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The Life of Muhammad The Prophet
By Amazon Customer on November 4, David D — November 3, :. It goes hand in glove with the Koran. If you want to understand Islam, you must read and understand the life of Muhammad and the Koran. If you are not a Muslim you should still know what the Sira and the Koran actually say. If you want to hold an informed opinion about Islam, terrorism, etc.
The great thing about the Simplified Koran is that it has excerpts from the life of Muhammad, this Sira, so you know the context of what was going on in his life when he got these revelations, and every paragraph is referenced, so you can look it up online. The references are critical. You will find yourself with many WTF moments when reading.
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Going to Wiki Islam or other online sources may only compound your sense that the prophet was perhaps a crazy megalomaniac. Islam requires a certain cognitive dissidence where you have to hold as true multiple contradictory ideas. There are also just plain bizarre things that are not explained like the two giant transparent women in paradise.
Know that most Muslims have a very sketchy understanding of Islam. Islam means submission and the only important thing is that Muslims all submit to Islam, and that we, non-Muslims, submit to Muslims. Islam is both the peaceful Islam of Mecca, and the violent Islam of Median. Islam is a series of tactics to gain supremacy over the world. This is the program Muhammad followed first in Median and then later in Mecca. In this way Muhammad became the richest and most powerful man in the region, had 11 wives including 9 year old Aisha, while breaking every one of the 10 commandments.
NoMo — April 30, :. Everyone needs to read enough of this and of the main books of Islam to allow them to understand the goals of its founder By NoMo on April 30, In the next decade, Muhammad and his followers were first belittled and ridiculed, then persecuted and physically attacked for departing from traditional Mecca's tribal ways.
Muhammad's message was resolutely monotheistic. For several years, the the Quraysh, Mecca's dominant tribe, levied a ban on trade with Muhammad's people, subjecting them to near famine conditions.
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Toward the end of the decade, Muhammad's wife and uncle both died. Finally, the leaders of Mecca attempted to assassinate Muhammad. Muhammad and the Muslims Emigrate to Medina In , Muhammad and his few hundred followers left Mecca and traveled to Yathrib, the oasis town where his father was buried. The leaders there were suffering through a vicious civil war, and they had invited this man well known for his wisdom to act as their mediator. Yathrib soon became known as Medina, the City of the Prophet. Muhammad remained here for the next six years, building the first Muslim community and gradually gathering more and more people to his side.
Early skirmishes led to three major battles in the next three years. In March, , a treaty was signed between the two sides, which recognized the Muslims as a new force in Arabia and gave them freedom to move unmolested throughout Arabia. Meccan allies breached the treaty a year later. The Conquest of Mecca By now, the balance of power had shifted radically away from once-powerful Mecca, toward Muhammad and the Muslims.
In January, , they marched on Mecca and were joined by tribe after tribe along the way. They entered Mecca without bloodshed and the Meccans, seeing the tide had turned, joined them. Muhammad's Final Years Muhammad returned to live in Medina. In the next three years, he consolidated most of the Arabian Peninsula under Islam.
In March, , he returned to Mecca one last time to perform a pilgrimage, and tens of thousands of Muslims joined him. After the pilgrimage, he returned to Medina. Yet he continued to emphasize that deification should be directed to God and not to him personally. If you want money, we will collect enough money for you so that you will be the richest one of us.
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If you want leadership, we will take you as our leader and never decide on any matter without your approval. If you want a kingdom, we will crown you king over us Did he turn it down as a bargaining strategy leaving the door open for a better offer? A revelation from God , the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful; a Book whereof the verses are explained in detail; a Quran in Arabic, for people who know, giving good news and warning, yet most of them turn away, so they do not listen.