Islam and the Trail of Blood (part 2)

After Muhammad’s death, one of his first converts, Abu Bakr was selected as a successor (caliph). Most of the Meccans who had hitherto been forced into Islam by Muhammad found it so revolting and ghastly that after his death, they abandoned Islam and became apostates. To make it worse, many of the people stopped paying the jizya taxes levied on them to Abu Bakr, the caliph. He rose up and fought them like a wounded lion. He burned many of them, stoned some to death, threw them from cliffs or cast them in wells. Hundreds of thousands died in this War of Apostasy (The History of Al-Tabari 4: 1392).

Umar Ibn Khattab succeeded Abu Bakr. He was like the “apostle Paul” of Islam who extended the kingdom of Allaah from Mecca to other nations. He raised armies which conquered Damascus (635 AD), Antioch (636 AD), Jerusalem (638), Syria (640), Egypt and Persia (641). Entire populations of cities like Behnesa, Aboit and Fayum in Egypt, Tripoli in Libya and Euchaita in Armenia were massacred. Carthage in Tunisia was burnt to the ground. These Arab conquests, (which modern Muslims call “defensive battles”) according to historian Will Durant were “more rapid than the Roman, more lasting that the Mongol … the most amazing feat in military history” (The Story of Civilization 4:188)

Uthman, a Persian, succeeded Umar. By this time, Islam had splintered into different warring sects. Conflicting versions of the Quran were being recited and kept by different groups but Uthman forced all Muslims to accept his own “standardized Quran” (still the Quran used today) in order to exert his political control. He was hated so much that a rival Muslim faction assassinated him. He wasn’t even allowed to be buried in a Muslim cemetery. His friends had to bury him by night in a Jewish cemetery.

Ali ibn Talib (Muhammad’s cousin) became the next caliph. Aisha (Muhammad’s child bride) supported a rebellion against him resulting in the Battle of the Camel where about 10,000 people died. Ali won, but was assassinated in 661 AD by a rival Muslim faction. His followers broke away and became known as the Shi’ites – still hated by the Sunni Muslims today. Ah, but Islam is peace!

From history, you can see that when Muslims succeed in wiping out all non-Muslims, they start to murder fellow Muslims. Its a legacy of Muhammad and this is what is going on in several nations (including Nigeria) today.

Wars over who would succeed Ali erupted, pitting Quraish against Bedouins, Umayyads against Hasmites such that by 680 A.D, most of Muhammad’s lineage had been killed by rival Muslims. At a point, the troops of Yezid beseiged Mecca, burnt down the kaaba and split the black stone into 3 pieces. This was the time the Masjid al-aqsa in Jersualem became the focal point of Islamic convergence.

This is a huge contrast to the apostles of Jesus Christ who went everywhere preaching the gospel. And God bore “them witness both with signs and wonders, and gifts of the Holy Spirit” (Hebrews 2:4). When you have the truth, you don’t have to wage war or fight to impose it on others. And when you are serving the Living God, you don’t need to fight for Him.

The early Christians didn’t conquer nations or plunder their wealths like Muslim armies. Their focus was on a “better country” not made with human hands (Heb. 11:16). They didn’t take lives; they gave theirs. They were thrown to the beasts, crucified and made human torches. They reddened the soil with their blood and in the midst of the flames cried out “Christ is Victor!” They “esteemed the reproaches of Christ greater than the riches of Egypt” (Heb. 11:26). That is the real peace and love.

A modern Christian who keeps arguing (inspite of the facts) that Islam is a religion of peace is despising the blood of the millions of martyrs who have been victims of this death cult. And if you are a Muslim reading this, you have a choice to make today: to follow the Holy One or the Wicked one; to follow Christ who died for you or Barabbas who will doom you; to follow the Prince of Peace or the Arabian warlord.


Islam and the Trail of Blood

The old slogan of “Islam is peace” has been drowned by bomb blasts amidst chants of “Allahu Akbar!” in Nigeria, Kenya, Syria, Central Africa and other parts of the world. Yet some Christians who have neither read the Quran nor the hadiths suddenly become a public authority on Islam and argue blindly: “Islam is peace because I have peaceful muslim friends!” Quite lame. Its the examples and teachings of religion’s founder that determines whether its peaceful adherents are the norms or exceptions. So let’s take a brief look at the life and teachings of Muhammad and his successors in part 2.

