Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.

11/13/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Is Muhammad's encouragement of this war ethic and his participation in the capture and trading of women, and in their brutal killing, a perfection to imitate?

Is Muhammad's encouragement of this war ethic, and his participation in the capture and trading of women, and in their brutal killing, a perfection to imitate?  A normal man, heeding his conscience, listening to reason, and trained in virtue, would find such behavior abhorrent, against the letter and the spirit of the natural moral law.  But he who has been taught that Muhammad is the perfect man, al-insan al-kamil, and the uswatun hasanatun, the "good example," will be corrupted by a positive falsehood. 

Highlights

By Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/13/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Muhammad, murder, fifth commandment, Umm Qirfa, Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.


CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - The death of his enemies never seemed sufficient to satisfy the blood-lust of Muhammad, the self-acclaimed prophet of Allah, supposedly the God Most High.  And it never seemed enought for his Muslim followers whom he encouraged by his vicious Medinan surahs, "revelations" which got progressively more and more vicious against the kuffar or non-believers, and the ĽAhl al-Kitab, or Jews and Christians who rejected his prophethood. 

The pandora's box of violence which Muhammad opened cannot be shut unless Muhammad's prophethood is rejected by the Muslims, which is a near impossibility because it would be the death knell of their religion, culture, and way of life.  It would mean accepting that they have lived a fourteen-centuries-long lie.  And so, though the gates of ijtihad and the gates of reason may have closed in Islam, the gates of jihad (which comes in all forms, subtle, vicious, or violent as they showed themselves with Umm Qirfa who is the subject of this article) opened by the barbaric Muhammad remain open and they threaten all civilization today.

In his biography of Muhammad, the early Muslim historian Ibn Ishaq tells us of a brutal torture and murder of the leader named Umm Qirfa (or Umm Kirfa), also known as Fatima bint Rabi'a bin Badr.  She was the ruler of a small town called Wad'l-Qura occupied by the tribe known as the Banu Fazara.  The event would have occurred around 622 A.D., almost six years after Muhammad's emigration from Mecca to Medina.

The excerpt quoted below from Ibn Ishaq's biography of Muhammad as translated by Guillaume seems to incorporate the historian Ibn Isham's version with the version of al-Tabari.  The Zayd mentioned by Ibn Ishaq is Muhammad's son in law, Zayd ibn Haritha.  We shall quote Ibn Ishaq's history entire, except where I have added parts for explanation (which are shown in italics and enclosed in brackets).

"Zayd also raided Wadi'l-Qura, where he met [the tribe of] B[anu] Fazara and some of his companions were killed; he himself was carried wounded from the field.  Ward b. 'Amr b. Madash, one of the [tribe of] B[anu] Sa'd b. Hudhayl, was killed by one of [the] B[anu] Badr [tribe] (whose name was Sa'd b. Hudhaym-T. and I.H.)  When Zayd came he swore that he would use no ablution until he raided [the tribe of] B[anu] Fazara; and when he recovered from his wounds the apostle sent him against them with a force.  He fought (T. He met) them in Wadi'l-Qura and killed some of them. Qays b. Al-Musahhar al-Ya'muri killed Mas'ada b. Hakama b. Malik b. Hudhayfa b. Badr, and Umm Qirfa Fatima d. Rabi'a b. Badr was taken prisoner."

"She [Umm Qirfa] was a very old woman, wife of Malik.  Her daughter and 'Abdullah b. Mas'ada were also taken.  Zayd ordered Qays b. Al-Musahhar to kill Umm Qirfa and he killed her cruelly (T. By putting a rope to her two legs and to two camels and driving them until they rent her in two).  Then they brought Umm Qirfa's daughter and Mas'ada's son to the Apostle.  The daughter of Umm Qirfa belonged to Salama b. 'Amr b. Al-Akwa' who had taken her. She held a position of honour among her people, and the Arabs used to say, 'Had you been more powerful than Umm Qirfa you can have done no more.'  Salama asked the apostle to let him have her and he gave her to him and he presented her to his uncle Hazn b. Abu Wahb and she bare him 'Abdu'l-Rahma b. Hazn."

