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Submitted by sufi imdad ali soomro (Pakistan), Feb 17, 2011 at 23:31

The alleged torture of Kinana Ibn Rabi Ibn Al-Huqaiq

The story as narrated in Ibn IssHaaq's book: Kinana al-Rabi (a Jew), who had the custody of the treasure of Banu Nadir (Jewish Tribe), was brought to the Messenger (Prophet Mohammad) who asked him about it. He denied knowing where it was. A Jew came (Tabari says "was brought"), to the Messenger and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every early morning. When the Messenger said to Kinana, "Do you know that if we find you have it, I shall kill you?" He said "Yes". The Messenger gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest, he refused to produce it, so the Messenger ordered Al-Zubayr Al-Awwam, "Torture him until you extract what he has." So he (Al-Zubayr) kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he (Kinana) was nearly dead. Then, the Messenger delivered him (Kinana) to Muhammad bin Maslama who struck off his head, in revenge for his brother Mahmud. (Ibn IssHaaq, page 515)

There is no Isnad (chain of transmitters) for this story. Islam prohibits torture so it is impossible that he was tortured. Most likely, this false story was circulated by the Jews to discredit Islam. Only Ibn IssHaq and Tabari (Historian) narrated it in their books.

Western non-Muslim researchers also criticized Ibn IssHaaq:

"False ascription was rife among the 8th century scholars (versus Bukhari who lived in the 9th century) and that in any case Ibn Ishaq and contemporaries were drawing on oral traditions." ( Cook, M: Muhammad, Oxford 1983. pg. 65)

Even the famous Polemist and anti-Islam author Robert Spencer admits in his book The Truth about Muhammad , that "However, Ibn Ishaq's life of Muhammad is so unashamedly hagiographical that its accuracy is questionable." (Spencer, Robert: The Truth about Muhammad, Regnery Publishers, 2006 pg. 25) Despite his negative opinion regarding Ibn IssHaaq, out of the 400 footnotes of Robert Spencer's book, 120 footnotes refer to fabricated stories from Ibn Ishaq's book. Because Robert Spencer hates Islam so much that he is willing to present these stories as if they are true, even though he knows that their source is unreliable.

Dear, I am optimistic and believe in science and other philosophies. I am not a rigid and conservative Muslim. In fact, I have firm faith in unity of Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) as a last messenger of Allah. I always respects for others. My assistant is Christians and prior to him, my assistant was Hindu. I can engage myself in dialogue to convince you or some else to read or refer authentic books in order to reach logical conclusion.

For rest observations or statements which forwarded by you are self denial. I am law student and having done M.A English Literature is quite aware about social and political conditions of Europe. US and its agencies are creating false notion about various organizations in order to rife fear and terror. Nov body is asking from US agencies why they have failed to capture Osama or any other stalwart of Al-Qaeda. Why US remained safe while European and East Asian states are under the grip of terrorism. Why we do not see any active member of Alqeada in Kashmir and Palestine where Muslims are being killed mercilessly. But we see terrorist attacks in Mumbai. We see in Pakistan terrorist's attacks on Mosque, police stations, military headquarters, hotels but not on cinemas and theaters.

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