The wars in the Arabian Peninsula, prior to Islam, were in comparison insignificant to those instigated by Muhammad and other Muslim rulers.  The earlier wars had mainly centered on tribal differences and were confined to bouts of squabbling with some fights. With the introduction of Islam came not only war, but also an unrelenting genocide and terror that would quickly become integral components in furthering Islam’s expansionism.

The early years of Muhammad’s prophetic career, in his native town Mecca, were peaceful. After 13 year of preaching no more than 80 or 100 people had embraced his cause. Not all of them were able fighting men. That explains why those early years were peaceful. Muslims did not have the strength to fight.

Soon after Muhammad migrated to Medina and the Arab population of that town accepted his religion, he began raiding and looting, first the merchant caravans and then the human settlements.

Shorty after Muhammad strengthened his position amongst the Arabs of Medina, he surrounded the Jewish quarter of Bani Qainuqa, a prosperous population of goldsmiths and blacksmiths and after confiscating their properties (vineyards and homes) and belongings (jewelry and arms) he banished them from their ancestral home.  Then he set his sight on the Bani Nadir, another Jewish tribe of Medina. He did a similar thing to them. He killed their leaders and many of their able-bodied men and after confiscating their properties and wealth, expelled them from Medina. In neither of these cases the Jews offered any resistance.

Emboldened by his victories over these weaker, non-combative and non-threatening people who agreed to give up their wealth in exchange for their lives and goaded by an insatiable greed and lust for power this self styled messenger of Allah then set his eyes upon other Jewish tribes of Arabia living outside of Medina. This time it was the turn of Bani al-Mustaliq.

Bukhari, the great biographer of Muhammad, narrates the attack on Bani al-Mustaliq in the following story (Hadith)

“Narrated Ibn Aun:
I wrote a letter to Nafi and Nafi wrote in reply to my letter that the Prophet had suddenly attacked Bani Mustaliq without warning while they were heedless and their cattle were being watered at the places of water. Their fighting men were killed and their women and children were taken as captives; the Prophet got Juwairiya on that day. Nafi said that Ibn ‘Umar had told him the above narration and that Ibn ‘Umar was in that army
.” Volume 3, Book 46, Number 717:

This same Hadith is recorded in the Sahih Muslim Book 019, Number 4292, which validates its authenticity.

Muhammad molded his religion after Judaism in the hope that the Jews would be the first to heed his call.  To his chagrin, the Jews had no interest in his religion and he never forgave them for that.  You cannot reject a narcissist without invoking his rage.  Muhammad was so upset that he changed the direction of the Qiblah (the direction towards which Muslims pray) from Jerusalem to Ka’ba, which at that time was just a temple of idols and made the Jews the scapegoat to rally his followers around himself.

The Arabs of Medina were generally a bunch of illiterate folk with little skills and often poor who made their living by working in the vineyards of the Jews and rendering other services to them. They were originally immigrants from Yemen, while the Jews were the masters of trades and the owners of the lands and had called Medina home for 2000 years. They were easy targets.  He prowled their wealth, enslaved their women and children and distributed them among the Arabs.  He convinced his followers that raiding and killing is ordained by God. Since then his prophetic career became very lucrative, one that would change his fortunes, and set his new religion on its path of war and military conquests.

Muhammad sent one of his companions; Bareeda bin Haseeb, to spy on the Bani al-Mustaliq. After assessing the situation he ordered his men to attack. Muslims came out of Madina on the 2nd of Shaban of 5 A.H. and encamped at Muraisa, a place at a distance of 9 marches from Medina.

The following is from an Islamic site:

The news of the advance of Muslim forces had already reached Haris. In panic, his men deserted him and he himself took refuge in some unknown place. But the local population of Muraisa took up arms against the Muslims and rained showers of arrows in a sustained manner. The Muslims launched a sudden and furious attack and routed the enemy, who suffered huge casualties and nearly 600 were taken prisoners by the Muslims. Among the booty there were 2,000 camels and 5,000 goats.

