by Dr. Thomas Ahmad
According to his biography, the prophet Muhammad was demon-possessed, suicidal, rapist, child-abuser, adulterer, etc.
“The False Prophet”
During her speeches’ tour Irshad realized that most of her audience consisted of non-Muslims. Such realization made her to come up with a new proposal that meant to attract Muslims to her speeches. In order to put her proposal in action Irshad wrote her first book which she entitled “The False Prophet.” Her long experience of being a Muslim wife taught her that all Muslim women were living as slaves to their husbands, fathers, and brothers and needed to be emancipated from such bondage. Moreover, Irshad believed that majority of Muslims were living under mental slavery and in order to liberate them she tried in her book to prove that the Qur’an was not a revelation from God and Muhammad was a False Prophet. Using her bitter experience Irshad was able to elaborate on the abuses that Muslim women were going through in Muslim countries. She argued that Muslim women who were living in the West were able to escape the abuses because they were protected by the secular laws of the countries they were dwelling in.
Irshad’s book was considered by Muslims to be an attack on Islam. What she wrote in her book regarding the status of women and terrorism in Islam she already mentioned in her speeches. However, what annoyed Muslims were the evidences and proofs that she supplied while she was arguing that the Qur’an was not a revelation from God and Muhammad was a false prophet. According to her, Muhammad did not meet the criteria of a prophet. The prophet was the one who either preformed a miracle by the help of God or utter a prophecy about the future and it came to pass. For example, Moses worked a miracle by dividing the Red Sea and Jesus raised the dead, but Muhammad did not perform one single miracle. Muslim historians agreed that Muhammad did not perform a miracle but claimed that his only miracle was the Qur’an. However, when this claim was subjected to test by non-Muslim scholars they found that the Qur’an was an ordinary book and full of contradictions, confusions, historical errors, grammatical mistakes, and hence lacking any claim to mastery work.
The second criterion for the prophet was to prophesize about the future. When the children of Israel asked Moses as how they should know the person was a prophet from God he replied by saying whatever he had said if it did not come to pass then he was not a prophet. Muhammad did not utter a single prophecy in his time. Muslim scholars considered the stories of the prophets of the Bible that mentioned in the Qur’an as proofs that Muhammad was a prophet from God. However, any one could refute such a claim by saying that he got them from the Jews who were living in Medina at his time. Irshad showed in her book that Muhammad did not even get those stories right. He mixed the true stories as mentioned in the Bible with the legends and fables that were added later on in the Jewish Talmud. This proved that Muhammad did not read the Bible but heard those stories from the Jews and Christians who were living in the Arabian Peninsula at his time. To put it more clearly he just heard those stories from simple Jews who could not distinguish between the true story as recorded in the Old Testament and the fables and legends that were added to it by Jewish commentators.
Muslim scholars also considered the mentioning of the rewards in heaven and punishments in hell as prophecies revealed to Muhammad by God. Scholarly researches showed that Muhammad got those stories of the virgins in paradise from some ancient religions of Arabia and Persia. However, even if he did invent them himself still they did not qualify him as a prophet because any one with fancy imagination could come up with such stories. Therefore, by both criteria – performing miracles or prophesying about the future – Muhammad could not be called prophet. From this Irshad concluded that Muhammad was a false prophet.
Irshad also showed that Muhammad’s life did not qualify him to be a prophet from God. In order to prove her point she referred to his scandalous marriages with four of his women and his behavior as a prophet.
Muhammad and His Child-Bride:
A’isha Bint Abu Bakr (child-bride) was Muhammad's third wife. `A’isha herself narrated, "The Messenger of God married me in Shawwal in the tenth year after of his prophet-hood, three years before the Migration as I was six years old. I was nine years old when he consummated the marriage with me.” Ibn Hisham holds that "Muhammad married her when she was seven years old and consummated the marriage with her when they were in Medina when she was nine years old. The Messenger of God did not marry any other virgin but her.” `A´isha narrated, "The Messenger of God married me when I was still playing with the girls. I did not know that the Messenger of God married me until my mother took me and locked me up in the house. Then I realized that I was married.” A’isha also said, "I was playing with the girls during the lifetime of the Messenger of God. The Messenger of God came to me when I was playing with the girls, and asked me, 'What is this, `A’isha?' I said, 'The horses of Solomon.' He laughed."
