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Strangulating Freedom of Expression: Prophet‚€™s Footprint Reaches the West

by Alamgir Hossain

17 Dec, 2007

Mr. Tahir Aslam Gora, driven out of Pakistan for his critical-of-Islam views, wrote in The Hamilton Spectator December 13 that the freedom of expression has deteriorated even in the liberal West from what it was in Mecca during Prophet Muhammad‚€™s time 15 centuries ago. Referring to the example of hounding of Bangladeshi humanist author Taslima Nasrin by unruly Muslim mob and an Islamic death-fatwa on her head, in Hindu-majority secular India, he wrote:

‚€œProphet Muhammad exercised his rights of freedom of expression in his full capacity by challenging the prevailing beliefs of the time and calling them mere lies. Despite the opposition to his claims, he had open and huge support from his allies. But today, in a so-called liberal and enlightened world, challenging some Islamic beliefs is not that easy.‚€

Mr. Gora is absolutely correct in stressing that Muhammad enjoyed a high degree of freedom of expression, but he fails to mention that Muhammad had killed other rights to freedom of expression at the same time. Mr. Gora is correct that Muhammad took full freedom in saying whatever he wanted about the religion, custom and forefathers of the Pagan Quraysh of Mecca. Muslim chronicler Baihaki records (in Proof of Prophecy) Muhammad‚€™s disciple Amru ibn al-Aas‚€™s testimony of Quraysh leaders‚€™ discussion about Muhammad one day: ‚€œNever have we had to tolerate from anyone what we have had to tolerate from this man. He slanders our fathers, criticizes our religions and divides our people, and blasphemes our gods. Such grievous things have we tolerated from this man‚€¶‚€ The Prophet who was nearby and hearing this conversation, he responded, ‚€œMen of Quraysh! I will surely repay you for this with interest.‚€ 

Islamic historian al-Zuhri adds: ‚€œThe unbelievers of the Quraysh did not oppose what he [Muhammad] said. If he passed the place where they sat together, they pointed to him and said: ‚€œThis young man of the tribe of Abd al-Muttalib proclaims a message from heaven!‚€ This they continued to do until Allah began to attack their gods‚€¶, and until He proclaimed that their fathers who died in unbelief were lost [to hellfire]. Then they began to hate the Prophet and show their enmity to him.‚€ 

In trying to prevent Muhammad‚€™s insults, the Quraysh sat with him in their sacred shrine of Ka‚€™ba in 615 and requested him to desist from reviling and speaking evilly of their Gods. They offered to worship his God for one year, if Muhammad would reciprocate by worshipping theirs for the same period. In rejection, he responded [Q 109:1-6]: ‚€œOh unbelievers, I worship not that which ye worship‚€¶ To you your religion and to me my religion.‚€ 

In sum, Prophet Muhammad preached his religion in Mecca for 13 years insulting their Gods, customs, and ancestors and never did he receive any physical assaults of serious nature if at all. In 622, seeing no hope of progress of his stagnated mission in Mecca, the Prophet emigrated with all his disciples to Medina where his creed was making brisk progress. 

After his relocation, Muhammad called the treatment of his community by the Quraysh ‚€œtumult and oppression,‚€ which was in turned deemed ‚€œworse than slaughter.‚€ In revenge, the Islamic deity revealed a series of verses, sanctioning Holy war against the Quraysh [Q 2:190-193], until the religion was Allah‚€™s [Islam] alone. Muslims must slay the idolaters [the Quraysh] wherever found [2:193]. They must fight the infidels even if they did not like it, because Allah only knows what is best for them [Q 2:216]. They must ‚€œfight in Allah‚€™s cause, and slay and be slain‚€ [Q 9:111]. 

With Allah‚€™s sanction of Holy wars against the Quraysh, Prophet started sending Muslim horsemen to raid caravans of the Quraysh, starting in the seventh month after his relocation. After three failed attempts by his disciples, the Prophet himself commanded three expeditions, which also went in vain. In the eighth attempt, they achieved success at Nakhla, in which, one Meccan attendant of the caravan was killed; two were taken prisoners; and the fourth escaped. This first successful Jihad raid brought much-needed booty. The prisoners brought more revenue through ransom. The Prophet, being the leader of the bandit, took 1/5 share for booty. 

