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According to Muslim belief, Muhammad did not create a new religion. He was rather the restorer of the original, uncorrupted monotheistic faith of Adam, Abraham, Solomon, Jesus and others. They see him as the last and the greatest in a series of prophets. Islam thus lays claim to the legitimacy of both Christianity and Judaism.
Muhammad’s early life is shrouded in obscurity. Nearly all of his life story is derived from the narrative in the Quran. The first non-Muslim sources attesting to his existence appear about 634, two years following his death. He was born in Mecca, Arabia, about 569 or 570 CE, into the clan of the Banu Hashim of the Quraysh tribe, one of the more prosperous families of Mecca but the family seems to have not been prosperous during Muhammad's early lifetime. His father died before he was born apparently and he was brought up by his uncle. He worked as a merchant, and was married by age 26.
Muhammad's first wife, Khadijah, bore six children: two sons, Al Qasem and Abdullah (who is also called Abdullah Al Tayeb or Abdullah Al Taher), and four daughters: Zainab, Ruqayyah, Umm Kulthum, and Fatima. All of Khadija's children were born before Muhammad reported receiving his first revelation. Both of Muhammad's sons died in childhood, with Qasim dying at the age of two.
Mecca was the center for worship of the Kaaba stone, an idolatrous cult. According to Muslim tradition Muhammad got his first revelation from God at age 40. Muhammad often went on retreat in Mount Hira near Mecca. Islamic tradition claims that the angel Gabriel began communicating with him here in 610 CE. The angel commanded Muhammad to recite verses that were later part of the Quran.
At first he preached only to his wife and family, but at age 43, Muhammad started preaching the revelations publicly. He proclaimed that there is one God, and that "Islam" - surrender to God-- is the only true religion. He declared himself a prophet and messenger of God, similar to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus, and other prophets. Monotheism was not popular with the merchants of Mecca, since they would lose the rich trade brought by the cult of the Kaaba stone if the new faith took hold. Muhammad gained few followers early on, and was, not surprisingly, greeted largely with hostility. He and his followers were treated harshly.
As the ranks of his followers grew, Muhammad, became a threat to the local tribes and the rulers of the city, whose wealth rested upon the Kaaba, the focal point of Meccan religious life. Muhammad’s denunciation of the Kaaba religion was especially offensive to his own tribe, the Quraysh, as they were the guardians of the Ka'aba. Tradition records at great length the persecution and ill-treatment of Muhammad and his followers. Sumayya bint Khubbat, a slave of Abū Jahl and a prominent Meccan leader, is famous as the first martyr of Islam, She was killed by her master when she refused to give up her faith. Bilal, another Muslim slave, suffered torture at the hands of Umayya ibn khalaf by placing a heavy rock on his chest to force his conversion.
Muhammad himself was under the protection of Abu Talib, the head of the clan of Banu Hashim. Therefore, nobody had attacked him directly. However, the leaders of Makhzum and Abd Shams, two important clans of Quraysh, declared a public boycott against the clan of Banu Hashim, their commercial rival, in order to put pressure on the clan. The boycott lasted for three years. In 615, some of Muhammad's followers emigrated to the Ethiopian Kingdom, Aksum. They founded a small colony there under the protection of the Christian Ethiopian king. It is not clear if this Hijra was due to persecution, or reflected a split in Islam or a desire to found new colonies.
In 619, both Muhammad's wife Khadijah and his uncle Abu Talib died. Relations between Muhammad's followers and Muhammad's own Quraysh tribe, worsened. Muhammad then tried to establish himself in Ta'if, but this failed and Muhammad had to return to Mecca.
About 620 CE, Muhammad related that he had experienced the Isra and Miraj, a miraculous journey said to have been accomplished in one night along with the angel Gabriel. In the first part of the journey, the Isra, he is said to have travelled from Mecca to "the farthest place of worship" (or most extreme mosque) (in Arabic: masjid al-aqsa), usually identified with the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. In the second part, the Miraj, Muhammad supposedlytoured heaven and hell, and spoken with earlier prophets, such as Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. Though earlier Muslim historians considered these to be metaphorical or spiritual journeys, later authorities insisted that they were actual occurrences.