"I would be playing with my dolls," narrated A’isha, "with the girls who were my friends, and the Prophet would come in and they would slip out of the house and he would go out after them and bring them back, for he was pleased for my sake to have them there." Sometimes he would say "Stay where you are" before they had time to leave, and would also join in our games.”
These narrations tell us that the prophet Muhammad married A’isha when she was a child of nine years old. Therefore, no Muslim scholar would be able to deny this obvious fact. Based on the example of the prophet Muhammad with A’isha the minimum age for marriage in the Shari’a was not fixed to a specific age. It was left to the guardian of the girl to decide which age to give his daughter in marriage. In Surah al-Talaq, verse four the Qur’an allows the father of the girl to give her in marriage before she has her monthly period.
The Prophet married Malika bint Ka`b who was known for her resplendent, magnificent beauty. `A´isha entered to her and said, "Are you not ashamed of marrying the killer of your father?" So Malika took refuge with God from the Prophet, and he divorced her" (Tabaqat Ibn Sa'ad, 8:141; Usd al-ghaba, 5:525).
A’isha noticed that whenever the prophet Muhammad wanted to sleep with a woman he claimed that Allah revealed to him and justified his action. In that regard A’isha remarked, "It seems to me that your Lord hastens to satisfy your love" (Sahih Muslim. vol. 2, p.748-749). It was not clear on what occasion A’isha made such a doubting remark. Some sources referred it to the incident when the prophet was caught by his wife Hafsa in the very act of having sex with his maidservant Maria the Coptic and other sources related it to his scandalous marriage with his daughter-in-law, Zinab bint Jahsh.”
Muhammad and the Question of Rape:
Safiya Bint Huaya was the daughter of Huaya, one of the Jewish leaders. When Muhammad invaded Khyber, the Jewish city, he killed Safiya's husband, brother, and uncle. Her husband was Canana Bin al-Rabi'a, whom the prophet tortured to death and extracted from him the hiding place of his treasure. In the beginning, Safiya was taken as slave-captive by Dhaia al-Kaleb. When the news reached the prophet's ears that Safiya was extremely beautiful and the daughter of a Jewish leader, he took her from Dhaia.
On the same day, he killed her husband, brother, and uncle the prophet forced her to sleep with him. One could imagine how Safiya felt toward the man who killed her close relatives and forced her to sleep with him on bed on the same day. No doubt about it that Safiya was crying when the prophet Muhammad raped her on the same night he killed her husband and brother and all her people. Safiya is reported to have said, "I have never hated any man more than the prophet, because he killed my husband, father, and all my people."
The prophet needed someone handy that day to protect him because Safiya might kill him for revenge on the first night he forced her on bed. The Sira Al-Halabia of the prophet tells us that when the messenger of Allah emerged out of the tent in the morning, “there was a sword with Abu Ayyub. Abu Ayyub said, "O Messenger of Allah, she was a newly married woman, and you killed her father, brother, and husband, so I did not feel secure about you with her" (The story of Safiya was mentioned in detail in al-Sira al-Halabia, Ibn Hisham, and Tabaqat Ibn Sa'ad).
The prophet broke the law of the Qur’an, which said the woman who was divorced or lost her husband should remain without marriage for three months and ten days before another man sleeps with her. “Such of your women as have passed the age of monthly courses, for them the prescribed period, if ye have any doubts, is three months, and for those who have no courses (it is the same): for those who carry (life within their wombs), their period is until they deliver their burdens: and for those who fear Allah, He will make their path easy” (Qur’an Al-Talaq 65: 4). The prophet Muhammad should have waited for three months and ten days before he slept with Safiya in order to know whether she was pregnant from her late husband.
Abu Dawud 2150—Abu Sa’id al-Khudri said: The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.”
Sunan Abu Dawud 2167—Muhairiz said: I entered the mosque and saw Abu Sa’id al-Khudri. I sat with him and asked about withdrawing the penis (while having intercourse). Abu Sa’id said: We went out with the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) on the expedition to Banu al-Mustaliq, and took some Arab women captive, and we desired the women, for we were suffering from the absence of our wives, and we wanted ransom; so we intended to withdraw the penis (while having intercourse with the slave-women). But we asked ourselves: Can we draw the penis when the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) is among us before asking him about it? So we asked him about it. He said: It does not matter if you do not.
