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Bigotry, Racism? Muhammad Fact Check

We are living in a world where facts and truth mean nothing anymore. If you are not praising and supporting everyone, you are a bigot and racist.

A highway billboard in Indiana is said to be bigotry and racist hatred against Muslims [Again, Muslim is not a race]. The billboard doesn’t say who it is talking about but Muslims recognize it to be aimed at Muhammad. The title of the advert is “The Perfect Man”. Obviously, the prophet Muhammad is looked up to as someone of character to model oneself after.

If the facts are accurate, is it hatred or presenting an argument? I decided to check some Muslim sources as it has been said by at least one Muslim leader, that the billboard is all lies. Which makes me wonder why it it thought that it is aimed at Muhammad then?

I thought I would dig into the facts a little bit and see if the sign is outright fabrication.

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Muhammad lived [571 AD – 632 AD]

The Perfect Man

Muhammad is seen by Muslims as the possessor of all the virtues. Muhammad’s deeds and sayings are recorded in the Sunnah. The writings are considered to be a model of the Muslim life-style. Clearly, Muhammad is regarded as the best a man can be.

Muhammad [54y/o] Married Aisha [6y/o] , Consummated Marriage at 9 years old

Hadith and Sira

Sahih Muslim Book

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‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house at the age of nine.

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‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married her when she was seven years old, and he was taken to his house as a bride when she was nine, and her dolls were with her; and when he (the Holy Prophet) died she was eighteen years old.

Sexual Relations with Slave Girls [Rape]

Twenty-Third Surah of the Qur’aan

Verses 5,6

Successful indeed are the believers… guard their private parts. Except from their wives or those their right hands possess [slave girls], for indeed, they will not be blamed.

There are many references in Muslim writings that pertaining to sex with slaves as young as 9. Prohibitions are only in regard to married believers.

600 Jews Killed in One Day

A Jewish tribe called Banu Qurayza, was seen as betraying Muhammad in 627 AD. It is estimated that 600 – 900 men were beheaded and up to 1,000 woman and children were taken as booty by the Muslim army. [Wikipedia]

Torture And Beheading of Unbelievers

It is well documented that Muslim conquests resulted in the defeated parties having three options.

  1. Convert and live
  2. Pay an Unbelievers Tax an submit to Muslim rule [Jizya]
  3. Be put to death

Read further about the Muslim Conquest of Spain

That being said, conquerors and armies fifteen hundred years ago where not the snow flakes of today.

I am not making a judgment on the actions of the prophet Muhammad in the 8th century. I am just saying the billboard seems to be historically accurate. Historical facts are not racist or bigoted.

 

Robert J.

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