Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Was Muhammad tolerant of other faiths? The blueprint for religious cleansing in Islam

Here is a sample chapter from Hadith Sahih Muslim, which talks about Muhammad's desire to expel Jews and Christians from the Hijaz (which is the part of Arabia that contains Mecca and Medina and which was the extent of Muhammad's power), as well as his expulsion of Jews from Medina. As you can see, he was quite intolerant of other religions, even Jews and Christians. As far as idolators, the verdict is even more intolerant - simply kill them all (Kuran 9:5).


Book 019, Number 4364:

It has been narrated on the authority of Ibn Umar that the Jews of Banu Nadir and Banu Quraizi fought against the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) who expelled Banu Nadir, and allowed Quraiza to stay on, and granted favour to them until they too fought against him. Then he killed their men, and distributed their women, children and properties among the Muslims, except that some of them had joined the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) who granted them security. They embraced Islam. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) turned out all the Jews of Medlina. Banu Qainuqa' (the tribe of 'Abdullah b. Salim) and the Jews of Banu Haritha and every other Jew who was in Medina.

Book 019, Number 4366:

It has been narrated by 'Umar b. al-Khattib that he heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say: I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.

This chapter is the twentieth in an entire book on Jihad in Hadith Sahih Muslim. This book can be found here.

Now, this is the original Islamic blueprint for religious cleansing. It was the first time in Islam entire religions were wiped out from areas under muslim control. This was done by Muhammad, and his example is the "gold standard" for all muslims for all time. So is it surprising that where ever Islam gains hold, religious minorities are cleansed out. Remember Kashmir valley in 1989? One fine day, flyers appeared all over the valley asking the Kashmiri Hindus to leave or be killed. And by the way, the flyers also said "leave your women behind." Again, this aspect of Islamic warfare (Jihad) upon infidels is following Muhammad's example and teachings, which say that women of infidels are nothing more than "war booty" (maal-e-ghanimat) for the enjoyment of muslims. There are entire chapters in the Hadith that deal with capture and rape of infidel women, such as this one where Muhammad is asked whether his muslim soldiers should use coitus interruptus while raping these captured women. Please understand that this is all in the religion of Islam. If it shocks you that a religious book should have an entire chapter devoted to the use of coitus interruptus while raping captured infidel women, it should!

Again, the problem is Islam. Islam consecrated religious cleansing when Muhammad killed/forcibly converted all the polytheist arabs, and expelled/killed the Jews and Christians. Islam consecrated the capture and rape of infidel women when Muhammad asked his followers to do this. There are Hadith where Muhammad even takes "first pick" among the captured women (one famous example is Safiya, a beautiful woman who Muhammad took for himself and bedded on the same night he had murdered her husband and brother in war). Since Muhammad's example is normative for all muslims for all time, this behavior has to be repeated by muslims everywhere. And we can see that muslims have followed this example in various places such as Kashmir, from where almost half a million Hindus were expelled in 1989. In 1971, 2 million Hindus were killed, 10 million Hindus were driven out of Bangladesh, and the Pakistani army ran "rape camps" with Hindu women. The extent of genocide and mass rape compelled TIME magazine to describe it as "the greatest genocide since the Holocaust of Jews by the Nazis..".

Now here is some news: All of these atrocities simply follow the example of Muhammad as recorded in the Hadith. If you read the Hadith you will see for yourself that nothing that was done in 1971 to Hindus in Bangladesh, or in 1989 to Hindus in Kashmir is against Islam. On the contrary, it is exactly as per the diktats of the Hadith. Our politicans will not tell us this. Our dishonest "intellectuals" will not tell us this. But we need to know this so it does not happen again. Hiding the ideology behind Islam's murder is like hiding the ideology of the Nazis from the Jews. It is criminal.

I request all readers of my blog to stand with Kashmiri Hindus who are languishing in refugee camps since 1989. Those that dared to stay behind were murdered in targetted brutal attacks, the most infamous one being at Wandhama.

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