Muhammad and the Question of Adultery:
Maria the Coptic Christian was not counted by Muslim scholars as one of the wives of the prophet or "Mothers of the faithful" because she remained a Christian and slave. She bore him a son, Ibrahim, who died in infancy. The prophet's desire for Maria was described in a dramatic way by the books of the Sira (Biography).
Hafsa, one of the prophet's wives, caught him having sexual intercourse with Maria in her room. "O Prophet of God, in my house, on my bed, and in my night!' shouted Hafsa angrily. Afraid of the anger of his other wives, and especially of his most beloved A’isha, the prophet promised Hafsa that he would never touch Maria again if she would keep the matter secret. Nevertheless, she spoke out, and the matter reached the ears of A’isha.
When his beloved A’isha confronted him he received a revelation from heaven which justified and legalized his action with Maria.
“O Prophet! Why holdest thou to be forbidden that which Allah has made lawful to thee? Thou seekest to please thy consorts but Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful” (Surah Al-Taharim 66: 1). When A’isha heard the above justification she said to him, “Why should I see your God in a haste to satisfy your love?”
Muhammad Coveted and Slept with His Daughter-in-law:
Zinab Bint Jahash: The Moroccan professor, Fatima Mernessi described the marriage of Zinab Bint Jahash with the prophet Muhammad as a scandalous marriage because Zinab was the wife of the prophet's adopted son, Zayd and therefore, in the eyes of the Arabs, as good as his own daughter-in-law. Muhammad went to her house when her husband was away, saw her in a state of semi-nudeness, and was aroused. According to the Sira, God sent a wind, which lifted up the curtain of the tent and Muhammad saw Zinab lying on her bed half-naked. Zinab was described by the Sira as fair, beautiful, and had sensual body.
When Zayd heard about it, he offered to divorce her, but Muhammad, fearing a public scandal, told him to keep his wife for himself. At this point Allah spoke and decided the matter (Qur’an Surah al-Ahzab 33: 36-40). However, Allah sent a revelation from heaven in which he blamed Muhammad for telling Zayd, “Retain thou in wedlock thy wife,” and for hiding in his heart “that which God was about to make manifest.” Allah told Muhammad: “Thou feared the people, but it is more fitting that thou should fear God,” and he revealed his plan, present and future, to Muhammad thus: “We joined her in marriage to thee: in order that (in future) there may be no difficulty to the Believers in (the matter of) marriage with the wives of their adopted sons, when the latter have dissolved with the necessary (formality) (their marriage) with them. And Allah's command must be fulfilled” (Qur’an Surah al-Ahzab 33: 36-40).
The commentator Al-Quorobti commenting on those verses said that based on this marriage it became a law that if Muhammad sees any woman and desires her it becomes compulsory for her husband to divorce her at once and she becomes the wife of the prophet! Moreover, the Qur’an mentioned that if any woman wants to offer herself to the prophet Muhammad and if he wants to have sex with her, he alone among the believers is allowed to do so. Muhammad also was exempted from the restriction of the Qur’an that a man should marry only four women at a time. In other words, the prophet alone was allowed to have any number of wives and that is why he married thirteen women and slept with them at the same time and two female slaves Maria and Rayhana with whom he used to have sex without marriage.
Muhammad made Zayd himself to go to his wife with his marriage proposal. “Allah’s Messenger said to Zayd to make a mention to her about him.”
Anas narrated: "When the legal period of Zinab Bint Jahsh was finished, the Messenger of God said to Zayd Ibn Haritha, 'I have none that I can trust, other than myself, but you. Go to Zinab and propose to her for me.' So Zayd went off and came to her while she was leavening dough. Zayd said, 'When I saw her, she became greater in heart, and I could not look at her since I knew that the Messenger of God mentioned her. So I turned my back on her and said, "O Zinab, rejoice; the Messenger of God has mentioned you." She said, 'I shall do nothing until I ask the advice of my Lord.' She rose up and went to pray. Then the verse was revealed: 'Once Zayd has accomplished his purpose with her, We married her off to you.' Then the Messenger of God came and entered without permission."
