Part 3 - Analyses of Islamic Texts and Observations
In Part 3, I will be quoting and commenting on what are considered by Muslims to be the authentic Islamic texts. As you may or may not know, the word Islam means submission, submission to the will and dictates of Allah as stipulated by Muhammad and elucidated by the medival Islamic clerics. The Islamic religion is based on three main sources: the Qur'an, the Hadiths, and the Sira. Click here to read Ali Sina’s prologue to FaithFreedom.org. The man summarizes the true reality of Islam far better than I ever could. Also, I hope that you will purchase a copy of the Qur'an. N.J. Dawood’s English translation from Penguin classics is the version that most Western converts were exposed to. Several english language versions of the Qur'an are easily available online.
In Islam, to be a Muslim, one must believe that every single word, sentence and paragraph of the Qur'an to be the error-free, perfectly preserved words of God Himself / Itself. Muslims must believe that through the Angel Gabriel, God transmitted the Qur'an to Muhammad. The Qur'an states that all those who deny Muhammad’s claims are the enemies of God and Man and that “un-believers are the vilest of all creatures” (Qur'an, 98:6) and that the “believers are the best of people” (Qur'an, 3:111). The Qur'an also states that the penalty for those who deny “Allah’s word” is being burned alive in hellfire for eternity and drinking daily portions of boiling water and pus as part of the diet. “The Compassionate, The Merciful, Almighty Allah” just loves his Sadism and his Human BBQ don’t ya know.
The Hadiths are a record of what Muhammad said and did. To be Muslim, a person must believe that Muhammad is the perfect man whose behaviour is to be emulated. This well known Hadith, considered authentic by Muslims, recounts the story of how Muhammad, at the age of 54, married 6 year old Aisha and consummated their marriage when she reached the age of 9. This is a custom still practiced in many Islamic societies. The Hadith is from the Al-Bukhari collection – one of Islam’s canonical texts.
Al-Bukhari, Vol. 7, Book 62, No. 88
The prophet wrote the [marriage contract] with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e.’ til his death).
This is child molestation. Muhammad was a child molester.
Now keep in mind that Muhammad claimed to be God’s final Messenger to mankind. Muhammad is believed to be the perfect man whose example is to be followed for all times. When Muslims have historically combined the above Hadith with the Qur'anic verse below, innumerable tragedies have been created:
There is a good example in God’s apostle for those of you who look to God and the Last Day and remember God always.
The Sira is a record of the life (a biography) of the Islamic prophet. Due to the fact that Islamic apologists are now attempting to whitewash the life of Muhammad, it is best to read the original biographies. Ibn Ishaq’s (d. 773 AD) The Life of Muhammed, translated by Professor Alfred Guillaume has historically been considered the authoritative version of Muhammad’s life story.
One of Muhammad’s worst crimes, which set a tragic precedent, was his slaughter of the Jewish tribe of Banu Quraiza. The Banu Quraiza were the last of the three Jewish tribes living in and around Yathrib that Muhammad and his followers massacred when Muhammad had finally achieved the power and control that he had long sought. Through Muhammad’s trademark deceit, he instigated a war between the Muslims and the Jewish tribe of Banu Quraiza. Once he had savagely defeated them, Muhammad ordered all of the males who had reached the age of maturity (grown pubic hair) to be killed. Trenches were dug, the men were beheaded, their bodies were thrown in the trench and the trench was covered over with dirt. The women and children were enslaved and the wealth of Banu Quraiza was divided among the Muslim fighters.
Here is an excerpt from The Life of Muhammed (page 464) documenting the incident:
|| Then they surrendered, and the apostle confined them in Medina. Then the apostle went out to the market of Medina and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches. There were 600 or 700 in all, though some put the figure as high as 800 or 900.
Verse 33 Chapter 26 of the Qur'an mentions the massacre:
He brought down from their strongholds those who had supported them from among the people of the book (the Jews of Banu Quraiza) and cast terror into their hearts, so that you slew some and others you took captive.
The Hadiths and the Sira compose what Muslims refer to as the Sunnah. The Sunnah is needed to fully understand the Qur'an.
