - 1769].
According to Ibn Ishaq, "The apostle went out to the market of Medina and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for the men of Qurayzah and struck off their heads as they were brought out to him in batches until 600 to 700 of them were dead.
The Jewish women and children were enslaved and Muhammad took one of them, a fifteen year old girl named Rayhana bint Zayd ibn Amr as a personal slave.
Slavery of men and women continues today in Islamic countries such as Sudan and Mauritania.
Rayhana was just one of Muhammad's stable of women. Whenever Muhammad wanted a wife he took her even if she was married or was too young.
When Muhammad was 51 years old, he chose to marry a 6 year old child, a marriage he consummated when she was 9 years old (Sahih Bukhari 5.236), he explained that God wanted him to do so:
"...the Prophet said to her (Aisha), 'You have been shown to me twice in my
dream. I saw you pictured on a piece of silk and someone said (to me). 'This is
your wife.' When I uncovered the picture, I saw that it was yours. I said, 'If
this is from Allah, it will be done.'"
Muhammad's marriage to Aisha set a precedent. The picture below is of a mass wedding of 450 child brides in Gaza.
Muhammad found justifications for the sickest sexual behavior. Raymond Ibrahim wrote:
This may be the reason Egyptian parliamentarians tried to pass a “farewell intercourse” law legalizing sex with one’s wife up to six hours after she dies
One of Muhammad's many sons, Zayad married a beautiful wife by the name of Zainab and Muhammad wanted her. According to the Muslim historian Abu Ja'far Muhammad bin Jarir al-Tabari (839-923), one day Muhammad was talking with Aisha when "a fainting overcame him." Then he smiled and asked, "Who will go to Zaynab to tell her the good news, saying that God has married her to me?" He then recited the revelation Allah had just given him, scolding him for being concerned about what people might think and thus refusing to marry Zaynab. (Qur'an 33:37)
A funny parody of this is on youtube and embedded below.
Muhammad even had revelations telling his followers to be quiet. Muhammad told some noisy followers that Allah said (Koran 49.2)
Believers, do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor shout aloud when speaking to him as you do to one another... Those who speak softly in the presence of God's apostle are the men whose hearts God has tested for piety.
A devout Muslim named Shaikh (see the book Leaving Islam) was reading this passage when a question entered his mind. Why is it really for Allah to tell people to show reverence to Muhammad? Can’t Muhammad tell the people these things himself? God was acting as a servant to Muhammad. This was the beginning of Shaikh’s realization that his dear and beloved Islam was a lie. Shaikh points out another example. He writes:
If you read sura XXXIII.56 you will see it says, “Verily, God and His Angels pray for the prophet.” In every other religion, it is man who worships God, but here God appears to be worshipping man
Even Muhammad's wives noticed how Allah was acting as a servant to Muhammad. After Mohammed said that Allah allowed him to marry his adopted son's wife one of them said:
Putting words in God's mouth in order to justify one's behavior is a practice that continued after Muhammad's death. Robert Spencer in his book The Truth About Muhammad wrote:
After massacring the men of the Banu Qurayza and enjoying raping at least one of their prettiest women, Muhammad led the Muslims out to attack the Banu al Mustaliq an Arab tribe related to the Quraysh and took their wives children and property as booty. (Bukhari, vol. 4, book 57 no. 3128
Those captives that were not killed after the battle with the Banu al Mustaliq were released for ransom. Ransoming women created a quandary for Muslims who wanted to rape them and were afraid that they might not get money for them if they were pregnant. They asked Muhammad what to do and he told them that they should not worry about getting the women pregnant:
There were still other victims left to loot, the Jews in the Khaibar oasis, many of whom he had banished from Medina. Muhammad then led his massive following in a surprise attack against the Khaybar oasis and conquered it. After conquering Khaybar Muhammad wanted to know where the wealth of Khaybar was hidden. Kinana bin al-Rabi a Jewish leader of Khaybar, showed tremendous courage and denied knowing where the treasure was. Muhammad told one of his followers, al-Zubayr Al-Awwam:
Al-Zubayr kindled a fire with flint
and steel on Kinana's chest and let it burn until he was nearly dead but Kinana
protected his tribes wealth to the end and would
not reward the Muslim barbarians with his secret. When he was at the point of
death another Muslim beheaded him. (Ibn Ishaq 511).
Muhammad expelled the people of Khaybar as long as they left their gold and silver behind. He allowed some of the farmers to stay behind as long as they gave him half their annual yield but after Muslims discovered some of the treasure that some of the Khaybar Jews had hidden he ordered the women and children of the tribe enslaved. (Ibn Ishaq 515). One of the captured Khaybar women Safiyya was 17 year old girl of "incomparable beauty" (Ibn Saad, al-Tabaqat, pp. 120-123). She was the wife of Kinana bin al-Rabi the man the Muhammad had ordered tortured. Muhammad had also beheaded Safiyya's father himself two years previously along with the Jewish men of Qurayza. Muhammad forced Safiyya to be one of his wives and raped her.
A popular modern chant of the Palestinians is "Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return." Here is an example of Muslims chanting who were on the flotilla which sailed to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
Here is CAIR in Cleveland singing the song of Khaybar
Khaybar chant in New York City
One of the Jewish women of Khaybar, Zaynab bint al-Harith allegedly was brought in to prepare dinner for Muhammad, She prepared a roast lamb and is alleged to have poisoned it. Certainly she had every reason to kill Muhammad. He had killed her father, uncle and husband as well as many husbands and fathers of the rest of her tribe.
One can see how this story would cause problems for Muslims. On the one hand it made the Jews the evil killers of Muhammad justifying further murder, pillage and rape of Jewish women. On the other hand Muhammad was supposed to be a prophet. He should have known that there was poison in the food. The way they solved this conundrum was to say that after taking one bite Muhammad spit it out saying "this bone tells me that it is poisoned" and by saying he survived the poisoning for 3 years supposedly because he was such a holy man. That way Muhammad was amazingly holy and still showed amazing prophetic powers in which bones spoke to him yet he could still be poisoned by those nasty non-believing Jews. In spite of this it is must be confusing to the Muslim mind that Allah would allow his prophet to be poisoned by the infidel let alone the Jewish infidel. Some might wonder why he would be foolish enough to eat food prepared by a woman whose husband and father he had killed. In fact there are prominent Muslims who say that this story is false. It is likely that Muhammad or his followers made up this story in order to incite further hatred against the Jews. We saw similar incitement in modern times after the Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat died of AIDS which he probably contracted because he was a homosexual who preyed on boys in his security detail.
On August 11, 2007 Arafat’s personal physician Dr. Ashraf al-Kurdi, disclosed that Yasser Arafat had the deadly HIV virus in his bloodstream when he died. WorldnetDaily reported that:
After Arafat died a former senior aide Ahmed Abdul Rahman, claimed that an Israeli assassin killed the Palestinian leader by blowing a slow-acting poison into his ear. (Ex-aide Israeli assassin poisoned Arafat in Ear, worldnetdaily.com 11/17/05) The PA ambassador in Sri Lanka, Attalah Quiba declared that Israel killed Arafat with a high-technology laser. Currently the accusation is that the Jews murdered Arafat with Polonium. PA Minister of Religious Affairs Al-Habbash preached that:
It should be noted that in response to reports about Arafat
being poisoned, The Independent
wrote the following:
http://www.mypracticalphilosophy.com/shelp/muhammad.htm Based in the United States
http://muhammad.medianewsonline.com/ Based in Germany