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Rebuttal to Ali Sina Article Juwairiyah by Bassam Zawadi

Rebuttal to Ali Sina Article Juwairiyah by Bassam Zawadi



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My ArticlesRebuttal to Ali Sina's article "Juwairiyah"
By :
Bassam Zawadi
This article is in response to Ali Sina's article "Juwairiyah" which can be accessedhere.
Ali Sina said:
In the history of the Arabs that predates the arrival of Islam, never before had therebeen such wars, certainly none on the scale and magnitude of those that wereinstigated by Muhammad the founder of Islam. Previous battles in Arabia had mainlycentered on tribal differences and were confined to bouts of squabbling with somefights. With the introduction of Islam came not only war, but also an unrelentinggenocide and terror that would quickly become integral components in furtheringIslam’s expansionism.The early years of Muhammad’s prophetic carrier, in his native town Mecca, werepeaceful. After 13 year of preaching no more than 70 or 80 people had embraced hiscause. Not all of them were able fighting men. That explains why those early yearswere peaceful. Muslims did not have the strength to fight. However soon after Muhammad migrated and settled in Medina, and the Arab population of that townaccepted his religion, he began invading and looting first the merchant caravans andthen the human settlements to survive and to provide for his followers who hadaccompanied him and because of their lack of expertise had a difficult time findingemployments in Medina.
Our Response:
When the Muslims migrated from Makkah to Medina, they left all their possessionsin Makkah. Later on the Quraysh took all the possessions of the Muslims in Makkah,and led by Abu Sufyan they took all those possessions to Syria so that it could besold. So If Ali Sina is referring to the caravans that held Muslim belongings that wereto be sold, then I see no problem that it was attacked. Lets ask Ali Sina if someonewould take all his belongings in his house, then sell them, would Ali Sina just sitquietly, and let people take his possessions and sell it? I don't think so. Let us alsonote that this was how the Battle of Badr began. (Note: It wasn't just one caravan, itwas many but The Prophet Muhammad (S) intercepted the caravan specifically ledby Abu Sufyan mainly because it would deliver a big blow to the Meccan glory, andAbu Sufyan, who learned of these intentions, led his caravan out of the main routeand inclined it towards the Red Sea. Abu Sufyan sent a messenger to the Quraysh,
telling them:
O Quraysh! your merchandise! it is with Abu Sufyan. The caravan isbeing intercepted by Muhammad and his companions. I cannot saywhat would have happened to them. Help! Help!
(Muhammad HusaynHaykal.
Hayat Muhammad 
, Cairo 1974 pg. 256)
Also, I want to add on the fact that the Quraysh began to make preparations for anattack on Medina, which they believed would exterminate the nascent power of Islam. But before fighting the decisive battle they were anxious to enlist the supportand sympathies of the Non-Muslim tribes living around Medina. See
(AbdulHameed Siddiqui,
The Life of Muhammad PBUH 
, p. 175-176).
Ali Sina states in his article that Muhammad (S) attacked human settlements tosurvive and to provide for his followers "soon after" he migrated to Medina. I honestlydon't know what is his source. If he is referring to the attacks on the surroundingstribes, then we'll get to that later on Insha'Allah. But here is how Prophet Muhammad(S) helped the Muhajirun (emigrants from Makkah) who left everything in Makkah:
Prayers being thus regulated, the Prophet next turned his attention tocementing the ties of brotherhood amongst the Muslims of Medina whowere called Ansar, and the Muhajirun, i.e., emigrants from Mecca. Itwas a necessary step since the refugees who had left their hearths andhomes and had said goodbye to friends and relatives were feelinglonely. To raise their feelings of loneliness, and to attune them to thechanged circumstances, a new fraternity was established amongst theMuslims of Mecca and those of Medina.This brotherhood was indeed unique in the history of the world. Thefellow-feeling and love on which this new relationship was establishedfound a wonderful expression. For example Sa'd b. Sabi a Helper saidto his fellow brother 'Abd al-Rahman b. 'Awf, " I am the richest manamongst the Helpers. I am glad to share my property half and half withyou. I have two wives, I am ready to divorce one, and after the expiry of 'iddah, you may marry her." But 'Abd al-Rahman b. 'Awf was notprepared to accept anything : neither property nor home. So he blessedhis brothers and said : " Kindly direct me to the markets so that I maymake my fortune with my own hands." The Helpers were extremelygenerous to their brethren-in-faith. They once approached the HolyProphet with the request that their orchards should be distributedequally between the Muslims of Medina and their brethren from Mecca.But the Prophet however, decided that the refugees would work in theorchards along with the Helpers and the yield would be divided equallyamongst them. (Abdul Hameed Siddiqui,
The Life of Muhammad PBUH 
, p. 138-139).
Now continuing with Ali Sina's argument...
Ali Sina said:
The fifth year of hijrah (migration to Medina) was an eventful year. That was the year that Muslims fought the famous war of the ditch against the Meccans and soon after that they surrounded the Jewish quarter of Bani Qaynuqa of Medina who were aprosperous population of goldsmiths and blacksmiths and after confiscating their properties (vineyards and homes) and belongings (jewelry and arms) they werebanished from their ancestral home. After that he set his sight on another Jewishtribe, the Bani Nadir. He did a similar thing to them. He killed their leaders and manyof their able-bodied men and after confiscating their properties and much of their wealth, expelled the rest from Medina. In neither of these cases the Jews offeredany resistance. They were taken by surprise and simply surrendered under thesuperior forces of Muhammad’s men.
Our Response:
Ali Sina is good at telling people the battle, but he never gives the reason as to WHYthe battles took place. So lets take a trip down history lane, and educate Ali Sina.The Battle of Uhud had a number of effects on the enemies of Islam. They were, onthe one hand, very much perturbed by the growing strength of Muslims but thehappenings in Uhud had, on the other hand supplied fresh vigor to their droopingspirits and they had begun to think of the extermination of the Divine Faith.The Jews found a suitable opportunity to stab the Muslims in the back who hadalready been hit hard in the Battle of 'Uhud. They perceived that that theiconcentrated efforts could easily precipitate the ruin of Islam. The first treacherousact that they did was to open secret communications with the Quraysh casting asidetheir agreements with the Muslims. Moreover, they strained every nerve to producegeneral dissatisfaction and bitterness against the Holy Prophet, his teachings andfaithful companions. A campaign of slander was organized against Islam and itsfollowers. The sacred words of the Holy Qur'an were deliberately mispronounced inorder to pervert their meanings. Satirical poems were enthusiastically sung at publicplaces in which the religion of Allah was abjectly ridiculed. Muslim ladies wereinsulted and offended by obscene and amatory madrigals. Inflammatory poems wererecited with a view to keeping this animosity of the hostile tribes alive.Life was thus made hard for the followers of Muhammad (peace be upon him). TheHoly Prophet was keeping a watch over their seditious activities. He first approachedthe tribe of Qaynuqa and asked them to honor the pact which they had concludedwith him. But they did not pay heed to his advice. They had become over-confidentof their power since they had been assured help from from other tribes. Their replywas defiant through and they betook themselves to fortified strongholds. TheProphet laid siege to them and kept it for fifteen days after which they becameentirely helpless for want of any external help and thus surrendered themselves. TheProphet then ordered them to leave Medina and settle somewhere else. Thusbanished, they went to Khaybar and settled there. ( Abdul Hameed Siddiqui,
TheLife of Muhammad PBUH 
, p. 200).Similar was the treatment meted out to Banu Nadir another importantJewish tribe. They were likewise forced to leave their homes as theyhad not only refused to renew the pact of peace, but had made an

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