Obama, ‘The Prophet of Islam’ and Slander

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Muhammad’s failures or incomplete successes were consistently recompensed by murderous attacks on the Jews. The Muslim prophet-warrior developed apenchant for assassinating individual Jews, and destroying Jewish communities — by expropriation and expulsion (Banu Quaynuqa and B. Nadir), or massacring their men and enslaving their women and children (Banu Qurayza). Subsequently, in the case of the Khaybar Jews, Muhammad had the male leadership killed and plundered their riches. The terrorized Khaybar survivors — industrious Jewish farmers — became prototype subjugated dhimmis whose productivity was extracted by the Muslims as a form of permanent booty. (And according to the Muslim sources, even this tenuous vassalage was arbitrarily terminated within a decade of Muhammad’s death when Caliph Umar expelled the Jews of Khaybar.) Accordingly, Maimonides (d. 1203), the renowned Talmudist, philosopher, astronomer, and physician, as noted by historian Salo Baron, emphasizes the bellicose “madness” of Muhammad and his quest for political control. Muhammad’s mindset and the actions it engendered, had immediate and long-term tragic consequences for Jews — from his massacring up to 24,000 Jews to their chronic oppression — as described in the Islamic sources, by Muslims themselves.

Muhammad’s brutal conquest and subjugation of the Medinan and Khaybar Jews and their subsequent expulsion by one of his companions, the (second) “Rightly Guided” Caliph Umar, epitomize permanent, archetypal behavior patterns Islamic Law deemed appropriate to Muslim interactions with Jews. George Vajda’s seminal analysis of the anti-Jewish motifs in the hadith remains the definitive work on this subject. Vajda concluded that according to the hadith stubborn malevolence is the Jews defining worldly characteristic: rejecting Muhammad and refusing to convert to Islam out of jealousy, envy, and even selfish personal interest led them to acts of treachery, in keeping with their inveterate nature: “… sorcery, poisoning, assassination held no scruples for them.” These archetypes sanction Muslim hatred towards the Jews, and the admonition to at best, “subject [the Jews] to Muslim domination,” as dhimmis, treated “with contempt” under certain “humiliating arrangements.”

A century later, notwithstanding Mr. Obama’s hagiographic sentiments, the persistent consequences of Muhammad’s status as “a good [even ‘beautiful’] example of conduct” (Koran 33:21), across a continuum of nearly 14 centuries, remain glaringly evident. Invoked by contemporary Muslim clerics, governments, journalists and jihadists alike, Muhammad’s sacralized behaviors continue to result in: exploited child brides and general misogyny, sanctioned by law; Draconian, mutilating punishments such as stoning for adultery and amputation for theft; jihad violence against non-Muslims and Sharia (Islamic Law)-sanctioned oppression of non-Muslims under Muslim rule.

The great Orientalist David S. Margoliouth’s 1905 biography of Islam’s prophet recognized Muhammad as “ . . . a great man, who solved a political problem of appalling difficulty—the construction of a state and empire out of the Arab tribes.” Margoliouth recounted this accomplishment without “apology” or “indictment,” summarizing faithfully the images of Muhammad that emerge in the earliest and most authoritative pious Muslim biography of the Muslim prophet by Ibn Ishaq (d. 761/767)

In order to gain his ends he recoils from no expedient, and he approves of similar unscrupulousness on the part of his adherents, when exercised in his interest. He profits to the utmost from the chivalry of the Meccans, but rarely requites it with the like. He organizes assassinations and wholesale massacres.

His career as tyrant of Medina is that of a robber chief, whose political economy consists in securing and dividing plunder . . . He is himself an unbridled libertine and encourages the same passion in his followers. For whatever he does he is prepared to plead the express authorization of the deity. It is, however, impossible to find any doctrine which he is not prepared to abandon in order to secure a political end…This is a disagreeable picture for the founder of a religion, and it cannot be pleaded that it is a picture drawn by an enemy…

Would Mr. Obama choose to ignore all the evidence of Muhammad’s “beautiful example of conduct” adduced herein, and condemn Professor Margoliouth, posthumously, for slandering “the prophet of Islam?”

