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Muhammad's Profession:

Booty Ahoy!

by Sher Khan
21 Feb, 2007
What exactly was the profession of Mohammed, the founder of Islam? Did he work at
Wal-Mart? Did he flip burgers at McDonalds? Did he at least work for a Jew jeweler,
making ornaments for the beautiful women of Medina?

The correct answer is, None of the above. Sure enough, there was no Wal-Mart or
McDonalds 1400 years ago. Even if there was one, he would not have worked as a blue-
collar laborer because he was involved in a lucrative business that did not require any
investment. Although, in his childhood, Mohammed briefly worked as a shepherd and made a
few business trips on behalf of his soon to be wife Khadija, he spent the rest of his life
looting, kidnapping and slave-trading when he ran out of Khadijas wealth.
It is an Islamic fact that Mohammeds early delusion of preaching peaceful Islam did not
work very well; in fact, it was as bad as one of the flop movies of Hollywood. Like a spoiled
brat, he lived on his wifes money, and, with a handful of followers, roamed around the city
of Mecca - aimlessly. When he moved to Medina, he became a professional mobster.
However, contemporary Islamic scholars, the gadflies who relentlessly promote peaceful
Islam, do not admit that Mohammeds sole intention was robbing; rather, they find
Mohammeds action as a means to promote Islam. They try to believe (and attempt to make
others believe) that it was necessary for Mohammed to fight with disbelievers, precisely those
unclean polytheists in order to establish Islam, and often as self-defense. Was the fight aimed
to abolish polytheism and establish Islam, or did the raids committed by Mohammed have
one simple purpose - robbing? Lets read one of the Ahadith to find the truth.
Aisha said (this is the version of narrator Yahya): A man from the polytheists accompanied
the Prophet (may peace be upon him) to fight with him. He said (Go back. Both the narrators
(Musaddad and Yahya) then agreed. (The Prophet said): We do not want any help from a
polytheist. (2276, Sunan Abu Dawud)
Strange! Do you see the problem? Mohammed supposedly fought with polytheists, yet one of
those polytheists wanted to accompany the prophet. Though Mohammed refused to take the
guy with him, why should a polytheist dare to ask? Obviously, Mohammeds adventures had
nothing to do with preaching Islam or subduing polytheists, but making money from the raid.
Thats why the polytheist wanted to join Mohammed and make some easy money.
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 Ishaqs Sirat Rasullah,
out of many incidents.
which is the raid of al-Abwa (p 281).
THE RAID ON BUWAT: Then the apostle went raiding in the month of Rabiul- Awwal
making for Quraish (285).
only a few nights, less than ten, in Medina when he came back from raiding Al-
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-Sawiq he
stayed in Medina for the rest of Dhul-Hijja, or nearly all of it. The he raided Najd.. (362).
See how busy Mohammeds 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 that 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. Its 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.
Often, the robbery is successful, but each of the criminals tries to gulp the whole treasure,
depriving others and, in most cases, they kill
each other in a tense moment. Mohammed
indeed had a tough job of controlling those
robbers and maintaining the discipline. He
did not hesitate to implement tough
punishment for those who stole from the
booty. Heres another Ahadith from Suan
Abu Dawood:
Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As: The
Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him),
AbuBakr and Umar burned the belongings of
anyone who had been dishonest about booty
and beat him.
Ah booty! What a sweet word for Mohammed!
The word booty refers to spoils of war; in other words, it is the treasure that was received
after a raid or so-called expedition. The treasure often included money, jewelry, swords, and
camels, and even women and children could be sold as slaves. Seemingly, according to
Mohammed, consuming booty was a special privilege that was never permitted to any other
prophet. At a later time, Khalifah Umar, as recorded in Bukhari, testified this fact proudly
and did not see any problem in such heinous acts.
Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah: The Prophet said, "I have been given five things which were not
given to anyone else before me.
1. Allah made me victorious by awe (by His frightening my enemies) for a distance of one
month's journey.
2. The earth has been made for me (and for my followers) a place for praying and a thing to
perform Tayammum, therefore anyone of my followers can pray wherever the time of a
prayer is due.
