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Stories Not Told Before Muhammad

Stories Not Told Before Muhammad



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Muhammad & IslamStories not told before
Dear Mr. Editor,Most of the Islamists respond to the Free Thinkers' criticism of Islam byclaiming that Muhammad was a God's prophet and as such, whatever he didand said in his lifetime could not be doubted or questioned by any humanbeing. Instead of responding to each and every Islamists, I worked onMuhammad's life and tried to prove the fact that he was simply amanipulative, conniving and dictatorial ruler, by using all of which, he notonly established the religion of Islam, he also ruled the Arabian Peninsulawith an iron fist for so long as he lived. 
Part 1
Long time ago, a tiny spot in the midst of the Arabian Peninsula, became afocal point for all the Pagan Bedouins of the desert for the reason that it hadon its bosom the House of God, also known as the Ka'aba, along with a well,the pagans called Zumzum, which helped them quench their killing thirst. The pagans were a deeply religious people. They held the view that therewas a god to cover each aspect of their lives. Consequently, they believedthat there was a god who gave them life. They also believed that the samegod gave them sustenance and protected them from all hazards of theirlives. They further believed that there were other gods who rained waterfrom the sky and made them successful in their battles. There was a tribe, called Quraish, among the pagans, which was intelligentand enterprising. Its members preferred sedentary life to a nomadic life.Capitalizing on other Bedouin tribes' religious devotions as well as their lackof preference to a sedentary life, the members of the Quraish tribe installedthemselves in Mecca, around the House of God and the well of Zumzum, withthe aim to cater to the religious needs of their nomadic and sedentarybrethren. They had the inside and outside of the House of God staked with
three hundred and sixty idols, which all of the pagans venerated andworshipped.Over a period of time, the spot first came to be known as Bakka (3:96) andthen Mecca. The Quraish tribe was its virtual occupants due to the fact thatsome of its powerful members perpetually controlled the supervision, andthe religious rituals, of the House of God. The members of the Quraish tribe consisted of three groups. One was thepriestly group, which controlled the House of God, and sustained itself on theincome that the House generated for it from the pilgrims. The second groupconsisted of a small number of the Quraish people who engaged themselvesin trade. The third group was large, and it consisted of the people whosustained themselves by providing water and other services to the pilgrims. This occupation of theirs did not guarantee them a regular income; whenthey had a large number of pilgrims, they earned a good living, but when thenumber of the pilgrims declined, so did their income. Those people can becompared with our modern-day day laborers; they get paid only when theyare employed for active service.Over 1,400 years ago, there lived in Mecca a man by the name of Abdullah.He belonged to the third group of the Quraish people. His wife's name wasAmina. Because he did not have a consistent income, his household oftensuffered from deprivations. Many a times, the couple had to go to bedwithout food. Persistent poverty took its toll; the couple frequently foughtand argued on their financial condition as well as on what was likely tohappen to them in future.Recognizing the fact that she and her husband did not have the means tofeed another mouth, Amina always forced her man to ejaculate his semenoutside her vagina. This practice helped her to avoid pregnancy forsometime, but one night Abdullah failed to control himself, and she ended upbeing a pregnant woman.Amina was angry. She tried her best to destroy the pregnancy, but failed.Unable to do anything else with her conception, she resigned to her fate anddecided to carry her pregnancy to its full term. Abdullah, her husband, feltfor her discomforts and sought to help by providing her with the services of aslave-girl, named Barakat.
But as misfortune would have it, Amina's husband died when she was aboutsix months into her pregnancy. This tragedy increased her hatred towardsthe child she was carrying in her belly. She considered it to be the harbingerof a bad luck. She feared that many more mishaps would befall her after shedelivered the jinxed baby.At the time of his death, Abdullah is believed to have owned five camels, afew sheep and a female slave of Ethiopian origin, named Barakat.Not being able to do anything else to alleviate her fear, she carried the fetusuntil it was ready to take birth as a baby-boy. When the time finally arrived,she delivered the baby without a hitch.Amina called the baby-boy Kothan, but his grandfather changed it toMuhammad at a later date (see R. V. C. Bodley's The Messenger, p. 6).Contrary to the general belief, Muhammad is not a Muslim name; rather, it isan Arabian pagan name that was in use even before the birth of Islam'sfounder.Genealogically, it is claimed that Muhammad was a descendent of Ismailwho, as the Bible implies, was an illegitimate son of Abraham, born of Hagar,an Egyptian handmaid of his wedded wife, Sarah (Genesis, 16:1-15). It wasthis son, the majority of Muslims believe, whom Abraham attempted tosacrifice upon God's command in a dream, and who, as a consequence,earned the heavenly title of "Zabi-Ullah," i.e. "the one to be sacrificed in thename of God" - - - not his legitimate son Isaac, as claimed by the Book of Genesis. The actual date of Muhammad's birth is not known, nor can it be ascertainednow. The scholarly hypothesis on this issue is at some variance. Philip K. Hittisays that he was born in or around 571 AD (History of the Arabs, p. 111).Abdullah Yusuf Ali maintains, "The year usually given for the Prophet's birthis 570 A.D, though the date must be taken as only approximate, being themiddle figure between 569 and 571, the extreme possible limits."(The HolyQuran, V. 2, p. 1071). The discrepancy in the year of Muhammad's birth notwithstanding, someMuslims categorically maintain that he was born in the early hours of Monday, the 29th day of August, 570 A.D (See Ghulam Mustafa, Vishva Nabi,

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