Friday, 15 May 2009

The Qur'an Challenge

Some satire for a Friday afternoon.*

Some Qur'an and hadith quotes to supplement the points made in the video:

“[The Prophet] married 'Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consummated that marriage when she was nine years old.” (Bukhari v.5, b.58, no.234, and many others)

“[Aisha said:] He [Muhammad] struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?” (Muslim b.4, no.2127)

"Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all). (Qur'an 4:34)

"He [Muhammad] married thirteen women." ("Ibn Hisham's Notes" in The Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq)

"Then the apostle went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for [the men of Banu Qurayza] and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches...There were 600 or 700 in all, though some put the figure as high as 800 or 900...This went on until the apostle made an end of them..." (Ibn Ishaq)

Some of Muhammad's last words: "Allah's curse be on the Jews and the Christians, as they took the graves of their prophets as (places of worship)..." (Bukhari v.5, b.59, no.727)

Note the final challenge in the video: "So to all the Muslims out there - if I'm using the wrong book, or I've said anything that isn't true, please leave a comment; I wanna learn."

This is a challenge that many have issued in recent years. To date, no Muslim has ever successfully answered it.

*By the way, I'm not the guy in the video.

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