The Quranic verses with full of wisdom mentioned in Part 2 of this article are the direct words from the author of the Quran, the non-existing Allah – the shadow of Muhammad. Similarly, there are countless hadiths, believed to be the voice of the prophet of Islam, speak volumes about camels. The volume of those hadiths are too large to discuss them all in a short article. The following are a small fraction of the hadiths on camels from the most authentic ‘Sahih Siththa’ hadith scriptures. These being the direct words of Prophet Muhammad on camels make him a perfect cameleer, like his Allah.
CAMELS VS BEDOUINS AND MUHAMMAD
To be noted that this article highlights the importance of camels in Islam as per its scriptures. It is equally important to know about the Bedouins of the Arabian desert, who were actually the owners of camels. After gold and silver, Muhammad concentrated on camels which were another major source of liquid wealth in the then Arab society. And Muhammad wanted to use the innocent Bedouins as pawns in his mission to accumulate wealth and power.
Places of camels are places of Satan, places of sheep are places of blessing
- The Messenger of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) was asked about saying prayer in places where the camels lie down. He replied: Do not offer prayer in places where the camels lie down. These are the places of Satan. He was asked about saying prayer in the sheepfolds. He replied: You may offer prayer in such places; these are the places of blessing. (Abu Dawud 1:184, Sahih Muslim 3:700)
- Yahya related to me from Malik from Hisham ibn Urwa from his father that one of the muhajirun in whom he saw no harm asked Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-As, "Can I pray in a place where camels are watered?" Abdullah replied, "No, but you can pray in a sheep-pen." (Malik 9/9.23.82)
These two hadiths speaks unfavorably about camels. Why would Muhammad speak oddly about camels, when camels were to be one of his major sources of wealth? He never spoke unfavorably about anything that benefited him. Likewise Muhammad never said anything against his wealthy companions, such as Abdur Raman bin Awf, Abu Bakr, Uthman and others. Then why against camels? Muhammad’s every action has its background.
In the Arab desert, Bedouins were the owners of camels. They used to live in the interior of the desert without proper shelters for them. Their major sources of livelihood were camels. They sold the camels and their meat to the urbanized Arabs. In return, they accepted goods from the urban people needed for their day-to-day life. The urban populations were businessmen. They owned sheep. During the first thirteen years of his so-called prophethood, Muhammad had very little success in attracting the people of his urban community to his mission. Around seventy-odd persons pledged allegiance to his now cult during those thirteen years. And they were mainly from his close relatives, friends and slaves belonging to rich Meccans. The clever supporters from his urban community understood the motivation behind Muhammad’s mission and were waiting to have their pound of flesh without risking their life. Muhammad was also not willing to lose them. He could only spare the black slaves whom he had purchased with the wealth of Khadija and his dedicated friend Abu Bakr.
When Muhammad migrated to Medina at the age of 53, he was realizing that time was running out for him to became the ruler of the Arabs. He was in a hurry to find people whom he could use as warriors to die for his cause. He approached the desert Bedouins to join his mission and to fight against the infidels. The Bedouins understood his real intention that he wanted to use them as pawn to fulfill his ambitions, and rejected his call. Muhammad was quick-prone to intolerance, and the above-mentioned hadiths are the reflection of the same. There are oceans of hadiths to prove his intolerance. Muhammad was brilliant in doing evils. So, he sanctioned trade embargo with the Bedouins.
MUHAMMAD SCOLDED THE BEDOUINS AND SANCTIONED TRADE EMBARGO ON THEM
Some of Muhammad’s actions identify him as a practical joker, and at the same time evil person. Muhammad’s anger was not actually toward camels, but toward their owners, who wanted to live a peaceful life with their camel-herding business. So, Muhammad initially started scolding the camels and then the came owners:
- Owners of the camels (Bedouins) are rude: Narrated abu huraira: the prophet said, "the people of Yemen have come to you and they are more gentle and soft-hearted. Belief is Yemenite and Wisdom is Yemenite, while pride and haughtiness are the qualities of the owners of camels (i.e. Bedouins). Calmness and solemnity are the characters of the owners of sheep." (Sahih al-Bukhari 5:59:671,673, 4:56:703)
- Don’t sell goods to Bedouins: Anas b. Malik (Allah be pleased with him) reported: We were forbidden that a townsman should sell for a man of the desert, even if he is his brothers or father. (Muslim 10:3632)
- Don’t buy meat slaughtered by bedouins: Narrated abdullah ibn abbas: the apostle of allah (peace be upon him) forbade to eat (the meat of animals) slaughtered by the Bedouins for vainglory and pride. (Dawud 15:2814)
And the trade embargo that Muhammad imposed on the innocent Bedouins fetched good results to him as the poorest among the Bedouins started approaching him to join his cult. Encouraged by the move of those Bedouins, Muhammad too promised enormous rewards for them in the afterlife if they fight in his cause (of course for Allah) as well as to enrich them handsomely with plundered booty and captured women in this life. The concept of lavish sexual orgy-filled Islamic paradise was invented especially to deceive those poor Bedouins. For the Bedouins of the interior deserts, who knew nothing but hardships in the extreme weather conditions of the desert, the lavishness of the Muhammad’s paradise was a perfect bait.