Muhammad Made Several Attempts to Commit Suicide:
The prophet Muhammad was frightened by the first vision that he saw in Cave Hirah. He ran to his first wife Khadija and asked her to cover him with clothes. He thought what appeared to him in the cave was a satanic creature. Khadija somehow assured him that what he saw was an angel and not a demon. She took him to her cousin, Waraqa who confirmed the words of Khadija. That was the first time when Muhammad believed that God sent his angel Gabriel to tell him that he was chosen to be the messenger of Allah.
“But after a few days Waraqa died and the Divine Inspiration also paused for a while and the prophet became so sad as we have heard that he intended several times to throw himself from the tops of high mountains and every time he went up to the top of a mountain in order to throw himself down, Gabriel would appear before him and say, "O Muhammad! You are indeed Allah's Apostle in truth" whereupon his heart would become quiet and he would calm down and would return home. And whenever the period of the coming of the inspiration used to become long, he would do as before, but when he used to reach the top of a mountain, Gabriel would appear before him and say to him what he had said before” (Sahih al-Bukhari, vol. 9, hadith no. 111).
Al-Tabari narrated the suicidal attempts of the prophet differently,
“The prophet Muhammad said, now none of God's creatures was more hateful to me than an (ecstatic) poet or a man possessed: I could not even look at them. I thought, Woe is me poet or possessed - Never shall Quraysh say this of me! I will go to the top of the mountain and throw myself down that I may kill myself and gain rest. So, I went forth to do so and then when I was midway on the mountain, I heard a voice from heaven saying "O Muhammad! thou are the apostle of God and I am Gabriel" (Al-Tabari, vol. 9, p. 167).
There is no prophet in the Bible that tried to commit suicide. I don’t believe God would put his prophet in such a desperate and helpless situation. God spoke through all his prophets in the old and new testaments but none of them felt the way Muhammad felt. It is hard to believe that the angel of God would force his message on the prophet of God the way Gabriel did with Muhammad.
A’isha narrated, “The angel came to him and asked him to read. The prophet replied, "I do not know how to read." (The Prophet added), "The angel caught me (forcefully) and pressed me so hard that I could not bear it anymore. He then released me and again asked me to read, and I replied, "I do not know how to read," whereupon he caught me again and pressed me a second time till I could not bear it anymore. He then released me and asked me again to read, but again I replied, "I do not know how to read (or, what shall I read?)." Thereupon he caught me for the third time and pressed me and then released me and said, "Read: In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists). Has created man from a clot. Read and Your Lord is Most Generous...up to... that which he knew not" (Sahih al-Bukhari, vol. 9, Book 87, hadith no. 111).
Can anyone believe that the same Gabriel that appeared to Mary in the New Testament was the same Gabriel that appeared to Muhammad in the Cave of Hirah? The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and gave her the message of God. He did not force the message on her, but Gabriel of Muhammad forced him to accept his message until the latter felt he was going to kill him.
26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’t name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God."
38 "I am the Lord’s servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her (Luke 1: 26-38).
Prophet Muhammad became suicidal for a period of three years after Gabriel appeared to him. For such a long period of time, he was not sure whether he was a soothsayer, possessed by demons, or messenger of God. During this period, many times he said to himself, “I will go to the top of the mountain and throw myself down that I may kill myself and gain rest” (Al-Tabari, quoting from Sirat Rasulallah by Ibn Ishaq). Muhammad also suspected that he became mad, "O Khadija, I see light and hear sounds and I fear I am mad" (al-Tabaqat al-Kobra by Ibn Sa’ad).
A’siha continued to narrate, “Then Allah's Apostle returned with the Inspiration, his neck muscles twitching with terror till he entered upon Khadija and said, "Cover me! Cover me!" They covered him till his fear was over and then he said, "O Khadija, what is wrong with me?" Then he told her everything that had happened and said, 'I fear that something may happen to me" (Sahih al-Bukhari, vol. 9, book 87, hadith no. 111).
Muhammad Controlled by the Power of Black Magic:
No prophet of God in the Bible had been controlled by the power of magic. However, a Jewish man cast spells on the prophet Muhammad and controlled him for over six months.
