Question no. 2
How could someone calling himself a messenger of God
raid merchant caravans and act like a common hoodlum and a highway
As for the raids at the
merchant caravans of the Quraish this caravan comprehended several
wealthy Meccan enemies of Islam and was accompanied by Abu Sofyan the
renowned arch enemy of Islam and the Muslims. In that year the
hostilities of the Quraish and their instigations against Islam and the
Muslims had intensified. Medina had just become the political and
governmental center for the Muslims and it was under the attack of its
Quraish enemies from every directions.
Many Muslims were forced to
abandon their homes due to the Quraish persecution and had emigrated to
Medina These people wanted to retaliate and reclaim their properties
from the Quraish. They had been informed that this caravan carried a lot
of wealth. The leadership of the Muslims was also planning to render the
highways that were purveying economically and militarily the enemy,
unsafe. The main objective of this sudden attack was to render insecure
the arteries so that the enemy is weakened in their war against the
Muslims. These wars continued until Mecca was conquered.
Obviously when two countries
or two forces are in war, and while there are no peace treaties between
them, each side is justified to debilitate the economical and the
military strength of the opposing party and threaten their security.
This was, and still is, an
accepted practice in the world. Highway robbery however is something
completely different. A highway robber is a thug and a hoodlum that
endangers the lives and the safety of the people that live peacefully in
their own city or country without showing enmity to others and steals
Dear Ayatollah Ozma Montazeri,
To begin on this subject I would like to thank you
for being truthful and unlike most of the Muslims who claim all the wars
of the Prophet were defensive you acknowledge that he was actually the
aggressor and it was he who raided merchant caravans. This saves a lot
of time for both of us because I don’t have to list his numerous
attacks at those whom he considered to be his enemies.
However, you seem to justify his raids at merchant
caravans, towns and his killing of the civilians because as you see them
they were strategic military plans to weaken the position of the enemy.
Muhammad’s own explanation was that Muslims have the right to take
back what the Quraish took away from them when they forced them to
Notwithstanding, the truth is that Meccans did not
drive the Muslims out of their homes.
They emigrated on their own volition and because of Mohammad’s
insistence. At first he ordered his followers to immigrate to Abyssinia
and then when he found enough disciples in Medina, he sent them thither.
The truth is that despite the fact that Muhammad
constantly insulted the religion of the Quraish and infuriated them with
his abrasive behavior there is not a single incidence of physical
violence or persecution against him or his followers recorded in Islamic
Muslims today would not tolerate any criticism
against their religion. They would kill at once any person who dares to
question their belief. This is what the prophet taught them to do. But
Arabs prior to Muhammad were more tolerant. They used to live with the
Jews and Christians in harmony without any sign of religious animosity
between them. Yet the ultimate test of tolerance came when Muhammad
started to taunt their gods. Despite that kind of libeling the Quraish
evinced incredible degree of tolerance and although being offended,
never harmed Muhammad or any of his cohorts.
Compare this to the treatment of the Baha’is in
Iran. Baha’is do not insult Muhammad or his Allah, they do not reject
the Imams nor disagree with any part of Quran. All they say is that
their messenger is the Promised One of the Muslims. This is nothing
compared to Muhammad’s affronts of the beliefs of the people of
Quraish. Nevertheless Muslims have not spared any act of atrocity
against the Baha’is. They killed many of them, jailed them, tortured
them, beat them, denied them of their human rights and treated them with
utter inhumanity. None of that was done against Muhammad and his
followers in Mecca even though he constantly accosted their gods with
showers of taunts and would imprecate their sacred beliefs as if daring
them to persecute.
When the Meccans had enough of it and could no more
stand Muhammad’s mocking of their deities, a body of their elders
repaired to Abu Talib, the uncle of the Prophet and complained: - “This
Nephew of thine hath spoken opprobriously of our gods and our religion:
and hath abused us as fools, and given out that our forefathers were all
astray. Now, avenge us thyself of our adversary; or, (seeing that thou
art in the same case with ourselves,) leave him to its that we may take
our satisfaction.” Abu Talib spoke to them softly and assured them
he would counsel his nephew to be more deferential. But Muhammad would
not change his proceedings. So they went again to Abu Talib in great
vexation; and warned him that if he would not restrain his nephew from
his offensive conduct, they would have to restrain him themselves. They
added thus: - “and now verily we cannot have patience any longer
with his abuse of us, our ancestors, and our gods. Wherefore either do
thou hold him back from us, or thyself take part with him that the
matter may be decided between us.”
