The Heart's Witness Against Muhammad: Brigands of Allah
was positively delightful to this war-like god called Allah. Allah wanted (and wants, the Qur'an is supposedly the eternal and uncreated word of Allah, good for all times) all his Muslims out of their homes and onto the highways and byways of the Hijaz, out to the Arabian Peninsula, on from there all around the world to wage war on every human being on earth that is not under Islam's hegemony:
"Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward." Qur'an (An-Nisa'), 4:95.
While the first few raids were hesitant and unsuccessful, this was largely as a result of the lack of adequate opportunity, or simple caution. But it is significant to note that it was the Muslims who took the offensive. After all, they were seeking the goods carried on the Meccan caravans to which they had no right.
The first such successful raid was the seventh, which took place at Nakhla and was headed by Abdullah ibn Jahsh. It occurred at the express direction of Muhammad. Although Muhammad intended the raid to occur if Abdullah thought it opportune, he probably did not expect it to occur when it did, since the raiding party got to Nakhla and found a caravan there on the "last day of [the sacred month of] Rajab," when fighting was prohibited by well-established Bedouin custom.
When the raiding party got to Nakhla, it discovered a caravan manned by the Quraysh tribe of Mecca, "carrying dry raisins and leather and other merchandise of the Quraysh." That the goods belonged to other men did not bother the Muslims one bit.
The Muslims used tricks to overcome the defenses of the Meccan caravan. One of Abdullah's men, Ukkash ibn Mihsan, shaved his head so as to give the appearance that he was a religious devotee on pilgrimage. This was particularly clever, since it was the month of Rajab where, by convention or custom, hostilities between tribes were forbidden. The caravan therefore put its guard down, thinking the raiding party to be just a bunch of pious devotees of the local idol-goddess al-'Uzza.
While the Meccans were setting up camp and preparing food, the Muslims engaged in a surprise attack. The leader of the Meccan caravan, Amr ibn Hadrami, was killed. One of the Meccans escaped, and the remaining two and all the booty were taken back to Medina.
When the Muslim brigands returned to Mecca, Muhammad was initially upset about the violation of the customary ban on fighting. "I did not order you to fight in the sacred month," he said to Abdullah. But another convenient revelation from Allah set everyone's mind at rest. Customs and conventions (like secular laws) do not really bind the Muslim if they are inconvenient to his need or want:
"They ask you concerning fighting in the Sacred Months (i.e. 1st, 7th, 11th and 12th months of the Islamic calendar). Say, "Fighting therein is a great (transgression) but a greater (transgression) with Allah is to prevent mankind from following the Way of Allah, to disbelieve in Him, to prevent access to Al-Masjid-al-Harām (at Makkah), and to drive out its inhabitants, and Al-Fitnah is worse than killing." Qur'an (Al-Baqarah) 2:217.
The reasoning goes like this: "They [the Meccans] used to seduce the Muslim in his religion until they made him return to unbelief after believing, and that is worse than killing." Ergo all Meccans can be killed, and if they can be killed, certainly the lesser can be done to them: their goods taken. This is the moral logic, the non-sequiturs of the Qur'an.
You count war in the holy month a grave matter,
But graver is, if one judges rightly,
Your opposition to Muhammad's teaching, and your
Unbelief in it, which God sees and witnesses,
Your driving God's people from His mosque
So that none can be seen worshipping Him there.
Though you defame us for killing him,
More dangerous to Islam is the sinner who envies.
Our lances drank of Ibn al-Hadrami's blood
In Nakhla when Waqid lit the flame of war,
'Uthman ibn Abdullah is with us,
A leather band streaming with blood restrains him.
Sirat Rasul Allah (Guillaume, trans.), pp. 286-89.
Not only was the booty kept, but the two prisoners were exchanged for ransom, a total of 1,600 dirhams. No blood money was paid for the man killed.
It was the Nakhla raid where Islam drew its first blood, claimed its first victim, and stole its first gold, all three crimes against the natural moral law. We could look at all seventy-four of these raids during Muhammad's remaining life at Mecca, but the task would be tedious, and it would only confirm what we already know: a true prophet, a truly excellent man, does not steal others' property, and certainly not by trick or violence.
If Muhammad's behavior cannot be criticized, then we are forced to conclude that assaulting men, killing them, and stealing their goods is justified against anyone who opposes Muhammad or disbelieves his teaching, which is to say, the entire non-Muslim world.
No natural law restrains the Muslim in this logic, only the "leather band" of convenience, a "leather band streaming with blood," restrains the Muslim from his sanguinary ethic. The Muslim terrorist simply unleashes himself from that leather band, and incurs no moral fault thereby according to their law.
This is the teaching of Muhammad and the logic of his morals, manifestly against the customs and laws of men, the natural moral law, and the law of the God most high Himself. And since, under the Islamic law of Shari'a, to criticize or insult Muhammad is punishable by death, the natural moral law--the law of conscience and of God--is squelched in this system which closes itself off from reason and from grace.
If the natural moral law, the law of reason, the law of human nature, the law of God ever makes it into the Islamic lands, then we will have cause to say with Isaiah, a real honest-to-goodness prophet: "The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen." Isaiah 9:2. Admitting reason will then allow grace to follow. It may then be that they recognize the prophet of all prophets and the offer of his grace: Jesus Christ, whose Gospel they have a divine right to hear.
Our brothers in thrall to the teachings of Muhammad need our prayers, for God wants more for them than what Muhammad gave them.
(This article is adapted from the book written by the author entitled, The Heart's Witness Against Muhammad: Why the Natural Law Proves Muhammad False.)
Andrew M. Greenwell is an attorney licensed to practice law in Texas, practicing in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is married with three children. He maintains a blog entirely devoted to the natural law called Lex Christianorum. You can contact Andrew at email@example.com.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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