By Robert Spencer
Everything you idea you knew approximately Islam is ready to change
This lovely e-book uncovers provocative proof that forces us to invite: Did Muhammad, Islam’s founding prophet, even exist?
it's a query that few have thought—or dared—to ask. however the greatly permitted tale of Islam’s origins starts off to disintegrate on shut examination.
In Did Muhammad Exist? bestselling writer Robert Spencer brings to early Islam an analogous point of probing old feedback students have lengthy utilized to Christianity and Judaism. Meticulously reading ancient documents, archaeological findings, and pioneering new scholarship, Spencer demanding situations the main primary assumptions approximately Islam’s origins—raising questions with profound implications for our international today.
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The 1st one requested, “Who had labored magic on him? ” the opposite answered, “Lubaid bin Asam. ” the 1st one requested, “What fabric (did he use)? ” the opposite responded, “The pores and skin of the pollen of a male date tree with a comb and the hair caught to it, stored below a stone within the good of Dharwan. ” Muhammad then went to a good and located that it used to be “the similar good which was once proven to me within the dream”: “The tops of its date-palm bushes appear like the heads of the devils, and its water feels like the henna infusion. ” He ordered that the date palm bushes be lessen and that the brackish water be tired, which most likely ended the magic spell's strength over him. Aisha then requested him, “O Allah's Apostle! will not you reveal (the magic object)? ” Muhammad refused: “Allah has cured me and that i hate to movement the evil one of the humans. ” The hadith ends with Aisha explaining that the magician who solid this spell on Muhammad, Lubaid bin Asam, “was a guy from Bani Zuraiq, an best friend of the Jews. ”30 In one other model of the tale, one in all Muhammad's partners explains that this magic, which was once “worked on Allah's Apostle in order that he used to imagine that he had sexual family along with his other halves whereas he truly had not,” was once in truth “the toughest type of magic. ”31 This model explains that Lubaid, or Labid, was once not just “an best friend of the Jews” but in addition a hypocrite. 32 Upon a primary studying, it may possibly look strange that Allah's prophet may perhaps fall lower than a magic spell, however the intentions of the tale are transparent: once more to demonize the Jews (who are the “strongest in enmity to the believer,” in line with Qur'an 5:82) and to teach that even the “hardest form of magic” couldn't finally succeed over Muhammad, for Allah might provide him the knowledge he had to defeat it. the ambience this is extra redolent of folks stories than of soberly mentioned background. Muhammad is solid because the victor over even the unseen forces of darkness that superstitious males of a prescientific period feared and dreaded. during this, as in his warrior's may possibly and sexual prowess, he's a valuable prophet, a powerful guy in a wild and untamed time. do not trouble Muhammad at domestic One passage of the Qur'an, although, reads like a plea from a celebrity who's bored with his adoring yet continual fans: O believers, input no longer the homes of the Prophet, other than depart is given you for a meal, with no anticipating its hour. but if you're invited, then input; and in case you have had the meal, disperse, neither lingering for idle speak; that's hurtful to the Prophet, and he's ashamed prior to you; yet God isn't really ashamed prior to the reality. And in the event you ask his other halves for any item, ask them from at the back of a curtain; that's cleanser in your hearts and theirs. it's not so you might damage God's Messenger, neither to marry his better halves after him, ever; absolutely that will be, in God's sight, a titanic factor. (33:53) the sort of passage turns out to mirror the adventure of a pace-setter whose fans have been stressful him by way of barging into his domestic at inconvenient times—but that chief used to be no longer inevitably Muhammad.