This is all that is recorded about the persecution
of the Muslims in Mecca. The above is a warning but falls short of
issuing a threat. In fact until Abu Talib was alive and even after his
death until Muhammad stayed in Mecca no harm was inflicted upon him and
nor any of his followers suffered persecution.
The only physical violence reported against a
Muslim is the beating of Omar of his own sister who had embraced Islam,
which led to his own acceptance. This however cannot be called a real
religious persecution but a family violence as Omar was an irritable man
with an unpredictable temper who would lose his composure easily and
resort to violence. Yet even this hadith may not be true because in
another Hadith narrated by Omar himself he describes his story of
conversion to Islam differently.
So the question arises, if there were no
persecution against the Muslims, who forced them out of their homes? We
know that many of them abandoned Mecca and emigrated first to Abyssinia
and then to Medina. Why would they leave their homes if they were not in
The answer to this question can be found with
Muhammad and what was going in his mind. It was he who asked them to
leave. In fact he ordered them to leave making it a mandate from Allah.
The Following verses clarify this perfectly.
those who believed and left their homes and strove with their wealth
and their lives for the cause of Allah, and those who took them in and
helped them: these are protecting friends one of another. And those
who believed but did not leave their homes, ye have no duty to protect
them till they leave their homes; but if they seek help from you in
the matter of religion then it is your duty to help (them) except
against a folk between whom and you there is a treaty. Allah is Seer
of what ye do.”(Q.8:
These are very harsh words against his own
followers who did not leave Mecca and stayed behind. In other part he
presses further this point.
They long that ye should disbelieve
even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So
choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way
of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them
wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among
the above verse Muhammad is ordering the believers of Mecca to forsake
their homes and go to Medina. He goes as far as to instruct other
Muslims to kill them if they decide to return home, which is consistent
with the cultic nature of Islam. So as we can witness the exodus of the
Muslims from Mecca was not due to any persecution by the idolaters.
There was no such a persecution even though Muhammad exasperated the
Quraish to their limit of forbearance with his triad of insults. The new
converts left Mecca because Muhammad asked them to. His pressure tactics
was so intense that he even told them that they would go to hell if they
stayed behind and did not emigrate.
Lo! as for those whom the angels take
(in death) while they wrong themselves, (the angels) will ask: In what
were ye engaged? They will say: We were oppressed in the land. (The
angels) will say: Was not Allah's earth spacious that ye could have
migrated therein? As for such, their habitation will be hell, an evil
had plans to conquer the Arabia and subdue Persia,
inevitable question is however: “why?”
Why would the Prophet force his followers to emigrate when they
were not being persecuted in their own town? Why would he coerce them to
leave their own homeland? This tactic was so unorthodox that even
western historians and scholars of Islam like Sprenger and Sir William
Muir have failed to see the plot that Muhammad was brewing in his mind
from the very early days that he realized there are a few people who
actually believed him to be the messenger of God.
in The Life of Mohammad, quotes Hishami:
Coreish, hearing that Abu Talib lay at the point of death, sent a
deputation in order that some contact should be made to bind both
parties, after his decease should have removed all restraint upon
Mahomet. They proposed accordingly that they should retain their
ancient faith, and that Mahomet should promise to refrain from abuse
or interference; in which case they on their part would agree not to
molest him in his faith. Abu Talib called Mahomet, and communicated to
him the reasonable request. Mahomet replied -" Nay, but there is
one word, which if ye concede, you will thereby conquer Arabia, and
reduce Ajam under subjection." "Good!" said Abu Jahl,
" not one such word, but ten." Mahomet replied,-" Then
say,-There is no God but the Lord, and abandon that which ye worship
beside him." And they clapped their hands in rage;-" Dost
thou desire, indeed, that we should turn our gods into one God? That
were a strange affair!" And they began to say one to another,
"This fellow is obstinate and impracticable. Ye will not get from
him any concession that ye desire. Return, and let us walk after the
faith of our forefathers till God determine the matter betwixt us and
him." So they arose and departed. Hishami, p.136.
the above story we can establish several facts.
