In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms
Prophet Mohammad is noted as having said:
I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror, and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.” Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Apostle has left the world and now you, people, are bringing out those treasures–(Bokhari Vol. 4, #220)
I have been given superiority over the other prophets in six respects: I have been given words which are concise but comprehensive in meaning; I have been helped by terror (in the hearts of enemies): spoils have been made lawful to me: the earth has been made for me clean and a place of worship; I have been sent to all mankind and the line of prophets is closed with me–(Muslim Vol. 1, #’s 1062, 1063, 1066, 1067)
And Allāh says in His Qur’an:
-We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve because they set up with Allah that for which He has sent down no authority, and their abode is the Fire. And evil is the abode of the wrongdoers”–(3:151).
-“When thy Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, so make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. So smite above the necks and smite every finger-tip of them. This is because they opposed Allah and His Messenger. And whoever opposes Allah and His Messenger — then surely Allah is Severe in requiting” –(8:12-13; also 8:59-60).
-“And Allah turned back the disbelievers in their rage — they gained no advantage. And Allah sufficed the believers in fighting. And Allah is ever Strong, Mighty. And He drove down those of the People of the Book who backed them from their fortresses and He cast awe into their hearts; some you killed and you took captive some. And He made you heirs to their land and their dwellings and their property, and (to) a land which you have not yet trodden. And Allah is ever Possessor of power over all things”-(33:25-27. For the background to these verses see Muhammad Ali comm. his translation of the Qur’an can be viewed/downloaded at: www.muslim.org).
-“He it is Who caused those who disbelieved of the People of the Book to go forth from their homes at the first banishment. You deemed not that they would go forth, while they thought that their fortresses would defend them against Allah. But Allah came to them from a place they expected not and cast terror into their hearts — they demolished their houses with their own hands and the hands of the believers. So take a lesson, O you who have eyes!
That is because they were opposed to Allah and His Messenger, and whoever is opposed to Allah, surely Allāh is Severe in retribution.
Your fear in their hearts is indeed greater than Allah’s. That is because they are a people who understand not” (59:2, 4, 13. These verses are about the Jews who were expelled for treachery. see Muhammad Ali comm. his translation of the Qur’an can be viewed/downloaded at: www.muslim.org).
And the critic states “Allah commands deeds of terror by the believers against the unbelievers as the means of creating the emotion of terror in their hearts. The only reason needed for action is that “they resisted Allah and His Messenger”.
That “Allah commands deeds of terror by the believers against the unbelievers as the means of creating the emotion of terror in their hearts. The only reason needed for action is that “they resisted Allah and His Messenger”.
What utter rubbish!
Mohammad fighting a defensive war against aggressors crazed on annihilating him can hardly be labeled “deeds of terror” and as “the means of creating the emotion of terror” in the hearts of the enemy.
If fighting a defensive war against aggressors is “deeds of terror” for “creating the emotion of terror” in the hearts of the enemy, then all warfare, ancient and modern, whether aggressive or defensive, are “the means of creating the emotion of terror” in the hearts of the enemy. Never heard of “shock and awe?”
Every side endeavors to employ whatever means he can to fold the “enemy” into subjection..
Mohammad’s duty was only to deliver the Divine message, not enforce it. From day one of his mission Mohammad was persecuted, besieged, target of the assassin’s blade; forced into exile, pursued and warred on. Had the “unbelievers” not militated against Mohammad they would not have suffered “terror in their hearts”:
- “thou art not one to compel them. So remind by means of the Qur’an him who fears My warning”–(Qur’an 50:45).
- “And if thy Lord had pleased, all those who are in the earth would have believed, all of them. Wilt thou then force men till they are believers?”–(Qur’an 10:99);
- “And say: Truth is from your Lord; so let him who please believe, and let him who please disbelieve”–(Qur’an 18:29);
- “There is no compulsion in religion”–(Qur’an 2:256. More on this verse later);
- And obey Allāh and obey the Messenger; but if you turn away. the duty of Our Messenger is only to DELIVER (the message) clearly”–(Qur’an 64:12; also 3:19; 5:92, 99; 13:7, 40; 16:82; 24:54; 29:18; 46:35).
