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How Abu Sufyan Chose Islam?

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On the pain of death...


In this short article, I discuss how Abu Sufyan became a Muslim.

Abu Sufyan was the active leader of Mecca. He used to lead commercial caravans to Syria and back. He actively resisted Muhammad’s raids and plundering of Meccan trade-caravans and aggression against the city of Mecca. Muhammad knew that Abu Sufya had to be eliminated or subdued in order for his dream of capturing Mecca and Ka’ba to materialize.

During the Battle of Badr, Muhammad and the early Muslims had a great luck in eliminating many Meccan leaders. The Quraysh leaders went to Badr only to teach Muhammad a lesson, so that he would refrain from attacking Meccan caravans, not to eliminate him and people. In doing so, they underestimated the evils of Muhammad’s intentions. Many of them fell to the swords of Muhammad’s followers.

A most prized one was a man of knowledge and wisdom, as he was called Abul-Hakam (father of wisdom). The Arabic origin of his name is “Hikma”, which literally means “Wisdom”. Muslims, however, do not know this name, as Muhammad mockingly gave him the name, Abu-Jahl (father of ignorance). Muhammad was no match for Abul-Hakam’s wisdom. He knew what Muhammad was all about. And Muhammad realized what a big obstacle Abul Hakam was to the advancement of his mission of assuming the leading role over Mecca. Therefore, Muhammad called him “Abu-Jahl” to discredit a man, who was most honored and praised by the Meccans for his wisdom. While Abul Hakam eliminated at Badr, Abu Sufyan – the other big obstacle of Muhammad – was not. He survived Badr, and also promised take revenge against Muhammad for massacring the Meccans a Badr. So, Muhammad had to get rid of him, if he could.

First, Muhammad experimented with an attempt to assassinate him, which, for him, had become a useful method for dealing with his perceived enemies. He had successes like killing old man Abu Afak, and poetess Asma Bint Marwan, a mother of five, etc. Many others were assassinated by Muhammad. Readers can find many articles in FFI (FaithFreedom) and IW (Islam Watch) by multiple authors on this topic.

Muhammad, just like the mafia of our days, utilized his henchmen to carry out assassinations of important people, who were an obstacle to him. Abu Sufyan’s name certainly topped the list of such people, as he stood out as Muhammad’s strongest opponent in his mission of taking over Mecca and the Ka’ba.

So, shouldn’t Muhammad try assassination, his tried-and-successful method of eliminating troublesome opponents, to get rid of Abu Sufyan?

Of course, he should! And, indeed, he did.

Muhammad did send some of his henchmen to assassinate Abu Sufyan. However, this mission was a failure. Let me quote about this assassination attempt from “The Sirat” (Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, Oxford University Press, Karachi, p. 673):

After the killing of Khybayb and his companions, the apostle sent an Ansari with me telling us to go and kill Abu Sufyan, so we set out.

The two henchmen of Muhammad went to Mecca to assassinate Abu Sufyan. However, their plot to kill Abu Sufyan was uncovered, before they could carry out the mission. The attempt to kill Abu Sufyan was thus a failure.

Given Muhammad’s ruthlessness in shedding blood of his perceived enemies, he had to settle score and deal with Abu Sufyan, when he captured Mecca in 630. At that time, did Abu Sufyan have other choices if he wanted to stay alive? Hardly! Below are the circumstances under which Abu Sufyan had to embrace Islam:[i]

(When Muhammad’s army approached Mecca) The Quraysh leader Abu Sufyan, one of the Prophet’s fathers-in-law, learning of Muslims’ approach, quickly set off in the darkness of night to meet Muhammad for persuading him not to attack the city. On the way, Abu Sufyan met his brother Al-Abbas, who assured him protection and led him to Muhammad. Omar al-Khattab (later the second caliph) came upon them and seeing Abu Sufyan, he cried out: ‘‘Abu Sufyan, the enemy of God! Thanks be to God who has delivered you up without agreement or word.’’ He then rushed for his sword, adding: ‘‘Let me take off his head.’’ (Ibn Ishaq, p. 547)

Al-Abbas persuaded Omar against taking drastic action on the ground of his promise to protect Abu Sufyan, and brought him over to Muhammad. Muhammad asked al-Abbas to bring him back the next morning. When Abu Sufyan was brought back the next morning, the Prophet said, ‘‘Isn’t it time that you should recognize there is no God but Allah?’’ Abu Sufyan never believed that Muhammad was a prophet. When he hesitated, an angry Muhammad exclaimed, ‘‘Woe to you, Abu Sufyan! Isn’t it time that you recognized that I am the apostle of God?’’ To this, Abu Sufyan answered, ‘‘As to that I still have some doubt.’’ Seeing Abu Sufian’s life in immediate danger, al-Abbas quickly intervened, forcefully telling him, ‘‘Submit and testify that there is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the apostle of God before you lose your head.’’ Abu Sufyan had no option but to comply.