Prior to the hijra, Muslims in Mecca constituted a small group of followers of the Prophet Muhammad. They practiced Islam privately out of fear of persecution, which many of the early followers endured. With the hijra, the situation of this small group of believers changed, as well as the course of the Muslim community as a whole.
In 622, the Prophet Muhammad began sending his small group of followers to the oasis town of Yathrib, now known as Medina. The Prophet had been looking for a place to take his followers after persecution of the Muslims intensified. Initially, the Muslims who did not have the protection of a clan or tribe were the main targets of the persecution. After the death of Abu Talib, the Prophet’s uncle and protector, in 619, the Prophet’s clan withdrew their protection of him. Around that time, warring factions in Yathrib heard of the Prophet Muhammad and asked him to go to the oasis town with his followers and act as an arbitrator. There he established an agreement with the Muslims, Jews, Christians, and other groups living in Medina called the Consttiution of Medina or the Charter of Medina, which became the foundation for the new Islamic state.
In Medina, there was a transition from individuals practicing privately to a Islamic nation-state. During the period in Medina, the concept of the ummah, Muslim community, came to fruition. The ummah changed the nature of the relationship between Muslims. Rather than focusing on kinship as the tie between people, this new community emphasized common belief in Islam as the foundation for the bond.
In Medina, the focus was not only on the development of personal belief, but on the development of Islam as a complete way of life. This is emphasized by the differences between verses of the Qur’an revealed in Mecca and those revealed in Medina. The verses revealed in Mecca are often shorter, employ more vivid imagery, and focus on themes like the oneness of God, the Day of Judgment, accountability, and the overall purpose of life, while verses revealed in Medina are longer and establish many laws having to do with community life. Also, several important institutions were established in Medina. For example, the first mosque was built in Medina.
It is in Medina that Muslims establish themselves as a community and are then able to expand Islam across the Arabian Peninsula. Thus, the Islamic New Year marks that fateful migration and the establishment of a community that would give rise to a civilization.
The Qur'an briefly refers to the incident in Surah 33:26 and Muslim jurists have looked upon Surah 8:55-58 as a justification of the treatment of the Banu Qurayza, arguing that the Qurayza broke their pact with Muhammad, and thus Muhammad was justified in repudiating his side of the pact and killing the Qurayza en masse.
Aiming at placing the events in their historical context, Watt points to the "harsh political circumstances of that era" and argues that the treatment of Qurayza was regular Arab practice. Similar statements are made by Stillman, Paret, Lewis and Rodinson. On the other hand, Michael Lecker and Irving Zeitlin consider the events "unprecedented in the Arab peninsula - a novelty" and state that "prior to Islam, the annihilation of an adversary was never an aim of war." Similar statements are made by Hirschberg and Baron.
Some of the Jewish tribes of Arabia historically attested include:
Banu Aws fled Syria under Ghassanid rule, then fled Yathrib (presently known as Medina), and after explusion by Muhammed, back to Syria
Jafna Clan of the Banu Thal'aba who were exiled members of the Banu Ghassan - while both tribes were not Jewish, they did have Jewish members; whereas the Jafna Clan was solely Jewish
Banu Zurayq In Islamic lore, Labid ben Asam was a Jewish Jinn (Genie) who cast a spell on Prophet Mohammed that prevented Prophet Mohammed from having sexual relations with his wives—thus no male offspring. Prophet Muhammad actually did have male offspring, although none of them survived more than a few years of age.
Banu Quda'a — Himyarite tribe of converts to Sadducee Judaism
Banu Qurayza — sub-clan of the al-Kāhinān, located in Yathrib(Medina), "principal family" fled Syria under Ghassanid rule, then fled Medina, after explusion by Prophet Muhammed, back to Syria
Banu Nadir — sub-clan of the al-Kāhinān, located in Yathrib(Medina)
The Siege of the Banu Qaynuqa~
Date: April, 623 A.D
Victims: The Jewish Tribe of Banu Qaynuqa
In order to get full control of Madina, Muhammad needed to get rid of all his opponents. The strongest of these opponents was Abdallah Ibn Ubayy, a powerful chief who was allied with the Jewish Tribe of Banu Qaynuqa. This tribe was also the weakest, because they were made up of craftsmen, in particular goldsmiths. By attacking them, Muhammad knew he could plunder a huge amount of wealth and weaken Ibn Ubayy.
