Did Muhammad Practice Beheading?
Payman Saqib wrote:
see there is no proof for what you are saying.
The quran does not talk about violence or killing, not one
person was beheaded during the life time of the prophet.
Really? For brevity I only cite a few cases.
In the year 625 A.D. after suffering several raids, lootings and killings
by the Muslims, the various tribes of Bani Layhan gathered around their
chief Sofyan ibn Khalid
discussing what to do about the continuous problems that they faced.
Muhammadís spies informed him of this gathering and he dispatched
Abdullah ibn Oneis, with instructions to assassinate Sofyan. Abdullah went
forth alone, and joining himself as a volunteer to Sofyan, fell upon him
unaware while no one was near, cut
off his head, and carried it with him. He eluded pursuit, and
in safety, presented himself before Muhammad in
the Mosque. The Prophet welcomed him, and asked the issue of his
adventure. Abdullah replied by
displaying the head of his victim. Muhammad was so highly gratified at
the success, that he presented the assassin with his staff: - This;"
said he, "shall be a token betwixt you and me on the day of
resurrection. Verily few on that day shall have anything to lean
After Muhammad raided the fortress of Kheibar and the unarmed population
were taken by surprise, Muslim fighters killed many of the citizens until
they surrendered. Muhammad allowed them to leave the country, but that
they should give up all their property to the conqueror. With the rest,
came forth Kinana, chief of the Jews of Kheibar, and his
cousin. Muhammad accused them both of keeping back, in contravention of
the compact, a portion of their riches, especially the treasures of the
Bani Nadhir, which Kinana had obtained as a marriage portion with his
wife, Safiyah the daughter of the chief of that tribe. "Where are
the vessels of gold," he asked," which you used to lend
to the people of Mecca?" They protested that they no longer
possessed them. "if you conceal anything from me,"
continued Muhammad, "and I should gain knowledge of it, then your
lives and the lives of your families shall be at my disposal."
They answered that it should be so. A traitorous Jew, having divulged to
Muhammad the place in which a part of their wealth was deposited, he sent
and fetched it. On the discovery of this attempt at imposition, Kinana was
subjected to cruel torture, -- "fire being placed upon his breast
till his breath had almost departed," -in the hope that he would
confess where the rest of his treasures were concealed. Muhammad
then gave command, and the heads of the two chiefs were severed from their
On that very night Muhammad took the 17 year old Safiyah
the bride of Kinana to his tent and claimed her as his wife.
But the most gruesome scene of beheading is that of the Bani Qurayza.
Muhammad besieged their fortress cutting the water to them and after they
surrendered, he ordered that all the men and boys passed their puberty to
The men were penned up in a closed yard, while graves
or trenches were being dug for them in the chief marketplace of the city.
When these were ready, Muhammad, himself a spectator of the tragedy, gave
command that the captives should be brought forth in companies of five or
six at a time. Each company was
made to sit down by the brink of the trench destined for its grave, and
there beheaded. Party by party they were thus led out, and
butchered in cold blood, till the whole were slain. Zoheir, an aged Jew,
who had saved some of Muhammadís allies of the Bani Aws in the battle of
Boath, Thabit interceded and procured a pardon, including the restoration
of his family and his property. "But what hath become of all our
chiefs, - of Kab, of Huwey, of Ozzal ibn Samuel?" asked the old
man. As one after another he named the leading chiefs of his tribe, he
received to each inquiry the same reply; - they had all been slain
already. - "Then of what use is life to me any longer? Slay me
also, that I may go and join those that have preceded me." When
this was told to Muhammad, he said, "Yea, he shall join them, in
the fire of Hell?" and he too was beheaded [Ibn Hisham p. 301]