[i] Khan, M A (2011) Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery, Felibri, p. 28

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How you choose Islam
written by balam , July 02, 2012
Brutal force seems to have been the main weapon by the MAFIA OF MOHAMMAD to convert people to MOHAMMADANISM.They used the same tactics in their early days of conquests .The raped the vanquished women and produced Illegtimate children which became Muslims.Same thing happened to India where about 60 million Hindus were murdered over 800 years of Muslim rule and their women raped which produced BASTARDS who are present day Muslims of India,Pakistan and Bangladesh.RAPE IS A HOBBY IN ISLAM INITIATED BY MOHAMMAD.
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The above
written by abc , July 02, 2012
Sounds like balam, writes like balam but there is no mention of snakes?
What is going on??
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abc
written by Rationalist , July 02, 2012
What balam said about forcible conversion is true. Your ancestors were converted to Islam through coercion.
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@abc
written by balam , July 02, 2012
We sincerely love you but don't love the VENOM of ISLAM in your belly.You should blame the ARAB and AFGHANI invaders who brought you into this hatefilled camp of Islam,from which escape is difficult although not Impossible.BABY COME BACK.I like that song.
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show me the proof
written by malem , July 02, 2012
Balam show thr proof of this hobby you speak about! You cannot as your full of crap.
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Malem
written by balam , July 03, 2012
If you are not BORN BLIND as a MUSLIM,you can see what is happening in the MUSLIM countries. How MUSLIM WOMEN and specially NON-MUSLIM WOMEN ARE ROUTINELY RAPED.A YOUNG MUSLIM IN PAKISTAN RAPED 65 DEAD WOMEN.WHEN ASKED WHY?HE REPLIED THAT THE PROPHET DID THAT AS WELL. A few days ago,NATASHA SMITH,a young ENGLISH REPORTER was gang RAPED in TAHRIR SQUARE by MUSLIM EGYPTIANS.Her pants and top clothes were RIPPED APART by MUSLIM men and gang raped just like LARA LOGAN-the beatiful blond American Reporter ast year who was raped by 50 EGYPTIAN MUSLIM MEN.No body was ever arrested or punished as rape of Kafir women was sanctioned by Mohammad-the chief Rapist himself.The WEST should stop TOURISTS visiting MUSLIM COUNTRIES.IT IS LIKE SENDING THE SHEEP AMONG THE WOLVES OF ALLAH CALLED EVIL MUSLIMS.
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malem
written by Rationalist , July 03, 2012
Would you care to read court chronicles of Babar, Jahangir, Shahjahan, and Aurangzeb. You will realize the unpleasant truth.
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To Malem
written by Archpagan , July 04, 2012
Yes, medieval Muslim historians gleefully reported how the kafir idolator Hindus were forcefully converted to Muslims by the million , enhancing the glory and prestige of Islam. You have really something to brag about your past indeed! Enjoy and dance in joy! You want proof? In Papistan Hindus constituted 17% of the total population in 1947. Now, they are just 1.7% which means 90% of the Hindus in Papistan have been forcefully converted into Muslim.
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Islam or
written by Tanstaafl jw , July 06, 2012
death. Not much of a choice. Death has more appeal.
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Islam or
written by Tanstaafl jw , July 06, 2012
death. Not much of a choice. Death has more appeal.
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How Abu Sufyan Chose Islam?
written by Reed Wilson , July 11, 2012


In this short article, I discuss how Abu Sufyan became a Muslim.

"Abu Sufyan was the active leader of Mecca. He used to lead commercial caravans to Syria and back. He actively resisted Muhammad’s raids and plundering of Meccan trade-caravans and aggression against the city of Mecca. Muhammad knew that Abu Sufya had to be eliminated or subdued in order for his dream of capturing Mecca and Ka’ba to materialize".

Abu Sufyan is a Hadis character like Abdullah. It is fiction.
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@ Reed Wilson
written by Brown Superman , July 11, 2012
Islam has a lot of fiction, like Abu Sufyan?
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Brown Superman.
written by Reed Wilson , July 11, 2012
Yes the Islam which we discuss on these pages has lot of fiction.

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