Response to: Muhammad And His Personal Enemies
by Saif min Suyufillah
Mohammed without Camouflage
Response:All 69 sources are unauthentic.
Muhammad’s Dead Poets Society
Response:Yes,you have a collection of some magazines,blogs,some Islamic dictionary type materials to quote evidence for such accusations.
I like it that all are unauthentic sources.
Individual case studies:
Ka`b bin al-Ashraf
Response:Go and plot against your ruler,provoke the people against him and see the response from your ruler.
According to Wikipedia:
Muhammad called upon his followers to kill Ka’b because the latter “had gone to Mecca after Badr and provoked Quraysh against Muhammad. He also composed verses in which he bewailed the victims of Quraysh who had been killed at Badr. Shortly afterwards he returned to Medina and composed amatory verses of an insulting nature about the Muslim women.” Other historiographical sources state that the reason for killing of Ka’b was that he had plotted with a group of Jews to kill Muhammad.
Sallam Ibn Abu’l-Huqayq
Al-Nadr bin al-Harith
`Uqba bin Abi Mu`ayt
`Abdullah bin Ubai bin Salul al-`Aufi
Response:So when did the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.w. harm him?
Umaiya bin Khalaf Abi Safwan
Response:According to Wikipedia,
He also known for his action, that he subjected his slave Bilal ibn Ribah to torture for having adopted Islam. Bilal was made to lie down on hot burning desert sand and had a heavy stone put on his chest which made breathing difficult for him. Since he still refused to denounce Islam, a heavy person was to jump on the stone. Bilal used to repeat “Ahad! Ahad! (One God! One God!).
When Bilal’s master, Umayyah ibn Khalaf found out, he began violently to torture Bilal. With Abu Jahl instigating, Umayyah tied Bilal up and had him dragged around Mecca as a means to break Bilal’s faith. In addition, children mocked Bilal for disobeying Umayyah and rejecting idol worship. Although the extent of torture was painful, Bilal never renounced Islam. Even when the torture was taken to the extreme, Bilal would repeat “Ahad Ahad” (God is absolute/one). Frustrated upon Bilal’s refusal to denounce Islam, Umayyah became even more angry. He ordered that Bilal’s limbs were to be stretched out and tied to stakes lying flat on desert sand, so that he could feel the intensity of the sun and the Arabian heat. He would be whipped and beaten while tied to the stakes. Constantly refusing to denounce Islam, Umayyah became frustrated and ordered that a large boulder/stone be placed on Bilal’s chest. The boulder heated by the sun burned Bilal’s body while also crushing him. However, Bilal remained firm in belief and continued to say “Ahad Ahad”. After such punishments, news of this slave reached some of Muhammad’s companions who told Muhammad of the slave. Muhammad then sent Abu Bakr. Eventually, Abu Bakr negotiated a deal with Umayyah to purchase Bilal and exchange three of Abu Bakr’s slaves (a pagan male slave and his wife and daughter) and emancipate him from slavery.
Try it yourself,invent some sort of torture cell and see what would you get by a person and his people,once he gets free from you.
Remember,the person was not tortured anyhow,but given an easy death,while he was in the battlefield.
`Amr b. Jihash
An anonymous man
Response:Ask your army about how do they deal with the spies of other countries or the double agents,once they get caught?
Response:Gain victory means it would be during a war.
Abd Allah Ibn Sa`d Ibn Abi Sarh
`Asma’ Bint Marwan
The Deaths of Asma and Abu Afak: Examining the Historical Basis for these Murders
Response:You have mentioned the names of 6 authentic books,without quoting the so called evidence from any of them.
The Meccan Ten
Sirat and Tabqat are unauthentic sources.The only hadees you have mentioned is about the behavior of Companion Ali r.a.,not Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.w.
Excessive cruelty in the cases of
- Kinana b. al-Rabi`
the people from Urayna.
The hadees is mentioned in Sahih Bukhari,only once,narrated only by a single companion Anas r.a.
The same hadees is mentioned three times in Sunan Abu Dawood,ONLY one is Sahih,other is Hasan Sahih and the last one is classified as Daif.
The Sahih ahadees are narrated only by One companion Anas r.a.This point should be noted.
Anyone throwing acid over the face of other person should be dealt in the same way according to Quran so even if the eight people were really given that punishment,according to only one Hadees from Sahih Bukhari and Sunan Abu Dawood,even in that case they must be dealt fairly.
Eight people branding the eyes of a weak poor shepherd should be dealt in the same way.They robbed him too,they killed Him.
Their crimes which were obvious were;
Branding the eyes
The process of murder and the condition of the dead body of the shepherd are not discussed but the list is enough.The hadees saying that the eyes were branded means He was tortured too.
The punishments and no critical response by the opposition means that the punishment was reasonable for everyone.
