Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 1: Chapter 10



 

MUHAMMAD WANTED RESPECT

There were at least 4 things Muhammad wanted: Respect, power, riches and money for more power (bribes to keep undecided followers and to attract new followers), and women. Here we mention a few verses which shows he clearly wanted also respect (but the same wish is implicit in people's wish for power, so that many of the verses showing he wanted power, also implicate a wish for respect.

There are different things which make people respect you, f.x. money, power, knowledge and intelligence.

As for money, Muslims and Islam like to tell that Muhammad was a poor man wanting nothing for himself. This way they want to make him respected from the opposite of money: A serious person not needing or wanting riches, and they use as "proof" a list of the next to nothing his wives and daughter inherited when he died.

Nothing of this is correct - and at least Muslim scholars know this ever so well.

Muhammad took 20% of all loot, extortion, and captives/slaves - 100% if the victims gave in without a fight. And they took much. He used it for different purposes - the better part for bribes to attract and keep followers and to arrange raids and war expeditions. Nearly all his "armed incidences" - something like 82 - were aggression from Muhammad (cfr. "the Religion of Peace"), and nearly all of these were for stealing/looting, raping, slave taking/extortion, etc., for the main purpose to steal and rob and take prisoners for extortion or slaves - later also for religious compulsion (in spite of the verse 2/256). Muhammad made huge money, but spent much/most of it for the mentioned purposes.

Muhammad all the same was no poor man when he died. He had estates in Fadaq, Medina, and Khaybar, and his wives each had her own small house. He did not live in opulence like some eastern potentates, but he far from died poor.

But Muhammad had decided that the religious establishment should inherit his riches, and when he died it was taken over by the next caliph, Abu Bakr. Muhammad's only surviving daughter quarreled with Abu Bakr about the inheritance for the rest of the half year she lived afterwards. The list over the claimed next-to-nothing his daughter and wives inherited, only was what was left after Abu Bakr had taken over nearly everything.

There does not exist one single Muslim scholar who does not know these facts. All the same they talk about the saintly Muhammad and his life in austerity. A clear and typical Islamic al-Taqiyya and/or Kitman ("lawful lie" and "lawful half-truth" respectively).

As bad because it is as easy to see from the Quran: Muhammad's goal was not personal riches. What he wanted was respect and power - and women. Also this any not blind Muslim scholar knows - it is not possible to read the Quran with an open mind without seeing this. But no Muslim, included the scholars ever mention this. Honesty is not always the main thing in Islam.

Chapters 8 through 10 are about different aspects of this.

It is easy to see from the Quran that one of the things Muhammad wanted, was respect. Some samples about his wish for respect follow below - especially sentences which indicate directly or indirectly that Muhammad is to be respected - and obeyed - because he is the representative of Allah, you will find many of.

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###001 2/104b: "Say not (to the Messenger (Muhammad*)) words of ambiguous import, but words of respect - - -". Muhammad wanted respect. Power and respect (and women).

002 2/285k: "We (Muslims*) hear and we obey: - - -". It is worth remembering that the one they heard was Muhammad, and the one they had to obey was Muhammad. Very nice for Muhammad - a man liking power and respect.

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003 4/64a: "We sent not a Messenger (included Muhammad*) but to be obeyed - - -". Obey Muhammad! - no comment. Well, one: Jesus - and many other Biblical prophets - said "follow me", not "obey me". There is a fundamental difference here. But "obey me" gives more power.

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004 9/120a: “It was not fitting for the people of Medina and the Bedouin Arabs of the neighborhood, to refuse to follow Allah’s Messenger (to wage war - it refers to the expedition to Tabuk*) - - - “. But it is fitting for Islam to steal and rob and kill end enslave and suppress.

And it was “fitting” to make Muhammad a powerful warlord.

Have you ever heard words like "self-centered" or "selfishness"?

What then about “let there be no compulsion in religion”? - or about religious wars? - not to mention what about honesty and "do unto others like you want others do unto you"? - the basic law behind all real inter-human morality. Not to mention: Can Jesus and Muhammad be in the same line of prophets - (they in case have to preach approximately the same truths, the same basic ideas and the same moral code). No answer necessary - and the same goes for "is Yahweh the same god as Allah"?

005 24/62-63: There is no doubt Muhammad liked respect.

006 24/63b: (YA3048): “Deem not the summons of the Messenger (Muhammad*) among yourself like the summons of one of you to another: Allah doth know those of you who slip away under shelter of some excuse - - -.” But the old consonant alphabet also gives 2 more possible variants: “Do not think that the prayer of the Prophet of Allah is like your ordinary requests to another: the Prophet’s prayers will be about serious matters and will be accepted by Allah.” (What then about Allah's predestined Plan, which nobody and nothing can make him change?) And: “Do not address the Prophet familiarly as thou would address one another: use proper terms of respect for him.” These meanings vary wildly – but all are correct according to the unfinished Arab alphabet of ca. 650 AD. Clear and distinct language in the Quran?