The Quraish were not persecuting the Muslims and the their leader
but asking him to respect their beliefs.
Muhammad was adamant to continue his abrasive and opprobrious
behavior towards the people of Mecca and their religion.
Muhammad was dreaming to conquer Arabia and “reduce Ajam under
it becomes clear, the Prophet when yet in Mecca with no more than a
handful of follower was already fantasizing to conquer Arabia and subdue
Persia. Is it befitting for a messenger of God to indulge in reveries
about “conquering” and “subduing”? One would expect that the one
chosen by God to be the light for all mankind, have nobler thoughts of
guiding, educating and liberating people, not conquering them and
subduing them. These are not the thoughts of a messenger of God but of a
conqueror and a vanquishing subjugator. These are the thoughts of
authoritarian conquistadors like Changiz Khan, Napoleon, Hitler and even
Saddam Hussein, but not of a Prophet of God who, should radiate with
love, compassion and other spiritual qualities.
Prophet was indeed a vivid case of megalomania. He was a
manic/depressive par excellence. When he was high, he had these
grandiose thoughts of conquering the world and when he was low he would
indulge in thoughts of suicide.
Bukhari V. 9, Book 87, Number 111
Inspiration was also paused for a while and the Prophet became so sad as
we have heard that he intended several times to throw himself from the
tops of high mountains and every time he went up the top of a mountain
in order to throw himself down, Gabriel would appear before him and say,
"O Muhammad! You are indeed Allah's Apostle in truth"
whereupon his heart would become quiet and he would calm down and would
return home. And whenever the period of the coming of the inspiration
used to become long, he would do as before, but when he used to reach
the top of a mountain, Gabriel would appear before him and say to him
what he had said before.
change of mood gives us the clue that the Prophet was not a messenger of
any god but a mentally sick, unstable manic/depressive man. His dreams
of conquering and subduing were so intense, and they consumed his inner
thoughts with such an ardor that they expunged the shades of right and
wrong from his conscience. For him his dream of domination became his
primary goal. And to achieve that goal he would stop at nothing. He lied
compulsively and so convincingly that even he managed to fool himself.
Although his earlier visions were the result of his hallucinations, when
those hallucinations stopped he kept revealing spurious verses and
perusing his dreams of grandeur with a remarkable obduracy distinctive
only to mentally infirm. Megalomaniacs like Muhammad and Hitler often
are charismatic people with a compelling personality that would
mesmerize their audience with their speeches, their oomph, and
confidence. Watching Hitler’s buoyant, upbeat, inspiring and
motivating speeches with his air of confidence and self-assuredness that
captivated the imagination of millions of his German listeners, perhaps
can give us an insight into the mind of the Apostle of Allah and explain
the mystery of his spell over his naïf and unsophisticated companions
he asserted in the deathbed of his uncle Abu Talib, Muhammad dreamed of
conquering Arabia and subduing the mighty Persia even when his followers
were but a handful of untrained and insignificant lot, with no means to
fight or defend them selves. However he was not just a dreamer, but also
someone who would follow up his dreams with extraordinary single
mindedness and endurance. In his quest for personal grandeur he would
sacrifice everything. He would kill those who would oppose him. He would
slay those who would turn their backs to him. He would assassinate those
who criticize him. He would wipe out the entire Jewish and Christian
population from the Arabic Peninsula and execute one of the most
ruthless genocides on the Jewish population of Medina and Kheibar. He
would fabricate stories of jinns and angels and would fool his followers
with tales of his visits to Heaven and Hell to manipulate his credulous
and foolhardy believers. And he would invent an Allah, proclaim to be
his messenger and the sole contact between him and thus demand total and
unconditional submission to him through himself.
dreams were of greatness and his plan was perfect. His timing was ideal
and he had the best people to work with. Arabs of his time were
superstitious, bigot, fanatical, ambitious, ruthless, barbarian,
stubborn, chauvinist and above all gullible and a credulous crowd.