Islamic law, the Sharia, which must govern all Islamic nations, has been created from the above texts. The barbarity of Sharia is typically shocking to those born and raised in the modern West. The legal and social rights of Muslim women are inferior to those of Muslim men. All Muslims, regardless of gender, face punitive penalties that are primitive to the extreme. The punishment for adultery is death by stoning. The punishment for theft is amputation of the hands and feet. The punishment for blasphemy and apostasy is execution. These are just a few examples.
Again I want to clarify the fact that the entire Islamic religion is based on the word of one man – Muhammad. All of Islam’s despicable and absurd commandments which Muslims are told they must obey are based on the word of this one man. As you will see, this Muhammad character was one truly disturbed and despicable human being.
Obviously there are many ethically sound statements to be found in the Qur'an and Sunnah. Muhammad certainly could have not won over so many good people if this were not the case. These texts are also overflowing with some the most hateful and violence-inciting statements in the history of literature. Again, if I were to say about Muslims what the Qur'an says about non-Muslims, I would most certainly be arrested for hate speech. Muhammad promised those who would “believe in him and his God Allah” the many blissful and carnal pleasures of heaven and a reprieve from a torturous hell. Muhammad was well aware of the common persons concerns, and he exploited these concerns very effectively, as pathological narcissists such as Muhammad do.
Islam’s texts contain many horrendous and inhumane commandments. The following passages from Islam’s texts relate to the prescribed treatment of various groups of people. People such as unbelievers, women, Jews and Christians, etc. Granted, some of the early Qur'anic verses call for tolerance. These verses were “revealed” to Muhammad at a time when he had few followers and no political power. Tragically, these early passages are abrogated by the later verses that call for violence. When Muhammad achieved power his true colors became revealed and the blood began to flow.
Though it is truth that violent and inhumane passages can be found in the texts of most major religions, in no other major religion are they as numerous, prominent, and essential to the doctrines of these religions. In fact all of the other major religions, though still imperfect, have gone through the long and arduous process of critical examination and enlightenment to some degree – something that Islam has yet to do, and in my opinion is incapable of doing due to its very nature and structure. Those Muslims who attempt to reform Islam have always been and will always be branded heretics, and will be persecuted – because the fundamentalist in reality has Islamic theology on their side. Falsehood, duplicity, and treachery are the bedrock of Muhammad’s Islam.
Islamic Text Quotes:
The following two passages, one from the Qur'an and one from the Hadith, blatantly contradict each other. Even with all of their ultimately empty talk of “context,” no Muslim will ever be able to dispute this grave contradiction – regardless of all the “go-to rhetorical jargon of the day” at their disposal.
Qur'an: Chapter 2, Verse 256:
There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejecteth false deities and believeth in Allah hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break. Allah is Hearer, Knower.
Hadith: Bukhari, Vol. 9, Book 84, No. 57:
Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn Abbas who said, “If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Apostle forbade it, saying, ‘Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire)’. I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changes his Islamic religion, then kill him.’”
There are many “open-ended” verses in the Qur'an mandating violence towards unbelievers – Infidels. This is only natural for as we have seen Islam’s own texts state that Muhammad was a mass murderer who personally ordered the assassinations of thousands of people. Muhammad also conducted numerous raids to acquire “booty” – the Islamic spoils of war, which include concubines and slaves. All acts of which Muhammad claimed He was given divine sanction, by God, to commit.
Qur'an, 9:29 (This is one of the many Qur'anic verses that Islamists have for centuries used to kill and/or subjugate non-Muslims and spread Islam though Jihadist warfare).
Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given as believe neither in God nor the Last Day, who do not forbid what God and His Apostle have forbidden, and who do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.
When you meet the unbelievers in the battle field strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them their freedom or take ransom from them, until war shall lay down her burdens.
Thus shall you do. Had God willed, He could Himself have punished them; (but He has ordained it thus) that He might test you, the one by the other.
