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Muhammad and the Jews

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Mar 14, 2022 at 14:05

Dr. Pipes,

There is a famous Hadith where Muhammad is quoted as saying:

لو آمن بي عشرة من اليهود لآمن بي اليهود

This can be rendered as: If only ten Jews will believe in me (read this as become Muslims) then (the rest of) the Jews will believe in me.


And the Jews were not impressed and not in the least. Muhammad's encounter with the Jews and preserved in Surat al-Ikhlas:1 by al-Tabari is an epic encounter of the learned Jews and a prophet that the Jews regarded as an imposter

Also, in Surat al-Tawba: 60, Muhammad talks about giving bribes to even the rich Jews and Christians so they would convert to Islam and also do not apostatize and also known as: المؤلفة قلوبهم where is says in Tafsir al-Qurtubi that among the المؤلفة قلوبهم are: من أسلم من يهودي أو نصراني وإن كان غنيا or: Those that convert to Islam from the Jews and Christians EVEN IF THEY ARE RICH.

Muhammad must have felt that without the Jews and Christians Islam will just vanish.

And even bribery did not work in the case of the Jews. I thought that Allah plans every thing so why would he ask Muhammad to bribe them is really bizarre

Great book indeed.


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