MUHAMMAD, THE PERSON
31 March 2013
Very short about Muhammad: The Quran makes it very clear that he accepted the use of dishonesty - and used it himself. It also is very clear he liked respect and power - and women - and used his god plus huge income from stealing/robbing as his platform of power. He also was a womanizer - one knows the name of 36 women (11 long time wives, 16 short time wives (never mentioned by Muslims), 2 concubines, and 7 one does not know if he was formally married to or not). He also personally was a rapist (at least Rayhana bint Amr and Safiyya bint Huayay) - and a child molester (Aisha - 6 years when they married, 9 years when sex started according to f.x. Ibn Ishaq (reckoned by science to be the most reliable of his biographers of the old) and f.x. al-Bukhari (reckoned to be one of the two most reliable of the writers of Hadiths). Islam and Muslims use very nice words about him, but whenever there is a discrepancy between nice words and acts, demands, and deeds, we normally believe in the acts, demands, and deeds.
###01 33/21a: “Ye (Muslims*) have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the final Day - - -“. Wrong. Thieving/robbing, womanizing, raping, lying, betraying, extorting, suppressing, murdering, hate mongering, war mongering, mass murder, raids for stealing/robbing and killing, and wars of aggression – that is no “beautiful pattern” according to any normal human moral or ethical philosophy, but are found in some war religions, included Islam. It tells volumes about Islam that this man is their greatest hero and shining idol. The glorifying claims about him are strongly contradicted by the realities in his teachings and his life, based on Islamic historical sources.
But it is worth remembering that Islam uses the same glorious words about Muhammad and all his deeds and "undeeds" today, like the ones Muhammad here used about himself. It tells something about Islam and about some Muslims - especially about the leaders and the scholars who really know the Quran and Muhammad.
02 49/1c: "Put not yourselves (ordinary Muslims*) forward before Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad*) - - -". But (YA 4919) give 4 possible meanings from the original Arab text and it’s clear and unmistakeable and easy to understand language in the Quran. Alternative number 4 is very interesting: "Look to the Quran and the Sunna (Hadiths*) of the Prophet (Muhammad*) - - - for guidance and let nothing else take precedence over them". This means that you shall live according to Muhammad's pre-medieval ways and thoughts and traditions and knowledge then, now and forever. Nothing man or science is able to find out takes precedence over this - the Quran and Hadiths are the final words, no matter how inhuman or wrong. No changes of moral, ethics, laws, etc. are possible (this is why Islam has no moral or ethical philosophy, only "what did Muhammad’s say or do in similar cases"?). Etc. A stagnant society.
This content was posted with assistance from M. A. Khan, the editor of islam-watch.org and the author of "Islam Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery" (available online)