Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.

11/15/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The point is that if Muhammad is going to be touted as a universal moral model, al-insan al-kamil, the perfect man, then his morality has to be more than relatively better than the conventions of his day

It may be that Muhammad in his day was acting out the rather conventional role of a Bedouin warlord, perhaps even in a relatively more humane way than his opponents.  But if Muhammad is going to be touted as a universal moral model, al-insan al-kamil, the perfect man, then his morality has to be more than relatively better than the conventions of his day. 

Highlights

By Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/15/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Muhammad, murder, fifth commandment, Abu Qurayza, genocide, Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.


CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - In this series entitled The Heart's Witness Against Muhammad, we now turn away from individual murders of Muhammad's  political, prophetic, or poetic rivals.  (There are others murders we could mention, but we are wearied with the sad subject.)  We turn now to murder at a large scale, what today we would call genocide.
 
We must recall our theme.  It may be that Muhammad in his day was acting out the rather conventional role of a Bedouin warlord, perhaps even in a relatively more humane way than his opponents.  (The point is arguable either way depending on what one wants to stress as evidence, but the issue does not really matter.) 

The point is that if Muhammad is going to be touted as a universal moral model, al-insan al-kamil, the perfect man, then his morality has to be more than relatively better than the conventions of his day. 

Someone unable to overcome the limits of the conventions of his day, especially where they contravene the natural moral law, is unable to legislate a universal morality.  He is not a trustworthy messenger, and not a universal lawgiver, and most certainly not the model for mankind.

The natural law is the law of God and it is binding upon all men without exception.  So it serves as a canon, the rule, the normative standard by which to measure a man's message regarding God and the playing out of his life.  The natural law stands as a measure against which even God's alleged commands can be measured.  God will not order something against the natural law, a law based upon right reason, since the natural law is participation in the eternal law, which is God himself. 

Historically, the setting of the genocide of the Abu Qurayza tribe is rather complex, but we need to address it as an introduction, even though we risk simplifying the situation. 

Muhammad was born and for the greater part of his life lived in Mecca, which was largely a pagan trading town.  The neighboring town of Yathrib (later to be called Medina) was a largely agricultural town populated by Jewish tribes that were divided into three: the Banu Qaynuqa, the Banu al-Nadir, and the Banu Qurayza.  When Muhammad and his "tribe" of Muslims left Mecca to Medina (in the emigration known as the Hegira or Hijra), he entered into treaties with these tribes. 

The Muslims either concocted or suffered real grievances from the Banu Qaynuqa and Banu al-Nadir (we work with Muslim sources which display strong biases in favor of Islam, and are strongly anti-Semitic, so it is hard to determine whether something the historian says is true or not) resulting in fighting between the Muslims and these tribes, with the further result that the two tribes were forced to leave Medina.  This left Medina occupied by the Muslims, their non-Jewish allies, and the Jewish Banu Qurayza.

Muhammad was not interested in settling down to the life of the farmer or trader and earning honest money.  Somewhere between the end of life in Mecca and the beginning of life in Medina, after the death of his protector Abu Talib and his wife Khadija, intravit autem satanas in Mahometum, and he began a policy of raiding the Meccan caravans which were the lifeblood of the economic wealth of Mecca. 

Beginning inauspiciously with the first unsuccessful raid at al-Is, and a second unsuccessful raid at Buwat, where Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas shot the "first arrow of Islam," Muhammad's raids got bolder and better, and eventually began spurring the Banu Quraysh at Mecca to do something about it.  This confrontation between the Banu Quraysh of Mecca and their allies, on the one hand, and Muhammad's followers, on the other hand, is called the Battle of the Trench.

So the Banu Quraysh at Mecca, along with a group of other tribes, some Jewish (like the Banu al-Nadir that Muhammad had thrown out of Yathrib or Medina), planned their campaign against the raiding Muslim bandits in Medina.  This, of course, presented Muhammad with a great threat, and he sought to gain the support of the last Jewish tribe remaining in Medina, the Banu Qurayza. 

With respect to the response of the Banu Qurayza, the sources are a little inconsistent here.  Some suggest that Ka'b bin Asad, the leader of the Banu Qurayza, allied himself with the attacking Banu Quraysh from Mecca.  Others suggest that Ka'b bin Asad saw the Banu Qurayza between a rock and a hard place and so tried he tried to take a neutral role in between the battling Muslims led by Muhammad and the Banu Quraysh from Mecca.  In either event, Ka'b bin Asad and his Banu Qurayza tribe incurred Muhammad's wrath.

