DARK MUHAMMAD by R.J. Godlewski 1
R. J. GODLEWSKI
THE RADICALIZATION OF THE “HIGHLY PRAISED”.
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“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but underneath are ravenous wolves.” (Mt 7:15 NAB)
Let‟s step back into history. Before a time of political pandering and correctness.
The world was struggling to define itself, as it always seems to do. Christianity was
flourishing; it just embarked upon an age where being burned as garden torches, fed to
hungry lions, and persecuted by everyone in power was a thing of the past. Arabia was a
desolate world awash within Bedouin and tribal cultures and heritage, not unlike the
feudal system encompassing Middle Aged Europe. Judaic civilization prayed for
ownership of Jerusalem. Such a period bred opportunists.
One of these opportunists was Muhammad ibn Abdallah, known throughout
history now as Muhammad the Prophet, originator of the Muslim faith. This man
represents something of an enigma for history, a conflict of personalities that ranged
from being “devoted to preaching, counseling, warning people about the judgment day,
and exhorting them to righteousness” during his days in Mecca to a lifestyle of
governing people and forcing them into his faith following his days in Medina (Dashti
1994, 70). It was a complete reversal of Saint Paul‟s conversion to Christianity where the
former Saul went from crucifier to Christian. Did Muhammad‟s own faith in saving his
people give way to cruelty and abuse of power? Possibly. At least his latter actions would
offend all but the most tyrannical today.
Something definitely happened within Muhammad‟s life that changed him from a
person attempting to unify Arabia through peaceful means and left the world with a man
who became nothing more than a politician, a militant warrior, and an unabashed
conquerer for his new ideas. Taken from the context of the New Testament, therefore,
his actions if not his very being became the antithesis of Christ. Was Muhammad, then,
the anti-Christ? I do not believe so. However, I do not believe in the “Antichrist” as
many, more evangelical Christians, would define the term either. I believe that the
antichrist referenced in the Bible (1 John 2:18, etc.) represents anyone who preaches
against the teachings of Jesus Christ and, often, referred to a specific individual such as
the emperor Nero. In that regard, we all have a little bit of this antithesis of Christ
within our thoughts, our actions, and our heritage.
Because of this, I do not wish to vilify the prophet known as Muhammad as some
form of diabolical evil unleashed upon the world. Of course, I do not wish to glorify him
either for he was no more honorable than anyone of us alive today. Perhaps I am
unusual within the world, but I always value how a person dies almost more than how
they lived years into the past. In this regard, too, Muhammad did not die as the same
“peaceful, compassionate” man who traveled within Mecca. The older Muhammad was a
warrior as well as a judge, jury, and executioner. These, obviously, were decidedly unlike
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“On the day when the Prophet gave the order to „kill every Jew
whom you have captured,‟ Mohayyesa b. Mas'ud ran out and killed
the harmless shopkeeper…” (Dashti 1994)
Let there be no doubt about it, assassination has been part of the Muslim faith
ever since it was established and these actions often involved the founder of this peculiar
religion himself. In fact, the term itself comes from the „Assassins,‟ a ruthless group who
committed murders all across the Middle East. That Muhammad the Prophet had a
hand within many murders is quite evident, and includes such assassinations as:
Ka‟b bin Ashraf
Abu Sufyan (attempted)
al-Aswad (Dhu al-Khimar „Abhalah b. Ka‟b)
Khalid b Sufyan
Yusayr b. Rizam
Chieftain of Dumah
No wonder my formal course on assassinations devoted an entire week to the
study of Muhammad. The only time that Christ was mentioned was when I inadvertently
deleted two weeks‟ work.
In fairness, I can understand how some people could involve themselves within
such actions that I would condone their immediate deaths. Hitler would have been one
as is Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Yet, what type of person could so
infuriate a “man of peace” that he would order their lives to be taken?
Two slave-girls owned by Abdollah b. ol-Khatal, named Fartana and Qariba, sang
satirical songs about Muhammad (Dashti 1994, 75). All three of them were put to death
– obviously a great justice for human society. The Prophet had Asem b. Thabet behead
Nadr b. ol-Hareth for suggesting that the Qur‟anic revelations were fables. Oh, this is
definitely worthy of capital punishment – believing that stories from someone throwing
a fit within a cave might be fairytales.
And what of the 120-year-old Abu‟ Afak? His capital crime was lampooning the
Prophet. In 2009, such punishment is reserved solely for conservative Republicans. In
Muhammad‟s day, a poetess was moved by the plight of poor old Afak and composed a
few verses deemed disrespectful to Muhammad (Dashti 1994, 77). He had her
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A full recitation of Muhammad‟s murderous crimes is beyond the scope of this
document. I merely offer the above as a small sampling of what awaited those who
disagreed with the Prophet or questioned his authority (as did the one sage who
questioned Muhammad‟s ability to alter Allah‟s word for convenience). It is obvious that
the “Prophet” wanted to silence all who stood in his way. He could not have confronted
any „Judases‟ with “What you are going to do, do quickly” (Jn 13:27 NAB). What
manner of religion, therefore, could be so cruel in its founder‟s actions?
“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree
bear good fruit” (Lk 6:43 NAB)
In modern, Westernized society we tend to view religion as either archaic and
therefore outside the realm of rational thought, or we consider any faith as generically a
“touchy, feely” psychological sensation. We never seem to allow ourselves to consider
that our contemporaries may view their faith as the reason for their existence or that
such a religious persuasion might actually be grounded upon the merits of selfdestruction.
