Debate on Looting Part II
This is the continuation of the previous
discussion on looting. My argument accusing Muhammad of looting was contested
by Mr. Bassam al Zawadi.
This is my response to him.
Don't miss the conclusion of this debate in page
Mr. al Zawadi wrote:
|Islam promotes nothing but kindness
to prisoners of war. Read this article for the evidence http://www.answering-christianity.com/prisoners_of_war.htm.
The link I just posted proves from the Quran and
Hadith that prisoners of war should be treated well. If there is any
incident of Muhammad which goes against the Quran, then it should be
disregarded. Even Ali Sina agrees with me. He says later on in this
I donít know what constitutes kindness for Muslims. Raiding innocent
civilians, killing unarmed people taken by surprise, or massacring their entire
male population and enslaving their women and children and even raping them are
not acts of kindness. The claim that Islam promotes kindness is an insult to
human intelligence. This is like saying Nazism promotes kindness. Islam has
advanced by terror and not by kindness. The order to cast terror in the heart of
the enemy is mandated in the Quran 3.151,
enemy is anyone who Muhammad chose to attack. These people did not have to be
hostile to Muhammad or have done anything against him. He decided that those who
do not submit to his cult are the enemy and must be subdued. Or those who are
wealthy are the enemy. Muhammad boasted "I have been made victorious
with terror" Bukhari 4:52:220
Yes, if a law in a hadith is contradicts the Quran, the
latter is to be taken as authority. However here we are not talking about laws
but about events and the actions of Muhammad. The Quran is the collection of
Muhammadís sayings attributed to Allah and the hadith is the collection of
Muhammadís sayings and his deeds as reported by his companions. Sometimes
Muhammadís words are good, but often his actions are not. Any
criminal will tell you doing evil is wrong. Such statement does not make him a
good person. He is simply a man whose actions and words do not match. When I was
a boy, back in my country of birth, there was a radio program called 'A City
within Our City'. Every week the producer interviewed one prisoner, often on death roll. The prisoners explained what made them become attracted to crime.
At the end of each interview he would ask the inmates if they had an advice for
the youths. The advices of these criminals were all good. I thought sarcastically,
if we only listened to the advices of these criminals, the world would become
Words are cheap. Actions are what matter. A man who does
not walk his own talk is a despicable man. In matters of law, if there is
discrepancy between the Quran and the Haidth, the former is the authority. But
if you find in the Quran Muhammad says it is meritorious to manumit the
slaves and then you read in the Hadith that he raided people, looted them,
massacred them and reduced thousand upon thousands of them into slaves, what shall we make of it? We
canít dismiss the Hadith and deny that they are not true just because in the
Quran Muhammad says something else. We can conclude that he was a contemptible
man whose words and deeds did not match. We canít disregard all the gory
stories of crimes committed by this degenerate fiend just because somewhere he
said; ďbe kind to othersĒ. The question is why he did not walk the talk? If
he knew kindness is better than cruelty, why he acted so ruthlessly? Did he
really mean it or he said it to feign holiness?
In response to me saying the battles of Muhammad were raids
(qazwah) Mr. al Zawadi wrote: ď
of Uhud was not a raid.
of the Trench was not a raid.
of Badr was not a raid.Ē
Muhammad waged over sixty wars according to Tabari.
With the exception of Uhud and Khandaq (Trench), all of them were
incursions. The Battle of Badr was intended to be an inroad against the
caravan of the Quraish. Abu Sufyan, the head of the caravan dodged the attack by
detouring the caravan. The Meccans learned about Muhammadís intention and they
came to defend their caravan. The battle of Uhud and Khandaq were legitimate
wars. After the Meccans had enough of Muhammadís forays, they came to punish
him for his constant taunting of their caravans and his lootings. Unlike
Muhammad's raids that were unannounced, the Meccans informed their enemy of
their intention, giving him plenty of leeway to prepare. The war of
Khandaq was not fought and the Meccans went back. So what if two out of 67 wars
of Muhammad were not
raids? Does this acquit him of being a highway robber and a marauding
gangster? This is like a criminal accused of more than three scores of armed
robberies, murders and assassinations plead innocence on the ground that in two
occasions he had to fight back in self defense when his victims turned against him.
Mr. al Zawadi wrote:
The only incident that I can
recall unless Ali Sina refreshes my memory where Muhammad attacked his
enemies by surprise was the Banu Mustaliq.Ē
In that case Mr. al Zawadi should read the Sira again. With
the exception of Khandaq and Uhud, virtually all the wars of Muhammad were
depredatory. The attack on Mecca was also technically a raid. In this case the
population was taken by surprise. A deal was made between the traitor Abbas who
was the fifth column in Mecca spying for Muhammad from the start, Abu Sufyan who
felt that with 10,000 men at the gates of Mecca there is no chance to win the
war, and Muhammad. This deal was agreed outside the town in Muhammad's tent.
The people of Mecca
did not know about it and when Abu Sufyan said the city must capitulate
to avoid bloodshed, his wife cursed him and said he is not a man. The Meccans
were taken by surprise. They had singed a treaty with Muhammad and did not
expect a war. Muhammad suddenly appeared at their gates with his army
demanding them to surrender or face death.
The killing of the Jews of Medina technically were not raids. He did not raid
them but he laid siege on their quarters and cut the supply of water to them
until they surrendered and then he banished them or massacred them.
Muslim, in his collection
of Sahih Hadith narrates the following:
'Aun reported: I wrote to Nafi' inquiring from him whether it was necessary to
extend (to the disbelievers) an invitation to accept (Islam) before meeting them
in fight. He wrote (in reply) to me that it was necessary in the early days of
Islam. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) made
a raid upon Banu Mustaliq while they were unaware and their cattle were having a
drink at the water. He killed those who fought and imprisoned others. On
that very day, he captured Juwairiya bint al-Harith. Nafi' said that this
tradition was related to him by Abdullah b. Umar who (himself) was among the
raiding troops.Ē Muslim
Here the phrase "he killed those who fought" is misleading.
This may give the idea that these people were armed and prepared to fight. Not
so! People were caught by surprise and unarmed. This was an act of terrorism and
not a war.
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