Tuesday, November 24, 2015
So as we seen yesterday Muhammad’s peaceful side is now gone and he had become a military power. First he took care of those who persecuted him in his home city of Medina. The He conquered those who in the region (The Arabian Desert) who rejected Islam. Finally he gave the commands to conquer the world in the name of Islam as he received revelation from Allah to do so. This is where we are today also. This new revelation from the Quran is this:
Surah 8:39. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah Alone [in the whole of the world ]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do.
So Muhammad told his follower this:
“I heard the apostle of Allah say, I command by Allah to fight all people till they say there is no god but Allah and I am his apostle. And whoever says that will save himself and his money.” Hadith-Al-Nisei
Immediately the Muslims put these words into practice by taking jihad outside Arabia, attacking what was the known world at the time...Asia, Africa, and Europe. Sound familiar? We are seeing these attacks still in our day in the same areas and now the rest of the world including the United States!
No Quranic revelation contradicted this final command of jihad, so it is still the goal od Islam today! That is a key point to remember!
Muhammad died in 632 AD from a fever. After having two leaders of Islam after Muhammad a power struggle took place and Islam was split into two groups....the Shiites, and the Sunnis. Google these two groups to find the differences. It has to do with leadership from the past.
Monday, November 23, 2015
So we left off last time with the question of what do you think the first thing Muhammad did after building up his military power in Medina? If you guessed take revenge and jihad on his tribe Quraysh which had persecuted him in Mecca then you are correct! Muhammad and his newly formed military planned to ambush Quraysh on their return to Mecca after a trade route run. Some how they heard about the plan and went a different route but they were now very angry at Muhammad so they sent their army to fight Muhammad and teach him a lesson at a place called Badr. To Quraysh surprise Muhammad defeated them in a great victory and killed most of their army! Every tribe in the area heard about this battle and knew that Muhammad was now the most powerful in Arabia!
So a new revelation now supposedly came to Muhammad from Gabrieal the angel....this message was: he must fight every tribe in Arabia and make them all submit to Islam as there could not be two religions in Arabia. Arabia must submit to only Islam!
As a result of this of the foretold events, Muhammad’s focus was no longer just on converting heathens and idol worshippers but now Jews and Christians became targets of persuasions as well. This jihad is seen in these verses from the Quran:
Surah 9:29 Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
So to clarify this Muslims must fight four kinds of people:
1. Those who don’t believe in Allah
2. Those who don’t believe in the last day. (The Last Day is the day on which Allaah will resurrect all creatures after their death, and He will raise them from their graves to hold them accountable for their deeds which they did in this world.)
3.Those who do things Allah and Muhammad forbid
4. Those who don’t acknowledge Islam as the truth, people of the scripture, which are Christians and Jews.
So Muhammad gave people three options:
1. Accept the message of Islam
2. Remain Christians or Jews but pay a tax usually once a year. (Many places really didn’t offer this option but if they did it was a very high tax and you still faced much persecution.)
You see any peace here in true Islam? Again I say if there is peace to be had it is forced and true Islam is looking for all to submit to Islam one way or another. We will see more verses to confirm convert or die message later.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Today I want us to see how the mind set of Muhammad changed when he went from Mecca to Medina. It is ver important to understand this about the history of Islam.
In Mecca Muhammad never spoke of Jihad. He had no military power at this time to do so! But when He got to Medina and built military power the supposed revelation from Allah changed to jihad and fighting the enemy so the muslims would fight!
Here are some examples of what He did in Mecca and what he did in Medina:
*In Mecca he invited people to Islam by preaching. In Medina he persuaded people to convert by the sword.
*In Mecca he acted as a priest, praying, fasting, worshipping, and preaching. In Medina he became a military commander, personally leading 27 attacks. He also continued to preach but more about jihad!
*In Mecca he fought against idol worship. In Medina he fought agains people of the book(Jews and Christians).
It is very easy to see how Muhammad’s revelations from Allah went from peace to war quickly!
Muhammad ran into problems in Mecca that may have influenced this big change from peace to jihad. In Mecca his message of peace, patience, and forgiveness ran into disagreements with the tribe he came from which was called Quraysh. Many people were turning from their idol worship to Islam which other tribal leaders did not like. So the leaders of the tribe tried to compromise with Muhammad. The would make him a leader if he would stop teaching Islam. He refused and actually said “if they bring the sun and put it in my right hand and bring the moon and put it in my left hand, I will not give up my revelation.” He was not going to stop! So the tribe began to persecute him. Even to the point of trying to kill him several times. The Quran makes reference to this:
Sarah 8:30, And (remember) when the disbelievers plotted against you (O Muhammad ) to imprison you, or to kill you, or to get you out (from your home, i.e. Makkah); they were plotting and Allah too was planning, and Allah is the Best of the planners.
Muhammad then left Mecca to Medina and built up military power. What do you think his first move was?
Next time we meet together we will see what Muhammad does next.