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Fourteen Centuries of “Holy” Terror

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Important questions arise following the slaying last week of four expatriate French nationals in Saudi Arabia. They were murdered by machine gun-wielding terrorists while on a site-seeing tour with their families. The gunmen targeted the adult males, leaving the females and children unharmed, when they were camping in an area near the city of Medina. Non-Muslims are barred from entering the city of Medina and Mecca, the holiest cities in Islam.  

It is thought that this breach or transgression may have been the motive for the attack. Home-grown Islamist radicals in the kingdom, declaring allegiance with al-Qaeda, have launched waves of terrorist attacks over the last few years often targeted at foreigners in their aim to drive the "infidel" Westerners not only out of Mecca and Medina but also from Saudi Arabia – the birthplace of Islam and its holy prophet.

Lying behind the holiness of the cities of Mecca and Medina and the entire Saudi Kingdom, for that matter, is a tragic tale of barbaric terrorism, which was orchestrated by the prophet of Islam 14 centuries ago. The latest murder of the French tourists is simply a continuation of that legacy.

The prophet of Islam started his mission of preaching a new religion in 610 AD in the city of Mecca, dominated by the idol-worshipping pagans. His messages were insulting to the religion and gods of Mecca people, abusive to their culture and tradition and degrading to their ancestors, which can be easily confirmed by reading the pages of the Koran. Muhammad preached his religion for 12 years and people of Mecca joined his creed freely, without ever facing violence or threat of injuries, except that a two-year-long social excommunication was imposed between 617-619. Muhammad made very little progress during 12 years of preaching in Mecca, which led the prophet to relocate, with about 50 Mecca followers, to Medina in 622, where his mission was achieving brisk success in making converts.

The Mecca pagans steadfastly refrained from joining his creed, naturally encouraged their fellow pagans not to join his mission and did not allow him access to their holy temple of Ka’ba on which Muhammad laid claim of belonging to his God, Allah. This was affirmed when the victorious Prophet yelled over the dead bodies of the Mecca pagans at the battle-field of Badr (624): “Have ye now found true that which your Lord did promise to you. What my Lord promised to me, that have I verily found to be true. Woe unto these people! Ye have rejected me, your Prophet! Ye cast me forth, and others gave me refuge; ye fought against me, and others came to my help!" [Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasul Allah, trs. Guillaume, Karachi, p 305-6] The Koran also affirms the same: “but graver is it in the sight of Allah to prevent access to the path of Allah, to deny Him, to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque, and drive out its members. Tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter” [Q 2:217]

Shockingly, this simple rejection of Muhammad’s creed and sticking to idolatry by the Mecca pagans became tantamount to tumult and oppression, which in turn, was considered worse than slaughter by Allah and his apostle, defying all logic and reason. It did not end there. Muslims must take revenge for this so-called tumult and oppression by fighting and killing their kinsfolk of Mecca. To convince and force the hesitant believers, Allah sent down a revelation making fighting the infidels binding upon them, even if they didn’t like: "Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not". [Quran 2.216]

In Medina, where Muhammad became a refugee, the idolater tribes quickly assembled under the umbrella of Islam. The prophet sought to coax the wealthy and influential Jews (also probably some Christians) to his apostleship by affirming their scriptures (Torah & New Testament), sometimes erroneously, in his revelation (Q 5:65-66) and by adopting many of the Jewish customs and rituals such as fasting, circumcision and prohibiting pig meat etc. When the Jews and Christians did not accept his religion, the annoyed Allah parted with them: "And the Jews will not be pleased with you, nor the Christians until you follow their religion. Say: Surely Allah's guidance, that is the (true) guidance. And if you follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to you, you shall have no guardian from Allah, nor any helper" [Quran 2:120].