Muhammad began his Medinan career by attacking rich Meccan caravans passing near his base. The first 3 assaults failed while the fourth succeeded because his victims didn’t expect an ambush during Ramadan. Arab tribes refrained from aggression during this pagan “holy month,” but Muhammad received a “revelation” authorizing him to plunder and murder in Allah’s name (Q 2:217). Its curious that the same Allah who commanded Muhammad to raid people didn’t teach him how to do it. He had to learn it by trial and error like any greenhorn thief.

On March 16, 624 near Badr, he led 300 warriors in a vicious attack against a large Meccan caravan protected by 800 men. At last, 40 Meccans were killed and 60 taken as prisoners. Only 14 Muslims died. Verses quickly “descended” to absolve his men of the murders: “Ye slew them not, but Allah slew them” (8:17). Muhammad proved his prophethood with the sword and sealed his apostleship with murders.

One of the Meccans captured at the battle of Badr was Al-Nadr – Muhammad’s enemy – who pleaded with his tribesmen who were now Muslims to spare his life. (The Quraish tribe do not kill war captives) He was told that the tribe bonds are now broken by Islam and since he had ridiculed Muhammad years before, its now payback time. After he was killed, Muhammad recited a verse to justify it: “It is not for any Prophet to have captives until he had made slaughter in the land” (Q 8:67).

Muhammad arrived at Medina a poor man, but within a few years, he and his gang became wealthy. Their wealths came by robbing and killing the Jews in Medina, causing what a scholar termed “the disappearance of the Jewish communities from Arabia proper” (Guide to Islam, 2002 p 84). This genocide was also justified by some verses (Q33:26-7).

Poets who criticized Muhammad were not spared – ranging from Asma bint Merwan to Abu Afak, to Kab Al-Ashraf. Muhammad justified this by saying that all poets were “inspired by Satan” (26:221-7). Some muslims in Medina who hated jihad built a mosque and invited Muhammad to bless it. He burnt down this mosque and said:

“As for those who put up a mosque by way of harming and disbelief, and to disunite the believers…they are certainly liars. Never set foot in it” (9:107-8).

The dogmas of Allah in the Quran are very clear. He casts terror into the hearts of non-Muslims (8:12); he promises to assist Muslims with thousands of angels during jihad (8:9); he loves Muslims who fight for Islam (61:4); Muslims who run from jihad will be punished in Hell (8:16); A Muslim is not assured of heaven unless he fights hard for Islam (3:142); Fighting has been ordained for Muslims even if some of them hate it (2:216); non-Muslims are satanists who must be fought (4:76) and a great reward await jihadists in paradise (3:169). I don’t know how long this write-up will be if I summarize the 100+ verses of war in the Quran.

Some Muslims say “these verses are only for the battlefield.” Bunkum! What does a religion of peace have to do with a battlefield? Muhammad was the aggressor who initiated battles against all who didn’t bow to his imaginary Allah. He said: “Whoever dies without having fought [for Islam] or thought to himself about fighting has died following one of the branches of hypocrisy” (Muslim, 3533). Where is the “peace” here?

He said: “Swords are the keys of paradise…Paradise is under the shadow of swords” (Kanz Muttaqi 2:252). Islam is peace? Tell it to the bats. Ibn Qayyim said that when Muhammad “called people to Islam, his call was accompanied by the sword” (Sahih Jaami, 2831). The Quran says Muhammad is the “perfect example” for all Muslims and all Muslims who love Allah must follow him (33:21). True Muslims must fight as he fought, kill as he killed and take women captives as he did, otherwise they are hypocrites (munafiq). No rational mind should expect anything better from a billion people who not only take a terrorist as a role model, but also follow, condone and defend his crimes.

On the other hand Christians have a perfect example in Jesus Christ who told no lie nor murdered His critics (1Pet. 2:22-3). Those who follow Him act like Him and for a Muslim to truly follow Christ, he must reject Muhammad.