Muhammad needed an excuse to attack them so he made a girl married to one of his followers, pretend that she had been teased by the Jews. The Muslims blockaded the fort of the Banu Qaynuqa for fifteen days until the starving Jews surrendered. Immediately, Muhammad was ready to kill them all, but Ibn Ubayy seized hold of Muhammad and protested.
Muhammad's face became black with rage as he shouted "Let go of me", but Ibn Ubayy was adamant and shouted back "No, by Allah, I will not let you go until you deal kindly with my allies. 400 men without armour and 300 with, who have always supported me against enemies. And you want to slay them all in one morning! By Allah, If I were in your place I would fear a reversal of fortune"
At this threat, the cowardly Muhammad turned pale, as he realised that all the people of Madina were against him. He hit Ibn Ubayy on the face and ordered that the Jews be kicked out of their own homes. All their property was seized and looted, many of the prettiest women were taken as prisoners to become sex-slaves. Muhammad, as usual, kept one-fifths of the enormous booty for himself. This is the way he repaid the kindness of the Jews of Medina, who had given him shelter and a refuge, when Muhammad had run away from Mecca in fear.
The revelations in the Eighth Sura of the Quran were clearly in reference to the Banu Qaynuqa and anyone who opposed the Muslims.
Al Anfal 8:55-57 "Lo, the worst of beasts in Allah's sight are the ungrateful who will not believe."
"Those of them with whom you made a treaty and then at every opportunity they break their treaty and they keep not duty to Allah, If you come on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, so that they may remember."
Here Muhammad's acts of planned terrorism against the Jewish Tribe is justified by Allah, because according to the "Merciful" Allah, Non-Muslims are the worst of BEASTS! So it is perfectly all right to murder, rape, torture and pillage the non-believers!
Not only that but Allah is advising Muhammad and the Muslims that when anyone protests against the injustices committed by Muslims, the Muslims should make sure and deal with them with such violence, that it will strike fear among anyone who may think of supporting dissent. This proves that Muhammad's Quran is nothing but a political manual for controlling people with terror. Not even the fascist armies of Hitler engineered such devilish ideas.
Text lesson on farting while praying:
My uncle asked Allah's Apostle about a person who imagined to have passed wind during the prayer. Allah' Apostle replied: "He should not leave his prayers unless he hears sound or smells something." Bukhari V1 B4 N139
Miss prayers and Satan will pee in your ears:
It was mentioned before the Prophet that there was a man who slept the night till morning (after sunrise). The Prophet said, "He is a man in whose ears (or ear) Satan had urinated." Bukhari V4 B54 N492
Murder of a Jewish poet
Date: Late March 625 A.D.
Place: Fortress of Banu-N-Nadir, outside Medinah
Victims: Kaab Ibn Al' Ashraf
Among the Jewish tribe of Banu-N-Nadir, was an eminent poet by the name of Kaab Ibn Al' Ashraf. He was an extremely famous and cultured poet who was considered a genius of verse.He had composed a lament about the Quray#es who had been so unjustly massacred in the battle of Badr. One day the Prophet proclaimed in his usual sweet manner " Who will rid me of the dog Kaab Ibn Al Ashraf?". A certain Muhammad Bin Maslama replied that he would do it, adding "We shall have to tell lies to do it". Inevitably the Prophet immediately gave the divine authority to lie as necessary. Muhammad Maslama bribed the foster brother of Kaab, a man called Silkan, who was a Muslim. The following night Kaab was visited by his loving foster brother and spent a pleasant evening reciting poetry. Needless to say, after dark, Kaab was dragged out of his bed screaming, and stabbed repeatedly by Muhammad Maslama, Silkan and two other devout Muslims, in full view of his young wife to be. Indeed what a great example of kindness and tolerance, was the Prophet of Islam!
Originally posted by CodyOutlaw
reply to post by lonewolf19792000
It is highly debatable that Yehoshua fulfills the prophecies for the Immanu'el.
Historically speaking, it is much more likely that he represents another god entirely.
Originally posted by CodyOutlaw
reply to post by JesuitGarlic
And if I may, I will refer you to my previous post on how none of these were fulfilled:
Post is here