Muhammad Had 'British Values'?

Thus the solution to “extremism” is…teaching more Islam in schools.

How best to fight against the global jihad? The claim is increasingly common in the West that the best way is…more Islam.

“This is a golden opportunity,” wrote the Muslim activist Sajda Khan in the U.K.’s Independent, “to develop within our schools a curriculum based upon the biography of Prophet Muhammad, which clearly demonstrates and embeds what are now also considered British values. This is what will develop a strong sense of identity within our youth and dismantle the perverse understanding of Islam peddled by a few. We must be brave enough to say that being a British Muslim is not an oxymoron; it is the most natural thing in the world.

This is just the sort of thing the addled Leftists of the Independent eat up by the truckload. But let’s look into some of the British values that Islamic tradition holds Muhammad as having taught. All the statements below are from hadiths (reports of Muhammad’s words and deeds) accepted as reliable by Muslims, and recounting what are considered to be the words of Muhammad, or descriptions of his actions:

Women must cover everything but their face and hands: “‘O Asma, when a woman reaches the age of menstruation, it does not suit her that she displays her parts of body except this and this,’ and he pointed to her face and hands.” (Sunan Abu Dawud 4092)

Child marriage: “The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death).” (Sahih Bukhari 7.62.88)

Adulterers should be stoned to death: “There came to him (the Holy Prophet) a woman from Ghamid and said: Allah’s Messenger, I have committed adultery, so purify me….And she was put in a ditch up to her chest and he commanded people and they stoned her….” (Sahih Muslim 4206)

Those who leave Islam should be killed: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.” (Sahih Bukhari 9.84.57)

Fight against unbelievers until they convert to Islam or submit to Muslim hegemony: “Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war…When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them…. If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.” (Sahih Muslim 4294) 

Those who do not convert or submit to Islam are to be killed and their property plundered: “I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah, and he who professed it was guaranteed the protection of his property and life on my behalf except for the right affairs rest with Allah.” (Sahih Muslim 30)

Jews and Christians are accursed: “Allah cursed the Jews and the Christians, for they built the places of worship at the graves of their prophets.” (Sahih Bukhari 2.23.472)

Muslims can hasten the coming of the last days by killing Jews: “The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.” (Sahih Muslim 6985)

The value of terrorism: “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror…” (Sahih Bukhari 4.52.220)

It must be admitted, however, that in a larger sense, Sajda Khan is right: if these aren’t British values now, they will be soon enough – courtesy the appeasement and capitulation of the British ruling elites before the U.K.’s increasingly aggressive Muslim population.