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Prophet Muhammad (Salla Allah Alai wasallm) Not Aggressor: But Quraysh Aggressors.

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Submitted by Bilawal (Pakistan), Apr 18, 2008 at 02:33

Ya miskeen dimmi....................It is probably impossible to make you understand through a man, I only pray for you, Allahu yahdeeka.!

Washington Irving writes in his life of Mahomet ( May God Grant him peace): " Thirteen years of meek endurance has been rewarded by nothing but aggravated injury and insult. His greatest persecutors had been those of his own tribe, the Koreishites, especially those of the rival clan of Abd Schems; whose vindictive chief, abu Sufian,had now the sway of Mecca. By their virulent hostility his fortune has been blasted; his family degraded, impoverished, and dispersed, and he himself driven into exile. All this he might have continued to bear with involuntary meekness, had not the means of RETALIATION unexpectedly sprung up within his reach. (142).

Edith Holland writes in his Work " The Story of Muhammad( May God Grant him peace)" : " When we condemn the prophet for using the Sword in defence of his cause, we must remember the circumstances in which he was placed. Born of a race of Warriors, his fore-fathers had, for many generations, been accustomed to look to the sword as a means of guarding their rights. Their was no settled government in Arabia, and tribes usually took the into their own hands, so that most disputes were finally settled by sword. We must also bear in mind that it was on account of the cruel persecution of the Kuraysh that the Refugees were living as exiles in a strange city, suffering poverty and hardships,their homes having been broken up. One can scarcely wonder, therefore, that Muhammad( May God Grant him peace), finding himself surrounded by an ever-increasing band of followers, ready to obey him even to lay down their lives, should have made use of the means of punishing his enemies. The time had come for the fulfillment of the threats pronounced against Kuraysh that vengeance would overtake them for their obstinate refusal to listen to the Prophet s' warnings and for their oppression of the true Believers.(146)

It will be considered from the remarks of these western writers that they consider the Prophet s' actions as a means of 'retaliation' or motivatea by 'revenge'. In other words , the Meccans were the aggressors.

Frank H. Foster states: " ...........AND increasingly did he ( i.e the prophet) and his followers deem it an affair of honour to rescue the holy city from heathnism and it s' defilement.(155).

Rom Landau writes: " For ten years the Meccans fed their hatred of Muhammad( May God Grant him peace) and his followers, and several battles had to be fought before the pagans would permit Muhammad(May God Grant him peace) to make pilgrimage to Mecca. The last armed resistance of the Meccans ended in their complete surrender and in Muhammad( May God Grant him peace) s' entrance into Mecca at the head of a large contingent of pilgrims from Medina. One of his first acts in Mecca was to purge the Kaaba of it s' many idols.......(160).

It will be seen from this , that Prophet Muhammad (Salla Allah Alai wasallm) was perfectly justified in carrying on war against the Kuraysh because they had not only persecuted the Muslims to the utmost limit and had expelled them from their homes but they had also denied to the Muslims their basic human rights to visit the Holy Ka'bah for pilgrimage.



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