The Game of Deception
I am pleased to announce that Robert Spencer of jihadwatch.org
is added to the list of the pundits of FFI and from now on, his articles
will be featured regularly in this site.
Actually we have to thank the Islamists for this
serendipity. Recently Robert and I teamed up in a Symposium organized by
Frontpage Magazine and responded to two Islamists about Gender
Apartheid and Islam. This alliance was not to the liking of the
Islamists and they, inspired by their prophet’s cunningness, tried to
drive schism between the two of us. We discovered the plot and decided to
increase our cooperation.
The following is the email one of these Muslims wrote
to Robert Spencer:
From: "Sharukh Iqbal" firstname.lastname@example.org
I regret to inform you that one of your
proteges is a two faced hypocrite and is actually using your trust
for his own gain. This man's name is Ali Sina. I was a regular on
his forum and he is exploiting your endeavors. Since you are
exposing Jihad and he is trying to destroy all religions, Islam
being is 1st target, he supports you. Not only is he an Anti Muslim,
he is an Anti christian and semite. After facing him in a debate on
his forum he equivically stated that your actions and work is
pointless and that you are deceived by your faith. Somehow that
entire thread disappeared and he has threatened me with legal action
if I ever try to contact him or his affiliates again. Therefore
please Mr. Spencer let the world know about this devious man, who is
willing to sacrifice honor and trust just for his dollars and cents.
Just to let you know that he has made a pretty
penny due to his work and you are adding to his forune.
Both Robert and I had a good laugh over it and
remembered how Muhammad had used the exact same ploy to cause suspicion
among his opponents and after driving schism among them, annihilated them
one by one.
One such incident took place during the war known as
Khandaq and this is the story taken from my upcoming book From
, March, A.D. 627.
Ibn Akhtab the chief of the Bani Nadir, whose tribe was banished from
their ancestral town and whose properties confiscates, visited the Meccans
and other tribes warning them of what is awaiting them. Many of these
tribes were already victims of Muhammad’s marauding army and had lost
men and property to this new religion. Several clans of Ghatafan, Bani
Ashja, Murra, Bani Fezara, Bani Sulaim, Bani Sa’d and Bani Asad came
together, each contributing with warring men and they all joined the
Quraish who also contributed four thousand soldiers, including three
hundred horses, and fifteen hundred riders upon camels, into the field. In
total an army of ten thousand men thus came under the general leadership
of Abu Sofian. The leadership of the army was alternated among the chiefs
of the confederates.
was forewarned of this preparation and not knowing what to do, he sought
the advice of Salman the Persian, who was familiar with the mode in which
camps and cities were defended in other countries. It is interesting to
note that Muhammad’s God who would come to his help anytime he needed to
breach a social and ethical rule, e.g. to marry a new woman or to sleep
with his daughter in law or a slave girl, or would always inform him that
his opponents are about to beach their term of the agreement so he should
raid them preemptively, was often silent when it came to matters of
importance were a knowledge beyond Muhammad’s personal experience was
required. Salman was a Christian slave of a Jew. This opportunist man
professed his faith in Islam so he could be ransomed by the Muslims.
suggested entrenching the town, a stratagem hitherto unknown in
. For a considerable distance, the stone houses of
were built so compactly together that, they presented a high and nearly
unbroken wall, of itself a sufficient protection. These walls were then
connected with a deep ditch and a rude earthen dyke. Muhammad himself took
part in these works encouraging his men by chanting to them verses that he
claimed were revelations and promising them victory.
the sentiment of victimization is what Islam thrives upon. This attack on
the Muslims gave an excellent opportunity for Muhammad to foster this
sentiment. He completely neglected that the invaders had gathered to
retaliate for all his lootings, assassinations and senseless wars.
to this day Muslims feel that it is perfectly justifiable to kill the
non-Muslims, through terrorist activities to advance their religion and
make Islam dominant but if their victims rise to retaliate they claim to
be victimized for their faith.
six days, the trench was finished, and the three thousand men of
, stood behind it. The enemy arrived and formed their several camps in
front of the Muslim army with the trench in between them. The Meccans
surprised by this new tactic and unable to cross the ditch contented
themselves for sometime with a distant discharge of archery.
