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Apology for Mohammed and the Koran

Apology for Mohammed and the Koran

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Published by: Umberto Miguel Rullo on Jun 07, 2010
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warm discussion at Mecca, Yahtreb resounded with his

praises, and crowds repaired to him; from among whom

he retained awhile twelve for the purpose of instructing

them in the new faith, after which they were sent back to

* Ayesha declared that it must have been a dream, Mohammed

having been in bed with her throughout the night on which the journey
was said to have been performed.

t The Sonnites, and among them the pious Al Jannabi, declare in an

article of faith, that to deny the nocturnal journey of the Prophet is to

disbelieve the Koran.

X The ridicule and sarcasm in which many Christian writers have
indulged on the subject of this narrative, are, to say the least, inju-

dicious, as being equallj^ applicable to the visions of Jacob. (Genesis,

chap. xvii. 11 and 12 ; Ezekiel, chap. i. 4 to 29 inclusive ; chap. iv. 12

to 15 inclusive ; Daniel, chap. vii. passim; Acts of the Apostles, chap,

ix. 3, 6, 9 ; Revelations, fnssim.)

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AN APOLOGY FOR

the above city as his twelve apostles, there to propagate

Islamism. In this they laboured so successfully as in a short

time to draw over to the new faith the greater part of the

inhabitants; a circumstance of which Mohammed was no

sooner informed than he resolved to repair thither imm-

diately, the more so as Abu Sophian, the Prophet's inve-

terate and implacable foe, had succeeded Abu-Thaleb as

Governor of Mecca ; and as it had, moreover, been deter-

mined by the Koreish to employ assassins with the view of

ridding themselves of an enemy whose popularity and

influence were daily increasing.

The secret of this conspiracy being betrayed to Mohammed,

he and his friend Abu-Bekr escaped in the silence and

darkness of the night, Ali being directed to lie down in his

place and cover himself with the Prophet's well-known

green mantle. After surrounding the house, the assassins

then forcibly entered it, but finding, instead of their pur-

posed victim, the youthful Ali, calmly and resignedly

awaiting the death intended for his chief, so much devoted-

ness excited the pity even of those men of blood, and Ali

was left unharmed.

In the meantime, Mohammed and his friend had taken

refuge in one of the caves of Mount Thor, at a short distance

from Mecca, and here they remained three days, Abu-

Bekr's son and daughter bringing them intelligence and

supplies of food. Wliile thus lying concealed, Abu-Bekr

seeing the Prophet in such great peril, became very dejected

and said, "

How can we escape, for we are but two" ?

"

Not so," replied Mohammed, "

for there is yet a third,

God himself, and He will protect us," The assassins, still

continuing the pursuit, arrived before the cavern, but seeing

at its entrance a pigeon's nest crossed by a spider's web

(both miraculously placed there), they concluded the cave to

be empty and renewed their search in a different direction.

On this Mohammed and his companion left the cave, and

MOHAMMED AND THE KORAN.

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taking a by-road, arrived safely at Yahtreb, whither Ali

followed them three days afterwards. This second flight

or emigration (hegira) took pace on the 16th of July,

A.D. 622, thirteen years after Mohammed had announced

his mission, and during the reign of Khosrou Paranis

in Persia,* the Prophet being at the time fifty-three years

old. Mohammed was enthusiastically welcomed at Yahtreb,

the citizens, in honour of him, changing this ancient

name of their city to that of Medenat-el Nabi (the city of

the prophet).

At Medina he assumed the sacerdotal and regal office,

and there, leaning against a palm-tree, or in a rough,

unadorned pulpit, he inveighed against the idolatry of his

nation, breathing into his hearers such a spirit of zeal^

enthusiasm and devotedness, that, both in the camp and

without the walls of the city, the ambassadors from Mecca

were compelled to confess that he was treated with greater

respect, and commanded more implicit obedience than even

the Chosroes of Persia or the Caesars of Constantinople.

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