The following month, the Prophet led another expedition to plunder a rich caravan returning from Syria under the care of Meccan leader Abu Sufian. This led to the famous battle of Badr, in which the Quraysh suffered a heavy defeat. They lost 70 men and another 70 were captured as prisoners, while Muhammad‚€™s party lost only 14 Jihadists. 

A few of the prisoners were cruelly beheaded at Muhammad‚€™s instruction. One of them was the Meccan poet Al-Nadr bin al-Harith, who distrusting Muhammad‚€™s messages, used to say: ‚€œBy God, Muhammad cannot tell a better story than I, and his talk is only of old fables which he has copied as I have.‚€ Instead of ransoming him like other prisoners, Muhammad ordered his execution. 

This massive bloodbath, rare in Arabia‚€•that too, of their own kinsfolk‚€•caused much revulsion among the people. Abu Afak, an elderly poet of 120 years of age, wrote poetic verses condemning the cruelty of Muhammad. Muhammad ordered the poet‚€™s execution. One of Muhammad disciple slyly entered Afak‚€™s house at night and dispatched him in his sleep [Ibn Ishaq, Oxford, Karachi, p675]. 

In condemnation of the elderly poet‚€™s death, Asma bte Marwan, a poetess and mother of five, wrote verses denouncing Muhammad‚€™s heinous act. Muhammad ordered her execution, too. His blind disciple named Umayr, belonging to Asma‚€™s tribe, entered her house one night, removed her suckling baby from her bosom and plunged his sword into her breast with such force that it got stuck onto the couch. Prophet thanked Umayr for the job well-done [Ibn Ishaq, p675-6]: ‚€œYou have helped God and His apostle, O 'Umayr.‚€ The blind assassin for his great service received the honorific, ‚€˜Umayr the Seeing.‚€™ 

Another famous poet to fall pray to Muhammad‚€™s sword was Ka‚€™b ibn Ashraf, a Jew. Hearing about Muhammad‚€™s victory at Badr, he traveled there. Witnessing the ghastly bloodbath, he traveled down to Mecca, and wrote a poem, lamenting over the dead Quraysh and inveighing Muhammad‚€™s unjustified barbarity. 

Once reached Muhammad‚€™s ear, he said [Ibn Ishaq, p367]: ‚€œWho would rid me of [Ka‚€™b] Ibnu'l-Ashraf?‚€ Muhammad‚€™s disciples, including Abu Naila and a foster brother of Ka‚€™b, volunteered for the job. The assassins, with permission from Muhammad, befriended Ka‚€™b by saying bad things about the Prophet. Then on one moonlit night, Abu Naila went to Ka‚€™b house calling him to come out to devise some plan to counter Muhammad. Ka‚€™b‚€™s newly married wife warned him: ‚€œBy God, I can feel evil in his voice.‚€ Ka'b answered to his wife: ‚€œEven if the call were for a stab, a brave man must answer it.‚€ Then he went out with Abu Naila, who enticed him to go walking around while talking about their plan. A pleasant little proposal on a moonlit night as it was, Ka‚€™b came along. Once gotten at the right place, Abu Naila and his four accomplices fell upon the na√Įve poet with their swords and dagger and butchered him. Al-Tabari records, they brought Ka‚€™b‚€™s head to Muhammad and the Prophet duly thanked them for their service to Allah. 

When Muhammad captured Mecca in 630 CE and destroyed the idol Gods of Ka‚€™ba, he ordered execution of 10-12 men who had criticized, apostatized from, or overtly opposed his creed. Among them, were two singing girls, who had composed songs ridiculing Muhammad‚€™s messages more than a decade earlier during Muhammad‚€™s preaching in Mecca

Ibn Ishaq [p368] adds that the ‚€œattack upon God's enemy [Ka‚€™b] cast terror among the Jews, and there was no Jew in Medina who did not fear for his life.‚€ Indeed, it had struck terror in the hearts of the poets and critics. No one, who lived within his reach and aware of these incidents, probably never dared composing anything critical of the Prophet thereafter. 

