Confucius said: You can judge a man by seeing how his words
match his deeds. Lying and murdering are great sins in Islam. Yet Muhammad
himself ordered his followers to lie and to assassinate his
QUOTE FROM BUKHARI,
VOLUME 5, #369
messenger said "Who is willing to kill Ka`b bin al-Ashraf
who has hurt Allah and His apostle?" Thereupon Maslama got
up saying, "O Allah's messenger! Would you like that I kill
him?" The prophet said, "Yes". Maslama said,
"Then allow me to say a (false) thing (i.e. to deceive Ka`b).
The prophet said, "You may say it."
to Ka`b and said, "That man (i.e. Muhammad) demands Sadaqa
(i.e. Zakat) [taxes] from us, and he has troubled us, and I have
come to borrow something from you." On that, Ka`b said,
"By Allah, you will get tired of him!" Maslama said,
"Now as we have followed him, we do not want to leave him
unless and until we see how his end is going to be. Now we want
you to lend us a camel load or two of food." Ka`b said,
"Yes, but you should mortgage something to me."
Maslama and his companion said, "What do you want?"
Ka`b replied, "Mortgage your women to me." They said,
"How can we mortgage our women to you and you are the most
handsome of the Arabs?" Ka`b said, "Then mortgage your
sons to me." They said, "How can we mortgage our sons
to you? Later they would be abused by the people's saying that
so and so has been mortgaged for a camel load of food. That
would cause us great disgrace, but we will mortgage our arms to
his companion promised Ka`b that Maslama would return to him. He
came to Ka`b at night along with Ka`b's foster brother, Abu
Na'ila. Ka`b invited them to come into his fort and then he went
down to them. His wife asked him, "Where are you going at
this time?" Ka`b replied, None but Maslama and my (foster)
brother Abu Na'ila have come." His wife said, "I hear
a voice as if blood is dropping from him." Ka`b said,
"They are none by my brother Maslama and my foster brother
Abu Na'ila. A generous man should respond to a call at night
even if invited to be killed."
with two men. So Maslama went in together with two men, and said
to them, "When Ka`b comes, I will touch his hair and smell
it, and when you see that I have got hold of his head, strike
him. I will let you smell his head."
Ka`b bin al-Ashraf
came down to them wrapped in his clothes, and diffusing perfume.
Maslama said, "I have never smelt a better scent than
this." Ka`b replied, "I have got the best Arab women
who know how to use the high class of perfume." Maslama
requested Ka`b "Will you allow me to smell your head?"
Ka`b said "yes." Maslama smelt it and made his
companions smell it as well. Then he requested Ka`b again,
"Will you let me (smell your head)?" Ka`b said
"Yes". When Maslama got a strong hold of him, he said
(to his companions) "Get at him!" So they killed him
and went to the prophet and informed him."
How a man can hurt Allah? How can God be hurt by one of his
creatures? If he is hurt and wants revenge by killing the person
who hurt him canít he kill him himself? Why he needs to ask
his messenger to send one of his followers to do his dirty work?
This is more befitting for a mafia godfather than the God. To
lie and commit murder are not godly deeds, unless Muslimís god
is different from the real God.
The stories of Muhammad's plots and assassinations are among
the most damaging stories about Muhammad. May modern Muslims
prefer to deny the authenticity of these hadithes than try to
explain them. However, this is not that easy. These hadithes are
classified as sahih (authentic). Why should anyone forge such
hadithes in the first place? No intelligent person would accept
that Muslims, who fabricated so many false stories about
Muhammadís ďmiraclesĒ to make him look saintly and a
superior being, would fabricate stories that implicate him as a
gangster godfather and an assassin. That would have defied their
faith and defies our intelligence.
Would a believer say such damaging things
about Muhammad if they were not true? In fact the Muslims in
their fanatical zeal disregard even human reason to save
Muhammad from blemish. While their loyalty is noteworthy, their
intellectual honesty is deplorable. Why in the world believers
would fabricate so many stories about assassination plots of
their prophet? Why Bukhari and Muslim would listen and write
hadithes of such horrible nature if they were not true? Why so
many Muslims read them for so many centuries and no on denied
them? If you pay
attention to the details in those stories you would admit that
they couldnít be fabricated. There are names of the people
involucrated and there are so many of them. These were people
known to everyone.
There are many phony hadithes that anyone
could have made-up. Like the one that says water flew out of the
fingers of Muhammad, or the stones moved around to hide him when
he went to answer the call of the nature, or that he started to
praise Allah as soon as he was born. These are unintelligent
stories that have no base. Nevertheless the believers loved to
hear them because they strengthened their faith. But the
accounts of his assassinations are not the kind of stories that
someone would willingly fabricate for the person he loves most.
It is not just one story that portrays
Muhammad as an assassin. There are many of them, reported by
several people and preserved by several Hadith collectors. All
of them corroborate each other. Those who donít believe in
hadithes as religious source of guidance, must accept them as
historic sources. The stories of Muhammad's assassinations do
not contain religious guidance, (though it became the standard
of conduct for Muslims throughout the history) but they are
There are two categories of Muslims. The
first are those that unabashedly defend Muhammad and whatever he
did irrespective of any consideration for decency, rightness or
justice. The second group, are those that dishonestly deny the
facts about him and try to twist the evidence to make Muhammad
acceptable by modern morality and values.
I donít want to pass the judgment as
which one is better, but I certainly admire the honesty of the
first group that the second group lacks. Sometimes ago I had a
debate with someone representing the first category. He had no
difficulty accepting the stories of Muhammadís assassinations
and tried to prove Muhammadís greatness by reminding me that
the assassin who went to kill him hurt his ankle and Muhammad
touched it and it healed. This gentleman could not think that if
Muhammad had powers to heal he would have been able to kill his
enemies by remote control and would not have needed to recruit
However in my view the greatest enemies of
democracy and reform are those pertaining to the second group.
These are the ones disguised as intellectuals and modernists.
They want to present Islam as a peaceful and tolerant religion.
They lie. They twist the facts. They hide the evidence not
because they truly believe that Islam is a religion of peace,
for anyone who reads that book knows that this is not so. They
lie to gain advantages, especially in the West as long as Islam
is in the minority and as long as it is weak. But as soon as
Islam become powerful, all that sweet talk of tolerance is put
aside, the mask will be off and the real face of Islam as
evinced by its founder will become manifest. Then those phony
smiles give way to showing the fangs. This is precisely how the
Prophet himself acted. When he was in Mecca and weak, he spoke
of tolerance, but when he became powerful he forgot all that
talk and started his campaign of genocide of the Jews and the
Christians of Arabia.
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