Conquering Arabia and subduing Ajam for a man of his allure in that
milieu was a synch.
how would he realize his dream without an army? How would he convince
his followers to take up their swords and use it against their own
brothers, fathers and friends? He had to create the discontent. He had
to cause enmity where there was none. He had to incite brother against
brother and divide the people so they would willingly take arms and slay
each other at his behest. Thus, on one hand he set on a campaign to
imprecate the deities of the Quraish and taunt them constantly with his
rude and boorish remarks to excite them and incite them to hostility who
would in turn react and harass his followers and make them feel
victimized and wronged. On the other hand he would force his followers
to endure the hardship of exile, abandon their homes and flee to a
foreign land. As a consequence he put one group against the other, and
caused his followers to feel persecuted. Now they were poor, sore and
suffered. Muhammad needed that anger and bitterness to foster his own
dominance over them and command their obedience. In order to rule, he
had to divide.
order to rule ignorant people and make them side with you, you have to
give them an enemy. Nothing can make people rally around you more than a
common foe. This is the oldest trick in the book, which has been used
successfully by all dictators throughout the history of mankind. Even
Khomeini used that policy to strengthen his dominance over those
gullible Iranians who believed in his lies.
As he boasted in Quran “Makaroo va makara Allah. va Allah khyrul
makereen” was a master deceiver himself. He managed to create
religious hate among people who despite their ignorance and bigotry
never had evinced religious intolerance before. Now he had a group of
supporters who were impoverished, discontent and angry. They were ready
to fight for him and help him realize his dreams. Obedience to "God
and his Apostle," became the watchword of Islam;-- And of course as
usual Allah would reveal verses that give to his Apostle total
Whomsoever disobeyeth GOD AND HIS
PROPHET; verily to him shall be the Fire of Hell; they shall be therein
always, forever! (Q.72:
is of interest to note that after enduring years of verbal abuse the
Quraish boycotted Muhammad and his supporters from commercial
transactions. They would not buy anything from them nor sell to them and
would not marry anyone among them. They may even have threatened to
punish him if he would not stop insulting their gods. Upon this Muhammad
barricaded himself with the rest of his family members, the Hashemis,
(excluding Abu Lahab) in a Quarter of Mecca known as She'b of Abu Talib.
This self-imposed durance lasted about 3 years. During this time they
would venture out only at the time of hajj and retreat once the
pilgrimage was over. But in no time Quraish attacked that quarter. On
the contrary they seemed quite pleased that Muhammad was not in the
streets shouting obscenities at their deities. Had the Quraish intended
to persecute Muslims or kill Muhammad, they had plenty of opportunities
to do so. Yet they showed no hostility in the form of violence to any of
the Muslims. Though it was much easier for them to wipe out Muhammad and
his family than it was for him to exterminate the three Jewish tribes of
the Quraish was ever suspicious of the Prophet and his movements, as
they had heard that his followers were increasing in number in Medina.
The tone of Muhammad’s message was of doom and gloom and his actions
towards the Meccans were perceptibly hostile. Therefore it was natural
to be apprehensive of his moves and watch him carefully. Their
suspicions picked when they learned that the Prophet had a clandestine
rendezvous at midnight with a conclave of the Pilgrims from Medina in
Acaba, at the outskirts of Mecca. Meccans were not at war with the
people of Yathrib (Medina) but still the Medinans were foreigners. What
the Prophet had to do with them? Why he was conspiring with outsiders
and what was the purpose of his secret meeting with them in the middle
of the night? We cannot blame the Quraish to be nervous and concerned
for their own security as they saw that secret gathering an
unwarrantable interference in the domestic affairs of their town.
forced them to meet and confer with each other to gage the gravity of
the situation. The outcome of that meeting is not clear, yet it caused
Muhammad to fear for his life and flee the town with his friend Abu Bakr.
later recalls that moment and conjectures that perhaps they were
plotting to detain him, slay him or expel him. But there is no evidence
to prove any of those charges and even he himself nor his All Knowing
god seems to be sure as the real outcome of that meeting.