Let not the unbelievers think that they will ever get away. They have not the power to do so. Muster against them all the men and cavalry at your command, so that you may strike terror into the enemy of God and your enemy, and others besides them who are unknown to you but known to God. All that you give for the cause of God shall be repaid you. You shall not be wronged.
O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him).
When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way. God is forgiving and merciful.
Hadith: Sahih Muslim 4294:
“When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to 3 courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also except it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya (the Islamic tax). If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.” – Muhammad
Hadith: Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 52, No. 196:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah 's Apostle said, " I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,' and whoever says, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,' his life and property will be saved by me except for Islamic law, and his accounts will be with Allah, (either to punish him or to forgive him.)"
2:191 Slay them wherever you find them…
4:101 … In truth the disbelievers are an open enemy to you.
8:12 I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads…
66:9 Prophet, make war on the unbelievers…
9:14 Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands…
9:111 … They will fight for the cause of God, slay and be slain…
48:29 … Those who follow him (Muhammad) are ruthless to the unbelievers…
And many, many more.
Though Muslims love to claim that Islam is responsible for granting women the rights enjoyed by men – nothing could be further from the truth. As the following passages from Islam’s own texts will show, the inequality of women is God’s commandment in Muhammad’s Islam. Islam institutionalizes discrimination against women (and non-believers) and women are denied basic dignity in numerous aspects of life.
Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. God is high, supreme.
In Islam, a son’s inheritance is twice the size of that of a daughter.
God has thus enjoined you concerning your children: A male shall inherit twice as much as a female…
In most Islamic societies, a women’s testimony in court is worth half that of a man’s. Women have inferior legal rights to that of men in Islamic (Sharia) courts. On a very tragic note: women who are raped in Islamic nations have an exceptionally hard time achieving a conviction against those who have raped them. Accordingly, suicide rates among Muslim women in Islamic society are abnormally high.
…Call in two male witnesses from among you, but if two men cannot be found, then one man and two women whom you judge fit to act as witnesses…
If you fear that you cannot treat orphans (orphan girls) with fairness, then you may marry other women who seem good to you: two, three, or four of them. But if you fear that you cannot maintain equality among them, marry one only or any slave-girls you may own. This will make it easier for you to avoid injustice.
The Qur'an allows for the marriage of pre-pubescent girls, stipulating that Islamic divorce procedures “shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated.” Therefore, Islamic theology allows men to marry children.
If you are in doubt concerning those of your wives who have ceased menstruating, know that their waiting period shall be three months. The same shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated. As for pregnant women, their term shall end with their confinement. God will ease the hardship of the man who fears Him.
Hadith: Bukhari, Vol. 1, Book 6, No. 301:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
Once Allah's Apostle went out to the Musalla (to offer the prayer) o 'Id-al-Adha or Al-Fitr prayer. Then he passed by the women and said, "O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire were you (women)." They asked, "Why is it so, O Allah's Apostle ?" He replied, "You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you." The women asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?" He said, "Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?" They replied in the affirmative. He said, "This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Isn't it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?" The women replied in the affirmative. He said, "This is the deficiency in her religion."
Hadith: Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 11, No. 2142:
Narrated Umar ibn al-kahttab:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.
Hadith: Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 54, No. 460:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's Apostle said, "If a husband calls his wife to his bed (i.e. to have sexual relation) and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning."
2:223 Women are your fields: go, then, into your fields whence you please…
2:228 …although men have a status above women. God is mighty and wise.
33:50 Prophet, We have made lawful to you the wives to whom you have granted dowries and the slave-girls whom God has given you as booty…
4:24 …Also married women, except those whom you own as slaves.
And many, many more.
REGARDING JEWS AND CHRISTIANS:
The myth that Islam is a tolerant and peaceful religion is further exposed by its text’s prescribed treatment for, and attitudes towards, other peoples and other religions. Islam’s general view of Jews and Christians is that they are grotesque liars. Ironically, Islam makes fools of those who attempt to cling to its absurd and erroneous dogma.
The Jews say Ezra is the son of God, while the Christians say the Messiah is the son of God. Such are their assertions, by which they imitate the infidels of old. God confound them! How perverse they are!
Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their number. God does not guide the wrongdoers.
He that chooses a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him and in the world to come he will surely be among the losers.
You have heard of those of you that broke the Sabbath (Jews). We said to them: ‘You shall be changed into detested apes.’ We made their fate an example to their own generation and to those who followed them, and a lesson for the righteous.
And when they (Jews) scornfully persisted in their forbidden ways, We said to them: ‘Turn into detested apes.’
Hadith: Sahih Muslim, Book 041, No. 6985:
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.
Hadith: Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 53, No. 392:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
While we were in the Mosque, the Prophet came out and said, "Let us go to the Jews" We went out till we reached Bait-ul-Midras. He said to them, "If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. So, if anyone amongst you owns some property, he is permitted to sell it, otherwise you should know that the Earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle."
And many, many more.
Now ask yourself this simple question and answer it honestly: does this sound like the behaviour of a just, kind and sane man?
This is an exceptionally well written article by a well know ex-Muslim writer:
Christmas Spirit and Islam
By: Amil Imani
This is the time of the year that the air is filled with everything Christmas. There is something for everyone: gifts for family and friends, prayers at churches, and Christmas music everywhere. It puts me in a contemplative mood, particularly when I hear the delightful Christian refrain, peace on earth, goodwill to men. This is the gift I want. This is my Christmas. When there is peace on earth and all people dispense and receive good will.
Yet, I am saddened to see the world as it is, particularly with what Islam is doing to it, which is the exact opposite of working for peace and extending goodwill to all people.
My contemplation takes me to the genesis of Islam. Something I have come to view as a scourge of humanity, and here are a few of my random thoughts about the founder of Islam: the person who launched a religion that has denied peace to mankind right from the start, the person who advanced a religion that began with war, continues with war, and aims to carry on with bloodletting to the end of time. All this makes me think and shake my head in bewilderment.
Starting with the premise that an all-knowing powerful God is the creator of this awe-inspiring universe where we humans are an infinitesimally insignificant part of his creation humbles me. Muslims call this creator Allah—a recast of one of 360 idols in the pre-Islamic Idolatry of Mecca—and attribute numerous superhuman qualities to him. It is awe-inspiring to realize that a being of that description may indeed exist.
That leads me to some questions: Why would such an indescribably exalted creator, with his ascribed boundless wisdom and resources, pick an illiterate Bedouin to become his prophet for then and forever? The man himself, Muhammad, admitted in the Qur'an to his own illiteracy. Yet, Allah persisted in choosing this man? Was Allah bored with the rest of his universe and playing a joke on us helpless mortals? Or was it a case of Allah not being able to get any reasonably literate man to take the job?
I don’t have an answer to this or a bevy of other questions and the answers I have seen so far from Muslims are far from satisfactory. I am forced to mark this as one of the enigmas of life and move on to further look into Muhammad, his claims, his life and the way all might come together with Allah’s choreography of our life of drama.
Muslims claim that Muhammad was the most perfect man, the kind of saintly man that each and every one of us should adulate and aspire to follow. On the top of their list is the desire to lead their lives in such a way that would please Allah, if they can.
Muhammad has done that, Muslims claim. And apparently Allah, in his infinite kindness, does not require the rest of us mortals to do things that we are incapable of doing. And Muhammad has brought us the perfect life manual, the Qur'an, to help us in our quest, we are told.
Besides, a great inducement for me to check Islam out is the promise of eternal life in an indescribably lush sensual paradise of Allah if I make the grade. If I fail, I am told, my forever destination is the dreadful inferno of hell.
I have also checked out those schools of thoughts that say life starts here and ends here. End of discussion. Well, buying into the idea that I am going to end up as fertilizer in some desolate cemetery is not something I would like to contemplate. So, I kept looking into this Islam thing since I was born and raised in it. After all 1.5 billion people have bought into it. They can’t all be misguided, can they?
This quest led me to examine the teachings and life of Muhammad closely. And here are a few of my findings that have thrown me for a loop. Hence, I am sharing my findings with the readers in the hope that someone would supply me with explanations that would relieve me of my perplexities.
