Curious readers of the Quran, Sunna and Sira know the extent of Muhammad’s terrorizing and horrific actions recorded by devout Muslim scholars themselves. Many such incidents were carried out by Muhammad himself; countless others on the behest of his orders. Many inhuman acts of Muhammad would fill readers with shame and sadness and make them wonder: Could a human be mean to such an extent? This article will narrate one among many such incidents that should make every human being shocked, saddened and ashamed of beastly personality of Muhammad. But for the cruel prince that Muhammad was, it is just one more feather in his cap.
ABDULLAH BIN UBAYY, THE NOBLE PRINCE OF MEDINA BEFORE MUHAMMAD’S ARRIVAL
This is the story of Abdullah bin Ubayy bin Salul, one among the numerous victims suffered directly in the hands of Muhammad. Abdullah b. Ubayy bin Salul was the crown prince of Medina prior to hapless Muhammad’s arrival there in search of new pasture. Abdullah was the son of a noble couple, Ubayy and Salul, from the ruling family of Medina. Abdullah’s mother was the chief of the Arab tribe Banu Khazraj and from her Abdullah inherited the royal blood and become one of the leading men of Medina. It is to be noted that ‘Allah’ was the stone god of the Arabs, already worshipped in the region for many centuries before Muhammad’s birth. So his parents, Ubayy and Salul, named their son 'Abdullah' after their god, which means ‘Slave of Allah’. Abdullah’s story also gives clue to the importance of women in pre-Islamic Arab societies. The chieftainship of Abdullah’s mother Salul over Medina proves that women did occupy high positions in societies in pre-Islamic Arabia. It was ridiculed and shut off only after the rise of Muhammad’s barbarian rule (Sahih Al-Bukhari 9:88:219).
ABDULLAH BIN UBAYY’S POPLARITY IN MEDINA
After the failure in his greedy mission of capturing the custodianship of the rich revenue generating temple of Kaaba and leadership of Mecca, Muhammad turned his attention toward other places. Having mulled about Abyssinia and failed in Taif (619 AD), he came in touch with few men from Medina, who had come to the Kabaa for pilgrimage in 620 AD. Those men embraced Islam and through them Muhammad’s converts increased to 70-80 people over the next two years in Medina. Giving false promises to them of power and leadership (Sahih Al-Bukhari 5:58:136-138), Muhammad deceptively persuaded them to let him migrate to Medina. Muhammad, thus, entered Medina with his greedy intention of becoming its leader. Having arrived at Medina, he found Abdullah bin Ubayy to be a very popular, noble and beloved leader of the people as the following hadiths illustrate:
- “………the people of this town (i.e. Medina) had decided unanimously to crown him (Abdullah b. Ubayy) and tie a turban on his head (electing him as chief)…….” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 6:60:89)
- “……..The people of this town (Medina decided unanimously to crown him (Abdullah b. Ubayy) and make him their chief by placing a turban on his head,……. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 7:70:567)
- “……the people of this town had decided to crown him (Abdullah b. Ubayy) as their ruler….” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 8:73:226)
- “………. The people of this town decided to crown him (Abdullah b. Ubayy) (as their chief) and make him their king……." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 8:74:271)
Therefore, in Medina, Abdullah was Muhammad’s biggest obstacle to gaining leadership and kingdom. And toppling such a popular and benevolent leader as Abdullah was not going to be easy either.
MUHAMMAD’S EVIL PLOT TO OUST ABDULLAH: WELCOME TO JERUSALEM, BYE-BYE TO MECCA AND THE KAABA
Since Abdullah was already a deeply popular leader of the Polytheists of Medina, Muhammad realized that winning over the predominantly Jewish population of Medina can help him oust Abdullah from the city's leadership. So, Muhammad soon implemented lots of amendments to his bogus religion by copy-pasting from the Jewish faith so as to align Islam with the Jewish religion. He started praying to the Jewish god by making the Temple of Jerusalem as his new Qibla in place of the Kabaa (Sahih Al-Bukhari 1:2:39) and copied the Jewish fasting of ‘Yom Kippur’ (Sahih Al-Bukhari 3:31:222-223). He also instigated the Medinan polytheists, who had and were converting to Islam, against their leader Abdullah b. Ubayy by bribing them, such as by calling them Ansaar, meaning helpers (Sahih Al-Bukhari 5:58:120). Having tried for nearly two years, Muhammad not only failed to win over the Jews, but they—fully aware of the concept of the Abrahamic faith—became the most dangerous critics of Muhammad’s forged and erroneous religious doctrines. Already aged 54 and not far from the end of his life, Muhammad decided not to waste the precious little time left ahead of him and hastened to attain his goals. So, with the help of the Ansars and the Muhajirs (migrants from Mecca), he formed a robbing brigand and started raiding and looting the wealthy caravans of the Meccans (Tabari VII:15). This way Muhammad become the first famous ‘Highway Robber’ recorded in history. To increase his popularity, Muhammad started bribing more and more, and increased his support among the Medinans considerably (Abu Dawud Book 14:2670).
