By Louis Palme
The following comments are a rebuttal to the documentary aired nation-wide on PBS, which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RMQhmOcWAs. It was obvious to anyone who watched that show that the narrative was slanted to present Islam and its prophet as the champions of peace and brotherhood among all mankind. The few times that opposing views were introduced into the TV series, the narrator dismissed them as controversial or misunderstandings of Islam. Non-Muslims need to become aware of the extent to which Islamists distort their own history and sacred documents to make Islam appear to be something that stands in stark contrast to the violence and intolerance displayed by devout followers of Islam and Muhammad in the media every day….
…Episode 3 – Holy Peace – A better title for this episode would have been, “Holy Crap!” There is such a big discrepancy between the present-day reality of Islamic terrorism and intolerance and the image the documentary wanted to portray of a moral and peaceful Muhammad that it took a major search by Central Casting to find two Muslims who could face the camera and tell lies that everyone, including Muslims, knows are untrue. The principal takiyya artists were the documentary’s narrator, Rageh Omar, and the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brothernood, Tarek Ramadan. Here are the principal lies told in the documentary about Muhammad, along with the actual statements from Ibn Ishaq’s authoritative biography of Muhammad and Sharia Law:
- Muhammad developed a moral code, called Sharia Law, that was based on social justice for all including brotherhood, justice, equality, and freedom.
Reliance of the Traveler, the classic manual of Sharia Law, states that women and non-Muslims do not have the same inheritance rights as men or Muslims (See L1.0, L5.2, L6.7)
Muslim women may not marry non-Muslim men (m6.7(5)), or men of a different social class (m4.2(3)), and a non-Arab man may not marry an Arab woman regardless of religion (m4.2(1))
Killing an apostate form Islam is without consequences (o2.0(3))
A father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) are not held accountable for killing their offspring or their offspring’s offspring (o2.0(4))
- Only elected leaders can implement Sharia Law, so any imposition of Sharia Law by imams or individual Muslims is invalid.
Reliance of the Traveler states that Muslims are obligated to discipline others. If censuring with harsh words, breaking things, or intimidation do not work, Muslims are obligated “to directly hit or kick the person, or use similar measures that do not involve weapons.” (Section q5.8)
- Muhammad didn’t marry Aisha until she was 16 or 18
Narrated Aisha: The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Bani-al-Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girlfriends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became alright, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, “Best wishes and Allah’s Blessing and a good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age. (Sahih Bukhari 5:58:234)
- Muhammad had many wives in order to form tribal alliances.
Of the 20 wives and concubines that Muhammad had, only three could be considered “strategic” — Aisha, Umm Habiba and Maymuna. The rest were for other reasons – Khadija (economic ?), Sauda (widow of an early convert), Hafsa (war widow), Rayhana (war widow), Juwayriyya (Jewess war booty), Zaynab (wife of Muhammad’s adopted son), Safiyya (Jewess war booty), Asma (trophy wife from siege of Mecca, marriage not consummated); Fatima (marriage not consummated); Mariya (Coptic slave who bore Mohammed a son), Omm Shaik (gave herself to Muhammad for sex), Maymuna (gave herself to Muhammad for sex), Zaynam (gave herself to Muhammad for sex), Amra (marriage not consummated)
- Islam has been falsely accused of requiring stoning for adultery. The Quran only stipulates 100 lashes. (Surah 14:2)
Reliance of the Traveler calls for the stoning of adulterers in section o12.2. This is supported by many reliable hadith, including the following:
A woman belonging to the tribe of Juhaynah was brought to the Prophet and said that she had committed fornication and that she was pregnant. The Apostle of Allah called her guardian. Then the Apostle of Allah said to him: Be good to her, and when she bears a child, bring her(to me). When she gave birth to the child, he brought her (to him).The Prophet gave orders regarding her, and her clothes were tied to her. He then commanded regarding her and she was stoned to death! (hadith of Abu-Dawud, Book 38, Number 4356)
- The Treaty of Al-Hudaybiya was a gesture of Muhammad’s peaceful intent with the Quraysh of Mecca.
Ibn. Ishaq’s biography makes it clear that this was 10 year treaty to “lay aside war” and to return people who joined Muslims without the permission of their guardians. But Muhammad received a revelation (Surah 60:10) that allowed the Muslims to violate the treaty. (Ishaq, para. 748) The next year Muhammad invaded Mecca with 12,000 armed men who were instructed to fight only those who resisted. Several Meccans were murdered because they had apostatized or insulted Muhammad when he was in Mecca. (Ishaq, para 819) All of the idols and images in the Ka’ba were collected and burned or broken up. (Ishaq, page 552) Hudaybiya became the precedent for making short term treaties when Muslims are weak so that they have the ability to re-arm or make alliances to become more powerful. Reliance of the Traveler states, “If Muslims are weak, a truce may be made for ten years if necessary.” (para o9.16) Palestinian Yasser Arafat was notorious for making truces with Israel when he was overpowered, only to break them as soon as he felt he was stronger. (See http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2002/10/back-in-the-news-the-treaty-of-hudaybiya )
- Within 100 years after Muhammad’s death, his message spread across the world. He succeeded through peace and not through war.
The advance of Islam had nothing to do with the “message” of Islam, but rather the “sword’ of Islam. There was no Quran until much later. This is eloquently stated by Sayyid Qutub in his commentary on the commands to fight the non-believers in Surah 9, the Quran’s final major Surah:
Thus the final outcome [of Mohammed’s mission] is the termination of all treaties with unbelievers in the Arabian Peninsula, and an end to very concept of having a treaty with idolaters. . . Stage after stage and event after event, it was practically demonstrated that it was impossible to achieve coexistence between two diametrically opposed ways of life with such deep-rooted and fundamental differences that affect every detail of concepts, beliefs, moral values, social behavior, as well as social, economic and political structures. . . [After the expiration of the four month grace period in Surah 9:5], All people in Arabia would then be in a state of war with the Muslims unless they believed in Allah and his Messenger. The whole Arab population of Arabia became Muslims and none continued with their old religion. (In the Shade of the Quran, Vol. VIII, page 37-40)
- Muhammad left Arabia a better place than he found it.
Yes, because of all the booty that was taken from neighboring countries by his Islamic bandits. Muhammad got 20 percent of the spoils of war, so he threatened the neighboring countries and rulers with war if they did not “submit” to him. He also extracted a dhimmi tax from Christians and Jews which added to the Islamic coffers. Inside the Arabian Peninsula, all other religions were outlawed and banished. Muhammad was a thief, a murderer, and a child rapist. Unfortunately the PBS documentary left viewers with the impression that he was a model of humanity, kindness, and love for all mankind. If he were walking the streets of any civilized nation today, he would be arrested.