I have, in my quest, read, re-read, and read again the Qur'an—purportedly the literal word-for-word of Allah transmitted to Muhammad by the Archangel Gabriel over the course of some 20 years.
Right away I am troubled. Is Allah the same creator who has created the entire universe by a single word of his mouth—kon va yakoon—be and became, as Islam claims? Then why did it take this magnificent all-knowing lightingly-fast-Allah 20 years to get across a dime-novel-size hodgepodge of contradictory and nonsensical verses called the Qur'an, to us poor creatures?
Was it because Muhammad was illiterate and he couldn’t write them down? But that can’t be. He didn’t write down anything himself. He dictated to anyone who could write and was around at the time to do it. Therefore, in the course of some 20 years what is claimed to be the word-for-word dictates of Allah went through a number of intermediaries and materialized in several versions.
First the Archangel Gabriel whispered it to Muhammad, then Muhammad found some Arab who could write—not an easy find among the masses of the most backward illiterates of Arabia—and who happened to have a pen of some sort and a parchment to jot down what Muhammad still managed to recall.
Perhaps this does explain the several versions of the Qur'an that popped up after Muhammad’s death and the Caliph Othman’s choice of one as the genuine and burning of the others. The practice of burning books Muslims don’t like goes all the way back to their venerated second Caliph, Othman.
Now, how could a fallible politician like Othman be the judge of Allah’s genuine utterances? Was there another Archangel that helped him out, or he just simply liked that particular version best? One thing you can say about Othman. He was an astute enough politician to realize that you can’t have one Islam with several versions of the word-for-word revelation of Allah.
Here is another problem. Even the chosen version of the Qur'an, if you can make any sense of it at all, reads like two different books. The early part is known as the Mecca Qur'an. This part is much about meekness, tolerance, kindness and so forth. This was the time that Muhammad’s wife Khadijeh—a monotheist Hanif, in contrast to polytheist idolater Muhammad—introduced her young troubled husband to her Christian uncle and exposed him to the teachings of Christianity that influenced his “revelation.”
During this early phase of his ministry, Muhammad spoke respectfully about the “people of the book,”—Christians and Jews, the people from whose book he liberally plagiarized to launch his monotheistic faith with the invaluable encouragements of his wife Khadija.
It was Khadija who convinced the young man that he was indeed chosen by Allah to be his spokesperson; that the jinn and angels communicated with him were parts of Allah’s plan for him.
Muhammad, during his Mecca years, was ridiculed for his confused sayings by his own tribe of Quraish. He was called shaeron majnoon—crazed poet. At this early stage he went by his birth name of Abulqasem. It was later that he took on the new name of Muhammad—Praiseworthy-One—to go better with his ministry.
Muhammad, having been judged as a hallucinating insane poet, was tormented by the Meccans in many ways. It got so bad, that after his wife’s death he left for Medina where a significant Jewish community provided a safer place for him to gather followers, build a powerbase, reveal his Medina Qur'an of intolerance and vilification, and launch his religion in full force and by brute force.
Once in Medina, Muhammad hit on a most powerful formula for success. He justified everything, on the spot, by saying that Allah wants it this way. And Allah was nothing to trifle with. He held the key to the most magnificent paradise as well as to the dreadful hell. The duty of a good Muslim became unquestioning obedience to everything that Muhammad said and wished. Muhammad became Allah’s gatekeeper to paradise and hell.
Muhammad’s formula worked magic with the Bedouins of Arabia who thrived on robberies and killings. His religion spread like a pandemic disease in no time at all. And here we are in the 21st century, at Christmas time, praying for peace and goodwill to men, while Muhammad’s men are working overtime to make sure that men see neither peace nor goodwill.
I would like to join the chorus of peace on earth and goodwill to men. Yet, deep in my soul, I find it my solemn duty to keep on sounding the alarm about the fire of Islam even at this poignant moment of Christmas.
Peace on earth and goodwill to men is a perennial prayer. It can be only when enough men and women of goodwill, with iron, resolve arise and disempower the Islamist people of war and ill-will.
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