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Submitted by Nabil Ahmad (United States), Aug 13, 2006 at 10:59

Nice try.

Do you realize that what was done to the Jewish tribe of Quraiza was done in accordance to the Jewish scriptures in the book of Deutoronomy? Check it out for yourself. In this case, the Jews of Quraiza were at the receiving end of punishment from God for their treachery against the Muslims. To judge what happened there at that time by today's standards would be stupid, to say the least. Had they been allowed to go into exile, they would probably have done what the exiled Jewish tribe of Nadir had done shortly before: They had roused up the pagan Arabs in the desert and formed a secret alliance with the Meccans. The result of that was that the Muslim community of Medina got close to being anihilated. What happened to the tribe of Quraiza would have happened to the Muslims, on whom no mercy would have been given by the pagan Arabs. Their women would have been raped and enslaved.

I don't believe that any of the women of Quraiza were raped by the Muslims. Rape is not allowed in Islam from what I understand, in my reading of the Qur'an: All sexual intercourse must be between one man and one woman and both must be willing participants and not be forced into it.

Concubinage was legal back in those days. Here in the USA today it is illegal to engage in sexual intercourse with a "minor" below the age of 18, but this has been the case only recently. But things were very different back in those days. Elvis Presley was engaged to be married to Priscilla when she was only 14. Does that make him a pedophile?

You can accuse Muhammad all you want of being a sexual pervert and a degenerate. But these are accusations that were never made against him by his enemies of his time...because most of them were doing the same thing and then some. Safiyyah, the Jewish girl who converted to Islam and became Muhammad's wife when she was 17, had been married to a Jewish man previously.

I'm not trying to explain passages of the Qur'an that are allegorical. There are those passeges that are allegorical and I don't try to explain them. But other passages are clear to me and are self-explanatory in context of the time and place in which they were revealed.


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