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Arafat was a greedy idiot and an ignoramus

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Submitted by Nabil Ahmad (United States), Aug 28, 2006 at 15:44

It troubles me to watch Muslims rewrite their own history.

Muhammad never broke the treaty that he made with the Meccans at Hudaibiya. That treaty was broken by the tribe of Bakr, which was allied with the Meccans and was a party to the original treaty. They attacked a rival tribe under the cover of darkness and received aid and men from Mecca 2 years after the signing of the treaty of Hudaibiya. This rival tribe was a Muslim tribe and was also a party to the treaty and on the side of Muhammad. It was ironic that the terms of the treaty was drawn up by the Meccans themselves, and here they were, along with their allies, breaking their part of it. And even after they broke it, they thought that they could confront the Muslims of Medina.

The Qur'an is pretty clear when it comes to honoring all treaties and covenants. When we have people like Arafat rewriting the history of Islam to suit his own narrow purposes, I don't get surprised when he and his followers end up at a greater disadvantage in the long run.


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