(Ibn Ishaq, pp. 664-65)

While from the sources themselves this evil cannot be placed directly upon Muhammad as if he ordered it to occur in the manner that it occurred, there certainly is no indication that he disapproved of it.  Unquestionably, Muhammad would have been aware of it since he was the recipient of Umm Qirfa's daughter and apparently confirmed title of Umm Qirfa's daughter in Salama bin 'Amr.  The latter had taken Umm Qirfa's daughter as war booty, changing her from a free woman to a slave and concubine and a Muslim's chattel slave, which he later transferred--in perfect consonance with Islam's ethical teachings--as a gift to his uncle Hazn bin Abu Wahb.

We can be sure that the daughter of Umm Qirfa did not have a say in all of this, and that she wondered at this religion which justified her mother's death, her capture, her sexual enslavement, and her treatment as a commodity made to cater to the sexual appetites of barbaric men who saw themselves as virtuous, and, indeed, the "best of all peoples ever raised up for mankind." (Qur'an 3:110)

Is Muhammad's encouragement of this war ethic and his participation in the capture and trading of women, and in their brutal killing, a perfection to imitate?  A normal man, heeding his conscience, listening to reason, and trained in virtue, would find such behavior abhorrent, against both the letter and the spirit of the natural moral law.  But he who has been taught that Muhammad is the perfect man, al-insan al-kamil, and the uswatun hasanatun, the "good example," will be corrupted by a positive falsehood.  Muhammad is bad for the conscience.

The Muslim will be told all his life, "Allah and his messenger know best," the natural law notwithstanding.  And without the light of reason or without the light of the Gospel both of which are denied him by the same shari'a which misinforms him, our poor Muslim will have a difficult time ever getting out of the dark dungeon that his culture and religious forbearers, including his beloved self-acclaimed prophet, have put him.  He would have to learn to open some gates, and close others.  And to do that he would have to learn that such gates even exist.

It is said that the Muslims sealed the Golden Gate in the city of Jerusalem's eastern city walls because it was foretold by the prophet Ezekiel that the Messiah would enter through that gate.  In a similar manner, the Muslim has bricked up that part of his heart through which that first grace, the natural law, enters: reason.  Before he can accept Christ, the Messiah, he will have to dislodge those rocks that block his access to the first grace, the natural law.  He would have to close the gates of jihad and reject the example of Muhammad which leads to and justifies such atrocities as the quartering of Umm Qirfa.

Yet he will have to open other gates than the gates of reason:

Lift up your heads, ye gates; yea, lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in.  (Psalm 24:9)

Who is the King of Glory? 

To recognize the King of Glory, you will have to pull out the stones that plug up the openings of your heart to the natural moral law, brother Muslims!  The King of Glory went into Jerusalem not in his dreams on a horse called al-Buraq, but on the foal of an ass.  The King of Glory was not welcomed with swords of war, but rather with the palm fronds of peace.  The King of Glory did not die in his bed, perhaps as a result of poisoned goat meat, but on the cross, crucified by sinful men.

Open up the gates of your hearts to the cross of Christ and close the gates of your heart to the sword of Muhammad.  For it is not the sword that lifts one up, but the cross that does, the cross which is the law of Christians.  He who lives by Muhammad's sword, dies by that sword, and enters into eternal death.  That is not what God desires for you.

(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 agreenwell@harris-greenwell.com.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Middle East

HILARIOUS PHOTOS! 'Fearless' Islamic State fighters caught deserting - dressed AS WOMEN! Watch

Image of Another man, wishing he was somewhere, anywhere else is also seen wear a multicolored tunic. It appears as if the two men were trying - quite unsuccessfully, to blend into the local civilian population.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

It is a grimly hilarious comment on the "fearless" forces fighting on behalf of the Islamic State. MailOnline says it can't independently verify the photos - but it appears that two ISIS fighters, when seeing advancing Iraqi troops, shaved off their beards, ... continue reading