The Bedouins used to spend their time in taming camels, their primary and indispensable source of livelihood. Muhammad wanted to divert their attention from their favorite craft and involve them in his training camp activities (i.e. his mosque, next to his house), where he gave training to his fighters for jihad raids. To that end, Muhammad now equated the Quran with camels.
The value of one verse of the Quran equals to one she-camel: The prophet of Islam said, “does not one of you go out in the morning to the mosque and teach or recite two verses from the book of allah; the majestic and glorious? That is better for him than two she-camels, and three verses are better (than three she-camels). and four verses are better for him than four (she-camels), and to on their number in camels.” (Sahih Muslim 4:1756)
The purpose of this hadith was to convince the Bedouins that the Quran would fetch them similar benefits like that brought by camels, if they would dedicate to the Quran's dictates, including getting trained for participation in Jihad raids.
Muhammad not only compared the book of ‘Allah’ with camels, but also offered prayers in front of camel in pretension to show the Bedouins that he equally respected camels. From previously comparing camels with the Satan (Abu Dawud 1:184, Sahih Muslim 3:700, Malik 9:9.23.82), Muhammad now wanted to convince the Bedouins that his respect for camels equaled to that of Allah. It should be mentioned that Muhammad said prayers will be annulled if an ass, a dog, a pig, a Jew or a woman happened to pass in front of a praying person.
This shows how opportunist Muhammad was! When he hated the Bedouins for their initial refusal to join his cult, their camels became Satan to him. When they showed willingness to join him, the same camels became equal to Allah. Alhamdulilah!!
MUHAMMAD PRAYED IN FRONT OF CAMELS (SATAN)
Narrated Amr ibn Abasah: The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) led us in prayer facing a camel which had been taken in booty,……. .” (Dawud 14:2749)
Narrated Nafi: "The Prophet used to make his she-camel sit across and he would pray facing it (as a Sutra)." I asked, "What would the Prophet do if the she-camel was provoked and moved?" He said, "He would take its camel-saddle and put it in front of him and pray facing its back part (as a Sutra). (Sahih Al-Bukhari 1:9:485)
(Note: The Arabic term ‘Sutra’ indicates a piece of stick that Muhammad invented to place in front of a praying person, if there is no wall to offer prayer in front of him.)
Muhammad also offered prayers sitting on the back of the Satan:
“……He said, 'The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to pray witr on his camel.' " (Malik 7:7.3.15)
Offering prayers in front of camels, aka the Satan, as mentioned in the above-cited hadiths was not rare incidents for Muhammad, but was his common practice.