Ibn Akhtab visited the fortress of the Jews of Bani Quraizah and sought
their allegiance. He reminded them of what happened to the other two
Jewish tribes and warned them of their own fate if Muhammad is not
defeated. The Bani Quraizah at first were reluctant to associate
themselves with the Meccans for the fear that should they retreat,
Muhammad would crush them mercilessly. But they finally agreed as it was
obvious to them that as long as they remain faithful to their Judaic
beliefs, they are not going to have peace if the new religion becomes
they agreed to assist the Meccan army. According to a tradition Muhammad
sent Hudhaifa, to spy the camp of the Meccans and he overheard of
the news. Thereupon Muhammad sent Sa’d ibn Muadh and Sa’d ibn Ubada,
two chiefs of the Aus and Khazraj, to ascertain the truth of the report.
The Bani Quraizah received these men coldly and in a sullen mood. The two
messengers reported to Muhammad that the temper of the Jews was even worse
than he had feared.
had good reasons to be apprehensive of the Bani Quraizah for he was
mindful that his cruel treatment of the other Jewish tribes may drive the
Bani Quraizah to side with the enemy.
often claim that the massacre of the Bani Quraizah was justifiable because
they broke their treaty with Muhammad. However it is not clear in what
ways the Jews broke their treaty. But we can see that Muhammad had already
broken his treaty when he assassinated Asma bint Marwan, Abu Afak and
Ka’b ibn Ashraf and when he besieged the Bani Qainuqa and Bani Nadir,
confiscated their wealth and expelled them from the town.
south-eastern entrance of the city, where the fortress of Bani Quraizah
was built at a distance of two or three miles, was the most vulnerable
part. The Jews had still many friends and adherents among the citizens and
when the siege prolonged and the weakness of the Muslims became apparent,
disaffection lurked everywhere and talks of desertion were being heard
even among the professed followers of Muhammad. Muhammad was fearful of
his own life and while the soldiers were camped along the ditches, he
stayed in the mosque amidst the women and children with a strong guard to
keep vigil over him.
enemy, notwithstanding their number was unable to cross the ditch reach
and the vigilance of the Muslim outposts. Although they dismissed the
trenches as an unworthy subterfuge, "a foreign artifice, to which no
Arabs have ever yet descended" it were those trenches that hold them
back from marching into the city.
a few days of frustrating wait, a cavalry of four men including Ikrima,
the son of Abul Hakam, and Amr ibn Abd Wudd discovered a rocky point where
the trench was not too wide. They spurred their horses from it, and
succeeded in clearing the crevice!
off from their own army and in the perimeter of
, they boldly advanced into the Muslim camp, and challenged them to fight
in a single combat. Ali with a few others rose to move out against them.
Muhammad, fearful that Ali, who was now also his son in law, might be
killed stopped him hoping that someone else would rise to the challenge.
But no other man dared to respond to Amr’s challenge, who despite his
advanced age was still considered to be a formidable warrior.
Muhammad had to let Ali meet the challenger. As for himself, Muhammad
never fought in any war personally nor he ever took risks with his life.
Ali and old Amr closed in and for a while they were lost in the dust. An
unconfirmed tradition says that the fight lasted for a long time when Ali,
who was wounded, suddenly exclaimed: “See thy brother is coming behind
thee.” Amr looked round and Ali taking advantage of his distraction slew
him at once. Then he stood up and shouted Allahu Akbar announcing his
victory over his aging opponent.
seeing the death of Amr, the rest of the Meccan party spurred their horses
over the trench and managed to leap back to the other side, excepting
Nowfal, who fell and Zobeir jumped on the wounded man and dispatched him.
trench was guarded intensely and the Meccans were not able to cross it. To
protect the trench Muslims did not say their prayers and Muhammad is
reported to have cursed the pagans for that.
diverted us from (offering) the middle prayer. i. e. the 'Asr prayer. May
Allah fill their bellies and their graves with fire,!"
this war Muslims lost only five men and Sa’d ibn Muadh, was wounded
severely by an arrow in the shoulder. The confederates had but three men
killed. Despite this low rate of casualties, the army of
was exhausted of the continuous watch and duty. The siege seemed endless.