Writing as president of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a think tank created by the Muslim Brotherhood in the early 1980s, Taha Jabir Alwani opined, regarding a (then) new English translation of the classic Shafiite manual of Islamic jurisprudence Reliance of the Traveller, “from a purely academic point of view, this translation is superior to anything produced by orientalists in the way of translations of major Islamic works.” The Reliance of the Traveller (or ‘Umdat al-Salik’) maintains that slander (ghiba) includes the mention of anything concerning a person [i.e., a Muslim] “that he would dislike.”  This discussion also cites a canonical hadith which contains the following account:

“Do you know what slander is?” They answered, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said, “It is to mention of your brother that which he would dislike.” Someone asked, “What if he is as I say?” And he replied, “If he is as you say, you have slandered him, and if not, you have calumniated him.”

Is this the absurdly elastic—and anti-intellectual, anti-Western—“standard” Mr. Obama has in mind? If so, Mr. Obama has declared himself a willing accomplice to the Organization of the Islamic Conference’s relentless campaign to impose universal Sharia-compliant blasphemy law, and the destruction of America’s bedrock freedom, freedom of speech.

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  • June

    Like it did in North Africa, India and the Far East, finally Islam has come to stay in US and the West. Never in the history of the West have we been so defenseless, timid, corrupt and naive, ideal conditions for a cult of death masquerading as religion, to make a home in especially when Islam has found itself an ally in Western progressive lefty fascists. We are in the final death throes, people. Praise Obama, the Mahdi.

  • Terry Gain

    Close the thread. June's comment cannot be improved upon.

    • MikeWood

      I share the sense of despair but we must not give into it completely.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    Spoken like the true muslim he is! Building up mohammed – yes, we know, that camel caravan killer.

  • Darryll Busen

    I wanted to comment on this, but unfortunately Allah has turned me into a Tiger Quoll and I no longer sport opposable thumbs. Some of my best friends have been turned into dogs: labradors, vizslas, pit bull mixes – I see them on the street every day. Also I think Allah may have messed with my mind?

  • Cynic

    ” Mr. Obama and his State Department have never condemned, let alone actively sought to preclude—in real time and with specificity—the ongoing Muslim jihadist ravages against Christians and other non-Muslims across the length and breadth of Islamdom, often perpetrated by so-called US “Muslim allies,” and/or purveyors of “moderate Islam.” ”


    ” Moreover, Mr. Obama, as is his (and his administration’s) wont, ignored altogether the virulent Muslim Jew-hatred borne of canonical Islam, that is both endemic and epidemic within Islamdom, and has nothing to do with “Holocaust denial.” ”

    Blatant hypocrisy creamed in with taquiya is the jihad for their agenda.

    • PhillipGaley

      It may be that, Bill Ayers—or Valerie Jarrett or any of a dozen others—told Obama to use that technique—what is it? "Just shine 'em on."?

  • Chanameel

    Mayan Calendar date 09/09/2009. (Tipping point of the war)
    Al Barack (name of Mohammed's horse when he captured Medina)
    Hussein (name of third imam)
    Obama (in Persian means ("he is with us)
    September 2009, Barack lead 50,000 muslim men in a "Day of Prayer" on the Mall in Washington, DC.
    "They prayed for "The Soul of America." This Rite was an act of "surrender" to Islam and determines
    "The Future Destiny." of America.
    Our 13 stripes on our flag coincide with the Mayan Calendar. 1776 – 2012.
    Also, note on the back of the one dollar bill
    The pyramid also coincides with the Mayan Calendar.
    This "clash of civilizations" was planned in the 1860's by Albert Pike.

  • Quasar Bialy

    Ah, the Cairo "apology" speech comes up again! The speech where he told the same Arabic/Muslim audience:

    "America's strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied."

    One of the many times he mentions Israel, specifically, as a Jewish state.

    Another typical passage from Obama:

    "My administration's commitment to Israel's security has been unprecedented. Our military and intelligence cooperation has never been closer. Our joint exercises and training have never been more robust…. When the Goldstone report unfairly singled out Israel for criticism, we challenged it. When Israel was isolated in the aftermath of the flotilla incident, we supported them. When the Durban conference was commemorated, we boycotted it, and we will always reject the notion that Zionism is racism. When one-sided resolutions are brought up at the Human Rights Council, we oppose them. When Israeli diplomats feared for their lives in Cairo, we intervened to save them. When there are efforts to boycott or divest from Israel, we will stand against them. And whenever an effort is made to delegitimize the state of Israel, my administration has opposed them. So there should not be a shred of doubt by now — when the chips are down, I have Israel's back."

    Now, Mr. Romney holds much the same view. In fact, there is no significant difference between Mr., Romney and Mr. Obama on Israel. None.

    • deprogrammer

      How dare you expose the obvious weaknesses of the right-wing talking point, sir!
      I am indignant about your efforts to bring a sense of proportionality and truth to this forum. The purpose here is to create prolefeed!