YIELDING TO THE DEVIL: BEGINNING OF THE DECLINE OF ABDULLAH B. UBAYY
Muhammad had arrived at Medina as the leader of nearly 150 followers, both local and migrated, with both religious and political ambitions. Since he claimed to speak in the name of God, it was a big disadvantage for the popular local leader Abdullah bin Ubayy. It started eclipsing Abdullah’s influence right away. This provoked jealousy in Abdullah, which he was careful to conceal, and mitigated it by his moderation and peacefulness. Abdullah nonetheless remained a well-respected man. According to Ibn Ishaq, Ibn Ubayy was "a man of great authority in Medina before the advent of the apostle" and “remained a continuing thorn in the flesh of his success”.
As an insightful politician from the traditional ruling family, Abdullah understood Muhammad’s unholy intentions masked in a religious guise. But the wind was blowing in favor of Muhammad – the consummated pirate of the desert – due to his strategy of bribing the willing men with booty and women by looting others (Sahih Muslim 20:4626; Abu Dawud 2:2150).
As an astute politician, Abdullah understood the reality of Muhammad’s gradual rise but failed to intercept it due to his sense of moderation and inclination toward peace ad nonviolence. Amidst Muhammad gradual rise as more and more people kept joining his cult, Abdullah adopted another strategy, which was to undo Muhammad from within. He therefore joined Muhammad’s troops by pretending to embrace Islam. His aim was to tear the religious mask of Muhammad from within by revealing his true face to the people. But politically it was his first defeat.
1400 YEAR-OLD VANDALISM OF MUSLIMS ON THEIR HOSTS
Today, all over the world, we are witnessing the vandalism of Muslims on the very host countries that sheltered them out of pity. Emigrated Muslims usually start their criminal activities on the host people as soon as their numbers become considerable, say 10%. This practice is not new. It had started 14 centuries ago on the behest of Muhammad in Medina, where the local people had given refuge to Muhammad and his Meccan Muhajireen. Medina followers of Muhammad had even shared their own wives with their sex-deprived emigrated ‘brother’ (Sahih Al-Bukhari 5:58:124-125).
- 1) We were in the company of the Prophet in a Ghazwa. A large number of emigrants (Muhajirs) joined him and among the emigrants there was a person who used to play jokes (or play with spears); so he (jokingly) stroked an Ansari man on the hip. The Ans-ari got so angry….” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 4:56:720)
- 2) We were in a Ghazwa (Sufyan once said, in an army) and a man from the emigrants kicked an Ansari man (on the buttocks with his foot)……. The Ansar were then more in number than the emigrants when the latter came to Medina, but later on the emigrant increased. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 6:60:428)
- 3) We were in a Ghazwa and a man from the emigrants (Meccan Muhajirs) kicked an Ansari (Medinan) (on the buttocks with his foot)….. The number of Ansar was larger (than that of the emigrants) at the time when the Prophet came to Medina, but later the number of emigrants increased…… ” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 6:60:430)
MUHAMMAD: A TRIBAL SUPREMACIST HUNGRY FOR POWER
The incident of kicking an Ansar by a Muhajir in Bukhari 6:60:428 as cited above took place in the presence of Muhammad. He was a tribal supremacist. His love towards his family, his clan, his tribe, and his Meccan followers was above that of others' (Quran 12:2/20:113, 26:195, 39:28, 41:3; Sahih Al-Bukhari 9:89:329; Sahih Muslim 19:4395). Therefore, although the Ansars were Arabs, Muhammad, thanks to his tribal supremacist mindset, prioritized his love toward his Muhajirs, who belonged to his family, his clan, his tribe and his city of Meccan above the ansars of Medina. His relationship toward the Ansars was like the one between a master and his slave. So, he showed no serious intention toward punishing or warning his Muhajir followers, who misbehaved with their Medina hosts, the Ansars. This unfair attitude of Muhammad regarding this issue created bitterness among Ansars toward him. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 4:56:720, 6:60:428,430)
MUHAMMAD SPARED THE FIRST ATTEMPT ON ABDULLAH’S LIFE BUT GAVE THE DEROGATORY TITLE, ‘THE CHIEF OF HYPOCRITES’.