call to mind when the unbelievers plotted against thee, that they
might detain thee, or slay thee, or expel thee. Yea, they plotted; but
God plotted likewise. And God is the best of plotters." (Q.8:
Muhammad and Abu Bakr fled to Medina, their families stayed behind for
several weeks. But nothing befell them and the Quraish did not harm,
accost or harass them in anyways. Although as Muir points out “it
was not unreasonable that they should have been detained as hostages
against any hostile incursion from Medina. These facts lead us to doubt
the intense hatred and bitter cruelty, which the strong colouring of
tradition is ever ready to attribute to the Coreish In accordance with
this view is the fact that the first aggressions, after the Hegira, were
solely on the part of Mahomet and his followers. It was not until
several of their caravans had been waylaid and plundered, and blood had
thus been shed, that the people of Mecca were forced in self-defence to
resort to arms”
The fact that Mohammad and Abu Bakr trusted that their families would
be safe if left alone in Mecca is a clear indication that the
hostilities attributed to the Quraish against the Muslims is an
exaggeration and an excuse or a justification for their later invasion
of Mecca. None of the Muslims were exiled. All of them were able to
emigrate by their own volition. A few of them, were detained by their
family members and a few who were slaves could not escape. The rest
joined Muhammad with no obstruction from the Quraish.
Muhammad reached Medina, there were about a couple of hundred of
emigrants and perhaps an equal number of Medinans of the tribes of
Khazraj and Aus who had believed in him. The Meccans were unskilled
people and found employment in the fields and plantations. They mostly
worked as laborers and journeymen for the wealthy Jews. It was hard on
them. The belief in Allah was good but it would not feed them.
Muhammad was aware that he could not keep his followers for long
if he failed to satisfy their earthly needs. Moreover he had made them
immigrate for a purpose: to wage war for him and establish his dominance
over Arabia and subdue the Persia.
his small cluster of followers was unqualified for military tasks. Yet
he had offered those who left their homes a goodly home in this world
and it was time to deliver his promise or face sedition and defection.
To those who leave their
homes in the cause of Allah, after suffering oppression,- We will
assuredly give a goodly home in this world; but truly the reward of
the Hereafter will be greater. If they only realized (this)! (Q.16:
would he provide them all the goodly things he offered them in this
world? Certainly Allah would not be able to do it himself. That is when
he had to put to action the plan that he had devised years earlier. Of
course conquering Arabia and subduing the Ajam was not possible with
just a few disciples but raiding the merchant caravans and plundering
their goods was.
Prophet turns a bandit.
the Prophet turns a bandit and thenceforth he ceased to preach,
"Speak good to men..." 2:
83 or "Be patient with what they say, and part from them
started to call for blood, “qateloo” (kill) became the buzzword of
Allah’s subsequent messages.
During the first six months of Muhammad’s arrival to Medina,
nothing important happened. The immigrants including Muhammad himself,
had to struggle to make a living to pay for shelter and food.
However the thoughts of Mohammad were not thoughts of peace. He had
plans, big plans. The number of his followers were increasing, some
defecting from Mecca joining other immigrants and some accepting Islam
in Medina. Now he was in a position to command a party of warriors. But
the people of Medina had pledged only to defend the Prophet from attack,
not to join him in any aggression against the Quraish.
So instead of attacking Mecca, in Dec. A.D. 622 In
months after his arrival, the prophet dispatched his uncle Hamza, at the
head of thirty Refugees, to surprise a Meccan caravan returning from
Syria under the guidance of Abul Hakam (Abu Jahl).
This caravan, was guarded by some 300 men. Hamza’s men had to
retreat empty handed to Medina and Abul Hakam proceeded onwards to Mecca.
This was the first confrontation started by Muhammad, which was aborted
because of shortage of men and bad planning. The god who told Muhammad
to raid and plunder the caravans, did not tell him how to do it. And the
Prophet had to learn it by trial and error just like any greenhorn
The next event took place a month later in Jan. A.D. 623. At that
time Muhammad sent another party double the strength of the first one,
under the command of Obeida, ibn Harith, in pursuit of another caravan
protected by Abu Sofian with 200 men. This time the Quraish were
surprised while their camels were grazing by a fountain in the valley of
Rabigh and some arrows were exchanged but the invaders retreated after
realizing that their number is much less than the men in the caravan.
One month later, a third expedition started under the youthful Sa’d,
with twenty followers, in the same direction. He was desired to proceed
as far as Kharrar, a valley on the road to Mecca, and to lie in wait for
a caravan expected to pass that way. Like most of the subsequent
marauding parties intended to affect a surprise, they marched by night
and lay in concealment during the day. Notwithstanding this precaution,
when they reached their destination in the fifth morning, they found
that the caravan had passed a day before, and they returned empty-handed
These excursions occurred in the winter and spring
of the year 623 A.D. On each occasion, Muhammad mounted a white banner
on a staff or lance, and presented it to the leader, on his departure.
