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Islam is and was a religion of war AND slavery

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Submitted by James (United Kingdom), Mar 12, 2011 at 10:13

Ibn Ishaq's Life of Mohammed is the foundation for knowledge about Mohammed - it was the first biography about Mohammed, and was written by a well-respected muslim. 37 of the chapter titles contain words such as "raid", "battle", "assassination", etc. It is quite simply one of the most gigantic lies in history to assert that "Mohammed was a man of peace". Mohammed deserves comparison with Stalin or Hitler, and not with Christ or Buddha.

Latter day "moderate" muslims attempt to rubbish the reliability of Ishaq, citing Ibn Hisham instead. But Hisham simply edited Ishaq to remove those reports that showed Mohammed to be a war-monger and slaver. But for hundreds of years Ibn Ishaq was well-regarded as a historian/biographer (if not as a foundation for sharia law/fiqh).

Whilst christianity spread by appealing to slaves who took it as their religion, islam spread by war and enslavement. The entire african slave trade was built by islam, and when Britain tried to end the slave trade in the 19th century, the muslim slavers took more slaves than ever before.

Even the sharia law books that western muslims appeal to (e.g. The Reliance of the Traveller) contain sections on how slaves must be treated in islam. But in typical hypocritical manner, the revisionist translators leave untranslated those sections on the legality of slavery in islam. Modern day islamic jurists like Sultan Hussein Tabandeh (in his Muslim Commentary on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) reject universal human rights and say quite explicitly that under islamic law slavery is a legal condition in islam, but is simply unfashionable at the moment!

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