Most Muslims claim and believe a myth -
‘Mohammed only fought defensive wars; he never
harmed anyone unless he
was attacked.’ Surprisingly, the Ahadith, Quran and Sirat Rasul Allah repeatedly prove otherwise. Here are a few examples from Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasullah,
out of many incidents.
“THE RAID ON WADDAN WHICH WAS HIS FIRST RAID: ….until he reached Waddan,
which is the raid of al-
Abwa…” (p 281). “THE RAID ON BUWAT: …Then the apostle went raiding in the month of Rabiul
making for Quraish…” (285). “THE RAID ON SAFAWAN, WHICH IS TH
E FIRST RAID OF BADR: The apostle stayed only a few nights, less than ten, in Medina when he came back from raiding Al-
‘Ushayra….(286) “THE RAID ON B.SULAYMAN IN AL
-KUDR: The apostle stayed only seven nights in Medina before he himself made a raid against
B.Sulayman…” (360). “THE RAID OF DHU AMARR: When the apostle returned from the raid of al
stayed in Medina for the rest of Dhu’l
Hijja, or nearly all of it. The he raided Najd…..” (362). See how busy Mohammed’s schedule was? He had to work hard
, much harder than any top rated CEO of a big corporation. He really did not have any choice; after all, he had to support a dozen wives, an unknown number of slaves and numerous jobless bohemians - his followers that is. Unlike the legendary Robin Hood or Zorro, Mohammed did not go out and fight with the rich people; rather, his companions did most of the ugly work. However, Mohammed had a responsibility to make sure that looted wealth was equally distributed. He merely charged one-fifth of the looted goods, known as Khumas, for his service, which of course was a sizable amount for his living. Obviously, handy-dandy Allah was very helpful in legalizing the robbing business.
Mohammed, in fact, made his Allah involved in it, and had him declare… “And know t
hat whatever ye take as spoils of war, lo! a fifth thereof is for Allah, and for the
messenger…” (Q 8:41). “That which Allah giveth as spoil unto His messenger from the people of the townships, it is for Allah and His messenger…” (Q 59:7).
Is it not amazing how Allah asked for his share of booty? How the heck a god, supposedly an
all merciful god, would do with the booty is the question. It’s not only the Quran, but several
Ahadith also confirm how Mohammed took it upon himself to distribute the looted wealth.
“Abd Allah b. Amr said: When the Apostle of Allahs (May peace be upon him) gained a
booty he ordered Billal to make a public announcement. He made a public announcement,
and when the people brought their booty, he would take a fifth and divide it…..”(2706, Sunan
Abu Dawud). If you have seen, for instance, one of those action Hollywood movies, which also happen in real life, you may have noticed how the criminals fight with each other after robbing a bank.