What is Islam ?
Finding at its very essence as the Arabic translation of the word would suggest, is submission. Muslims are constantly faced with many, many levels of Islamic "submission".Not all pure and pious acts of submission, are freely given to "Allah", some are directed toward an earth bound mission.Religion is once more used to subjugate, through very personal humiliations,large numbers of human beings in pursuit of a "mere mortals" political position. We see this displayed each and every day.Faithful Muslims,often compelled or forced to suspend their use of moral reason and the human consept of free will needed to make many individually arrived at, life changing decisions. The human "conscience" must submit to Allah's will.Don't worry though, this "Allah Dude" he's smart smarter than the average bedouin tribesman of the seventh century,you can be sure.
Islam is the religion of Mohammad,who was born a lowly trader of the Hashimite branch of the prosperous Quraysh tribe.Islam, it was "claimed" was revealed to him by the angel Gabriel.The Islam, of the first revelations ("Mecca"), was at this time similar to the other monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity In Islamic text referred to as "people of the book". His peaceful message of a singular G*d, found little favour with the greater majority of Pagan Arabs, who for the most part ignored his call.Receptive to his word were his family, friends,slaves and retainers,but alas that was all. In the year 613,the verse 26:214 (warn your tribe of their evil ways) was reveled not putting him in the good graces of the "Mecca" powers that be. After the death of his uncle,and first wife ( who offered a wall of protection, for their disliked brethren),feeling he was wearing out his welcome, Abu Bakr and the prophet hid in a cave,as they felt forced to run.
The town of Medina had invited him to come in 622,it is called the hijra.It also, marks the start of the Mohammedan era (year one A.H.).In a effort to convert the three major Jewish tribes of Medina,the Banu Qaynuqa, the Banu Qurayza , and Banu nadir), he had the early Muslims pray in the direction of Jerusalem,and yet still the Jews rejected him and a Pagan poetess (Asma bint Marwan) even had the nerve to poke fun at the prophet. This can correctly be called the era of, "the Prophet's dead poets society, Islamic year one.
Now, upon arrival in the new town the prophet with his followers found they were short on useful skills, as Medina was an agricultural community,interspersed with skilled craftsmen.The unfortunate question of all leaders of a community, are sooner or later faced with. How to support,our own.Well the people of Mecca were quite unkind,it must have been said. let us make them pay for their rejection of the word of Allah, surely those who "disobey" the will of the almighty,are not worthy of their possessions,nor their miserable lives.Conveniently, by the will of "Allah" Mohammad produced the verse's, the first Muslims were longing to hear. Come forth and fight in the path of Allah,if you are victorious,the booty we share.Die in battle, and a sexually charged Paradise awaits,filled with Allah's glories, quite the opposite of the desert that you hate..The world is soon introduced to the frightening concept, of Islamic Jihad.or it's operational application was now allowed, if not encouraged
robbery,extortion, kidnapping, slavery...these were the fruits of the Jihad.This new philosophy greatly swelled the ranks of the Muslims.On arrival in Medina the Muslims numbers were small but now with "Booty" and rape allowed, the "Ummah" grew in size, and it got loud."Grievance mongering",with neighbours,surprisingly caused the Muslims to grow and to prosper. Justified by "Allah", the wealth of infidels was soon to be spread, and the cry "Jihad fisabilillah" gained it's well earned and proper renowned .First of the Jewish tribes to feel the wrath, of the prophet were the Banu Qaynuqa skilled goldsmiths,numbering about 1500 strong, men and women and children. The second were the Banu Qurayza, the banu Nadir were banished.This new philosophy of Jihad was ominous, it generated much animosity and feelings of open dislike, for their former friend.Conspiring co-horts, felt this did not bode well, the prophet's holy life, may fall under an evil Pagans, fatal spell.
A "Prophet"in the habit of practicing ,banditry,butchery,and willfully breaking the well known and easily understood "set rules of a parent society" in a most unpleasant way. Will most often find, that the result will be, a violent reaction from said "parent society" .Stealing of trade goods,taking of hostages,ransoming of said hostages, violent assaults. Even in seventh century Arabia, it may make you, not look so GOOD.
guard your life, for Mecca still has great might.This, can now be called a very a wise opinion, as the Pagans from Mecca planed to stop the raiding one way or another.The caravans were for Mecca's population their life's blood, it was how they survived in a harsh and unforgiving environment.Leading to the first major semi-organised resistance at the Battle of badr in 624 or (A.H.year two), it did not go as well as expected for the Pagan Arabs. The Battle of badrwas a turning-point in Islamic history. A out numbered group of Muslims had defeated a superior number of unbelievers, it's said by "Allah's" own divine intervention.Soon followed up with the Battle of Uhud,in 625, the battle of the trench, in 627. This great victory surely most have brought joy to the prophet, and perhaps nothing more than a smile to the eye, his lovely young "child bride ".
To forever stop the senseless violence, Mohammad presented, the treaty of Hudaybiyya.This is the turning point in time.When nothing more than,wishful thinking, assuredly led mankind not to see,the trouble begun.Signed a paper or shook a hand, why would any sane man take the word of that, truly dangerous,demented,delusional "prophet" ?
I sign-off here,as it was this document that gave Islam it's well known "religion of peace" moniker. And Islam nor any Muslims practicing their faith from this point forward , were ever again aggressive, or intolerant. And we all lived happily ever after, together as, one people living in G*d's loving and warm embrace..Jews and Christians were never ordered too, flee from Muslim lands and the kuffar never need worry about sharia law.
if this were Sicily a few hundred years later, this "Islam" thing. It would be called something else,cause once you join "this thing" of the prophet's, you can never get out
We still have our free and tolerant WESTERN secular society,last I checked anyways,it's still here.
So I can write this, cant I ?
Remember, it was God who granted you the right to reason, and it's always and without fail man who commits treason when he attempts to take that away.