The prisoners of war included Barra, the daughter of Haris, who later on became Hazrat Juwairiyah, the consort of the Holy Prophet. According to the prevailing practice all the prisoners were made slaves and distributed among the victorious Muslim soldiers. Hazrat Juwairiyah fell to the lot of Thabit bin Qais. She was the daughter of the leader of the clan, and therefore, very much felt the discomfiture and disgrace of being made slave of an ordinary Muslim soldier. Therefore, she requested him to release her on payment of ransom. Thabit agreed to this, if she could pay him 9 Auqias of gold. Hazrat Juwairiyah had no ready money with her. [As if she had the money in some bank.  Muhammad had looted everything she and her people owned. How could she have any money with her or anywhere else?] She tried to raise this amount through contributions, and approached the Holy Prophet also in this connection. She said to him “0 Prophet of Allah! I am the daughter of Al Haris bin Zarar, the Lord (chief) of his people. You know that it is by chance that our people have fallen captive [by chance? I thought Muhammad had raided them] and I have fallen to the share of Thabit bin Qais and have requested him to release me considering my status, but he has refused. Please do an act of kindness and save me from humiliation”. The Holy Prophet was moved [aaah, he was moved. How tender!] and asked the captive woman if she would like a thing still better. She asked as to what was that thing.  He said that he was ready to pay her ransom and marry her if she liked. She agreed to this proposal. So the Holy Prophet (sallal alaho alahie wasallam) paid the amount of ransom and married her.”

The above is the story how Muhammad married Juwairiyah as recorded by Muslim historians. Interestingly Muhammad makes his Allah praise him with verses such as the following: “And surely thou hast sublime morals” (Quran 68:4). and Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow” (Quran 33:21). The question that begs an answer is; was he really the standard of sublime morals and good example to follow?

First he attacks a population without warning and takes them by surprise. This is called terrorism.  Why?  Because they were easy targets and wealthy.  As usual he kills the unarmed men, plunders their belongings, then enslaves the rest. Is this behavior befitting of a messenger of God?

The narrator says, “According to the prevailing practice all the prisoners were made slaves and distributed among the victorious Muslim soldiers.” As we read the history of Islam, we see this WAS indeed the prevailing practice of Muslims, throughout the bloody history of Islam. Yet the question is whether this how a messenger of God should behave?

Muhammad called himself the mercy of God for all the worlds 21:107 . What is the difference between this “mercy of God” and a ruthless marauding gangster?

If this was the prevailing practice of the Arabs, couldn’t the messenger of God change it? Why engage in such a barbaric practice at all?  Did he not say that he had come to set the example for all to follow? Why should a man with such a claim behave in so brutal a fashion?  Did he come to set an example or to follow the evil deeds of the people of his time?

The apologist says that Muhammad was “moved.” Obviously he was not moved by compassion but by lust. The man was heartless. What moved was his genital.

Muhammad did not set free Juwairiyah because he felt sorry for her. He was a man incapable of such feelings. He wanted Juwairiyah for himself.

Unlike what most people think, Muhammad’s intentions were not to convert people to his religion. His real aim was power, wealth and domination. Religion was a pretext. He weighed each case and considered its financial benefits. In most cases it was more profitable if the people did not convert to Islam, but killed and their belongings pillaged.

If people were given the choice they could have feared defeat might have accepted Islam. Then Muhammad could not steal their wealth.  Muhammad did not deem wise to warn the Bani Mustaliq and many others whom he raided, vanquished and looted.

Muslim, another biographer of Muhammad narrates:

Ibn ‘Aun reported: I wrote to Nafi’ inquiring from him whether it was necessary to extend (to the disbelievers) an invitation to accept (Islam) before meeting them in fight. He wrote (in reply) to me that it was necessary in the early days of Islam. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) made a raid upon Banu Mustaliq while they were unaware and their cattle were having a drink at the water. He killed those who fought and imprisoned others. On that very day, he captured Juwairiya bint al-Harith. Nafi’ said that this tradition was related to him by Abdullah b. Umar who (himself) was among the raiding troops.” Book 019, Number 4292:

Muslim warriors carried on this sunnah (examples set by Muhammad) after his death.