- “Tell those who believe to forgive those who fear not the days of Allåh that He may reward a people for what they earn. Whoever does good it is for himself, and whoever does evil, it is against himself; then to your Lord you will be brought back”–(Qur’an 45:14-15).
As clearly shown in these verses, the “unbelievers” could have passively “resisted Allah and His Messenger” till the Resurrection without retaliation from Mohammad.
The “unbelievers” suffered “terror in their hearts” (and loss of lives and property) not because of Allāh and Mohammad but because of their arrogance, audacity and militancy.
That Mohammad was made victorious through “terror:”
Whereas the Christian tries to denigrate Allāh and Mohammad, the Biblical God (and as Christians say that Jesus is god, Jesus) made the Israelite victorious (and wealthy/wealthier) through massive massacre and terror.
The Biblical/Christian’s God (Jesus) “smote” left, right, and centre and everything that breathed:
“They have moved me to JEALOUSY with that which is not God; they have provoked me to ANGER with their vanities: and I will move them to JEALOUSY with those who are not a people (they must be devils?); I will PROVOKE them to ANGER with a foolish nation. For a FIRE is kindled in mine ANGER, and shall burn in the lowest HELL….I will heap MISCHIEF upon them; I will spend my ARROWS upon them…. I will also send the TEETH OF BEASTS upon them, with the POISON OF SERPENTS of the dust. The SWORD without, and TERROR within, shall destroy both the YOUNG MAN and the VIRGIN, the SUCKLING also with the MAN OF GRAY HAIRS”–(Deut. 32:15-25).
“For indeed the HAND OF THE LORD was against them, to destroy them from among the host, until they were consumed” –(Deut. 2:15);
“Therefore he (God) lifted up HIS HAND against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness”–(Psalm 106:26; Ezek. 20:15);
God commands the Israelites to do to the people whose land they were going to possess: “thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them, thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them”–(Deut. 7:1-2. See Josh. 12:1-6). “And stay ye not, but pursue after your enemies, and SMITE the hindmost of them; suffer them not to enter into their cities: for the LORD YOUR GOD hath delivered them into your hand;” “And afterward Joshua SMOTE them” “So Joshua SMOTE all the country ….as the LORD GOD of Israel commanded….because the LORD GOD of Israel FOUGHT for Israel”–(Josh. 10:19, 24, 26, 40-42; 6:21. Read Josh. chs. 10-12; Num. 21:24, 35; 31:17-18; Deut. 20:16-17; 1 Sam. 15:2-3, for slaughters by Joshua, Moses, and Saul).
“the TERROR of God was upon the cities that were round about them (Jacob and his household)”–(Gen. 5:5)
“For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the TERRORS of God do set themselves in array against me–(Job 6:4)
“For destruction from God was a TERROR to me”–(Job 31:23)
“How are they (the wicked) brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with TERRORS (from God)”–(Psalm 73:19)
“Knowing therefore the TERROR of the Lord, we persuade men”–(2 Cor. 5:11);
“For, behold the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his ANGER with fury, and his rebuke with FLAMES OF FIRE. For by FIRE and by his SWORD will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be MANY”–(Isaiah 66:15-16).
“But the HAND OF THE LORD was heavy upon them in Ashdod, and he destroyed them and SMOTE them with emerods (hemorrhoids)….the HAND OF THE LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he SMOTE the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts ….there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the HAND OF GOD was very heavy there. And the men that died not were SMITTEN with the emerods”–(1 Sam.5:6, 9, 11-12);
“And the Lord said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand…and they slew of them in Bezek TEN THOUSAND MEN…and they pursued after him (Adonibezek), and caught him and cut off his THUMBS and his GREAT TOES. And Adonibezek said, THREE SCORE AND TEN kings, having their THUMBS and their GREAT TOES CUT OFF…”–(Judges 1:1-7).
