best selling author of the 7th century
leader of our country does not know how to read and write - he is completely
illiterate." How does it sound? Should someone be proud of this statement?
Well, Islam has its own standard where ignorance is bliss. Many Muslim
apologists and followers gleefully proclaim that Mohammad, the 7th
century godfather of IslaMAFIA was illiterate. By claiming so, they try to prove
that Mohammad was "logically" unable to write a book like Quran, hence
this pathetic book could only have been sent by God. It's interesting how Islam
selectively (illogically) exploits the sanity of logic.
readers, hang tight! Fasten your seat belts! I am about to burst one of Islam's
most colorful balloons and prove that Mohammad was indeed a literate person.
idea of Mohammad being uneducated stems from a Hadith in which Aisha, 'the grand
daughter' I mean the wife of Mohammad, stated: "
..The angel came to him and asked him to read. The Prophet replied, "I
do not know how to read.
Prophet added, "The angel caught me
(forcefully) and pressed me so hard that I could not bear it any more. He then
released me and again asked me to read (Ikra) and I replied, 'I
do not know how to read
(Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 1,
Gabriel, Allah's delivery person bring the Quran with him? Was he holding the
Quran in front of Mohammad? Not really! Quranic revelation, the babbling of
Mohammad, was made at different times depending on Mohammad's situation and his
levels of desire, lust and greed. According to Mohammad's daydream, Gabriel said
'Ikra.' Mohammad was confused for a moment; he thought Gabriel was talking about
the delicious Russian Caviar Ikra. When he realized that the meaning of the
Arabic word "Ikra" is "read," he could not find any book to
a more accurate picture can be found at the end of the same Hadith mentioned
above (Sahih Bukhari,
Volume 1, Book 1, Number 3)
..He then released
me and asked me again to read, but again I replied, "I do not know how to
read (or, what shall I read?)." This
statement makes sense. Mohammad was not sure what to read so he asked 'What
shall I read?'
is an established fact that baby Mohammad was sent to a Bedouin foster-mother.
Apparently, Mohammad's family must have had enough money to pay this lady,
otherwise why would an Arab Bedouin take care of another's child? We must
understand that there were no public and private schools at that time, not even
"mad rat houses," I mean Madrassas. So it's safe to assume that
Mohammad was sent to a babysitter who also happened to be a baby feeder and that
along with food and toilet training, he also received an education. As a matter
of fact, Arab Bedouin mothers were famous for educating their children. They
were considered among the best teachers of young ones.
true Mohammad lost his father before he was born and his mother at the age of
six. There is no historical evidence of Mohammad's stepbrothers and sisters, but
we do know Mohammad's father Abdullah, had more than one wife. It's unknown if
there was a fight over Mohammad's parent's wealth or whether his uncle Abu-Talib
gained all properties as recompense for looking after Mohammad. Although
Mohammad had to work as a shepherd boy for a while, his uncle took him along to
when he was leading a caravan. Abu-Talib also opened a shop in
(Ibn Qutaibah, Ma'arif)
where Mohammad may have helped run the store.
the age of twenty-five, Khadijah appointed Mohammad to take a consignment of
. Is it possible for an illiterate person to keep accounts and understand the
intricacies of international trade? Mohammad also had a trading partner in
. This fellow, named Sa'ib, reported: "We relied
on each other; if Muhammad led the caravan, he did not enter his house upon returning
to Mecca without first clearing accounts with me;
So obviously, Mohammad had good working knowledge of trade and
accounting. Of course, a prerequisite to such knowledge is literacy.
ancient times, perhaps even more so than today, travel meant knowledge. Mohammad
undoubtedly benefited from his many journeys. He met many different people in
many different places and quietly took note of what he saw. When Mohammad went
to mediate, all he really did was organize the information he had gathered and
make a strategy to launch the Quran. His initial verses were not a success, but
he continued to borrow heavily from the Torah and Bible. Ultimately, after
repeating the same lie over and over again, he succeeded. God
or god's mailman talking to a human being is an absurd idea! As it is impossible
in today's world, so too was 1400 years ago.
let's find more proof. In another Hadith (Sahih Muslim, Book 019, Number 4401), al-Bara' b. 'Azib, one of Mohammad's gang
members testified: "Abu Talib
penned the treaty between the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) and the
polytheists, on the Day of Hudaibiya.
..They (the polytheists)
said: Do not write the words: "Messenger of Allah." If we knew that
you were the Messenger of Allah, we would not fight against you. Smart
people indeed! The narrator continues
Prophet (may peace be upon him) said to Ali: "Strike out these words!"
He, (Ali) said: "I am not going to strike them out." So
the Prophet (may peace be upon him)
struck them out with his own hand
If Mohammad did not know how to read, how could he know which words to scratch
Mohammad's many flaws, we have to admit that he was the best selling author of
all times. Forget about being number one on the New York Time's best seller
list; forget about the success of Harry Potter, Quran is the best selling book
of all times. If Mohammad had been born in today's world, he wouldn't have had
to make a living robbing and raiding, he'd be living a princely life on
publishing royalties. He surely knew how to write. Look at the following Hadith:
Amir ibn Shahr:
Allah (peace_be_upon_him) wrote
the document for Umayr Dhu Marran
" (Sunan Abu-Dawud Book 19,
have another witness is Yazid ibn Abdullah who narrated, "We
were at Mirbad. A man with disheveled hair and holding a piece of red skin in
his hand came.
We then asked: Who
wrote this document for you? He replied: The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him)"(Sunan
Abu-Dawud Book 19, Number 2993)
we need more testimony to debunk the claim of Mohammad being illiterate? Well
here is one more:
Ibn 'Abbas said, "When the ailment of
the Prophet became worse, he said, 'Bring for me (writing) paper and I will
write for you a statement after which you will not go astray.' (Bukhari
time I tried to explain this theory to a Muslim brother, he ran after me with a
blood-spattered knife that he had just used to slaughter a cow. Actually, I
should get an honorary degree from
's Islamic University for making Mohammad an educated person. Alas! It won't
happen. Islam thrives on ignorance and the Slaves of Allah will remain happy
believing that Mohammad was illiterate.