3. The booty has been made Halal (lawful) for me yet it was not lawful for anyone else before
4. I have been given the right of intercession (on the Day of Resurrection).
5. Every Prophet used to be sent to his nation only but I have been sent to all mankind.
Though all five claims deserve a careful examination and they speak volumes of an insane
person, considering our main focus on booty, I will resist the temptation. Lets discuss claim
number three that proclaims a special privilege for Mohammed. Apparently, by saying
anyone else he meant other prophets who came before Mohammed. Despite having a low
rate of success, prophecy always had been a lucrative business. There is no record of how
many people failed in this no money down business and left quietly. However, our prophet
of Islam took the challenge personally when most of the people of the then Arabia refused
him. Other successful prophets did not go for looting because they were either supported by
their followers or considered looting as an immoral act. Mohammed not only glorified
robbing, he also fused robbing into Islam in such a manner that it became a holy act.
One thing is for sure--Mohammed took care of his mercenaries very well. One of his
members married a woman to whom he promised two hundred dirhams as dowry. When he
asked Mohammed to help him out, Mohammed declined this request because he did not have
that much money either. After a few days, Mohammed was informed that a tribe named Qays
b Rifa was planning to attack him with a huge army, which Ibn Ishaq mentioned in Sirat
Rasul Allah as numerous. Mohammed sent two other Muslims along with this guy to take
care of the problem. Ibn Ishaq reports,
I hid at one end and ordered my companions to hide at the other end.There we were
waiting to take the enemy by surpriseand when he came in range I shot him in the heart
with an arrowI leapt upon him and cut off his head and ran in the direction of the camp
shouting Allah Akber and my two companions did likewisethey all fled.We drove off a
large number of camels and sheep and brought them to the apostle and I took Rifaas head to
the apostle, who gave me thirteen of the camels to help me with the womans dowry, and I
consummated my marriage.
First, one needs to understand the divine grace of the shouting Allah Akber while holding a
slit head in his hand. Secondly, how a mere three people could defeat an army of numerous
soldiers is a miracle. Obviously, there was no huge army but a small tribe who was lurking
around the desert. Mohammed did not mind sending three people to rob this poor tribe and
help his companion to fulfill his desire of marriage.
In many countries, a person is honored for an honorable deed with a certain title such as
Lord, Baron, Knight, Samurai, etc. In Islam, Ghazi is one of those titles that make a Muslim
proud. Unsurprisingly, the term Ghazi came from another word Ghazwa, which means a raid
(the politically correct phrase is holy battle) under the leadership of Mohammed. Those who
died in the process of looting were called Shahid (Martyr) and those who survived were
honored as Ghazi.
So, in Islam, stealing is a grave offense, subject to cutting of hands, but robbing is a holy
mission. When a Muslim returns with looted wealth, he is honored as a Ghazi. On the other
hand, if he dies, he becomes a martyr and takes an easy route to heaven, which is full of
virgin belly dancers.
In the age of up periscope - down periscope and sonar technology, sailors of a ship know
their exact position and how far the land is. However, long ago, when sailors had to spend
months on the ocean, they hunkered on the deck to see the land. Usually, each ship had an
Eagles nest, built on top of a mast, where an observer would sit and watch the ocean or look
for possible land. If a strip of land was seen on the horizon, the sailor would scream, Land
Ahoy!. It was the sweetest scream that all sailors wanted to hear. The land had many
meanings for a sailor. It meant a possible seaport, barrels of wine in a salon and plenty of
cheap hookers.
Did Mohammed scream, with glittering eyes, Booty Ahoy! before he went on a raid?
The following Ahadith from Sunan Abu Dawood proves the case:
Narrated Sahl ibn al-Hanzaliyyah: .. A horseman came and said: Apostle of Allah, I went
before you and climbed a certain mountain where I saw Hawazin all together with their
women, cattle, and sheep, having gathered at HunaynThe Apostle of Allah
(peace_be_upon_him) smiled and said: That will be the booty of the Muslims tomorrow if
Allah wills. He then asked: Who will be on guard tonight?
Mohammed loved to have Fai. I see that some readers are wondering how Mohammed could
have loved a Chinese food. Not really! Fai is not a Chinese food. It is the easiest money that
came without fighting. One Ahadith narrates:
Marwan bin Al- Hakim and Miswar bin Makhrama: and we will compensate him from
the very first Fai' (i.e., war booty received without fight which Allah will give us.
Consider what it would be like to walk through a dark alley on a quiet night. You are looking
back every few minutes, hoping no one is following you. You are close to the next
illuminated street, but, almost magically, two tall musclemen block your way and ask for
your wallet. You hand them your wallet and give up your wrist watch and the expensive
jacket that you bought recently. Yes, you just made your contribution to Fai.