After the Battle of the Trench, which essentially was a 27-day siege and resulted in a stalemate---Muhammad's clever defensive tactic of digging trenches rendering the Meccan cavalry useless--the Meccans departed.  The threat of the Meccans gone, Muhammad turned his sights against the Banu Quraysh.  We shall let Muhammad's wife 'A'isha  speak to us through the hadith in Sahih Bukhari 4.52.68.

"Narrated 'Aisha: When Allah's Apostle returned on the day (of the battle) of Al-Khandaq (i.e. Trench), he put down his arms and took a bath.  Then [the angel] Gabriel whose head was covered with dust, came to him saying, 'You have put down your arms! By Allah, I have not put down my arms yet.'  Allah's Apostle said, 'Where (to go now)?'  Gabriel said, 'This way,' pointing towards the tribe of Banu Quraiza.  So Allah's Apostle went out towards them."

Muhammad subjected the Banu Qurayza to a lengthy siege.  Eventually they capitulated, surrendering to Muhammad's forces.  Their possessions and their women were seized by the Muslims and divided among them, and Sa'ad ibn Mu'adh (a Muslim convert from the Jews) was appointed the arbitrator to pronounce the judgment in the "war trial" against the Banu Qurayza.  It was, of course, a farce.

It was Sa'ad's sentence to behead all the men and enslave the women and children, a decision confirmed by Muhammad as consonant with Allah's will.  Ibn Ishaq, one of the earliest of the Muslim historians, relates how the men were marched out to the market, trenches were dug, and then their heads were lopped off.  According to Ibn Ishaq, somewhere around 600 to perhaps as many as 900 Jewish men were decapitated, Muhammad personally participating in at least one such decapitation, a man named Huyayy.  Somewhere close to Medina, underneath Saudi Arabian sands, there is a mass grave with about 800 Jewish skeletons in it with about 800 skulls nearby, silent witnesses to Muhammad's inhumanity.
 
A hadith in the Sunan Abu Dawud by an eye-witness, a survivor, tells us how the men were distinguished from the boys. Where there was a question, the boys were made to pull down their trousers, and those with pubic hair were killed. Those without were spared. Abu Dawud, 38.4390:

"Narrated Atiyyah al-Qurazi:  'I was among the captives of Banu Qurayzah. They (the Companions) examined us, and those who had begun to grow hair (pubes) were killed, and those who had not were not killed. I was among those who had not grown hair.'"

One woman was killed with the hundreds of her masculine compatriots. The poor woman had lost her mind, and was laughing uncontrollably at the horribleness of the whole thing, something the young 'A'isha, Muhammad's child wife, would never forget.  So relates one hadith in the Sunan Abu Dawud 14.2665:

"Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin:  'No woman of Banu Qurayzah was killed except one.  She was with me, talking and laughing on her back and belly (extremely), while the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) was killing her people with the swords.  Suddenly a man called her name: 'Where is so-and-so?' She said 'I.'  I asked: 'What is the matter with you?'  She said: 'I did a new act.'  The man took her and beheaded her.  She said: I will not forget that she was laughing extremely although she knew that she would be killed."

Genocide.  Pure and simple.  And each young Muslim child at his madrasah, when he recites the Al-Ahzan surah in his Qur'an, recalls the glory days of the siege of the Abu Qarayza, and the beheading of the 800 or so Jews at the order of their beloved Muhammad, the hasua hasana, the "good example," as they read in the surah Al-Ahzab, ayah 21, immediately before the Qur'anic description of this genocide of Jews in ayats 26 and 27:

"And those of the people of the Scripture [the Jewish Banu Qurayza] who backed them (the disbelievers) [the Quraysh from Mecca] Allah brought them down from their forts and cast terror into their hearts, (so that) a group (of them) you killed [the men and pubescent boys and one woman], and a group (of them) [the women and prepubescent boys] you made captives.

And He caused you to inherit their lands, and their houses, and their riches, and a land which you had not trodden (before). And Allah is Able to do all things."

(Qur'an (Al-Ahzab) 33:26-27)

So they celebrate the beheading of around 800 Jews as a prodigy of Allah and act of human perfection by the perfect, universal man, al-insan al-kammil, Muhammad, the good example of all Muslim males.

From the very beginning, something is rotten in the State of Islam.  And Muslims cannot cover it up with that mantra, as if it were a cover and excuse for all kind and manner of sins, that Allah and his messenger know best, the natural law notwithstanding.  The natural law is being suppressed here, but we hope that its witness in the Muslim's heart is not altogether extinguished, and there has to be a part in every Muslim that knows that something was wrong in the heart of Muhammad and in his claimed revelation.