The Prophet took utmost liberty of the tolerant Arab society in disparaging the religions, customs and ancestors of the Quraysh in any way he liked and still enjoyed complete safety in Mecca for 13 years. He freely converted the citizens of Mecca, but he ordered execution of the ones who apostatized from his creed. 

In Medina as a refugee, he tried to attract the powerful and wealthy Jews to his creed. Once rejected, he took the liberty of disparaging their creed, calling it perverted and canceled by Allah and still enjoyed complete safety. But just for a poem of Ka‚€™b, he ordered execution of the Jewish poet .

The next day, he announced an open order to kill the Jews [Al-Tabari, Vol. VII, p97]: ‚€œWhoever of the Jews fall into you hand, kill him.‚€ One unfortunate Jewish merchant named ibn Sunayna happened to fall on the way of Muhayyisah‚€•a convert from the same tribe. Muhayyisah‚€™s family was dependent on the generosity of ibn Sunayna. Still, the fanatic barbarian fell upon the unfortunate merchant and killed him. When his elder brother confronted him citing the generosity of the merchant and coming hardship to their family‚€•the mindless fanatic warned the brother that he would kill him too, had Muhammad instructed so.

Muslims of our civilized world today take the freedom and liberty and proudly distribute, in the idolatrous country of India, their holy book, which demand killing the idolatrous Hindus, wherever they are found [Q 2:191; 9:5]. But when a poet or writer write a book criticizing the unacceptable content of the book; her/his life is there for taking by the Muslim mob. Even when Taslima Nasrin softly points out the obvious fact that Islam oppresses the women, her life is threatened by blood-thirsty Muslim mob. 

Muslim refugees of the Western country take all the liberty and freedom to preach Islam, and distribute their holy book among the Christians and Jews of those countries that calls the scriptures of the latter to be corrupted, perverted and cancelled. It denies and condemns many percepts of the Bible, including the divinity of Jesus‚€•the central belief of Christians. Quran also urges unconditional war against and subjugation of the Jews and Christians to subhuman dhimmi subjects [Q 9:29]. 

But when a critic, Salman Rushdie for example, writes a book doubting the claims of Muhammad, his life is there for taking. If a Hindu, Jew or Christian openly tries to preach their creed to Muslims in countries like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Iran or any other Muslim country‚€•he/she faces death, assaults and jail by the authority or the Muslim mob. 

Muhammad had killed the freedom of expression of the highly tolerant Arab society, save his own, 14 centuries ago. After his death, Muslims have killed freedom of expression of others wherever they have gone. Like their refugee Prophet in Medina, the supersensitive and intolerant Muslim refugees are successfully undermining the freedom of expression at every step in Western countries‚€•the only frontier which allows it by law today.


Name: qwer
Date: Monday December 17, 2007
Time: 09:02:41 -0700
 

Comment 

ISLAM IS A FLY. Nobody with like it. ISLAM IS THE SHORTEST WAY TO BE A TERRORIST.  


Name:
Date: Monday December 17, 2007
Time: 10:39:57 -0700
 

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qwer means gay right? if u r gay ur right to hate islam; it gives death to gays like u 


Name: gilito
Date: Monday December 17, 2007
Time: 13:42:37 -0700
 

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"qwer" are simply 4 adjacent letters on an ordinary keyboard... (top left, just under the digits) This person did not want to give a name and could not be bothered to think of one... Ok back to the article: When a local authority in London decides not to have cross shapes in Christmas illuminations, and to call them "seasonal winter lights" so as not to "upset" Muslims, I am wondering why we constantly act as if our own culture is something to be ashamed about... 


Name: U.K. TODAY.
Date: Monday December 17, 2007
Time: 15:43:40 -0700
 

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Re: Gilito, Political correctness old bean. Political correctness. Lets remember, previous to their coronation into government, the vast majority of these Labour M.P.s and their unelected quangos of doom were pro communist, Anti Fascist, Anti British rabble rousers, and a loathing of "RULE BRITAINNIA" is a truly endemic trait, as it seeps from every pore of their being. These "True patriots" have never changed their views on anything. THEY'VE JUST IMPOSED THEM ALL ON YOU. Did you really think Marxism was DEAD?. Its just altered ego, but alas its the same credo.  


Name: al ham dull ill aahhhh nukes r islam's right
Date: Monday December 17, 2007
Time: 23:03:07 -0700
 

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by grace of allah when islam will hv nukes world will no more criticize islam. 


Name: too much is too bad
Date: Monday December 17, 2007
Time: 23:18:33 -0700
 

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muslims criticise world culture each time they say false kalima : la il-la-haaa ill-al-la-haaa muhamed [ mad ] ur rasul [ rascal ] al-la-hhaaaa.they deny the faith of others and only want their fake religion imposed on others.it is proven fact that allah did not create man,but man is evolved by nature.so there is no need to worship a non existant deity-allah but its better to worship truth. 


Name: Larry Houle
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 00:35:03 -0700
 

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POLITICAL TOILETS GONE CRAZY By Larry Houle www.godofreson.com intermedusa@yahoo.com FROM BBC Jail toilets face away from Mecca Facilities in a prison are being built so Muslim inmates do not have to face Mecca while sitting on the toilet. The Home Office said two new toilet blocks are being installed as part of a refurbishment at Brixton jail in south London. Faith leaders had told prison bosses it was unacceptable for Muslim inmates to face Mecca while using the toilet. "The refurbishment has been carried out with due consideration for all faiths", a Home Office spokeswoman said. "Following consultation with faith leaders within the prison, various small adjustments were made to ensure the faith issues of all prisoners are taken into account." She added: "The money spent did not affect the overall cost of the refurbishment programme."  


Name: Philip Saenz
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 01:38:14 -0700
 

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This note is for the nice Muslims. It isn't for the evil Muslims who try to emulate the murderer, slave owner, child molester, pedophile Muhammad. Dear Nice Muslims. Since you are nice, you are not authentic Muslims. Since the name "Muslim" is becoming abhorrent throughout the world as more and more people are learning how evil Islam is, then it's time that you drop that name and call yourselves something else. I suggest you at least secretely say that you are followers of the meek, humble and mild Jesus Christ, since many of you, too, are meek, humble and mild. Many thousands of Muslims are abandoning the evil religion of Allah, the god of war, the god of hatred, the god of honor killings, the god of suicide bombers, the god of cutthroats, the god of genital mutilation, the god of punishment by cutting off feet and hands, the god of gouging out eyes, the god of wife beating, and the god of many more atrocities. Good people, who call yourselves Muslim, it is time to leave en masse at least secretely. Good Luck.  


Name: leigh
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 01:57:02 -0700
 

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Glad you mentioned Salman Rushdie. He exposed in modern times the fatal flaw of Mohmmad;s claimed revelations. Mohammad on his own admission (there is another explanation which astute readers will know of!) received messages from Satan thinking they were from Allah. Ergo none of Mohammad's revelations are trustworthy . 


Name:
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 02:14:11 -0700
 

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Muha'mad' was the ultimate fraud,trickster,goon,rascal,rapist,lecher,murderer,butcherer,madcap,all rolled into one. His revelations are just hallucinations of a bigoted criminal,brazenly copying the tales from the Bible,and yet the PC west is petrified of him and his fraudulent cult that they shiver and piss in their pants to critcise this mad-man's barbaric cult! Islam is the most uncivil;zed and intolerant idealogy ever.The West should realise this and give no quarter to islam and islamists worldover if they want to preserve their art and culture ,their way of life and above all freedom of expression! 


Name: merlin the happy pig
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 05:42:08 -0700
 

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"by grace of allah when islam will hv nukes world will no more criticize islam" A technology it could never have developed itself. How ironic. 


Name: s .saroop
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 06:14:49 -0700
 

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All the followers of islam,whethin arabic countries, western countries, Asia or elsewhere should now realize how their ancestors were fraudlently /forcibly converted to islam.They should in the larger interst of humanity and civilised sosciety forsake islam for good as it perpetuates only hatred and bloodshed. The world minus islam would be a better place for mankiind.  


Name: Redo
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 09:15:28 -0700
 

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"by grace of allah when islam will hv nukes world will no more criticize islam" -even with all the claims of its contribution towards the world it but still it cannot develop a atomic bomb? Shows that the koran is total bullshit. 


Name: Godot (the apostate)
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 11:12:01 -0700
 

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Nothing shocks me about Islam or any religion any more.  


Name: SGW
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 11:28:02 -0700
 

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islam is the clear and present danger of our time, which gushed down the world's throat by political correct thinking hypocrites.It is high time we pay the muslims with the same coin,give the same treatment they treat the non muslims.they have to be resisted and the civilised world has to evelove a long term plan to counter this theat.Or get ready to convert to islam or die for not doing so  


Name:
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 11:43:15 -0700
 

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go ahead try to shoot down islam its the fastest growin religion in the world gud luck! 


Name: christian
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 13:55:09 -0700
 

Comment 

Islam is not a religion it is an evil cult 


Name: kafir/infidel ( & Ex-communist ).
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 14:23:11 -0700
 

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ISLAM is true fascism.ISLAM is true totalitarianism.ISLAM is the most negative theology. ISLAM is the most hateful theology. ISLAM is the most violent theology. ISLAM is the most unjust theolgy. ISLAM is SLAVERY. MO promoted slavery of all types including sexual slavery . Mo even took hold of his adopted son's wife !!!!! and with his act of this evil- made ISLAM anti-adoption. Today ISLAM is against any adoption . ISLAM is the most primitive theology. Mo even said that menstruation of woman is a disease !!!!!!!!!! 


Name:
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 16:26:45 -0700
 

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Muslims have already succeeded in compromising freedom of speech in most western democracies. If things get any worse I'll join any group that agitates to have them expelled completely. 


Name: Saul Wall
Date: Tuesday December 18, 2007
Time: 16:53:47 -0700
 

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<i>"go ahead try to shoot down islam its the fastest growin religion in the world gud luck!"</i> Fastest growing due to a demographic advantage that is almost spent. Birthrates in Islamic nations are falling faster than the West's did and this is accelerating. The conversion rate is so low for Islam that its lack of ability to gain converts by sword point these days means it is soon going to be reduced to an assembly of old folks whose kids are either Islamic in name only, dead from jihad, or Christian and secular apostates. Every time drooling mobs go wacko over cartoons and teddy bears; every time an apostate is killed or forced into police protection; every year that goes by exposes the children of the Islamic world to more of the insanity, while at the same time exposes them to the alternative of modernity. Those who chose well end up making money and being happy. Those who don't end up dieing on foreign soil in unsustainable numbers while trying to make purely symbolic victories. Even the governments of Saudi Arabia, Libya and Iran understand this. On of the greatest benefits to them of Jihad is as a pressure valve to direct the young, angry, violent and disaffected to their graves so as to prevent them from showing up on their doorsteps. 


Name: Walter Sieruk
Date: Thursday December 20, 2007
Time: 12:23:57 -0700
 

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The above article and its title fits with statement by Tony Blankley in his his book THE WEST'S LAST CHANCE: Will We the Clash of Civilizations?. On page 97 he wrote "The day is upon us when the West will have to decide which it values more: granting these rights and tolerance to those who wish to destroy us, or the survival of Western Civilization." 


Name: thpiamfg
Date: Thursday December 20, 2007
Time: 20:20:07 -0700
 

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Enter Comments here `Twas the night before ramadan, thought it seemed calm, Somewhere jihadi were making a bomb And when it exploded, these moslims would choose A site packed with women, and children, and Jews And deep in a cave sat osama bin laden Death to the infidels he was a-plottin` His wish list included more airliner crashes And victims of rape to get hundreds of lashes The mullahs were issuing fatwas with care death for the teacher who misnamed a bear death for the artist who dared to lampoon the prophet mohammed within a cartoon. Hezbollah was using the time for rearming with rockets to fire at Jews busy farming. The martyrs were nestled all snug in their beds While virgins in paradise danced in their heads And million in mecca were certainly thrilled by the hajji (not including the ones who get killed By stampeding pilgrims - but allah be blessed these po this at sporting events in the west. O`s sure there are moslems who feel I offended their faith by this poem I`ve hastily penned CAIR might decide that for this they should sue But everything that I have written is true. PASS IT ON 

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