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Dark Muhammad - R.J. Godlewski

DARK MUHAMMAD by R.J. Godlewski 1

R. J. GODLEWSKI

Dark Muhammad

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 Rafi‟

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

assassinated too.


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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

doers.

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

ritual:

Ishaq:595 “The Apostle said, „Get him away from me and cut off his

tongue.”

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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Works Cited

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.

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