The names of those who carried the standard, as well as the names of the
leaders, are carefully recorded in hadithes in these and in all other
expeditions of importance.
There were three more failed robbery attempt by the Prophet and his
men at Abwa, Bowat and Osheira.
More than one year had past and despite several attempts and
expeditions none of the holy Prophet's robberies were successful. The
megalomaniac Messenger of Allah finally realized that he has to start
with smaller targets. So when the news reached him of a small merchant
caravan going from Mecca to Taif which was guarded by four men, he
seized the opportunity and sent Abdallah ibn Jahsh, with seven other
immigrants, to hijack that caravan.
The group of bandits went to Nakhla a Valley between that Mecca and
Taif known for its date orchards and waited there. In a short time a
caravan laden with wine, raisins, and leather, came up. It was guarded
by four Qureishits, who, seeing the strangers, were alarmed, and halted.
To disarm their apprehensions, one of Abdallah's party shaved his head,
in token that they were returning from the lesser pilgrimage; for this
was one of the months in which that ceremony was ordinarily performed.
The men of the caravan were at once reassured, and turning their camels
adrift to pasture, began to prepare food for themselves. Then one of
Abdallah’s men advanced; and discharging an arrow, killed a man of the
convoy, on the spot. All then rushed upon the caravan, and securing two,
the rest of the guards as hostages let them along with the goods stolen
to Medina. One man escaped
Upon arriving at Medina, the followers of Muhammad were disappointed
for the envoy had violated a long-standing tradition of no hostility
during the sacred months. This was embarrassing to the messenger of
Allah and he pretended to be angry. He took all the goods confiscated
and jailed the men captured and demonstrated his displeasure. But soon
the resourceful Prophet took out another verse from Allah out of his
sleeve and condoned the crime thus:
"They will ask thee concerning the Sacred Months, whether
they may war therein. SAY : - Warring therein is grievous; but to
obstruct the way of God, and to deny him, and hinder men from the Holy
Temple, and expel his people from thence, is more grievous with God.
Tempting (to Idolatry) is more grievous than killing. They will not
leave off to fight against you until they turn you from your faith, if
that were ill their power; but whosoever amongst you shall turn back
from his faith and die an Unbeliever, -verily their Works are rendered
of no effect in this Life and in the next. These are the Dwellers in
Hell, - for ever therein. But they that believe, and they who emigrate
for the sake of their faith, and strive earnestly in the way of God, -
let them hope in the mercy of God: for God is forgiving and
After promulgating this verse, Muhammad gave over the booty to the
captors, who, after presenting a fifth of it to Mohammad, divided the
remainder among themselves.
Before Abdallah reached Nakhla, two of his men,
Sa’d and Otba, lost their camels that wandered in the desert. They
went after their camels and missed the action in Nakhla. When Abdallah
returned to Medina, these two men had not returned yet. Muhammad feared
that they were captured by the Quraish and refused to ransom the
captives till he was assured that no foul play had been used against
them: - "if ye have killed my two men," he said, "verily,
I will put yours also to death." But, soon after, they showed up,
and the Prophet accepted the proffered ransom, - forty ounces of silver
for each and released them.
Attacking merchant caravans, fighting during the
holy months, deceiving and killing innocent people, stealing the goods
unlawfully, taking human hostages, demanding ransom for their release,
threatening to kill them, etc. are not acts that one would expect from a
messenger of God. What the Prophet did here is criminal. There can be no
justification for that whatsoever.
It was only then that it became clear for the
Quraish that their opponent respected no rules. It is interesting to
note that the first blood spelt between the Muslims and the
non-believers was spelt by a Muslim. In no time Muslims were victimized.
They were always victimizers, the aggressors and provokers.
Ibn Hisham confirmed, "This was, the first
booty that the Mussulmans obtained; the first captives they seized; the
first life they took."
The Prophet is said to have designated
the head of the bandits of Nakhah, with the distinction of Amir al
Mominin, "Commander of the Faithful" an appellation that
was assumed in after days by the Caliphs.
