Like many Christians who have not studied the Bible, most Muslims have never really studied the Quran and hadith, especially not in context. They understand it based on what is taught to them by other Muslims they consider authorities, without using reason and individual research. (But those authorities have not really read the source texts either!) This is all about Theology from the Echo Chamber. Let’s go to the sources: The Quran (http://quran.com) and hadith (http://hadithcollection.com). The hadith consist of various sayings and teachings of Muhammad, compiled about 2-300 years after his death. These are considered very important supplements to the Quran, especially by Sunni Muslims.
For example, Muslims have been taught that Muhammad’s many battles were all defensive in nature, and that he even showed mercy to his enemies. But is that correct? Well, NO—it is not correct. Muslims are often horrified when they discover that reliable Muslim sources clearly document that Muhammad’s actions were offensive and not defensive. Let’s take a look.
Did you know that Muhammad said that he would fight people until they became Muslim or until he killed them and took their property? Muhammad said: “I have been ordered by Allah to fight against people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity. . . then they will save their lives and property from me.” (Bukhari 1.2.24). Here is the reference which you can read for yourself:
Muhammad taught that the greatest thing a Muslim can do after having faith is to engage in jihad, which means “religious fighting.” (Bukhari 1.2.25) Read it here:
Also, read through Volume 4, Book 52, beginning with hadith #41, will confirm that jihad is fighting. http://hadithcollection.com/sahihbukhari/85-.html
Did you know that the earliest records show that Muhammad launched offensive military campaigns and used violence at times to accomplish his purposes? Even the first major battle in Islamic history, the Battle of Badr, was the result of Muhammad’s offensive effort against a Meccan caravan—the Nakhla raid (Bukhari 5.59.287 and Muslim 19:4366). See also Ibn Kathir’s book The Battles of the Prophet and the Quran 9:5, 9:29, and 9.111. Look up the hadith testimonies here:
Of course, this should not be surprising since many passages in the Quran exhort Muslims to hate or kill or terrorize infidels (non-Muslims) wherever they find them. See Suras 2:190-193, 2:216, 2:244, 3:56, 3:142, 3:151, 4:56, 4:74 (beheading), 4:76, 4:84, 4:89, 4:91, 4:95, 4:104, 5:51, 5:32-38, 7:96-99, 8:12-15 (beheading, terrorism), 8:39, 8:57-60, 8:65-67, 9:5, 9:14, 9:20-30, 9:38-41, 9:73, 9:88, 9:111, 9:123, 17:16, 18:65-81, 21:44, 22:18-22, 25:52, 33:60-62, 47:3-4 (beheading), 47:35, 48:16-17, 48:29, 61:4, and 66:8-12.
Did you know that one of many accounts of Muhammad’s violence—again, from a reliable Muslim source—includes a time when Muhammad ordered a warrior to assassinate a mother of five, Asma bint Marwin. She was breastfeeding a child when she was murdered, her blood splattering on her children. When the assassin told Muhammad he had difficulty with what he had done, Muhammad showed no remorse. (Ibn Ishaq/Guillaume, Life of Muhammad, p. 676. Also see Ibn Sa’d, Kitab al Tobaqat.)
Did you know that it is well documented that in the aftermath of the Battle of the Trench Muhammad captured and beheaded over 500 men and teenage boys for the Jewish tribe of Qurayza? And after the Muslims killed the men, they sold the women and children into slavery and distributed their goods among themselves? (Ibn Ishaq/Guillaume, Life of Muhammad, p. 464)
Did you know that Muhammad forced people to drink camel’s urine? (Bukhari 8.82.794 and Muslim 16.4130)
Did you know that Muhammad’s Quran condones rape of captured women, whose lives had just been destroyed, even if their husbands were still living? For example, Surah 4:24 says, “Forbidden for you are women already married, except such as your right hand possess. Allah has enjoined this on you.” See also Surahs 23:6 and 70:30, which meant that Muslim men could have intercourse with slave women that had been captured as spoils of war. (Other hadith gave the historical context, affirming rape. (Muslim 8.3432; Sunan Abu Daud 11.2150)
But that’s not all. All four major schools of Sunni and all three major schools of Shia teach that people who leave Islam must be killed for their apostasy. This comes, of course, from their holy books. There is a credible tradition in Islam that says that there are three specific reasons someone may be killed: murder, adultery, or leaving Islam (apostasy). See Quran 4:89 and 9:5, 12. In Bukhari 9.84.57 we find that Muhammad simply stated, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.” Read it for yourself here:
Is this what Islam means by justice? Can you imagine these things ever happening in Christianity? For a further comparison of Islam and Christianity, go here. Be sure to “like” and “share” the site: