It is not uncommon to see someone in the neighborhood, who makes the claim that he/she is a Muslim, and proud of it. Sometimes, I see comments on articles in FaithFreedom.org and Islam Watch website, under the nick “Muslim & Proud”. In this article, I try to understand this statement based on a straightforward look at the basic facts found in the Sirat, Hadith, and Qur’an.
Ibn Ishaq’s “Sirat Rasul Allah” is the accepted authentic source on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). I am not going to go beyond the table of contents, where we can read some interesting titles. Here are some of them:
- Allah punishes the mockers
- Allah orders Muhammad to fight
Is Allah’s self-esteem so low that he needs to punish those, who mock him? Is Allah’s self-esteem so desperate that he appoints Muhammad to fight others on His behalf?
Let us continue with some of the titles in the table of contents:
- The first raid: on Waddan
- Hamza’s raid to the cost
- Raid on Buwat
- Raid on al-‘Ushayra
- Raid on Al-Kharrar
- Raid on Safawan
- The chapter of the spoils
- Battle of Badr
- Battle of Uhud
- Raids… Raids… and more Raids..., etc
- Killing of Sallam
- Battle of Hunayn
This is only a sample of what is found in the table of contents of Sirat Rasul Allah. One would expect similar titles for a book about the life of Billy the Kid or some terrorist groups that went berserk terrorizing civilians living in towns and villages. It does not take a deep thinker to know that Muhammad was no more than a common gangster and criminal, who was born in an age where might was right.
Let us move on and take a look at some hadiths:
Narrated Ibn Aun: I wrote a letter to Nafi and Nafi wrote in reply to my letter that the prophet had suddenly Bani Mustaliq without warning while they were heedless and their cattle were being watered at the places of water. Their fighting men were killed and their women and children were taken as captives; the prophet got Juwairiya on that day. Nafi said that Ibn ‘Umar had told him the above narration and that Ibn ‘Umar was in that army. (Book #46, Hadith #717)
Why anyone would be proud of following a gangster as per the above hadith is beyond me. There is a sudden attack against other people, killing of men, enslaving of women and children. Above that, there is the rape Muhammad performed with a woman, Juwairiyah. He just killed her adult husband and all male relatives. Now, it is time for him to rape a good looking one amongst the captives.
Let us look at another hadith:
……So, whenever a man from Quraish embraced Islam he would follow Abu Basir till they formed a strong group. By Allah, whenever they heard about a caravan of Quraish heading towards Sham, they stopped it and attacked and killed them (i.e. infidels) and took their properties. The people of Quraish sent a message to the prophet requesting him for the Sake of Allah and Kith and kin to send for (i.e. Abu Basir and his companions) promising that whoever (amongst them) came to the prophet would be secure…. (Book #50, Hadith #891)
The above is just part of a hadith. The prophet (PBUH) had some of his gangsters attack the livelihood of the Meccans by attacking their commercial caravans to Syria. The Meccans ended up begging him to stop his evil acts.
Let us look at one more jewel from hadith:
‘Abdullah b. Umar (Allah be pleased with them) reported that when khaibar had been conquered, the Jews asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) to let them continue (cultivation in those lands) on half of the share of yield in fruits and crop, whereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: I will allow you to continue here, so long as we would desire. The rest of the hadith is the same, but with this addition: "The fruit would be distributed equal to the half of khaibar. And out of hall of the produce of the land, Allah’s Apostle (may peace be be upon him) got the fifth part." (Book #010, Hadith #3761)
Khaibar was a Jewish settlement. Muhammad attacked them and took over their property. Here, we see him allowing them to stay in an area that belonged to them all along. In exchange he got his protection tax cut of the deal (20%). What an example this prophet is for humanity. I guess a Muslim should be very proud indeed in following such a gangster and thief
Let us move to the Qur’an. That is a book that makes a true Muslim justly proud. Here is just one of its cherished Jewels:
It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war (and free them with ransom) until he had made a great slaughter (among his enemies) in the land. You desire the good of this world (i.e. the money of ransom for freeing the captives), but Allah desires (for you) the Hereafter. And Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.
( سورة الأنفال , Al-Anfal, Chapter #8, Verse #67)
I guess, it is after all the holy duty of a prophet to attack others in war, make sure no prisoners are taken alive. A real prophet should make a great slaughter in the land. Why take prisoners and keep them alive when you can just kill them?
What a great prophet and an example of a perfect human being Muhammad was.
Muslim… Are you still proud? You bet!