Thirdly,see the name of the chapter.If a polytheist burns a Muslims,could he be burnt too?It means they burnt the shepherd too.
Muhammad’s letter to the Julanda Brothers of Oman
The actual translation is:
Peace be upon him who follows true guidance; thereafter I invite both of you to the Call of Islam. Embrace Islam. Allâh has sent me as a Prophet to all His creatures in order that I may instil fear of Allâh in the hearts of His disobedient creatures so that there may be left no excuse for those who deny Allâh.
If you two accept Islam, you will remain in command of your country; but if you refuse my Call, you’ve got to remember that all your possessions are perishable.My horsemen will appropriate your land, and my Prophethood will assume preponderance over your kingship.”
It is mentioned in a very rational way,rather than being threatening,that everything is perishable,Islam is already growing and sooner or later,Oman would be under Muslim rule.
If you agree happily now,it is for your own sake,but if you want to fight,you would loose.
See the dialogue:
‘Amr bin Al-’As, who was chosen to carry the letter, narrated the following story that happened before he was admitted into the audience of Jaifer.
“When I arrived in ‘Oman I contacted ‘Abd, who was known to be more mild-tempered than his brother:
‘Amr: I am the messenger of Allâh’s Prophet coming to see both, you and your brother.
‘Abd: You have to see my brother and read to him the letter you are carrying. He is my senior in both age and kingship. Incidentally, what is the purport of your mission?
‘Amr: The Prophet calls upon you to believe in Allâh Alone with no associate, discard any other deities and testify to the slavehood and Messengership of Muhammad.
‘Abd: O ‘Amr! You come from a noble family, but first of all, tell me what was your father’s attitude concerning this Faith? You know, we used to follow his steps.
‘Amr: Death overtook him before believing in Muhammad’s mission; I wish now he had embraced Islam and been truthful to it before his death. I myself had adopted the same attitude until Allâh guided me towards Islam.
‘Abd: When did you embrace Islam?
‘Amr: When I was at Negus’s court. By the way, the latter did also enter into the fold of Islam.
‘Abd: What was his people’s reaction?
‘Amr: They approved of him and followed his steps.
‘Abd: The bishops and monks?
‘Amr: They did the same.
‘Abd: Beware ‘Amr of lying for this soon betrays man.
‘Amr: I never tell lies; moreover, our religion never allows it.
‘Abd: Has Hercules been informed of the Islamization of Negus?
‘Amr: Yes, of course.
‘Abd: How did you happen to know that?
‘Amr: Negus used to pay land tax to Hercules, but when the former embraced Islam, he swore he would discontinue that tax. When this news reached Hercules, his courtiers urged him to take action against Negus but he refused and added that he himself would do the same if he were not sparing of his kingship.
‘Abd: What does your Prophet exhort you to do?
‘Amr: He exhorts us to obey Allâh, the All-Mighty, the All-Glorious, be pious and maintain good ties with family kin; he forbids disobedience, aggression, adultery, wine, idolatry and devotion to the cross.
‘Abd: Fair words and fair beliefs are those you are calling for. I wish my brother would follow me to believe in Muhammad and profess his religion, but my brother is too sparing of his kingship to become a subordinate.
‘Amr: Should your brother surrender himself to Islam, the Prophet would give him authority over his people and take alms tax from the wealthy people to be given to the needy.
‘Abd: That is fair behaviour. But what is this alms tax you have mentioned?
‘Amr: It is a Divine injunction that alms tax be taken from the well-to-do people who have surplus wealth and be distributed to the poor.
‘Abd: I doubt if this can work among our people.
‘Amr stayed for some days to be admitted into Jaifer’s court until he was finally granted this permit. “He asked me to hand him the letter to read it. After that he asked me how Quraish reacted and I answered that they had followed him, some out of their own freewill and others overpowered by military fighting. Now, people have chosen Islam in preference to other creeds, and have realized through their mental insight that they had been straying in darkness. None, except you, is now out of the domain of Islam, so I advise you to embrace Islam so that you can provide security to yourself and your country.”
Here, he asked me to call on him the following day. The following day he showed some reluctance in receiving me but his brother, ‘Abd, interceded and I was given the chance to see him again but this time to address me in a threatening arrogant tone. However, after a private talk with his brother and reconsidering the whole situation, both brothers embraced Islam and proved to be true to Islam that had begun to make its way into this new area.
The context of this story reveals that this letter was sent at a much later date than the others, most likely after the conquest of Makkah.
Through these letters, the Prophet managed to communicate his Message to most monarchs at that time; some believed, while others remained obdurate and persisted in their disbelief. However, the idea of embracing Islam, and the advent of a new Prophet preoccupied all of them.
May Allah (subuhaanahu wata’aala) make us among those who truly follow our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and make our path easy for us!