When a Muslim army invaded a town, they did not allow people to convert to Islam for three days.  During these three days they killed as many men as they could, pillaged their properties and raped their daughters and wives.  Only after a town had been decimated and the young women and children that could be sold as slaves were captured would the brutal campaign of Islamization, with its mandate that all must convert or die began.  The Jews and the Christians were given protection to live, provided they enter into dhimmitude.  Dhimmi means bonded.  But the dhimmis had to pay for their protection.  This payment known as jizyah was the source of livelihood for Muslims, who through it were able to live like parasites off the labor of the dhimmis.

Narrated Juwairiya bin Qudama At-Tamimi:
We said to ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab, oh Chief of the believers! Advise us.” He said, “I advise you to fulfill Allah’s Convention (made with the Dhimmis) as it is the convention of your Prophet and the source of the livelihood of your dependents (i.e. the taxes from the Dhimmis.)
 ”  Volume 4, Book 53, Number 388:

Aisha who accompanied the prophet on this expedition narrates how Juwairiya was captured.

when the prophet-peace be upon him- distributed the captives of Banu Almustaliq, she (Barrah) fell to the lot of Thabit ibn Qyas. She was married to her cousin, who was killed during the battle. She gave Thabit a deed, agreeing to pay him nine okes of gold for her freedom. She was a very beautiful woman. She captivated every man who saw her. She came to the prophet-peace be upon him-, to ask for his help in the matter. As soon as I saw her at door of my room, I took a dislike to her, for I knew that he would see her as I saw her. She went in and told him who she was, the daughter of al-Harith ibn Dhirar, the chief of his people. She said: “you can see the state to which I have been brought. I have fallen to the lot of Thabit, and have given him a deed for ransom, and I have to come to ask your help in the matter.’ He said: ‘would you like something better than that? I will discharge your debt, and marry you.’ she said: ‘yes. O then it is messenger of Allah! Done.’ he replied.”

This story ends any arguments about to Muhammad’s real motives in taking so many women. It was not to help the widows but because they were young and beautiful.  Muhammad murders the husband of Juwairiyah, who was also her cousin.  Captivated by her beauty, he offers to free her, but only on the condition that she marry him. After having come to Muhammad to plead for his help, this self proclaimed “mercy of God for humanity” presents her with a most unwelcome choice, for whose price she had to become the wife of the murderer of her husband.  What other choice could she possibly have?

Muslim apologists insist that most of Muhammad’s wives were widows. They want to make us believe that Muhammad married them for charity.  The truth is that they were young and beautiful. If they were widows, it was because Muhammad murdered their husband. Juwairiyah was just 20 years old, and Muhammad was 58.

The rest of the story of Juwairiyah is mixed with half-truths and exaggerations, in the manner that have tainted most of the Hadiths.

It is said that when the Prophet-peace be upon him- departed from the raid with Juwairiyah and was at Dhuljaysh, he entrusted her to one of the Ansar and went forward to Madinah. Her father, al-Harith, discovered that she was held captive and went back o Madinah, bringing his daughter’s ransom. When he reached al-Aqia, he looked at the camels he had brought as her ransom and admired the two of them greatly, so he hid them in one of the passes of al-Aqia. Then he came to the Prophet-peace be upon him- dragging the camels behind him, and told him: “My daughter is too noble to be taken as a captive. Set her free by this ransom.” the Prophet-peace be upon him- replied: “Isn’t it better that we let her choose her self?” that is fair enough,” said al-Harith. He came to his daughter and said: “This man is letting you chose so do not dishonor us!” “I choose Allah’s messenger,” she replied calmly. “What a disgrace!” he exclaimed.