Latest ISIS video features Jihadi Junior KILLING three ISIS prisoners Watch

Image of Isa Dare, nicknamed Jihadi Junior, denotated the bombs that kiled three ISIS prisoners (Heavy).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Four-year-old Isa Dare, who has been dubbed "Jihadi Junior," appeared in the latest ISIS propaganda video - and was filmed detonating a car bomb, killing three men. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The seven-minute video features three "coalition spies" admit they ... continue reading


Justice for Kayla Mueller?: Umm Sayyaf tried in U.S. Watch

Image of Kayla Mueller was repeatedly raped and tortured during her time as an ISIS captive (Kayla Jean Mueller/Google+).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, also known as Umm Sayyaf, teamed up with her husband, Abu Sayyaf, to hold several women captive for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the man guilty of repeatedly raping and torturing U.S. relief worker Kayla Mueller. Since al-Baghdadi's death, Bahar ... continue reading


ISIS sex slaves fight back: Female troupe set to attack terrorist organization Watch

Image of Xate Shingali [not pictured] leads the group despite being a famous Iraqi singer.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

It is no secret that ISIS has a habit of raping and murdering their way across the Middle East in their twisted pursuit of eradicating all non-Muslims, but what happens to the sex slaves who escape? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Apparently, escaped Yazidi sex ... continue reading


Iran raises eyebrows with mystery construction Watch

Image of Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, has remained silent about the military site construction (Wikipedia).

By Thomas Heed (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Satellite images reveal Iran's top-secret Parchin military complex has undergone quite the makeover between 2010 and 2016. The construction raises concerns about the nuclear deal and whether Iran has decided to cheat - or not. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - New ... continue reading


Two members of Jihadi John's 'ISIS Beatles' finally identified Watch

Image of Thirty-two-year-old Alexanda Kotey, along with Aine Davis, both attended the same mosque as Mohammed Emwazi, aka

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Two members of Jihadi John's infamous "ISIS Beatles," have been identified. Alexanda Kotey and Aine Davis, both from the United Kingdom have been named in connection with the believed deceased Jihadi John's special terror group. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


'Dam will burst' if West does not come to aid of Syrian refugees, King of Jordan warns Watch

Image of At least 80,000 Syrian refugees are now stationed at the Al Zaatari refugee camp. The camp only has the capacity for 60,000 people (Reuters).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

King Abdullah of Jordan says waves of Syrian refugees into his nation have placed an overwhelming strain on his country's health care and education systems. The king says that his country is at a breaking point and that help must arrive before the "dam bursts." ... continue reading


ISIS COWARD! Suicide belt bomb maker confesses he would NEVER wear one Watch

Image of Twenty-two-year-old Jasim Mohammed Atti'ya is under arrest for his role in the attack on a government building in Kirkuk, in northern Iraq in November of last year (Fox News).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

While he makes them - he freely confesses he would never use one - to forfeit his life for the "cause" of the Islamic State. That is the confession of an incarcerated suspect believed involved in a terrorist attack. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


ENGLISH-speaking young boy featured in ISIS' latest horror beheading video Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

ISIS has released another gruesome beheading video, but this time the executioner is an English-speaking young boy. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The young boy, who's identity and ethnicity has not been determined, is featured directly threating the United ... continue reading


Disabled jihadi executes 'spy' in new horrific ISIS images Watch

Image of ISIS releases images of three more murders (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

ISIS has released several images depicting the crucifixion of one of three accused spies in Libya. Despite the obvious gore and lack of humanity, one executioner is shown in a wheelchair. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The images were released by propaganda group ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Prayer in Time of Anger HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Sunday, February 14, 2016
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • St. Valentine: Saint of the Day for Sunday, February 14, 2016
  • Stations of the Cross - Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to ...
  • 5 of the best non-traditional ways to celebrate Valentine's Day
  • Saint Valentine and why we offer roses

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Deuteronomy 26:4-10
4 'The priest will then take the basket from your hand and lay it before ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15
1 You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend your nights in the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:1-13
1 Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the ... Read More

Reading 2, Romans 10:8-13
8 What does it say, then? The word is very near to you; it is in your ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 14th, 2016 Image

St. Valentine
February 14: Click Here for St. Valentine Prayer's Saint ... Read More