Recently, I came across an article (mentioned in the comment thread to a post at PI titled Who are the Palestinians? and also over at a Malaysian Muslim blog) which is a very “interesting debate” between a Dr. Danial (Arabic for Daniel) and a seemingly fictional Christian character, John. Most of the “debate” is worthless, so I am going to discuss just a few important and misleading points from it. It is better that you follow the link provided above and read the “debate” in its whole to understand the points raised in this post. Here we go:
Dr. Danial: “Actually John, your concept about Islam and Muhammad is wrong. Completely wrong. Prophet Muhammad never taught his followers to be terrorists.”
I wonder how Dr. Danial would explain away the following hadith:
“Allah's Apostle said, "I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy)…” Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220.
Now if the dear Dr. wants to tell me that terror somehow mysteriously means love, well—I would like to disagree with him there.
Dr. Danial: “…For 13 years in Mecca, after being prophet of Islam, Muhammad and the Muslims were harassed and tortured by the Quraisyites.”
This is an assumption that our misinformed Dr. made here. As is written in the books of Islamic history and more specifically in Ibn Ishak’s biography of Mohammed, he was well protected by his uncle. Sigismund Wilhelm Koelle, quoting from the work of early Islamic historians and biographers, writes in his ‘Mohammed and Mohammedanism’:
“We read: ‘When the family of Hashim and Mottaleb, together with his uncle, prevented the Koreish from using violence against him, these latter maligned and ridiculed him; whereupon there appeared revelations in the Koran against the Koreish and all those who signalised themselves by their hostility to Mohammed.’” Book I, Ch. II, Mohammed and Mohammedanism (Online Edition).
Dr. Danial: “…And yet the Muslims at that time were asked to be patient and persevere. They were not allowed to fight and raise arms against the non Muslims.”
Muslims weren’t asked to be patient because Mohammed was a very powerful man, but because he didn’t have enough power to fight back. No matter how much his uncle and his tribe protected him, they were still infidels. Aw! He accepted the protection of infidels; maybe his Allah wasn’t able to dispatch a flight of 5000 angels to help his “messenger” at the time.
Dr. Danial: “Oh, you are quoting the verses from the Quran. If that's the case, you should allow me to quote a few verses from your Bible and Talmud. (Then he quotes a bunch of verses from the Bible). To me these verses are very dangerous. They can instigate people especially the Christians to do acts of terrorism!”
Dr. Danial is a very smart man. If someone gives him a bunch of verses from the Quran and says that they prove that Islam teaches terrorism, he answers that person by providing some verses from the Bible (or any other religious book) and says, ‘Oh my! Since those books say something like that too, Islam is doing no wrong, let’s continue with terrorism!’ What he can’t answer is, if the Bible teaches terrorism, why aren’t the Jews and the Christians killing the Muslims all around the world, why aren’t they burning mosques and thousands of copies of Quran? Why are Muslims the only people around the world who carry out violence in the name of their religion?