Taking this opportunity of Muhammad’s unfair treatment of the Ansars, Abdulla b. Ubayy, to defend his own people, advised the Ansars to stop their help and services to Muhammad and his Meccan gang, so that they may return from where they have come, i.e. to Mecca. On hearing this, Muhammad became furious and wanted to punish Abdullah. Immediately his companion Umar the ‘butcher’ sought Muhammad’s permission to chop off Abdullah’s head. Though Muhammad was very much willing to kill Abdullah, he was worried about the aftermath, the outrage that he might have to face from Abdullah’s supporters; the Ansars. So Muhammad stopped Umar from killing him and was instead seeking a better opportunity to murder him.
“Abdulla bin Ubayy heard that and said, 'Have the (the emigrants) done so? By Allah, if we return to Medina, surely, the more honorable will expel therefrom the meaner." When this statement reached the Prophet, 'Umar got up an, said, "O Allah's Apostle! Let me chop off the head of this hypocrite (Abdullah bin Ubayy)!" The Prophet said "Leave him, lest the people say that Muhammad kills his companions." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 4:56:720, 6:60:428 & 430)
But for the moment, Muhammad satisfied himself by giving Abdullah a derogatory title, ‘Chief of hypocrites’, i.e. ‘Chief of the Munafiqs’. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:23:359)
SECOND FAILED ATTEMPT ON ABDULLAH’S LIFE
Abdullah bin Ubayy might have been a versatile politician, but his diplomacy did not succeed. He miserably failed in handling the evil genius, barbarian Muhammad. After sometime, another golden opportunity knocked on the door of Muhammad to kill Abdullah bin Ubayy.
It was the practice of Muhammad to take Aisha along whenever he went away for raiding non-Muslim communities due to his lack of trust in her. His child-bride Aisha, who was then in her early adolescence, accompanied Muhammad during one of his raids. On their way back to Medina, Aisha somehow separated herself from the caravan and stayed behind. She reached Medina late the next morning sitting behind Muhammad’s soldier named Safwan as everyone was waiting for her (Sahih Al-Bukhari 5:59:462). People readily concluded the reasons behind Aisha’s absence, namely her affair with young Safwan, so did Muhammad. Everybody in Medina started making fun of Muhammad over the incident. Muhammad’s companions including Ali were recommending Muhammad to divorce Aisha (Sahih Al-Bukhari 3:48:829, 6:60:274). Covered in shame, Muhammad was also not able to take any serious action against Aisha, because a powerful clique comprising Aisha and her father Abu Bakr, and Hafsa and her father Umar, were plotting together against Muhammad for snatching power. Muhammad, who was planning to declare his son-in-law Ali as his successor and even giving hints about it, also very well knew their intentions of this gang of plotters. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 4:52:253, Sahih Muslim 31:5915 & 5918)
Those plotters allied with Aisha were so powerful that Muhammad was not in a position to take any action against her. Among the other Sahaba, Abdullah b. Ubayy was naturally too eager to malign Muhammad and his family (Sahih Al-Bukhari 3:48:829, 6:60:274, 8:78:655). Muhammad managed to overcome this embarrassing episode by releasing a set of new ‘made to order’ divine verses (Quran 24:11-19). But, as Abdullah was the main person to spread rumor over the Aisha-Safwan incident, he got strong reason to punish Abdullah for slandering Aisha and his family. So, he gave order to kill Abdullah b. Ubayy:
Narrated Aisha: ' On that day Allah's Apostle ascended the pulpit and requested that somebody support him in punishing Abdullah bin Ubayy. Allah's Apostle said, 'Who will support me to punish that person (Abdullah bin Ubayy) who has hurt me by slandering the reputation of my family? …….Sad bin Mu'adh got up and said, 'O Allah's Apostle! by Allah, I will relieve you from him….. On that Sad bin 'Ubada, the chief of the Khazraj got up, and said, you cannot kill him, and you will never be able to kill him.'…… On this the two tribes of Aus and Khazraj got excited and were about to fight each other, while Allah's Apostle was standing on the pulpit. He got down and quietened them till they became silent and he kept quiet…” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 3:48:829, 5:59:462, 6:60:274, 8:78:655)
The above hadiths makes it clear that Muhammad wanted to eliminate Abdullah b. Ubayy, strong opposition to the idea from the Khazraj chief, despite being Muhammad follower, made him realize the risk of unleashing discontent and even violence had he murdered such a popular and benevolent leader that Abdullah was. So Muhammad’s intention to kill Abdullah for a second time had to be abandoned. Yet Muhammad continued seeking other ways and occasions to eliminate him.