Those who lived outside the town wanted to leave, bring the excuses to
fear that their houses would be plundered, and many inside the town showed
the signs of disaffection. Muhammad was wary of not only his followers who
were wondering, “Where is the Divine assistance that he had promised”,
but also of the Jews who he feared could attack him from the rear.
now appeared weak and helpless in the eyes of his people. Muhammad recalls
these dreary tiring days in the Quran: -
“Behold! they came on you from above you and from below you, and
behold, the eyes became dim and the hearts gaped up to the throats, and ye
imagined various (vain) thoughts about Allah!” Quran
was the state of panic that once Safiya, Muhammad’s aunt, saw a Jew
prowling, or so she thought, and fearing that he is spying on the state of
the Muslims and might report their disappointment and defenseless state to
the enemy, she asked Hasan the Poet, who was present, to go and kill him.
Hasan thought her fears are unfounded and declined to commit the murder.
So Safiya herself went down and slew that Jew taking him by surprise. Sira
this point Muhammad tried to break the confederates by bribing the
Ghatafans. He offered them a third of the dates of
if they withdrew from the confederates. The Ghatafan responded that they
would agree if they were given half of the proceeds. Muhammad consented
but he had overestimated his authority over his followers. Sa’d ibn
Muadh was consulted and he vehemently declined this humiliating treaty and
the deal fell through. Sira p.291.
to drive rift among his enemies through bribery, the Prophet resorted to
deceit. A man called Nueim,
approached him and offered his services. Muhammad asked him whether he
could break up the confederacy against him, by
deceiving the Jews and the Quraish and he added “for
War verily is a game of deception", He said.
went first to the Bani Quraizah, and representing himself as a concerned
friend, cunningly told them that the Quraish had no intention to attack
Medina and if they, (the Jews) supported them, this would make Muhammad
furious of them and they would be killed once the confederates leave. He
then suggested that the Quraizah should demand hostages from the Quraish
as a guarantee against being deserted.
that he went to the chiefs of the confederates and cautioned them against
the Jews: - "I have heard;" he said, " that the
Bani Quraizah intend to ask for hostages; beware not to be taken by their
plot for they have already reneged on their agreement with you, and
promised Muhammad to give up the hostages to be slain, and then to join in
the battle against you."
plot worked. When the Quraish asked the Quraizah to join the general
attack on the following day, they brought the excuse that it is their
Sabbath and refused to fight. Acting upon Nueim’s advice, they also
demanded that the Quraish leave a few men as hostages in guarantee of
being deserted. The Allies regarded this as a confirmation of Nueim's
intelligence, and were so persuaded of the treachery of the Quraizah that
they even feared an attack from them.
fifteen days of fruitless wait, and this perceived treachery of the Jews
the confederates were disheartened. Their provisions were running out,
their camels and horses were dying. The weather was cold and gusty. The
rain had left them soaked and dampened their spirits. The winter night was
tempestuous and the wind and rain beat on the camp mercilessly, blowing
apart their tents, extinguishing their fires and overthrowing their
cooking vessels and other equipment. Storm rose
to a hurricane. This kind of weather is common at winter in
. All these harsh conditions, accompanied with their inability to cross
the ditch and the perceived treachery of the Jews made the allies
Sofian was not always the General of the Army. The chiefs alternated the
leadership in successive days. This system had also paralyzed
their energies and had virtually left the army without a powerful man in
command. Finally Abu Sofian who did not have the
doggedness and single-mindedness of his opponent, resolved to withdraw his
men and told the rest of the confederate chiefs that he is breaking up the
camp. He would not stay to argue with them or change his mind. Thus the
army broke apart, the tribes retired to their homes and the siege ended.
the morning broke, none of the army of the allies was left. Hudhaifa,
who had gone in the dark to spy on the enemy brought the glad tiding to
Muhammad who soon attributed this happy issue to the divine interposition,
and took full credit for it claiming that it was Allah who had “sent
against them a hurricane and forces that ye saw not: but Allah sees
(clearly) all that ye do” [Quran. 33:9]
The very day the
confederates left, Muhammad decided to annihilate the Bani Quraizah. He
pretended that Gabriel appeared to him and rebuked him for setting aside
his arms and told him that the angels are ready to wage war against the
Bani Quraizah. Bukhari
Two weeks later, the
Bani Quraizah was forced to surrender and all their men were beheaded,
their wives and children were enslaved and their belongings went to the
coffers of Muhammad alone who gave some to the immigrants and his close
supporters. Eventually all the confederates were subdued.