reply to post by FlyersFan
If you had read and cross reference prophet Muhammad's life, unlike some here who claimed to have read the Koran but yet fail to COMPREHEND the
teachings, you would have realized the context and the situations that prophet Muhammad had faced all his life.
It is no easy task to convert barbaric nomadic people such as pre-Islam tribes Arabia was. It is not even easy to talk about Islam here with so many
anti muslim bigots here alone!!!
He even doubted himself when he was given the first revelation, but thanks to his wife, friends and uncle who supported him, he started preaching
civilisation to the barbaric pagans. He was spat at, ridicule and even humiliated, but he never fought back. Even his daughters were divorced and sent
back to him by the pagans, but he never fought back, until he was forcefully ejected out of Medina and some of his followers slaughtered.
He fled to the desert lands and life was very much unsustainable for the tribes there who accepted him as an educated 'arbitor', who rose in respect
by all to command and lead them. Robbing caravens was a way of life back then, the way present day bankers rob depositors. It was no crime.
Very much was told of his conquest upon Medina with thousands of troops, but the truth was that in the end, Medina opened its gates to the prophet,
and no blood was side by both sides. He had an army, but he disarmed them all, and walk in unarmed into Medina to conduct the annual pilgrimage there,
which impressed the frightened Medinates with such peaceful overtures, that they welcome him and converted to Islam.
As the leader of the most richest and most populous area in Arabia, he consolidated the tribes unity under Islam, and as any leader, more so one
trying to convert barbaric pagans into peaceful civilisations, those who sought to undermine the teachings during this crucial stage had to be dealt
with, and many were, just as any king would have done back then during ancient days.
Thus, understand the Koran under the context and situations of that time, and it will lent a greater perspective to understanding Islam.
ATS is to deny ignorances, and never meant to perpetrate falsehoods or anti-muslim rants here. The more we honestly share and discuss, the more we
will learn openly amongst us all, and dispel the divisions that others want us all be caught up in - to hate and kill one another.