(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'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2015
General Intention:
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Missionary Intention: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.



Comments


More Middle East

Crucial U.S. ally against terrorism, Yemen's President resigns Watch

Image of Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi's resignation, following his prime minister and Cabinet stepped down has left the region especially vulnerable.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi's resignation, following his prime minister and Cabinet stepped down has left the region especially vulnerable. The resignations came a day after the government and Houthi rebels struck a peace deal meant to end days of ... continue reading


Airstrikes have killed 6,000 Islamic State militants, but signs suggest this won't save Iraq Watch

Image of The Islamic State has been hurt by U.S. airstrikes, but it may not be enough to save Iraq.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The American-led coalition that has been engaged in an ongoing campaign of airstrikes against the Islamic State through much of 2014 has taken a "devastating" toll on the terrorist group, and a U.S. official recently releasing figures for the number of terrorists ... continue reading


Saudia Arabia's King Abdullah has died Watch

Image of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud has died.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud has died. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - After suffering from pneumonia and being admitted to the hospital, King Abdullah passed away at 90-years-old.He became King in August 2005, but had been in charge of ... continue reading


Do not appease Iran! Democrat, Republican and Israeli leadership warn Obama about the dangers of a nuclear armed Iran Watch

Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak before Congress on February 11 about the dangers that a nuclear armed Iran poses to the United States, Israel and the West.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel is set to come to the United States in February and give a speech before Congress about the dangerous issue of Iran. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Netanyahu has already been quite vocal in raising his concerns ... continue reading


Iran, Hezbollah plan 'imminent' joint invasion of Israel's northern Galilee region Watch

Image of Hezbollah said that Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of a prominent commander, and Mohammed Issa, funeral shown here, was responsible for the group's operations in Syria and Iraq and died alongside Tabatabai.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Israeli security sources claim that senior Iranian and Hezbollah figures killed in an airstrike in Syria this weekend were likely planning an "imminent" attack on Israel. Six Iranian army chiefs died alongside five Hezbollah militants when an Israeli helicopter ... continue reading


Yemeni president loses control as Shiite rebels storm the presidential palace Watch

Image of Shiite Houthi rebels have stormed the Yemeni presidential palace, and the Yemeni Minster of Information has declared that the president of Yemen has lost all control.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Yemen may next on the list of Middle Eastern countries whose leadership has changed, following the capture of the presidential palace in Sanna, by a group of Shitte Houthi rebels. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The attack took place on January 20, and led to ... continue reading


'This knife will become your nightmare' ISIS demands $200 million in new hostage video (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Image of A man dressed in all black, with British accent, threatens the lives of two Japanese men in newest ISIS video.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Two Japanese men are held hostage in the Islamic State's (ISIS) latest act of extremism. ISIS released a video demanding $200 million or the two hostages would be killed. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa are featured in the video in ... continue reading


Disregarding Islamic Jihad ideology puts U.S. 'at great peril' Watch

Image of Tommy Waller, a Marine Reserve major, spoke as an employee of CSP, which is a conservative national security group in Washington, D.C.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Current United States military training does not include instruction in the ideology of the enemy. This is a deliberate omission, Tommy Waller, a Center for Security Policy (CSP) official says. This oversight puts America in "great peril," he says. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Islamic State throws man from a building for his alleged homosexuality Watch

Image of Gay man and certain death.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In another example of what the militant jihadist group considers "justice," photographs have since surfaced of a group throwing an Iraqi man to death from his building on account of his alleged homosexuality. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Believed to have been ... continue reading


Fearing ISIS, Saudi Arabia constructing 600-mile barrier from Jordan to Kuwait Watch

Image of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of the border security project in September.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a move that demonstrates the growing threat posed by the Islamic State in the Middle East, the Saudi royal family is building a 600-mile barrier to fortify the northern frontier of their kingdom. The structure, composed of a fence and ditch, is fitted out with ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

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

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1 The word of Yahweh was addressed to Jonah a second ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
4 DIRECT me in your ways, Yahweh, and teach me your ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 1:14-20
14 After John had been arrested, Jesus went into ... Read More

Reading 2, First Corinthians 7:29-31
29 What I mean, brothers, is that the time has become ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 25th, 2015 Image

St. Peter Thomas
January 25: Carmelite Latinpatriarch and papal legate. Peter was born in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter