Muhammad: A Looter
in Islam is not prohibited, unless it is done against the non-Muslims.
Then it is lawful.
Muhammad married Khadijah, a wealthy woman of Mecca, he stopped working.
Actually he had never worked until the age of twenty five when he made one trip
to Damascus as a trustee of Khadijah selling her goods and buying what she had
ordered. This was the extent of the work that Muhammad did in his entire
would not even take care of the children. He used to withdraw to a cave near
Mecca, taking provisions for several days and not come back until his food
lasted. He would then come home for more supplies and head back to his
was left to take care of her own three children from her two previous marriages
and also the six children that she made with Muhammad. As the result, her
business suffered and, the family was reduced to poverty. By the time she died,
nothing of her wealth was left and when Muhammad migrated to Medina, he had to
rely on the generosity of the Medinans, including the Jews whom he exterminated
later, for his sustenance.
His followers also were poor. They were either
slaves or the disaffected Meccan youths. His followers of
were mostly laborers and journeymen, serving the Jews and not very well off.
this humble beginning, a
few years later, Muhammad became the wealthiest man in
owning a great number of camels, herds, slaves, wives and properties. How did
he accumulate this much wealth in such short time? Through looting and pillaging.
first started raiding the Meccans’ merchant caravans. Then he moved on to expel
and massacre the Jews of Medina and other places in Arabia and looted their
Eventually he decreed that every person who believes in him should pay tithes
and those who don't should pay a larger amount as jizyah (protection
fee) or prepare to die. They were "warned", submit of die, very
much like the mafia operated. Several
verses of the Quran exhort Muslims to raid the unbelievers promising booty in
this world and heavenly rewards in the other.
Allah promiseth you much
booty that ye will capture, and hath given you this in advance, and hath
withheld men's hands from you, that it may be a token for the believers, and
that He may guide you on a right path.
And that which Allah gave as
spoil unto His messenger from them, ye urged not any horse or
riding-camel for the sake thereof, but Allah giveth His messenger lordship over
whom He will. Allah is Able to do all things. [al-Hashr 59:6]
Now enjoy what ye have won,
as lawful and good, and keep your duty to Allah. Lo! Allah is Forgiving,
verses were stated to goad the believers to take part in the wars. They also
tell us about the caliber of the people who converted to Islam. Muhammad
convinced them that God has instructed them to attack
innocent people, take them by surprise, kill them and loot their wives and
properties as booty?
oppressive cultic atmosphere that reigned in Medina did not allow the early
Muslims to question the morality of such acts. That is how cults control
brainwash the believers. After exterminating the Jews, who owned most businesses
in Medina, Muslims had lost their works. They had no source of income except
through highway robbery and looting. Some of them might have wondered how
could a messenger of God act like a common marauding gangster. For such people Muhammad had his usual
answer: It is God's will.
Jabir b. 'Abdullah
al-Ansari reported: The Prophet (may
peace be upon him) said: I have been conferred upon five (things) which were not
granted to anyone before me (and these are): Every apostle was sent particularly
to his own people, whereas I have been sent to all the red and the black the
spoils of war have been made lawful for me, and these were never made lawful to
anyone before me, and the earth has been made sacred and pure and
mosque for me, so whenever the time of prayer comes for any one of you he
should pray whenever he is, and I have been
supported by awe
(by which the enemy is overwhelmed) from the distance (which one takes)
one month to cover and I have been granted intercession.
Sahih Muslim 4:1058
by awe means by terror! In another hadith he was more specific. He said: “I have been made
victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), Bukhari 4:52:220
claim that Muhamamd has been victorious by awe and terror is also stated in Bukhari
is a hadith narrated Abu Qatada who said:
We set out in the company of Allah's Apostle on the day (of
the battle) of Hunain. When we faced the enemy, the Muslims retreated and I saw
a pagan throwing himself over a Muslim. I turned around and came upon him from
behind and hit him on the shoulder with the sword He (i.e. the pagan)
came towards me and seized me so violently that I felt as if it were death
itself, but death overtook him and he released me. I followed 'Umar bin Al
Khattab and asked (him), "What is wrong with the people (fleeing)?" He
replied, "This is the Will of Allah," After the people returned, the
Prophet sat and said, "Anyone
who has killed an enemy and has a proof of that, will posses his spoils."
I got up and said, "Who will be a witness for me?" and then sat down. Bukhari
The Prophet again said, "Anyone who has killed an enemy
and has proof of that, will possess his spoils." I (again) got up and said,
"Who will be a witness for me?" and sat down. Then the Prophet said
the same for the third time. I again got up, and Allah's Apostle said, "O
Abu Qatada! What is your story?" Then I narrated the whole story to him. A
man (got up and) said, "O Allah's Apostle! He is speaking the truth, and
the spoils of the killed man are with me. So please compensate him on my
behalf." On that Abu Bakr As-Siddiq said, "No, by Allah, he (i.e.
Allah's Apostle ) will not agree to give you the spoils gained by one of Allah's
Lions who fights on the behalf of Allah and His Apostle." The Prophet said,
"Abu Bakr has spoken the truth." So,
Allah's Apostle gave the spoils to me. I sold that armor (i.e. the spoils) and
with its price I bought a garden at Bani Salima, and this was my first property,
which I gained after my conversion to Islam.
is how Islam spread. By raiding, pillaging and looting. What is the difference
between Muhammad and his followers and a bunch of thieves?
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