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Friday, January 9, 2015

Muslim Massacre of Banu Qurayza - Muhammad Beheads the Jews of Medina

The Religion Of Peace™

Muhammad beheaded the male Jews of Medina 
and sold the women and children into slavery. 

It is history lesson time.  The Religion Of Peace™ has been anything but that.

In 627 AD General Muhammad (yes he was a general who commanded armies in the field) besieged the Jews of Banu Qurayza, Medina for 25 days until they surrendered. One of Muhammad's companions decided that "the men should be killed, the property divided, and the women and children taken as captives". Muhammad approved of the ruling, calling it similar to God's judgment, after which all male members of the tribe who had reached puberty were beheaded.

The Muslim jurist Tabari quotes 600–900 being executed. The Sunni hadith do not give the number killed, but state that all males were killed and 1 woman. The rest of the women and children were sold in exchange for weapons and horses, according to Islamic sources.

Pre Wikipedia  -  Muslims wanted to deter future treachery by severe punishment.

This is also mentioned in the Sunni hadith collections, stating:
Then the Prophet said, "O Sad! These people have agreed to accept your verdict." Sad said, "I judge that their warriors should be killed and their children and women should be taken as captives." The Prophet said, "You have given a judgment similar to Allah's Judgment (or the King's judgment)."Sahih al-Bukhari, 5:58:148
A large arsenal of the Banu Qurayza which consisted of 1500 hundred swords, 2000 spears, 300 hundred armours and 500 shields, were confiscated by Muhammad. Trenches were dug in the bazaar of Madinah and a number of Jews between six and seven hundred were beheaded therein.

Huyai, a chief of Bani Nadir and Safiyah’s father, had joined the ranks of Banu Quraiza when Quraish and Ghatfan defected, was admitted into the audience of Muhammad with his hands tied to his neck with a rope. In audacious defiance, he declared obstinate enmity to Muhammad. He was ordered to sit down, and was beheaded on the spot.

According to Mubrakpuri, only one woman of the Jews was killed because she had killed a Muslim warrior by flinging a grinding stone upon him. This is also mentioned in Sunni Hadith collections:
No woman of Banu Qurayza was killed except one. She was with me, talking and laughing on her back and belly (extremely), while the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) was killing her people with the swords. Suddenly a man called her name: Where is so-and-so? She said: I I asked: What is the matter with you? She said: I did a new act. She said: The man took her and beheaded her. She said: I will not forget that she was laughing extremely although she knew that she would be killed.
Sunan Abu Dawud 14:2665
Ibn Kathir commentary of the verse in his Tafsir is as follows:
Then the Messenger of Allah commanded that ditches should be dug, so they were dug in the earth, and they were brought tied by their shoulders, and were beheaded. There were between seven hundred and eight hundred of them. The children who had not yet reached adolescence and the women were taken prisoner, and their wealth was seized.
[Ibn Kathir, on Quran 33:26]

(Battle of the Trench)      (Massacre of Banu Qurayza)

Detail from miniature painting The Prophet, Ali, and the
Companions at the Massacre of the Prisoners of the Jewish
Tribe of Beni Qurayzah
, illustration of a 19th century
text by Muhammad Rafi Bazil.

The more things change
the more they stay the same.

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