The Profit Was a Murdered

Mohamed killed a woman because of a poem

of the Islamic profit Muhammad ordering that she be put to death for writing poetry opposing him, which he claimed provoked other pagans to commit acts of violence against him. The documents also reveal that she scorned the people of Medina for honoring and obeying a leader who was not their kin.

According to the works of Ibn Sa’d and Ibn Ishaq, bint Marwan displayed her disaffection for the profit after Abu Aftak, another Medinian, was murdered for inciting.

If the murderous terrorist attack in Paris surprised you, it may come as even more of a surprise to find out that the profit Muhammad himself ordered a woman put to death for the crime of writing a poem opposing him! Asma bint Marwan lived in Medina during 7th century Arabia and was a member of the Ummayad clan.

The story of her death is chronicled in the Sira Material, which was compiled by Ibn Ishaq and Ibn Sa’d. These historical documents tell g the people to rebel against Muhammad. Her family considered Muhammad and his followers to be interlopers and refused to welcome them into Medina.

The reason for this was that after the Muslim’s were victorious over the Quraysh in the year 624 in the Battle of Badr in the city of Mecca, when Muhammad’s opponents surrendered, a number of them were killed even after surrendering.

Bint Marwan wrote poems publicly defaming the tribesmen in Medina who allied with Muhammad and converted to Islam. In her poems she openly called for his death and continued to ridicule anyone and everyone for following a chief who was not their kin.

The poem that caught Muhammad’s attention said “Do you expect good from him after the killing of your chiefs?” and went on to ask “Is there no man of pride who would attack him by surprise? And end the hopes of those who expect aught from him?”

Once Muhammad heard the poem he publicly called for her death, asking, “Who will rid me of Marwan’s daughter?” A blind man, Umayr bin Adiy al-Khatmi, who was a member of the same tribe as bint Marwan’s husband, Banu Khatma, answered the call and announced that he would.

He then crept silently in the dark of night to where he found her sound asleep with her five children, clutching her tiny infant to her chest. Umayr took the baby from bint Marwan’s bosom and then savagely murdered her.

Here is the poem.

“I despise B. Malik and al-Nabit
And Auf and B. al-Khazraj.
You obey a stranger who is none of yours,
One not of Murad or Madhhij.
Do you expect good from him after the killing of your chiefs
Like a hungry man waiting for a cook’s broth?
Is there no man of pride who would attack him by surprise
And cut off the hopes of those who expect aught from him?”

So if you think Islam disavows violence, think again.

The way fanatical Muslims are being dealt with currently is not working. Blindly condemning all Muslims is simply wrong but so is burying our heads in the sand claiming these are just isolated events doesn’t work either. The truth is that throughout the history of Islam there have been violent episodes, as is true of most other religions. Some religious factions use religion as a justification for the barbaric actions they choose to perpetrate on modern society.

We need to fully understand and educate people everywhere that these kinds of incidents were taking place centuries ago, in an age when violence and force were the only means for gaining respect and getting ahead. And that today in the modern world there are many positive ways for achieving those goals and much more. Until everyone of every culture, religion and socioeconomic level understands and accepts this we are all in danger of being on the receiving end of more radical terrorist attacks as more and more recruits are being attracted to the power of fanaticism and violence.

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