And one need not panic about Muhammad's practice of offering prayers in front of the Satan (camel), because Muslims are already informed that they entercounter the Satan every time they enter the Mosque with the intention to offer prayers:
The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "When you stand in prayer, Shaytan comes to you and confuses you………." (Malik 4:4.1.1)
OBLIGATORY ISLAMIC TAX – 1 SHE-CAMEL FOR 40 CAMELS
After convincing the Bedouins to embrace his cult, Muhammad came out with his original agenda of enriching himself. He imposed tax in the name of Zakat on the converted Muslims. He collected only she-animals as tax (zakat) from Muslims, and snatched half of the property from whoever refused to pay tax to him:
Abu Bakr said, “Allah ordered Muhammad not to accept male goat; but she-goat as Zakat!” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:24:535)
PUNISHMENT FOR EVADING OBLIGATORY TAX (ZAKAT)
The Muslim tradition of paying zakat as supposed charity has no spiritual motivation. It was purely a government tax imposed by Muhammad on every Muslim, and one amongst the numerous ways Muhammad accumulated wealth. Muhammad punished Muslims for not paying tax (zakat) to the government by confiscating half of the wealth of the defaulter:
Narrated Mu'awiyah ibn Haydah: The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: For forty pasturing camels, one she-camel in her third year is to be given. ……If anyone evades zakat, we shall take half the property from him as a due from the dues of our Lord, the Exalted….” (Dawud 9:1570)
This hadith has been narrated by Zaid b. Aslam with the same chain of transmitters except that he said: "None among the owners of camels who does not pay their due," but did not say" their due (Zakat) out of them." and he make a mention:" He did not miss a single young one out of them." and he said: “Their sides, their foreheads and their backs would be cauterised." (Sahih Muslim 5:2162)
The prophet of Islam was not satisfied with the punishment he dished out to zakat-evaders as mentioned in the hadiths above. He also condemned them to the sufferance of endless punishments in hell by the same animals. Here are a few hadiths specifying afterlife punishments for Zakat-evaders: Sahih Muslim 5:2161,2166-2167, Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:24:485,486,539. These are long hadiths, which readers can find on the Internet.
MUHAMMAD PUT SEAL MARKS ON HIS SHE-CAMELS FOR IDENTIFICATION
As the stock of his camels collected from the Bedouins under different excuses grew too large, Muhammad had difficulty in keeping track of them. So he put torturous seal-mark on them for identification:
“……the Prophet who was sitting in a garden and was wearing a Huraithiya Khamisa and was branding the she-camel on which he had come during the Conquest of Mecca. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 7:72:714)
Allah's Messenger called for his she-camel and marked it on the right side of its bump, removed the blood from it,…..” (Sahih Muslim 7:2865)
To know more about Muhammad and his companion’s ‘love’ for she-animals, please visit previous article.
HORRIFIC CONSEQUENCES OF STEALING MUHAMMAD’S CAMELS
Those who tried to steal Muhammad's camels and got caught had to suffer the most horrifying punishment one can imagine in our days and times. This would make it obvious why Muhammad went to the point of inflicting pailful torture on his camels by marking then by burning their skin.
Narrated Abu Qilaba: Anas said, "Some people of 'Ukl or 'Uraina tribe came to Medina and its climate did not suit them. So the Prophet ordered them to go to the herd of (Milch) camels and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they went as directed and after they became healthy, they killed the shepherd of the Prophet and drove away all the camels. The news reached the Prophet early in the morning and he sent (men) in their pursuit and they were captured and brought at noon. He then ordered to cut their hands and feet (and it was done), and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron, They were put in 'Al-Harra' and when they asked for water, no water was given to them." Abu Qilaba said, "Those people committed theft and murder, became infidels after embracing Islam and fought against Allah and His Apostle." (Bukhari 1:4:234)
Just because the offenders mentioned in above hadith were Bedouins from the desert and unrelated to Muhammad's family and tribe, they had to suffer such horrifically barbaric punishment at Muhammad's hand. Had they been from Muhammad’s family or tribe, their punishment could have been very different. In this regard, it can be mentioned that according to Islam, thieves, fornicators and even murderers are also entitled to enter paradise:
“…He (the Holy Prophet) said: It was Gabriel who met me by the side of the stony ground and said: Give glad tidings to your Ummah that he who died without associating ought with Allah would go into Paradise. I said: Gabriel, even if he committed theft and fornication? He said: Yes. I said: Even it he committed theft and fornication? He said: Yes, I again said: Even if he committed theft and fornication? He said: Yes, even if he drank wine. (Sahih Muslim 5:2175)
A Muslim cannot be killed for killing a non-Muslim. (Sahih Al-bukhari 1:3:111, 9:83:50)
Today every one is quick to condemn our politicians because of the dirty tricks they play. Muhammad as well played the art of the nasty politics in his time, and left behind a host of most evil political tricks for the politicians of all times to play. He compared camels to Satan out of frustration, and made the same camels as the object of prayer when it helped him deceive their owners. He was the greediest of the greedy and a power-hungry the world has ever known.
The art of deceiving the innocent desert Bedouins that Muhammad set in has not ended yet. The concluding part of this article will deal with the role of camels on the Day of Resurrection and the role of camels in heaven.
To sum up this part, Islam is nothing but a deception, and as part of that, Muhammad deceived the illiterate desert cameleers of his time.