This attack showed that the Prophet and his
followers would respect neither life nor the universally honored sacred
months. But still the Quraish did not retaliate. Though some of the
Muslims were still in Mecca, the Quraish attempted no cruelties or
reprisals against them. This is in contrast with the Prophet’s way of
punishing some for the faults of others. When his men captured the
guards of the Caravan in Nakhlah, he was ready to kill them just by
assuming that his other lost followers were captured and killed by the
Meccans. Even if that were true, how could a messenger of God put to
death innocent people for the sins of others? However, the most
horrendous act of the Prophet’s injustice is his massacre of all the
men of Bani Quraiza
in retaliation of one of them killing a Muslim who in turn had killed a
After the successful foray in
Nakhlah, the Prophet
increased his profitable marauding activities and became an expert in
art of plundering and warfare. More caravans were attacked and more
booty filled the coffins of the Prophet and enriched his followers. It
was then that the messenger of Allah started to reveal verses
encouraging fighting and killing. Like the following:
"Bear good tidings unto the Righteous.
Truly the Lord will keep back the Enemy from those who believe, for
God loveth not the perfidious Unbeliever. Permission is granted unto
those who take up arms for that they have been injuriously entreated;
and verily the Lord is Mighty for the assistance of those who have
been driven from their homes without just cause, - for no other reason
than that they said, God is our Lord. And truly if it were not that
God holdeth back mankind, one part of them by means of another part (Q.22:
Notice how the holy Prophet is twisting the facts
to rouse his followers into killing frenzy. As we saw Muslims were not
“injuriously treated” and they were not driven from their homes. The
Quraish did not persecute them for their belief in God. These
inflammatory verses were lies. But he wanted to incite them to enlist in
his army and help him realize his dream of conquering the Arabia and
subduing the Ajam.
"War is ordained for you, even though it be irksome unto
you. Perchance ye dislike that which is good for you, and love that
which is evil for you. But God knoweth, and ye know not."
At this point we have to ask ourselves what makes a man a messenger
of God if not his deeds and good conduct? In what ways the Prophet
excelled the common thieves, the gangsters, the thugs, the hooligans,
the hoodlums and the criminals?
Dear Ayatollah, in your letter you seemed to approve of what the
Prophet did because the ends justified the means. You were not concerned
at all that what he did was unethical, dishonest and ruthless because he
was a messenger of God and because of that whatever he did, even though
it was blatantly unjust was right.
The point is not who was Muhammad and what he did? Muhammad is dead
and what he did is history. The point is who are WE? What can be said of
a society that holds a thug, a common assassin, and a marauding thief as
her spiritual leader? What can be said about us, our values and morals,
when we hale a man like Muhammad as our teacher? How can we aspire to
become a spiritual society when our beloved Prophet was a murderer? How
can we ever establish humanistic values of tolerance, equality, justice
and love when our spiritual leader had none of them?
These are the questions that our nation must answer in this
crucial moment of her existence. This is the first time after 1400 years
of living under terror and being blindfolded that we have the chance to
see for our selves, question and face the truth.
We are what we think and we think in accordance to what we believe.
Can we ever become a peaceful, loving, advanced and civilized nation
when we believe in a man that was a mass murderer, a liar, a pedophile,
a thief, an assassin, a rapist, a lustful womanizer, a hateful warrior,
and a prowling gangster? Can we ever have peace when our Prophet taught
us nothing but war? Can we ever tolerate each other and celebrate our
differences when the man whom we want to emulate in everything had
nothing but scorn for those who were different from him? Can we ever
respect the women of our society when our spiritual guide, whom we call
infallible, called them deficient in intelligence, crooked ribs,
calamities and domains of Satan? Can
we ever replace the hate that is burning in our hearts for the
minorities among us when our messenger said that they are najis, should
be killed, or subdued, humiliated and pay Jazyah? Can we ever love each
other when our Prophet told us to hate? Isn’t it true that the leaders
should be ahead of his followers? How
can we go forward, when our leader was so backward?
To know Islam, and the truth about it is ultimately to know who we
are, why our history evolved the way it did and how we got here? The
physicians know that once the cause of a disease is discovered, the cure
is around the corner. It is time that we as a society pay attention to
the cause of our malaise. Perhaps we can find our remedy around the