Don't you think that he (the Prophet) was pretty smart for his time? If
he was insane like you said in your report, then how did he fool so many
people so easily? You cannot say that the barbarians back then were
stupid because not everybody was stupid?
The Prophet used to see
Jinns, hear voices and used to battle with Satan. He even attempted
suicide several times. This man was certainly not a mentally sane
person. At first he might himself have believed that his psychological
experiences were real, but when the voices that he used to hear ceased,
as usually is the case with those who suffer from schizophrenia when
they age, he kept lying about it and kept fooling his followers. He had
already started something and there were those who believed in him. The
dreams of conquering the Arabia and subduing the Ajam (Persia) may not
have been in his mind when he started but when he saw that people are
accepting him as a messenger of Allah, his ambition also soared.
It is not true that Muhammad was in
any danger for his life. For 13 years he taunted the deities of the
Quraish, mocked them and insulted them and neither him nor any one of
his followers were ever persecuted. It was him who started the
hostilities after he immigrated to Medina by raiding the merchant
caravans of the Quraish and killing their men. For a more detailed study
of this subject please read my response
to Ayatollah Montazeri, Muhammadís raids at merchant caravans.
Yes Muhammad became rich after
marrying Khadijah and he might have been also smart but he was far from
being mentally sane. Muhammad was a bigot and extremely narrow minded.
However he had a very charismatic personality and an unwavering
conviction that influenced the simple-minded people around him. His
bizarre behavior for some was the sign of his madness and for others the
proof of his prophethood. All the cult leaders we know today are
mentally insane; look at the case of Shoko Asahara, Jim Jones, the
founder of Heavenís Gate, David Koresh, etc. These people were not
healthy yet they had their followers spellbound to the stage that death
and life meant nothing to them. The many of the practitioners of the Heavenís Gate
were university grads with PhDs and very intelligent people, yet
they committed mass suicide along with their leader to join the
extraterrestrials that were, as they believed, traveling in the tail of
the comet Haley. These people along with their leader abstained from sex
and were living very frugally Ėproof that sex and money are not the
incentives for starting a religion.
Today we know that the human brain is
compartmentalized. A personís brain can work perfectly in some areas and
fail in others. Intelligence is not the only parameter for mental
sanity. Hitler was by all means a maniac, yet millions of intelligent
Germans did not see that because he was a brilliant man.
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