Mohammed, as Muslims argue, fought defensive wars, meaning he only combated to save his
precious life. Yet he earned booty without a fight. Apparently, enemies of Mohammed
attacked him maliciously, but brought their wealth with them, and delivered it to Mohammed
upon defeat. They even rewarded Mohammed with their own wives and children to become
slaves, while Mohammed was busy saving his life. Such belief, though, seem absurd to any
sane person. Muslims and the non-Muslims who are itching to sacrifice themselves as
dhimnies desperately cling to this kind of fallacy. Its true that some tribes had their families
with them at the time of the conflict, but no civilized person would think of making children
and women slaves.
Anyway, lets continue with Mohammeds business deals. At the end of Mohammeds life,
he invaded Khyber where the Jewish tribe B. al-Nadr lived, and Kinana b. al- Rabi was the
custodian of all the treasures that the tribe had. When inquired by the prophet of Islam, being
a responsible person, he refused to disclose the whereabouts of the treasure. Ibn Ishaq reports
in Sirat Rasul Allah,
When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it, so the apostle gave orders to al-
Zubayr b. al- Awwam, Torture him until you extract what he has, so he kindled a fire with
flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead (515) . Tabari, another famous
historian, describes the same event with more details:
...the Messenger of God gave orders concerning him to al-Zubayr b. al-Awwam, saying,
Torture him until you root out what he has. Al- Zubayr kept twirling his fire stick in his
breast until Kinanah almost expired... (123).
Oddly, the prophet of Islam knew when the world would fall apart, and he had the ability to
split the moon, yet he did not know where the treasure was hidden. Besides his inability, he
did not hesitate to order torturing an innocent person. So much for defensive war!
Think of a real life drama: a kidnapper has just kidnapped your loved ones, perhaps your
daughter or your wife, and is asking for ransom. How would you feel? How would you judge
the characteristics of the kidnapper? The very first thing you would think of the kidnapper is
that he does not possess any humanistic quality. Well, you will be glad to hear that
Mohammed, the prophet of Islam, proudly lacked such quality.
In Mohammeds age, the relatives of captured people had a heart, a much better one than the
prophet. Those who could afford to pay the ransom paid the amount and brought back their
loved ones. Mohammed even set an amount for the ransom.
Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) fixed the ransom of the
people of pre-Islamic Arabia at four hundred dirhams per head on the day of the battle of
Badr (Bukhari, Kitab al-Jihad).
The Quran, Mohammeds best selling book, clearly encourages the acceptance of ransom.
Read the following verse.
So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have
overcome them, then make (them) prisoners, and afterwards either set them free as a favor or
let them ransom (themselves) until the war terminates (Q 47:04).
Of course, so-called Islamic scholars, living under infidel rule, will disagree, and might break
their necks from shaking them. They will deliberately argue that this verse talked about a war
situation; hence, it is not kidnapping. However, Mohammeds alleged wars were nothing but
raids for financial gain. If he was sincere about spreading a peaceful religion, he should not
have to fight with anyone. Even if he had to fight for self-defense, why have ransom? Though
Mr. Allah gave a choice of showing generosity or accepting ransom, a peaceful god of a
peaceful religion should have forbidden taking ransom, and strictly ordered to free the
Allah, a haughty imaginary puppet played by the puppet master Mohammed, said exactly
what Mohammed said. Mohammed needed money to survive and keep his gang members
happy. So, accepting ransom from the relatives of captives, captured in a war or from a
sudden raid, became a benchmark of Islam. When the pious Muslims of Iraq and Afghanistan
kidnap Americans, they are merely following the ideal of their prophet.
Slavery is an integral part of Islam because Mohammed himself practiced such deeds. Those
who are familiar with Quranic liturgy may know the meaning of Right hand possess, which
refers to slave women. The famous verse that allows a Muslim man to marry up to four wives
also gives a blanket permission to enjoy his slave women, and, ironically, it prevents the
Muslim from doing injustice. At least, the Quran deliberately claims this to be true.
If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, Marry women of your
choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them),
then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to
prevent you from doing injustice (Q 4:03).
For a few skeptics, the verse may be questionable because some Muslims, without knowing
other verses, bicker about this verse, and may claim that it asks Muslims to marry one of
those slave girls. Dont be disheartened! There are more verses to confirm the risqu business
of Mohammed, which explicitly allowed him, and subsequently his followers, to enjoy the
slave girls.