With these sanctions coming down from heaven, Muhammad got the licence to launch a campaign of terror against the pagans of Mecca and the Jews of Medina. In 624 he attacked the Jewish tribe of Banu Qaynuqa and the Banu Nadir two years later and sent them to exile. In 628, he attacked the last Jewish outpost of Banu Qurayzah and slaughtered their 600-900 grown-up males. The women and children were captured as slaves, the prettier women were kept as sex-slaves and the rest were sold overseas for horses and weapons. This was done with this sanction from Allah: “Some ye slew, and ye made captive some. And He caused you to inherit their land and their houses and their wealth, and land ye have not trodden” [Q 33:26-27]

On the other front, Muhammad started raiding the life-sustaining trade caravans from Mecca passing through the major routes nearby Medina in order to kill the oppressors of Mecca in revenge and to loot the caravans. This led to a number of blood-letting confrontations between 623 and 630. By 630, Muhammad had become so powerful that he breached an existing 10 year-long treaty after only two years and attacked and captured Mecca. The vestige of idolatry was blotted out from Mecca and larger Arabia with the following sanction from heaven: “when the forbidden months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush… [Q 9:5]

In sum, Medina became the holy city of Islam, through the banishment of the Jews from their centuries-old homes and through Muhammad’s terror resulting in their eviction, mass slaughter and enslavement. On the other hand, Mecca became the Muslim holy city by complete banishment of idolatry through slaughter of some of the Mecca pagans and forcing others to accept Islam at the pain of death [Q 9:5]. Not only Mecca and Medina: the entire Arabia became holy for the Muslims and no-go zones for the infidels when the prophet commanded to finish off the Jews and Christians from Arabia “that two religions should not be allowed to remain in the Arab Peninsula." [Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasul Allah, (trs. A Guillaume), Karachi, p 523] Prophet’s last wish was ruthlessly executed by his successors. In 638, caliph Omar expelled the Jews of Khaybar, who were allowed to stay when Muhammad had conquered that outpost 10 years earlier. By the time of 3rd caliph Othman (died 656), there remained no Christians and Jews in the Islamic heartland of Arabian Peninsula.

What are known as the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina and the holy land of Arabia, thus, is the outcome of ruthless terrorism perpetrated by the founder of Islam with the collusion of the Islamic God. At the receiving end of it were the existing pagans, Jews and Christians of the region, who suffered disastrous tragedy. The founding of the Islamic holy land in Arabia also marked beginning of unbridled terrorism, which devastated vast parts of the world “stretching from the banks of the Indus in the east to the shores of the Atlantic in the West” in a very short time, which may have resulted in the violent death of approximately 270 million people. This also marked a barbaric legacy of terror that has continued for the entire 14 centuries of Islam’s existence to this day. This legacy will probably continue until Allah’s promise to “make them (Muslims) rulers in the earth as He made rulers" [Q 24:55] is fulfilled. The terrorist attack in Medina that killed four Frenchmen is just the continuation of that legacy of holy terror which the prophet of Islam had started 14 centuries ago. So are all Islamic terror campaigns in Iraq, Iran, India, Sudan, Somalia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Thailand and elsewhere, which are ongoing across the world.

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  • jaz

    an excellent read…


    far too many have been/are killed in the name of *gods*

    even the *justifications* for slavery show much of the deeper motivations inherent in any “convert or die” dogma.

  • alessandro nicolo

    A superb read indeed. Sir, if I read correctly, is it fair to ask, in light of this peace, if the assertion that “Islam is peace” is misleading? Also, have not the Jews and Arabs shared many ancient lands? Lands of which Jews have been pushed out of?

  • Bud

    I cannot belive this. You hatemongerer. I think you need to inform yourself a little better their. No religion preaches violence. The truth is that christians kill far far far more than muslims do. Are you blind. What a few muslims do is blown way out of perportion to justify war. Christians kill more, throughout history and to today. That still doesnt mean all christians are bad though. I feel bad for you, seems you are a victim of propaganda.

  • John

    I agree with bud. Im a christian and i will never support christian countries with imperialistic mentalities. Ive studied islam and met plenty of muslims and they are good people and their religion preaches peace. Their prophet was married to a women who was non muslim who later on converted to islam. she was also much older than him and had many children. Intolerance will only create more intolerance. What we are doing to the muslim world is a tragedy. Its all about oil, everything. I mean come on if you have a brain and can read, then you need to reseach a bit and you will see what this so called war on terror is about. Muslims, Christians, and Jews all have religions of peace and tolerance, and they all have a small, by small i mean small minority of extremists. Like bud said dont be a victim of propaganda. Open your eyes, dont feed into the hate, dont forget the teachings of the propthets. And throughout history, their has been good and bad on ALL SIDES.