THE SUDDEN MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF ABDULLAH BIN UBAYY
Not long after the Aisha incident, Abdullah b. Ubayy died rather suddenly and quietly. As there is no way to learn anything from the victim's side about his mysterious departure from this world, Islamic sources mention about his death but gives absolutely no clues to circumstances in or the reason from which Abdullah died. We will never know who or what caused benevolent Abdullah's eventual death. Islamic sources only describe how Muhammad had behaved at Abdullah’s funeral.
MUHAMMAD THE HERO: Let us now scrutinize what Islamic sources say about the behavior of Muhammad and his Muslims on the occasion of Abdullah’s death:
Narrated Umar bin Al-Khattab: When Abdullah bin Ubai Salul died, Allah's Apostle was called in order to offer the funeral prayer for him. When Allah's Apostle got up (to offer the prayer) I jumped towards him and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Do you offer the prayer for Ibn Ubai although he said so-and-so on such-and-such-a day?" I went on mentioning his sayings. Allah's Apostle smiled and said, "Keep away from me, O 'Umar!" But when I spoke too much to him, he said, "I have been given the choice, and I have chosen (this); and if I knew that if I asked forgiveness for him more than seventy times, he would be forgiven, I would ask it for more times than that." So Allah's Apostle offered the funeral prayer for him and then left, but he did not stay long before the two Verses of Surat-Bara'a were revealed, i.e.:-- 'And never (O Muhammad) pray for anyone of them that dies.... and died in a state of rebellion.' (9.84) Later I was astonished at my daring to speak like that to Allah's Apostle and Allah and His Apostle know best. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:23:359, 2:23:447, 6:60:192-193)
After reading the above hadith, whoever had a poor opinion about Muhammad may change his/her mind and instead praise Muhammad as a hero given the humane attitude he displayed toward dead Abdullah, forgetting and forgiving all of his past opposition and enmity toward Muhammad. Muslim scholars too quote this hadith to project Muhammad as good-hearted and forgiving human being. I also heard on several occasions the following well-known hadith that shows how Muhammad respected the funeral procession of a Jew despite his enmity with the Jewish community, which makes also Muhammad a hero:
Narrated 'Abdur Rahman bin Abi Laila: Sahl bin Hunaif and Qais bin Sad were sitting in the city of Al-Qadisiya. A funeral procession passed in front of them and they stood up. They were told that funeral procession was of one of the inhabitants of the land i.e. of a non-believer, under the protection of Muslims. They said, "A funeral procession passed in front of the Prophet and he stood up. When he was told that it was the coffin of a Jew, he said, "Is it not a living being (soul)?" (Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:23:399)
MUHAMMAD THE INHUMAN
The above hadiths only half-tells the story about the real character of Muhammad. His every action had some creepy political intent or was influenced by personal vengeance. According to the previous hadith, Muhammad not only disregarded Umar’s request not to attend his long-standing rival Abdullah’s funeral, but also insisted that he would pray for Abdullah’s forgiveness more than 70 times. There must be some dirty reason behind this goody-goody action of Muhammad. Let us see the reason behind his decision to attend Abdulla’s funeral from the most authentic Islamic source, Sahih Al-Bukhari, and find out how low of a creature that the prophet of Islam was:
- 1) Narrated Jabir: The Prophet came to (the grave of) 'Abdullah bin Ubai after his body was buried. The body was brought out and then the Prophet put his saliva over the body and clothed it in his shirt. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:23:360)
- 2) Allah's Apostle came to Abdullah bin Ubai (a hypocrite) after his death and he has been laid in his pit (grave). He ordered (that he be taken out of the grave) and he was taken out. Then he placed him on his knees and threw some of his saliva on him and clothed him in his (the Prophet's) own shirt. ALLAH KNOWS BETTER (WHY HE DID SO). Abdullah bin Ubai had given his shirt to Al-Abbas to wear. Abu Harun said, "Allah's Apostle at that time had two shirts and the son of Abdullah bin Ubai said to him, 'O Allah's Apostle! Clothe my father in your shirt which has been in contact with your skin.' 'Sufyan added, "Thus people think that the Prophet clothed Abdullah bin Ubai in his shirt in lieu of what he (Abdullah) had done (for Al Abbas, the Prophet's uncle.)" (Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:23:433)