“Then the Lord spake unto Moses, saying…And they warred against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses, and they slew ALL THE MALES ….And they brought the CAPTIVES and the prey and the SPOIL to Moses, and Eleazar… And Moses said unto them…Now therefore KILL EVERY MALE among the LITTLE ONES (of the captives), and KILL EVERY WOMAN who hath known man by lying with him, but ALL THE WOMEN CHILDREN, that have not known a man by lying with him (virgin girls) KEEP ALIVE FOR YOURSELVES….And the Lord spake unto to Moses, saying, Take the sum of the PREY (BOOTY) that was taken, both of MAN and of beast, thou and Eleazar…And divide the PREY into two parts; between them that took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation And LEVY A TRIBUTE UNTO THE LORD….And the BOOTY, being the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught was 675,000 sheep, 72,000 cattle, and 61,000 asses, and of WOMEN that had not known man by lying with him (virgin girls), were 32,000″ -(Numbers chapter 31).
“And stay ye not, but PURSUE AFTER YOUR ENEMIES, and SMITE THE HINDMOST OF THEM; SUFFER THEM NOT TO ENTER INTO THEIR CITIES: for the LORD YOUR GOD hath delivered them into your hand;” “and Joshua called for all the men of Israel…Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings…And afterward JOSHUA SMOTE THEM, and SLEW THEM, and HANGED THEM on five trees.”
“So Joshua SMOTE ALL THE COUNTRY of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and ALL THEIR KINGS: HE LEFT NONE remaining, but UTTERLY DESTROYED ALL THAT BREATHED, as the LORD GOD of Israel commanded…And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD GOD of Israel fought for Israel;” “And they UTTERLY DESTROYED ALL that was in the city, both MAN AND WOMAN, YOUNG AND OLD, AND OX, AND SHEEP, AND ASS, with the EDGE OF THE SWORD”–(Joshua 10:19, 24, 26, 40-42; 6:21. Read Joshua chapters. 10-12; Numbers 21:24, 35; 31:17-18; Deuteronomy 20:16-17; 1 Samuel 15:2-3, for slaughters by Joshua, Moses, and Saul).
These Biblical verses as revealed by the Christian’s God, Jesus, must be the “Mother” of all “terror”.
That Mohammad was given “the keys of the treasures of the world.”
Jesus told his followers they are not to think about what they will eat and wear that “all these things shall be added unto you” (that God will send), and John the Baptist, the greatest man born of a woman as Jesus says, taught, “A man can receive nothing EXCEPT IT BE GIVEN HIM FROM HEAVEN”–(Matt. 6:25-34; 11:11; John 3:27).
Since God “sends” as Jesus says, and since man can have only what “heaven” sends as John says, where then is the difficulty with Mohammad saying Allāh gave him “the keys of the treasures of the world”?
Notably the prophet was given the “keys” of the treasures. And what are the keys of the treasures? Knowledge! And after the death of the Prophet, Muslims used the keys/knowledge and brought benefits to mankind.
Mohammad was not only given “the keys of the treasures of the world,” he and Muslims were given the “kingdom of God,” and Makkah was made the new House of God:
“The kingdom of God shall be taken from you (Jews), and given to a nation (Muslims) bringing forth the fruits thereof;”
“The glory of this latter house (Ka’ba/Makkah) shall be greater than of the former (Temple/Jerusalem), saith the Lord of the hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of the hosts”–(Matthew 21:43; Haggai 2:9).
Rather than squander invaluable time trying to denigrate Allāh and Mohammad, Christians, if their desire is to go to heaven, and as they know about Mohammad/Islam, they have no choice but to bend their knees to Allāh, to:
There is no God but Allāh;
Mohammad is the Messenger of Allāh!