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.