We see that Muhammad shrouded Abdullah's body with his shirt to just to pay back for what magnanimous Abdullah had done to Muhammad's beloved uncle, Al Abbas. So that was no spontaneous generosity of Muhammad, but giving in return of an earlier spontaneous generosity of Abdullah. And what about Muhammad’s spitting on the dead body of Abdullah? That shows how barbaric a person Muhammad was, who, although pretended to forgive Abdullah, never really did so in his heart. Islamic ‘scholars’ would readily praise Muhammad by citing Muhammad’s respect for the funeral procession of a Jew, or by citing the hadith of Muhammad’s forgiving of Abdullah without describing his spitting on his dead-body. So, the incidents that Islamic scholars mention to portray Muhammad as a saintly person, if illustrated in full detail, we find that Muhammad was not a saintly person, but a mean, evil and even barbaric one – just as Muhammad’s act of spitting on Abdullah’s dead-body, while pretending to be praying for and forgiving him, would be deemed by any ordinary human being as a dirty, barbaric and inhuman act that fits only to creatures lower than any animal. And Umar, who tried to prevent Muhammad from attending Abdullah’s funeral, would quietly have realized that his boss Muhammad was an evil much greater than himself!
MUHAMMAD THE MEANEST OF THE MEAN
The evil intent of Muhammad toward Abdullah bin Ubayi does not just end with his spitting on Abdullah’s dead-body. It continues! To get a grasp of the level of vengeance that filled the mind of Allah’s beloved prophet can easily be evaluated from the following hadith. Don’t forget to hold your breath as you read this inhuman act of Muhammad.
Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) came to the grave of 'Abdullah b. Ubayy, brought him out from that, placed him on his knee and PUT HIS SALIVA IN HIS MOUTH and shrouded him in his own shirt and Allah knows best. (Sahih Muslim 38:6678)
I would like the readers to picture the above 14-century-old scenario in their mind. Abdullah was from the noble family of Medina and was its popular leader. He was a person of moderation, exemplary kindness, abhorrence toward violence and inclination toward peace. In this regard, we must recall that Abdullah bin Ubayy opposed every violent and cruel action of Muhammad, thus saving the lives of thousands of people of the Jewish tribes of Banu Qainuqa (624 AD) and Banu Nadir (625 AD), whom Muhammad had intended to slaughter en masse, and he also condemned Muhammad’s attack on the Banu Quraiza tribe (627 AD) but could not save them as he had lost power by now and Muhammad, ignoring him, executed his plan of slaughtering the Jews of Medina en masse. So, it certainly caused great distress to the people of Medina, the Ansars, at the untimely and ‘mysterious’ death of their beloved leader. And Muhammad added salt to their injury by digging out his buried body from the grave to spit on his body and into his mouth.
What would have been the feelings of Abdullah’s Medina supporters (Ansars) on witnessing this barbaric treatment of the dead-body of their beloved leader? What message did Muhammad wanted to give to the people present there, mainly the Medina citizens, through such a lowliest of action? Oppose me and I will hunt unto your grave to exact revenge. What a terrorizing message to send to those whoever could think of opposing the holy prophet of Allah.
I may emphasize here that among all ahadiths collections, the Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim collections are the most sanitized versions of Muhammad’s character, which tabulate only the best deeds of Allah’s Apostle. The large majority of their original collections were discarded as not authentic. If the above highly sanitized hadiths represent his best deeds, one can only wonder what would have been the real character of Muhammad had all the 99% of the discarded Hadiths were retained. ‘Allah only knows best’ as to whether Muhammad had just stopped by spitting into Abdullah’s mouth! This is one of the numerous Sunna that he left for his followers on how to deal with their ‘enemies’.
CONCLUSION: Muhammad’s behavior on the occasion of Abdullah’s funeral is deemed by Muslims as a noblest of gesture which a human being can show toward his enemies. But if one considers the whole gamut of Muhammad actions surrounding Abdullah’s death, one can easily conclude that few humans could be as low as was Muhammad in their behavior toward their opponents? As if there isn’t any barbaric act that humans can imagine which Muhammad’s couldn’t do! His actions would put even the meanest of animals to shame. And that was the holiest prophet of the most merciful Creator of the Universe.