The Blood of the Prophet

The Blood of the Prophet

The sword and coercion in the Sunnah and Sira, the way and the life of the Prophet of Allah

How the use of intimidation by the Prophet and His command of death to all who divert from Islam, makes freedom of conscience rare among Muslims. This creates an atmosphere of moral callousness where such things as deliberate attacks on civilian targets can become acceptable and even commonplace. Courage is generally understood as having the conviction to take action when that action puts you at odds with your circumstance. The greater the danger, the greater the measure of your courage. For example we don’t think the boy or girl brave, who joins the rest of their class in bullying the new kid. We don’t think the man brave who with 10 members of his gang, kicks the one or two opponents when they’re on the ground. We also don’t think the Germans or Dutch brave who refused to speak out or aid the Jews in World War 2.

On the other hand we marvel at the courage of the Bonhoeffers and Ten Booms who risked their lives rescuing Jews, defying the Nazi bullies who were all over the streets and in power politically. Chief Joseph and his Nez Perce, taking on an implacable US government, or the Seminoles in the swamps of Florida doing the same, these we recognize as acts of courage. The early Christian reformers who dared to speak their conscience even though they knew they would burn, yet refused to recant and lie against their conscience, that’s courage. We all recognize it. Perhaps in Western culture we find those who stand up over questions of conscience or truth as the most valuable expressions of courage.

And that is just the kind of courage that is often hard to grow in the Muslim World. They will tie bombs to their own bodies and blow themselves up in crowds of women and children. They will shoot or attack anyone who their Mullahs point them at. They will plant bombs in the road and then go hide far away and hope a U.S. convoy hits it and not a carload of Muslim mothers with their children. And they will beat their wives as the Quran commands, if they feel they are insubordinate. Yet they will not follow their conscience and stand up against the constant flow of Islamic mind control. Why not? The answer lies not only in the Quran, but more so in the Sunna and Sira, the life and example of Muhammad.

A lot of chatter goes on over whether or not the Muslim Religion allows for freedom of conscience, or whether it is coercive. Islamic apologists gain some ground by quoting verses in the Quran ie in Sura 109:6;

“to you be your religion and to me my religion.”

Or, 2:256;

There is no compulsion in religion.”

However, what the Muslim apologists fail to inform their readers of, is that the Quran is interpreted by what is called the principle of abrogation. (al-naskh wa al-mansukh) Which means “the abrogating and the abrogated”. Later verses (Medinan) overrule the earlier verses (Meccan), if there is conflict. The Meccan verses were written when Muhammad was very weak and vulnerable, and are much more pacific in nature than the Medinan, written after he became a powerful religious and military figure. Unfortunately, when Caliph Uthman compiled all the verses, they were not put in order of sequence of events or theme, only collated from longest to shortest. Compare however, two Medinan verses with the earlier Meccan ones I quoted;

9:5 “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” or, 8:39; “And fight them all until there is no more Fitnah (unbelief), and the religion will be all for Allah.”

There are more like these but I will go on into the Hadiths and Sirah, where the Muslim can read of eye-witness accounts of their Prophet, whom they consider the ideal man. The following Hadiths are those accepted by all of Islam, those of Ab-Bu-Khari.

Vol. 8, Book 82,#795, Anas; “The Prophet cut off the hands and the feet of the men of the tribe of Uraina, and did not cauterise them, till they died.”

Or Sira, p463-4: “Then they {the tribe of Quraiza}(a Jewish tribe) surrendered, and the apostle confined them in Medina in the quarter of d. al-Harith, a woman of Bani al-Najjar. 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. Among them was the enemy of Allah Huyayy bin Akhtab and Kab bin Asad their chief. There were 600 or 700 in all, though some put the figure as high as 800 or 900.”

And as to prisoners of war;

8:67.” It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war (and free them with ransom) until he had made a great slaughter (among his enemies) in the land. You desire the good of this world (i.e. the money of ransom for freeing the captives), but Allah desires (for you) the Hereafter. And Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.”

As for coercion,

Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57; Narrated Ikrima:

Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to Ali {the fourth Caliph} and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn ‘Abbas who said…” I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, then kill him.”

There are many more of these, see also ” The Example of Mohammad” in this blog for at least one more.

In reality, Islam is rarely about being allowed to discover faith in Allah and his Prophet for yourself, it’s about submitting your will to those who have the power of circumstance over you, be it a sword, numbers, or a large Muslim family or community. They may not kill you if you refuse to tell them you believe in Allah and his Prophet, but they would be backed by their religious authority if they did. Even when non-muslims sojourn in Muslim nations, they are often killed for not submitting to Allah. A 22-year-old Hindu was recently beaten to death in Pakistan by his co-workers for allegeded blasphemy against the Prophet. When the police arrived the killers were not charged with murder, but with failing to inform the authorities of the blasphemy of a non-believer. No murder charges would be filed.

The Muslim people have been ingrained by centuries of learning how not to say what they might be thinking. All people’s suffer from this mark of human nature, that’s why we are always surprised when some man or woman finds the inner courage to speak their conscience, over and against the flow of circumstance. But the dulling of the Islamic conscience over centuries may be a compelling reason to be honest about how we perceive the religion of Islam. And make sure that in our desire for easy peace we don’t allow the fear of circumstance to color our view of reality.

,Isa 5:20 ; Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter”


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