Ever since Michael Hart ranked Muhammad as the most influential figure in his 1978’s book, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, he has been over quoted. It doesn’t matter that Mr. Hart is an astrophysicist, not a historian; or that he is a racist who hates Muslim immigrants in the West, his ranking is the needed horse and Muslim apologists must ride it to death.
Interestingly, they substitute the term “influential” with “greatest” when quoting Hart. Never mind, these guys are experts at polishing brass into silver. Did they check up the meaning of “influential” before canonizing Mr Hart as a crypto-Muslim historian?
The word “influential” means: “exerting or possessing influence” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary)
“having a lot of influence on someone or something” (Cambridge English Learners Dictionary)
“someone or something that has an impact on or shapes how people act or how things occur” (The American Heritage Dictionary of English Language)
That a person is “influential” doesn’t mean he is “great.” A person can be negatively or positively influential. Hitler was ranked the most influential by TIME magazine, that doesn’t make him great. Aleister Crowley was ranked the most influential man of the 20th century, but he was a rabid Satanist. Osama Bin Laden was ranked by St. Petersburg Times as the most influential man of the decade. Does that make him a saint? No.
Granted, Muhammad was influential, but was his influence a positive or a negative one? That is the real question. To answer this, one needs to look at the regions most influenced by him. This is what this piece intends to do.
1. Studies have shown that Muslim majority countries like Pakistan or Jordan are less economically stable than minority Muslim countries like India or Israel. In the UK, Muslims have the highest drop out rate and lack of qualifications of any religion. They also have the highest male and female unemployment rate. In Ireland, Muslims have the highest unemployment rate.
In Belgium, Moroccans and Turks have a 5 times higher unemployment rate of the native population. In Australia, Muslims have twice the unemployment rate of non-Muslims and 40% of their children live below the poverty line. The typical Muslim cry, “racism,” won’t cut it since Islam is not a race.
When Mitt Romney said in 2012 that the GDP differences between Israel and Palestine reflects a contrast of values, it blew the cap off the heads of the Palestinians who roared back that the GDP gap was due to oppression, checkpoints and blockades. If this was true, why then was Israel’s GDP at the time higher than oil-rich Saudi Arabia by 13 places? There are no Israeli check points in Saudi Arabia, yet in spite of being an oil-rich country, it was behind Israel.
In Israel, while 56% Jewish women and 52% Christian women are in the workforce, only 19% of Muslim women and 59% Muslim men are officially part of the workforce. This probably accounts for an average Israeli family earning double the income of the average Arab family. This is not racism, this is Islamism.
When Muslim fail in the West bank, they blame Israeli check point. When they fail in Australia or Europe, they blame racism. But when they fail in Somalia and Saudi Arabia, who is to blame? The point is this: responsibility is a missing element in Islam. This religion inculcates irresponsibility into its victims. Muslims are not taught to take responsibility for their actions but to shift blame.
Blaming one’s failures on someone else is a slavish mentality. It shows itself each time there is a Muslim terrorist attack and Muslims quickly rush to position themselves as victims rather than dealing with the violence in their midst; it’s a cheaper way to live. They got it from Muhammad and it has affected their economic life as well.
2. The Quran says: “No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in decree before We [Allah] bring it into existence…” (57:22). In fact, “no soul can believe [in Islam] except by the permission of Allah” (10:100).
This fatalistic principle is adhered to mostly by the Asharites and Hanibal Muslims. An opposite school of thought – the Maturidis and Mutazilites – cite Quranic verses about free will of man rather than blaming Allah for every misfortune. Notwithstanding, the fatalistic ideology is more entrenched in Islamic thinking.
When a crane collapsed and killed 118 and injured 400 Muslim pilgrims in September 2015, the first response was: “It was an act of God.” When 1,420 people died in a stampede due to poor ventilation in 1990, the Saudi king at the time, Fahd bin Abdulaziz, said “It was God’s will, which is above everything … It was fate.”
When Muslims slaughtered Christians in Northern Nigeria in 1991, the president of the country then (Ibrahim Babangida) said “It has been ordained by God that these things will happen.” This narrative is repeated every time there is an epidemic, a terrorist attack, a collapsed building or natural disaster where human lives are lost. Muslims just shrug their shoulders and say their line: “It is Allah’s will” and go back to their beds.
This explains why even with the oil money, most Islamic nations have no welfare or social safety net for the poor, the handicapped or the elderly. If you have an accident and can’t work again, it’s Allah’s will, pick up a pan and be a street beggar. If a woman’s husband dies or divorces her, Allahu akbar! If she is pretty or young enough, she could still get taken by some rich old man, otherwise, pan handling or suicide are the options left.
In a map showing top ten richest Islamic nations, not one of them gives foreign aid to disaster-stricken countries. It’s understandable. Why muster charity for others when Allah has decreed their misfortunes? “In these codes” writes Mustafa Akyol, in the New York Times “human free will is easily sacrificed to fatalism, science and reason are trivialized, and philosophy is frowned upon. Consequently, ‘God’s will’ becomes an easy cover for intellectual laziness, lack of planning and irresponsibility.”
