Many events describing how Muhammad used to
order the secret assassinations of his critics are quoted in his Muslim
biographies including the following:
A man who was able to see that Muhammad was
living off banditry in the guise of religious rituals was Julas bin Suayd bin
Samat. He was upset at this state of affairs which Muhammad had led his
followers into and, in his frustration at his fellow Ansar
being turned into bandits who regularly prayed to God but weren’t able to
differentiate between moral and immoral, he taunted his fellows by saying, `if
Muhammad was a true prophet, we wouldn’t be worse than asses’. In other
words, he meant that Muhammad’s leadership had turned his followers into worse
than donkeys. However, the critic’s step-son named Umayr bin Sa’d, an
informer, reported these words to Muhammad. Julas was so scared of being
murdered by Muhammad’s secret assassins that he rushed to Muhammad and swore
that he had not said anything against Muhammad. The brother of Julas, whose name
was Harith bin Suayd bin Samat, escaped and joined the Meccan Quraysh[i]
but he later returned to
and was found and murdered on Muhammad’s orders[ii].
Another man who saw what evils Muhammad had
added into Abraham’s religion was a monk by the name of Abu Amir-Abd-Amru.
When Abu Amir saw his people accepting Islam, he migrated to
along with a group of virtuous people who were too weak to resist the Muslims.
When Muhammad heard about the monk’s migration, he said, `don’t call him a
monk but call him a sinner’. When the Muslims later conquered
, Abu Amir fled to Ta’if. When the people of Ta’if accepted Islam, the monk
and died in exile and poverty[iii].
there was a very old man named Abu Afak of the Banu Amr bin Auf tribe of the
Banu Ubayda clan. Abu Afak was grieved when Muhammad made it lawful for Muslims
to kill and, because of his old age, was fearless enough to speak the truth. He
I have lived long but never seen
More zealous in fulfilling their
More zealous in hospitality
Than the Ansar – the offspring of Qayla –
The maternal ancestress of Aus
The Ansar would overthrow mountains rather than submit
But their guest Muhammad has
Through his preaching; Muhammad
says in one breath
‘Allowed’ and `forbidden’
for same sort of things
Mixing halal [lawful] with haram
Abu Afak had made the correct diagnosis of
Muhammad’s sociopathy: In his lust for power, Muhammad had failed to
distinguish right from wrong. Like most sociopaths who lose their temper when
their true crimes are revealed, Muhammad was extremely offended at Abu Afak’s
revelations and said to his devotees, `who will deal with this rascal for me?’
One of the most zealous devotees Salim bin Umayr assassinated Abu Afak in the
darkness of night. After the secret assassination, one of Muhammad’s poets
named Umama bin Muzayriya boasted:
You [Abu Afak] dared to charge Allah’s religion
And Muhammad of lies
Hence a sincere Believer gave
you a plunge
In the darkness of late night
‘Take this Abu Afak – a gift
to your old age’
Whether it was a jinn
or man who slew you
I wouldn’t say who it was.[iv]
phrase, `whether it was a jinn or
man’ needs explanation: Muhammad’s devotees had
spread the word that ghosts called jinn
protected Muhammad and killed for him. This propaganda was part of the `fear
generation’ that was common among the superstitious and one aspect of the
psychological control that inspired awe, respect, and adoration among the
ill-informed, illiterate and highly superstitious people who followed prophets
and mystics in Arabia .
That is how many prophets and mystics intimidated and controlled their followers
. However, there were daring people who laughed at such superstitions. When the
news of Abu Afak’s murder spread, a woman named Asma-bint-Marwan was deeply
grieved. Asma was a woman of the Banu Umayya bin Zayd tribe and she was married
to a man of the Banu Khatma tribe. She understood that it was not ghosts – the
jinn - but Muhammad’s devotees who
had assassinated Abu Afak. In her grief, she spoke the truth in blaming Muhammad
and his followers and addressed her townsmen revealing Muhammad’s ambitions as
By the common ancestor of the
You are obeying an alien in
killing your own chiefs
raising the alien’s hopes about you
a hungry man waiting for a cook’s broth
there no man of honour to rebel against this vile group?
dash the hopes of the profit seeker?
vol. 1, p. 578-581.
vol. 2, p. 72-73.
vol. 1, p. 673-675.
vol. 2, p. 780-781, and, A. Guillaume, `The Life of Muhammad’, p.
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