Was Muhammad Guilty of Ethnically Cleansing Jews and Jew Hatred?
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1) The three Jewish tribes living in Medina were hospitable to Muhammad and his followers allowing them to move to Medina.
2) Muhammad was bitter toward the Jewish tribes for having rejected his claim to be a prophet when their scripture clearly militated against his claim.
3) Muhammad used a frivolous pretense to siege with the intention to slaughter the Jewish tribe of Banu Qaynuqa evicting them while taking all their wealth, possessions and land.
4) Muhammad used a false pretense to siege the Jewish tribe of Banu Nadir to personally enrich his own family by evicting them and taking all their wealth and land.
5) Muhammad used yet another false pretense to siege the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza after the so-called Battle of the Trench that led directly to the genocide of 800 men and boys, the division of their women as sex slaves, and seizing all their wealth and land.
6) Muhammad ordered yet another attack on the Jews living at Khaybar, including those he evicted from Medina, and the Muslim attacked as farmers were going out to their orchards killing anyone who defended themselves and taking all the women as sex slaves and seizing the wealth. The Jewish survivors were allowed to work the orchards provided they give the Muslims half their crop. Later Caliph Umar would expel the Jews from Khaybar altogether.
7) The Qu'ran itself contains verses that are clearly examples of Jew Hatred and incitement of violence against Jews. This is also evident in the Sunnah.
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Second of all, prophet Muhammad wasn't bitter because Jews didn't accept his claims, and for sure didn't expel them because of their beliefs, when Islam clearly states the freedom of belief. And for the fight of khaybar, in the 7th Hijrah, Prophet Mohammad got information about the conspiracy being hatched by the Jews against Muslims in connivance with other hostile elements of Islam, and decided to take on the challenge outside medina to protect the civilians.
From the book History of Muslims of the World by K.A.Hameed, it was stated the the Muslim army was of 1,400 soldier while the Jewish army was of 14,000 soldiers, which indicates the preparation for the war by the Jews.
As for the fact that Umar then expelled the Jews from khaybar, i don't have sufficient information to deny it, but what i'm sure of, and you can find in many Islamic books that Caliph Umar was not the righteous successor of prophet Muhammad, and he didn't accept many of his acts while he was alive.
And i hope in the next round i will provide more accurate information, to convince you and the voters of prophet Muhammad's good acts.
Exhibit 1 - The Qu'ran is Hateful Toward the Jewish People & Teaches Violence Against Jews
The basis for Antisemitism, hatred of Jews, is codified in the Qu'ran, which I would remind readers is recited daily by Muslims throughout the world and believed to the literal word of allah.
A) The Qu'ran claims outlandishly and hatefully that Jews will have their faces deformed and be cursed for rejecting Islam - Surah 4:47 - "O ye People of the Book!* believe in what We have (now) revealed, confirming what was (already) with you, before We change the face and fame of some (of you) beyond all recognition, and turn them hindwards, or curse them as We cursed the Sabbath-breakers, for the decision of Allah Must be carried out."
B) The Qu'ran outrageously expands it's hateful message that the Jewish people are stamped with "humiliation and wretchedness." Surah 2:61 - "And when ye said: O Moses! We are weary of one kind of food; so call upon thy Lord for us that He bring forth for us of that which the earth groweth - of its herbs and its cucumbers and its corn and its lentils and its onions. He said: Would ye exchange that which is higher for that which is lower? Go down to settled country, thus ye shall get that which ye demand. And humiliation and wretchedness were stamped upon them and they were visited with wrath from Allah. That was because they disbelieved in Allah's revelations and slew the prophets wrongfully. That was for their disobedience and transgression."
C) The Qu'ran explicitly says Muslims must not have friendship with Jews - Surah 5:51 - "O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust."
D) The Qu'ran sneers at Jews hatefully calling them perverse - Surah 9:30 - "And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they!"
E) The Qu'ran's hateful message mentions allah turned Jews into apes and pigs, hence the accusation Islamic clerics still cry out in Friday sermons in the mosque. Surah 2:65 - "And well ye knew those amongst you [Children of Israel] who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath: We said to them: "Be ye apes, despised and rejected.""
F) The Qu'ranic hate doctrine claims superiority of the Muslims while calling Jews faithless, perverted transgressors. Surah 3:110 - "Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors."
G) The Qu'ran specifically calls on Muslims to therefore fight and wage Jihad against Jews until killed, converted, or subjugated by Islamic rule and forced to pay Jizya. Surah 9:29 - "Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute [Jizya] readily, being brought low."