“According to A’isha, “magic was worked on Allah's Apostle so that he used to think that he had sexual relations with his wives while he actually had not. Then one day he said, "Oh A’isha do you know that Allah has instructed me concerning the matter I asked Him about? Two men came to me and one of them sat near my head and the other sat near my feet. The one near my head asked the other, "What is wrong with this man?" The latter replied the man is under the effect of magic. The first one asked, "Who has worked magic on him?" The other replied, "Labid Ibn Al-A'sam, a man from Bani Zuraiq who was an ally of the Jews and was a hypocrite" (Al-Bukhari, vol. 7, hadith no. 660).
The kind of magic that was worked on Muhammad was described by one of his followers as the worst one.
‘Urwa related that A’isha said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was bewitched so that he would imagine that he had had intercourse with his wives when he had not". (Sufyan said, "This is the worst type of magic when it does that)” (Sahih al-Bukhari, book of medicine, hadith no. 79).
For six months, the prophet of Islam remained in a state of not knowing what he was doing and fell very sick and lost the hair of his head due to that powerful magic.
“The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, had a Jewish servant boy. The Jews approached him and kept after him until he gave them some fallen hair from the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, as well as a few teeth from his comb. The Jews used these to cast a spell of black magic on him. The person who was behind this was the Jew Labid ibn al-A‘sam. He then put the hair in a well belonging to Banu Zurayq called Dharwan. The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, fell ill for a period of six month, during which the hair of his head fell off; he imagined that he slept with his wives when he did not, and was withering away without knowing the reason” (Asbab Nuzul Surah al-Falaq 113: 1-5 by ‘Ali Ibn Ahmad al-Wahidi).
Muhammad Died of Poison:
Muhammad also had been poisoned by a Jewish girl called Zinab Bint al-Harith. Zainab poisoned Muhammad as a revenge of what he did to her people.
“When the apostle of Allah conquered Khyber and he had peace of mind, Zinab bint al-Harith, inquired, "Which part of the goat is liked by Muhammad?" They said, "The foreleg." Then she slaughtered one from her goats and roasted it (the meat). Then she wanted a poison that could not fail. The apostle of Allah took the foreleg, a piece of which he put into his mouth. Bishr took another bone and put it into his mouth. When the apostle of Allah ate one morsel of it Bishr ate his and other people also ate from it. Then the apostle of Allah said, "Hold back your hands! because this foreleg; ...informed me that it is poisoned. Thereupon Bishr said, "By Him who has made you great! I discovered it from the morsel I took. Nothing prevented me from emitting it out, but the idea that I did not like to make your food unreleasing. When you had eaten what was in your mouth I did not like to save my life after yours, and I also thought you would not have eaten it if there was something wrong. Bishr did not rise from his seat but his color changed to that of "taylsan" (a green cloth). The apostle of Allah sent for Zinab and said to her, "What induced you to do what you have done?" She replied, "You have done to my people what you have done. You have killed my father, my uncle, and my husband, so I said to myself, "If you are a prophet, the foreleg will inform you; and others have said, "If you are a king we will get rid of you. The apostle of Allah lived after this three years till in consequence of his pain he passed away. During his illness he used to say, "I did not cease to find the effect of the (poisoned) morsel, I took at Khyber and I suffered several times (from its effect) but now I feel the hour has come of the cutting of my jugular vein" (Altabaqat al-Kobra, Ibn Sa'ad pp. 251- 252).
It is clear that the Jewish girl, Zinab bint al-Harith wanted to kill Muhammad as a revenge for killing her father, uncle, and husband. However, Muslim historians and biographers tried to show that the food informed Muhammad that it was poisoned. Moreover, they made Zinab to say, "If you are a prophet, the foreleg will inform you; and others have said, "If you are a king we will get rid of you. However, the incident of poisoning Muhammad and its consequences did not support any claim to supernatural intervention. First, of all Muhammad tasted the morsel, the poison interred his body, and eventually caused his death, “The apostle of Allah lived after this three years till in consequence of his pain he passed away.” Secondly, his companion Bishr also knew the food was poisoned from its taste. Thirdly, Bishr died at the spot. Fourth, if the prophet knew that the food was poisoned why didn’t he stop his companion Bishr from eating it and save his life?
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