      • Western Canadian

        Your purpose here is to preen and strut. Sadly, all you do is make an ass of yourself.

    • Western Canadian

      Rmney dared to point out the fact that the 'pelestinians' do not want peace. Rather radical move. Obama mouths words all the time, while meaning the opposite of what he says. In case you didn't notice.

    • tagalog

      It's conceivable that there's no "significant difference" between Obama and Romney on WHAT THEY SAY about Israel. Where things become more problematic is in what they do, or are going to do if elected.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Really? Obama wants Israel to unilaterally return to the pre-1967 borders. Relatively indefensible borders that feature land gained over the course of repulsing a genocidally motivated invasion of Israel by islamofascists.

  • Chanameel

    The "goal" is and always has been to take "Jerusalem."
    Obama, once he pushes Israel back to 1967 borders, will then
    move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
    From there Pharoah Obama can rule the world
    and unify the world under his flag of Islam.
    He has to deliver Jerusalem by the Mayan Calendar time frame of December 21, 2012 – 2016.

    • deprogrammer

      Mayan Calendar you say? Really? That's what you're basing all your political analysis on? You do realise that the end of Mayan Calendar wasn't meant to indicate the end of the world? Or that you are using a calendar made by people who didn't even know about the eastern hemisphere to make your predictions?

  • Andy

    Obama is totally focused on winning the election. He would sell his children to win. He would have become aware that the murder of the ambassador in Libya brought focus on his anti-American foreign policy and began to turn away folks who were devoted to him so he needed to make a speech (the very first where he mildly chided his real people, the Muslims) while forced by his heart to concurrently appease them. That's what the speech was all about. Every move he makes these days is designed to win him votes. The man must be got rid of and indicted.

    • Kufar Dawg

      I'm sure his election committee or even the DNC, isn't above a little voter fraud to move the process along either.

  • AntiSharia

    It's not slander if it's true.

    • JoJoJams

      In western logical thought. In the muslim mindset, "slander" is something that gets the accused "upset" – whether or not it's true. Hence all the rioting over when people "mock" mohammed, by speaking THE TRUTH about what he did, in light of modern western morals.

  • Thomas Wells

    Respect freedom. Reject Islam.

  • Ghostwriter

    Gee,and Muslims continue to wonder why many Americans have so little respect for their religion. Could it be because of attempts to destroy freedom of speech? I wonder.

    • Jon_Babtist

      Have some respect Ghostwriter. Islam is the religion of peace and if you say otherwise they will kill you.

  • chowching259

    No Muslim with young children would allow a person with Muhammad’s reputation to sleep one night at their home. The “Blood Libel” was once used as an excuse to murder Jews now it has been turned into The “Muhammad Libel”, but the hatred stays the same.

    • Radegunda

      “No Muslim with young children would allow a person with Muhammad’s reputation to sleep one night at their home.” —
      Actually, I believe that many would, if it served the cause of Islam. A great many Muslim parents value Islam over the lives of their children, and many do not hesitate to kill their own children in the name of Islam. Sharia gives indulgence to parents who kill their own offspring.

  • popseal

    Our DHIMMI president is doing the bidding of CAIR at the dangerous expense of America itself. If he were only wrong, there might be some excuse for him. His motives are clear and all Islam loves him for them.

  • Horace

    The Nakoula video was basically vignettes of sura and verse from the koran and the haditha with a little extra confusion thrown in at the beginning. Wasn't slander. Was only offensive to Muslims so they have an excuse to riot and kill and demand suppression of free speech so they can jihad their way to world domination a little faster.
    Obama is obviously a Muslim, using a little socialism to suck in students, labor union types & the liberal and atheist NPR crowd of dumbells so he can get reelected and advance Jihad some more.

  • Jon_Babtist

    Obama supported his Islamist cousin Odinga who ran for office in Kenya on a platform of installing Sharia Law. When he lost there was rioting, church burnings and killings. Jerome Coursi revealed Obama's emails that showed he not only supported the killings and rioting but suggested and encouraged it. To believe for a moment that Obama is not sympathetic to the most virulent for of Islam is to overlook much of what he has said and done.

  • Kufar Dawg

    It sounds as if the islamic definition of slander even extends to unpleasant truths and if it's not slander then it's calumny. This is the ideology by which justice is to be dispensed? No wonder islamic countries are hell holes
    of intolerance, tyranny and injustice, they couldn't really be anything but what they are!