O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers;
and those whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has
assigned to thee; (Q 33:50).
Please note the use of an important conjunction and, which I highlighted in red. It is mind
boggling how a god could allow a man to have sex with a helpless woman who has been
snatched from her loved ones--her husband, her parents and children. Yet Muslims blatantly
believe Allah is merciful. Many Muslims ague Mohammed had a master plan of freeing
slaves gradually because he encouraged his followers to free their slaves. The notion is
partially true. According to the Quran:
Never should a believer kill a believer; but (If it so happens) by mistake, (Compensation is
due): If one (so) kills a believer, it is ordained that he should free a believing slave, and pay
compensation to the deceased's family, unless they remit it freely. If the deceased belonged to
a people at war with you, and he was a believer, the freeing of a believing slave (Is enough).
If he belonged to a people with whom ye have treaty of Mutual alliance, compensation should
be paid to his family, and a believing slave be freed (Q 4:92).
Note the highlighted words believing slave, which explicitly denote Muslim slaves. In
other words, those slaves who decide to sing the magic spell and embrace Islam should be
freed. It surely does not mention non-believing slaves. It was, indeed, a nice strategy. A freed
Muslim slave will go nowhere but join Mohammeds army and participate in robbing.
Mohammeds command varied from time to time and situation to situation. Though there are
several Ahadith that encourage freeing slaves, Mohammed himself did just the opposite. The
following two ahadith from Shahi Bukhari prove that he did not miss an opportunity to make
a few extra bucks or help a relative with a (slave) gift.
Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah: A man amongst us declared that his slave would be freed after
his death. The Prophet called for that slave and sold him. The slave died the same year.
Narrated Kuraib: the freed slave of Ibn 'Abbas, that Maimuna bint Al-Harith told him that
she manumitted a slave-girl without taking the permission of the Prophet. On the day when it
was her turn to be with the Prophet, she said, Do you know, O Allah's Apostle, that I have
manumitted my slave-girl? He said, Have you really? She replied in the affirmative. He
said, You would have got more reward if you had given her (i.e., the slave-girl) to one of
your maternal uncles."
Apparently, slaves were treated as commodities, and there was no harm in giving a slave to a
relative as a gift. Mohammed, in fact, prescribed heavenly reward for such action instead of
freeing the slave.
However, we must give credit where it is due. Mohammed established a good ethic of slave
trading. In the modern world, No return policy is not a very good way to do business, and
most of the stores allow consumers to return or exchange within a certain period of time. The
Human Rights Association may not like it and any human with an iota of humanity will
oppose, but Mohammed had a very good policy of slave trading. Read the hadith from Sunan
Abu Dawood:
"The contractual obligation of a slave is three days. If he finds defect in the slave within three
days, he may return it without any evidence; if he finds a defect after three days, he will be
required to produce evidence that the slave had the defect when he brought it."
After massacring the Jewish tribe of B. Qurayza, Mohammed divided their property, wives,
and children among the Muslims. Ibn Isaq reports in Sirat Rasul Allah,
Then the apostle sent Sad b. Zayd al-Ansari brother of b Abdul- Ashhal with some of the
captive women of B. Qurayza to Najd
and he sold them for horses and
On one occasion, Mohammed
exchanged seven slaves for a
beautiful slave girl. His reason for
such generosity remains questionable,
and only a director of a porno movie
will be able to explain vividly.
Over the centuries, Muslims have
attributed many altruistic virtues to
Mohammeds character, much of
which were either invented or twisted
from Islamic scriptures. Some of the
commands made by Mohammed were specifically constructed for Muslims, yet moderate
Muslims and Muslim scholars who have vested interest in the Kafir world, misconstrued the
verdicts, and declared that they are for all humans. Nevertheless, there are abundant records
of barbarity caused by Mohammed that ought to be taken under consideration. Any sane
human would reject such perilous characteristics of Mohammed, but preconditioned minds of
Muslims refuse to face the reality and remain clueless of real Islam.
Granted, there are many educated Muslims, but it is a shame that instead of engaging in a
dialectical discussion, they conveniently ignore the dark side of Mohammed and often defend
such inhuman behavior. They are educated, but they have not educated their thinking. Often,
traditional education does not open a persons mind unless he educates his thinking.