H) Finally, the most infamous Hadith invoked time and again by Islamic clerics and imams, especially preaching in the al-Aqsa Mosque, Muhammad said Muslims MUST carry out a Holocaust of the Jews, a great slaughter, before the Final Hour and Judgement Day can arrive shedding insight into the Islamic religious hatred and motivation aimed at destroying Israel. Sahih Muslim 41:6985 - "Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews." The prophet of Islam also called for genocide in Sahih Muslim 41:6981 - "Ibn 'Umar reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: You will fight against the Jews and you will kill them until even a stone would say: Come here, Muslim, there is a Jew (hiding himself behind me) ; kill him."
Exhibit 2 - Muhammad's Siege and Expulsion of the Banu Qaynuqa Jewish Tribe
A) Two Years after arriving in Yathrib, Muhammad had openly declared his intentions when according to Bukhari 53:392 - "While we were in the Mosque, the Prophet came out and said, "Let us go to the Jews" We went out till we reached Bait-ul-Midras. He said to them, "If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. So, if anyone amongst you owns some property, he is permitted to sell it, otherwise you should know that the Earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle.""
B) The so-called justification, or cause, is an anecdotal account of the murder of a Muslim by several Jews, but what they fail to mention about their frivolous justification is that it followed him murdering a Jewish merchant. There was no peaceful mediation or arbitration. Muhammad and the Muslims laid siege to the Banu Qaynuqa and given their division with the other two Jewish tribes in the past, he calculated correctly that the other two would not interfere. They were unprepared for a battle and surrendered quickly.
C) Muhammad's intention was to butcher the Banu Qaynuqa, but he was forced to give up on slaughter due to Abdullah b. Ubayy b. Salul, a mutual Arab ally of both, remembering their past support and alliance. According Ibn Ishaq, "Abdullah b. Ubayy b. Salul went to him when God had put them in his power and said, "O Muhammad, deal kindly with my clients" (now they were allies of Khazraj), but the apostle put him off. He repeated the words, and the apostle turned away from him, whereupon he thrust his hand into the collar of the apostle's robe; the apostle was so angry that his face became almost black. He said, "Confound you, let me go." He answered, "No, by God, I will not let you go until you deal kindly with my clients. Four hundred men without mail and three hundred mailed protected me from all mine enemies; would you cut them down in one morning? By God, I am a man who fears that circumstances may change"' The apostle said, "You can have them.""
D) In the end, the Banu Qaynuqa were exiled from Yathrib with only the clothes on their backs and perhaps a few personal items. Muhammad and his followers seized all their wealth and their land and all their possessions. Muhammad took a 20% cut and the rest was distributed to his followers.
Exhibit 3 - Muhammad's Siege and Expulsion of the Banu Nadir Jewish Tribe
A) Less than a year after the expulsion of the Banu Qaynuqa, another Jewish tribe, Banu Nadir, would be expelled from Yathrib. Relations were already bad considering Ka'b bin al-Ashraf, a poet who satirized Muhammad, had been assassinated on orders of Muhammad who permitted his assassins to lure him out at night and brutally stab him to death. It was also to terrorize the Jews, as the Qu'ran commands and Muhammad's biographer noted not a single Jew didn't fear for his life.
B) One of Muhammad's soldiers murdered two men from a tribe that had an alliance with the Muslims and so blood money was to be paid. Note that Muhammad was not sieged or expelled as in the case of the Banu Qaynuqa. So naturually, rather than paying from his new found wealth taken from the Banu Qaynuqa, Muhammad goes to the walls of the Banu Nadir demanding payment and sat outside waiting for it. Muhammad left claiming that allah had warned him the Banu Nadir intended to assassinate him by dropping a stone from the wall on his head thus creating the libel that the Jews intended to kill him and returned with his army to lay siege. They surrendered shortly after as the other tribe had before.
C) The Banu Nadir were given expulsion, only allowed to take what they could carry on a camel, but unlike before, all the wealth, possessions, and land became the sole property of Muhammad. Bukhari 52:153 relates this was Fai Booty meaning that because they surrendered with no resistance all the spoils belong to Muhammad and the wealth went to pay his family's yearly expenditure while the rest was used to purchase more war materials for future Jihad. Muhammad enriched himself on account of the Banu Nadir tribe.
Due to character limitations, the importance of the next two exhibits, which require more elaboration, I will present them in the next round.
The Qu'ran is explicitly and clearly hateful toward Jews and it does prescribe fighting them in Surah 9:29 as I have mentioned above. Muhammad made the slaughter of the Jewish people a requisite of Judgement Day. It certainly does call for killing and your prophet, considered the al-Insan al-Kamil (perfect human), ethnically cleansed Yathrib, a Jewish city, of all the Jews and out of Arabia. I have witnessed many Palestinian sermons stating the killing of Jews is a religious duty for Muslims. Next, Islam does not guaruntee the freedom of religion and your prophet said explicitly that he is commanded to fight the people until they accept Islam. I will address Khaybar later in detail, but Ali is recorded as asking Muhammad why he was marching on those people and Muhammad said it submission to Islam was the goal.
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