3. Muhammad’s low view of women echoes all through Islam. He said: “Bad omen is in the women, the house and the horse… after me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women” (Bukhari 7:30). Speaking to a group of women, he said “I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you” (2:541).
Hence, the more Islamic a region is, the more women are abused and relegated to the backroom. In Mauritania, more than 1,800 domestic violence against women have been reported. In Gaza, 51% women suffered the same in 2011 alone. In Algeria, Yemen, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, there are no laws against marital rape. In Palestinian territories, only 17% of women are employed despite a literacy rate of 93%. In the UAE, 14% of women are in the total work force.
A UNICEF report shows that 12.1 million women are subjected to female genital mutilation in Sudan. In Syria, over 4,000 cases of rape and sexual mutilation have been reported. In Lebanon, there are no laws against sexual harassment of women. Northern Nigeria has the highest rates of child marriage (rape) in the world. Is this a blessing to the human race or a curse?
In Saudi Arabia – the cradle of Islam – women can’t drive a car because it would “undermine social values.” It wasn’t until late 2014 that the ban on women voting or holding a public office was lifted by their king. Yet, Saudi women can’t open a bank account, leave their homes or even travel without a male guardian (mahram). Once, a teenager who was gang raped was punished more than her rapists because she didn’t have a mahram with her. Saudi women can’t wear make-ups, go for a swim or try on clothes when shopping (The Week UK, Dec., 14, 2015).
Saudi banks, offices and universities have different entrances for men and women. Yes, men and women who mix in public will face criminal charges. Their public transportation, parks, beaches and amusement parks also have separate places for both genders. Muslims tell us they need to hide their women behind a dark screen because they are “precious,” but we all know the moral economy behind such injunctions – asymmetrical gender relations – a culture that punishes women harder and gives men a pass when it comes to sex.
4. Islamic ideology is a travesty of justice, intelligence and civilization. Little wonder majority Muslim countries have less than 600 universities for 1.4 billion people. The United States has 5,785. While the US has over 1.1 million scientists, the Muslim world has produced only 300,000 that can be called “scientists.” In the last 105 years, 1.4 billion Muslims have produced only 8 Nobel Laureates. One of them, Naguid Mahfuz, had his novel banned in Egypt and was stabbed by another Muslim for “heresy.”
It’s a known fact that Muslims have a high rate of illiteracy, perhaps a consequence of following an illiterate hero. No, this is not the fault of the Jews or America, it is Islam. It keeps people ignorant, unproductive and lazy. It fills the minds of intelligent youths with fiqh, Sharia, the arts of defecation, copulation and urination until their mind regresses into 7th century ideologies and their productive insights wane.
Sura 5:41 says “As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hand: a punishment by way of example from Allah…”
The Encyclopedia of Islam informs us that amputating the hands of thieves was introduced into Arabia by a pagan named Walib bin Mughirah. Ancient societies maimed criminals as punishment because they didn’t have prisons or reform schools where criminals could be kept or modified to become useful to the society.
In modern societies, criminals like thieves, can be psychologically analysed and helped. Allah’s law of amputating hands has outlived its usefulness. Besides, people are no longer stigmatised for having a cut hand, since some health or accident problems could warrant amputation. Muhammad and his Allah couldn’t see beyond their time.
Aside this, there are different forms of theft today – with the pen and the Internet – which are hard to detect. How can amputating hands deal with these? In fact, a person without limbs can still steal whether by aiding and abetting theft or organizing a gang of thieves with his speech.
Amputation changes nothing because stealing comes from the heart (Mark 7:21-23). This is why in Bible Christianity, the solution to theft and other sins is a changed nature. When a person is regenerated and becomes “a new creature” in Christ, rather than stealing, he would find fulfillment in “working with his hands” and giving to others (2 Cor 5:7, Eph 4:28). That Muhammad couldn’t deal with sin in a relevant or wise way proves that he was negatively influential to mankind.
The Quran tells us: “Travel in the land and see the end of those who rejected the Truth [Islam]” (16:11). Yes, today we see the lands of these rejecters flourishing in milk and honey while the lands of the accepters are lined with starving beggars, torn apart by wars and have become faeces-strewned deserts. We see Muslims fleeing the hardships and backwaters in their own lands to study, shop and seek medical care in kafirland – and also to indulge their baser instincts in the pubs and strip clubs.
Muhammad’s influence on mankind has been more devastating than the influence of AIDS, Cholera, Nazism or any other biological and social plagues. The extent to which a region holds to his teachings is the extent to which human lives are cheap, dictatorship thrives, barbarity lives, women are abused and violence is prevalent. These are the “bad fruits” Jesus warned us to look out for. We therefore reject Muhammad and his Islam (Matthew 5:18).