  • Agim

    Whoa Whoa Whoa, hold on a second their. You mentioned kosovo above. Im from kosovo, im a Catholic Albanian, the only terror in kosovo was on the serbian side. 10,000 albanians were exterminated and tens of thousands of the women were raped, mosques were burned down, and holy catholic churches were converted to orthodox churches. What happend to the serbians? a few innocents killed, a few churches burned, such a small scale compared to what those barbarian serbs did. How dare you call kosovars terrorists. How dare you. The albanians were their long before those serbs came and infested the balkans with war, murder, rape, ethnic cleansing. Im a catholic and i had family that fought in the war and it didnt matter if you were catholic or muslim, we fought side by side, to end the oppresive and heartless serbs from killing my people. How dare you!!! I had family that died in the war. I seen with my own eyes the barbaric serbs line up families, women and children too, and shoot them, without thinking twice. Anything that albanians have done to the serbs have been on a very small scale compared to what the serbs have done. Dont be fooled by the serbs acting like victims. The serbs are lucky albanians are civilized people, otherwise their would be alot of dead serbs. After all ive seen and all ive been through, and after all the serbs have done to their neighboring countries, and the whole world knows it, it makes me sick to my stomach, that you would call us terrorists. After all my people have been through. I am appauled. The U.S. and Britain would not have helped us if we were terrorist. They knew what the serbs were doing was wrong. My eyes are tearing up, remembering what ive seen. GOD BLESS THE U.S. for helping the Albanians and stopping those heartless serbs. Please, Please, dont call us terroists, dont listen to the serbs, theyve always been barbaric, in all wars, expecially the ones theyve created, including WW1, 1st and 2nd Balkan wars, and the ones in the 80’s 90’s and into 2000. The war in kosovo was a very documented war, you can see for yourself. I also remember Jews from Isreal came their after the war and helped with humanitarian aid, cause they didnt like what the serbs did, cause they know what its like for someone trying to kill your whole race. Albanian muslims helped the jews in WW2 escaped Nazi extermination, and in turn were killed themselves. I beg you dont spread lies about my people. I dont know how to expain to you the feeling i got when you mentioned kosovo in the catergory of terrorists, i felt helpless and sad, please, please dont do it again, i beg you.

  • Methuselah

    None of the attempted rebuttals of Hussains article address the origin and birth of Islam, but rather, events in recent times.

  • Ben

    “No religion preaches violence.” Blessed right. Islam is a war cult, not a religion. Allah commanded perpetual war against pagans until “only Allah is worshiped” [8:39]. Allah commanded perpetual war against Jews & Christians until “they pay the jizya with willing submission” [9:29]. Allah commanded terrorism in 8:12 and genocide in 8:67. Muhammad said , “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.” [Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 387].

    Please do not take my word for it! Enter the citations into your favorite search engine and verify the quotes at USC-MSA’s Compendium of Islamic Texts.

  • wdufkin

    Bud, It is true that all religions have committed crimes in the name of God. Just curious as to what you are referring to when you mention that even “today” Christians are killing more people than Muslims. Where might that be happening to a greater degree than what we see in the Muslim world of peace?

  • wdufkin

    John, Perhaps you are the one who should open your eyes. The governments of the US and Israel do not attack civilians. They do not call for the total elimination of other countries. Sure oil plays a role but if that were the only point of what we are trying to do then we’d just take what we need…and we can.

  • wdufkin

    “Arabic dictionaries, published in Moslem countries, define the name of this religion as a person’s resignation, submission, surrender (to the God as revealed to Muhammad). This gives that person salaam, perfect bodily and mental health, and hence Moslems, that is, those who have thus resigned, submitted, surrendered, wish one another salaam, perfect health of body and mind, mistranslated into the languages of Christendom as “peace” and hence misunderstood in Christendom as peace in the military sense, the antonym of war.”

  • Lee Richards

    Literal interpretation of Muslim, Jewish and Christian “holy” books have always twisted thinking, inspired fanaticism and given an excuse for force and violence. At least, the Greek and Roman mythologies don’t, as far as I know, stir up religious conflicts and encourage killing today.

  • Methuselah

    Sounds like a good reason to get rid of religions.

    Who needs them?

    Maybe religions would be OK if they served some purpose, but all they seem to do is rile people up.

  • Bikram

    Only true religion is Yoga. Semitic faith is inherently chaotic and evil.