CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 8, 2017 ⏤ The headline reads, “Indiana: Muslims enraged by billboard telling truth about Muhammad.”
When was the last time Muslims were not enraged about something?
Islamic leaders in Indianapolis are asking the person or persons who posted the billboard to reveal themselves and provide an explanation. Muslim leaders are up in arms about it, claiming the message is offensive and the statements, untrue.
The sign lists six uncontested and unpleasant things “The Perfect Man” was guilty of during his lifetime, thought the billboard never identifies Muhammad as that “perfect man.”
The bottom of the billboard gives credit to a group or organization called “Educate Truthophobes.”
The “truthophobe” reference is apparently a counter-attack on the word “Islamophobe” which has become part of everyday American English.
The six facts stated by the “Perfect Man” billboard are that he:
- Married a six-year old
- Beheaded 600 Jews in one day
- Was a slave owner and dealer
- Had 13 wives, 11 at one time
- Was a rapist
- Tortured and killed unbelievers
Responding to complaints, Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., who is himself a Muslim, said the billboard was taking history out of context rather than stating facts. But here’s the clincher as pointed out by Robert Spencer of “Jihad Watch”: The billboard never mentions either Muhammad or Islam.
Thus if Muslims are upset, it is because they know the truth, and the billboard is dead-on accurate.
The term “out of context” is a standard strategy when Islamic apologists are challenged to defend passages from the Koran for which they cannot provide logical, coherent responses.
Whether the billboard should be posted is a different issue than the truthfulness of its message. But it often takes something outlandish to make those who are apathetic about a subject take notice.
With regard to the factual basis for the billboard, the evidence is clear:
1: Islamic records clearly show that Muhammad married Aisha, said to be his favorite wife and daughter of Abu Bakr who became the first caliph upon the prophet’s death. Aisha was, indeed, only six at the time of the marriage.
Muhammad, being the gentleman he was, did not consummate the marriage until Aisha was nine. In fact, Aisha was only 18 years old when the prophet died. (Reference: Sahih Bukhari 7.62.88)
Historically at the conclusion of what is known as the “Battle of the Trench”, Muhammad claimed that all the defeated warriors should be killed while their children and wives should be taken as captives.
2: Muhammad’s first biographer, Ibn Ishaq, writes that the prophet went to the market in Medina and dug trenches, he then beheaded between 600 and 700 men. Some estimates say the number of beheadings went as high as 800, which means, if anything, that the billboard number is on the low side. (Reference: Ibn Sa’d, vol. II, 93).
3: One need look no further than the Koran 33:50 to see that Muhammad took girls as sex slaves: “Prophet, We have made lawful for you the wives whom you have granted dowries and the slave-girls whom God has given you as booty.”
There are also historical accounts of Muhammad buying and selling slaves as well as taking infidel females as slaves.
Islamic texts are so filled with stories of Muhammad enslaving his captives that there is no way to list them all in a single paragraph. This, then, is not something that has “been taken out of context” as Muslim apologists would have us believe. (References: Koran 33:50 and Sahih Bukhari 8.73.182)
4: The Koran allows Muslim men to have as many as four wives so long as he can maintain the household and provide for them. Muhammad was different, however. He was the prophet and if he wanted more than four wives he was entitled to them. In fact, all it took was a simple overnight revelation and Allah provided the justification for Muhammad to add to his harem.
As one biographer wrote, “The Prophet used to visit all his wives in a round, during the day and night and they were eleven in number.”
When asked about Muhammad’s stamina for such an endeavor, the reply was that he had the “strength of 30 men.”
It should be noted that one authority does claim Muhammad had only nine wives at any one time rather than 11. (Reference: Sahih Bukhari 1.5.268)
5: Following the Battle of Hunain, where once again many of the defeated opposition were taken captive, some female prisoners felt guilty about having sex with their captors in front of their husbands (the husbands being infidels, or unbelievers).
Muhammad solved that problem in Sura 4:24 of the Koran which says: “… married women, except those whom you own as slaves. Such is the decree of God, you court them with your wealth in modest conduct, not in fornication. Give them the dowry for the enjoyment you have had of them as a duty; but it shall be no offense for you to make any other agreement among yourselves after you have fulfilled your duty.” (Reference: Koran, Sura 4:24)
6: As for torture and killing, Muhammad said to Hamzah just before a battle, “If Allah give me victory over the Quraysh at any time, I shall mutilate thirty of their men.”
In just the Koran there are many references to killing and mutilation by the Prophet Muhammad.
In one instance, some captives fell ill. Muhammad told the three men to rejuvenate themselves on camel’s milk and urine. Once healed the prophet sent them on their way, only to recapture them before cutting off their hands and feet, gouging out their eyes and leaving them in the brutal desert sun to die. (Reference: Sahih Muslim 4131)
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