Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 1: Chapter 7
15 Dec. 2015
MUHAMMAD WAS JUST?
Islam claims that Muhammad was the epitome of justness. Please read the Quran and the Hadiths - look for the demands, deeds, and rules, etc., not the glorifying words - and see if you are able to agree.
There are not many points in the Quran directly saying Muhammad was just, but he claimed to be the representative of a claimed just god, and he "rode" - and still "rides" - on his claimed gods reputation. If you read the Quran, you may see that on subjects not threatening his power, his interests, or his platform of Power (his religion), he often could be just. But when he was personally involved, or when his power/religion was involved, these took priority over justness. A sample of the first case, is his words against the ones who doubted Aisha after her famous (though likely innocent) "adventure" in the desert. There were some reasons for asking questions, and when it became clear that Muhammad himself doubted her, of course there also were reasons for others to doubt her. But Muhammad really scolded them - even in the Quran (without explaining how his scolding could have been copied from the Mother of the Book in Heaven), and without taking the lest blame himself.
A sample of the second is f.x. his treatment of the banu Nadir (= the Nadir tribe). Islam claims and most Muslims because of that honestly believe that banu Nadir had betrayed and gone against Muhammad during the Battle of the Trench, but science clearly tells that is not true. What they did, was not to help him during that battle. One reason was that they did not believe in Muhammad and his new religion (they were Jews and knew their scriptures and saw that too much was wrong in Muhammad's teaching). Another was that Khaybar, where they lived, was a separate town many miles to the north of Medina. If they had tried to attack the Meccan forces to help Muhammad, Mecca had gone against Khaybar, and that small town had had no chance to withstand those forces. All the same Muhammad declared they had betrayed the Muslims and eradicated the tribe. Military and strategically perhaps wise, as he did not really trust them. But it had nothing to do with justice.
Also remember that when one talks about Muhammad - or Islam or Allah - about being just, it is relative to the too often unjust Sharia laws.
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001 2/285j: "We (Muhammad and good Muslims*) make no distinction (they say) between one and the other of His (Allah's*) Messengers”. Wrong - and a contradiction to several places in the Quran and to reality: In the Quran Muhammad is the only messenger who really counts, and he has a very special status both in the Quran and in Islam.
002 4/135b: "Stand out firmly for justice - - -". This had been a good point, if it was not for the fact that the Quran's "justice" and the moral code it rests on, both often have sick rules. Compare some points in them to "do towards others like you want others do against you" and be horrified. And ethics we hardly ever even mention in connection to the Quran, as you may be have noticed.
003 4/135f: "- - - decline (not*) to do justice - - -". Beware that when the Quran uses expressions like this, it is in accordance with its own partly immoral moral code. F.x. one of the best deeds is to wage raids and wars and suppress - and worse - others.
004 5/42d: "If thou (Muhammad*) judge, judge in equity between them (non-Muslims*)". The words are good - and varieties of these words are repeated some times in the Quran, also concerning Muslims. But is it possible always to judge fair and just, if you have to go by the sharia laws and its partly immoral and unjust rules?
005 5/42e: "For Allah loveth those who judge in equity". Pleas study the Quran's moral code and the sharia laws, and then read this sentence once more.
Sub-total Chapter 7 = 5 + 374 = 379.
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This work was upload with assistance of M. A. Khan, editor of islam-watch.org and the author of "Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism, and Slavery".