The Prophet-peace be upon him-, then said “where are two camels which you have hidden in al-Aqia in such -and- such a pass?” al-Harith exclaimed: “I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, and that you Muhammad are the messenger of Allah! For none could have know of this but Allah.”

Ibn-i-S’ad in his ‘Tabaqat’, states that the father of Juwairiyah paid her ransom amount, and when she became free, the Holy Prophet married her. As a result of this marriage a11 the prisoners of war numbering about 600 were freed by the Muslims as they did not like that any member of the family in which the holy Prophet was married, be made a slave.”

It is hard to determine which parts of this story are true.  But it is not hard to notice the contradictions contained within the main storyline.  We read that Muhammad paid the ransom to Thabit the captor of Juwairiyah and then married her. Then we read that Hairth, Juwairiyah’s father paid the ransom.

As to the claim of Muhammad having some sort of psychic ability, for instance knowing certain information such as the whereabouts of the camels, we can safely conclude that these claims are false. On many occasions Muhammad demonstrated precisely the opposite, and proved that he was by no means psychic, let alone prescient, as he failed to discern or to obtain through divine blessings the information he so desired. For instance, when he raided Khaibar, he tortured Kinsns the treasurer of that town, to the point of death, just so he could extract from him the information that would lead to the whereabouts of the city’s treasures.

Take note that in this particular instance the Arabs exhibited higher moral standards than their prophet. They released the relatives of Juwairiyah after they learned that Muhammad had married her. Muhammad was devoid of common decency, of having or showing even a hint of the virtue reflective of a moral leader.

Muslims claim that Juwairiyah became a very devout believer and would spend all of her days praying. The source of this claim can be found in the book Usud-ul-Ghaba. The author writes, whenever the Prophet used to come to Juwairiyah he would find her praying, then when he would return at a later time he still found her praying. One day he said to her: “Shall I tell you few words, if you say them they will be heavier in the scale than what you have done? You say: ‘subhaana allahe ‘adada khalqihi, subhana allahe ridhaa nafsehe, subhana allahe zinata ‘arshehe, subhana allahe zinata ‘arshehe,subhana allah midadda kalimaatihi.’ (Praise Allah as many times as number of his creatures, and as much as pleases him, and as much as the weight of his throne, and as much as the ink for his words).

One wonders why Muslims spend 5 times a day praying and waste that much man hours unproductively when they have such a simple and unbeatable formula to praise Allah?

Let us look at this story from a more realistic perspective. Put yourself in the shoes of a young woman who has just fallen into the lot of a murderer of her husband!  If you were a woman in Juwairiyah’s situation, how would you feel about the killer of your husband and many of your relatives and loved ones? Suppose further you have nowhere to go to. Juwairiah had no choice but to accept Muhammad’s offer to marry her. Now what would any woman do when this man came to her for sex? She probably would devise a survival ploy to avoid him a much as possible. That is what Juwairiyah did. Any time she heard Muhammad is footsteps, she pretended to be praying, in the hope that he may go to his other wives to satisfy his wretched lust. Yet, Muhammad was a cunning bastard.  He soon prescribed a sentence and told Juwairiyah that this “will be heavier in the scale” than praying all day long, robbing her from her excuse to shun him.

No decent person can believe this despicable criminal could be the prophet of God. Those who call themselves Muslims are either ignorant about the truth or they are truly shameless criminals themselves.  If up till now you called yourself a Muslim out of ignorance, you are left with no excuses.  Now it’s up to you to prove your humanity, spit at Muhammad and his filthy book of terror and leave Islam.

Read my book, Understanding Muhammad and all your questions about Islam will be answered.

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Ali Sina is the name for an Iranian-born Canadian activist and strong critic of Islam who refers to himself as an ex-Muslim. He is the founder of Faith Freedom International, which he describes as a grassroots movement of ex-Muslims

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