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Ali appointed Muhammad b. Abi Bakr, the killer of ‘Uthman as the governor of Egypt, replacing the former governor appointed by ‘Uthman. This appointment infuriated Muawiyah and ‘Amr. They plotted to assassinate Muhammad b. Abi Bakr and to replace him by ‘Amr b. al-‘As. On the instruction of Muawiyah b. Abi Sufyan, ‘Amr b. al-‘As raised a battalion of 6,000 men and arrived at Egypt, ready to fight Muhammad b. Abi Bakr. One of the commanders of this 6,000 strong army was Muwayiah b. Hudhayj (no relation of Muawiyah b. Abi Sufyan) who lived in Egypt. After surrounding Muhammad b. Abi Bakr’s forces, ‘Amr sent him the letter written by Muawiyah b. Abi Sufyan (the governor of Syria). 

It may be worthwhile to quote the content of this letter, as it exposes the hypocrisy and the vile nature of Islamic piety. ‘Amr b. al-‘As wrote: 

p. 153 (Tabari, vol.xvii) 

The outcome of injustice and evil is great harm. Whoever sheds prohibited blood does not escape retribution in this world or evil consequences in the next. We do not know of anyone who was more persistent in injustice against ‘Uthman, more shamefully wicked against him, or more fervent in opposing him than you. You were among those who rushed against him in assault, and you were among those who shed his blood. Then you thought that I would overlook or forget you to the extent that you made yourself ruler (amir) over the land in which you are a neighbor of mine, and majority of the people of which are my supporters who share my views, heed what I say and call on me for help against you. I have sent against you a band of men that is enraged against you, seeks your blood to drink, and attempts to draw near to God by jihad against you. They have given God an undertaking that they will make an exemplary punishment of you, and if it were not that they intend for your something more than merely killing you, I would not have warned you nor given you notice. I would have liked them to kill you for your evil, your breaking the bonds of relationship, and your enmity against ‘Uthman on the day when he was pierced by your arrow heads between the bone that protrudes behind the ear and his jugular vein. But it is abhorrent to me that I should make an exemplary punishment of a Quraish, though God will never deliver you from retaliation wherever you are. Salutations. 

Muhammad b. Abi Bakr replied to Muawiyah b. Abi Sufyan thus: 

p.155 (ibid) 

I have received your letter in which you remind me of the matter of ‘Uthman, and I make no apology to you regarding that. You tell me to withdraw from you, as if you were a sincere advisor, and you try to frighten me with reference to an exemplary punishment (al-Muthlah) as if you were sympathetic to me. I hope that fortune will raise me up again over you and that I will sweep you away in battle, but if you are given the victory and authority (al-amr) in this world is yours, then, by my life, how many a Believer you will have killed and mutilated (mathlatum). But both you and they must appear before God, for all things return to Him, and “He is the most merciful of the merciful and God’s help is to be implored against what you describe.” Salutations. 

Muhammad b. Abi Bakr lost the battle, his army fled, and forlornly, he took shelter inside an abandoned house. He was, completely exhausted, severely hungry, thirsty, and hopelessly resigned to his fate. Soon, he was caught by Muawiyah b. Hudhayj’s soldiers and was brought to Muawiyah b. Hudhayj’s presence. The following conversation between Muhammad b. Abi Bakr and Muwawiyah b. Hudhayj will demonstrate how savage those Islamist terrorists were: 

Here is the text of the conversation as written on pp.157-158 (ibid): 

Muhammad said to them, “Give me some water to drink,” but Muawiyah b. Hudhayj answered him, “May God not give him anything to drink if he ever gives you a drop. You prevented ‘Uthman from drinking water until you killed him, while he was fasting and in a state of ritual purity (ihram), and God received him with choice sealed wine. By God I will kill you, ibn Abu Bakr, and God will give you drink, boiling water and pus.” 

And finally, 

Muawiyah became angry, had him brought forward, and killed him. Then he cast him into the corpse of a donkey and set fire to it.  

The chain of this Islamic cannibalism will remain unfinished until we learn the fates of Ali, Muawiyah b. Abi Sufyan and ‘Amr b. al-‘As. 

