I have written that Muhammad was a warrior. History suggests I’m correct. Today’s violence in the Middle East suggests a Bin Laden was the modern day warrior leader while his followers believe in a warrior type solution to converting everyone.

 

Peaceful Muslims whom believe in the same historical figure head as the leader of there faith has blood on his hands from his crusades ending in Jerusalem

 

Muhammad Drawings, Pictures, Cartoons

Images of the Prophet Muhammad from History

By Austin Cline, About.com Guide

 

Muslims have rioted over Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad. Why? One claim has been that Islam forbids visual depictions of Muhammad, which is strange given how often images of Muhammad appear in Muslim history. We can also find many visual images of Muhammad in European history, all without Muslims rioting and threatening to destroy civil liberties. Here you will find numerous images of Muhammad, some Muslim and some European, accompanied by verses of war and violence in the Quran.

 

Muhammad in Hell; Dante's Inferno Canto 28, verses 30-31; Illustration by Gustave Dore

Muhammad in Hell

 

 

Illustration of Muhammad

Allah Has Predestined some to Hell

Muhammad Leads Muslims in a Massacre

Violence and War in Islam

 

Muhammad Preaching Islam

Can Muslims be Friends with Non-Muslims?

Muhammad Riding a Camel

Punishments for Evildoers, Eternal and Temporal

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Muslims Fighting the Nonbelievers

 

Muhammad Teaching About Islam

Woe Unto Those Who Disblieve Muhammad

 

Muhammad Riding into Medina

Kill or Crucify Your Enemies

 

Muhammad at the Kaaba in Mecca

Nonbelievers Aren't Allowed Near the Kaaba

Muhammad Rides al-Burak into Heaven

Even the Angels Will Smite Disbelievers

 

Muhammad Arrives Triumphantly (possibly at Mecca)

Muslims Should Not Kill Muslims

 

 

 

Islam during the Crusades

Editor, Kathryn Talarico

 

 Muhammad

 

The prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca around 570 AD. We know very little about his early life, but we do know that in mid-life (610 AD) he experienced a series of revelations from the angel Gabriel. Soon afterward, he began preaching publicly. The people of Mecca were pagans and they did not like Muhammad's harsh criticisms of their practices; in 622, he and his family emigrated to Medina. This move is called the hijra (or Hegira) and marks year 1 of the Islamic calendar.

 

Muhammad was much more successful at Medina. It was here that he began preaching that his followers were commanded by God to convert or else conquer the neighboring tribes. Expansion followed rapidly, and in 630 they had conquered Mecca. Muhammad himself died in 632.

 

He was recognized by his followers to be what he claimed to be: the final and true prophet, following in a direct tradition from Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. We have nothing from Muhammad's hand. The sacred book of Islam, the Koran (Quran), was written down in final form in 651 and 652, by his followers who knew him directly and intimately.

 

Islam

 

The word "Islam" means submission. A Muslim is one who submits to God (Allah = the God), to the will of God, and to God's law. The first obligation of the Muslim is to acknowledge Allah and to recognize him as the one and only God, and to acknowledge that Muhammad is his prophet. Anyone, therefore, can be a Muslim; like Christianity, it was a religion that from the beginning sought out and welcomed converts.

 

The tone of the Koran is highly moralistic, emphasizing ethics and proper behavior. There is very little in it that is theological or abstract, but there is much about diet, charity toward the poor, and various ceremonies. Muslims were to treat one another with justice and mercy, for unity within the faith was paramount. Non-believers were to be given the opportunity to convert, but should they refuse, the Koran recommends holy war (jihad).

 

The foundation of the faith is the "five pillars": the shahada, or profession of faith; the salat, daily worship consisting of praying five times daily; the sawm, which is the fasting during the month of Ramadan; the zakat, or the giving of alms; and the hajj--the pilgrimage to Mecca which every Muslim is supposed to undertake at least once.

 

The Koran was written in Arabic; in fact, it can fairly be said that the Koran helped create Arabic as a written language. The Koran is not supposed to be translated; or, at least, the faithful are supposed to read the holy book in Arabic, not in translation. Moreover, prayers must be in Arabic. This emphasis on one language created a unity within Islam. Even after the common people learned to pray in their own tongues, Arabic continued to be the only language of the religiously educated, much the same way Latin was in the West, or Greek in the East. An educated Muslim gentleman could go anywhere the Muslim world, from Spain to India, and find not only a ready welcome but people who spoke a common language and shared a common faith.

Despite bitter political divisions, and even despite religious divisions, Islam was a single cultural entity. Leaders were supposed to at least pretend they were trying to protect and further that unity, or to restore it.

 

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Islamic Crusades vs. Christian Crusades

Who should own the "Kingdom of Heaven"?

James M. Arlandson

 

The unexpected consequence or effect of the film, for me at least, is that I came away from the film with a deeper conviction that neither the Muslims nor the Christians should have fought over Jerusalem. The city historically and originally belonged to the Jews; they owned it a thousand years before Christ came and 1600 before Muhammad came. And when they were exiled, many came back, as soon as it was feasible; the love for this city runs deeply in them. So it belongs to them today. It is simply a myth to assume that Muslims or Christians won Jerusalem by some kind of divine right or by an unchallenged assumption that says, "of course they own the region."