007 24/51a: "The answer of the Believers, when summoned to Allah and His Messenger (= always to Muhammad in praxis*) - - - is no other than this: they say, 'We hear and we obey'". Muhammad demanded absolute power over his followers. (Strongly contradicting his claims saying he demanded nothing from them.)

This verse tells very much about Islam, and especially so as the Quran itself by means of all its mistakes, contradictions, invalid logic, etc. proves it is not from a god. Is the Quran just a powerful tool for a ruthless dictator? - or perhaps for dark forces? Also see 24/51b just below.

008 24/63a: "“Deem not the summons of the Messenger (Muhammad*) among yourself like the summons of one of you to another - - -". Muhammad not only wanted power and obedience, but also respect.

009 24/63b: (YA3048): “Deem not the summons of the Messenger (Muhammad*) among yourself like the summons of one of you to another: Allah doth know those of you who slip away under shelter of some excuse - - -.” But the old consonant alphabet also gives 2 more possible variants: “Do not think that the prayer of the Prophet of Allah is like your ordinary requests to another: the Prophet’s prayers will be about serious matters and will be accepted by Allah.” And: “Do not address the Prophet familiarly as thou would address one another: use proper terms of respect for him.” These meanings vary wildly – but all are correct according to the unfinished Arab alphabet of ca. 650 AD. Clear and distinct language in the Quran?

010 33/33f: "- - - obey (o consorts of Muhammad*) Allah and His Messenger - - -". A stronger version of Muhammad's standard, but never proved mantra to glue himself to his platform of power, Allah.

####Note how close Muhammad attaches himself to the power of his claimed god - in plain words: "Obey me - Muhammad". You find this many, many places in the Quran. Power was the main thing Muhammad sought - and riches to gain more power. The Quran clearly indicates that power - and respect - meant even more for him than women. And he was eager for (young) women - willing ones and not willing ones - and at least one child.

In this case also a very nice order for Muhammad!

###011 48/17c: “- - - but he (the Muslim*) that obeys Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad, and goes to war when called*) - (Allah) will admit him to Gardens beneath which rivers flow - - -”. The great War God (Allah) and his representative and High Commander on Earth (Muhammad) will admit any dead warrior (aka robber, murderer, rapist, etc., “lawful and good” according to the Quran) to their warriors’ paradise with riches and women. Also see 48/16a and 48/16b above + 10/9f above. Respect him and respect Muhammad.

012 49/1b: "Put not yourselves (ordinary Muslims*) forward before Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad*) - - -". You some places in the Quran notice that Muhammad demands a special position. He liked and wanted power and respect - easy to see from different quranic texts.

013 49/1-5: How to behave towards "Allah and His Messenger Muhammad" - here on Earth in practice towards Muhammad. In addition to power, Muhammad liked respect. For a busy leader it also might be practical to restrict admission some.

014 49/2b: "Raise not your (ordinary Muslims*) voices above of the prophet, nor speak aloud to him in talk - - -". See 49/1b-c above.

015 49/3a: "Those (ordinary Muslims*) that lower their voices in the presence of Allah's Messenger (Muhammad*) - - -". Muhammad liked respect - this shows some places (like here) in the Quran.

####Note how close Muhammad attaches himself to the power of his claimed god - in plain words: "Obey me - Muhammad". You find this many, many places in the Quran. Power was the main thing Muhammad sought - and riches to gain more power. The Quran clearly indicates that power - and respect - meant even more for him than women. And he was eager for (young) women - willing ones and not willing ones - and at least one child.

016 49/3b: "Those (ordinary Muslims*) that lower their voices before Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad*) - - - for them is Forgiveness and a great Reward". No comment necessary. Except see 49/1b-c above.

##017 58/9b: "- - - disobedience to the Messenger (Muhammad*)- - -". This is one of the places in the Quran where Muhammad makes a slip and indirectly admits that - at least sometimes - it is Muhammad and not necessarily Allah you shall obey.

###018 63/1e: “- - - thou (Muhammad*) art indeed His (Allah’s*) Messenger - - -.” Well, the Quran says so – but very much of what is said in the Quran obviously is wrong. And can a man claiming to be bringing rather ok and moral messages for 13 years, and then highly immoral and inhuman messages for 10 years (Islam changed much in and after 622 AD and the flight to Medina) to man – and using the messages as his platform of power – really be the messenger of a timeless and benevolent god? Does an eternal and omniscient god change his mind and his religion that much in some months? If not, Muhammad was no real messenger.

019 63/8c: "But the honor belongs to Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad*) - - -". If the Quran is true - yes. If the Quran is made up - and with all those mistakes, etc., it is from no god - what honor is there in leading people astray? - especially if there somewhere should happen to exist a real god and a real paradise they are forced away from? A possible devil in case will honor you, but who in his right mind else?

##020 63/8d: "But the honor belongs to Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad*) - - -". Please read 1/1a above and see if you are able to agree? As for Muhammad: Read the Islamic history about him - skip the glorifying an read the reality - and see what honor you think such a person deserves.

Sub-total Chapter 10 = 20 + 542 = 562.


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This work was upload with assistance of M. A. Khan, editor of islam-watch.org and the author of "Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism, and Slavery".