As mentioned earlier, a few kharijites sneaked into Kufa and Egypt. Among them were the Islamist terrorists, ibn Muljam, al-Burak b. Abdallah and ‘Amr b. Bakr. They took the following vows:  

Ibn Muljam: to kill Ali (in Kufa)

Al-Burak b. Abdallah: to kill Muawiyah b. Abi Sufyan (in Syria)

‘Amr b. Bakr: to kill ‘Amr b. al-‘As (in Egypt) 

True to his promise, ibn Muljam bought a menacing sword, sharpened and poisoned it a little over a month and got ready to murder Ali. On the 17th day of Ramadan (the holiest month in the Islamic calendar), very early Friday morning, he, accompanied with another accomplice lay in darkness in the door of the mosque for the arrival of Ali to lead the morning-prayer. When Ali approached the door of the mosque, both the perpetrators stroke Ali with their swords. Ibn Mujlam’s accomplice’s sword missed Ali; he fled in panic. But ibn Muljam’s sword hit Ali right in his head. He was gravely injured, taken to his residence and on the Saturday night he died of acute poisoning of the wound.  

The people caught ibn Muljam on the spot. He was calm, composed and expressed no remorse for what he had done—everything was done Islamically. He did not break any Islamic rule—he claimed. After Ali died, al-Hasan, Ali’s eldest son, beheaded him. Then the people took ibn Muljam’s corpse, wrapped him in straw mats and burned him. 

On the same day Ali was struck down, al-Burak b. Abdallah also attacked Muawiyah b. Abi Sufyan when he went to the mosque to offer the morning-prayer. But his sword only cut the buttock of Muwayiah. The sword was poisoned, so the doctor treated him with a potion, the effect of which made Muawiyah infertile for life. 

Al-Burak b. Abdallah was caught and Muawiyah ordered him to be beheaded. 

As for ‘Amr b. al-‘As, he survived, as he had stomach problem and could not lead the morning prayer. His assailant, ‘Amr b. Bakr killed the acting imam, thinking him to be ‘Amr b. al-‘As. 

The killer ‘Amr b. Bakr was caught, brought to ‘Amr b. al-‘As and was beheaded. 

Please note that all those killing missions were carried out almost simultaneously (those terrorists agreed to conduct their mission in that manner—Tabari writes), at the same time This is indeed strange, when we observe their uncanny resemblance of today’s Islamist terrorists attack on infidels. They also conduct their murder operations almost in chorus. Isn’t this the resurrection of the Kharijits?  

Every time we switch on television and watch those gory, despicable, horrific, gruesome and frightening scenes in Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Darfur perpetrated by the Islamist jihadists, we are actually witnessing the playback of the past of Islamic cannibalism. Every time we see those horrible scenes we are, in fact watching re-enactment of the incidence of Uthaman’s murder and its aftermath. Grasping this truth will enhance our perception of Islamic terrorism, its depth, width and extent of savagery and why this barbarism is not going to go away so soon. Do remember, the victims of these mayhems are not infidels. They are truly Muslims, being cannibalized by truer Muslims. One day we shall surely watch how these truer Muslims would be cannibalized by the truest Muslims. It is just a matter of time before this cycle repeats itself, if we were to learn any lessons from the episodes of Islamic cannibalisms I illustrated from the earliest Islamic period.  


Islamic cannibalism is a non-stop musical chair which continues forever, or at least until Islam is extinguished completely in the manner postulated by none other than Muhammad (see above for the ahadith) himself. The concept of a single Islamic Ummah is simply a myth. When the killing of infidels becomes difficult, Islam kills itself. Isn’t this a little piece of good news for humanity?


  1. The Holy Qur’an. The internet version of three English translations can be read at: http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/reference/reference.html
  1. Ali, Abdullah, Yusuf, The Holy Qur’an: Translation and Commentary. Amana Corp., Brentwood, Maryland, 1983.
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  1. al-Bukhari, Muhammad b. Ismail. Sahi Bukhari.  Ttranslated in English by Dr Muhammad Muhsin Khan. Internet version: [http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/fundamentals/hadithsunnah/bukhari/ ]

6.     Muslim, Abu al-Hussain b. al-Hajjaj al-Qushairi. Sahi Muslim.  Translated in English by Abdul Hamid Siddiqui. Internet version: [http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/fundamentals/hadithsunnah/muslim/ ] 

  1. al-Tabari, Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. Jarir, The Last Years of  the Prophet, vol. ix. Translated by Ismail K. Poonwala, State University of New York Press, Albany, 1990. ISBN 0-88706-692-5
  1. al-Tabari, Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. Jarir, The Crisis of the Early Caliphate, vol. xv. Translated and annotated by R. Stephen Humphreys, State University of New York Press, Albany, 1990. ISBN 0-7914-0155-3
  2. al-Tabari, Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. Jarir, The First Civil War, vol. xvii. Translated and annotated by G. R. Hawting, State University of New York Press, Albany, 1996. ISBN 0-7914-2394—8


Abul Kasem writes from Sydney, Australia. His e-mail address is: [email protected]

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