This naïveté is foolish, for European Christianity itself went through a civil
war period in which “people burned with, and burned for, their religious faith” that
witnessed at least one “furious imperial response and the slaughter of 100,000
Germans” (Donnelly 2006, 61).
That we possess the attention span of a two-year-old attests to the fact that we
can remember nothing of the brutal, bloody struggle that brought about modern
Christian thought. We can live with our conveniences because millions had already gone
through the decidedly inconvenienced era of destroying those who sought to pervert our
faith. Islam has yet – though we may well be witnessing it – to experience this “religious
civil war” in which the radical are silenced permanently in favor of the Truth.
What, exactly, do Muslims believe? What they believe is primarily a mixture of
Judaic and Christian thought incorporated into a “new revelation” as written within the
Quran (Durant 1950, 184-186). This is necessarily an over-simplification. Their basic
tenet is that there is only one god, Allah, and that Muhammad is his prophet whom he
has spoken through. These conversations are contained within the Quran and it is
within this book that we learn of several disturbing passages revealing the militaristic
stance of the faith:
5:33 “The punishment for those who wage war against Allah and His
Prophet and make mischief in the land, is to murder them, crucify
them, or cut off a hand and foot on opposite sides...their doom is
dreadful. They will not escape the fire, suffering constantly.”
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9:29 Make war on those who have received the Scriptures (Jews and
Christians) but do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day.
2:193 Fight them until you are no longer persecuted and the religion
of Allah reigns absolute, but if they give up, then only fight the evil
47:4 When you encounter unbelievers on the battlefield, cut off their
heads until you have thoroughly defeated them and then take the
prisoners and tie them up firmly.
Then there is the Sunna, the “Example of Muhammad”, which contains
instructions for torture that would make waterboarding seem like part of a wedding
Ishaq:595 “The Apostle said, „Get him away from me and cut off his
Ishaq:312 “Umar said to the Apostle, „Let me pull out Suhayl's two
front teeth. That way his tongue will stick out and he will never be
able to speak against you again.”
Ishaq:316 "Following Badr, Muhammad sent a number of raiders
with orders to capture some of the Meccans and burn them alive."
Ishaq:387 "When Muhammad saw Hamzah he said, ‘If Allah gives
me victory over the Quraysh at any time, I shall mutilate thirty of
their men!' When the Muslims saw the rage of the Prophet they said,
‘By Allah, if we are victorious over them, we shall mutilate them in a
way which no Arab has ever mutilated anybody."
In all, Muhammad spent about 75% of his life devoted to Jihad, conducted
approximately 27 raids over a period of nine years, and participated within 38 other
battles over and above the aforementioned smaller raids, assassinations, and
executions. 1 Such a history prompted Lt. Col. Ralph Peters to write, “I was struck … by
the enduring characteristics of jihadi warfare” (Peters 2007, 38). What the good colonel
was implying, was that the Muslim world held a significant history of barbaric and
ruthless military actions, all in the name of Allah.
1 Private correspondence with my assassination course instructor.
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“The use of atrocities to break an enemy‟s will, the power of
fanaticism and charismatic leaders, the value of surprise…were all
there a thousand years ago” (Peters 2007, 38).
The above header simply means that America has had very little to do with the
emergence of Arabic brutality. Muslims have been commiting 1.) atrocities, 2.)
assassinations of the innocent, and 3.) surprise attacks long before the United States
fought Saddam Hussein, long before our battleships shelled Lebanon, long before our
government propped up the Shah of Iran, and, even, long before Christopher Columbus
set forth sailing the ocean blue. No American alive today – no American ever – turned
Muslims into fanatics that were not already fanaticized by their own religious beliefs.
Whatever happened to the Muhammad of Mecca, I cannot answer. The
Muhammad of Medina, the “Dark Muhammad”, however, was a tyrannical
politician/warrior who sought to spread his faith through force and intimidation. In this
regard, we simply have the basis for today‟s radical Islamists. Yes, there are “decent”
Muslims living amongst us, but these “moderates” exist in spite of their faith, not
because of it. Their individual nature determines their solidarity with the rest of the
world. This is the contrasting reason that I accord them their due dignity and respect –
my own faith holds that I must “love my enemies and neighbors”. Except when I am
required to protect innocent lives, of whatever faith or belief.
Was their Muhammad the Antichrist of fame? Probably not. I believe that God
has intended for humanity to exist for thousands of years into the future yet and, well,
who knows how many false religions will arise and expire by that time. I only know that
my Lord‟s Church is the one true faith and through him ten centuries is as brief as a
single day (2 Pt 3:8). All that I know is that Muhammad‟s life was the complete
antithesis of Christ‟s, the opposite of everything that I stand for. Yes, I will remain firm
against all false prophets – even if some people should find me offensive (literally or
figuratively) in the process. Muhammad is no longer around to silence me.
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Dashti, Ali. "Twenty Three Years: A study of the Prophetic Career of Mohammad." 1994.
Donnelly, Tom. "A Question of Faith: Conflicts Driven by Religion Can be Long and
Bitter." Armed Forces Journal, October 2006: 60-62.
Durant, Will. The Age of Faith. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1950.
Peters, Ralph. "When Muslim armies won: Lessons from yesteryears's jihadi victories."
Armed Forces Journal, September 2007: 38-41,47.