 

With that said, however, the film makes an erroneous assumption. It assumes that the European Crusaders and the Muslim Crusaders stand on an equal footing when they fight over Jerusalem. The opposite is true. When the Medieval Christians fought over earthly ground, they abandoned the example of Jesus Christ. However, when the Muslims fought over Jerusalem and conquered other cities, they were following the example of their prophet Muhammad. So the two religions do not stand on the same ground whatsoever.

 

To clarify this unintended consequence and this opposing outlook on military conquest, this article is divided into two main sections. The first clarifies the early Muslim Crusades at the founding of Islam. Once we understand its origins, then we will understand its later history. The second section deals with Jesus’ view of Jerusalem and how this should influence Christians today, and the second section also analyzes the Islamic view of Jerusalem, as represented by two academic Muslims working in America..

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All About Muhammad

THE CRUSADES

 

Whenever any criticism of Islam's expansion by the sword is mentioned, Muslims point to the Crusades as one of their justifications for their own sordid history. Muslim propagandists were especially vocal concerning the Crusades immediately after the 9/11 attacks. Even ex-President Clinton, in a speech at Georgetown University after 9/11, said that the Crusades were the "root cause" of our present conflict with Muslims. This is the same Mr. Clinton who turned down an offer of the Sudan to deliver Osama 'bin Laden to U.S. jurisdiction previous to 9/11!

Admittedly, in numerous instances, the Crusaders were no better than their cutthroat

counterparts of Islam. Regardless, however, of the bloodbaths attributed to Crusaders by Muslims, the Crusades were belated attempts of Christianity to reclaim principally Christian and Jewish territories over run by Muslims during a period of 400 years. A point: The Dome of the Rock (mosque), in Jerusalem, was built on the ruins of Herod's Temple, and the city of Constantinople, the previous seat of Christianity in Asia Minor, is now called Istanbul.

An important distinction between Crusaders and Muslim warriors is that though the Crusaders certainly had crosses on their armament and clothing, they did not, and could not, justify entry into battle with any words of Christ sanctioning killing, as do Muslims, when they scream "Allah Akbar!" (Allah is greater).

Until Muhammad appeared on the scene, Christianity outside of Europe, extended from beyond the Caspian Sea to the Straits of Gibraltar, and probably numbered around ninety million, mostly in Asia Minor. Asia Minor was the seat of the seven primordial churches, which led to the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. Today, there are less than five million Christians in Asia Minor, and considerably fewer Jews. Perhaps an insolent question, but after numerous generations, and the normal demographic increase expected from the two vibrant societies of Christianity and Judaism, how is it that Christians and Jews make up such an infinitesimal part of Asia Minor’s population, or for that matter, that of the entire world controlled by Muslims? Could it be that, for more than 1,300 years, the choices of conversion to Islam or losing one’s head, fleeing, or being sold into slavery, could have skewed the demographic figures to some extent?

With the superb fighting skills of the Muslims, by the middle of the 7th Century, most of Syria, Persia (Iran), and Egypt had fallen! By about 670 A.D., most of North Africa, Central Asia, and parts of Europe were under the sword of Islam. The Muslims crossed the Pyrenees and were close to conquering all of Europe until their defeat at Tours (France) by Charles Martel, in 732, exactly a century after the death of Muhammad. This defeat saved Western Civilization, as did two separate Muslim defeats at the gates of Vienna, some 150 years apart. One of the Muslim defeats at Vienna occurred on September 11, 1683. Osama 'bin Laden took this date for his attack of 9/11/01. Unfortunately, on the way to Vienna, most of the Balkans was placed under the yoke of Islam. This tragedy remains with us today.

Perhaps the most important distinction, between the atrocities attributed to the Crusaders and those of Islam, is the following: The Crusaders, at their worst, were violating all principles of Christianity. But the Muslims, when they murdered, raped, pillaged, and enslaved, were only following the personal example set by the founder of Islam, their revered prophet Muhammad, and his (Allah’s / Muhammad's ) exhortations of the Koran!

There were several Crusades, over almost exactly 200 years, commencing in 1095, the last of the eleventh century, and lasting until the end of the thirteenth century, when the last of the Crusaders were annihilated in Palestine and Syria. (
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Muhammad: The Warrior Prophet

 

By Richard A. Gabriel  Originally published by MHQ magazine. Published Online: May 17, 2007 

The long shadow of Muhammad stretches across centuries of strife to the present. Today an estimated 1.4 billion Muslims around the globe follow his teachings—the word of God as revealed to Muhammad and set down in the Koran—making Islam the world's second-largest religion behind Christianity. But despite Muhammad's remarkable accomplishments, there is no modern account of his life that examines his role as Islam's first great general and the leader of a successful insurgency. Had Muhammad not succeeded as a commander, however, Islam might have been relegated to a geographic backwater—and the conquest of the Byzantine and Persian empires by Arab armies might never have occurred.

 

The idea of Muhammad as a military man will be new to many. Yet he was a truly great general. In the space of a single decade he fought eight major battles, led eighteen raids, and planned another thirty-eight military operations where others were in command but operating under his orders and strategic direction. Wounded twice, he also twice experienced having his positions overrun by superior forces before he managed to turn the tables on his enemies and rally his men to victory. More than a great field general and tactician, he was also a military theorist, organizational reformer, strategic thinker, operational-level combat commander, political-military leader, heroic soldier, and revolutionary. The inventor of insurgency warfare and history's first successful practitioner, Muhammad had no military training before he commanded an army in the field. (Story continued)

 

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